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ASTTBC e-News, May 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

Dave Rutherford Takes Oath of Office as President
Announcing ASTTBC Council 2013-2014
Highlights of ASTTBC's 54th AGM
AGM Event Partner and Sponsors
New Online Job Listing Service
Member Compensation Survey 2013
Savona First Nation House Inspection Program
ASTTBC Property Inspectors Update
ASTTBC Dues 2013: Annual Renewal Invoicing
In the Media and On the Move
50-Year Member: Ken Loven, AScT
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 7
Limitation Act Comes into Force

Government Tenders on New Website
BCIT Conducts Program Review
TechPRO: Bob Prasad, AScT, RTMgr
Post Your Career Story
ASTTBC Foundation Bursaries Available
Prize Draw for ASTT News
ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming Events
Hire a Co-op Student
Message From: John E. Biddle
CPD is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities
Become a Mentor
Update Your Contact Info
ASTTBC on Twitter and Facebook

Dave Rutherford Takes Oath of Office as President

The ASTTBC Annual General Meeting, held on May 24, 2013 in Burnaby, brought a change in the elected leader of our association. Bill MacPherson, AScT, handed the gavel to Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, at the conclusion of the General Meeting.

In accepting the gavel and ASTTBC 'Talking Stick', Dave thanked Bill for his excellent leadership during the past two years. "Bill brought to the position of President considerable volunteer experience and leadership," said Dave. "He did much to advance ASTTBC and its members and to enhance our ongoing partnerships and relationships."

An Instructor and BCIT Program Head in the Geomatics Engineering Technology and Degree programs, Dave Rutherford joined ASTTBC in 1981, as soon as his professional experience permitted him to apply following graduation as an applied science technologist. Subsequent professional development earned him BC Land Surveyor and Canada Lands Surveyor commissions. 

Dave has served past terms as a Director on ASTTBC's Governing Council and is a past member of the Association of BC Land Surveyors Board of Examiners, and the organization's Professional Development Committee and Control Surveys Committees. His community activities include a term as Past Vice President of the Coquitlam Optimist Club and he is currently a Senior Coach for Under 18 Boys Youth Soccer.

"I look forward to working with the Council for 2013-2014," says Dave. "There are very experienced volunteers on Council, and they work really well together as a team."

Announcing ASTTBC Council 2013-2014

The ASTTBC Council 2013-2014 was introduced at the AGM 2013:

President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS
Vice President Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL
Secretary Treasurer Trent Reid, CTech
Past President Bill MacPherson, AScT


Barry Brooks, AScT, CHI, RRFA(L), PEng
Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr
Toni-Lynn Card, AScT
Richard Cave, AScT
Russell Dobie, AScT
Dmitri Gulak, AScT, PQS, MRICS
Kai Hui, AScT
Grant Loyer, AScT, CMC

Public Representatives:

Brian Carr, PhD, BSc
Wendy Grant-John, MBA, LLD (Honorary)
Tim Smith, PGeo, EngL

"Our Association is thriving and growing largely because of the commitment to excellence and service of our volunteer Executives over the years," claims ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Many of our past and present volunteer officers have worked in senior educational institutions - and all have experience over many years in the private sector and government. This incoming executive is ahead of the curve in their grasp of relevant career and skills training, and in professional practice."

Highlights of ASTTBC's 54th AGM

ASTTBC's AGM and Professional Development Day on May 24, 2013 was a big success. It was great to see so many members, professional colleagues and leaders in attendance, and even more members participating through the webinars.

A letter of greetings from Premier Christy Clark was read aloud at the start of the morning session. The Premier provided positive remarks about ASTTBC and the contribution of ASTTBC members throughout BC. Later in the day, Bruce Ralston, MLA Elect for Surrey-Whalley, the riding in which the ASTTBC office is located, addressed attendees at the AGM Awards Luncheon.

The AGM theme, FOCUS 2015: Practice and Accountability, supported the professional practice and accountability of our Association and its members. The AGM Panel Discussion, which was available by webinar, explored the following topics:

The panel of experts included:

ASTTBC extends congratulations to the ASTTBC Award recipients who were honoured at the AGM Awards Luncheon:

The day ended on a high note as energetic Keynote Speaker Cheryl Cran presented her new model on the four levels of leadership awareness for the making of evolutionary leaders. Cheryl was inducted into the Canadian Speakers Hall of Fame in 2012, and is one of ASTTBC's most highly rated speakers.

