ASTTBC e-News, November 2014
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 website.
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Our annual gala Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration was held at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver this November 1st. It was very well attended and included entertainment from Andrew Johns (back by popular demand), a delicious dinner, award presentations and social time.
"The celebration was another sizzling success," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
"We presented awards, thanked volunteers, hosted many friends, raised over ten thousand dollars for the ASTTBC Foundation and heard from Minister Virk, who was a great support. Check out his socks when you see him. It was a great time. We all had a lot of fun!"
Video greeting from BC Premier Christy Clark
The ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration on November 1st, 2014 opened with a video greeting from BC Premier Christy Clark. ASTTBC asked the provincial government to proclaim National Technology Week in BC during the first week of November, and Premier Christy Clark sent a letter of congratulations to each of the 2014 technology award recipients.
VIEW the video
Silent auction raises over $10,000
At this year's event we held a very successful silent auction that raised over $10,000 for the ASTTBC Foundation. Money raised at this event provides bursaries and awards for technology students and supports science and technology education and awareness in BC. Thanks to all those who participated! The ASTTBC Foundation is helping the youth of today become the techs of tomorrow.
TARC 2014 Award Recipients
Advanced Technology Award:
Edward Paul, AScT
Michael Sullivan, CTech
Certificate of Appreciation:
Paul Dangerfield, BSc, MBA
George Fletcher, CET
Bryan Tisdall, MSc, MBA
Ken Lukawesky, AScT
John Murnane, AScT
R. Littledale Memorial:
Marv Woolley, AScT
Pete Jackson, CTech
Robert Barrett, RFPT
Employer Award For Career Enhancement and Success of Technology Professionals:
District of West Kelowna
Connie Linder of Coast Mountain Bus Company
ASTTBC presents Douglas Walker sculpture to BCIT
At TARC 2014, ASTTBC honoured BCIT on the occasion of the institute's 50th anniversary. One third of ASTTBC members are BCIT alumni, and many attended the BCIT 50th Anniversary Gala in early October. ASTTBC was a sponsor of this event, and made a significant donation to support BCIT students in financial need.
ASTTBC commissioned an original sculpture by BC artist Douglas Walker to celebrate the association's 50-year partnership with BCIT.
The artist's statement describes the work in this way:
"An inquiry leads to an idea, and an idea leads to a process when dreaming and creativity take place. The sculpture Pipe Dream is a three dimensional collection of engineering artifacts that will hopefully engage the mind of the observer and kick-start a whole new process."
See PHOTO of ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT presenting the sculpture to BCIT President Kathy Kinloch and BCIT Vice President, Advancement & Alumni Relations Paul McCullough at TARC.
'Good Question' music video by the Kerplunks unveiled
See what happens when two kids accidentally shrink the Kerplunks and must find a way to un-shrink them, using hands-on inventions. This ASTTBC-commissioned music video is about the basis of science -asking a good question and finding a good answer!
"The new Kerplunks video showcases general elements of engineering technology in a fun way," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "This is the third in a series of videos designed to draw attention to careers in technology. At a high level we are promoting STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math."
VIEW the video
From the guests...
"ASTTBC continues to demonstrate its commitment to your members and appropriate reliance on self-regulating professional conduct - the excellence of your diverse members certainly showed during this enjoyable event. Thanks again."
Glen W. Wonders, RPF MBA, Vice President Technical & Government Affairs, Association for Mineral Exploration - BC "
I just wanted to say thank you and commend you for all your hard work in assuring a fantastic event on Saturday. Every aspect went smoothly and it was an honor to be surrounded by so many inspirational people. I also would like to thank the association for consideration in presenting me with an award amongst a crowd of so many deserving and bright people."
Michael W. Sullivan, CTech, Structural Technologist / BIM Specialist, Bush, Bohlman & Partners
"I would like to say a big thank you to you and ASTTBC for honouring Coast Mountain Bus Company with the TechGREEN award. It has received a lot of attention here in the office. The awards gala was beautiful- a very nice evening."
