ASTT e-News

ASTT e-News, November 2011

Dear Member,

ASTT 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

Win an iPad2. Your Coice Counts!
ASTTBC Launches "Technology" Video for Kids
ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration
500x50 Ignite the Spark! Campaign over the Top
TechGREEN Awards Presented at the Awards & Recognition Celebration
ASTTBC Technology Awards Event Partners and Sponsors
Dues Invoicing Changes for 2012
ASTTBC Web Site Gets 'Face-Lift'
TechPRO: Stephen Hohner, AScT, an ASTTBC Community Rep
Post Your Career Story
Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?
Ken Christian, AScT, Elected to Kamloops City Council
Ron Mickel, AScT, Re-elected to Central Kootenay Regional District
New Zealand and Lillooet Techs Talk Technology
Youthink Magazine Targets Students with ASTTBC Article
ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: House Inspection Deficiencies
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 2
ASTTBC's Executive Director Appointed to BC Housing Advisory Council

ASTTBC Council Nomination Process
ASTTBC Seeks Public Representative for Governing Council
ASTTBC Onsite Wastewater Forum Builds Teamwork
APEGBC Elects New Council
ASTTBC Sponsors APEGBC AGM. Community Rep Henry Murphy Reports
Ian Emery, AScT, RFT, Dyes Hair for Cops for Cancer
ASTTBC Sponsors MISTIC Awards in Nanaimo
Okanagan Career Fair Celebrates Science
ASTTBC Sponsors Western Canada ROBOCUP at Okanagan College
ASTTBC Supports SAFERHomes
2012 Building Code Consultation
Canadian Commission Building & Fire Codes Invites Your Input
Camosun College Civil Engineering Technology Co-op Students
Contact Information for ASTTBC
BIG Little Science Centre - New Kamloops Location
Message From:
2012 GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence
Wood Design Luncheon Conferences
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities

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ASTTBC Launches "Technology" Video for Kids

A highlight for folks attending the Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration Nov. 5 was the launch of "Technology" a music video for children designed to attract children and their parents to technology education and careers. Performed by the Kerplunks, 3 time Juno nominee and Gold Medal winner of the Parent's Choice Awards, "Technology" is a fun look at the importance of technology in our everyday lives. Check it out.

ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration

ASTTBC continued its tradition with the hosting of the 2011 Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration on November 5 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced and Education and Minister responsible for the ASTT Act, was a special guest and spoke very highly of ASTTBC and its members. Look to the December eNews for more about this as well as the full list of ASTTBC award winners.

Mayor Watts of Surrey sent a congratulatory video to ASTTBC and the Award recipients. It is posted on the ASTTBC YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure.

Staff received much favourable comment about the event. Here's a sampling.

From: Bill Scudamore, AScT, Instructor, Electrical Apprenticeship
School of Construction and the Environment at BCIT

I would like to thank the staff, council, and directors of ASTTBC for the special invitation to the 2011 ASTTBC Awards and Recognition Gala. Nanette and I had a most enjoyable evening. Not only was it extremely entertaining but it was nice to run into some of my colleagues who I have not seen for a while. This opportunity not only allowed reflection on the past, but the chance to suggest new ideas for future development and growth in technology.
Again, thanks to everyone at ASTTBC.

From: Dr. (Dave) Baspaly, CMC, DBA, MA, BA
Executive Director for BC Common Ground Alliance

Just a quick note to thank you for inviting my wife and me to your event on Saturday. You and your staff did a fantastic job. Congratulations on achieving your fundraising goal! We had a great time and look forward to next year's event.

From Tom Sigurdson of BC Building Trades

It was good to meet [John Leech], albeit briefly, at your Annual Awards Night last Saturday. It really was quite a celebration. Congratulations for a job well done!

500x50 Ignite the Spark! Campaign over the Top

The FEAT Silent Auction took us 'over the top.' The Ignite the Spark! Campaign goal was to build the ASTTBC-FEAT Technology Legacy Fund to $500K and we did it. A huge thank you to ASTTBC members and friends!

The campaign continues until year-end, so members can still make a difference to our final total by donating online or simply mail your cheque (made out to FEAT) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St., Surrey BC V3R 0S4.

The Foundation for Education & Advancement in Technology (FEAT) is the charitable foundation of ASTTBC, so your gift is income tax creditable.

TechGREEN Awards Presented at the Awards & Recognition Celebration

TechGREEN Awards are ASTTBC's most significant public awards, an incentive for companies, organizations and individuals that put minimal consumption of resources, renewability and sustainability at the core of their functioning.

