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ASTTBC e-News, November 2012

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

ASTTBC Technology Awards a Great Night
National Technology Week Showcases Tech Careers
ASTTBC Foundation Thanks Silent Auction Donors
ASTTBC and APEGBC Sign Agreement on AScT Practice
ASTTBC Promotes Science and Technology Culture in BC
ASTTBC Liaises with Biomedical Engineering Techs
Property Inspectors New Name: ASTTBC PI
In the Media and on the Move
Application Deadline for Employer Innovation Fund
Mining Industry Needs More Techs
ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues Notices
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 1
Post Your Career Story
Message From: Chris Newcomb, P.Eng
CPD is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities
Update Your Contact Info

ASTTBC Technology Awards a Great Night

This has really been one of the most incredible nights since I came to Canada almost 25 years ago, so thank you," said Cris Sallovitz of HSBC Bank Canada about the 24th annual Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration held on November 3, 2012 in Vancouver.

ASTTBC premiered a new science and technology music video at the gala event, called Everyday Science, and produced by award-winning musicians the Kerplunks.

The Hon. John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and the Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, was the evening's guest speaker. Many other elected officials and special guests shared in the celebration along with ASTTBC members and volunteers.

Congratulations to the ASTTBC Technology Award recipients:

The following students received ASTTBC Foundation Bursaries:

Thanks to all who joined in the Celebration and we look forward to seeing you next year at the 25th Anniversary of this event. Watch for profiles of the 2012 award recipients in the December e-News. Enjoy the ASTTBC Technology Awards photo album.

National Technology Week Showcases Tech Careers

National Technology Week (NTW) November 5 - 9 was a great opportunity to showcase exciting and rewarding careers in technology. ASTTBC was busy with partner organizations, association events, post-secondary events, and awareness campaigns to promote careers in applied science and engineering technology.

The kick off for NTW was the ASTTBC Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration (TARC) on November 3, which recognized technology award recipients and employers for leadership and innovation, but the momentum built up much earlier.

ASTTBC was an exhibitor at the BCIT Big Info Night on October 24, 2012 to promote career options in technology and a Megabyte Partner for the 2012 Mid-Island Science and Technology Innovation Council (MISTIC) Innovation Awards on November 2, 2012 in Nanaimo. ASTTBC also renewed its support for the Kamloops Big Little Science Centre with another $2,500 contribution, bringing ASTTBC's total over four years to $27,500.

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, promoted technology education and careers in Black Press community papers across BC as a lead-up to NTW. Black Press circulated a technology column by John Leech and Media Relations Manager Garry Gaudet in each of their BC community newspapers and tailored content tied to their own region. For example, the Nanaimo Bulletin printed a Technical Workforce column in their BC Jobs section November 3, citing information and quotes from John Leech and Paris Gaudet, Executive Director of the Mid-Island Science and Technology Council (MISTIC), encouraging young people toward education leading to careers in technology. Similar columns were noted in Black Press papers around the province, including Goldstream, Langley and other locations.

"We thank Science World for their considerable efforts to promote science and technology throughout BC", said Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member and Program Development and ASTTBC staff person responsible for NTW. The Science World website profiled the Everyday Science music video commissioned by ASTTBC to engage children in math and science.

During NTW, radio ads in Kamloops (NL Radio 610 AM) and Metro Vancouver (CKNW 980 and AM730) promoted technology education and careers. An advertising campaign in Youthink Magazine featured some of our young members in both print and online ads. Here's more great coverage of NTW.

ASTTBC Foundation Thanks Silent Auction Donors

The ASTTBC Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration Silent Auction for the ASTTBC Foundation was great fun and a great success, raising $10,200 for student awards and bursaries. We are grateful for the participation of our Silent Auction donors:

99 Nursery
Amsterdam Products
Anne Sharp
Ann and Geoff Sale, AScT
ASTTBC Foundation
BC Business Magazine
BC Construction Safety Alliance
BC Lions
Betty Bell
Bill MacPherson, AScT, ASTTBC President
Bob Prasad, AScT, RTMgr, CH2MHILL
Brian Scott, Local Artist
Bruce Stevens, AScT - Strategic Solutions Business Development
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Charlie's Chocolate Factory
Choice Printers
Clarissa Brennan, AScT, RTMgr
Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre
Delta Vancouver Airport
Elisabeth Sommerville, Artist, Printmaker
Elvira O'Kane
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Gillian Rutherford
Greg Miller, LLB, PEng, Lindsay Kenney
Heather Stevens, MOPAC Auto Supply
Henry Murphy, AScT, Okanagan College
Hilkka Miller
Hilton Hotel Burnaby
HR MacMillan Space Centre
Jack Davidson, BC Road Builders & Heavy Constr. Assoc.
Jeannie Sharp-Kehl
Jennifer Christenson and John Leech, AScT, CAE
Jodi Leech, Glass Works
Julie Li
Kai Hui, AScT
Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL
The Kerplunks
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Linda Shortreid
Mount Seymour Resorts
Nicky Malli
Peter Link, CTech, CPI, CRA
Prakash Joshi, AScT, Metro Testing
Prestige Hotels & Resorts
Probizz Advertising Specialists
Quinella Auto
Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel
Reta Link, Local Artist
Richard Mayer, AScT
Science World at TELUS World of Science
Sheraton Guildford Hotel
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
The Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria
The KEG Steakhouse and Bar
The Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa
UBC Museum of Anthropology
Vancouver Giants
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Vytas Vaitkus, AScT, GlobalStar