Caroline Bernardin, AScT, Environmental Officer, Coast Mountain Bus Company
VIEW the TARC 2014 photos
The ASTTBC Council Nominations Committee is 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 21, 2015.
Nomination submissions should be mailed to:
Bill MacPherson, AScT, Chair, Nominating Committee, 10767 - 148 Street Surrey, BC V3R 0S4
Or can be submitted by email to: email@example.com
Small business owners have the opportunity to be recognized as one of BC's top entrepreneurs for their contribution to their local community and to the global economy as part of the Small Business BC Awards.
Nominations have already come in from Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Port Alberni, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria, Whistler and Williams Lake, among others.
SBBC welcomes you to nominate someone in your community for one the 10 award categories. Nominations and voting are open until November 30th, 2014, and are accepted by both the business owners themselves and third-party nominations.
You are invited to submit your project(s) to the 2014 WOOD DESIGN & BUILDING AWARDS - the only North American program to recognize, award and publicize excellence in wood architecture.
Are you or someone you know involved in a project that embodies the essence of innovative wood design? Enter for your chance to have your project(s) featured in various conferences and press releases, and highlighted in the Wood Design & Building prestigious and popularly circulated awards book and magazine.
KelownaNow, the Okanagan online source for local news was quick to get the word out on West Kelowna's recognition by ASTTBC as a recipient of the 2014 Employer Award for Career Enhancement and Success of Technology Professionals. The award was one of several handed out at the Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration (TARC) that took place on November 1st. The award was accepted by Jim Zaffino, Chief Administrative Office, on behalf of the District of West Kelowna.
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ASTTBC Council has approved a two-year work plan that focuses squarely on ASTTBC's professional regulatory role. While it is nothing new that ASTTBC is locked on its mandate to serve the public interest, the association has in recent years been targeting extra resources to professional practice and accountability. Members and our many stakeholders will see continuing enhancements such as practice assessment reviews, auditing of continuing professional development, digital stamps for members, full development of competency statements for all technical specialist programs, increased recognition for 'Qualified Professionals', implementation of PTech and new practice guides, to name a few aspects of professional regulation referenced in the work plan.
ASTTBC's ITTP (Internationally Trained Technology Professional) MENTORING PROGRAM was celebrated on Monday, November 17th, with an evening meeting including ASTTBC members, their mentoring partners IEC-BC and ISP Service Provider Back In Motion, and several others attending as special guests. After the presentations, our mentoring partners were delighted to receive many offers from ASTTBC members who wish to be new mentors. If you are considering becoming a mentor, remember that ASTTBC will offer up to five CPD points per mentee relationship for your participation in the program.
SEE photos of the meeting
From January 5th, 2015 through to March 27th, 2015, Camosun College'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 and CAD, surveying, materials testing, design, field services, and they can support project environmental aspects of your projects.
Please consider where your operation can benefit from an eager student who is prepared to hit the road running, and POST online.
"I encourage ASTTBC members and their employers to hire a Camosun College co-op student. This is a great way to engage someone with technical knowledge and in the process try out someone who may be a future employee," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "ASTTBC has been working with Camosun for many years, with employers who have hired a student reporting a favourable experience."
The introduction of this tool is part of ITA's increased efforts to better support apprentices through the apprenticeship pathway and to increase continuation and completion rates across the province.
This new tool will benefit both jobseekers and employers:
Jobseekers use Apprentice Job Match, identify as an apprentice, and then search to see which employers in this province are looking to sponsor an apprentice in that particular trade and level.
Employers use Apprentice Job Match to add apprentice-specific information into the job posting, to help find the right apprentice for the job.
Binnie Division Manager, Catherine Eiswerth, was elected to North America's Synthetic Turf Council Board of Directors this fall.