"We seek nominations each year in these three categories to promote excellence in advancing a sustainable society and environment," declares Executive Director John Leech (AScT, CAE) . "Introduced at TARC 2010, the TechGREEN initiative serves the membership and the public by promoting the healthiest and most efficient possible design, construction and operation of our built environment. We want to reward initiatives that have a positive impact on green living, sustainable best practices, energy conservation and environmental benefit. "

The Executive Director welcomed The British Columbia Institute of Technology as Presenting Sponsor for the 2011 Awards. Rod Goy, Dean of the School of Construction & Environment at BCIT, presented this year's TechGREEN awards to:

Individual Award - Glen Garrick, AScT, Environmental Sustainability Manager with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

In 2005, Glen came to Vancouver to earn an MBA from UBC. He soon became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited Professional and an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Environmental Management Systems Internal Auditor.

Glen joined Vancouver Coastal Health in 2008 as an Energy and Environmental Sustainability Manager. There he secured a partnership with FortisBC to create an "online community" among 60,000 health workers, integrating social media, game theory and change management into a grassroots engagement tool called "C3", for "Cut the Carbon Community".

"C3 is a 'one-stop' resource for energy efficiency and savings," Glen explains, "where you can take simple conservation steps online, like getting a bus pass, to exchanging conservation questions and spreading ideas and challenges among the thousands of staff members at Vancouver Coastal Health, the Fraser Health Authority, Providence Healthcare and the Provincial Health Services Authority." After a year in operation, the program is reducing the carbon and ecological footprint of health care staff through behavioural change. Participating staff have reduced their carbon footprint by over 20 tons, and roughly 200 energy and environmental sustainability-related discussion threads have been logged on the site.

Company Award - Coast Tsimshian Resources, a Northwestern BC forestry company wholly owned by the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation. James Bryant, a Lax Kw'alaams Elder, accepted the award on behalf of Coast Tsimshian Resources.

Coast Tsimshian Resources are applying carbon sequestration, bio-energy fuels and other sustainable options, to ensure diversity and resilience within the forest and the economy. The vision, commitment and values of the Lax Kw'alaams people have driven the company's investments in applied research and technology development for climate change adaptation and sustainable management.

Company CEO Wayne Drury has expressed his gratitude and pleasure to ASTTBC: "We very much appreciate the recognition for the work, based upon the core values of our owners, the Lax Kw'alaams members, who entrust us to manage responsibly. This award is a result of the very hard work of our staff and contract community to build a forest company of which we are all extremely proud."

Since its inception in 2004, CTR has worked with its managing operator, Brinkman Forest Ltd, to build economic opportunities for the First Nation and surrounding communities, while promoting sustainable forest management regionally. As a people who have lived with, and depended on, the rich natural resources of the Skeena River Watershed for millennia, the Lax Kw'alaams have a vested interest in the continued health of the surrounding ecosystems.

Coast Tsimshian Resources and Brinkman Forest partnered with several academics, industry experts, government advisors, NGOs and community stakeholders to address climate change, community values, and the future of environmental, social and economic resources in the North West Skeena region. This research has combined local knowledge with cutting-edge technology.

Coast Tsimshian Resources' woodlands are located close to the Ports of Prince Rupert, Kitimat, and Stewart. Their primary products are Hemlock, Coastal Balsam, Western Red Cedar and Sitka Spruce. The ASTTBC TechGREEN Award is the third major corporate award recently captured by Coast Tsimshian Resources. The company's operations gained Community Business honours at the 2010 BC Aboriginal Business Awards, and at the Prince George-based Northern BC Business and Technology Awards this past January.

Organization Award - The BC Construction Association. Manley McLauchlan, President of the BCAA, accepted the award.

The basis of this award was development of BidCentral, an on-line system for handling plans, documents and project bids that has saved its members untold thousands of hours of costly time.

Over the past ten years the BC Construction Association and its regional member associations have been testing online solutions that could make managing construction projects more sustainable and efficient. In 2010, BidCentral was launched. Rooted in industry standards and expertise, BidCentral allows construction companies to manage documents, obtain plans and submit bids, all online. This saves time and money. It reduces risk in the bidding process - and it surely reduces environmental impact. Over the course of just one recent project, it was estimated that more than 250 hours of travel time had been eliminated. If one project can have that kind of effect, imagine the efficiencies when all projects move to an online method!"

