ASTTBC e-News, July 2015
ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC e-News contains the latest information about ASTTBC's role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC website.
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With a significant number of wildfires burning throughout B.C., our government continues to caution all British Columbians to be diligent with fire safety and to report all wildfires to authorities. If you see a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell. "Safety in the woods, especially when it comes to fire, was a major consideration for me when camping as a boy scout," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "The key lessons learned from my time in cubs (Squamish) and scouts (Lillooet) stuck with me and helped guide my outdoor use of fire." ASTTBC encourages all its members, families and friends to take extra care this summer. Be fire-safe. On July 22nd, wildfires of note due to their visibility or potential threat to public safety were:
Coastal Fire Centre
- Boulder Creek
- Cougar Creek
- Dog Mountain
- Old Sechelt Mine
Southeast Fire Centre
- Parson (12 km SW of Golden)
- Sitkum Creek
- Ward Creek (30km west of Newgate)
Cariboo Fire Centre
- Bald Mountain
- Puntzi Lake
Kamloops Fire Centre
- Adams West
- Bolean Lake
- Cisco Road
- Coldstream Creek
- Westside Road
Prince George Fire Centre
- Akue Creek wildfire
- Big Beaver Creek
- Little Bobtail Lake Fire
UPDATES on current wildfires
The federal government Minister of Labour and Minister of Support of Women, the Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, was on hand in Vancouver last week to announce funding for the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST) and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE served as the Master of Ceremonies for the announcement. Leech is a member of the APGST Board.
The minister was accompanied by MP Wai Young (Vancouver-South) and MP Andrew Saxton (North Vancouver), who is also parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance. The minister's announcement spoke to the importance of skills development and the role of APGST in working with employers, training organizations, unions, professional associations and workers to assure a qualified workforce that meets the needs of business and industry.
It seems like the water cooler is the place to be this summer. Maybe it is the hot weather, or just a gathering spot for folks who wish to have a brief chat. MLA for Abbotsford-Mission Simon Gibson connected earlier this week with ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE to catch up briefly and grab a quick photo.
"Simon has come to know a fair bit about ASTTBC since he was first elected to the BC Legislature in 2013," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. ASTTBC works at making sure all BC MLA's have a solid understanding of the role of technology professionals and the important contribution they make to growing BC's economy. "Simon has always made time for me and ASTTBC. I appreciate his attention to our messaging," concluded Leech.
Chair of the BC Liberal Caucus and MLA for Fraser-Nicola, Jackie Tegart, hosted ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE in her office this past week.
"We had a delightful chat about technology education and careers, the role of technology professionals throughout BC and in support of BC's economy and ASTTBC's plans to introduce PTech in BC," said Leech. "Oh, yes, and we shared experiences about fishing on Savona Lake."
To hear the fishing stories you will need to connect with either Jackie or John.
ASTTBC's wooden eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay was a gift to Jackie for her leadership and interest in encouraging British Columbians to consider a career in engineering or applied science technology, especially first nations, women and youth.
SEE photo of the meeting
ASTTBC Foundation Bursary for a High School Student who is a Child/Grandchild of an ASTTBC Member — Deadline to Apply July 31
One $1,000 bursary is offered by the ASTTBC Foundation each year, to a Grade 12 student who is a child or a grandchild of an ASTTBC member.
To determine if the post-secondary program your child or grandchild is entering is an eligible ASTTBC-accredited technology program, please click HERE.
EMAIL your complete application by July 31st to the ASTTBC Foundation, c/o Heather Stevens.
To be eligible to receive an ASTTBC Foundation Bursary, the applicant must be a full-time student and a member of ASTTBC. The ASTTBC Student Membership is free.
ASTTBC AGM 2015 was a great success with 180 guests in attendance. "One of the best meetings ever" was heard from several attendees following the meeting. While it was not quite standing room only, it was a full house, and early bird Dave Boswell, AScT, grabbed one of the first seats to be fully assured of a place in the room.
"I looked for the chair with my name on it. On quick check I found no designated seat for me. In the absence of this personal attention to detail I decided for a seat on an aisle so as to permit easy exit if the meeting dragged on," said Boswell, "But the meeting was just the opposite, with stimulating reports outlining the many successes of ASTTBC over the past year! I will be back in 2016 and invite many more to join us."