Based in Burnaby, BC, Binnie's Landscape Architecture, Sports and Recreation Division specializes in project management, design and construction administration services for world-class synthetic turf sports fields and other outdoor sports facilities including running tracks, tennis courts, natural grass fields. The company has been involved in a large percentage of athletic fields constructed in the Greater Vancouver area over the past 20 years and more than 200 sports fields throughout Canada.
"The board sets the strategic direction of the organization," notes Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council. "Considering the various changes that our industry is currently experiencing, Catherine will play a critical role in guiding the growth and influence of the council."
Thinking of a great gift idea or something to do this winter season? Check out some of the events being offered at member discount savings:
- Harlem Globetrotters
- Vancouver Giants
- Disney On Ice
- Bright Nights at Stanley Park
- Monster Jam at BC Place
To obtain member password, please EMAIL Cheryl Blachuras
In our last Member Compensation Survey (MCS), ASTTBC collected information on the median monthly salaries by geographic location across all disciplines and member classifications by respondents. Check out the results and see how you compare:
Location Median Salary / Month Central Interior $6708 Kootenays $6892 Metro Vancouver $6259 Northern BC $7276 Okanagan $6045 Vancouver Island $6500
We're preparing our next Member Compensation Survey in 2015 - Stay tuned!
VIEW our last survey report
ASTTBC has partnered with CSA Group to provide member access to preferential pricing on sustainability training programs. CSA Group, established in 1919 as Canada's first Standards Development Organization, has offered standards-based training for over 20 years, drawing on the expertise of instructors who, in many cases, have contributed to the development of standards. Their training helps organizations advance their knowledge of standards, technical skills, codes and management systems.
CSA Group will offer ASTTBC members a variety of training programs, at a preferred rate, in areas including 2015 Canadian Electrical Code, Business & Quality Management, Construction, Infrastructure & Public Works, Energy, Occupational Health & Safety and Health Care. The accelerated learning programs are flexible and can be delivered through a variety of formats, including traditional classroom training, online and on-site at your facility.
CSA Group is proud to serve the professional and technical education needs of ASTTBC members! Course information coming soon!
According to our last Member Satisfaction Survey (MSS), ASTTBC achieved an 81% approval rating from members in terms of the job being done to promote the professional recognition of members to employers. In fact, employer liaison is one of many key areas the association continues to support and build year after year. If you'd like to learn more about how we can get involved with your organization, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Professional Practice and Development, recently visited first year students at Camosun College's Environmental Technology Program. Among the topics discussed were the benefits of membership with ASTTBC as well as some interactive discussion about professional ethics, the latter key for career development and advancement. Certified members are recognized as a Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEP's) by the Ministry of Environment (Riparian Area Regulations) and can take responsibility for environmental assessments and reports.
If you have PRO-RATED DUES/FEES outstanding please make sure you send in your payment at the earliest possible.
For 2015 please note, the Annual Dues notices to ASTTBC members (Technologist, Technicians, Associate and Graduate Technologists/Technicians) were sent out electronically on November 13th. If you haven't received your invoice please CONTACT our office to update your email address.
You can save $10 by paying before December 16, 2014. Dues are due and payable upon receipt. All unpaid members will be charged a late fee of $25 plus GST after January 31, 2015. The cancellation date for ASTTBC members will be a lot sooner than previous years.
Please make sure you contact our office when you receive your first dues notice in November if you need to get your dues waived or deferred by sending an EMAIL request to Nicky Malli, Manager, Finance.
Invoices for all technical specialist groups (Fire Protection, House & Property Inspection, Onsite Waste Water, Construction Safety Officer, Building Design, Site Improvement, Public Works Inspection, Steel Detailers, Electrical Work Practitioner, RT Manager) will be sent in the middle of April 2015 as their annual renewal is due June 1, 2015.
If you need any other information please contact Lumi Guias, Coordinator, Finance & Bursaries by EMAIL, or by phone at (604) 585-2788 ext. 237.
When Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) set out to create a new national accreditation model that would maintain an uncompromising degree of quality control and assurance, a cornerstone of that endeavour was the involvement of trained, specialized auditors.
Assigned to the pilot project still underway and a site visit at a Canadian college in August 2014, the TAC audit team is comprised of three members - two auditors from Ontario and one from British Columbia. Two auditors-in-training from Ontario are also participating.
Lead auditor Gary Closson is a professional engineer and Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in the electrical discipline, and served as dean of Sheridan College's faculty of applied science and technology. He knew previously that accredited programs attract students and enhance their employability. As dean, he initiated a two-year project to have all technician and technology programs nationally accredited.
He said that the overall organization of the TAC process was excellent, the review of student work illuminating, and he enjoyed discussing program content with other industry specialists, graduates, faculty, and students.
"The online auditor training and support tables made it easy for the auditors to come to a consensus related to strengths and weaknesses of the program," said Closson.
Auditor Iouri Moutine (CET) has a bachelor of systems engineering with expertise in control systems. He has spent 20-plus years in the aviation industry within facility maintenance for Greater Toronto Airports Authority, managing contracts of electro-mechanical systems such as automated people movers (trains), elevating devices, and escalators. He believes that TAC's pilot project has proven how an auditing model for national accreditation should be done.
"Having experience in national accreditation and the aviation industry which relies heavily on documented protocols and procedures, I was impressed by TAC's auditing process. It's clean, concise, based on industry best practices and accepted standards worldwide, and will be consistent from audit to audit. Attention was given not only to documentation but also to audit preparation, human soft skills and qualification of auditors, ability to communicate and engage with other auditors and colleagues as one team," said Moutine.
Auditor-in-training David Saunders is a civil technologist (CET) and was one of OACETT's presidents during the establishment of Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) and TAC. He answered TAC's call for auditors as a way of continuing to contribute to the advancement of the profession. He valued how polished the process was for an inaugural audit.
"I believe the effort made to involve industry, institutions and associations in developing the model, combined with incorporating best practices of other certification bodies, will ensure that the accreditation process has rigor for an outcome-based review. This, in my opinion, will significantly raise the bar when engineering technology and applied science programs are reviewed and accredited," said Saunders.
Jeffrey Harris, Applied Science Technologist (AScT) and auditor-in-training, is an electrical designer with 11 years' experience in industrial and commercial electrical. He relished the opportunity to interact with his peers and the college and now has a different perspective about the chosen field of study.
"TAC's accreditation process is thorough and will, in the long run, help create better programs, technicians and technologists," said Harris. TAC will officially begin accrediting engineering technology and applied science programs at post-secondary educational institutions in January 2015.
On Saturday October 18th, BCWiT Chair Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr and her daughter Thea, facilitated a BCWiT workshop to 17 girls at the Girl Guides of Canada 2014 Pathfinder Summit held in Vancouver. The workshop was the best attended due to the feedback from the Girl Guide GUEST event that occurred earlier this year at Vancouver Island University, where 60 girls participated in a similar challenge. Thea is a Girl Guide and was happy to take part in the event by working with the older Pathfinders.
"I am excited when the girls get so fired up by building structures and making a mess with water. They have such great imaginations and problem solving techniques, which are key skills to have in STEM fields," says Campden.
The girls built structures out of dry spaghetti noodles and worked in teams in a water works challenge project.
On Wednesday October 22nd, BCWiT Chair Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr met with the Public Works Association of BC Executive Director Jeannette Austin, to discuss upcoming events and partnerships between the women of PWABC (Public Works Association of BC) and BCWiT.
"We have two potential events to collaborate on coming up in 2015. Technologists and technicians go hand in hand with the work that PWABC is doing. BCWiT wants to be a part of that," says Campden who plans on growing the relationship with this group.
