ASTT e-News

ASTT e-News, April 2011

Dear Member,

ASTT e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTT e-NEWS contains the latest information about ASTTBC’s role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC web site.

Table Of Contents

ASTTBC AGM Online Registration - Now Available 
Thanks to our AGM 2011 Event Partner and Sponsors
Minister Yamamoto Meets ASTTBC Leadership
Search for the Next Registrar for ASTTBC
TechPRO: Christine Pimpao, CTech, Civil CADD Manager for Port Mann Bridge/Hwy 1 Project
Leaving a Legacy to FEAT - ASTTBC’s Charitable Foundation
ASTTBC Signs Agreement with EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center
Follow us on Twitter
ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: RFPT
Reporting Conditions that Affect the Public Interest
Use of ASTTBC Logo
What is Professional Reliance?
Little Known Facts - ASTTBC Membership Statistics
ASTTBC Meets with BCIT Biomedical Engineering Technology Students
ASTTBC Attends BCIT’s Big Info Night

ASTTBC’s Year of Science Job Shadowing Project
Premier Clark Opens UNBC Bioenergy Plant: ASTTBC Pres. Plays  a Lead Role
UNBC Bioenergy Project on VIDEO
ASTTBC Supports Northern Resource Forum: Ad features ASTTBC Pres.
Technology Professionals Canada: Presidents Issue Statement
ASTTBC Hosted Meeting in Kamloops
Executive Director on Jim Harrison Show - Radio NL in Kamloops
ASTTBC and Big Little on CFJC in Kamloops - $21,000 since 2007
John Leech on B100 in Kamloops
Okanagan College Writes about Tech Careers; Mentions ASTTBC
ASTTBC Helps out with Popsicle Stick Bridge Building in PG
The “No Premium” Health & Dental Plan: Olympia Benefits Inc
Building Sciences Masters degrees at BCIT
Wooden Skyscrapers?
Congratulations to:
Professional Development Opportunities

ASTTBC AGM Online Registration

Now Available

Don't miss this year's AGM & Professional Development Day on May 27th at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey!

Keynote Speaker Dr. Mark DeVolder 'The Change Specialist' will help you learn how to adapt, survive and thrive in a climate of constant change. Learn vital knowledge and skills to re-energize, re-engage and transform your workplace and life. eMPOWER YOURSELF!

You can also choose from one of the following Breakout Sessions:

  1. Why didn't someone tell me there would be days like this?
    Brian Hosier, Director Media and Technology, BCIT will focus on the transformational journey from technologist to manager
  2. From RFEI to Contract. Creating the Winning Proposal
    Bruce Stevens, AScT, Strategic Solutions Business Development will outline the "request for proposal" process and give tips on how to make your proposal a winner.
  3. Effective Business Communication. It's common sense isn't it?
    Antonio Zivanocic, CEO, Corporate Occupational Solutions Inc. will discuss the importance of effective communication and give you a better understanding of communication in a variety of situations.
  4. Contract Components & Pitfalls Update from 2010
    David Wende, Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Long LLP will teach you how to write an engagement contract with exclusions that will withstand a challenge by the courts.

The full day runs from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and includes:

ASTTBC Annual General Meeting
Breakout Sessions
Awards Luncheon, Guest Speaker Dr. Mark DeVolder
Top in Technology Awards with Networking Reception

Cost for Members to attend is only $85 including HST.

Get an update of the affairs of your Association, network with colleagues and earn Professional Development Credits.

Register online.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can still participate in the AGM Business Session remotely, by joining our LIVE WEBINAR presentation. Registration for the Webinar will be available early in May.

Thanks to our AGM 2011 Event Partner and Sponsors

Event Partner:


Gold Sponsors:

BCIT Alumni Association
BC Safety Authority
Black Press
Lindsay Kenney LLP


Silver Sponsors:

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Bronze Sponsors:

Camosun College
Horseshoe Press
Manulife Financial
Okanagan College

Minister Yamamoto Meets ASTTBC Leadership

Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act, Naomi Yamamoto - MLA for North Vancouver - Lonsdale met with ASTTBC representatives in Prince George and Vancouver to talk about ASTTBC's role as a self-governing professional association and the association's work in enhancing technology education and careers.

