ASTTBC e-News, May 2014
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Over 200 members and stakeholders joined the ASTTBC Council and staff for the 2014 Annual General Meeting that took place Friday, May 23rd, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC. An additional 100 participants registered to join us from across the province by webinar.
The panel presentations were well received.
"The morning panel's comments were thoughtful, informative and leading edge, leaving a level of comfort that one million job openings are being addressed by secondary schools with a focus on STEM. I was impressed with the Site C dam info from BC Hydro," commented MJ Whitemarsh, TECC Board Member and Senior Consultant of Whitemarsh Enterprises.
The luncheon included awards presentations with good food and plenty of fun!
Look for further AGM coverage in the June E-news - including more photos and links to the audio and slide presentations of the panel discussions.
The ASTTBC Council 2014-2015 was introduced at the AGM 2014:
Heather Andreychuck, AScT
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
David Sparanese, AScT, CPWI3
Brian Carr, PhD, BSc
James Coble, MA
Tim Smith, PGeo, EngL
We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate the following award recipients:
Kerry Jothen, BA, MA - Honourary Member
Pete Jackson, CTech - Service Award
Robert Barrett, RFPT - Service Award
Paul Dangerfield, BSc, MBA - Certificate of Appreciation
Bruce Jackson - Certificate of Appreciation
Larry Bettuzzi, AScT, FEC, PEng - Top in Technology
ASTTBC extends warm appreciation to our AGM 2014 event partners and all of our sponsors for helping to make this year's event so enjoyable.
BCIT Alumni Association
Lindsay Kenney LLP
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
The Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! BC are pleased to announce the appointment of Lynn Embury-Williams to the position of Executive Director, BC.
Ms. Embury-Williams will oversee the Wood WORKS! BC program with a goal to expand the demand for wood products, engineered and value - added wood components and wood systems in commercial construction. A respected business leader with a deep knowledge of the wood industry and its partners, Ms. Embury - Williams holds a MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a Registered Professional Forester.
"I congratulate Lynn on being appointed Executive Director and look forward to working with her. ASTTBC has a solid working relationship with Wood WORKS! BC and I am confident this will continue with Lynn at the helm," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
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Marshall Heinekey, DTM, MBA, AScT was elected Chair of the North Salt Spring Water District (NSSWD) after the 2014 AGM on April 15th. Marshall has served on the board for five years.
NSSWD is the largest of 11 water districts on the island. Their major undertaking at this time is an $11 million new replacement treatment plant on St. Mary Lake, to be completed in the spring of 2016.
Marshall served as president of ASTTBC from 1979 -1981 and has maintained an active connection with the association, volunteering on council and various boards and committees.
"I wish Marshall all the best in the work ahead," commented ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, "I've known Marshall a long time and recognize the know-how and commitment he brings to the table."
MORE INFORMATION on NSSWD and the trustees
Minister of Agriculture, NORM LETNICK (MLA for Kelowna - Lake Country) has long been a supporter of technology education and careers and he recently got into the spirit by donning an ASTTBC Technology SIZZLES apron. Norm met recently with ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, to talk tech careers and other topics of interest to ASTTBC including ASTTBC's work in advancing the professional recognition and practice rights for its members.
"Norm has 'been there' on many occasions in support of technology education and careers", said John Leech. "For example, Norm helped me pull together some industry and education leaders in Kelowna last year to talk about technology offerings in K-12."
During their conversation it was noted that Okanagan College has a large program for First Nations, an area of interest to ASTTBC in particular because of the work of ASTTBC's First Nations Careers Council. Promoting tech careers to women and girls is a key driver for ASTTBC as well, and this too was noted by Minister Letnick. ASTTBC formed the BC Women in Technology group to serve as role models and help promote tech careers to young girls.
John emphasized with the Minister that at present there are forces working against the full professional independent practice rights of ASTTBC members and that government really needs to take a hard look at where technologists and technicians fit within the work environment.