On Wednesday October 22nd, three members of the BCWiT volunteer team attended the APEGBC - A Celebration of Women in Engineering and Geoscience event held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. BCWiT Chair Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr, Jordana Collison, AScT and Shannon Foster, AScT mixed and mingled with other women in engineering from APEGBC. There is a great connection between the women of APEGBC and ASTTBC, and events like these allow them to collaborate and celebrate their achievements. The keynote speaker Catherine Roome, P.Eng was inspirational, as was the announcement of the Sheri Plewes Scholarship for Women in Engineering.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Prakash Joshi, AScT, EngL, is a Burnaby based Senior Materials Engineering Technologist, for Canadian Construction Materials Engineering & Testing Ltd.
Prakash was born in Uganda. After graduating from high school, he went to London, England for further studies, which were briefly interrupted due to the Ugandan Asian Exodus. His family was split and he decided to join them in Vancouver, British Columbia. After working for a year, he completed a diploma in Chemical and Metallurgical Technology (Pollution Treatment Option) at BCIT.
He joined Hardy & Associates as a materials technician. His enthusiasm for assisting junior staff and teaching and sharing testing techniques was quickly rewarded by a promotion to Laboratory Manager and further encouraged by a call to become a Part-time Instructor at BCIT.
After nearly thirty years of working with the company, which had by now several name changes, he finally left AMEC Earth & Environmental for better career opportunities and joined Metro Testing Laboratories and has been with them for the past three years.
"My work involves testing construction materials," says Prakash, "What makes it interesting and fascinating is that it sometimes leads to detective work. Investigating construction materials failure brings on really interesting challenges and requires innovative approaches."
Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments.
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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.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
The City of Campbell River is looking for an Transportation Specialist-Engineering Technologist III. The job posting closes November 7th, 2014.
EMAIL us for further information on the TechJOBS program
Act with integrity towards clients or employers, maintain confidentiality and avoid a conflict of interest but, where such conflict arises, fully disclose the circumstances without delay to the employer or client.
(a) Members shall act judiciously when administering a contract on behalf of their client or employer and be realistic and honest in all estimates, reports and statements.
(b) Information gained in confidence during the course of assignments shall not be used for personal gain, or divulged to either another client or new employer without the express permission of the previous client or employer.
(c) Any conflict of interest concerning, for example, personal friends, close associates or relatives shall be revealed immediately to the client or employer. If, in spite of a conflict, members are instructed to continue, the client's or employer's interests shall be held paramount over the member's interests.
(d) Any outside activity shall be avoided if it will have an adverse affect upon their client's or employer's business.
The interpretation of agreements and contract documents must be undertaken with fairness and impartiality, and if members become aware of errors or omissions in their services they should report immediately to their superiors and work to rectify these problems.
Any information received of a confidential nature during the performing of their professional service shall be deemed the exclusive property of its owner and shall not be disclosed to others or used by the member except with the owner's specific approval.
When members use designs supplied by clients, the designs remain the property of the clients and should not be duplicated by members for others without express permission from the first client.
Technical knowledge of a non-confidential nature gained by the member through exposure to the work environment is part of a member's experience and may be used in subsequent projects without further consent. Members should be careful in their business that potential conflicts of interest within their control are avoided. Precise rules in conflict of interest are not possible and members must use their common sense, conscience and sense of honour for guidance. In any inquiry to adjudicate an alleged conflict of interest the total circumstances surrounding the conflict must be investigated.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.
To update your ASTTBC contact information, please LOGIN and use our online form.
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:
PMP CERTIFICATION EXAM PREPARATION WORKSHOP
Kamloops BC, December 1st-5th, 2014
CPMS PRESENTS - DEALING WITH WORKPLACE CONFLICT
Vancouver BC, December 3rd, 2014
2014 INTRODUCTION TO TIMBER ENGINEERING WORKSHOP
Victoria BC, December 9th, 2014
Thank-you for reading our November e-News and have a wonderful December!