ASTT e-News

ASTTBC e-News, January 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

ASTTBC Council Call for Nominations
MLA Joe Trasolini Visits ASTTBC Office
Nominate Someone for an ASTTBC Award
Training in Public Works Discussed with Ida Chong
ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues Notice
Limitation Act Comes into Force June 1, 2013
ASTTBC Sponsors Technology Provider of the Year Award in Northern BC
In the Media and on the Move
ASTTBC Office Building a Legacy
Calling for TechGREEN Award Nominations
ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 3
ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming Events
ASTTBC Mentoring Program Update
TechPRO: Mike Killacky, CTech
Post Your Career Story
Large Wood Structures Symposium
Be a Judge for BCIT Presentation Idol
Visit to BIG Little Science Centre
SPEATBC Annual Dinner Last-Minute Tickets
Camosun Trades and Technology Career Fair
Hire a Co-op Student
Message From: Vladimir Zharov (Hon. Member)
CPD is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities
Update Your Contact Info
Follow ASTTBC on Twitter
Watch Everyday Science Music Video

ASTTBC Council Call for Nominations

Nominations are requested for election to the Council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of 10 certified members, as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations properly endorsed must be received by the Nominating Committee Chair by February 23, 2013. Nomination submissions should be addressed to: Doug Carter, CTech, Chair, Nominating Committee, ASTTBC, 10767 -148 Street, Surrey, BC V3R 0S4

MLA Joe Trasolini, AScT, Visits ASTTBC Office

ASTTBC member, Joe Trasolini, AScT, was elected as MLA for Port Moody - Coquitlam in April 2012. Formerly Mayor of Port Moody, Joe has always placed high value on his AScT registration and the Diploma of Technology he achieved from BCIT. Prior to taking up an active role in politics, Joe worked with Environment Canada and ran his own business in the environmental field.

"Being a member of ASTTBC publicly shows a commitment to professionalism," says Joe. "I am a proud member of ASTTBC. It is like a family to me -- a family of highly qualified technology professionals."

Joe visited the ASTTBC office on January 16, 2012 to meet with ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech. They talked about technology education and careers, highlights of his time as Mayor of Port Moody and his new role as a MLA.

On behalf of ASTTBC's 10,000 members, John Leech expressed his appreciation for Joe's leadership and commitment to public service. John gave Joe an eagle feather carving in recognition of his leadership. The feather carved in wood is a symbol of leadership created by Leonard McKay, a Salish First Nations carver.

Nominate Someone for an ASTTBC Award

Do you know or work with an outstanding Technology Professional who should be recognized for their contributions to technology, the profession of technology or through volunteering?

Each year ASTTBC showcases the best in BC through our Awards Program. It only takes a few minutes to submit an Award Nomination.

ASTTBC has a number of Awards that recognize exceptional leadership and achievement:

  • Advanced Technology
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Honorary Membership
  • Life Membership
  • Peter Allan AScT Leadership
  • Professional Achievement
  • R. Littledale Memorial
  • Service Award
  • Employer Award for the Enhancement of Career Success of Technology Professionals
  • Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology
  • TOP in Technology
  • TechGREEN

We ask that you take this opportunity to bring to our attention those people that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their professional, business and community lives. Nominations will be accepted from Members as well as Non-Members of the Association, and are due by March 15, 2013. If you require any assistance or have questions regarding your Award Nomination please contact Cindy Aitken, Manager, Governance and Events:

Training in Public Works Discussed with Minister Ida Chong

The First Nations Employment Society, First Nations Careers Council and ASTTBC met with Hon. Ida Chong, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, to talk about our joint efforts to address technology education, training and certification in Aboriginal communities.

"It was a great opportunity to connect and inform the Minister and her staff about our joint work in a number of areas," said John Leech, AScT, CAE. "We highlighted the planned Public Works Technician program, outlining for Minister Chong our efforts to create a new training and certification program to serve all communities in BC,
including First Nations."

FNCC Chair Bill Baglot and FNES Training Advisor Leonard Laboucan expressed their appreciation to the Minister for the dedicated time to talk about our collaborative efforts. "First Nations groups like FNES and PGNAETA represent a great training and employment resource for First Nations. This partnership with ASTTBC will help build solid career paths for First Nations," said Leonard Laboucan.