ASTTBC Executive director John Leech noted that such an innovation was bound to catch the eyes of the nominating committee, since "ASTTBC has worked strenuously to digitize its own operations!"

The BC Construction Association is a not-for-profit group that acts as the Provincial voice of firms in the Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Multi-Family Residential construction Industry. The Association's mandate is to provide leadership and excellence in serving and representing the industry within BC. The BCCA also seeks to improve the business effectiveness and transfer of knowledge among member firms.

ASTTBC's recently rejuvenated website already contains information on criteria for the 2012 TechGREEN's and all other ASTTBC awards. Nominations will be welcomed in January.

ASTTBC Technology Awards Event Partners and Sponsors

ASTTBC is very pleased to recognize and thank our Technology Awards Event Partners and Sponsors:

Event Partners: BCIT Alumni Association and Telus
ASTTBC TechGreen Award Presenting Sponsor: BCIT
Gold Sponsors: APEGBC, BC Safety Authority and Black Press
Silver Sponsors: FortisBC, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, Manulife Financial and Stantec
Bronze Sponsors: BC Construction Association, BC Housing, Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, Horseshoe Press Inc., Lindsay Kenney LLP, Mid-Island Science, Technology & Innovation Council, Okanagan College and Pacific Northwest Economic Region.

Dues Invoicing Changes for 2012

ASTTBC is making a number of significant changes to dues invoicing in 2012. We encourage all Technologists, Technicians, Grad Techs and Associates to take note of the IMMEDIATE changes.

Major Dues Invoicing Changes for AScT, CTech, Grad Tech and Associate:

"These changes will ensure a smoother and more timely handling of annual dues invoicing, achieve greater effectiveness and further advance ASTTBC's TechGREEN agenda," said ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech. "We hope members appreciate the efforts being made to make better use of the funds entrusted to the Association. "

ASTTBC Web Site Gets 'Face-Lift'

ASTTBC has launched a new look for the ASTTBC web site. The 'face-lift' brings a few new features and a generally brighter look. Additional modifications to the site will be introduced through the balance of the year and into 2012. Have a look at

TechPRO: Stephen Hohner, AScT, an ASTTBC Community Representative

Stephen Hohner, AScT, grew up in a family of builders in London, Ontario. In his youth he knew his way around carpentry and bricklaying, starting up a contracting firm with pals out of high school, and spent some time working as a diver on the Atlantic coast. "In my teens I decided that engineering could provide many answers, but I entered the Civil Engineering Technology program at Okanagan University College in Kelowna only after sampling a few different career paths."

Municipal civil engineering and utilities became Stephen's focus. He joined ASTTBC as a student member after an OUC presentation by an ASTTBC representative. Following his technology studies, Stephen worked while earning a BC Open University degree in Philosophy of Science, and will soon complete an MA through the University of Calgary.

Stephen pursued a career in design, project, and general management after graduation as a technologist, in both the private and local government sectors. He began working with Highways Design Office, gaining further training and experience. Stephen then joined an engineering firm as a new subdivision construction and engineering inspector, "clearing the land, forging new roads, deep utility installations - water systems, wastewater systems; lift stations, reservoirs, PRV's and so on. Concurrently, I taught at Okanagan for eight years in the Engineering Technologies program. From there, I moved to local government in public works and engineering, and eventually into management. I currently serve as the Director of Public Works for the municipality of Lillooet."

"It's been nearly twenty years since I received my AScT professional designation. The breadth of studies and wide choice of careers in the engineering technologies have provided me with a rewarding and exciting career. I am proud to be a member of ASTTBC. I've realized the importance of a professional organization, professional ethics, and the recognition and respect that being a certified member brings. Membership has definitely enhanced my professional career."

Stephen recently became ASTTBC's Community Representative for the District of Lillooet. He's active with the Local Government Management Association (LGMA / TOLGMA), the Canadian Public Works Association, and the British Columbia Water and Wastewater Association. His recreational activities include support of local horseback riding and training associations, canoeing, kayaking and sport diving, landscape and sport photography, and music. Stephen and his wife, a professor at Thompson Rivers University, have a son and two daughters, and make their home near Kamloops.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Stephen in posting your career story. In addition to providing career information to others, TechPRO listings allow you to 'catch up' with former colleagues and find out who is working in your community. Posting your profile provides another way for self-employed practitioners to get their names in front of 9,500 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Post your profile and if your name is mentioned in the eNews, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page.

Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?