In a meeting with ASTTBC President, Doug Carter, CTech and Executive Director, John Leech in Prince George, the topic was professional regulation, legislation and practice rights. Doug spoke with the Minister about ASTTBC's challenges and frustrations over the years to achieve full recognition and agreement on rights to practice for ASTTBC-registered technology professionals as well as ASTTBC's joint efforts with APEGBC on the Limited License and PTech implementation. The discussions were of a fairly general nature regarding the recent ASTTBC - APEGBC work as the Task Force reports had not as yet been presented to the two Councils. Doug noted ASTTBC Council's decisions to move ahead and implement PTech particularly in light of Alberta legislation which enacts the PTech. Applications for PTech are now being considered in that province. "The Minister was very attentive and interested in our efforts over the years to work out a clear understanding of ASTTBC members' practice rights", said Doug Carter. "I informed the Minister of areas where ASTTBC members have been recognized as Qualified Professionals (QP) but that this is a slow and ineffective process by which to fully engage and enable all practitioners. I stressed the need for regulatory changes in BC to fully recognize ASTTBC members." The Minister expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet and hear ASTTBC's views on the need for government to adapt the current framework in light of the Alberta legislation for Professional Technologist and the requirements for portability required by TILMA and the New West Partnership Agreement (which includes Saskatchewan).

The conversation changed direction the following day in Vancouver when Vice President Bill MacPherson, AScT, Secretary Treasurer, Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS and Executive Director, John Leech, AScT, CAE spoke with the Minister about ASTTBC's role in licensing Fire Protection Technicians, House Inspectors and Onsite Wastewater Practitioners. The ASTTBC leaders informed the Minister of ASTTBC's work to enhance awareness of technology education and careers as well as our work to address a number of public policy imperatives including First Nations in technology careers, BC Women in Technology, and TechGREEN. The Minister engaged in an active dialogue on our common interest in advancing careers in science and technology. Minister Yamamoto expressed her appreciation for ASTTBC's work in these areas.

Search for the Next Registrar for ASTTBC

The current Registrar, John Shortreid, AScT, CLS will retire early in 2012 and ASTTBC has initiated a search for his replacement. Formal applications will be accepted, but not until July. For now we encourage interested parties to review more detail on this unique position and stay tuned to the eNEWS for information on a webinar to be scheduled for June. More info.

TechPRO: Christine Pimpao, CTech, Civil CADD Manager for Port Mann Bridge/Hwy 1 Project

Christine Pimpao, CTech, graduated from Northern Secondary School in Toronto where she got her first taste of drafting in "hand" architectural and mechanical drafting courses. She went on to earn a diploma in Landscape Architecture from Ryerson University. She has designed residential gardens in Toronto and Vancouver using her hand drafting skills. Christine funded her education through working at hotels and restaurants, gaining valuable interpersonal skills at the same time.

After moving to Vancouver, Christine spent 5 years as a set Designer and Art director for the film industry. A Civil Tech program at Vancouver Community College further increased her knowledge base and she became interested in the Civil Engineering Industry.

In 2005, Christine joined MMM Group, a Canadian program management, planning, engineering and geomatics firm that works on a vast array of projects in Canada and around the world. As a CADD Technician, Christine worked on various projects around BC, including the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project. Currently she is the Civil CADD Manager for the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Improvement Project (PMH1) and is now involved in more administrative work, such as organizing and implementing the Record drawing process.

Christine registered with ASTTBC in 2004 and is currently enrolled in BCIT's Bachelor of Technology Management Program to further improve her management skills, and to work towards the Registered Technology Manager (RTMgr) designation. She believes in the importance of being recognized as a professional within the industry, which in essence provides an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual's professional knowledge and experience. She values the ASTTBC Code of Ethics, which requires members to maintain technical competency, and finds the ASTTBC tools available for logging continuing professional development helpful in goal setting.

Christine's first attendance at the 2010 Autodesk University Conference in Las Vegas, allowed her to be a part of the first ever Design Technology Management Conference. The special half-day conference, just for tech managers, focused on helping those who manage design technology learn from each other.

She is also a member of Autodesk User Group International and Vancouver AutoCAD User Society. Christine is Chair of the Vancouver CADD Committee and a National CAD Sub-Committee Representative for MMM Group.

Christine's CADD Management advice based on lessons learned on the PMH1 Project is, "For future projects of any size, place the highest importance on allocating a dedicated and knowledgeable team on creating 3D workflows well in advance of project start-up. The rumors are true; new 3D platforms are challenging previous comfort zones, as we require a switch to more collaborative workflows."