The group informed the Minister generally about the work of all five groups, which are partnering to find ways to engage Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) and communities across the province on technology education and careers. FNES, PGNAETA, Musqueam, FNCC and ASTTBC are conducting a survey of First Nations communities to determine the type of public works usual to the communities. The survey focuses on small, medium and large communities. A final report, expected early in 2013, will help guide the development of future training and certification programs.

ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues Notice

The ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues notices were sent by email on November 7, 2012 and hard copies were mailed on December 10, 2012. If you have not yet received your 2013 Dues notice and you have changed your mailing or email address, then please contact Lumi Guias at or (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237.

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.

ASTTBC Sponsors Technology Provider of the Year Award in Northern BC

ASTTBC sponsored the Technology Provider of the Year Award at this month's Northern BC Business and Technology Awards Show in Prince George. Hosted by Hon. Pat Bell, MLA, and Hon. Shirley Bond, MLA, the awards ceremony highlights contributions made by those in the business and technology industry throughout Northern BC.

This year's winner in the Technology Provider category is Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT). Colin Dix, AScT, ASTTBC's Prince George Community Representative, presented the award on behalf of ASTTBC to Janine North, CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust.

"ASTTBC would like to wish the Northern Development Initiative Trust our sincere congratulations. We were very impressed with the major initiative NDIT helped spearhead to substantially promote investment and business growth in the northern region of BC," said Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member and Program Development.

In the Media and on the Move

ASTTBC lauds BC Business magazine for featuring Women in Technology careers.

ASTTBC welcomes a growing number of women in applied science and technology careers to membership in the Association, and urges all women interested in science or math to explore the myriad of technology programs available through BCIT and many BC colleges.

The theme of the 2013 WCOWMA-BC Convention and Trade Show is Environmentally Responsible and Sustainable Wastewater Management. ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, will present on ASTTBC initiatives relating to the onsite wastewater industry. The convention takes place in Abbotsford on February 7-9, 2013.

Jimmy Pattison (Hon. Member) sent ASTTBC a thank-you note for his 2013 membership card and best wishes to ASTTBC for a successful New Year!

The YWCA will be hosting a Nomination Info Session on February 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm in Vancouver to help those interested to prepare a Nominations package for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2013.

ASTTBC Office Building a Legacy

In most position descriptions there is the catch-all phrase 'and other duties.' So it is at ASTTBC as is evident by Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, with a shovel in front of the ASTTBC building during a December snowfall. ASTTBC is pleased to note that two decades ago the Association purchased its own building, a real legacy for the Association. ASTTBC is the only technology professional association in Canada to acquire its own property. The mortgage-free building was recently assessed at just over $1 million.

Calling for TechGREEN Award Nominations

ASTTBC is calling for nominations for the 2013 TechGREEN Awards, and nominations are open until March 15th in three distinct classes: Individual, Organization and Business.

"We created TechGREEN Awards four years ago, for individuals, corporations and organizations that make a positive impact on green living, sustainable best practices, energy conservation and
environmental benefit," explains ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Their purpose is to promote excellence in design and building, and to shine the spotlight on the engineering
and affiliated teams, in which ASTTBC members work."

A full-page story on the 2012 ASTTBC TechGREEN Awards is published in the current issue of the BC Notaries magazine, The Scrivener.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: Improper Tagging

Statement of complaint: A Registered Fire Protection Technician improperly tagged a commercial kitchen venting system that was not cleaned in accordance with NFPA 96 Standard.

Background: The technician was certified CO - Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning. The technician tagged, but did not properly clean, the commercial kitchen exhaust system as required by NFPA 96. The technician tagged the kitchen exhaust system as serviced, but the system still had a large accumulation of grease in the ductwork and the exhaust hood.

Investigation: The investigator visited the site of the complaint and determined that the accumulation of grease in the ductwork was not relative to the time that had passed since the work had been done. The build-up of grease in the ducts, hood and roof indicated that the previous three-month service and cleaning had not been completed properly.
Discussion: NFPA 96 states that the hoods, grease removal devices, fans, ducts and other appurtenances shall be cleaned to bare metal prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge.