Leech often points to the framework in place with health care practitioners where they have methodically, over time, defined the areas of practice for Nurse Practitioners, RNs, LPNs and others based on their competencies. John continues to present the argument that the public and BC's economy is better served when we fully utilize and engage technical skills based on their competency and, in ASTTBC's situation, tied to their professional registration.
John is always talking about the ASTTBC proposal to introduce Professional Technologist (PTech) in BC. "PTech is a reality in Alberta now for three years. It is past time that BC got on board."
PHOTO of Minister of Agriculture, Norm Letnick sporting an ASTTBC Technology SIZZLES apron
ASTTBC was one of the professional regulatory bodies contacted last year by the BC Ombudsperson's office as they conducted a review of the RAR. The final report has been issued:
The executive summary described the investigation:
"This investigation was initiated to examine how the provincial government has administered the Riparian Areas Regulation since it was enacted in 2005. This report illustrates how a gap between commitment and action can lead to administrative unfairness."
The report goes on to define Riparian Areas:
"Riparian areas include the trees and other vegetation that line the banks of streams. These areas are essential to maintaining the health of streams, and, in turn, the fish that live in them, such as salmon. The RAR, enacted under the Fish Protection Act, ensures that in the 15 regional districts where it applies, riparian areas are considered and protected in the development process. The final report seems balanced in terms of the roles of the professionals and the regulating professional associations," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, ASct, upon reviewing the Report. "AScT's are recognized as 'Qualified Environmental Professionals' (QEP) for the purposes of the RAR, a recognition that is in keeping with the competencies of some ASTTBC members and consistent with the thrust of the government's Professional Reliance Initiative."
The report makes a number of recommendations regarding the oversight of the professionals as well as the current process for recognizing QEPs. ASTTBC encourages members to review the report and stay tuned for possible changes to the manner in which QEPs are registered and recognized to carry out work within their competencies.
The report also recommends that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations review and amend some of its processes to assure greater oversight of the application of the regulation and the professionals carrying out work under the RAR.
An ad was released in the Prince George Citizen May 2nd and 5th with messaging from ASTTBC CEO John Leech, ASct and Hon. Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister Responsible for Labour about the BC Jobs Plan.
The BC government made some very significant announcements this week calling for greater attention to educational programming where there is a real need by industry. Technologists and technicians are in high demand generally and for this reason the government is including technical skills in addition to trades in their messaging.
"ASTTBC has been supportive of the BC Jobs Plan from the very early days," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech. "I am confident this new direction by the BC government will lead to enhanced programming in engineering and applied science technology."
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May 5th 2014 marked the Silver Anniversary for Abbotsford-based Valley Testing Services Ltd. (VTS). Ron Alvaro, AScT, Branch Manager and Regional Director of VTS' parent company (Metro Group), has fond memories of his first job in Abbotsford.
"I was so proud to provide soils compaction and concrete testing for the new vault being installed at Scotia Bank — thinking that this could be a positive sign," says Mr. Alvaro. This was indeed a positive sign — the treasured beginning of a 25-year success story.
VTS' journey began with five material technicians testing soil, aggregate, and concrete for the construction industry. Today, VTS operates a successful engineering and testing company focusing in materials, geotechnical, environmental, and total quality management (TQM). The company employs a dedicated crew of 40 engineers, E.I.T's, technologists, and technicians serving the Fraser Valley and beyond.
In VTS' 25-year history, they have completed over 3,000 projects in the transportation, infrastructure, residential, commercial, and transmission sectors. VTS' current projects include BC Hydro's Ruskin Dam Upgrade and ILM Transmission Line. Most recently, VTS provided materials testing and engineering and total quality management (TQM) services for the successful completion of the Highway 1 East Bound Truck Climbing Lane and 248th Street Bridge.
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) brought a delegation to Victoria in early May for the general purpose of learning about a number of key initiatives of the BC Government and to further develop connectivity between the provincial and state governments affiliated with PNWER... and ASTTBC was involved.
John Leech, ASTTBC CEO, AScT, attended and sponsored an executive board dinner and a full day of meetings with various Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and government staff. John took the opportunity to present PNWER Chair, Senator Kevin Ranker (Washington) with an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.
