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ASTTBC e-News, April 2013

Dear Member,

ASTTBC 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

Register Now for ASTTBC AGM
Public Protection Enhanced by Joint BCSA and ASTTBC Initiative
ASTTBC Property Inspectors Update
ASTTBC Online Job Listings Service
MLA Michelle Mungall Talks with ASTTBC
Talking Tech Education with Prince George Mayor
ASTTBC, Vancouver School Board and BCIT Collaboration
Member Compensation Survey Draw
ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues Notice
Engaging Internationally Trained Professionals
Mentoring Program Update
In the Media and On the Move

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 6
Limitation Act Comes into Force June 1, 2013
BC Elections 2013
TechPRO: Marion Houlbrook, AScT
Post Your Career Story
ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming Events
Science Drawing Contest Winners
Hire a Co-op Student
ASTTBC Foundation Bursaries Available
Message From: Catherine Roome, P.Eng, FEC
CPD is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities
Update Your Contact Info
ASTTBC on Twitter and Facebook

Register Now for ASTTBC AGM and Professional Development Day

Enjoy a full day of networking and professional development (CPD), plus the ASTTBC Awards Luncheon. Our theme this year is FOCUS 2015, which is all about enhanced practice and professional accountability. Register now.

Friday, May 24, 2013
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Hilton Hotel Metrotown

6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby

Guest Speaker Cheryl Cran will present on Leadership and Accountability Everyone Is a Leader! How to Leverage Level Four Awareness.

The full day from 7:30am - 3:30pm costs $125.00 (GST included). The AGM Business Session is no charge and part of the day will be available by Webinar. 

Public Protection Enhanced by Joint BCSA and ASTTBC Initiative

The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has recognized the 'restricted practice' certificates issued by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) to suitably qualified and experienced technologist and technician members. Recognition of these certificates allows certain practitioners registered in the bio-medical engineering, electrical and electronic technologies to continue to perform a quite limited scope of specialized 'electrical work'.

These certificates will legitimize an individual's activities according to current BCSA regulations; but only under the auspices of an electrical permit and certainly not in the role of a trade qualified electrician, field safety representative or electrical contractor.

ASTTBC, a self-governing association of 10,000 technology professionals in applied science and engineering technology has in its 54 years established a reputation of consistently fulfilling its mandate under Provincial Statute. ASTTBC exemplifies a strong regulatory body with an enviable record of registration rigour, practice review, and a commitment to serving the public interest, fellow regulatory bodies and associated industry organizations.

Applied Science Technologists (AScT) and Certified Technicians (CTech) are qualified, accountable professionals who are graduates, or the equivalent, of nationally accredited and internationally recognized diploma and certificate programs. Graduates of programs associated with the electrical industry, such as Electrical, Electronics and Bio-Medical disciplines, have received both theoretical training in electrical theory as well as practical training that is both broad and in-depth. Additionally, prior to registration applicants must provide evidence of at least two years acceptable work experience as a technician or technologist, all of which is validated through professional references and interviews as required. ASTTBC-registered technologists and technicians are bound by a Code of Ethics and accountable to a Practice Review Board with strong disciplinary powers should they become necessary. Each year ASTTBC receives and manages 75 formal complaints that must be fairly and judicially adjudicated.

Crucially, before receiving this new endorsement as an Electrical Work Practitioner an individual will have to demonstrate and document practical and supervised experience in their specialized field of electrical work and must also show recognized Canadian Electrical Code training and a thorough knowledge of safe electrical work practices.

Very importantly too, this restricted practitioner's permit is a further enablement of the BC workforce, now providing a way for ASTTBC technology professionals to be formally recognized to perform specialized electrical work according to BCSA regulations. The recognition is in relation to work performed, and does not provide the same scope of qualifications as a trade qualified electrician, nor does it provide any recognition as a field safety representative (FSR) or electrical contractor.

As clearly stated in the approval granted by BCSA and endorsed by ASTTBC Council, "An EWP will only work on existing installations of approved equipment, testing, maintaining and repairing. All work must be performed under the auspices of an FSR and/or electrical operating permit." (extract from EWP procedure manual)

ASTTBC has engaged a Trade Qualified Electrician, Field Safety Representative and Applied Science Technologist, Martin Mac Gregor, to manage the Electrical Work Practitioner (EWP) program. "The reality is there are people in British Columbia who perform electrical work as part of their day-to-day duties but without necessarily realizing that this work is regulated, " said Martin. "I am confident that with the amount of work that has been put into the development of the EWP program by BCSA and with ASTTBC's regulatory commitment to the program, public health and safety will be enhanced."