Have you tried posting your TechPROfile but had trouble with the system? See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website.

Ken Christian, AScT, Elected to Kamloops City Council

Ken Christian, AScT is a newly elected councilor to Kamloops City Council. Christian previously served 18 years on the Kamloops/Thompson School Board and 8 of those as Chairman. "I have worked hard to see better educational opportunities for high school students in the trades and technology area and now I would like to work on Council to ensure a strong local economy will provide jobs for these skilled members of our workforce."

Upon his election Ken said, "I'm looking forward to meeting economic challenges by attracting business to the region that will use the trades and technological skill sets of the local workforce. We need to exploit our geographical advantage and pursue distribution companies both in commodities, raw materials and data storage. As a councillor I will urge my colleagues to implement evidence based decision making. Thanks for the support of ASTT-BC membership in Kamloops."

Christian has been active in ASTTBC affairs for 30 years and last year received ASTTBC's Top in Technology Award. ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech said on learning of Ken's decision, "Ken has supported a high level of secondary education and has been a strong supporter of technology education and careers. He is a great role model for our profession. I wish him well in term as Councillor on Kamloops City Council."

Ron Mickel, AScT, Re-Elected to Central Kootenay Regional District

Recent ASTTBC Top in Technology award recipient, Ron Mickel, AScT, is re-elected as a Director on the Central Kootenay Regional District. "Ron is an exemplary member of ASTTBC," said Executive Director, John Leech. Ron Mickel recently was awarded an ASTTBC Top in Technology Award which was presented to him in Nelson this fall.

Ron attended Eastern Washington University majoring in Biology and graduated from BCIT with a Diploma in Chemistry and Metallurgy with a major in Pollution Control. Ron worked with the Provincial Ministry of Environment from 1969-2002, the last 27 years of which were spent in the Kootenays. Specializing in Municipal Waste Management, Ron was the Ministry representative on Solid Waste Committees in the Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary and Columbia-Shuswap and he guided a number of Liquid Waste Management Plans. Ron and his wife Carol, along with their four children, owned and operated the Kokanee RV Park in Balfour from 1985-1993, turning a run-down bankrupt enterprise into a successful business. Ron and Carol presently own and operate an environmental consulting business specializing in environmental impact monitoring and liquid waste facility assessment.

New Zealand and Lillooet Techs Talk Technology

Visiting from New Zealand in person makes for a much more effective way to really get to know other technology practitioners and their professional registering body says Graeme Wells, a Registered Engineering Associate (REA) and member of the Engineering Associates Registration Board of New Zealand (EARB). Graeme and the Executive Director of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), John Leech, were in Lillooet to talk technology with Lillooet's CAO, Grant Loyer and Director of Operations, Steve Hohner. Both are registered with ASTTBC as Applied Science Technologists (AScT). The primary reason for Graeme's visit to BC was to meet with ASTTBC and learn more about the association's operations and while here was treated to a trip through a small portion of the province.

But Why Lillooet? "I had two reasons to bring Graeme to Lillooet', said Leech."The first is the great countryside and rugged environment. The trip up from Whistler, the vistas and history around Lillooet, the trip through the Marble Canyon are awesome experiences. Graeme and his wife Lyn marveled at the terrain. The second was to meet and talk technology with Lillooet Chief Administrative Officer, Grant Loyer who was recently appointed to the ASTTBC governing Council." Leech also admitted a personal bias and close tie with Lillooet as he and his family lived in Lillooet from 1957 to 1961 when John was 9-13 years old. John's father was the Trainmaster for BC Rail (then Pacific Great Eastern Railway).

During the visit the four technology professionals talked technology and the exchange of skills from one country to another. Graeme's background is in the municipal engineering technology field which led to lively and far-reaching conversation about infrastructure including water and sewage systems, and the ongoing challenges of designing and building systems for new developments as well as the much bigger challenge of maintaining an aging infrastructure. Loyer observed, "The technology is the same or very similar as are the challenges. It was interesting to note how the issues in Lillooet are really no different than in New Zealand."

Leech jumped into the conversation when the topic switched to the recognition of Internationally Trained Professionals. Leech noted:

The borders of technology are few these days and technology professionals are transferring their skills from country to country. Professional associations around the world are increasingly finding a need to connect for the purpose of better understanding the requirements for professional certification and registration.The goal is to achieve a seamless transfer of qualifications. Canada and British Columbia in particular has been working hard to eliminate barriers so that internationally trained professionals can get recognized and registered in BC and gain full employment in their designated field. BC needs the workers in many fields, including engineering and applied science technology. The skills shortages will become increasingly critical. ASTTBC is working hard to adjust its certification and registrations policies and processes to ensure ease of transfer. We are in a lead position with a number of changes in recent years, including a new internet-based software program which will allow technology professionals to complete a self-assessment against Canadian standards and then to make formal application for registration in ASTTBC.

