ASTTBC e-News, November 2013
ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC e-NEWS contains the latest information about ASTTBC's role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC web site.
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The 25th anniversary of the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration (TARC) on November 2nd at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel marked a great event.
This gala event provided ASTTBC with the opportunity to showcase the best in BC through our Awards Program. Each year ASTTBC recognizes Technology Professionals for their contributions to technology, the profession of technology or through volunteering.
Our Technology Awards gala is also a way for ASTTBC to say 'THANKS' to our many volunteers and partners who contribute to the growth and development of the Association. ASTTBC Members, dedicated volunteers and committed partners are the very heart of our success! To view photos of this year's gala celebration click HERE
At this year's event we held a very successful Silent Auction Fundraiser that raised over $11,000 for the ASTTBC Foundation. All funds raised provide bursaries for technology students and support science and technology education and awareness in BC. Thanks again to all those who participated!
ASTTBC is grateful to our Technology Awards Event Partners and Sponsors for their support in making the 25th annual TARC event so successful. Save the date for next year - November 1, 2014 at The Westin Bayshore Hotel.
Congratulations to the 2013 Award Recipients
Urban Systems Ltd.
Kerry Jothen, BA, MA
John Bowman, MA
MLA: Hon. Ralph Sultan, BSc, PEng, MBA, MA, PhD
PETER ALLAN AScT LEADERSHIP AWARD
Bill MacPherson, AScT
Ken Baxter, CTech (Individual)
City of Surrey (Organization)
McCue Environmental Contracting (Corporation)
To view the list of past and present ASTTBC Award Recipients click HERE
ASTTBC Donation Supports STEM Education
At the TARC event, ASTTBC announced a $25,000 donation to the ASTTBC Foundation to establish a new fund called the ASTTBC Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Fund. The Fund will support annual Science and Technology education activities for K-12 students across the province. ASTTBC pledged this annual gift of $25,000 for five years, for a total of $125,000 in annual and endowed support to help the youth of today become the techs of tomorrow.
You Told Us ...
"The recent ASTTBC communication email with the photos of the awards gala reminded me that I wanted to send a note to ASTTBC to congratulate the organizers, and the whole of the association for that matter, on an excellent, interesting and fun event. I had a great time, and want to say well done!" - Cameron Gatey, PEng, Principal, Urban Systems.
"Let me congratulate you on a very successful event last Saturday, impressive in many dimensions including the fundraising. I was particularly impressed with the young man who won an award for his work in cleaning up the algae in Okanagan lakes." - Dr. Roslyn Kunin, CM, ICD.D, Roslyn Kunin & Associates, Inc.
"A most impressive event, the right tone to the proceedings. Congratulations to you, Cindy and your team. Kathy and I appreciate being included in the ASTTBC family. Cheers!" - Bryan Tisdall, President & CEO, Science World British Columbia.
"Thank you for a wonderful evening on Saturday and your kind invitation. I always enjoy your events." - M.J. Whitemarsh.
"I just wanted to say that you did an exceptional job on Saturday night. I was happy that we were able to attend your awards ceremony and look forward to strengthening the relationship between TRU and ASTTBC going forward." - Lindsay Langill, Dean, School of Trades & Technology.
"Just a quick note to thank you sincerely for inviting my wife and I to your event last Saturday. We had a great time. Without a doubt it is one of the best events in town. You and your staff do an excellent job and should be commended for what you are able to do!" - Dr. (Dave)Baspaly, CMC, DBA, MA, BA, Executive Director, BC Common Ground Alliance.
"Thank you again for inviting Susan and me to your annual awards ceremony. We always enjoy the dinner. And we even got some Christmas shopping done at the silent auction! A great event again." - Doug Alley, B.Comm, CMA (Hon), The Alley Group.
At the September 2013 Council meeting, the nomination committee for the 2013-2014 Council was approved. The committee is now requesting nominations for 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 22, 2014. Nomination submissions should be addressed to:
Attention ASTTBC members: let us know how ASTTBC is doing and give your opinions as to where and how best ASTTBC can focus future efforts on your behalf. All current ASTTBC registrants who complete the survey are eligible to win a prize. The survey is on-line and takes only a few minutes. Go to Member Satisfaction Survey 2013. Individual responses are confidential, results are automatically computer-tabulated, and only aggregate results are released. ASTTBC is committed to protecting your privacy. Thank you for participating in the ASTTBC Member Satisfaction Survey 2013. Deadline is December 31, 2013.