Look at the August issue of the e-News for more of the feedback we received from members attending the 2015 AGM and Professional Development Day.
BC Manufacturers' Hall of Fame Awards recognizes and celebrates companies and individuals making valuable contributions and demonstrated leadership and innovation in manufacturing in BC. The three award categories are:
Manufacturer of the Year — Company
Emerging Leader Award — Individual
Legacy Award — Individual
BENEFITS of the BC Hall of Fame and voting process
The Georgie Awards® 2016, operated and hosted by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, are recognized both provincially and nationally as the residential construction industry's most prestigious awards program. The annual awards honour outstanding excellence in all areas of building including planning, design and construction, renovation, marketing, innovation, special achievement and more.
Entering the awards provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase projects, innovative designs and the high standard of quality that conveys a company's level of commitment and professionalism to customers while gaining valuable exposure.
Projects and products built, renovated, developed, created and/or marketed for the period of January 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015 are eligible for entry. Winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Georgie Awards® Gala on Friday, March 11th, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver with more than five hundred industry professionals, senior government officials and media in attendance.
Whether you're new to economic development or not, this course will provide you with fresh tools and ideas you will be able to implement in your community. Participants are eligible to earn credits towards EcD and/or CeCD Certification. The course takes place October 25th to 28th, 2015 at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.
For over sixty five years now, Engineers Canada and the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife Financial), have been offering a combination of low group rates and industry-leading benefits to members of Canada's engineering regulators. Today, the Engineers Canada-sponsored insurance plans are among the oldest and biggest group plans in Canada with over 80,000 of your peers and their families making it their coverage of choice. Whether it's Extended Health, Accident Protection, Disability, Dental or Group Term Life Insurance, learn more about how these plans can protect you, your family and your income, at exclusive rates not available to the general public.
For more information, call Manulife Financial toll-free at 1.877.598.2273 or visit their WEBSITE.
View the "What If I didn't show up for work tomorrow" FLOWCHART.
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.
Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr, has successfully stepped into the position of Secretary/Treasurer on ASTTBC's Council Executive and in doing so has vacated the chair position of BCWiT. Heather Andreychuk, AScT, a founding member of this women's committee, is happy to fill these shoes and chair the committee into the coming year.
"We are looking forward to maintaining the momentum set by Sarah's leadership and continue to provide support for women in the various technology fields. Please feel free to contact us at anytime," says Heather.
Twitter @ BCWiT
Join ASTTBC at Canada's leading leadership event, The Art of Leadership Conference. It is coming to Vancouver on September 14th, 2015 and brings world-renowned leaders and best-selling authors for a full day of cutting edge thinking and real world experience on today's most critical leadership strategies. Connect with over 1,200 of Vancouver's most influential professionals and gain insights from:
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Gretchen Rubin — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home & Better Than Before
Liane Davey — New York Times Bestselling Author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done
ASTTBC members save $50 per pass or if 3 or more people register together, save $100 off per pass.
ASTTBC's corporate office is in the City of Surrey, and we've always strived to be good neighbours and positive contributors to our community. Continuing with that approach, ASTTBC has a representative on the Surrey L.I.P, the Local Immigration Partnership. This group, one of many in cities and municipalities across Canada, is working to improve the living conditions and prospects of the thousands of immigrants who have made Canada their home.
ASTTBC is well aware that a large proportion of our membership and up to 40% of new applicants are from outside Canada, and we know that one of the challenges faced by the professional immigrant demographic (ITPs) is credential recognition. We've addressed that reality with a host of new initiatives. We're very much part of the solution!
Look for ongoing reports in our e-News about the Surrey L.I.P as plans develop over the next few years, and be sure that ASTTBC is making a positive contribution on your behalf!
VIEW the L.I.P website
In 2012, ASTTBC led a team including Technology Professionals and educators from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and BC to Manila, Philippines to meet with the Professional Regulatory Commission and visit educational institutions. Our mission was to learn more about the Philippine education system and more specifically engineering education. The visitation, a partnership between the BC government, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) and ASTTBC, produced a very positive outcome, with a much healthier appreciation of each other's education and training programs.