The group also heard from Graeme Wells about the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch (on the southern island of New Zealand). Wells lives in Christchurch and experienced first-hand the tremendous impact of the quake. "The loss of life was the real tragedy," said Wells. "Then there was the huge destruction of many parts of the centre part of the city. We will be decades repairing the damage." Coincidently John Leech and his wife Jennifer Christenson were in New Zealand visiting with Graeme and Lyn Wells and they left Christchurch on a plane three hours before the quake!

"The internet provides a quick and inexpensive way to connect with other parts of the world, however the face-to-face connection made between Lillooet and New Zealand will have a lasting impression and connection between us," concluded Loyer. A photo is posted on the website.

Youthink Magazine Targets Secondary Students with ASTTBC Article

Burnaby Mountain Secondary School student Annie Jin has introduced ASTTBC to secondary students throughout BC and Alberta, with a lively and carefully-researched article in "Youthink" - a monthly print and web periodical "By Teens for Teens".

After interviewing Executive Director John Leech, Ms. Jin highlighted the remarkable range of careers in technologies and applied science beckoning young people, encouraging students to open their minds to their career possibilities and set course during their high school years. "Beyond the employment opportunities and high salaries, Leech says that jobs in applied sciences are rewarding and stimulating - and that you get to make a difference in people's lives daily," Jin writes.

Enjoy the full article online.

Youthink is a monthly magazine written by teens for teens. This unique peer-to-peer approach provides a chance for students from different schools and backgrounds across Western Canada to connect through a free high-school magazine.

Each month, Youthink's hundreds of student journalists write about fashion, teen issues, post-secondary topics, entertainment and more - all with a teen slant. The magazine is distributed to more than 400 high schools, as well as select businesses (Safeway, 7-11, Mac's) in British Columbia and Alberta.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: House Inspection Deficiencies

Statement of complaint:
It is alleged that a BCIPI 'Inspector' did not report deficiencies during an inspection.

Upon occupancy the Plaintiffs found the French doors between the living room and back yard to be decayed across the bottom. They claimed the French doors were overlooked by the inspector during his inspection. After the investigation had begun a second complaint was received stating the inspector had overlooked cracks in ceramic tiled kitchen floor.

On two occasions the property was inspected by the investigator and in both occasions the plaintiff was interviewed concerning his interpretation of the inspection report and the walk through process. The plaintiff was steadfast in his claim that the defendant had overlooked the deficiencies for which he wanted compensation for the required repairs. To the first claim the inspectors agreed to replace the French doors and tile the entry area rather than replace the carpet to this vulnerable area. To this the plaintiff rejected the idea of the inspector having any role in the repairs and instead wanted a cash settlement.

To the second claim the inspector stated he had in fact pointed out the deficiencies to the kitchen floor.

The Realtor who was present during the process was not willing to speak to these discussions that occurred during the walk through process.

  1. The alcove of the French door had approximately 20 house plants of various sizes restricting inspection from the interior. Water from these plants could have resulted in carpet decay. Without opening the doors the condition would not be visible as these were metal covered doors with wood cores. The defendant claims he pointed this out to the plaintiff in the presence of the Realtor.
  2. The condition of the kitchen floor was pointed out to the plaintiff and because it had previously been repaired they were willing to accept it in its present condition.

The inspection report was not written in English, so was of no value to the investigator. The Plaintiff obtained repair quotes for the French door at $5,000 none of which he shared with the investigator and the defendant had a sub contractor prepared to replace the French door and tile the floor for $2,500. The investigator obtained a door only quote duplicating the existing door at $1,000 taxes included. Neither agreed to the suggested dollars involved but both parties agreed that the investigator should facilitate an end to this dispute.

The two parties agreed that going to court was not an option; the investigator facilitated an agreement whereby the defendant would pay the plaintiff $3,300. The ASTTBC Practice Review Board (PRB) concluded that since the matter was resolved by facilitation and no breach of the code or standard of inspection was determined, no further action was required and this file was closed.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 2

Members of ASTTBC shall 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 members signature must only be applied to work after the responsible member is satisfied the document or component for which he or she 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.

