ASTTBC e-News, July 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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Burnaby is home to a boost for B.C.'s green energy sector, as Schneider Electric makes a major investment in its cutting-edge MicroGrid Lab.
Premier Christy Clark was on hand to officially open the new facility, which will develop affordable solar power solutions and support creation of local jobs.
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While ASTTBC does not profess expertise in economics, the association monitors the views of others in the field and considers their perspectives.
"In reviewing a MCLEAN'S ARTICLE by David Dodge, I believe it is timely to make note of the considerable investment needed in Canada's infrastructure," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT. "Whether municipal services and highways, energy resource projects of various forms, investment in technology for delivery of learning, expansion of access to high speed internet or a myriad of other important and timely projects, it seems to make good sense that we invest in capital projects when the cost of borrowing is at record lows."
This is your opportunity to let the ASTTBC Awards Committee know about an outstanding individual, organization or volunteer who has enhanced our profession through distinguished service, exceptional leadership or technical achievement.
Nominations are being sought for awards to be presented at the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver.
Your nomination is KEY to determining worthy candidates for our highly prestigious awards:
- Advanced Technology
- Employer Award for the Enhancement of Career Success of Technology Professionals
- Honourary Membership
- Life Membership
- Peter Allan AScT Leadership
- Professional Achievement
- Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology
- R. Littledale Memorial
It only takes a few minutes to SUBMIT AN AWARD NOMINATION to a well deserving person or company, and to find out more information on ALL our awards.
If you require any assistance or have questions regarding your award nomination please EMAIL Cindy Aitken, Manager of Governance & Events.
Nominations are due by JULY 31, 2014.
NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY!
The ASTTBC Foundation offers $1,000 bursaries to qualifying first and second year students in ASTTBC—accredited technology programs in BC.
Do you know of a student who could benefit from bursary support? Please check the ASTTBC website for eligible programs and BURSARY SELECTION REQUIREMENTS.
The application deadline is July 31st, 2014 so don't delay.
A member and chair of the Fire Protection Certification Board, Dale lost his life tragically at age 71.
"Dale served the association with distinction," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, who worked directly with Dale from time to time over the years. "He was one of the first to get directly involved with the ASTTBC Fire Protection Program when it was established over 20 years ago. We will miss his contribution to the program and to ASTTBC."
Dale owned and ran a kitchen exhaust cleaning business, loved the challenge of golf and was an avid boater. Many ASTTBC members have been in touch extending their condolences.
At the recent ASTTBC Annual General Meeting and Conference, Honourary Membership was conferred on Kerry Jothen, CEO of Human Capital Strategies.
ASTTBC first worked with Kerry 15 years ago when he was CEO of ITAC, on a 'Trades & Technology' career awareness strategy. Over the past decade, Kerry has continued to work on several projects for the association and produced two major strategy documents:
Technology Skills 2020: A Technology Human Resources Strategy for British Columbia, in 2007 and in 2013 - A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in British Columbia.
Currently Kerry is Workforce Advisor to Chevron Canada on its Kitimat LNG Project and also Co-Chairs the Vancouver Board of Trade's Human Capital Task Force. He chairs the BC Solid Wood HR Committee and is consultant to the BC Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Board.
"John, thank you very much to you and ASTTBC for recognizing me on Friday. I felt very honoured by ASTTBC and I am very proud of my association with you both personally and professionally—your team and the organization. ASTTBC's recognition of me is indeed a top highlight in my career," commented Kerry on his award.
Kerry continues to passionately promote the importance of applied science technologists and technicians to the BC economy.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
DAVID SPARANESE, AScT, CPWI 3 is Manager of Street Operations for the District of Saanich, and a newly appointed 2014-2015 ASTTBC Council Director.
David holds a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from Camosun College supplemented with several leadership and management courses. His career started with the engineering firm JE Anderson and Associates, and then joined the Ministry of Transportation & Highways District Office in Williams Lake BC.