AGM Event Partner and Sponsors Recognized

ASTTBC extends warm appreciation to our AGM 2013 Event Partner and all of our Sponsors for helping to make this year's event so enjoyable.

Event Partner

Gold Sponsors
BCIT Alumni Association
Black Press
Lindsay Kenney LLP

Silver Sponsors
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Bronze Sponsors
Horseshoe Press
Manulife Financial
Okanagan College

New Online Job Listings Service

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? ASTTBC's new job listing service, TechJOBS, is now active. Members can visit to view active listings.

Employers can post for the small fee of $275 + GST for 60 days. For more information and to search job listings, visit Contact for information on posting jobs.

Take the ASTTBC Member Compensation Survey

Please take some time to complete the 2013 ASTTBC Member Compensation Survey (MCS) and give yourself a chance to win a great prize from Future Shop. This survey only comes around every two years and ASTTBC counts on its members to provide important compensation information so we can publish a useful guide to the full membership. All results are confidential. ASTTBC does not share any personal information that would tie your information to a salary.

It is very important that members take some time to fill in the survey so we have the best results possible. Take the survey now.

Savona First Nation House Inspection Program

An urgent need to improve living conditions in a south-central BC First Nations community has led to the creation of a house inspection technology program unique in Canada.

Now underway with nine students enrolled from Skeetchest'n Indian Reserve near Savona, BC, the BC Institute of Technology training program brings a much-needed service in assessing and maintenance of existing buildings on the reserve. The program also offers valuable career training to selected band members, and could become a model for career training on reserves across the province. The instructors are certified under rigorous ASTTBC home inspection licensing standards.

"Two of the students are qualified carpenters who have been repairing these homes for years, and another is the band housing coordinator. There are 104 existing homes on the reserve, where the entire program is being delivered," says Ken Mayo, CHI, RRFA(L), one of five instructors. "In just a few weeks the class shows growing understanding of house design, building and maintenance methods. These students will soon contribute their new skills to their community and to other reserves."

BCIT's intensive 12-week program opened early in April and includes a series of six sessions. The curriculum began with "The House as a System" and continues through two Technical Training courses, BC Building Code Part 9, Inspection Report Writing, Field Inspections and Building Envelope Performance. Each module reinforces practical skills of inspecting residential properties and reporting the findings. Follow-up audited field training and appropriate experience can lead to CHI licensing for graduates. "This program will certainly improve the upkeep of homes, and increase employment on the reserve, bringing younger people new options for their futures," says Ken Mayo. "I believe this positive first step can snowball. I'm proud to be a part of it, and enjoying this chance to learn about the Skeetchest'n community."

Dawn McGrath, ROWP, Senior Construction Manager for the Skeetchest'n Indian Band and a member of the First Nations Career Council, was instrumental in designing the program and arranged the initial funding to create the successful delivery model with the Active Measures program under Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and CMHC.

ASTTBC, representing some 10,000 BC technology professionals, including licensed home and property inspectors, applauds the initiative and the involvement of members.

"We created our First Nations Careers Council years ago to encourage young aboriginal men and women toward careers in technology, so we wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to work with Skeetchest'n Band members striving to graduate this new program," says ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "ASTTBC maintains the province's highest standards in home and property inspector certification.

Ken Mayo, CHI, RRFA(L), and the other instructors, including Hugh Poole, CTech, CPI, and Steve Banfield, CTech, CPI, RRFA, are among BC's top home inspection specialists and educators. This program could serve as a model for skills training on First Nations reserves across the province."

ASTTBC Property Inspectors Update

The role ASTTBC Property Inspectors (PI) play in protecting the public is involves much more than only pre-purchase property inspections. Examples of the types of property inspections include:

A Certified House Inspector (CHI) provides residential dwelling inspections up to a maximum of four units, whereas the Certified Property Inspector (CPI) can provide residential and commercial building inspections with no restrictions.

