ASTTBC e-News, December 2014
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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Thank you to our many members, volunteers and colleagues, for your support in making 2014 a productive and progressive year. As we look ahead, 2015 promises to be another sizzling year for ASTTBC. We look forward to your continued support and wish you a warm, relaxing holiday season and a healthy, prosperous new year. Please note the ASTTBC Office is closed December 24, 2014 - January 2, 2015.
A small group from ASTTBC as well as representatives from BCIT and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), is back from a trip to India, for the purpose of getting on the ground and coming to a much better understanding of the education system. Because many immigrants come to BC and seek credential recognition through ASTTBC it is important that the association have the highest level of understanding of their education in order to more effectively process their applications. Registrar Charles Joyner lead this group that included technology professional experts in civil, electrical, electronics, geomatics, information and mechanical technologies.
ASTTBC has been working with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training for several years for the purpose of enhancing ASTTBC's professional regulatory environment to enhance the experience of immigrants as they seek recognition of their credentials, look for rewarding career opportunities directly tied to their foreign credentials and settle their families.
"ASTTBC has made a number of strategic adjustments and introduced new resources since we launched our first project about three years ago," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
This work included:
- a dedicated WEBSITE
- a number of career videos to address key issues faced by Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTP)
- software that will eventually post information on a Canadian assessment of foreign credentials
- a 'Provisional' registration so that ITTPs can get fully assessed before coming to BC / Canada. This helps them 'hit the deck running' when they arrive in BC
- removal of the one year Canadian experience requirement, and replacing it with a statement of competencies required to get full professional registration
- the ITTP Leadership Forum to help guide ASTTBC initiatives
- a visit to the Philippines in 2012 to learn more of their education system
- a visit to China in 2008 as part of an OACETT initiative
"The Ministry of Jobs has been a great partner in moving ASTTBC into a lead position in terms of enabling ITTPs as they seek full credential recognition and pursue meaningful career opportunities in BC," added John Leech.
ASTTBC has signed additional agreements with the BC Government and these projects will develop competencies for all Technical Specialists.
ASTTBC meets regularly with Cabinet Ministers and other Members of the Legislature (MLAs) and, from time to time, ASTTBC representatives are introduced to the legislature. Attending a day of meetings in November were members of the ASTTBC Council Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr and David Sparanese, AScT, CPWI 3, who joined ASTTBC President, Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS (who had to leave before the legislative session) and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
Minister of Advanced Education, the Hon. Amrik Virk, minister responsible for the ASTT Act, introduced Sarah, David and John Leech to the legislature. During his brief remarks, the minister paid tribute to Herold Engineering for receiving an ASTTBC Employer Award at the 2014 TARC ceremony. The following was extracted from Hansard, the official record of the legislative sessions (italic added):
Hon. A. Virk:
Today I'm happy to introduce three members of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. who represent thousands of technology professionals. It is one of B.C.'s largest self-regulating associations. CEO John Leech started with them in 1974 when they had 1,000 members, and they have over 10,000 members today.
I'd also like to introduce David Sparanese, who is a street operations manager for the district of Saanich. He's one of the council members with ASTTBC. Also in attendance in the precinct today is Sarah Campden, who is a civil technologist for Herold Engineering and is a council member. I was honoured to be at the ASTTBC annual awards dinner, and Herold Engineering was recognized as one of the employers of the year.
Would the House please join me in making these three guests welcome.
MLA George Heyman, a member of the Opposition and an attendee at the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration in early November, jumped in soon after the minister spoke to add his comments:
It gives me great pleasure to join the Minister of Advanced Education in welcoming John Leech and the other representatives of ASTTBC. I, as well as the minister, was at their awards banquet. The best part of the recognition awards is hearing the stories of the recipients about the course of their career, the discoveries they've made, the building of different parts of the economy that depend on applied science technologists and technicians.
I'm sure everybody joins me and the minister in welcoming them here today.