He spent 12 years with the City of Victoria before moving to his current position. Besides his work with ASTTBC, David is also involved with other organizations. He is a member of Public Works Association of BC (PWABC). He is Past President and Liaison for CPWA/APWA BC Chapter, and also Chair of CPWA National Public Works Week (NPWW).
In his college days, David was encouraged by his engineer brother.
"He said 'if you're going to be a Civil Engineering Technologist then be the best Civil Engineering Technologist you can be'," says David. "I have always been interested in technology and have been passionately involved in it for over 20 years of my career."
In late June 2014, the council of the City of Vancouver approved a motion that extends the implementation of a new building bylaw from July 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015.
The 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw was originally approved by city council on September 25, 2013. As part of Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, the bylaw requires that all new larger buildings be designed to meet strict energy standards to reach energy reduction targets for new buildings of 20% below 2007 levels by 2020, and be carbon neutral by 2030. The new bylaw applies specifically to buildings classified as Part 3 or Part 9 non-residential buildings.
ASTTBC members who are impacted by these new bylaws are invited to attend upcoming training sessions put on by the City of Vancouver.
One takes place on September 11th and the other on September 16th.
Register on the City of Vancouver WEBSITE
ASTTBC received a grant from the Ministry of Health to develop a common set of standards for Onsite Wastewater Practitioners.
The initiative was one of the follow-up actions from a meeting with Minister of Health, HON. DR. TERRY LAKE.
The ministry issued a PRESS RELEASE in June announcing the initiative.
The topics for the recent ASTTBC Council Update Webinar ranged from PTech implementation in BC to mandatory reporting of CPD. Professional standards and accountability are KEY issues for ASTTBC as it looks to further enhance the association's mandate as a self-governing professional association. Incorporated under the ASTT Act and Regulations to serve and protect the public interest by providing professional certification and registration for technologists, technicians and technical specialists, ASTTBC Council has asked staff to direct greater resources to professional regulation and accountability.
"ASTTBC-registered technology professionals make an important contribution to the growth and development of BC's economy and to the protection of our health, safety and environment," said President DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, CLS, BCLS. "The ASTTBC Council Update Webinar gives me, as council president, the opportunity to update members on a number of key elements of ASTTBC's work."
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver
This one-day symposium, Building Performance — The Way Ahead, will explore a variety of topics, including the implementation of the new NAFS window standards, the latest on tall wood buildings, historical restoration, attic ventilation in wet coastal climates, and other emerging trends. Be part of the conversation about current trends, innovation and research.
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During the recent ASTTBC Council Update Webinar, ASTTBC President DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, CLS, BCLS talked about ASTTBC's new policy requiring members to report their CPD activities. Dave noted that ASTTBC will focus its attention in the near term on THREE key programs: Fire Protection, Home and Property Inspection and Onsite Wastewater. All three programs manage ASTTBC registrants that offer services DIRECTLY to the public in critical areas of health and safety.
"ASTTBC is treading on new ground with this policy," said Rutherford. "As far as we know, ASTTBC is the first association of technology professionals in Canada to require CPD reporting."
The fact that ASTTBC is focusing first on three technical specialist programs does not diminish the importance of all other fields and disciplines. Council understands that the association must start somewhere. The ASTTBC policy that calls for mandatory reporting of Continuing Professional Development is designed to assure the public that all those registered with ASTTBC are doing all they can to maintain their competency.
To assist members in accessing CPD opportunities, ASTTBC Council has asked staff to ramp up information on the availability of suitable CPD offerings. During the webinar members were asked as to whether ASTTBC should work with other associations, notably APEGBC. Not surprisingly 92% of those attending indicated that ASTTBC should work closely with APEGBC to promote and facilitate CPD. ASTTBC members already have access to CPD INFORMATION on the ASTTBC website.
ASTTBC has two new Members of council, and their appointments were picked up by local media.