In day-to-day enforcement of the Electrical Safety Act by BCSA it is vital for the reputation of ASTTBC that any of its members performing any electrical work are deemed legally qualified and accountable; more importantly, it further assures both the public and industry that those performing electrical work are qualified and identifiable.

This initiative is one more key step towards legitimizing the work that many already do, empowering British Columbia's skilled workforce. For more information, Martin Mac Gregor, AScT, CPI, can be reached at ASTTBC on 604-585-2788, local 245 or

ASTTBC Property Inspectors Update

The role ASTTBC Property Inspectors (PI) play in protecting the public is more comprehensive than most people realize, says Peter Link, CTech, CPI, CRA, Manager, House and Property Inspection Registrations. "Many think we are involved only in pre-purchase property inspections," says Peter. "Though this is an important part of what we do, our mandate is far more comprehensive."

Examples of the types of property inspections include:

A Certified House Inspector (CHI) provides residential dwelling inspections up to a maximum of four units, whereas the Certified Property Inspector (CPI) can provide residential and commercial building inspections with no restrictions.

Peter also reports that eight members recently graduated from the Okanagan College Strata Depreciation Course, a prerequisite to each receiving a Registered Reserve Fund Analyst (RRFA) designation. "Our members now meet the requirement of the recent changes of the BC Strata Property Act," says Peter. "In addition our members have been taking courses in recognition of Asbestos to meet WorkSafeBC requirements."

ASTTBC Offers Online Job Listings Service

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? ASTTBC's new job listing service, TechJOBS, is now active. Members can visit to view active listings. Employers can contact for information on how to post job openings.

"Employers asked if we were able to help their recruitment efforts reach ASTTBC's diverse membership. We're excited offering a service to assist our members with career and employment opportunities," says Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member and Program Development. Employers can post for the small fee of $275 + HST for 60 days. For more information and to search job listings, visit

MLA Michelle Mungall (Nelson-Creston) Talks with ASTTBC

Official Opposition Critic for Advanced Education Michelle Mungall met in Victoria with ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech, AScT, CAE, to talk about ASTTBC's new Report, A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in BC.

The two reviewed key elements of the Report, including targeted technology programming in northern and central BC. John recommended technology programming at Okanagan and Selkirk Colleges and the College of New Caledonia. He also updated Michelle on the agreement signed between ASTTBC, BCIT and the Vancouver Board of Education to introduce technology programming in K-12 leading to special enrolment consideration at BCIT. An ASTTBC certificate is planned for high school students who complete the program. 

ASTTBC is meeting with MLAs and other community and industry leaders as opportunity arises to talk about the Report's recommendations throughout BC.

Talking Tech Education with Prince George Mayor

During a recent visit to one of the communities in BC that ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, calls home, John met with Prince George Mayor Shari Green and CAO Kathleen Soltis. Technology education and careers and skill shortages were two key topics being discussed. The Mayor acknowledged the important role and contribution of ASTTBC members, both as employees of the City and also within the PG community. John talked about the need to support an enhanced science and technology culture in BC. 

Mayor Green and CAO Soltis reviewed the ASTTBC Report, A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in BC, noting ASTTBC's recommendations including the suggestion of adding technology training in K-12 and adding a new Civil Engineering Technology program at the College of New Caledonia. "It was a great meeting with Shari and Kathleen," said John Leech. "They were generous with their favourable comments about ASTTBC Technology Professionals and ASTTBC as an Association making a significant contribution to BC's professional regulatory system, the economy and education."

ASTTBC, Vancouver School Board and BCIT Collaboration

ASTTBC signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Vancouver School Board and BCIT to deliver technology training in K-12 leading to greater awareness of tech careers and special enrolment consideration at BCIT. As well, ASTTBC will issue a Certificate to high school graduates who complete the K-12 technology program. 