Peter Link, CTech, CPI, CRA, Manager, House and Property Inspection Registrations, reports that eight members recently graduated from the Okanagan College Strata Depreciation Course, a prerequisite to each receiving a Registered Reserve Fund Analyst (RRFA) designation. "Our members now meet the requirement of the recent changes of the BC Strata Property Act," says Peter. "In addition our members have been taking courses in recognition of Asbestos to meet WorkSafeBC requirements."

ASTTBC Dues 2013: Annual Renewal Invoicing

Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates, please note important information regarding your membership dues invoicing:

We encourage you to pay your dues online:

Technical Specialist Groups: Annual Renewal Fee 2013

All Building Design, Construction Safety, Fire Protection, Onsite Wastewater, House and Property Inspection, Public Works Inspection, Registered Technology Manager, Site Improvement Surveying and Steel Detailing registrants were invoiced for the annual renewal fee on April 15, 2013:

In the Media and on the Move

ASTTBC Council Director Toni-Lynn Card, AScT, participated in Mining Day on May 2, 2013 at BIG Little Science Centre (BLSC). The event was hosted by the Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) and Canadian Institute of Mining, Minerals and Petroleum (CIM). ASTTBC is a long-time supporter of BLSC and the ASTTBC Foundation recently provided a $2,500 sponsorship to BLSC for 2013 activities.

ASTTBC and the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) were one of the sponsors for the Summit of Technology Resources Opportunities Networks and Growth (STRONG) 2013 conference in Richmond. The event was a three-day conference attended by Aboriginal people from all over the province who came together to promote technology and education for all Aboriginal people. "The conference was a great success in promoting a brighter future for young Aboriginal people and technology education in BC," says FNCC Chair Bill Baglot, Grad Tech.

ASTTBC Council Director Richard Cave, AScT, participated in the College of Applied Biology's conference and AGM, held in Victoria on March 8, 2013. Richard represented ASTTBC on a panel discussion on professional collaboration, along with other professionals from APEGBC, CAB, ABCFP and BCIA.

ASTTBC Community Representative for Victoria, Tina Bos, AScT, represented the ASTTBC Foundation at the Camosun College Trades and Technology Awards Ceremony on May 15, 2013. Tina is a Senior Structural Technologist / BIM Specialist with Herold Engineering Ltd. The ASTTBC Foundation provided two technology student awards at the ceremony, including the new ASTTBC John Leech Technology Leadership Award.

ASTTBC Regional Manager Bruce Stevens, AScT, participated in the annual Math Contest hosted by Okanagan College on May 3, 2013. ASTTBC is a sponsor of the event, which saw a total of 103 students participating (24 seniors, 38 grade 9 and 10, 41 grade 8) from 19 schools.

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, will be a guest speaker at the APEGBC South Central Branch Vice President's Dinner and AGM on June 6, 2013 in Kamloops. l

50-Year Member: Ken Loven, AScT

At the Nanaimo Member Meeting in March, ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, presented Ken Loven, AScT, with an ASTTBC certificate commemorating 50 years of membership.

The historical roots of ASTTBC are in The Society of Architectural and Engineering Technologists, formed in 1958. Young Ken Loven joined the Society in the early sixties, even serving a term as president.

Ken credits his membership and Technologist certification as an instrumental step leading to Officer status as an Engineer in the military. He says, "The Society changed my career from senior technician to engineering status in the military, and led to an extremely varied and challenging life." Ken joined the Canadian Military in 1942 at age 16, retiring with 40 years' service in 1982 at age 55. His entire military career was spent in the world of electronics.

Over those four decades Ken worked in all three services - with the Navy as a weapons officer on a destroyer, in the Air Force as project manager and senior technical officer, and in the Army as an electronic engineer, working on anti-aircraft RADAR, Guided missiles and test equipment.

After his retirement, Ken and Muriel moved to Hornby Island and built a house. They relocated to Qualicum Beach in 2001. There, Ken is President of the 400-member New Horizons Seniors group, President of Mid Island Health Council, and Treasurer of Branch 76, Royal Canadian Legion. They have three children, four grand-children, and five great-grand-children.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 7

Members of ASTTBC shall conduct themselves with fairness, courtesy and good faith toward clients, colleagues and others, give credit where it is due and accept, as well as give, honest and fair professional comment.


