ASTT e-News

ASTTBC e-News, October 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

Register Now for ASTTBC Technology Awards
ASTTBC Thanks Technology Awards Sponsors
Kamloops Trades and Technology High School
TRC Project Nears Completion
Developing Technology Entrepreneurs in BC
Immigrant Employment Council-BC Employer Fund
ASTTBC Mentor Program Needs You
Property Inspectors New Name: ASTTBC PI
ASTTBC Sponsors BCIT Distinguished Alumni Awards
ASTTBC Volunteers at Science World
ASTTBC Sponsors Tetra Society Gizmo Awards
In the Media and On the Move
National Technology Week Nov. 5-9
HST/GST Transition in 2013
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 10
ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming Events
TechPRO: Brian Wong, CTech, RSD
Post Your Career Story
Message From: Sarah Campden, CTech
CPD is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities
Update Your Contact Info

Register Now for ASTTBC Technology Awards

The traditional ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

Please join us in celebrating another great year. In addition to the deserving awards recognition, the evening includes a reception and Silent Auction fundraiser for the ASTTBC Foundation (formerly called FEAT), a scrumptious dinner and socializing, plus a few surprises. ASTTBC volunteers are invited guests as a thank you for their generous support and commitment to the Association. For all others wishing to attend the cost is $125. Space is filling up. The deadline to register online for this annual premier gala event has been extended to October 26.

ASTTBC Thanks Technology Awards Sponsors

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

Event Partners

  • BCIT Alumni Association

ASTTBC TechGreen Award Presenting Sponsor

  • BCIT 

Silver Sponsors

  • BC Hydro
  • Black Press
  • Horseshoe Press Inc.
  • Manulife Financial
  • Stantec
  • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Gold Sponsors

  • FortisBC

Bronze Sponsors

  • BC Construction Association
  • BC Housing
  • Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC
  • Lindsay Kenney LLP
  • Mid-Island Science, Technology & Innovation Council
  • Okanagan College

Funding for Kamloops Trades and Technology High School

Funding approval for a new $7.4 Million Trades and Technology Centre on the campus of NorKam Secondary School in Kamloops, confirmed by Environment Minister Terry Lake, has won applause from ASTTBC.

"This is a great day for K-12 education. It builds new linkages between secondary and post-secondary technology programming at Thompson Rivers University, Okanagan College and BCIT," says ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. "This Trades and Technology Centre will contribute to easing the shortage of engineering and applied science technologists and technicians across BC and open new technology career pathways for keen, qualified young Thompson region students." 

ASTTBC is committed to assisting the District with developing programming to give students a head start toward Architectural and Engineering Technology at TRU, and other programs at BCIT and Okanagan College. "The new Centre is a natural add-on to the Bert Edwards Science and Technology Elementary School," says John Leech. "We hope to see this model replicated across BC. We congratulate the Kamloops School District, noting Trustee Annette Glover's work over many years in support of technology education and careers."  

TRC Project Nears Completion

Work on the latest upgrades to the Technology Registrations Canada (TRC) web site is nearing completion. Funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), the project incorporates improvements identified over the last nine months of TRC use by ASTTBC. Dozens of enhancements will allow more efficient processing of applications for certification and better access to information for applicants, technical references, staff, file reviewers and members of the board of examiners.

For example, an applicant will now be able to view his or her previous submissions. Each file reviewer will be able access applications they have previously reviewed while staff will be able to sort applications in many more ways. Applicants will be able to add multiple education institutions to their application form while the review and recommendations function has been extensively updated for ease of use. The updated TRC site is expected to be online replacing the existing information by the end of November 2012.

Developing Technology Entrepreneurs in BC

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) has embarked on a mission to accelerate the commercialization of technology and help to make BC a great place for technology entrepreneurs. To encourage the development and application of innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC, the organization has established the BCIBC Acceleration Network and launched a new website.

ASTTBC applauds BC Innovation Council for its focus on start-ups and development of entrepreneurs. "As BCIC looks to develop entrepreneurs I trust they will seriously consider the 'shop-floor entrepreneurs' such as technologists, technicians and highly skilled trades people," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. "So much innovation happens outside the halls of universities and it is time for BC to nurture this talent.

"Technologists and technicians are the glue that holds everything together," he added. "They work with design as well as construction and long-term maintenance. They are innovators and entrepreneurs and create new tools, widgets and gadgets every day, most of which make the shop run more effectively or processes flow more efficiently. These innovations usually do not 'grow' to become a marketable product. BCIC needs to engage these professionals to better understand how their creations can move from the shop floor to a new product line." 