ASTTBC is working with other School Districts to secure similar agreements. The Kamloops School District will launch a Trades and Technology High School in 2014 and offer technology programming that will lead to technologist Diploma programming at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and Okanagan College in Kelowna. The Kamloops SD opened the Bert Edwards Science and Technology Elementary School four years ago, and ASTTBC was involved with that initiative.

The MoA signing was covered by the Vancouver Sun and Global News.

Member Compensation Survey Draw

The Member Compensation Survey for 2013 is currently online. Every two years, ASTTBC collects and publishes general labour market information of value to members and employers on salary trends of ASTTBC member disciplines.

We need your help to ensure we get the most complete salary information. Members completing the online survey will be entered in a draw for one of the following prizes:

Go to today to complete the survey and enter a chance to win a prize. Deadline to complete the survey is May 26, 2013.

ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues Notice

Please note important information about 2013 Annual Dues. We encourage all Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates to take note of the immediate changes.

"These changes will ensure a smoother and timelier handling of Annual dues invoicing, achieve greater effectiveness and further advance ASTTBC's TechGREEN agenda," said ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech. "We hope members appreciate the efforts being made to make better use of the funds entrusted to the Association."

Engaging Internationally Trained Professionals

ASTTBC is working on three projects with the BC Government to examine ways ASTTBC can more effectively enable Internationally Trained Professionals (ITP) to embrace new jobs and careers in BC.

ASTTBC will put in place programming to assist ITPs to better understand the BC environment for technology careers before making the decision to immigrate to Canada; and then, once landed, assist ITPs to secure employment in the technology field. The three projects include:

ASTTBC has created a website designed for ITPs, Later this year, the website will post 'Working in BC' content, which will include videos of ITPs sharing their experiences and career successes as Technologists and Technicians since arriving in BC.

ASTTBC Mentoring Program Update

The ASTTBC Mentoring Program, in partnership with IEC-BC and a variety of service providers, has completed the pilot cadre of eight Mentor-Mentee pairs. It's official: mentoring is a huge success. The reports from the service provider Coaches and the IEC-BC coordinator are everything we'd hoped they would be: both mentors and mentees are more than satisfied with the results of their collaborations, and we hope to bring you some of their stories live at the Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration (TARC) event later this year. By then, we may have been able to complete a second round of mentoring, and ASTTBC invites you to consider becoming a part of the process. View the video on the Mentoring page and see if mentoring is something you would want to do.

In the Media and on the Move

Congratulations to ASTTBC Past President Keith Switzer, AScT, and his team on winning the BC Curling Championship. "After 54 consecutive years of curling, I have finally managed to actually win a provincial championship," said Keith. "This team goes on now to represent BC in the Nationals in Ottawa in November." 

Honourary Member Sam Sullivan hosted his 15th Public Salon on April 3, 2013 and leaders from three techie organizations were there. Duane Geddes, Executive Director of TETRA, Nigel Lockyer, Director of TRIUMPH, and John Leech, Executive Director of ASTTBC, posed for a quick photo during the reception.

John Bowman will leave the position of President of the College of New Caledonia in Prince George on July 31, 2013 and take on the position of President at North Island College in Comox - Courtenay. "I wish John the very best in all that lies ahead," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. "John Bowman is a strong supporter of technology education and careers and enhancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in our communities and educational offerings."

Dr. Douglas MacLeod was appointed the first Chair of the new RAIC (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada) Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University. Douglas is currently the Associate Dean of Science, Technology and Health at Okanagan College and is recognized for his expertise in sustainable design and e-learning. This new program is a flexible work-study program for students who want to pursue an alternate path to a career in architecture and is the first online architectural program in Canada.

Kudos to Nathan Brooks, CTech, Civil Engineering Technologist, Opus Dayton Knight Consultants Ltd, and Zoran Radivojevic, AScT, Process & Piping Designer, AZ Petro Energy Enterprise Ltd, for participating in the Prince George Startup Weekend last March. "It was the best thing to happen to my start-up business," said Nathan. "I had the great team that helped me win the event, plus I found some good clients."

Geoff Sale, AScT, will be attending the Vancouver Maker Faire at the PNE Forum June 1 - 2, 2013 and encourages other ASTTBC members to come out and support this creative event.