A visit to the Philippine Consult General in Vancouver by ASTTBC Manager of Internationally Trained Technology Professionals Geoff Sale and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE earlier this year set the stage for further work between the Philippines and BC. This was particularly important as many immigrants come to BC and seek registration with ASTTBC.
SAFERhome folk visited ASTTBC recently to re-connect and consider how the two groups might once again collaborate in the delivery of the SAFERhome Program.
SAFERhome is a program designed to encourage builders and developers to build homes (single family and multi-family) such that they can easily be adjusted to meet the needs of people who require assists such as a handle bar in the bathtub or wider hallways. There are a total of 19 technical elements in the SAFERhome Standards.
Several years ago ASTTBC collaborated with SAFERhome in developing and publishing a guide. In addition ASTTBC and SAFERhome collaborated in developing a special SAFER-Certification Program for ASTTBC-registered House and Property Inspectors. ASTTBC members who completed the training were recognized by SAFERhome to inspect and approve a building as having met the SAFERhome Standards.
Three associations are partnering to produce targeted labour market information on engineers, technicians and technologists. The study, involving APEGBC, ASTTBC and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - BC (ACEC-BC), and managed by the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST), is nearing completion and will likely be released before year-end. For ASTTBC the current project is a follow-up to the ASTTBC Report 'A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills for British Columbia'.
After each meeting of the Board of Examiners, a list of new registrants is posted. The complete list of new members as of June 22nd, 2015 is complete!
A personalized eagle feather was presented to each member of the ASTTBC Council as they wrapped up their terms of office the day before AGM 2015. The carver, Salish artist Len McKay, has been carving wooden feathers for ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE for the past two years. John has arranged for ASTTBC feathers to be presented to a number of leaders in government and industry.
We are pleased to announce that the recent e-News broadcast to retired members (and to those who have contemplated retirement in the next 15 years), has so far generated seven responses.
Two of these members participated in an IEC-BC webinar orientation session. We are hoping that the first seven will increase to at least 30 before September! If you received that invitation, or even if you have another 20 working years to look forward to, please recognize that one of the most appreciated achievements as a professional, is that you give back to the profession. That achievement could be attained right now if you sign up to become a mentor! We need you, and the professional immigrant community needs you!
Sign up HERE
On November 24, 2014, the ASTTBC Board of Examiners approved the following recommendation regarding the certification requirements for graduates of the BCIT Architecture and Building Engineering Technology Program:
Graduates of the BCIT Architecture and Building Engineering Technology Program that enrolled or started their program of studies after January 1, 2006 and meet the following requirements shall be eligible for initial certification or for reclassification to Technologist (AScT) upon submitting evidence of the following:
Completion of a calculus course equivalent to BCIT Math 2011 or;
A technical report demonstrating application of calculus or;
A minimum of 4 years work experience that includes two years at technologist level 3 plus a minimum of one year at level 3.5 or higher on the ASTTBC Competency Level rating scale. As declared by professional references such as: P. Architecture, P.Eng., AScT or a senior project manager with overall responsibility for major construction projects.
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 Membership and Reinstatement
For any inquiries regarding your account and if you wish to reinstate your membership please contact Lumi Guias by phone at (604) 585-2788 ext. 237 or EMAIL.
Technical Specialist Groups Renewal was due June 1st, 2015
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 13th, 2015.
A reduced reinstatement fee of $75 will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of fees to uncancel and reinstate before July 27th, 2015 and $250 plus GST to reinstate after August 1st, 2015 or an amount specified in ASTTBC policy at the time of your request.
At AGM 2015, Dave Rutherford AScT, CLS, BCLS completed his term as president and as part of the special 'thanks', incoming President Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL extended his thanks to Dave's wife, Gillian Greenwood, for her support and assistance during Dave's term of office. A president's spouse plays a fairly active role in the life of the association as the president carries out their duties on behalf of the over 10,000 technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
It is an ASTTBC tradition that past presidents gather at the end of the term of the ASTTBC president to say THANKS for a job well done!
SaferHomes, fire protection in buildings, and depreciation reports were some of the topics covered when Shayne Ramsay, BC Housing CEO visited ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE at the ASTTBC office. Shayne received an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.