ASTTBC and APEGBC Sign Milestone Agreement on AScT Practice

The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) are pleased to announce an agreement on a regulatory model that will lead to the recognition of the specialized skills and knowledge of Applied Science Technologists (AScT). At the ASTTBC Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration, the retiring CEO and Registrar of APEGBC, Derek Doyle, P.Eng, received an ASTTBC Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his collaboration in bringing our two associations together in our mutual goal of protecting the public interest.

ASTTBC Promotes Science and Technology Culture in BC

ASTTBC made a presentation to the Legislature Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services on the need for BC to build a science and technology culture in the province to head off developing workforce shortages.

While he congratulated government on the BC Jobs Plan as a guide to help focus attention on career opportunities, ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech told the committee, "There's a serious disconnect between Canadians' perceptions of the importance of science to society, and young people's desire to pursue a science-related career."

As well, at an event hosted by Skills Canada on October 18, 2012, John Leech spoke with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development Pat Bell to express ASTTBC's appreciation for including technical careers along with a focus on trades. Minister Bell spoke at the event about trades and technology careers, and ASTTBC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Skills Canada BC to enhance technology career awareness to students of all ages.

John Leech said his message is also being delivered to the BC NDP MLAs, noting recent meetings with MLAs Bruce Ralston (ASTTBC's MLA in Surrey), Rob Fleming and Leonard Krogg. It is critical that all MLAs talk about technology education and careers in their ridings across the province.

ASTTBC Liaises with Biomedical Engineering Techs

ASTTBC is reaching out to Biomedical Engineering Technologists and Technicians (BMET) to engage these practitioners on the Electrical Work Practitioner Program and to enhance professional recognition of BMETs. "I was pleased Dave Gilbert, Supervisor, Biomedical Engineering, Surrey Memorial Hospital - Fraser Health, took the time to meet with me to initiate a dialogue about important issues of interest to BMETs", said Executive Director John Leech. "BMETs provide a critical service within the health care environment, assuring public health and safety."

Property Inspectors New Name: ASTTBC PI

The BCIPI name change to Applied Science Technologist and Technicians BC Property Inspectors (ASTTBC PI) will result in greater recognition of ASTTBC as the certification authority, further increasing visibility and credibility by the public, all levels of government, Consumer Protection BC, and the real estate industry.

"This new name will eliminate the confusion that came with two separate organizations involved with certification (ASTTBC) and on the other side, promotion and member services (BCIPI)", said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "We appreciate the leadership of the steering committee leading efforts on behalf of ASTTBC-registered house and property inspectors, and the work of Peter Link, CTech, CPI, CRA, manager of the program."

In the Media and on the Move

ASTTBC presented 2012 TechGREEN Awards to Victoria designer Alex Zimmerman, AScT, Richmond concrete products firm United Lock-Block, and the City of Nanaimo. The presentations came at ASTTBC's 24th annual Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration in Vancouver November 3.

ASTTBC confers just three TechGREEN awards annually, to recognize an individual, a corporation or business, and an organization, taking a lead role or having substantial positive impacts on green living, sustainable best practices, energy conservation and environmental benefit.

Alex Zimmerman, AScT, was a pioneer in making existing and new buildings energy-efficient for the Province of Alberta before joining the BC Buildings Corporation in 1991 to manage energy retrofits. He developed direct digital control systems for BC Hydro and colleges and universities. He became the founding President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council in 2003. Since 2006 Alex has marketed his expertise internationally through Applied Green Consulting, assisting public and private clients with green building programs.

United Lock-Block Ltd. of Richmond won the 2012 ASTTBC TechGREEN Corporation Award, for recycling millions of tons of waste material into high-value products. Professional Engineer Jay Drew, P.Eng, first developed precision-engineered concrete wall units 28 years ago, using ‘leftover' cement-truck concrete that was previously wasted. ULB then developed systems to feed rubble and waste from demolition sites, into recycled crushing, screening, and washing equipment, processing reclaimed materials into precast aggregates. His company diverts literally millions of pounds of material every year from waste into valuable, durable products. ULB now produces 50 different concrete products and licences its technologies worldwide.

City Energy Manager Bruce Joiner, AScT, and Bill Sims, AScT, Manager, Water Resources, accepted the TechGREEN Organization Award to the City of Nanaimo.