ASTTBC encourages you to join Christine in posting your career story. In addition to providing career information to others, TechPRO listings allow you to 'catch up' with former colleagues and find out who is working in your community. Posting your profile provides another way for self-employed practitioners to get their names in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Leaving a Legacy to FEAT - ASTTBC's Charitable Foundation

More than 80% of Canadians contribute to charitable organizations throughout their lifetime. However, research shows that only 7% continue this support through a gift in their will. Leaving a charitable bequest in your will is like sowing a seed. A seed sown today reaps a harvest tomorrow. "Gift planning" can be a beneficial part of the estate planning process while balancing personal, family, and tax considerations.

The Foundation for Education & Advancement in Technology - FEAT - is the charitable foundation of ASTTBC. Since 1990, FEAT has funded science and technology education and awareness in B.C. and bursaries for post-secondary technology students in financial need.

Making a charitable bequest to FEAT is a way to help our youth of today to become our techs of tomorrow, for generations to come. If you have made a bequest to FEAT in your will, or are considering a planned gift, please let us know. We would like to profile legacy gifts in "Our Best FEATures" publication.

Anne Sharp, Director Development, FEAT

ASTTBC Signs Agreement with EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center

Hot off the presses! ASTTBC is pleased to announce that it has just signed an agreement with EPIC to begin offering members access to technical education CPD courses at exclusive member discount rates. EPIC Education is a technical training solution provider of engineering and technology programs throughout North America. Stay tuned for forthcoming special announcements and the TechCLUB website for more information on how to register. We would like to welcome EPIC to the ASTTBC preferred list of partners and say that we look forward to working together.

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Roy Teto, AScT, a Civil Engineering Technologist from Sicamous who works as a construction surveyor for Mounce Construction in Salmon Arm, joined ASTTBC's Twitter audience recently.

ASTTBC will be sending Roy a surprise gift in thanks. Join our twitter and you may be the lucky winner of next month's prize.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: Registered Fire Protection Technician's Use of Another Member's Stamp

Statement of Complaint: A Registered Fire Protection Technician (RFPT) used a service tag with another member's stamp imprint on the tag and affixed it to an emergency lighting unit.

Investigation: An investigation of the site revealed that four fire extinguishers on site had an RFPT tag on the extinguisher. One emergency lighting unit did have a tag affixed with another RFPT's stamp. Also, the tag in question appeared to be initialed but the initials were not decipherable. There were different dates on the extinguishers and the emergency lighting unit tags. The owner of the property advised that the RFPT did the fire extinguishers on one day and came back on another day to complete the unit emergency lighting unit.

Discussion: Upon hearing of the evidence against him, the RFPT responded to the complaint admitting that he did in fact use another RFPT's pre-stamped tag on an emergency lighting unit and took full responsibility for this matter. It was noted that RFPT was not certified for inspection of emergency lighting units.

Outcome: The Practice Review Board issued a Stipulated Order to the RFPT with the following conditions:

Reporting Conditions That Affect the Public Interest

In place of the usual listing of one of the principles of the Code of Ethics, this month features an article written by John Shortreid, AScT and Registrar

Members have a duty to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and to promote health and safety within the work place - Principle 1 of the Code of Ethics. The challenge for members, who become aware of a situation that may affect this duty, is when and to whom do they report to fulfill the duty expected of them. Quite often the reporting of such a situation could put the member in conflict with their employer and with Principle 4 of the Code related to maintaining employer confidentialities. The reality is that many members will find themselves in this predicament at some point in their career.

As to the question of when to report, it is highly recommended that this should be immediate depending on risk factors, as there are liabilities that can be assigned to a professional who is aware of potential issues that may unduly and negatively impact work and services. This includes health and safety issues, in addition to any technical issues, especially if it results in some sort of serious incident.

There is an implied hierarchy in reporting and whether an increased level of reporting is required depends on the actions taken by the parties involved. The first step should be to report the concern to the appropriate level with the employer. Should the employer fail to rectify the situation and the member is aware of this, the member should inform their employer that their professional Code of Ethics requires the reporting of the matter directly to the client or authority having jurisdiction, depending on the situation. Hopefully this will get the desired result, but if not, the next step is clear. The challenge is that the next step may result in irreparable harm between the member and their employer. This is an understandable moral dilemma for members, but it is the price of professionalism.

What to do if the issue is with the practice of another member? The Code of Ethics (Principle 7) requires that members will not, except in cases where review is usual and anticipated, evaluate the work of a fellow member without the knowledge of, and after communication with, that member where practicable. This means that members should connect with the other member to express any concerns prior to consideration of reporting. Should a difference of professional opinion occur, that is not resolvable, the matter should be reported to the ASTTBC's Practice Review Board for resolution. In addition, if the risk is considered immediate to public health and safety, the employer and the authority having jurisdiction should also be informed.