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad (MLA for Nechako Lakes) met with ASTTBC and affiliated organizations to talk technology careers and efforts to enhance technology education and careers awareness with First Nations. Following brief introductions, ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, First Nations Careers Council Chair Bill Baglot, and ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, provided a high level look at ASTTBC's work with First Nations in BC. Bill spoke about how FNCC (an ASTTBC initiative) is providing mentoring, career information, bursaries and career information posted to the FNCC / ASTTBC website.
Norma Guerin, Executive Director of the First Nations Employment Society, spoke of their work to develop training and job opportunities for First Nations. Norma highlighted a Memorandum of Agreement signed between FNES and ASTTBC and pointed to our joint work on a Public Works Technician program. Norm Leech, Executive Director of the First Nations Technology Society, outlined for the Minister FNTS initiatives to take the internet and IT technology to First Nations communities throughout the province. FNTS and ASTTBC also signed a MoA a few years ago.
Dave Rutherford also spoke briefly about ASTTBC's efforts to secure added practice recognition as Qualified Professionals and ASTTBC's interest in introducing PTech into BC, similar to the Alberta model for PTech(Eng).
In addition to generally promoting technology education and careers and our common interest in elevating the awareness of technology career opportunities, the group sought input from Minister Rustad on areas where we can work to support Government's interests and programming. The Minister, who is well acquainted with ASTTBC, indicated that he appreciated the briefing and stimulating discussion and promised he would monitor our collective efforts and be of assistance where he can. The Minister encouraged the groups to meet again either collectively or independently in the coming year. Click here to see the photo.
Technology education and careers and an ASTTBC breakfast meeting on November 4, 2013 in Prince George with the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, made the front page of the Prince George Citizen. This event was one of many ASTTBC initiatives during National Technology Week, November 1-7, 2013.
Minister Shirley Bond, with responsibility for the BC Jobs Plan, has a mandate to make sure that BC is training the right people for the right jobs. A panel of Prince George and area leaders, headed up by Janine North, CEO of The Northern Trust, also participated in the event, discussing the broad needs for technology talent in Prince George and Northern BC.
ASTTBC-registered Technology Professionals play a pivotal role in designing, constructing and maintaining BC's infrastructure and environment. There is a real concern about skills shortages in the technology fields (in addition to trades) and the BC Government, in partnership with ASTTBC and other stakeholders, are working to address the challenge. With over 10,000 registrants, ASTTBC is the 9th largest professional regulatory body in BC. ASTTBC's mandate is to serve the public by regulating engineering and applied science technologists, technicians and technical specialists.
MLA and Speaker of the Legislature Linda Reid (MLA for Richmond East) met with ASTTBC's John Leech to talk technology education and careers and ASTTBC's efforts to secure appropriate recognition and practice for ASTTBC-registered Technology Professionals. John presented the MLA with an eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay. Click here to see the photo.
Kim Allen, PEng, the relatively new CEO for Engineers Canada, proved a great host when Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) visited their offices in Ottawa. The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)CEO, Barry Cavanaugh, and ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech, AScT, CAE, met with Kim to talk about areas of common interest, such as promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). TPC is an alliance of the Technology Professional Associations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
President and CEO Denise Amyot and Vice President Terry Anne Boyles of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) hosted Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) in a discussion of many topic of common interest to the technology educators and technology professional regulators.
OACETT CEO David Thomson, ASET CEO Barry Cavanagh and ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech covered extensive ground during their brief time together. "It was great to meet with the staff leadership at ACCC and engage with them on how we might better work together to ensure a sustainable supply of technologists and technicians in all institutions across the country," said ASTTBC's John Leech. "We focused on topics such as national standards, accreditation and technology careers promotion." TPC is an alliance of the Technology Professional Associations from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. Unfortunately Jaime Briltz, CEO and Registrar for Saskatchewan was not able to make the trip to the ACCC offices in Ottawa.
Emerging from the discussion was a general understanding on national standards and accreditation:
- One national standard for accreditation.
- 'Best practices' in managing the National Technology Benchmark (NTB).
- Full portability of credentials.
The TPC representatives updated ACCC on the more than $500,000 investment by TPC in a new accreditation model for Canada, stressing the need to enhance current practices and build a more effective, open and transparent model that is fully resourced to deliver accreditation for the profession.