The BC Government liaison to PWNER is Minister of Agriculture NORM LETNICK (MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country).
"Norm was a great host and ambassador for BC," said Leech. "The BC government has provided solid leadership as a member of PNWER, hosting successful PNWER Summits and contributing to the dialogue at the PNWER table."
The next PWNER Summit is in Whistler July 20 - 24, 2014.
"PNWER provides a valuable service by connecting the NW states and Canadian provinces and territories," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech. "ASTTBC has been involved with PNWER to some degree for the better part of a decade. Our engagement has helped ASTTBC come to better know legislators and industry leaders, and get involved with issues of common interest."
PNWER has taken a lead on a number of initiatives including tourism, cross border travel, energy and portability of professional registration.
"We have also been able to address ASTTBC's interest in promoting technology education and careers and skills utilization and shortages," concluded Leech.
After extensive consultation with industry experts ASTTBC has now published Report #3 as the association moves forward on a new proposed Technician Specialist Program for Public Works Technicians.
See REPORT #3, created April 12, 2014.
Camosun College has an eager group of first year Mechanical Engineering Technology co-op students keen to apply their skills and new knowledge to work for you for three months from July 2nd through September 19th, 2014. In addition to pre-existing skills brought into the program, they are prepared to contribute from the following course work:
- Manufacturing Processes
- Technical-Professional Communications
- Technical Math
- Physics Engineering Drawing 1/2D CAD
- Computer-Aided- Manufacturing-CAM Mechanical Components & 3D CAD
- Mechanical Control Programming
- Electronics for Mechanical
- Statics and Strength of Material
- Chemistry and Materials
- Fluid Dynamics
Camosun College asks you to consider where your operation can benefit from a co-op student who is prepared to hit the road running and either POST ONLINE or email NAN or BELLA a Word Document job posting.
The Surrey Board of Trade hosted a special forum with Minister of Education Peter Fassbender and Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond speaking on key directions for education and skills programming to meet the needs of industry.
ASTTBC was one of the sponsors, with ASTTBC Vice President Keith Trulson, AScT, providing greetings to the attendees and Ministers Bond and Fassbender. During his brief remarks Keith spoke to ASTTBC's efforts to promote technology education and careers, including initiatives targeted at K-12 and post-secondary education, provincial planning and career awareness programs sponsors by ASTTBC.
A great day in Victoria for ASTTBC and the Technology Education and Careers Council included a joint meeting with the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond, Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender and Minister of Advanced Education, Amrik Virk.
"We had a great exchange with the Ministers and their staff," said TECC Chair, Sid Siddiqui, PEng, who is a Vice President at Stantec. "TECC and ASTTBC presented suggestions as to how technology education and careers could be further enhanced in BC."
ASTTBC's President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, and CEO John Leech AScT, expressed their appreciation to the members of TECC who bring their industry and education credentials to the table in support of technology education and careers.
"ASTTBC has built a solid relationship with key leaders in government and enjoy a partnership in support of Science, Technology Engineering and Math generally and technology education and careers specifically," said Rutherford. "TECC, a group pulled together by ASTTBC in 2008, has served a valuable purpose in bringing key stakeholders to the table to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas of how we can enhance the science and technology culture in BC."
The group talked about math and science in K-12, relevance of education for BC's youth, new and emerging education and training methods, the need to engage a much greater number of First Nations, attracting women and girls into science and technology careers and the promotion generally of STEM subjects and technology education to students and parents. TECC Vice Chair, Sandy Innes, who works as Vice President, Human Resources at TELUS, advised the Ministers that graduate levels in technology programs has been stagnant at just under 700 for the past decade and the numbers are actually decreasing. Sandy Innes, the first Chair of TECC, spoke about the importance of industry more fully engaging with the education system. Sandy agreed with Chair Sid and the other members of the TECC that this was a most productive discussion.
"It was a great day for technology education and furthering our rapport with government through meaningful dialogue. A big thank-you to ASTTBC for organizing such a successful event," said MJ Whitemarsh, Special Advisor to the ASTTBC CEO.
