ASTT e-News, July/August 2012

Dear Member,

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Table Of Contents

Announcing ASTTBC Council 2012 - 2013

John Leech Talks Technology in BC

TPC - Leadership Council Meets

ASTTBC Home and Commercial Inspectors

Municipalities and ASTTBC Certification for Fire Protection

ASTTBC Members on the Move

ASTTBC AGM Wrap Up

BC Hydro Power Smart Awards

Minerva Foundation Awards for Women in Technology

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 8


Apply Now for Student Awards

ASTTBC AGM Survey Winner

Save the Date: ASTTBC Technology Awards

Golf and Playland Discounts for ASTTBC Members

Congratulations 2012 Grads

TechPRO: Mike Battistel, AScT

Post Your Career Story

Message From: Atoine Archie, Canim Lake Band

CPD is a Requirement

Professional Development Opportunities

Unpaid Dues Results in Cancelled Registration

Update Your Contact Info

Announcing ASTTBC Council 2012 - 2013

The ASTTBC Council 2012 - 2013 was introduced at the AGM 2012. "I look forward to working with the Council for 2012 - 2013", says Council Chair and ASTTBC President, Bill MacPherson, AScT. "There was no change in the members this year with the exception of the two new Public Representatives. They are grounded and work well as a team."

At the AGM, appreciation was expressed to Jim Blake, CA, MBA, and John Murphy, the first two Public Representatives appointed to Council, and appointed Tim Smith, PGeo, EngL, and Brian Carr, PhD, to take their place. "I cannot say enough about the considerable contribution made by Jim and John during their term on Council," says Bill MacPherson. "They set the bar high for all who follow in their footsteps."

ASTTBC Council 2012 - 2013

  • President: Bill MacPherson, AScT
  • Vice President: Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS
  • Secretary Treasurer: Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL
  • Past Presiden:t Doug Carter, CTech

Public Representatives:

  • Brian Carr, PhD
  • Wendy Grant-John, MBA
  • Tim Smith, PGeo, EngL

Directors:

  • Clarissa Brennan, AScT, RTMgr
  • Toni-Lynn Card, AScT
  • Richard Cave, AScT
  • Russell Dobie, AScT
  • Dmitri Gulak, AScT, PQS, MRICS
  • Kai Hui, AScT
  • Grant Loyer, AScT, CMC
  • Bob Prasad, AScT, RTMgr
  • Trent Reid, CTech

For updates from ASTTBC Council and Public Representatives, please view the Minutes/Reports. 

John Leech Talks Technology in BC

Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, made a visit to the Kamloops area in July where he spoke with the Kamloops Board of Education about technology education and careers.

John was also a guest on the Jim Harrison show on Radio NL Kamloops. The interview focused on the Science & Technology culture within BC and future trends.

The Kamloops-based Big Little Science Centre was the recipient of a $2,000 donation from ASTTBC, bringing the total donated over four years to $25,000. "This was our target and now the promise has been met," said ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech. "We are a huge fan of Big Little and appreciate all they are doing to promote science and technology in the community, in particular to youth." More than 100,000 visitors have been to Big Little in its first 10 years of operation.

On a visit to Kelowna, John Leech promoted technology and discussed a partnership between ASTTBC and Okanagan College in the Capital News, Kelowna

ASTTBC members from many communities, including Castlegar, Nanaimo, Nelson, Penticton, Salmon Arm, and Vernon, attended recent meetings to get an update from Executive Director John Leech. Topics included ASTTBC and APEGBC discussions with regard to PTech, new Technical Specialist initiatives, the Electrical Work Practitioner program, Continuing Professional Development, professional regulatory changes coming in the next three years, and recognition of ASTTBC members as Qualified Professionals / Persons.

Technology Professionals Canada - Leadership Council Meets

The TPC Leadership Council (TPC-LC) met in Saskatchewan to address key areas of mutual interest, notably the implementation of Technology Accreditations Canada (TAC). 'Full steam ahead' on moving TAC to the next phase and eventual implementation was the agreement of the four Presidents from BC, AB, SK and ON. TAC will create a new model for the accreditation of technologist and technician programs at Canadian colleges, institutes and universities.

"At ASTTBC we see the potential for TAC to develop into an at-arms-length enterprise which will be delegated responsibility for accreditation by the professional associations," says President Bill MacPherson, AScT. "The proposed TAC model is based on a few key recommendations in a study by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)."

Many accreditation models, within Canada and globally, were examined by CSA. ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, visited the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) based in Washington, DC, an organization highlighted by CSA as having 'best practices' worthy of consideration.