During National Technology Week (NTW) ASTTBC ran a series of radio ads on three radio stations in Kamloops - NL610, Country 103 and The River 97.5fm. ASTTBC's purpose was to draw attention to science and technology and the important contribution of Technology Professionals. To hear the 30 second clip click here.
"ASTTBC has built a solid foundation of community awareness in Kamloops over several years," reported ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Our work in Kamloops has been a great learning experience and one that will serve us well as we continue to build ASTTBC's reach throughout BC with our message about the importance of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math."
ASTTBC has supported local Kamloops initiatives:
- Big Little Science Centre, with sponsorship totaling over $28,000.
- Bert Edwards Science and Technology Elementary School, with ASTTBC members such as Lyle Killough, AScT on the formation task group.
- NorKam Trades and Technology High School, with ASTTBC serving as a strong supporter.
ASTTBC has also engaged local media:
- Many TV interviews on CFJC TV, the Noon Show.
- Interviews on Radio NL 610 with Jim Harrison.
- Drop in with Big Little Science Centre Executive Director Gord Stewart on B-100 radio with Cheryl and Steve.
John Leech has also presented to the Kamloops School Board where he spoke about technology education and careers, the role of Technology Professionals, and skills shortages.
A part of ASTTBC's mandate under the ASTT Act is to "regulate the standards of training and practice of members and protect the public interest" ('Object' from ASTT Act). As part of the FOCUS 2015: Practice and Accountability program, ASTTBC is enhancing the professional regulatory framework, especially as it applies to professional accountability.
In addition, the Association continues to pursue practice rights that are within the competencies of ASTTBC technology professionals. Practice recognition and rights to independent practice are identified and secured in a number of ways, including being identified as a Qualified Person / Professional and through a modified professional regulatory framework that would include the Professional Technologist. Here are highlights of ASTTBC's work:
Qualified Person (QP) ASTTBC has been pro-actively considering areas where an ASTTBC-registered technology professional might be recognized as a QP. A number of areas of practice have been identified and posted to the ASTTBC website. Read more
One example for technologists and technicians is recognition as a Reclamation Specialist by the Oil and Gas Commission, and for Technical Specialists includes fields such as house inspection, onsite wastewater, and fire protection.
ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board The newly formed Joint Board has a mandate to identify areas where a technologist might be considered for QP status. The Joint Board's work will take some time and will be ongoing. "I am very optimistic that working together with APEGBC will help the two associations better serve the public interest and protect health, safety and the environment," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS.
Professional Technologist (PTech) ASTTBC Council has signaled a continuing interest in pursuing PTech in BC. With over 350 PTech(Eng) now registered in Alberta, and the Licensed Engineering Technologist law but not enacted in Ontario, there is greater impetus for action in BC. PTech is also used in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, but in these two provinces the practitioners do not have a practice scope that includes some areas of 'professional engineering' whereas, that is the case with PTech(Eng).ASTTBC's belief that PTech is a key component of the future regulatory model has been raised with the ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board and the APEGBC Council with the hope that APEGBC will join with ASTTBC in support of developing PTech in BC.
Members of ASTTBC shall undertake and accept responsibility for professional assignments only when qualified by training and experience.
Amplification: 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.
Commentary: 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.
The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has granted final approval of the ASTTBC Electrical Work Practitioner (EWP) Program. Click here for details on requirements to be eligible to apply for a BCSA credential to perform a restricted scope of electrical work within specialized fields.
On September 26, 2013 the ASTTBC Council approved the certification policies and processes. The new restricted license, now finally approved for implementation by the BCSA, will apply to AScT and CTech members registered in electrical, electronics and biomedical engineering disciplines.
ASTTBC has worked closely with BCSA in the past two years to define a program that would assure safety and effectively qualify and recognize ASTTBC members' work. While a solid program has been developed, a number of groups identified issues, including a concern that ASTTBC members were not adequately qualified and that there would be a potential negative affect on the Trades Qualification (TQ) electrician and Red Seal program. ASTTBC assured the interested parties that ASTTBC members would not be doing work usual to a TQ electrician and that the ASTTBC certification program would have no impact on the Red Seal.
