ASTTBC e-News, August 2015
ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC 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 website.
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This year's 2015 AGM & Conference had over 190 participants! From our survey evaluation results it is clear that ASTTBC members had positive reviews for the event, such as "This was my first ASTTBC AGM. I was pleasantly surprised and liked the presentations."
The business session highlighted ASTTBC's 2014 accomplishments, introduced the 2015-2016 council and acknowledged the 25, 40 and 50 year members of ASTTBC.
72% of respondents rated the Keynote Speaker, Ryan Berlin, as very good to excellent for his presentation. Ryan provided thought provoking insight into demographics (including aging and immigration) and how that impacts the labour force.
The day included two panels — each with its own perspective and focus on the BC's economic stability.
The luncheon was a time for conversation with new and old friends as well as recognizing recipients of Service Awards and Certificates of Appreciation.
We congratulate the winner of the ASTTBC Prize Package for completing the AGM evaluation survey, Simon Cantin, CTech!
The evaluation survey indicated that just over 80% of those surveyed rated their overall impression of the 2015 AGM as very good to excellent. We thank all those who shared that day with us and for completing the evaluation survey. We will use the feedback to make the ASTTBC 2016 AGM even better and look forward to seeing you next May!
We believe that recognition is important. When a technology professional in our community is excelling at what they do, and making important contributions to the lives of those around them, ASTTBC wants to be there to acknowledge their outstanding work. We created the 'TOP in Technology Award' to celebrate excellence in the field. ASTTBC would like to announce the following 2015 Top in Technology Award Recipients. We congratulate and applaud them for their outstanding professional contributions as technology professionals!
Avtar Bhatti, AscT
Mario de Rezendes, CTech
Nino Maletta, AscT
Marija Soklic, AscT
Mark Demecha, AscT
Bruce Joiner, AscT
Toby Seward, AscT
Alan Maddock, RFPT
Ron Doucette, AscT
Deborah Sansome, CTech
Mark Burleigh, AScT, RTMgr
Doug Brough, AscT
Rick Cammidge, AScT
Do you know an ASTTBC member who is making outstanding contributions? We would love the opportunity to acknowledge them for their work! Please help us acknowledge professional excellence.
MORE information about the Top in Technology Awards
This annual one-day symposium entitled 'Building Fundamentals: Put Into Practice' will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
They will examine how fundamentals in the building envelope industry are put into practice. Industry professionals will explore new and existing technologies, the legislated Building Act and case studies from a range of areas, including building energy requirements, below grade construction, spray foam insulation and the living building challenge.
For more information and to register, visit the WEBSITE
An ASTTBC Member Breakfast Meeting is scheduled in Kelowna on Friday, October 16th at the Coast Capri Hotel (Ballroom Salon B) from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.
Members in the Kelowna area are asked to keep an eye on their email for registration details which will be sent out in September.
Make plans to attend! This is your opportunity to meet ASTTBC's newly elected President Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL and network with other Technology Professionals. Keith and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE encourage you to join them and to bring along a non-member and your employer.
Keith and John are looking forward to breakfast with you. Let's hope Keith's transportation makes the Connector!
In 2012, ASTTBC led a team made up of Technology Professionals and educators from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and BC to Manila to meet with the Philippine Professional Regulatory Commission and to visit their educational institutions.
Our mission was to learn more about the Philippine education system and more specifically engineering education. The visitation, a partnership between the BC Government, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) and ASTTBC, produced a very positive outcome with a much healthier appreciation of each other's education and training programs.
A visit to the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver by ASTTBC Manager, Internationally Trained Technology Professionals, Geoff Sale, AScT and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE earlier this year, set the stage for further work between the Philippines and BC, particularly important as many immigrants come to BC and seek registration with ASTTBC.
The Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, The Hon. Michelle Rempel (MP for Calgary Centre-North), visited Nanaimo last week, and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE was given the opportunity to meet him.
"We had a brief chat about technology professionals and their contribution to economic development," said Leech. "The minister was very engaging and keen to learn more about the work of technology professionals."
John presented the minister with an eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.
Krzysztof Olendzki, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Vancouver and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE recently talked about credential recognition and portability of credentials between Poland and BC. Economic ties between BC and Poland and possible future joint initiatives made for an hour of invigorating conversation at the consulate office.