Outcome: The member was levied a fine of $500, and was required to confirm to the Registrar in writing that he understood the requirements of the Tag, Reports and Owner's Log for Fire Tests and Inspections Guideline and the requirements of the Code of Ethics, especially Principles 1, 4,5, & 6. Further, the technician was required to submit to the Manager, Fire Protection Registrations, his next five inspection reports and make arrangements for a site visit associated with each report. The technician complied with the above conditions and the case is closed.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 3

Members of ASTTBC shall provide an opinion on a professional subject only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge and honest conviction.

Amplification: Members shall clearly distinguish between facts, assumptions, and opinions in reference to applied science 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.
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. Members shall ensure, to the best of their ability, that statements attributed to them properly reflect their professional opinion.

Members shall not misrepresent their qualifications to their clients or their employers. 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.

Commentary: 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.

Complete Code of Ethics

ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming Events

One of the important ways ASTTBC supports the science and technology community across the province is by participating as a sponsor of industry and education events.

ASTTBC is a Gold Sponsor of the SPEATBC (Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC) Annual Dinner, to be held on February 2, 2013 in Surrey.

ASTTBC is an Enhanced Bronze Sponsor of the 21st Annual Georgie Awards Gala, to be held February 23, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Tickets

ASTTBC is Title Sponsor of the Okanagan College Annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest, to be held on March 1, 2013.

ASTTBC is a Gold Sponsor of the Wood Design Awards BC, Canadian Wood Council (WoodWORKS!), to be held on March 4, 2013

ASTTBC is a Silver Sponsor of the Association of BC Land Surveyors 108th Annual General Meeting, to be held March 7-8, 2013 in Whistler.

ASTTBC is a Sponsor of 33rd Annual Physics Balsa Bridge Building Contest at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School on March 12, 2013.

ASTTBC is a Platinum Sponsor of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence, to be held on April 6, 2013

ASTTBC Mentoring Program Update

The first group of ASTTBC members who volunteered as Mentors are working with their first ITP Mentees in their four-month mentoring program. They received orientation sessions in November 2012 conducted by representatives from the immigrant service provider agencies that have partnered with IEC-BC (Immigrant Employment Council of BC): ISSofBC, MOSAIC and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Those representatives are the Mentoring Coaches, who monitor and guide the new mentoring relationships.

ASTTBC wishes to thank these first Mentors, and the representatives from IEC-BC and the Service Provider organizations for their dedication to this worthy cause. ASTTBC invites more of our members to volunteer as Mentors and be ready for a second Orientation session, now tentatively planned for April 2013.

For more information on this program, and to find the application forms, please go to

TechPRO: Mike Killacky, CTech

Mike Killacky, CTech, Manager, Install Center Planning, FortisBC, received an ASTTBC Professional Achievement Award at the annual Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration on November 3, 2012. This award recognizes ASTTBC members who distinguish themselves in their field of technology or have made a substantial contribution to the well-being of the community.

Mike has grown professionally from a pen-and-ink draftsman and surveyor, into a planning work leader. Today he manages a department of 42 planners and surveyors, responsible for designing, estimating and scheduling additions within the FortisBC gas distribution system.

Decades ago, Mike worked summer relief for the utility to fund his Douglas College studies. Since training on the first CAD system in 1980, his career has involved introducing GIS mapping to the gas utility, earning a 'B' fitting license and CTech designation, and bring promoted into a managing role.

Mike helps to guide people in technical positions to develop their careers. Having been involved with several technology implementations and business process redesigns, Mike enjoys being in a position to mentor and positively affect the careers of technology professionals.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Mike Killacky 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.

Large Wood Structures Symposium

On February 20, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West), Wood WORKS BC is offering a one-day event with a program designed to inspire and educate designers and builders about how new technologies have made way for traditional mass wood products to be used in non-traditional applications.