HEATHER ANDREYCHUK, AScT and DAVID SPARANESE, AScT, CPWI 3 joined the ASTTBC Council at the AGM held in May 2014. Heather is an active member from Prince George, while David keeps busy in the Saanich/Victoria area.
Each of them brings their significant insights and perspectives to the council table.
"I am pleased to note the top notch talent ASTTBC attracts to the ASTTBC Council," said President DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, CLS, BCLS. "As a self-regulating professional association ASTTBC has been incorporated by government to serve and protect the public interest. It is a significant responsibility requiring the dedication of the governing council. I am confident the team will be enhanced with the expertise of the new council members."
Foundation Design Short Course
August 18-20, 2014 - Richmond, BC
This short course should be of interest to geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, and civil engineers who wish to have a better understanding of the current state-of-the-art with respect to the analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations. All key concepts and terminology will be explained and emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the information provided.
Evaluation and Management of Pavement Infrastructure Course
September 15 & 16, 2014 - Richmond, BC
This course discusses pavement design, specification, subgrade preparation, base/subbase and surface types and function, construction details, and long term functional and structural performance considerations to ensure a long-life and effective product. It provides details on maintenance and rehabilitation procedures, how to evaluate both old and new and innovative pavement treatments using life-cycle cost analysis. Through a series of case studies, positive and negative design features and construction conditions are presented to give the participant a good understanding of what we can do better to ensure the cost effective use of transportation investments.
Seismic Analysis and Design of Steel and Reinforced Concrete Buildings
September 17-19, 2014 - Richmond, BC
To apply effectively the seismic provisions of the National Building Code of Canada NBCC10, structural engineers need a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of earthquake engineering including ground motion seismology, structural dynamics, concept of capacity design, inelastic behaviour of various materials, and seismic design and detailing. This course provides an opportunity to learn the basic principles and practices of analysis and design of earthquake-resistant design building structures. Static and dynamic analysis of buildings using advanced computer codes is presented. The course covers seismic design and detailing of steel and reinforced concrete buildings.
We're delighted to announce that the ASTTBC Mentoring Program is still very much alive and well. A new round of four mentorships is underway, with mentors from ASTTBC providing career guidance to mentees identified by Back In Motion's Skills Connect Program (an Immigrant Service Provider agency and sponsored program) and coordinated by IEC-BC.
We're continually looking for new qualified mentors from the 10,000 members of ASTTBC. Becoming a mentor will earn you CPD points, as well as allowing you to give back to your profession by helping ITP (Internationally Trained Professionals) immigrants realize their potential as they seek employment in BC.
This fall, we intend to celebrate the mentoring successes we have achieved so far by hosting a small reception, inviting mentors, mentees, partner organization representatives and ASTTBC members (especially ITPs!) and others. We'll hear from the mentors and mentees themselves about their experiences with the program, our hope being that their stories will inspire many more ASTTBC members to volunteer as mentors!
ASTTBC Members have indicated they want to see the Alberta 'Professional Technologist' (PTech) and the Ontario 'Licensed Engineering Technologist' (LET) transfer to BC as a PTech.
79% of the Members attending a recent ASTTBC Council Webinar indicated in the affirmative, with 11% indicating 'No' to the question and 10% unsure or not applicable.
This outcome supports the sentiments of ASTTBC members in every other survey dealing with the PTech designation.
ASTTBC members want to see the PTech designation in BC. The Alberta PTech has now been in law for three years and there are over 500 technologists registered as PTechs under the 1 Act -2 Association model in that province. The Ontario LET designation will likely roll out in 2015 -2016.
See the QUICKPOLL results
During a recent ASTTBC Council Update Webinar, participants were asked questions regarding rights to practice and ASTTBC's regulatory framework.
Not surprising, given past surveys, 95% of ASTTBC members on the webinar says 'YES' to rights to practice independently where members have the competencies.