Nanaimo received this award for recognizing and seizing opportunities to add value to municipal operations. Nanaimo's new water system includes turbine energy-generation capacity. Not only will the city soon power its own water supply operations, the system is designed to produce surplus hydro to send back to the grid. Nanaimo is also building one of very few gravity-driven water treatment plant filtration systems in the world, eliminating the substantial energy costs of running filtration pumps.

In recent years Nanaimo has installed LED street lighting and ultraviolet water treatment, implemented solar power generation and begun conversion to hybrid service vehicles.

BCIT was once again the Presenting Sponsor of the TechGREEN Awards and Rod Goy, Dean of BCIT's School of the Construction and the Environment, helped to present the awards at the gala event.

ASTTBC is a proud sponsor of the 7th Western Canada RoboCup Junior competition that will take place this year on November 30, 2012 at Okanagan College, Kelowna Campus. Successful teams at this 2012 RoboCup games will be eligible to represent Canada in the 2013 World RoboCup championship in the Netherlands.

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, was honoured by BC Homes Magazine as one of the Top 20 Most Influential in Residential Construction.

Application Deadline for Employer Innovation Fund

Looking for assistance with immigrant talent recruitment and retention? The Immigrant Employment Council of BC is now accepting applications for the Employer Innovation Fund (EIF), a new funding initiative that will help BC employers, business associations and industry and sectoral organizations develop news ways to attract, hire and retain skilled new immigrants.

Funded by the Government of Canada and Province of BC, EIF funded projects will be province-wide, with a priority on some of the key sectors highlighted in the BC Jobs Plan.

Applications for funding will be accepted until Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 5 pm with decisions being announced mid-January 2013. For more information about the EIF, contact

Mining Industry Needs More Techs

Technologists and technicians are in great demand by the mining industry. Of the top five careers in demand, techs account for three. This report supports ASTTBC efforts over many years to draw attention to the career opportunities and need for greater awareness of technology education and careers, said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech.

ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues Notices

ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues notices were sent electronically on November 9. Please pay before December 7, 2012 to take advantage of the $10 early payment discount.

ASTTBC is required to transition back to GST from HST as of April 1, 2013. The tax will be applied in 2013 to Annual Dues and Annual Renewal Fees as follows:
HST will apply where tax is payable before April 1, 2013 and GST will apply where tax is payable after April 1, 2013.

ASTTBC Annual Dues for AScTs, CTechs, Grad Techs and Associate Members will be charged HST on dues payments. Pro-Rated Dues payable by new members registered after April 1 will be charged GST.

Technical Specialist Certifications will be billed the Annual Renewal Fee after April 1 and GST will be charged.

All applications and other fees will be charged HST until April 1 and GST after April 1. For more info or email ASTTBC at

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 1

Members of ASTTBC shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and promote health and safety with the work place.


  1. This principle must be considered the most significant in the Code of Ethics. Realistically any project undertaken involves some risk to safety, health and welfare and may have some impact on the environment. To hold paramount" is to emphasize the need to give diligent regard to this principle and to rank it ahead of expediency or economic gain to either client or self.

  2. Members shall take appropriate action and notify proper authorities if in their professional opinion, unacceptable hazards to the public, human welfare or the environment do exist.

  3. Members shall not complete, sign or seal plans or other documents that, in their professional opinion would result in unacceptable hazards to the public, human welfare or the environment, or do not conform to current standards. If the clients or employers insist on such conduct, and members are unable to dissuade them, then the commentary regarding Principle 8 should be followed.


Members must be familiar with current safety codes, standards and other external regulations pertaining to their discipline. They must understand their implications to the safety and welfare of the public.
Members should maintain a responsible interest in both the immediate and long-term effects of the application of practices that affect the public welfare and should be aware that the use of technology may create situations that endanger the long-term safety and welfare of the public. If necessary, members should advise corporate management accordingly.

Occasionally the obligations that members have to their clients/employers and to the public may be in conflict. While the members are obliged not to disclose confidential information, or to use such information to the disadvantage of the clients/employers, failure to report a situation that members believe may endanger the safety or welfare of the public would be contrary to this paramount principle. There should be no doubt as to how members must act.

When members are retained as an expert in litigation cases, any information received or developed in the case is bound by the general rules of litigations, including rules of privilege and disclosure. Members face a dilemma when information they have poses an imminent danger to the public but is bound by legal privilege.
Members must act out of a sense of duty, and although the member's ultimate responsibility is clear, there is no universally applicable procedure to be used for discharging it. Responsible disclosure must be conducted with the interest of the public in mind, and obviously requires that the members put their names on the action and sometimes their occupations on the line.

All Members who provide services directly to the public or perform work as independent contractors have a duty of care to ensure adequate financial protection to their clients in the event of their errors and omission. The council of ASTTBC may also from time-to-time specifically name certain registrants (practicing), who then become obliged under the ASTT Act, to carry errors and omissions insurance.

Complete Code of Ethics

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Message From:

Chris Newcomb, P.Eng, President and CEO of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.: "The ASTTBC Honorary Membership came as a great surprise to me, and I will treasure it."

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

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