View the complete Code of Ethics.

ASTTBC's Executive Director Appointed to BC Housing Advisory Council

BC Housing CEO Shayne Ramsay invited ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech, to serve on their Industry & Consumer Advisory Council. The broad terms of reference for the Council is to provide advice to BC Housing and the Chief Executive Officer on matters coming which fall under the Homeowner Protection Act. BC Housing hopes to draw on the collective expertise of Council to assist BC Housing in identifying new and emerging issues and opportunities in the residential construction industry and consumer protection. "This appointment represents a great opportunity to contribute to public policy in an area in which ASTTBC members play a key role," said Leech. The appointment is for 3 years.

ASTTBC Council Nomination Process

At the September 2011 Council meeting, the nomination committee for the 2012-2013 Council was approved. The committee is now requesting nominations from election to the Council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of 10 certified members, as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations properly endorsed must be received by the Nomination Committee Chair by February 25, 2012. Nomination submissions should be addressed to:

Doug Carter, CTech,
Chair, Nominating Committee
10767 -148 Street,
Surrey, BC V3R 0S4

ASTTBC Seeks Public Representative for Governing Council

ASTTBC is currently accepting expressions of interest from non-members who are interested in assuring the role of a Public Representative on its governing Council. This is an excellent opportunity to make a positive contribution and influence how ASTTBC considers the impact it has on the public as it regulates technology professionals and advances technology careers.

Public Representatives are appointed by the ASTTBC Council on a recommendation from the ASTTBC Nominating Committee. Information on ASTTBC and the role of the Council and Public Representative as well as a copy of the reports of the Public Representatives are on the website.

If this is of interest we ask that you send to ASTTBC a statement as to your reason for making application to serve as a Public Representative and provide background information on your education, career and community interests and involvement. Expressions of interest should be sent in confidence to to the attention of the Executive Director by the end of the business day January 31, 2012.

ASTTBC Onsite Wastewater Forum Builds Teamwork

The Sewerage System Regulation was proclaimed into law in May of 2005 and with it responsibility was assigned to ASTTBC as the body to certify and register a large body of those authorized to plan, install and maintain onsite systems. In the past 6 years ASTTBC, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has built a professional reliance model for this sector. With formal education and training, field experience including a field audit of the first system designed and installed, professional references and other requirements to get registered, the professionalism of onsite wastewater practitioners has grown substantially. At present ASTTBC has just under 600 Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioners (ROWP). A significant recent initiative was the development of a guide for training providers. Outlining the competencies required of the ROWP, the ASTTBC guide was built on work completed by the BC Water and Wastewater Association (BCWWA), an example of a collaborative effort emerging in this industry. To help build acceptance and to confirm content, ASTTBC convened an advisory group ("Forum") including key industry stakeholders. The first meeting was in September and the second, with a much broader agenda of issues being addressed, was just convened. "We have had two great sessions with participation from almost all interested parties. The dialogue has been constructive and directed to the issues at hand," said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech who is chairing the forums. "With the spirit of cooperation demonstrated at the first two meetings we are well on our way to building a 'community of common interests'".

The program has grown over the six years based on a strong group of dedicated volunteers and staff. The Chair of the Board, Jim Andersen, ROWP, has been working hard to build capacity and a team of volunteers serving the profession and this industry. Ron Hein, ROWP, Manager, Onsite Wastewater Registration Program provides the staff support and leadership to bring it all together.

A photo is posted on the website.

APEGBC Elects New Council

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC has a new President and Council responsible for governing APEGBC. "I have a great working relationship with Jeff Holm, PEng, FEC, the new APEGBC President," said ASTTBC's President, Bill MacPherson, AScT. "Jeff and I are co-chairing the ASTTBC-APEGBC PTech Framework Development Group. I look forward to working with Jeff on this and other matters as we strive to bring the two associations into closer alignment on a number of fronts." The complete list of election results is on the website.

ASTTBC Sponsors APEGBC AGM. Community Rep Henry Murphy Reports

For two years running ASTTBC has been a sponsor of the APEGBC Annual General Meeting, hosting the fun night. Community Representative Henry Murphy, AScT, attended the event and reported to ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech, "I really enjoyed myself at the APEGBC Annual Conference and AGM. I took in a couple of the seminars, as much as time would allow, and lunches." Henry went on to talk about the event hosted by ASTTBC, "I attended the Hawaiian Luau on Thursday night that was sponsored by ASTTBC. Jeff Holm PEng, President, recognized ASTTBC at that event. Also, Matt Cameron, PEng and Jim Smith, PEng, joined me to extend thanks for all that ASTTBC was doing and wanted me to pass on a big hello from them to you." Henry is a Lab Technician in the Civil Technology program at Okanagan College.