Use of ASTTBC Logo

All ASTTBC registrants are allowed to use the ASTTBC logo in their advertising. Please review the guidelines for use of the logo.

What is Professional Reliance?

Professional Reliance refers to the ability of others to accept and rely upon the decisions and advice you give as a Member of ASTTBC. It is one mark of any professional to accept responsibility and be held accountable for the decisions that you make and any advice you give.

This definition also implies some limits to professional reliance by linking it to matters for which you can be legitimately held accountable - i.e. those judgments that you are qualified to make by virtue of your training and experience. This is all you should ever pass advice or make decisions upon when acting as a Member of ASTTBC.

Sir Francis Bacon, a noted Elizabethan philosopher, author and statesman in the 16th century Renaissance, laid down one of the first principles ever noted concerning the duty of a professional; he said in part - "I hold every man a debtor to his profession". He was saying that our first duty of care is to those we serve-not ourselves.

Professional Reliance is ensured when our duty of care is to another and not ourselves.

Little Known Facts - ASTTBC Membership Statistics

ASTTBC Meets with BCIT Biomedical Engineering Technology Students

ASTTBC's Manager Technology Careers, Jason Jung, AScT, recently met with students from BCIT's Biomedical Engineering Technology program to discuss association activity and the value of membership. Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering Technology program are employed in hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, medical equipment manufacturer sales, and service organizations. They are generally responsible for scheduled and corrective maintenance and safety inspection of medical equipment, participate in research and development, purchase specification, equipment evaluation, testing and commissioning, operator training, and the management of risks involving the use of biomedical equipment. ASTTBC enjoys excellent support from their Program Head Anthony Chan, P.Eng. and all the faculty staff. Best of luck to the BMET students!

ASTTBC Attends BCIT's Big Info Night

ASTTBC was on hand with a booth exhibit at BCIT's recent Big Info Night at BCIT. It was a great opportunity for ASTTBC's Jason Jung, AScT, Manager Technology Careers to connect with parents of high school students, students, and prospective students interested in learning more about technology career education. In addition, ASTTBC was greeted by many of its members who offered suggestions and compliments on the association's recent activities.

ASTTBC's Year of Science Job Shadowing Project

This project seeks to provide job shadowing opportunities for Grade 11 and 12 students to encourage them to consider careers in science and technology. ASTTBC continues to look for quality placements with employers. There is full information on this project on the ASTTBC website.

Premier Clark Opens UNBC Bioenergy Plant - ASTTBC President has a Lead Role in Project

Premier Christy Clark was in Prince George on March 18 to open the new bioenergy plant at the University of Northern BC (UNBC). ASTTBC President Doug Carter, CTech is the Assistant Director - Physical Plant, Sustainability, Capital Projects at UNBC and played a lead role in the construction and ongoing operation of the plant. "From local employment opportunities in manufacturing, construction and ongoing fuel supply, these are the types of projects that will secure BC's future for the long term," said BC Premier Christy Clark. UNBC 's bioenergy plant is making the university a national leader in renewable energy, taking wood waste that is already being produced at a local sawmill and converting it to enough energy to heat the University and reduce fossil fuel consumption by 85%. The new facility joins a wood pellet system on campus, which opened in 2009. Photos of the opening are on the website. The Prince George Citizen ran a story on the opening.

The plant uses locally sourced wood pellets from pine trees killed off by the Mountain Pine Beetle). There is a great photo of Doug in front of the Pellet Boiler with sample pellets on the website.

UNBC Bioenergy Project on VIDEO

UNBC President Dr George Iwama and Doug Carter share in telling the UNBC story in a new video which provides an overview of the plant and its operations. Check out the YouTube video "The UNBC Bioenergy Project". Congratulations, Doug. You are a GREAT ambassador and leader for ASTTBC.

ASTTBC Supports Northern Resource Forum
Advertisement Features ASTTBC President and GREEN

ASTTBC was once again a sponsor at the Northern Resource Forum and Technology Awards held in early 2011. Hosted by Minister Pat Bell - MLA for Prince George - Mackenzie (then Minister of Forests and now Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation), the event is hosted in Prince George and attracts a couple of hundred or more delegates each year. "This is a great event and one that helps ASTTBC bring attention to the 10,000 technology professionals registered with our association" said Executive Director, John Leech. ASTTBC is also sponsor of the Technology Provider of the Year Award. ASTTBC profiled ASTTBC President Doug Carter, CTech in a one page advertisement in the program.