On a related question, 77% indicated that ASTTBC should enhance the association's regulatory framework and acquire added Qualified Professional (QP) status.
"ASTTBC members have consistently said that they should have rights to practice in keeping with their competencies. The ASTTBC Council continues to work on this as part of its role in meeting the mandate assigned to ASTTBC by the ASTT Act", said ASTTBC President, DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS.
VIEW the survey results.
Join the many members of ASTTBC who have already discovered the benefit of savings for some valuable products and services! TechCLUB is exclusively accessible to our members and is a marketplace of insider discounts for products and services including hotels, ski lift tickets, car rentals, auto lease and more. This summer, take in some local family fun entertainment at member-discounted rates for Playland/PNE and BC Lions football games!
Explore TECHCLUB today to find out how you can benefit from great savings and leverage your registration with ASTTBC as a Technology Professional.
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For further information on the Professional Liability Insurance Program for ASTTBC members you can email CATHIE HARTSELL or call 604-683-6831.
Note: May not be available to associate members or some special certification programs. Check with Willis Canada for eligibility.
Summer's heat brings the need for cooling down. Sure, air conditioning can feel like a lifesaver, but if it's not used wisely, it can waste a huge amount of energy at great cost.
TD Insurance is an ASTTBC Member Service Partner.
HERE'S how a master conservationist stays cool and saves energy with less A/C.
ASTTBC DUES/ANNUAL RENEWAL INVOICING FOR 2014
Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates, please note, to reinstate your membership before August 1, 2014 a reduced reinstatement fee of $75 plus GST will apply. Renewing after August 1, 2014 will require a reinstatement fee of $250 plus GST or an amount specified in ASTTBC policy at the time of your request.
CANCELLATION DATE WAS JULY 15th, 2014.
TECHNICAL SPECIALIST GROUPS ANNUAL RENEWAL FEE FOR 2014
All unpaid Building Design, Construction Safety, Electrical Work Practitioner, Fire Protection, Onsite Wastewater, House & Property Inspection, Public Works Inspection, Registered Technology Manager, Site Improvement Surveying and Steel Detailing members were cancelled on JULY 15th, 2014.
A reduced reinstatement fee of $75 will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of fees to UNCANCEL and reinstate before August 1, 2014 and $250 plus GST to reinstate after August 1, 2014 or an amount specified in ASTTBC policy at the time of your request.
CANCELLATION DATE WAS JULY 15th, 2014.
After months of preparation, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) has launched its inaugural WEBSITE.
The website launch is the next step in the realization of a bold, new world class accreditation model which is designed to revitalize and ultimately, redefine the future of accreditation for the engineering technology and applied science profession. A pilot project is currently underway at a Canadian college to test the national accreditation model, and a site visit is planned for August 2014. Once fully operational in early 2015, TAC will begin accrediting engineering technology and applied science programs at post-secondary educational institutions.
The website introduces stakeholders and the public to TAC and the benefits it offers the profession. It explains the importance of accreditation while providing the requisite instruction and documentation for educational institutions to apply for accreditation. As well, it describes the criteria and steps for becoming an auditor. The TAC news section brings viewers up to date on the latest TAC news releases, announcements and media coverage.
"Our goal was to achieve a clean, uncluttered but exciting look at the website that appeals to visitors. We purposely included lots of photos that reflect the programs we will be accrediting. The website serves as further affirmation that TAC is officially open for business and on the road to full operations," said Barbara Chappell, TAC Executive Director.
TAC is accepting applications for accreditation for 2015, and for additional pilot projects in August 2014.
The establishment of TAC by Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) was in direct response to findings made by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) after performing a comprehensive, independent review of technology accreditation practices that existed at the time, measured against best practices from other jurisdictions and sectors.
Incorporated in 2013, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits engineering technology and applied science programs at post-secondary educational institutions. It is a leader in the delivery of improved, efficient and effective national accreditation, using trained, specialized auditors, maintaining an uncompromising degree of quality control and assurance, and rigorously applying national technology standards.
ASTTBC was proudly represented at the 8th Annual APEGBC Okanagan Branch Golf Tournament.
Despite smoky skies from the surrounding forest fires, the Okanagan Branch of APEGBC successfully pulled off their 8th Annual Golf Tournament.
Forty-four members from both APEGBC and ASTTBC enjoyed the afternoon of golf that ended with dinner and prizes!
ASTTBC was pleased to contribute regalia for the prize table and our hole sponsorship helped to support the Branch's UBCO Engineering and GeoScience Scholarship Program.
"On behalf of the APEGBC Okanagan Branch Executive, our membership, and the future recipients of this scholarship, I sincerely thank ASTTBC for supporting this event," stated Garrett Hamilton-Smith, PEng, Okanagan Branch Chair.
"I have to say, the ASTTBC swag was some of the first to get picked off the door-prize table... especially the Technology Sizzles BBQ aprons! Thanks again!"
In 1993, the GLOBE FOUNDATION, a not-for-profit private international business foundation, was established in Vancouver to carry forward their mandate to promote the business case for sustainable development.
Their GLOBE 2014 conference took place in March of this year, but if you missed it, no need to fear!
You can WATCH full session recordings from the conference on their website including:
- Opening Plenary: Embracing a Global Greener Economy
- Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Future
- Clean Energy Trends: What's Driving the Industry Forward?
- Climate Action: Delay is NOT an Option
PLUS a number of candid speaker interviews.
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
ASTTBC house and property inspectors met the highest standards to secure their registration. Here is what one satisfied client had to say:
"Thank you for doing such a wonderful job on our home inspection. You saved us thousands of dollars in immediate repairs by allowing us to negotiate for those repairs with the current property owner. Your professionalism and great explanations made us feel secure in our decision to buy this home!"
FIND your house inspector. Tell your friends!
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.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings. Employers currently looking for people include: BC Hydro, Surrey School District, District of West Kelowna, Regional District of East Kootenay, McElhanney just to name a few.
EXP Services Inc. in Burnaby is looking for a Lab and Field Senior Materials Technician.
For further information on the TechJOBS program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLUS a number of candid speaker interviews.
Promote public knowledge and appreciation of applied science, information and engineering technology and protect the association from misrepresentation and misunderstanding.
The principle is self-explanatory and no amplification is needed.
The general public's image of ASTTBC and its members is based on impressions gained from many sources. These perceptions are, in turn, biased both by the context in which they are encountered and by the past experience of the observers. Typical sources of these impressions include students of technology, the media, friends, relatives and teachers, some of who may be members, and so on.
Members of ASTTBC are role models and must be aware of it. What they do and say, and the manner in which they communicate, is observed, absorbed and reported by others including children, non-member associates and friends. It is apparent, therefore, that what the public understands about members and their work depends upon members' actions and what they understand themselves to be.
A positive image of the association, its members and its technologies can be promoted in many ways including conscientious work, a caring attitude towards others, particularly students, and active participation in educational programs such as high school career days and science fairs.
Members should be prepared to defend the association in the light of unfair and defamatory comments.
They must, however, beware of the danger of compounding a problem with an inadequate or incorrect rebuttal.
Guesswork must be avoided and correct facts obtained. If necessary, a source that has the facts and that can follow up on the matter properly should be sought. The staff at the ASTTBC office can help in this regard. Helping the public to become better informed and drawing its attention to our good works will promote and enhance our professional image.
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:
EPIC PRESENTS — TIME MANAGEMENT
Webinar, August 13, 2014
GREY TO GREEN — A CONFERENCE ON THE ECONOMICS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
Toronto, ON, August 25 & 26, 2014
APEG BC ANNUAL CONFERENCE & AGM
Vancouver, BC, October 23 - 25, 2014
Thank-you for reading our July e-News and have a wonderful August!