Ian Emery AScT, RFT Dyes Hair for Cops for Cancer

A recipient of ASTTBC's Top in Technology Award, Ian Emery, AScT, RFTP participated recently in the Cops for Cancer campaign. The current President of the Association of BC Forest Professionals willingly dyed his hair in support of the cause. Ian sent along a thank you to one of his supporters, ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech, "Thank you for your generous support. I hope you get a laugh out of the pictures." Ian has raised $4,600 for his efforts. Well done Ian! Ian is Area Engineer with International Forest Products Ltd. Check out the photo.

ASTTBC Sponsors MISTIC Awards in Nanaimo

ASTTBC was on hand to help MISTIC celebrate innovation in mid Vancouver Island, once again a major sponsor of the event as well as the sponsor of the ASTTBC Technology Leadership Award. This year's winner of this award is Amber Zirnhelt, Sustainability Manager for the City of Campbell River. More information is available on line.

ASTTBC member, Bill Sims, AScT, and Manger, Water Resources for Nanaimo was one of the ASTTBC members attending and he sent this message to ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech:

Thank you once again for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. This was a great move getting in early with the MISTIC awards, and really helps raise ASTT's profile. The events become more and more sophisticated every year, and the level of pride I feel being part of ASTT and this event grows along. So, great job and thank you for all your hard and tireless work in strategically promoting and raising the profile of the Association... as well as the several significant initiatives begun under your leadership - FNCC, Women in Technology and the roundtables most notably.

Okanagan Career Fair Celebrates Science

For nearly 30 years, the first Sunday in November has been the fixed date for an Okanagan-wide Career Fair in Kelowna. Typically, about 5,000 visitors converge at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College to meet representatives of Canada Employment and a host of volunteer exhibitors working in hundreds of occupations and careers. Private and public employers including Canada's military, use the event to recruit. So do most BC colleges, universities and several private training schools. ASTTBC has been an ardent supporter from the get-go, encouraging secondary-school students and career-changing adults to explore applied science careers.

The mix has been enriched lately by Science World BC, participating in the Career Fair for the third year with a Community Science Celebration. "We look to excite all students about science and technology," says representative Jo-Ann Coggan. "We invite companies and businesses in the science and technology fields to share their experiences with students, and stage an exhibit of their products and applications to show what they do. The ideal exhibit is fun and interactive, and will attract young people to involve themselves in technologies and sciences."

Jo-Ann would like to hear from technology-rich businesses and companies interested in taking part in the Community Science Celebration in the Okanagan as well as other parts of BC in the coming months. Follow up at

ASTTBC Sponsors Western Canada ROBOCUP at Okanagan College

Once again ASTTBC is a major sponsor of the Robocup competition, now being held for the 6th year. The event will be hosted December 2, 2011 at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Successful teams at this 2011 RoboCup games will be eligible to represent Canada in the 2012 world RoboCup championship, Mexico City, June 18 - 24, 2012.

"This is a great event worthy of ASTTBC sponsorship," said Executive Director, John Leech. "We are pleased to partner with Okanagan College as we reach out to promote technology education and careers."

ASTTBC helps promote technology education and careers in a number of ways including the Robocup competition hosted by Okanagan College. "ASTTBC's partnership with Okanagan College is recognized in the poster produced to promote the event," said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech. "ASTTBC's efforts in recent years have helped point more youth to technology careers." ASTTBC Regional Manager, Okanagan, Bruce Stevens, AScT along with ASTTBC Community Representative Henry Murphy, AScT have been leading ASTTBC's efforts at the local level. He and a few ASTTBC volunteers will be on hand at the event. The Robocup competition will be held in Kelowna on December 2. You can view the poster online.

ASTTBC Supports SAFERHomes

A program designed to make homes safe and useful for life is supported by ASTTBC. SAFERHomes continues to expand and evolve under the able leadership of Executive Director, Pat Simpson. Operating under The SAFERHome Standards Society, SAFERHomes is starting to do more training which is having a positive effect. ASTTBC and SAFERHomes signed a Memorandum, of Understanding in 2006 to signal joint interests and areas we would work together. Under a special training program developed by ASTTBC and SaferHomes ASTTBC-certified house and property inspectors can qualify to be inspectors for SAFER Homes to certify that the housing (whether single or multi-family) meets SAFERHomes standards. "I am pleased ASTTBC has been in a position to work with SAFERHomes to further their growth and development," said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech. "They have been good about recognizing ASTTBC's involvement with our logo included in their literature." More information is available on line. You can also view their latest newsletter.