The Consul General had many achievements during his career, from his work in the European Union and service in Italy and Tunisia, to field assignments, and finally to his appointment in September 2014 as Consul General in Vancouver.
"It was a delightful conversation and a great connection," said ASTTBC's Leech. "We hit it off right from the time we sat down. Our conversation quickly focused on education, training, credential recognition and portability of qualifications."
The two spoke about the work of the BC government in terms of foreign credential recognition, skill needs in BC and building linkages for mutual economic growth and development.
"We agreed on a few areas where we can work together to enhance the experiences of business and individuals wishing to transport their skills to the other countries," concluded Leech.
The consul general was presented with an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by First Nations artist Len McKay.
The federal government Minister of Labour and Minister of Support of Women, the Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, was on hand in Vancouver last month to announce funding for the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST) and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE served as the Master of Ceremonies for the announcement.
John is also a member of the APGST Board.
The minister was accompanied by MP Wai Young (Vancouver-South) and MP Andrew Saxton (North Vancouver), who is also Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.
The minister's announcement spoke to the importance of skills development and the role of APGST in working with employers, training organizations, unions, professional associations and workers to assure a qualified workforce that meets the needs of business and industry.
ASTTBC leaders met with Hon. Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business and one of the ministers responsible for reviewing government regulation. During the conversation, we indicated that ASTTBC is willing to assist in identifying areas where current legislation / regulation / policy / process ("regulation") might be changed, reduced or eliminated altogether to enhance business practice and productivity. ASTTBC indicated to the minister and staff that we would consult with our 10,000+ members to invite suggestions, which will be pulled together in a submission to the government.
ASTTBC asks YOU to consider areas where you are involved with projects where government regulation is in play and offer suggestions as to how the regulation might be changed to make business practice more streamlined, effective and better serve the public interest.
We believe ASTTBC members, as vital stakeholders in the BC economy, have the ability to contribute valuable insight into public policy reform.
"This is a great opportunity for ASTTBC members to step up and assist ASTTBC in support of government's work to address red tape issues," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "The ASTTBC president and I are committed to rolling up our sleeves and helping out. ASTTBC members, given their role in economic and environmental development, are in a unique position to identify areas warranting change."
Please EMAIL your suggestions for change by October 15th, 2015. Your submission should reference the specific regulation (link to website), an example of how the current regulatory situation is challenging and your suggestion as to how the regulation might change. Provide your contact information so we can follow up directly. To add a little SIZZLE, we will enter all names into a draw for some great ASTTBC regalia. Thanks for your consideration of this request.
BC GOVERNMENT'S REGULATORY REFORM INITIATIVE
The 2015 APEGBC (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia) Annual Conference and AGM will be hosted in scenic Kelowna at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre this year. The conference provides members the opportunity to connect with other professional engineers and geoscientists, government representatives, industry leaders, consultants and sponsors and exhibitors. Last year, over 1,000 delegates attended.
The theme this year is "Build Your Value in a Competitive World." Learn how you can expand your knowledge and become more valuable in BC, Canada, and worldwide.
Entry deadline is October 5th, 2015!
The Georgie Awards®, operated and hosted by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, are recognized both provincially and nationally as the residential construction industry's most prestigious awards program. The annual awards honour outstanding excellence in all areas of building including planning, design and construction, renovation, marketing, innovation, special achievement and more.
Submitting an entry for the Georgie Awards® provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase projects, innovative designs and the high standard of quality that conveys a company's level of commitment and professionalism to customers while gaining valuable exposure.
ASTTBC encourages all its members that are eligible to take advantage of this opportunity to highlight their commitment to building excellence!
One of the world's top places for theoretical physics has to be the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario. PI as it is generally known, has become a magnet for physicists from all over the world.
In its work PI not only produces papers in fields such as cosmology, quantum computing and string theory but it runs an extensive outreach program for physics education. This program includes week-long sessions for physics teachers, as well as for physics students at the grade 10-12 levels, and it includes the production and distribution of high quality lesson materials for modern physics.
Some forty teachers, primarily from Canada but also from across the United States and countries such as Estonia, India and New Zealand were in attendance. The lone attendee from India managed to get his glider to go the full length of the massive atrium and he was awarded a $25 prize paid in Bitcoin!
Following the plane toss many attendees wanted to know about ASTTBC and Vogel explained that ASTTBC is a longtime supporter of his Physics Balsa Bridge Building Contest.
The Bridge Contest, now in its 35th year is held annually at Vancouver's Notre Dame Senior Secondary School, where young minds and bridge building skills are put to the test.
This led some to consider approaching similar organizations in their respective communities upon their return from the program.
The linked photo below was taken by Peter Vogel, a Vancouver teacher who attended the Einstein Plus program for physics teachers in early July.
PHOTO of physics teachers from around the world waiting to launch their ASTTBC Balsa Planes at the 2015 summer conference
The current job market in today's economy is scarce, meaning that for most sectors, supply greatly outweighs demand. This has made it increasingly difficult for people to find work, especially students and recent graduates. However, despite this uncertainty, young professionals certified with ASTTBC face a unique and exciting opportunity. According to British Columbia's Labour Market Outlook 2022, there will be roughly one million new job openings in the economy over the next decade, with a large portion of these openings occurring within the applied technology sector.
As future job openings across the province call for employees to upgrade their skill sets, professional certification plays a significant role in helping employers find the right people to take hold of these opportunities. Employers through-out the province see professional accreditation as a commitment and dedication to an employee's working profession, which highlights the importance of membership with ASTTBC.
In fact, according to Melissa Murer Corrigan, President of the Institution for Credentialing Excellence: "Certification matters. Professional credentials provide employers and employees with recognition for time and training undertaken to develop expertise within their specific field."
Current members have also commented on the importance of their membership with ASTTBC, and how they believe it plays an important role in their professional lives. Poonum Gill, GradTech, an active volunteer with BC Women in Technology (BCWiT), recently told us that "professional registration is very important, since it gives technologists and technicians a standing in the professional world" and that "membership with ASTTBC solidifies our recognition as technology professionals."
To mark the B.C. Day weekend, a new Medal of Good Citizenship was unveiled by the BC government. The medal will recognize individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness, and outstanding contribution to community life.
The front of the Medal of Good Citizenship features the shield of the province. On the back, a stylized version of B.C.'s floral emblem, the Pacific Dogwood, and the words, 'Generosity, Service and Selflessness' are engraved to honour the kindness and generous acts of recipients.
ASTTBC members are encouraged to consider good citizens making a difference in your communities and to nominate them for this new recognition.
Nominations for the medal close on Friday, September 25th, 2015.
DETAILS on how to nominate worthy individuals
Congratulations to Mechanical Designer Andrew Kadziola, AScT, winner of the ASTTBC Tech Sizzles BBQ Gift Basket Draw on LinkedIn!
Members are invited to link their LinkedIn profiles to ASTTBC’s company page, so employers reviewing can see the ASTTBC seal of approval. EMAIL our Community Manager for support if you’re having trouble.
Here’s another chance to fire up your grilling game! Members following ASTTBC on LinkedIn will have their names placed in a draw to win a Technology Sizzles BBQ Gift Basket from ASTTBC. If you aren’t following us on LinkedIn, head over and click the FOLLOW BUTTON!
Our Technology Sizzles BBQ Gift Basket ($125 value) includes:
ASTTBC signature 'Technology Sizzles ... Get Cooking with ASTTBC' BBQ Apron, Langley's House of Q BBQ Rub, Rick's Aromatic Herb & Spice Asian Meat Rub, Whistler's famous Gourmet BBQ Sauce, stainless steel BBQ tongs and silicone basting brush, a $50.00 M&M Meat Shop gift card, and a gourmet vegetable grilling wok.
The next ASTTBC Tech Sizzles BBQ Gift Basket will be awarded on September 1st.
PHOTO of the latest winner
The Export Success Program (ESP), a new national initiative of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), is offering training programs starting in August.
BC Vice President Marcus Ewert-Johns is inviting ASTTBC members to register for the training seminars. The first seminar is a two-day session that will cover the current and future global business environment from both local and global perspectives. Throughout the CME training sessions individuals will acquire a framework for planning as they incorporate the most important elements of the international trade strategy building process.
ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE and Marcus signed a Memorandum of Agreement in 2014 signaling that the two organizations will work together in areas of common interest.
2015 marks twenty years of business for Herold Engineering. Starting out with a one person office in Nanaimo, Herold Engineering now has additional branches in Victoria and Fort Nelson.
ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE recently visited Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr, who works for Herold at their Victoria office. Sarah is the Secretary Treasurer on ASTTBC Council and a project manager for civil engineering projects at Herold. It was at this meeting that John learned that Herold Engineering is celebrating twenty years and shortly after he connected with Herold Principal, Mike Herold, PEng, Struct. Eng., M.I.Struct.E, LEED AP to learn more.
"Herold Engineering is very excited to be celebrating our twentieth anniversary," said Mike Herold. "We are proud to have been able to work collaboratively with so many members of ASTTBC over all these years."
In its first twenty years Herold Engineering has received awards from a number of groups including LEED Canada, Canadian Green Building Council, City of Nanaimo, Vancouver Regional Construction Association and Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce. Herold Engineering was a 2014 recipient of the ASTTBC EMPLOYER AWARD for Career Enhancement and Success of Technology Professionals.
"Our success would not have been what it is without the support of the technologists and technicians in our own company and those outside the company that we work with every day," concluded Mike Herold. "Thank you ASTTBC for the good work that you do."
Herold Engineering ARTICLE in Business Examiner
"I am honoured to have been elected to the District of Lantzville Council. I look forward to working with council, and the community, to move forward and implement the vision of the Official Community Plan," said Bob Colclough, AScT, after his election to the Lantzville Council.
Bob is a Past President (1997 - 1999) of ASTTBC. "With so many opportunities it is going to be an exciting time for Lantzville and I am thrilled to be a part of it," concluded Colclough.
The BCIT SAE Baja Team recently participated in the SAE Baja Racing Competition in Portland, Oregon. At the time of the competition, the team comprised of 17 diploma and 9 degree students (22 of which are ASTTBC members). Their task in the contest was to apply engineering knowledge to design and build a one-person Mini-Baja vehicle. The team was then evaluated based on the vehicle's performance in both static and dynamic events including maneuverability races, acceleration challenge, rock craw, hill climb and a four-hour endurance race. The static events involved a design and sales presentation. Congrats to the BCIT SAE Baja Team!
CLIP of the team in action
ASTTBC has just launched a new information website focusing on professional responsibility and liability insurance. The site features a number of topics to help members understand the different components of ASTTBC's insurance program, different types of liability coverage, and important risk reduction and management strategies.
INFO on ASTTBC’s Insurance Brokers — Willis Canada
Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) is undertaking a study on the technical disciplines within our profession, involving research, stakeholder engagement and analysis. They are seeking to understand the value that industry, regulators and professionals hold for specific certifications, where new disciplines are needed — and alternatively, would the professional designation without an associated technology be sufficient to meet the needs of the market?
ASTTBC members are encouraged to lend a hand as Technology Professionals Canada, a national affiliation of provincial professional associations, launches this study on technical disciplines.
Read more HERE
A sustainable skilled work force and promoting technology education and careers looms high on the list of areas for cooperation between BCEA and ASTTBC.
"I look forward to working with Barbette as we fulfill the potential of the MoA," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "I am confident the two organizations will accumulate many achievements in the years ahead."
1. Are you new to economic development?
2. Are you seasoned in economic development but perhaps it may be time to learn about some of the current trends?
3. Are you going after your certification, either through EDAC or IEDC?
4. Are you interested in finding ways to help your community or region grow?
If you have answered yes to even just one of these questions then you should register to join economic development professionals from Western Canada at the Western Economic Development Course on October 25th to 28th, 2015 at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.
This premier program offers a concentrated focus in the basic concepts, methods and strategies of local economic development. Whether you're new to economic development or not, this course will provide you with fresh tools and ideas you will be able to implement in your community. Participants are eligible to earn credits towards EcD and/or CeCD Certification.
Using his amazing photographic talents Dr. Gordon Gore has published a 17-month calendar full of beautiful and unique wildlife photos that were taken at the Dunes Golf Club in Kamloops.
A bargain at $10 (plus tax), these calendars will help the BIG Little Science Centre continue to create special, hands on science programs for the community. ALL of the $10 goes to the centre.
These calendars will make fantastic gifts for birthdays, Christmas and all other special occasions. The calendar begins in this month, August 2015 and runs to the end of December 2016.
Pick up one or more at the science centre at 655 Holt Street in Kamloops or call 250-554-2572 to reserve yours today.
Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments.
Send 200 words or less to the E-NEWS EDITOR
If your membership was cancelled due to nonpayment of dues and fees please call our office to reinstate and we will review your file.
If you decide to renew at a later date, reinstatement may require additional academic and experience requirements, a practice and ethics exam, and a full review by the Board of Examiners.
Please EMAIL Lumi Guias or call (604) 585-2788 ext. 237 for the status of your dues and fees.
The College and Institutes Canada (CICan) Clean Tech Internship is funded by the Government of Canada through the Environment Canada Science Horizon Youth Internship Program. It will provide opportunities to college students and recent graduates to work for eligible employers contributing to improved environmental and economic outcomes in Canada. Employers can be eligible for a $12,000 grant, when they hire an intern. Interns come from studies in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at colleges and institutes. Employers may find their own potential interns or CICan can provide candidates.
Eligibility CRITERIA for employers
Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how students can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Russel Grant Dobie, AScT is a Distribution Capital Program & Project Delivery Manager for BC Hydro.
Dobie obtained his Journeyman Electrician qualifications in 1986, moved into electrical engineering design and became a registered Applied Science Technician (CTech). In 2002, he sought registration as an Applied Science Technologist and became a Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2004. From 1992 to 2001, Russell Dobie worked for UBC Utilities, and in 2002 moved to BC Hydro Distribution Engineering.
Dobie is a member of the ASTTBC Board of Examiners, is an ASTTBC Council Director and a member of the Joint ASTTBC / APEGBC Professional Technologist Taskforce. ASTTBC wishes to thank Russell Dobie for his continued valuable contributions!
- Designed new underground feeder installations for major municipal utilities.
- New overhead distribution circuit tie between Lytton and Spences Bridge.
- Managed the first BC Hydro Remote Community Electrification project for the community of Toad River.
- Design and manage the BC Hydro distribution submarine cable system.
"I sought registration with ASTTBC to advance my career in the electrical engineering field," states Dobie, "As a Journeymen Electrician, I developed an aptitude and interest in electrical engineering and became an Applied Science Technologist while working as an Electrical Engineering Assistant."
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
ALLPOINTS Fire Protection is looking for a Fire Protection Technician/Programmer in Prince George, BC.
Provide an opinion on a professional subject only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge and honest conviction.
(a) Members shall clearly distinguish between facts, assumptions, and opinions in reference to applied science, information and engineering technology in the preparation of reports, in conversation with clients and colleagues, in statements to the media, in the publication of papers and articles, and in discussion in a public forum.
(b) Members shall not make statements, criticisms, or arguments generated or paid for by private interests on matters relating to public policy, unless they indicate on whose behalf the statements are being made.
(c) Members shall ensure, to the best of their ability, that statements attributed to them properly reflect their professional opinion.
(d) Members shall not misrepresent their qualifications to their clients or their employers.
(e) Members shall engage or provide advice on engaging, experts or specialists when, in their judgment, such services are in the best interests of their client or employer.
It is the responsibility of the members to clearly and accurately express the results of their work, and avoid bias due to political, economic or other non-technical factors. When called upon, members shall do their best to ensure that their professional opinions are accurately represented. When presenting complex issues to a non-technical audience, in order to avoid misinterpretation, members must simplify their discussions without losing the critical elements. Members shall separate their personal views from their professional activities and be impartial and factual when expressing professional opinions.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.
To update your ASTTBC contact information, please LOGIN and use our online form.
There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as Technology Professionals!
Here's just a sample if you follow the links:
APEGBC Presents -Microsoft Project Training for Engineers and Geoscientists
Vancouver BC, September 1st, 2015
The Art of Leadership
Vancouver BC, September 14th, 2015
BC Building Envelope Council Conference - Building Fundamentals: Put Into Practice
Vancouver BC, September 23rd, 2015
Thank-you for reading our August e-News and enjoy the rest of your summer!