  1. Members will not maliciously injure the character or the prospects of business of another member or individual, being as careful with a colleague's reputation as with their own.
  2. Members will exercise restraint when commenting upon the work of another member.
  3. Members will not, except in cases where review is usual and anticipated, evaluate the work of a fellow member without the knowledge of, and after communication with, that member where practicable.
  4. Members shall not attempt to supplant another member in a particular employment after becoming aware that definite steps have been taken toward the other's engagement.
  5. Members will not use the advantages of a salaried position to compete unfairly with another member.
  6. Members will not compete improperly by reducing charges to underbid a fellow member after having been informed of that member's charge.
  7. Members, when using designs supplied by a client or by a consultant, shall recognize and protect the ownership of the designs by the client or consultant and refrain from duplicating them for others without express permission.
  8. Members, before undertaking work for others which involves improvements, plans, designs, inventions or other records which may be copyrighted or patented, shall attempt to enter into an agreement regarding the ownership of such copyrights or patents.
  9. Members hall provide, when requested, a frank but private appraisal of employees or of members being considered for employments.
  10. Members will not use an affiliation with a non-member, a corporation or a partnership as a 'cloak' for unethical acts or to avoid acceptance of personal responsibility.
  11. Members will refrain from distorting or altering facts in an attempt to justify decisions or avoid responsibilities.
  12. Members will advise the client or employer when it appears that a project will not be in the best interests of the client, employer or the public.
  13. Whenever possible, members shall acknowledge contributions of others for work with which the member is associated and name those who were individually responsible for designs, inventions, writings or other accomplishments.
  14. Members shall be open and receptive to new approaches or criticisms offered in a positive vein, and not overly defensive regarding preconceived positions.
  15. Members may promote and advertise their work or abilities provided that:
    • the advertising preserves the public interest by reporting accurate and factual information which neither exaggerates nor misleads,
    • the advertising does not impair the dignity of the members,
    • the statements do not convey criticism of other members directly or indirectly.
  16. Members will not offer to pay or agree to pay either directly or indirectly, any commission, political contribution, gift, or other considerations in order to secure work.
  17. Members will not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one interested party for the same service, or for services pertaining to the same work, unless there is full disclosure to, and consent of, all interested parties.
  18. Members will not accept financial or other considerations, including free services, from material or equipment suppliers as a reward for specifying their product.
  19. Members will not accept commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from contractors or other parties dealing with their clients or employer in connection with work for which they are responsible.
  20. Members will endeavor to provide prospective employees with complete information on working conditions and proposed status of employment and after employment, keep them informed of any changes in such conditions or status.

Commentary (a,b,c):
Unless convinced that responsibility to the community demands it, members will not express professional opinions which reflect on the ability or integrity of another person or organization.

Contacting a member whose work is to be reviewed not only is a professional courtesy but also provides the opportunity for the exchange of pertinent information that would assist in the review. If the results of such a review demonstrate safety or environmental concerns, it is mandatory that the member responsible for the work be contacted again to review these concerns in order to provide him or her with an opportunity to comment prior to further action. (See also Principle 9).

If a client requests a review of the work of a member and further stipulates that this member not be contacted, the client should be advised that these instructions are contrary to the spirit and intent of the Code of Ethics.

Members are entitled to review and evaluate the work of other members when so required by their employment duties and when the experience and knowledge is appropriate. For an adequate review it may be important to be aware of the nature and conditions attached to the assignment handled by the first member. Open communications should exist between the two members so that underlying assumptions are understood by the reviewing member, and so that the first member has an opportunity to respond to any comments or criticisms.

If a document is simply being read for information it is not being evaluated. The essence of evaluating is that the document be read in a critical manner and that the statements are confirmed or rejected by the reader. This process of criticism is not limited to the obvious formal full techniques of analysis and calculation; it can be quite informal and based simply upon experience.

Commentary (d):
Members, when accepting assignments, should ensure this subject is introduced in pre-contract discussions. They should not continue to seek employment on a specific engagement after being advised that another member has been selected.

Commentary (e):
Members should not engage in outside technological work to an extent prejudicial to their salaried position.

Members should not use the influence of a salaried position to direct clients to an office in which they have a financial interest.