The program will showcase various mass wood products, look at old products in new ways, and allow designers to explore how they can design with mass wood. Various experts, both international as well as local, will present and discuss the research currently taking place, innovative applications as well as mass timber projects in other jurisdictions. This event is approved by AIBC for learning credits. Register by February 15 at Large Wood Structures Symposium - Bigger, Better, Faster

Be a Judge for BCIT Presentation Idol

For two years, BCIT has been running an engineering communication competition called Presentation Idol.
This year, ASTTBC's Manager, Internationally Trained Professionals, Geoff Sale, AScT, is participating as a judge. The competition is seeking industry judges to volunteer for the March 20, 2013 preliminary round of this year's Presentation Idol. There are four separate classrooms, and the time commitment for judges is from mid to late afternoon. Judges don't need to prepare ahead, and are provided with all the info they need. Each judge will watch a number of presentations and, with fellow judges, will select two students to advance to the final round the following week. Students from all areas of engineering participate. All events are on the Burnaby campus, snacks are provided, and parking is covered. To participate, contact Cynthia van Ginkel

Visit to BIG Little Science Centre

Submitted by Suzanne Durnin, President, Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society

"On November 16, 2012, I visited the Big Little Science Centre (BLSC) in Kamloops on behalf of the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society (NS3) to learn how BLSC operates a successful centre that focuses on children, education and fun. This visit was made possible through introductions and support from ASTTBC and was very helpful and informative.

I had the opportunity to visit with Gord Stewart, Executive Director of BLSC, to discuss operation details, and the motivations, strengths and challenges that face BLCS. Seeing BLSC in action was very helpful and facilitated discussions about the day-to-day running of a science centre. I visited the hands-on rooms, watched a presentation on static electricity, and talked with BLSC staff and volunteers. The diversity of experiences combined with one-on-one mentorship was amazing, and I am certain that the NS3 and BLSC will continue to work together to support science education in our province.

On behalf of the NS3, thank you for a wonderful day. The staff and volunteers at BLSC were so helpful and welcoming that I left even more committed to creating a hands-on science centre for the Central Vancouver Island Region."

SPEATBC Annual Dinner Last-Minute Tickets

The Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC (SPEATBC) 17th annual dinner event is on February 2, 2013. SPEATBC President Harsanjit Khattra, Eng.L, AScT, LEED AP, invites ASTTBC members and their families to this gala dinner at 6:30 pm
at The Royal King Palace in Surrey BC. Contact Harsanjit Khattra at 604-825-3529 or Gurjinder Sekhon at 604-805-7906 or email for tickets.

Camosun Trades and Technology Careers Fair

ASTTBC is a sponsor of the upcoming Camosun College Trades and Technology Career Fair on February 28, 2013 from 10am – 2pm at Camosun's Interurban Campus. A number of employers, including BC Hydro, Kiewit, McElhanney and many others, will be on hand to discuss employment and networking opportunities. Drop by to visit the ASTTBC booth; we hope to see ASTTBC members there!

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 April 2, 2012.

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

Message From:

Vladimir Zharov (Hon. Member) and previously a director of science and technology at UNESCO, wrote in email to John Leech, AScT, CAE: "I am happy to witness continuous growth and success of ASTTBC and congratulate you on this development, to which your leadership has made and is still making so crucial a contribution. Best wishes for the New Year and many years ahead."

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:

Building Smart with Roofs: February 21, 2013, Vancouver. This half-day workshop will focus on roof system design and installation best practices for wood-frame single and multi-unit residential buildings. Presented by the BC Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), a branch of BC Housing, in partnership with RCI Western Canada Chapter.

Energy Impact: Building and Retrofitting Efficient MURBs: March 6, 2013, Vancouver. Power Smart and Light House offer a new half-day workshop on energy efficiency improvements for both new and existing mid to high-rise residential buildings.

PMP Certification Prep Workshop: February 4-8, 2013, Vancouver. This workshop prepares participants to write the PMP Exam and also provides advanced project management training.

Canadian professional management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs More info

BCIT's Part Time Studies More info

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Watch Everyday Science Music Video

ASTTBC commissioned another fun music video by The Kerplunks to engage children in math and science. Science World had this to say about Everyday Science: "Kudos to ASTTBC for finding a way to put the words centrifugal, propulsion and diffraction into the same song." Have a look and pass it along!