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ACHIEVE Training Centre is offering the following workshops in British Columbia this spring:
CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS
Vancouver: June 10, 2014
Victoria: June 18, 2014
Many conflicts would not spiral out of control if people used conflict resolution techniques that are easy to learn and utilize. This workshop will teach participants to understand the dynamics of conflict and equip them with the skills needed to respond confidently when faced with situations of conflict.
Regular rate $190
RESPECTFUL WORKPLACE - STRATEGIES FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
Vancouver: June 24, 2014 (early rate deadline June 3)
Victoria: June 26, 2014 (early rate deadline June 5)
This workshop will explore the components of respect and address individual responsibilities within the work environment. In addition, participants will learn how to voice their expectations as well as initiate and respond to difficult conversations about disrespectful behaviour. Participants will return to work with the attitudes and skills necessary to contribute to creating and sustaining a respectful work environment.
Early rate $170; Regular rate $190
Mining Day on May 3rd was a huge success at BIG Little Science Centre in Kamloops, with over 800 guests dropping in to try out the activities associated with mining, pan for gold and talk to the people in the business.
Spring is flying by with loads of fun events and activities at BIG Little Science Centre in Kamloops:
Junior Summer Camp #1, 9am to 12pm, July 7 to 11, ages 6 and up
Robotics Summer Camp #1, 9am to 3pm, July 7 to 11, ages 9 and up
Junior Summer Camp #2, 9am to 12pm, July 14 to 18, ages 6 and up
Senior Summer Camp, 9am to 3pm, July 21 to 25, ages 8 and up
Robotics Summer Camp #2, 9am to 3pm, July 28 to August 1, ages 9 and up
Flight and Kite Day
Saturday June 14, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
Join us for a day of fun with kites, planes and more!
May 30 - June 18
Building Smart webinars, presented by the Homeowner Protection Office, are live, moderated, interactive online educational opportunities for residential construction industry professionals.
This particular webinar series explores best practices and building code requirements for the design and construction of large residential buildings in British Columbia. Topics will include an overview and compliance of the National Energy Code for Buildings and ASHRAE standards, thermal envelope performance, heating ventilation, air conditioning and domestic hot water, energy modelling, and lighting and electrical power. Licensed Residential Builders, contractors, building officials, architects, engineers, trades and others involved in Part 3 Construction will learn the latest research and technologies through these practical and informative sessions.
LEARN MORE and register to join the sessions online or as part of the studio audience.
The FNCC has been busy making new connections and promoting Aboriginal education in the province. Our chair Bill Baglot represented ASTTBC and FNCC at the Status of Women Canada MOU signing with Seaspan and the First Nations Education Society (FNES). FNCC will be attending the NATIVE EDUCATION COLLEGE AWARDS GALA to support our aboriginal people in their education endeavors and to promote ASTTBC and technological careers.
As businesses, what do you do with your obsolete electronic equipment?
In this era of rapidly advancing technologies, we are constantly upgrading our electronics regularly. Whether it's a work computer, peripherals, or audio/visual equipment, the average shelf life of technologies at a workplace is approximately two years. In every business, there is likely a storage room somewhere full of obsolete hardware.
The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is reminding all businesses that Encorp's Return-It Electronics™ Program will accept just about every electronic device in the workplace.
To recycle unwanted electronic equipment, simply drop them off at any Return-It Electronics Collection Site. For businesses with large quantities of electronics, pick-up can be arranged at no cost through the large volume program. For those who have a frequent need to recycle high volumes of electronics, see the processor incentive program.
The 8th Annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival - happening from June 13th to 22nd, 2014 is expanding this year with a greater focus on expanding culinary activities, educational events and tours, helping to showcase the importance of the Valley's role in the shellfish industry in British Columbia.
The festival expansion is driven by Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism (CVEDS) who has taken on a greater role in supporting the development and marketing of the festival for 2014. Previously, the BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA) was responsible for both coordinating the growers and the creation and management of the event. This year, their partnership with the CVEDS will allow them to focus on engagement with their membership, which has helped to foster new events for the eighth year.