The inaugural VIBE gala event was hosted in Nanaimo by the Canadian Home Builders Association - Vancouver Island to create an inclusive, Island wide builder awards program to recognize the quality of work from the residential construction industry. ASTTBC was a sponsor.
In a letter of thanks the VIBE Committee Chair, Peter Schultze said, "your support helped make our vision a reality."
Executive Officer Kelsey Botting penned a personal note to ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE in which he says, "Thank you for your support of our inaugural VIBE Awards. It was wonderful to have you at the gala event."
ASTTBC CEO Leech said, "Many ASTTBC members work in the residential industry and it is good business for ASTTBC to support events such as VIBE. Our sponsorship helps forge partnerships with industry groups who employ and contract the services of ASTTBC registered technology professionals."
ASTTBC members are encouraged to review the new Building Act as well as a new guide that provides plain language information on the Act. Following is a memo we received from Jarrett Hutchinson, A/Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch:
"Please note that information about the Building Act is now available on our website at www.gov.bc.ca/buildingact.
The website includes a link to the final text of the Building Act as well as the first two sections of the Building Act Guide. The guide provides plain-language information about the Building Act and will be prepared in sections as corresponding parts of the Act come into force. Email messages will be sent to alert you when major changes take effect, but please feel free to check the website for ongoing updates.
While you are online, I invite you to explore our new Building Codes and Standards website at www.gov.bc.ca/buildingcodes. The Building and Safety Standards Branch will complete the transition from the former website to the new website over the coming months.
I would greatly appreciate if this and future information about the Building Act could be shared with those in your organization.
Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how students can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Ian Emery, AScT, is a Forest Engineering Contract Supervisor for Interfor Corporaton.
"I enjoy forest engineering," says Ian, "the work is so variable in that one day you will be in the office working on paper work and the next you are out supervising the construction of a logging bridge or working with a geoscientist conducting terrain stability assessments."
In 2007 Ian was named Registered Forest Technologist of the Year. In 2010 he was elected vice-president of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP), and in 2011 he served a one-year term as ABCFP President. Today he is an active volunteer on the ABCFP's RFT Scope of Practice.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
BC Hydro is looking for a Distribution Standards & Design Drafter. The job closes on August 7th, 2015.
Undertake and accept responsibility for professional assignments only when qualified by training and experience.
Members shall not sign, seal or take credit for plans, specifications, reports or parts thereof unless actually prepared by them or prepared under their direct supervision. The seal and member's signature must only be applied to work after the responsible member is satisfied that the document or component for which the member is professionally responsible is complete and correct.
Members shall offer services, advise or undertake professional assignments only in areas of their competence by virtue of training and experience. This includes exercising care and communicating clearly and accepting or interpreting assignments and in setting expected outcomes. It also includes the responsibility to obtain the services of a specialist or an expert if required or, if the technique is uncertain, to proceed only with fullest disclosure of the experimental nature of the activity to all parties involved.
Hence this requirement is more than simply duty to a standard of care; it also involves honesty with one's client or employer and one's self.
In this age of rapidly expanding technologies and new concepts and theories, members cannot be expected to be conversant with every new development of knowledge. Thus, members have increased personal responsibility to employ the services of others who have expertise to supplement their own capabilities. This responsibility is most important when adopting new processes like computer software to ensure the programs are site-specific to the member's project. (Also see Principle 6).
Registrants have a duty to continuously pursue such Professional Development as is relevant to ensure their continued competence in their specific discipline. Throughout their career registrants have a personal responsibility to diligently assess their continuing education and training needs, to ensure both currency and competence in their work.
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:
TALK TECH TUESDAY - UNDERSTAND GLOBAL REGULATORY & TECHNICAL CHALLENGES
New Westminister BC, August 4th, 2015
BC SAFETY AUTHORITY PRESENTS - FREE - ELECTRICAL TECH TALK — GENERATORS
Golden BC, August 5th, 2015
PBLI PRESENTS -PLANNING FOR CLIENTS WITH ASSETS AND BENEFICIARIES IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS
Webinar, August 18th, 2015
Thank-you for reading our July e-News and enjoy your summer!