Members should not use equipment, supplies, laboratory or office facilities of their employer to carry on outside practice without the employer's consent.

Complete Code of Ethics

Limitation Act Comes into Force

The Civil Policy and Legislation Office, Ministry of Justice website explains 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, which comes into force on June 1, 2013.

Government Tenders on New Website

On June 1, 2013, federal government tenders (tender notices and bid solicitation packages), currently on MERX, will move to a Government of Canada website. No subscription required, free and anonymous single window access to federal government tenders and procurement data are some of the benefits of the new site.

BCIT Conducts Program Review

As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure programs are meeting the needs of all the stakeholders, BCIT undertakes a "Program Review" of each of its programs on a regular basis. One of the programs currently undergoing this review is the Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management program. This part-time studies program appeals to many members of ASTTBC and provides them the opportunity to work towards a Bachelor Degree while continuing to work full-time.

The program is seeking input from current students, graduates and industry representatives, via short online surveys, regarding how the program can be improved to better meet the needs of those it serves. If you believe you have something to contribute and would be interested in participating in one of the surveys, please contact

TechPRO: Bob Prasad, AScT, RTMgr

Bob Prasad, AScT, RTMgr, became a member of ASTTBC a decade ago because, he says, "I wanted to be recognized and respected as a professional in the field of Engineering Technology." A staunch supporter of his professional association, Bob served as an ASTTBC Council Director from 2009-2013.

With 27 years of experience in electrical, instrumentation, and civil and structural design engineering in the pulp and paper and oil and gas industries, Bob is currently a Director with CH2M HILL, an international Consulting Engineering Firm with 30,000 employees and head office in Denver, Colorado. Bob's title is Business Development Director for the Energy and Chemicals Business Group in western Canada.

"I knew early in my career that I wanted to be a leader and in management," says Bob, a Registered Technology Manager. "I learned quickly that the best leaders are the ones that worked at every level of the business and developed a real appreciation and understanding of each position."

Bob recently assisted in solving challenges faced by client Spectra Energy, at its Fort Nelson project. He led a team preparing for a landmark West Coast Express Pipeline to take North Eastern BC natural gas to the West Coast for export to Asia, a multi-billion dollar project.

Bob was recognized with an ASTTBC Service Award at the Annual General Meeting 2013 and a TOP in Technology Award in 2009.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Bob 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.

ASTTBC Foundation Bursaries Available

The ASTTBC Foundation offers bursaries to qualifying first and second year students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs in BC. Check the ASTTBC website for eligible programs and bursary selection requirements. Deadline to apply is July 31, 2013.

Prize Draw for ASTT News

ASTTBC is planning to give our flagship publication - ASTT News - a new name and is seeking ideas from Association members to help us with the brainstorming. A draw for those who participate will offer a chance to win a great prize. Send you name idea to by May 31, 2013. Enjoy the read

ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming Events

One of the important ways ASTTBC supports the science and technology community in BC is by participating as a sponsor of industry and education events. Here are a few upcoming events:

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 June 24, 2012.

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

Okanagan College invites you to recruit Engineering Technology Co-op students. Job descriptions are posted from January through September. Co-op students in Civil Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Water Engineering Technology are available to apply their knowledge and skills from May - August and September- December (4 or 8 month work terms). To begin the recruitment process, e-mail your job description to: or use the Okanagan College job posting form.

Message From: John E. Biddle

"I write this letter to confirm that after 40 years as a member, I have decided to retire. It has been a privilege to be associated with such a fine group of members and those that work directly for the administration.

I would like to especially thank our executive director, Mr. John Leech, for the steady firm hand he has had on the rudder through this time of dynamic growth along with its many challenges. As a member of BDIBC, I know the effort Mr. Leech put into finding us our own niche in the building design industry and supporting the members in dealing with the City of Surrey and other municipal jurisdictions throughout the province."

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:

2013 Skills Canada National Competition, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver June 5-8, 2013 More Info

Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs More info

BCIT's Part Time Studies More info

Update Your Contact Info

To update your ASTTBC contact information, please use our online form.

Become a Mentor

ASTTBC invites you view the video on the Mentoring page and see if mentoring is something you would like to do.

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