"Having Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism working to manage the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival opens up a lot of opportunities for our growers," says Roberta Stevenson, executive director of the BCSGA. "Bringing different industry groups together like this demonstrates the collaborative attitude that's found in the Comox Valley. The new format will allow for an expanded events schedule and more exposure for our local products."
Experience seafood in a whole new way with fantastic events including cooking demonstrations by some of BC's finest chefs, informative shellfish farm tours, competitions, and culinary delights!
"Two big thumbs up on the new Skills Plan," exclaims ASTTBC CEO, John Leech, AScT. "ASTTBC has been encouraging government to direct education and training decisions and funding to meet the needs of industry."
Leech was invited to attend the announcement of the BC's Skills for Jobs Blueprint in Victoria. Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, John Rustad, acted as MC. Minister of Education Peter Fassbender kicked it off, talking about changes to the K-12 system; Minister of Advanced Education, Amrik Virk outlined changes planned for post-secondary and Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Shirley Bond, pulled it all together as the new direction for education and training in BC.
The Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC), a body of industry and education leaders set up by ASTTBC, has been advocating for technology education and careers since it was first established in 2009. Sid Siddiqui, PEng, Chair, will lead a delegation to Victoria on May 14th to have lunch with about 40 MLAs and then meet together with Ministers Virk and Bond. Sid noted that this will be the fourth annual MLA lunch for TECC and ASTTBC.
"This year will be quite a bit different as we will be reporting fairly significant progress over the past year, the culmination of many years of working to enhance awareness and support for technology education throughout BC." Sid indicated he will be thanking the government for its work in focusing the overall education system to better address the needs of industry.
"Over the past three to four years ASTTBC has been working with the Ministers and their staff, providing input to the BC Jobs Plan," concluded Leech. "We have also been asking for a longer term strategy designed to focus our efforts to address the needs of industry whether that is in municipal infrastructure, high technology, LNG and other resource fields, manufacturing and others who are crying for technical, trades and other skills."
ASTTBC and TECC have committed to working with the government in supporting the new scheme.
See highlights of the BLUEPRINT
ASTTBC DUES/ANNUAL RENEWAL INVOICING FOR 2014
Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates, please note some important dates regarding ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP.
Fourth electronic reminders were sent on April 18, 2014. Also, our Retention Phone Campaign is underway. Over the next few weeks, you may receive a phone call or email from our retention team to talk about the benefits of retaining your membership. If you are facing special circumstances concerning the payment of your dues our team will be happy to assist. If you wish to discontinue your membership please let us know in writing via email. We encourage you to pay your dues online.
- A $75 FEE will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of dues to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership
- Cancellation date July 14th, 2014
TECHNICAL SPECIALIST GROUPS ANNUAL RENEWAL FEES FOR 2014
All Building Design, Construction Safety, Electrical Work Practitioner, Fire Protection, House & Property Inspection, Onsite Wastewater, Public Works Inspection, Registered Reserve Fund Analyst, Registered Technology Manager, Site Improvement Surveying, and Steel Detailing Registrants were invoiced for the annual renewal fee on April 17th and the fee is due and payable before June 1st, 2014.
- A $25 LATE PAYMENT FEE will be applied to all late payments after June 30th, 2014
- A $75 will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of fees to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership
- CANCELLATION for non-payment will occur much earlier in 2014
Many employers call for ASTTBC registration as a requirement for hiring because retaining qualified technology professionals on staff adds value to their business. Such employers include those in private enterprise, consulting, engineering and technology companies, in all levels of government, and as private consultants.
VIEW A LIST of some of the employers who have requested ASTTBC registration (or eligibility) in advertisements
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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.
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.
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 the 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, the member 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.
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.
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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:
BIOMASS HARVESTING SUSTAINABILITY WEBINAR SERIES, Webinar, June 4th, 2014
7TH CANADIAN BIOSOLIDS & RESIDUALS CONFERENCE, Vancouver, June 5th, 2014
2014 BC ECONOMIC SUMMIT, Richmond, BC, June 6-11th, 2014
Thank-you for reading our May E-News and have a wonderful June!