"ABET uses a model fundamentally different from the current accreditation model," says John Leech. "After careful consideration I returned confident that the ABET model is the direction we should pursue."

The TPC-LC appointed ASTTBC member Grant Lachmuth, AScT, as one of the members of the TAC Interim Board.

ASTTBC Home and Commercial Inspectors

Submitted by Peter Link, CTech, CPI, CRA

The following is a proposal from the existing BCIPI Steering Committee for consideration by the ASTTBC Registrar and Practice Review Board as appropriate before going to Council for consideration:

Name Change
A recommendation will be made to Council to change the current name from BC Institute of Property Inspectors (BCIPI) to Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC Home and Commercial Inspectors. The reason for the change is branding, but equally important is to correct the misunderstanding by the public, other organization such as Worksafe BC, stratas, etc. as to who we are and how we fit into the ASTTBC structure.

Certification Policy Additions
These could be of interest to all ASTTBC members:

  1. Addition of mandatory education requirements for all Home and Commercial Inspectors by January 1, 2012, for compliance with Work Safe regulations that pertain to Asbestos and Hazardous Materials introduced Feb. 1, 2012. Courses offered include: phase one, which is directed to hazardous material recognition; phase two, which provides the AHERA certification that includes sample taking and the planning of abatement; and phase three, which involves physical abatement classroom and field training. Phase one and two will be mandatory for those working toward a Reserve Fund designation.
  2. New certification policy providing the educational requirements to inspect and complete 'Reserve Fund Study aka Strata Depreciation Reporting' mandated in the current changes of the Strata Act. This new certification would be open to all members of ASTTBC, those who want to expand into this new business opportunity and those now working for others who want to engage in these assignments as their own business. For information on courses, contact plink@asttbc.org

ASTTBC Members on the Move

Anders Malpass, AScT, has been appointed Chair of the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST). A resident of Nelson, Anders is a graduate of BCIT in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering and CEO of Drop Designs Inc., engineering and manufacturing company. Anders offers a wide range of skills with an ambitious approach for business success. Congratulations, Anders.

For the past decade, John Murnane, AScT, has been working for the Vancouver School Board as the Manager of Facilities overseeing seismic upgrades. John recently moved into the position of Director Project Services at BCIT. John is enjoying the challenges this position presents, and we wish him every success in his new role at one of Canada's premier polytechnic institutes.

Cliff Shackelly, AScT, CHI, has reached another ASTTBC plateau. In June, Cliff Shackelly, AScT met the requirements for re-classification as a Certified Home Inspector (CHI), adding another designation to his ASTTBC certifications. Owner/Manager of his own construction company, Cliff worked diligently to meet the standard of a fully certified House Inspector. www.bcipi.com

Cliff currently sits on the First Nations Career Council (FNCC). Last May Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, travelled to Merritt to attend a Merritt City Council meeting where he presented Cliff with a Top in Technology Award. We congratulate Cliff on his accomplishments and thank him for the support he gives back to the association.

Shawn Boven, AScT, also received an ASTTBC Top in Technology at the City of Merritt Council meeting. A graduate of the Okanagan College Civil Engineering Technology program, Shawn has worked for the past 23 years in public utility services in various communities including Castlegar and later Penticton, where he served as Public Works Technologist and Design Supervisor.

Currently Shawn is working on a Bachelor of Technology Management degree through BCIT, while overseeing all engineering and public works operations as Public Works Manager and Approving Officer for the City of Merritt. He has served as an ASTTBC Community Representative since 1993, and as Secretary to the Board of the Public Works Association of BC. Congratulations, Shawn.

Paul Wellington, AScT, received a Top in Technology Award at the Smithers Chamber of Commerce, followed in the evening by a similar presentation at the Smithers City Council meeting. "It is a great honour to be recognized in this way by my professional association," said Paul. ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, expressed appreciation to the Chamber and City Council for allowing ASTTBC to present at their meetings. "The Chamber and City Council meetings provide a tremendous opportunity to broaden awareness of ASTTBC and the Technology Professionals we register."

Building Regulatory System Final Report

The Building Safety Standards Branch of the Office of Housing and Construction Standards has issued its final Report - June 2012, based on a survey of stakeholders conducted this spring. "The Report provides useful information from a survey of many stakeholders and points to possible future directions," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Technologists/Technicians were active participants in and contributors to the survey and general System review."