Technology Professionals Canada: Presidents Issue Statement

The Presidents of the four associations forming TPC have issued a statement in advance of the formal launch of TPC. Representing 85% of technology professionals in Canada, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario have initiated a full review of accreditation in Canada and engaged Canadian Standards Association to carry out the study. The Presidents also talk about the move to sign an alliance that formally links the four associations as they work together in areas of common interest.

ASTTBC Hosted Meeting in Kamloops

ASTTBC hosted a meeting of local industry, government and education leaders in Kamloops to address shortages of skilled technologists and technicians. Those in attendance, including Tk'mlups Indian Band Chief Shane Gottfriedson, Ken Christian, AScT and Kamloops School District Chair, Deputy Mayor Marg Spina, city engineer Deven Mathowsk, PEng and Matt Davis,PEng and branch chair for APEGBC, agreed on the need to promote science and technology careers and education. They urged local students to enroll in technology education programs like the Architectural and Engineering Technology program at Thompson Rivers University. They commend the Big Little Science Centre and the Bert Edwards Science and Technology Elementary School and the proposed Trades and Technology secondary school.

ASTTBC's Regional manager, Bruce Stevens, AScT, told the group about Job Shadowing opportunities being provided by ASTTBC as part of the Year of Science for grades 11 and 12 students. "We have several placements in Kamloops but need many more to ensure Kamloops youth get as much exposure as possible to careers in science and technology," Stevens said. More details of the meeting are available on the website.

For more information on the YOS Job Shadow project visit

Executive Director on Jim Harrison Show - Radio NL in Kamloops

ASTTBC Executive Director talked technology education and careers and science & technology awareness in K-12 on the Jim Harrison Show. Referencing ASTTBC's involvement in National Engineering & Geoscience Month (March) for the first time this year, John stressed the importance of math, science and technology for all students studying in K-12. He spoke about careers in the sciences and pointed out that BC will again face a crisis if we do not attract more youth to technology careers. Thanks to Tara Gostelow the programs producer, ASTTBC received a copy of the interview.

ASTTBC and Big Little on CFJC in Kamloops - $21,000 since 2007

The Executive Director of ASTTBC, John Leech and the Executive Director of the Big Little Science Centre, Gord Stewart, appeared on the CFJC-TV (Kamloops) Midday Show with host, Susan Edgall, on March 23. Leech took this opportunity to provide Gord with a $5,000 cheque in support of the Centre . "The Big Little does a great job of promoting science and technology," says ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech. "We need to get our youth excited about science and technology and encourage them to pursue careers as technologists, technicians, technical specialists,engineers or geoscientists. Gord Stewart and the BIG Little Science Centre offer this extremely valuable service to the Kamloops area."

Gord Stewart was thankful of ASTTBC's contribution which now totals $21,000 since 2007. Big Little hosted 14,000 people in 2010!

John Leech on B100 in Kamloops

ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech, and Big Little Science Centre Executive Director, Gord Stewart, sat in on the B100 radio program on March 23 in Kamloops. Hosts Cheryl Blackwell and Steve Ayres sat on the edge of their seats waiting to see what marvel Gord would unearth to showcase science and technology. From hot air (not Steve's and Cheryl's) Gord made a one meter long solid steel pipe sing a note or two and John put out his own hot air as he promoted technology education and careers. John mentioned the need for youth to stick with math, science and technology in K-12 and of the post-secondary options including Architectural & Engineering Technology program at Thompson River's University. John also mentioned ASTTBC's financial support of Big Little. Listen to the brief interview.

Okanagan College Writes about Tech Careers; Mentions ASTTBC

The Director of Public Relations at Okanagan College, Allan Coyle, wrote in the Capital News on March 18, 2011, about science in K-12, science fairs and technology education. And, good friend that he is, he mentioned ASTTBC's role in promoting technology education and careers. "ASTTBC has a strong working relationship with Okanagan College", said Executive Director, John Leech. "We appreciate all they do to promote science and technology careers."

Bruce Stevens, AScT, ASTTBC Regional Manager, Okanagan, said "I work hands-on with Okanagan College in areas such as their technology programming and in providing services to members."

ASTTBC Helps out with Popsicle Stick Bridge Building in PG

APEGBC's 14th Annual Ultimate Bridge Building Contest (aka Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest) was held Saturday, March 5th, at the Pine Centre Mall in Prince George. ASTTBC's booth was attended by Colin Dix, AScT, Kristy Brown, CTech, and Nathan Brooks, CTech and was well attended by all age groups.