Premier's Natural Resource Forum in Prince George
The Premier's BC Natural Resource Forum takes place in Prince George January 20 – 23, 2015. This is a 'must attend' event for those who are working in the resource sector and those leading initiatives that relate directly to the sector. ASTTBC is at the table this year as a PINNACLE SPONSOR. In 2013 Premier Christy Clark added her support to the event now serving as the lead and keynote speaker.
"ASTTBC has been a partner in this event for a decade," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "We see value in connecting with the leaders involved in the sector and hearing first hand where the sector is going and the opportunities and issues at hand."
ASTTBC will have a booth in the trade fair, once again continuing our support for the event. ASTTBC members are invited to attend the booth for a couple of hours to help speak to delegates about the association. If you are interested please EMAIL Karen Taylor.
ASTTBC will host a couple of member meetings while in Prince George. Watch for an announcement on a general member meeting or go to the website and look under seminars and on www -What's New. A special meeting for Fire Protection Technicians is also planned by invitation only.
"I ask all ASTTBC members to consider attending the forum, and most definitely attending the ASTTBC meetings", encourages Leech.
9th Western Canada RoboCup Junior in Kelowna
The Electronic Engineering Department of Okanagan College in Kelowna held the 9th Western Canada Robocup Junior on December 5th, and ASTTBC was proud to be a sponsor.
SEE the winners' list
PHOTOS of the challenge
Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) 67th Conference and AGM in Nanaimo
ASTTBC is proud to be a bronze sponsor of this annual event, and registration is now open!
"Today's Choices: Tomorrow's Forests," is this year's theme and the event will be taking place in Nanaimo from February 18th to 20th, 2015. It will cover the issues forestry professionals face and how the choices made today impact future forest resources. Participants at the conference will consider and debate a variety of engaging topics facing the forest sector in BC.
The full conference package is being offered at a discounted rate of $395 until January 15th, after which it will increase to $495. For the latest information on rates, program and speakers, see the CONFERENCE WEBSITE.
2014 Georgie Awards Gala in Vancouver
The Georgie Awards® are recognized as Canada's premier housing awards program that highlights and celebrates excellence in home building in British Columbia.
Award recipients are members of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, for projects and products built, renovated, developed, created and/or marketed for the period of January 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014.
The gala takes place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver this February 27th. ASTTBC is happy to be a bronze sponsor of this inspiring event!
FULL list of sponsors
Camosun College's Capstone Symposium in Victoria
ASTTBC was a proud sponsor the recent Camosun College Capstone Symposium. The event showcases projects from the graduating students of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Program.
The DOUGLAS BUSINESS MAGAZINE featured the event and provided details on the student's presentations.
David Sparanese, AScT, CPWI 3 ASTTBC council member, attended on behalf of ASTTBC and was duly impressed with the quality of the showcase. David went on to say...
"It was a pleasure for me to return to my former school, not as a student thankfully, but on behalf of the council of ASTTBC to attend the Camosun College, Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology - Capstone Symposium. The projects that I saw were very interesting, innovative and forward thinking. With some fine-tuning and marketing, some of the projects were almost ready for mass production and available for the consumer market. I would like to extend my congratulations to the faculty and students that participated in the event. Keep up the great work! You are the future of Electronics and Computing Technology!"
SEE the photo
ACEC-BC Transportation Conference in Burnaby
ASTTBC is a Gold Sponsor for this event being held on January 28th.
Each year ACEC-British Columbia, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Translink co-host a one-day transportation conference showcasing the future direction and trends surrounding the province's transportation plans. The focus of Transportation Growth in the 21st Century is on financing and growth management in BC's transportation sector.
REGISTER by January 21st
SPEATBC Annual Dinner Banquet in Surrey
ASTTBC is a Gold Sponsor for this event being held on February 21st.
SPEATBC (Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC) is a non-profit organization, which has successfully brought together engineers and technologists from different disciplines from both Canada and the Indian subcontinent. They represent all disciplines including Electrical, Computer, Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Environmental, Metallurgical Engineers and all Applied Science Technologists and Technicians.
The society also has four scholarships that they offer. The deadline for applying for these scholarships is Jan 31st, 2015. MORE detailed scholarship information.
The dinner banquet will be happening at the Royal King Palace in Surrey. EMAIL for more info.
Join economic development professionals, industry, first nations, local governments, and others as they meet to discuss best practices in economic development as well as updates to BC's changing economy.
BCEDA is also pleased to announce that we will be hosting the IEDC Economic Development Marketing and Attraction Course immediately following the Summit. Sign up for both and receive an additional $50 discount.
In 2009, I remember reading information from ASTTBC about a new professional designation that was under development: the Register Technology Manager (RTMgr). This caught my attention when I researched it further I learned that ASTTBC was developing this designation "for ASTTBC members who are now working as or looking to move up to positions of managing in a technology environment".
This immediately resonated with me as throughout my career I have been fortunate to have worked in a number of different positions but the one constant is that they all have involved leadership or management. As a member of ASTTBC since my college in the mid-1990s and a registered Applied Science Technologist since 2000, I felt that the RTMgr designation was another important aspect of my professional development. As soon as it was announced that applications were being accepted, I completed and submitted my application package.
Certification as an RTMgr is not a simple or easy process, nor should it be. Applicants must be an AScT or CTech, have a minimum of six years of management experience, and have achieved the requirements as established by the Registered Technology Manager Certification Board, or have completed an approved education program and have a minimum of two years of relevant management experience in a technical environment. The identified competencies involve primary and secondary requirements that address typical duties required of one managing in a technology environment.
As a result of these highs standards for certification, employers, clients, and the general public can be assured that successful applicants have proven their skills and abilities. To the successful applicant, it reinforces and affirms one's dedication, achievements, and hard work and allows them to be proud that they have achieved the stringent requirements set by the certification board.
I was pleased to see ASTTBC develop a professional designation that recognized the hard work and challenges associated with managing in a technology environment; I would strongly encourage all those members who meet these requirements to apply for this designation.
As much as my designation as an AScT recognizes and validates my education and technical capabilities in the applied sciences, my RTMgr designation recognizes and validates my management and leadership experiences and abilities.
Keith Meldrum, AScT, RTMgr
"Good Question," an ASTTBC-commissioned music video, was unveiled at the 2014 TARC in Vancouver.
In it you can see what happens when two kids accidentally shrink the Kerplunks and must find a way to un-shrink them, using hands-on inventions. Good Question is about the basis of science -asking a good question and finding a good answer!
"The new Kerplunks video showcases general elements of engineering technology in a fun way," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "This is the third in a series of videos beginning with 'Technology' and 'Everyday Science', designed to draw attention to careers in technology. At a high level we are promoting STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math."
50 years ago BCIT opened its doors and started offering technologist education programs that tie directly to ASTTBC's requirements for registration as an AScT. In time, evening courses were introduced and technician certificates emerged.
BCIT hosted 1,300 alumni, professional and industry associations, industry leaders, staff and many other stakeholders at a special gala to celebrate the occasion. ASTTBC was a sponsor for the event and hosted an ASTTBC table.
BCIT Vice President, advancement and Alumni Relations, Paul McCullough, sent a note of appreciation to ASTTBC:
"On behalf of BCIT, thank you for sharing your time with us to celebrate BCIT's 50th Anniversary. You helped to make our gala evening of tribute and celebration of BCIT's first 50 years extra special."
Photos from the event are NOW AVAILABLE on BCIT Flickr. BCIT hosted a special reception for the BCIT Board and guests and ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT and others were in attendance.
VIEW photos of the Board and President's Reception
"ASTTBC and BCIT have enjoyed a 50 year partnership," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford.
"A large share of ASTTBC members are BCIT grads and BCIT programs lead to professional registration with ASTTBC."
ASTTBC donated $5,000 to the BCIT Foundation in recognition of BCIT's 50th anniversary.
"ASTTBC's modest contribution speaks to the ASTTBC -BCIT partnership over 50 years," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "We value our many links with BCIT and look forward to future joint initiatives in support of technology education and careers."
The ASTTBC donation was presented to BCIT at a special gala to launch a year of celebration in recognition of BCIT's 50th anniversary.
PHOTO of Kathy Kinloch and Adam Pion receiving a cheque from ASTTBC
Do you know a BCIT Alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in any of the following areas?
- applied research
- entrepreneurial innovation
- professional development
- public or community service
- trade or industry contributions
Now is your chance to nominate an outstanding BCIT student or alumnus for the 2015 DAA Awards! Applications are being accepted until January 31, 2015.
The announcement by Premier Clark that the Site C Dam will proceed is viewed by business and industry as a good news story, adding significant capacity to BC's energy resources. Business leaders have also noted one of the big challenges going forward will be the availability of skilled workers.
"ASTTBC will support the initiative by working with Government to ensure the availability of technology talent and the appropriate utilization of the skills of the practitioners working on the project," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech. "Given the current technical skills shortages in BC, especially in rural areas of the province, it is essential that BC post-secondary colleges and BCIT increase graduate numbers in two year technology programs, notably civil engineering, electrical engineering and environmental technology."
Leech suggested that the proposed civil engineering technology program at the College of New Caledonia should be funded immediately and delivered in collaboration with Northern Lights Community College to achieve the most effective delivery and engage many of the key northern communities. The ASTTBC CEO also suggested a delivery model involving Northwest Community College given the need for civil engineering technologists for LNG projects.
"BC has seen no growth in two year engineering technology programs in over a decade", stressed Leech. "Labour Market Information points to the need for additional technical talent to meet current demands. With the addition of Site C and with anticipated LNG projects, it is time to make a significant investment in engineering technology programming in BC."
Leech suggested that a modest annual investment of $5 million will provide the foundation for a few select new or expanded programs throughout BC, and he urged government to guide the development of new technology programming as a priority.
The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC is a self-governing professional, association of over 10,000 engineering and applied science technologists, technicians and technical specialists.
Over the last decade ASTTBC has, in addition to its professional regulatory role, also taken a lead role in promoting technology education and careers.
Premier Clark has announced Site that the Site C Dam will go ahead. Business Vancouver covered the STORY
ASTTBC will also weigh in particularly as it pertains to the need for technical talent for the project and the effective use of all practitioners.
The barbeque experience was given a major lift this past summer with many from ASTTBC sporting the new TECHNOLOGY SIZZLES apron. The new slogan, 'TECHNOLOGY SIZZLES', will help showcase ASTTBC's efforts as we promote technology education and careers over the next five years.
Launched at the 2014 Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration, TECHNOLOGY SIZZLES will appear as part of ASTTBC's literature and, yes, some of our 'swag', such as the new BBQ apron.
ASTTBC staff brought together the slogan and the tag line 'Get Cooking With ASTTBC' and plastered it on fancy aprons which, by the way, work equally good outside as well as in the kitchen.
ASTTBC long time member and active supporter, Bill Billups, AScT, sent us a picture sporting the new apron and an ASTTBC cap. Bill sent us a note and a challenge, "Technology is sizzling on a BRAND NEW BBQ at the Billups' house. I challenge all ASTTBC members to get sizzling and send in their best sizzle shots."
While it was a little late to get rolling in 2014, the ASTTBC CEO says staff has been thinking about a photo contest for some time and will seriously look into launching something in 2015.....stay tuned!
PHOTO of Bill Billups at the grill
ASTTBC is pleased to announce the appointment of Grant Lachmuth, AScT, RTMgr to the Board of Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), a national body responsible for the accreditation of technologist and technician programs in Canada. Grant was a member of the board during the start-up phase and will now serve when the TAC is officially launched in January 2015.
MORE information on TAC
Grant is currently Director of GeoStablization International (GSI), Canada Division, where he is responsible for business development and client relations within the Canadian marketplace and beyond.
GSI is the leading geohazard mitigation firm operating throughout USA and Canada. Prior to GSI Grant was senior government advisor with Urban Systems and spent 36 years as a senior manager with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
PHOTO of Grant
Nominations are requested for election to the council of ASTTBC. Each submission must be supported by the signatures of 10 certified members (AScT or CTech in accordance with the ASTT Act), as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations to council are open to Applied Science Technologists and Certified Technicians and must be received by the Nominating Committee Chair by Saturday, February 21st, 2015.
Mail: Bill MacPherson, AScT, Chair, ASTTBC Nominating Committee, 10767 - 148 Street, Surrey, BC, V3R 0S4
ASTTBC provides dedicated resources to members looking for career development tools and advancement:
- The CAREERS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES website is designed to assist members with job search strategies and resources to enhance careers—whether it's to help keep your resume up to date or for some career guidance, we're here to support you!
- Members have exclusive access to our Career Manager, a tracking and planning tool that can assist in creating your Career Plan.
- ASTTBC regularly posts continuing professional development opportunities for our members on our website. We have partnerships with two CPD providers to offer members relevant, technical seminars and courses at rates exclusive to ASTTBC.
To learn more about the resources available to you, please visit the Career Development website.
In our continuing effort to reduce ASTTBC's carbon footprint we sent the 2015 Annual Dues notices electronically on November 11, 2014.
Hard copy invoices were mailed on December 9th. LOGIN to access your invoice and to pay your dues.
If your dues are paid by your employer we ask that you pass this information to the appropriate person on staff and request payment within two weeks, your early payment will save us mailing out reminders. This small effort by ASTTBC helps reduce BC's carbon footprint.
Please note, after January 31, 2015 late penalty of $25 plus GST will be added to all outstanding dues.
If you still haven't received your 2015 Dues Notice please EMAIL Lumi Guias or call (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237 to update your contact information. We thank you in advance for your prompt attention and your continued support.
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
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.
Receive a 15% early rate discount on 2015 workshops when registering between December 1st – 31st. Save an additional 5% when you pay online!
Some workshops coming to British Columbia in 2015:
LEADERSHIP - The Essential Foundations
Victoria: February 11, 2015; Vancouver: February 12, 2015
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Vancouver: March 10, 2015;
Victoria: March 11, 2015;
Kamloops: March 12, 2015
COACHING STRATEGIES FOR LEADERS - Conflict, Performance, Change
Victoria: April 9, 2015; Vancouver: April 14, 2015
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
The City of Campbell River is looking for an Transportation Specialist-Engineering Technologist III. The job posting closes November 7th, 2014.
EMAIL us for further information on the TechJOBS program
Uphold the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for the performance of their work.
(a) Members should ensure that compensation is fair and appropriate for the services rendered, but are expected to put service above financial gain, quality above quantity and acknowledge a code of honour within a competitive spirit.
(b) Members should not undertake a contract for anything other than a firm price, and be cautious of contracts containing contingency fee clauses.
(c) Members should not submit any proposal to secure an engagement or assignment with a firm price or estimated cost lower than the realistic expected full estimated cost of the proposed engagement.
Member's fees shall be determined by the scope of work and level of service required. Cutting fees to the extent that results in the rendering of an incompetent or dangerous service is unethical.
Contingency fee arrangements may cloud the judgment of the member dependent on the size of the fee, for example, zero in the case of an unsatisfactory conclusion or disproportionately high in other situations.
Offering services at less than cost as a 'loss leader' in order to secure future work is not recommended, particularly where the services might have an effect on the feasibility of future work. Potential clients should be made aware if a 'loss leader' type of service is offered, together with the future work expectation.
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 - OPTIMIZATION FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN
Vancouver BC, January 14, 2014
ASTTBC PRINCE GEORGE AND AREA MEMBER BREAKFAST MEETING
Prince George BC, January 20th, 2014
EPIC PRESENTS - PAVEMENT DESIGN 101
Webinar, January 26th, 2014
Thank-you for reading our December e-News and have a wonderful New Year!