In the March 2013 issue of BCIT Alumni News, Michael Sullivan, CTech, was featured in an article. Having graduated with Honors in 1995 from the Engineering Technology Program at BCIT and subsequently awarded a TOP in Technology award from ASTTBC in 2011, Michael, now an employee of Bush, Bohlman & Partners, is highly supportive of Part Time Studies at BCIT.

Kristopher Peters, GradTech, EIT, represented ASTTBC and the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC), as well as APEGBC and McElhanney, at the "Job Recruitment Fair 2013" in Adams Lake hosted by: Adams Lake Indian Band, Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band, Neskonlith Indian Band, Splatsin First Nation, and Sexqeltkemc Enterprises Incorporated. There were more than 100 job seekers who attended and had the opportunity to meet with potential employers.

Congratulations to Deanna Kehler, CTech, who won the survey entry prize for the BC Women In Technology Survey. The results will be posted on the ASTTBC and BCWiT websites in the near future. 

ASTTBC Council Director Richard Cave, AScT, participated in the College of Applied Biology's conference and AGM, held in Victoria on March 8, 2013. The event focused on legislative changes and professional practice as it applies to professionals working in applied biology. Richard represented ASTTBC on a panel discussion on professional collaboration, along with other professionals from APEGBC, CAB, ABCFP and BCIA.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 6

Members of ASTTBC shall keep informed to maintain proficiency and competence, to advance the body of knowledge within their discipline and further opportunities for the professional development of their associates.


  1. Members must ensure that both their proficiency and competence are maintained throughout their careers by remaining abreast of developments and knowledge in their area of expertise. This requires a personal commitment to ongoing professional development and continuing education.

    • CPD is mandatory for all ASTTBC registrants. The ASTT Act and Code of Ethics impose on registrants a duty to consistently pursue such self-directed CPD as may be required to ensure their continuing competence. While on-the-job learning can often be a useful way of enhancing existing skills, new areas of practice will generally require additional and quite specific knowledge, that which will allow the individual to make sound technical decisions, ones upon which full professional reliance can be placed by other members of the engineering team.

    • In the protection of the public interest ongoing CPD is a requirement of all Registrants.
  1. In addition to maintaining both their own proficiency and competence, members shall endeavor to contribute to the advancement of the body of knowledge within their areas of expertise.
  2. Members have a special obligation to demonstrate understanding, professionalism and technical expertise to members under their supervision.
  3. Within the framework of the practice of their profession, members are expected to participate in providing opportunities to further the professional development of their subordinates and colleagues.


Should there be a technologically driven or individually motivated shift in the area of technical activity, it is a members duty to attain and maintain competence in all areas of involvement.

Members are free to tackle new challenges and learn new skills through their work as long as successful completion of the assignment is not jeopardized, and honesty is maintained with the client or employer.

Where members render services based on computer programs, they shall do so only after taking steps to thoroughly understand the program, its underlying assumptions and its limitations.

Members should actively participate in technical and professional development seminars, continuing education programs and the presentation of papers at professional meetings. They should contribute to the dialogue fostered by their professional journals and support instructional activities in their area of involvement.

Duties assigned to non-certified members should make use of their training and experience and give them maximum exposure to the knowledge of experienced members, which would include informal discussions with senior members on ethical dilemmas, individual employment interests and professional growth to maintain an up-to-date and competitive capability to serve employers, clients and the public.

Non-certified members should be assisted in their advancement through teaching and thoughtful supervision and encouraged to become registered when they demonstrate adequate qualifications.

Complete Code of Ethics

Limitation Act Comes into Force June 1, 2013

The Civil Policy and Legislation Office, Ministry of Justice, has updated its website materials explaining the new Limitation Act. Transition information has been developed to help the legal community and the public transition from the current Act to the new Limitation Act. The new Limitation Act comes into force on June 1, 2013.

BC Elections 2013

On May 14, 2013, British Columbians will go to the polls to elect a new Government and ASTTBC is encouraging all members to get to know the issues, get involved and then to cast their ballots.

As a self-governing professional association incorporated under provincial statute, ASTTBC has the mandate to protect the public interest by regulating technology professionals. In this role ASTTBC regularly engages with and informs Government at all levels, including elected MLAs. ASTTBC does not align with any political party and sees its role as informing Government and other stakeholders on matters affecting ASTTBC's role and that of the 10,000 technology professionals regulated by ASTTBC.