Immigrant Employment Council-BC Employer Fund

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) is launching a new initiative to support BC employers, industry and business associations to develop approaches and resources that address challenges in hiring, integrating and retaining new immigrants. On September 19, 2012, Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, announced a new $1.75M employer fund that IEC-BC will design, implement and manage to support BC employers in attracting and integrating skilled immigrants into the workforce.

Mentor Program - ASTTBC Needs You

ASTTBC and the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, kicking off ASTTBC's long-awaited Mentoring Program. Now we're looking for mentors, and you may remember receiving an email invitation to mentor about a month ago.

So far, we've received seven applications, and we're truly grateful to those members, but we need at least double that number, and preferably around 30 for a successful program helping Internationally Trained Professionals, who are currently unemployed or under-employed, to more fully integrate into the Canadian workforce.

Technology professionals have a duty to actively support their profession and sector, and this is an ideal way to contribute to the growth of our economy and of our province. Please consider volunteering your time (only 24 hours over four months) and expertise to this most worthy cause. Find out how to become a mentor at

Property Inspectors New Name: ASTTBC PI

ASTTBC Council has approved the BC Institute of Property Inspectors (BCIPI) name change to Applied Science Technologist and Technicians BC Property Inspectors (ASTTBC PI). Adoption of this name change 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.

ASTTBC Sponsors BCIT Distinguished Alumni Awards

ASTTBC was a proud Platinum Sponsor of the 2012 BCIT Distinguished Alumni Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver on September 26, 2012. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event, BCIT paid special tribute to the remarkable achievements of the 2012 recipients and to all past award recipients, among them ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AST, CAE.

ASTTBC Volunteers at Science World

Science World hosted a science extravaganza event on the weekend of October 13-14 and ASTTBC was on hand with its interactive display booth. With its robotic arm and 'Plinko' prize board ready, a number of staff and volunteers participated answering questions about ASTTBC and handing out special giveaways to kids of all ages. More than 16,000 visitors came to the event. Members and ASTTBC staff participating that weekend were:

Muhammad Alsharaf, AScT
Baljot Bhatti, GradTech
Cheryl Blachuras (Staff)
Joel Dela Cruz, AScT
Saied Fazelipour, CTech(P)
Brendan Flynn, AScT
Jason Jung, AScT (Staff)
Lana Levitskaia, AScT(P)
Azhar Reham, AScT(P)
Kirk Richardson, GradTech
Geoff Sale, AScT (Staff)
Celia Xu, Associate Member
Omid Yousefpour, AScT(P)

"We are successful at events like this because of the great support of our volunteers. ASTTBC is proud to acknowledge their dedication to the event and representing the association," says Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member and Program Development.

There is a province-wide, volunteer-based Science World program called the SIS program that invites volunteer scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians to share their experiences with K-12 classes on topics such as health, biotechnology, computing and the environment. The Scientists and Innovators in the Schools program is seeking enthusiastic volunteers. If you would like to become part of this dynamic group, call 1-800-363-1611 or email

ASTTBC Sponsors Tetra Society Gizmo Awards

Tetra Society of North America celebrated its 25th anniversary this year by holding a special Gizmo Awards event on October 3, 2012 to mark the occasion. ASTTBC was proud to be the Presenting Sponsor alongside APEGBC at Tetra's 25th Anniversary Luncheon in Vancouver. Guests, volunteers and supporters enjoyed a speech from Tetra Society founder Sam Sullivan, recognition of Gizmo Award recipients, and the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to longstanding Tetra Society volunteers.

In the Media and on the Move

Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Jagrup Brar met with ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, to talk about ASTTBC initiatives and for a general update. As NDP critic for small business, he was interested in learning about ASTTBC members who run their own small businesses or who are employed with a SME (small to medium enterprise). ASTTBC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Small Business BC.

Glenn Duxbury, CHI was featured on 'Renovation Reality' aired on CBC TV September 19, 2012 at 5pm. Glenn showcased issues with a particular renovation project that went ahead without a contract and how and where issues were identified.

Amber Papou has been appointed Executive Director of Skills Canada BC. Amber joined the SkillsBC team last year as Development Director and replaces Adam Thorvaldson, who held the position for the past six years.

Ken Mayo, CHI has joined the ASTTBC team as the new Manager, House and Property Inspector Compliance and will manage the House and Property Inspector complaint process.

BCIT Biomedical Engineering students designed award-winning assistive devices for people living with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) as part of their course work. Three BCIT student groups won the Dr. Jim McEwen Excellence in Engineering Design Awards held by the ALS Society of BC. Congratulations to ASTTBC members Alex Sayer, GradTech, on the team that won the Principal Award; David Tan, GradTech, on the team that won the Award of Distinction; and Pete Last, GradTech, on the team that won the Innovation Award.

Matthew Percival, AScT, garnered industry news attention for his work in Reverse Engineering, the process of 3D scanning data to generate a CAD model from a physical object that has any kind of complex or freeform shape.

The Wood WORKS BC Community Recognition Award winners were announced at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention last month in Victoria. There are some stunning civic projects here.

National Technology Week Nov. 5-9

For many students, getting an education is all about getting the career. A recent survey of 1,180 Grade 10 and 11 students in Ontario indicated that today's students are decidedly job-focused when it comes to their post-secondary education.

National Technology Week (NTW) is celebrated annually to promote education pathways and careers in technology to youth. ASTTBC will be involved in a number of events held across the province to celebrate NTW November 5 - 9.

An advertising campaign in Youthink Magazine features some of our young members in both print and online ads. ASTTBC will run a number of radio spots in the Metro Vancouver and Kamloops regions. To hear our NTW promo spots celebrating NTW, tune in the daytime during the week of November 5 to 9 on AM730 and CKNW980 in Metro Vancouver, and Radio NL 610AM in Kamloops.

Ads will air throughout the day and during the morning and afternoon drive. Or listen online by clicking 'Listen Live' at:

HST/GST Transition in 2013

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:

If members need more information, please visit or email ASTTBC at

Please note: ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues invoices will be issued in the second week of November.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 10

Members of ASTTBC shall promote public knowledge and appreciation of applied science technology and protect the association from misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

Amplification: The principle is self-explanatory and no amplification is needed.

Commentary: The general public's image of our Association and its members is based on impressions gained from many sources. These perceptions are, in turn, biased both by the context in which they are encountered and by the past experience of the observers. Typical sources of these impressions include students of technology, the media, friends, relatives and teachers, some of who may be members, and so on.

Members of the Association are role models and must be aware of it.  What they do and say and the manner in which they communicate is observed, absorbed and reported by others including children, non-member associates and friends. It is apparent, therefore, that what the public understands about members and their work depends upon members' actions and what they understand themselves to be.

A positive image of the Association, its members and its technologies can be promoted in many ways including conscientious work, a caring attitude towards others, particularly students, and active participation in educational programs such as high school career days and science fairs.

Members should be prepared to defend the Association in the light of unfair and defamatory comments. They must, however, be aware of the danger of compounding a problem with an inadequate or incorrect rebuttal. Guesswork must be avoided and correct facts obtained. If necessary, a source that has the facts and can follow up on the matter properly should be sought. The staff at the Association office can help in this regard.

Helping the public to become better informed and drawing its attention to our good works will promote and enhance our image.

Complete Code of Ethics 

ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming Events

ASTTBC is a Megabyte Partner for the 2012 Mid-Island Science and Technology Innovation Council (MISTIC) Innovation Awards taking place on November 2, 2012 in Nanaimo.

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. A call for participation has been issued to RoboCupers. The deadline to register teams is fast approaching and the registration form is available online. Successful teams at this 2012 RoboCup games will be eligible to represent Canada in the 2013 World RoboCup championship in the Netherlands.

TechPRO: Brian Wong, CTech, RSD

Brian Wong, CTech, RSD, was hooked on building and design early in life. He built a tree fort by himself at age 14, and was deeply inspired by a dedicated high school drafting instructor.

Brian graduated the Architectural/Mechanical/Process Piping program at VCC in 1980, and joined H.A. Simons International Engineering, working his way to intermediate draftsman. He was promoted to supervise a crew at the Crofton Mill Expansion on Vancouver Island, until an early 1980's downturn left Brian returning to school.

After completing the Structural Steel course at VCC in 1984, Brian joined Dowco Consultants Ltd. as a Steel Detailer. He advanced from junior to senior detailer and checker, and has progressed to Assistant Project Leader. Some project highlights during his 28 years with Dowco have been working on Ford Stadium, the home of the Detroit Lions, Houston Reliant Stadium, the Seattle Mariners Stadium, Five Times Square in New York - and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Brian has been a Register Steel Detailer (RSD) for a dozen years and a CTech with ASTTBC since 2003. He is a valued member of ASTTBC's Board of Examiners, and currently Chairs the Steel Detailers Institute of British Columbia.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Brian in posting your career story at Connect with former colleagues get your name in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Post your profile 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.

Message From:

BC Women in Technology (BCWiT) Committee Chair Sarah Campden, CTech: "Women's Enterprise Centre is offering a new Peer Mentoring Group in Victoria, which I will be facilitating. To be eligible for the program you must be a woman in the early stages of business, actively operating your technology or technology related business in BC."

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 is just a sample:

BOABC 2012 Building Code Changes Seminar: Vancouver Session November 22-23, 2012

WorkSafeBC 2012 Construction Safety Conference: Richmond, November 22-24, 2012

Update Your Contact Info

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