On the training front, ASTTBC technologists and technicians in electrical, electronics and biomedical engineering have a minimum of two years post-secondary technical education and over 4,000 hours work experience in the electrical / electronics field. The new EWP certification program requires applicants to demonstrate competency in the application of the most up-to date electrical codes and safety standards. This will be achieved in part by providing a log of the direct electrical work experience. Professional references will help validate this experience. ASTTBC members certified in the EL1 or EL2 categories of the program will be issued a photo ID card and their names will be posted to a dedicated website. ASTTBC's registration and compliance processes certify that all members are qualified and comply with our Code of Ethics and Practice Guidelines.
The Civil Policy and Legislation Office, Ministry of Justice website explains the new Limitation Act. Transition information has been developed to help the legal community and the public transition to the new Limitation Act, which came into force on June 1, 2013.The Limitation Act has now established, in relation to most claims, a basic limitation period of two years from the date of discovery of the claim and an ultimate limitation period of 15 years after the event giving rise to the claim.
ASTTBC is proud to be a lead sponsor of the 8th Western Canada RoboCup Junior Competition on November 29, 2013 at the Kelowna Campus of Okanagan College. This is an educational event that targets elementary, middle and secondary school students. The event's mission is to promote science and technology through hands-on, fun and challenging activities and is divided into three main challenges: the soccer challenge, the rescue challenge, and the dance challenge.
ASTTBC Regional Manager, Okanagan, Bruce Stevens, AScT, will be on hand to cheer the teams. Winners of this year's event will qualify to represent Canada in the 2014 Annual World RoboCup games in Brazil. Follow this link.
ASTTBC is a Bronze Sponsor of the BC Safety Authority's Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards 2013 to be held on December 2, 2013 in Richmond. The Awards are in their 8th year and continue as the highest honour for those who have demonstrated commitment to promoting technical safety in BC. Jay Ingram of the Discovery Channel is keynote speaker for this year's luncheon event. Find more information here.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? ASTTBC has a new job listing service called TechJOBS at www.asttbc.org/jobs where you can view active listings.
In addition to the CTEN national job posting service, TechJOBS is a member service whereby employers post new career opportunities on the ASTTBC website every week. Employers can find pricing details online. To book a posting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC Hydro if offering an energy efficiency home loan program for Vancouver Island contractors. From January 1, 2014 the Power Smart home loan program offers Vancouver Island residential customers up to $10,000 in low interest loans to commission energy efficiency upgrades, providing they use a registered contractor. To become registered, contractors are invited to attend a one-hour orientation session on November 28 and 29, 2013. Register at http://www.bchydro.com
From January 7 - March 28, 2014, Camosun's 2nd year Civil Engineering Technology co-op students will be ready to work for you. Through education and previous work experiences these students will be ready to contribute skills in drafting/CAD, surveying, materials testing, design, and field services.
Christopher McCue, AScT, President, McCue Environmental Contracting Inc., credits his father, a high school counselor, with fuelling his youthful interest in environmental sustainability - and with handing him a brochure for the Kwantlen University Environmental Protection Technology Program.
Graduating in 1994, Christopher became a private consultant in site management and remediation. After two years in general field work, he joined a group managing site remediation projects.
Founder and owner of McCue Environmental Contracting, Chris launched the company to meet the critical need for environmental risk assessment, planning and remediation. Since it opened in 2000, McCue Environmental Contracting has become a leader in the design, construction and operation of wastewater treatment, and contaminated site remediation technologies.
The firm serves mines, upstream oil and gas exploration and refining operations, fuel terminals, storage plants and retail outlets, chemical manufacturing and dry cleaning plants, and spill sites. The company is noteworthy for enlightened employee workplace practices.
Chris McCue is a member of Kwantlen University's Environmental Protection Technology Advisory Committee, and recently received a 2013 Kwantlen Distinguished Alumni Award. McCue Environmental Contracting is the winner of the 2013 ASTTBC TechGREEN Corporation Category Award, and Chris accepted the honour at the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration on November 2, 2013.
ASTTBC encourages you to post your career story at www.techprofile.ca. Connect with former colleagues,and get your name in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.Post your profile with photo, and if your name is mentioned in the e-News, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page. See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website.
ASTTBC Vice President Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL: "Thank you so much for a wonderful evening at the ASTTBC Awards evening. The evening was a great success on so many levels and I got to take home a few bottles of wine (by chance!). Thank you to your staff who always makes me feel right at home." Editor's note: Keith completed his first Ironman Canada, and his daughter posted a YouTube video on his accomplishment. Click here
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.
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:
Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs More info
BCIT's Part Time Studies More info
BC Natural Resources Forum, January 22-23, 2014, Prince George More Info
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