John Leech also offered that ASTTBC will continue to support efforts to enhance the 'Building Regulatory System' and commended the Ministry staff for their ongoing efforts. "The consultative process is key and is developing into what might be described as 'best practice' as it pertains to openness and transparency," said John.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 8

Members of ASTTBC shall present clearly to employers and clients the possible consequences if professional decisions or judgments are overruled or disregarded.

Amplification: this principle needs no further amplification.

Commentary:
Members may occasionally find themselves in a situation where their employer, client, or another expert is questioning their recommendation.

Communication should be established both in writing and by personal contact, particularly for contentious issues, to ensure that the information and assumptions are laid out simply and lucidly. When disagreement exists between two members, and the senior member chooses to overrule the other member's recommendation, the senior member consciously takes responsibility. Note that members have continuing obligations, even though their recommendations may be overruled (see Principle 9).

Another element of difficulty is introduced when members find their recommendations being questioned by a non-member. The non-member may not have technical expertise to appreciate both the rationale of the recommendation and the potential consequences of failure to accept the recommendation. Bearing in mind that the member remains the last line of defense for the public welfare, he or she must make all reasonable efforts to ensure that an appropriate decision is made.

When a situation arises wherein a client or employer makes a decision that adversely affects the public interest, and is contrary to the recommendation of the member, the member must inform the client or employer of the consequences of the decision. If the client or employer is unresponsive, the member should notify the appropriate regulatory authorities that have the ability to evaluate the concerns and the power to suspend activities until the technical issue is resolved.

Complete Code of Ethics

Municipalities and ASTTBC Certification for Fire Protection

Another municipality has been added to the list supporting and requiring ASTTBC certification for fire protection inspection and testing.

Michael Moore, Deputy Fire Chief, Town of Creston, wrote to Brian Stegavig, ASTTBC Manager, Fire Protection Registrations, advising of this initiative. "Just want you to be advised that the Town of Creston has passed a bylaw with respect to fire protection technicians requiring ASTTBC certification."

Michael advised that the bylaw allows local service providers up to two years to obtain the certification and also includes a communication plan to Creston properties requiring inspection. He will be encouraging local fire technicians to get registered with ASTTBC. Michael concluded by saying, "Thanks for the information in the past that helped us get this off the ground." ASTTBC extended its appreciation to Michael and the Creston staff and Council for their leadership and concerns about public health and safety.

ASTTBC is slowly making progress in its efforts to ensure public health and safety through a qualified, registered and accountable fire protection technician. Sixteen municipalities now have a Bylaw that requires ASTTBC certification as a Registered Fire Protection Technician to inspect, test and maintain fire protection systems. These municipalities include: Abbotsford, Bowen Island, Chilliwack, City of North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Courtenay, Creston, District of North Vancouver, Nanaimo, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Sechelt, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, and Whistler.

"ASTTBC continues to inform municipalities of the importance of ASTTBC certification and how this certification provides greater assurance of public health and safety," says ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. "A key element of this practice going forward will be the agreement between the BC Safety Authority and ASTTBC on Electrical Worker Practitioner Program that will require those doing (a small element of) 'electrical work' to acquire a Certificate from ASTTBC. This will apply to RFPTs."

This summer ASTTBC is preparing information strategies and setting targets to align all fire techs and municipalities in BC. "ASTTBC's program has been around for about two decades and during this time we have made great strides in bringing 'professionalism' to this industry," says Brian Stegavig.

Apply Now for Student Awards

ASTTBC's charitable foundation offers awards to qualifying first or second year students in accredited technology programs in British Columbia. Selection is based on a written statement about career goals, community involvement and financial need. The application deadline is August 17, 2012. Visit the website for criteria and details.

ASTTBC AGM Wrap Up

The ASTTBC AGM Team would like to thank all those that took the time to complete the 2012 AGM Survey. Congratulations to Sandra Drew, AScT, Senior Planning Technologist with Aplin and Martin Consultants in Surrey. Sandra is the winner of the AGM Survey Draw and wins an ASTTBC prize package of regalia items.

Enjoy our ASTTBC AGM 2012 photos.

Planning for next year's AGM is in the works. Mark your calendar for Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel Metrotown.

Save the Date: ASTTBC Technology Awards

The Awards Committee is currently reviewing all Award Nominations received on-line. Award Nominees will be contacted in September and those that received approval will be invited to the ASTTBC Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration to receive their Award.

The ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Save the date and watch for more details in future e-News.

Golf and Playland Discounts for ASTTBC Members

ASTTBC has partnered with GolfNow.com to offer members a two coupon codes that will allow them to play golf at select courses and tee times throughout BC at 25% off already discounted rates in their Hot Deals section. The codes are good until the end of the year but hope you'll get out in the sun and enjoy this great membership perk! To book your tee time go to www.golfnow.com/bc and click on the Hot Deals link. Once you find a tee time you like, enter promo code BC25OFF or GN25OFF to save. Each code can be used once per account. Click here.

ASTTBC members once again have access to group savings rates at Playland. Pick PlayPass.

Don't forget, the code will be the same for The Fair at the PNE passes (when available), Vancouver Giants ticket offers, Fright Nights and other special events at the PNE throughout the year. Feel free to share your code with family and friends but please don't post your exclusive ASTTBC member discount code online or on any blogs.

Congratulations 2012 Grads

ASTTBC would like to congratulate all of the recent technology program grads of 2012! Now that you've graduated, it's time to focus on your career and all the benefits that come along with professional membership and certification. Once you receive your new GradTech member designation, know that it is exclusive to members of ASTTBC who are graduates of accredited technologist or technician programs in BC. It is important because it tells employers and colleagues that you take your career seriously and that you're in training to become fully certified. Visit www.asttbc.org or email techinfo@asttbc.org to find out more information on how we add value to your career.

BC Hydro Power Smart Awards

This fall, BC Hydro will host the 2012 Power Smart Excellence Awards, recognizing those who have demonstrated commitment to improving energy efficiency, promoting and implementing conservation programs, and pursuing innovative energy management solutions.

The Power Smart Excellence Awards recognize commercial and industrial businesses, retailer partners, construction and design companies, product manufacturers and more in such awards categories as New Technology, Consumer Product Manufacturer and others. The event takes place on October 18, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. bchydro.com/awards

Minerva Foundation Awards for Women in Technology

The Minerva Foundation for BC Women, a not for profit based in Vancouver, is helping to change the face of leadership in BC. Over the past six years the organization has celebrated women working in fields such as Transportation, Natural Resources and Sport. The 7th annual lunch, to be held on November 28, 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver will focus on Women In Technology and is presented by Teck Resources.

There are four awards to be presented, including two awards for excellence in leadership, one award for excellence in philanthropy or service, and one new award for an emerging leader in technology sponsored by SAP Canada. Nominations close on September 14, 2012.

TechPRO: Mike Battistel, AScT

Mike Battistel, AScT, is dedicated to helping the construction industry design and implement sustainable building envelope systems.

As Vice President, Operations at Cascadia Windows Ltd., Mike is part owner of a unique BC business that manufactures fiberglass windows and doors and other fiberglass construction products. He is responsible for Project Management, Systems Management, and Business Development. The Langley-based company recently developed a new siding attachment product that doubles the effective insulation value of conventional exterior insulated walls. From an environmental and sustainability standpoint, says Mike, it is considered a breakthrough innovation.

BC Business Magazine ranked Cascadia Windows Ltd. in the top 20 most innovative companies of 2012 (ranking 8th) for manufacturing products that are cutting edge technology, and being used on some of the landmark projects for the Green initiative in North America. In 2011, Cascadia's technology won the Sustainable Construction and Innovation Award from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

Before becoming a technologist, Mike worked in construction on more than 40 large residential and commercial projects as a Glazier and Journeyman Carpenter. In 1998, he returned BCIT to advance his career by completing the Architectural Building Engineering Technology Program. Mike shares his knowledge and experience by teaching part time as an instructor at BCIT in building science and engineering courses.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Mike in posting your career story at www.techprofile.ca.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.

Message From:

Atoine Archie, Canim Lake Band: "Thank you to ASTTBC and the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) for sponsoring the Mining, Trades and Technology Job Fair in Canim Lake. It was a great success."

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

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

Professional Development Opportunities

In addition to the CPD sessions offered at our upcoming AGM and Professional Development Day, there are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, seminars and coming events on the ASTTBC website.

Following is just a sample if you follow the links above:

Unpaid Dues Results in Cancelled Registration

Unpaid ASTTBC Dues and Fees will result in Cancellation of your Professional Registration as of August 3, 2012. Any requests for Reinstatement after August 3, 2012 will have a Reinstatement Fee of $75 plus HST.

To avoid Cancellation please call our office at your earliest convenience. You can reach Nicky Malli at (604) 585-2788 ext. 230, nmalli@asttbc.org or Lumi Guias at (604) 585-2788 ext. 237, lguias@asttbc.org.
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