2012 Building Code Consultation

The Building and Safety Standards Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, is conducting a public review on a selected number of proposed changes for the 2012 BC Building Code and ASTTBC members are encouraged to get involved. The proposed changes are variations from the 2006 BC Building Code or from the 2010 model National Building Code. In addition to the proposed code changes, the Branch invites your participation on several policy discussion items, running concurrently with the proposed changes.

The public review and policy discussion are open until December 16, 2011 on the Office of Housing and Construction Standards site. Surveys are available online.

Canadian Commission Building & Fire Codes Invites Your Input

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) is inviting ASTTBC and its members and other stakeholders in the development of the National Model Construction Codes to take part in the fall 2011 public review of proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes. The public review is one of the main steps in the process for developing national code documents, providing a nation-wide forum where anyone can review and comment on the changes proposed. The National Model Construction Codes, comprising the National Building, Fire and Plumbing Codes are model codes developed by the CCBFC that the provinces and territories can adopt as is, or with modifications, as part of their building, fire and plumbing regulations.

The public review will run from October 24, 2011 until December 16, 2011 on the National Codes Web site.

Camosun College Civil Engineering Technology Co-op Students

Camosun Civil Engineering Technology and Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology - Renewable Energy program students with ready-to-work skills are ready to work for you January 3rd to March 23rd, 2012. Program information or post a position. Contact Nan Judd:, 250-370-4185 or Jacquie Burden:, 250-370-4182 for further information.

Contact Information for ASTTBC

Please remember to update your contact information if you have moved recently or you are planning to move soon. To update your contact information, please use our online form.

BIG Little Science Centre at New Kamloops Location

The new BIG Little Science Centre is now open in the George Hilliard School at 985 Holt Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 5H1.

Visit the BIG Little Science Centre for hands on science exploration and fun. Open Thursdays and Fridays from 3 - 5 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm with a show/activity at 1:30. BIG Little Science Centre will also be open all week before Christmas.

Check out the website or phone 250-554-2572

Message From:

Randy Blaskovich, AScT following an ASTTBC member meeting in Castlegar this fall:

It was great to meet [John Leech] in person at Castlegar events this week. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule and away from family to meet with us. I have also appreciated the AGM that was "live" this year as it was the first one that I have ever "attended" (in more than twenty years of ASSTBC membership).

An underlying theme of the several conversations was with respect to "recognition" in the workplace. The Accounts Payable Department of one of our business units just received a prestigious award by the IOMA Institute of Finance and Management. This award recognizes the best in the accounts payable profession. Fourteen members of the Accounts Payable Department are certified through the IOMA Institute of Finance and Management's certification program and my company supported their professional development. This is what is needed more in the workplace - in our case for 'technology'. Just wanted to let you know that people are recognized for having 'credentials' and all of the hard work you and the team are doing will not be in vain.

2012 GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence

Entries are now open for the 10th annual GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence. These awards are presented to extraordinary companies and industry groups from across the country that have shown an exceptional ability to balance competitive strategies and sustainable development.

The 2012 GLOBE Awards will be presented at the closing of Reaching Out - Finding a Foothold in the Environmental Business marketplace - the Conference & Trade Fair that will be held in Vancouver from March 14-16. Register for this event.

The deadline for entries is January 27. More information is available.

Wood Design Luncheon Conferences

Kelowna: Nov 29
Victoria: Dec 1
Nanaimo: Dec 2

Admission is FREE, and there's a complimentary hot luncheon for all pre-registered guests. Professional Development certificates are available to all participants towards their continuing education program.

More information is available online.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement

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

Professional Development Opportunities

Please note that links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, seminars and coming events can be found on the ASTTBC website.

Following is just a small sample. For links to these and many other activities, follow the links above:

Mineral Exploration Roundup 2012, Vancouver, January 24-27, 2012.
Reaching Out - Finding a Foothold in the Environmental Business Marketplace - Globe 2012 Conference & Trade Fair, Vancouver, March 14-16, 2012.
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum's 2012 Conference & Exhibition, Edmonton May 6-9, 2012.