ASTTBC encourages members to become informed on issues of importance to ASTTBC, such as those identified in A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in BC and the joint ASTTBC - APEGBC Report on the recognition of AScTs within a professional reliance model.

ASTTBC encourages members to ask questions of those running for office and advance with them key issues affecting the education, training, recognition and practice of ASTTBC-registered technology professionals.

TechPRO: Marion Houlbrook, AScT

A 2012 TOP in Technology Award recipient, Marion Houlbrook, AScT, grew up as an environmental advocate. Math and science were her focus in high school, where she boycotted her school cafeteria until they stopped using Styrofoam and started an Environmental Group.

After graduation Marion followed in her father's footsteps, working as a process operator in an oil refinery near Come-By-Chance in Newfoundland. Because she was the first female operator at the refinery, they had to build her a bathroom! A year later, Marion decided to take a new direction and enrolled in the Biological and Environmental Sciences Technology Diploma program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

Marion applied her new skills in various environmental sectors, including a microbiology and toxicology laboratory. She did emissions monitoring at the Methanex methanol plant, worked at a soil remediation facility and finally moved into environmental consulting, which brought her to BC. 

All along the way, membership in, first ASET in Alberta, and then ASTTBC, has been a vital part of Marion's career path. Her career in environmental consulting, where the variety keeps her engaged and learning, has focused on contaminated sites investigation and remediation. She is Senior Project Manager with SNC-Lavalin Environment, since 2000.

Marion enjoys snowboarding with her husband and their two children, seadooing in the summer, hiking and jogging with her dog, and dragon boating as part of a Breast Cancer Survivors team. Besides Cancer Society fundraising, Marion volunteers as a child worker with the Salvation Army.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Marion Houlbrook in posting your career story at Connect with former colleagues get your name in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Post your profile and if your name is mentioned in the e-News, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page. See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website.

ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming Events

One of the important ways ASTTBC supports the science and technology community in BC is by participating as a sponsor of industry and education events. Here are upcoming events:

Science Drawing Contest Winners

ASTTBC and APEGBC co-sponsored the 2013 National Engineering and Geoscience Month Drawing Contest to engage kids in science. Students were asked to draw something or someone that uses science to do something neat for a chance to win a $50 Chapters gift card. The contest received over 150 drawings from students across BC. Volunteer contest judges representing ASTTBC were Danielle Mac Gregor, BEd, Coordinator, Registrations; Toni-Lynn Card, AScT, ASTTBC Council Member; and Anne Sharp, BA, Manager, Marketing and Communications.

Hire a Co-op Student

Invest in the future and consider where a co-op student can contribute to your business. Camosun College has enthusiastic and energetic Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Co-op students ready to work for you beginning June 24, 2012.

To hire a Camosun Co-op student, contact Nan Judd, Co-op Employment Facilitator for Engineering Technologies: 250-370-4185.

Okanagan College invites you to recruit Engineering Technology Co-op students. Job descriptions are posted from January through September. Co-op students in Civil Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Water Engineering Technology are available to apply their knowledge and skills from May - August and September- December (4 or 8 month work terms). To begin the recruitment process, e-mail your job description to: or use the Okanagan College job posting form.

ASTTBC Foundation Bursaries Available

The ASTTBC Foundation offers bursaries to qualifying first and second year students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs in BC. Check the ASTTBC website for eligible programs and bursary selection requirements. Deadline to apply is July 31, 2013.

Message From:

Catherine Roome, P.Eng, FEC, President and CEO, BC Safety Authority, and Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC) Member: "At the BC Safety Authority we are convinced of the correlation between an increase in technical education and better safety outcomes. As future generations of workers increasingly rely on knowledge-based systems, it's up to all of us to support the delivery of the necessary skills and information for the work of tomorrow." 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on Continuing Professional Development and use the web site designed to help members record CPD activities.

Professional Development Opportunities

There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, seminars and coming events on the ASTTBC website.

Here's just a sample if you follow the links:

Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs More info

BCIT's Part Time Studies More info

BCIT Sustainable Energy Management Certificate Program (online) More info

2013 Skills Canada National Competition, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver June 5 - 8, 2013
More Info

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