The "No Premium" Health & Dental Plan: Olympia Benefits Inc.

Olympia Benefits provides a health and dental plan for technicians and technologists who are self employed or have small to medium-sized firms. This plan is far more cost effective and flexible than any traditional option, typically saving 30-40% on all out of pocket health expenses.
ASTTBC members save $100 on the one-time set up fee.


May 1st to September 30th you could win 1 of several iPad's being given away.
4 Ways to Win an iPad:

Contact Judy Fitzepatrick: 1-877-866-6368 or visit

Building Sciences Masters degrees at BCIT

The British Columbia Institute of Technology recently announced masters' degrees in Building Science: a Master of Engineering and a Master of Applied Science in Building Science. Developed through the Building Science Centre of Excellence in the BCIT School of Construction and the Environment, these masters' degrees are the first of their kind in western Canada and will meet industry demands through applied research and advancing the state of practice.

The program offers the following options: a one-year, full-time Master of Engineering degree combining an intensive set of courses with an applied research project; and a full-time Master of Applied Science requiring a smaller set of courses and a more in-depth fundamental research project over two years. Both programs can also be taken on a part-time basis.

Wooden Skyscrapers?

Can timber be used to construct 30 storey buildings? A nine storey building in Britain is now the world's tallest wooden structure while there are proposals for a 10 storey project in Australia, 17 storeys in Norway and 30 storeys in Austria. B.C. amended its building code in 2009 to allow 6 storey wood frame construction from a previous building limit of 4 storeys. Read more about "tall timber skyscrapers".

Congratulations to:

Norm Williams, CHI(P), ASTTBC and BCIPI member
whose bronze sculpture, a tribute to Roger Neilson, was unveiled by the Vancouver Canucks during a ceremony April 7th at 6:00PM on the North Plaza at Rogers Arena and shown on TV prior to start and during the game. You can see a photo of the sculpture on Norm's website.

Telus on its 95th Birthday
Telus, known for many years as BC TEL was first incorporated under a Special Act of Parliament on April 12, 1916, under the name Western Telephone Company.

Randy Chencharik, AScT, Manager, Campus Development, College of New Caledonia, Prince George
on becoming "an official technologist". In a message to John Leech, ASTTBC Executive Director, he sent his "thanks for the encouragement" and used his updated signature including AScT.

Sarah Campden, CTech
Sarah's Made to Measure Consulting Group was showcased in the Times Colonist.


Damage Prevention Program Guidelines

The BC Common Ground Alliance, in partnership with Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the BC Oil and Gas Commission has provided draft Damage Prevention Program Guidelines for review and feedback.

The intent is to provide minimum standards for the development of damage prevention programs (DPPs) for petroleum and natural gas industry permit holders as required in the BC Oil and Gas Commission's regulations. The Guidelines are intended to form the basis of a program developed and implemented by permit holders.
The Guideline can be accessed from the Common Ground website. All comments and responses should be submitted in writing to

HPO Building Smart #14 Seminar
Making It Work: Design and Details for New Seismic and Envelope Requirements

This seminar will help prepare builders, designers and others involved in house building for changes to the BC Building Code in 2011/12. This seminar will explore real and practical solutions for both new seismic and envelope detailing.
More information is available.

Dates and places:

May 2 Nanaimo   May 18 Vancouver
May 3 Courtenay   May 24 Kelowna
May 4 Powell River   May 25 Kamloops
May 5 Surrey   May 26 Williams Lake
May 16 Whistler   May 30 Victoria
May 17 Sechelt   May 31 Langford

Contaminated Sites

The Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP) Society is accepting applications to write the qualifying exams for membership in the Society until June 2, 2011. More information on qualification requirements and the exam schedule is available.

If you require more information please contact the CSAP Society directly at (604) 451-4555 or by e-mail at Deadline for responses is May 18, 2011.

Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP)

CICP aims to promote innovation and support the development of small and medium enterprises (SME) in Canada. This pilot program was launched in the fall of 2010, and will conclude in early 2013. The goal of CICP is to help bridge the pre-commercialization gap by purchasing innovations (through a Call for Proposals) with the Innovation Fund. The Program targets innovations in four priority areas: environment, health, safety & security, and enabling technologies.
Information sessions will be available in British Columbia.

Professional Development Opportunities

Please note that links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities seminars and coming events can be found on the ASTTBC website. Following is just a small sample. For links to these and many other activities, follow the links above: