ASTTBC e-News, October 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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A meeting between ANDREW SAXTON, MP for North Vancouver and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT has led to an ASTTBC pre-budget brief to the Canadian Government. As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Andrew is in an ideal position to advance ASTTBC's concerns about skills shortages and proposals to enhance the presence of technology education and careers, as well as the role of and contribution by Technology Professionals. Andrew is well acquainted with ASTTBC and has met with John several times in recent years. With the lead, 'Technology Professionals: An Economic Advantage for Canada', the brief outlines a number of initiatives designed to better understand the contribution made by Technology Professionals and specific programming opportunities to enhance awareness.
"There is a real need for a pan-Canadian strategy and initiatives to enhance the profile of technologists, technicians and technical specialists," said Leech. "A decade ago the federal government invested heavily in promoting trades training and careers. Much has been done to promote the trades over the past ten years both at the national as well as provincial levels. It is now time to focus similar programming on technology education and careers."
"The current gap between employer need and available qualified technology professionals requires further attention by the federal government to ensure a sustainable supply of engineering and applied science technologists and technicians." (From ASTTBC pre-budget brief to the federal government)
THE BC SKILLS FOR JOBS BLUEPRINT points to trades AND technical skills, an important distinction and clear recognition that the BC government 'gets it' in terms of the important role technologists, technicians and technical specialists play. "I applaud the BC government, but more is needed here in BC and most criticality at the national level," stressed Leech.
"I am convinced that if we do not start now to drive programming to further enhance technology education and careers the current skills shortage will grow to a crisis in the near term".
Leech pointed to studies conducted by ASTTBC and to the 2013 ASTTBC report, 'A STRATEGIC DIRECTION FOR TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION AND SKILLS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA' that points to critical shortages today in a few areas and how technology programming at the post-secondary level has been stagnant for ten years.
View the entire BUDGET SUBMISSION
RICH COLEMAN, Minister Responsible for Housing, met with ASTTBC and two other associations providing certification of house inspectors to talk about changes planned for the licensing of house inspectors.
The current government regulation places responsibility for licensing with Consumer Protection BC (CPBC) and this will not change; although, new regulations to be developed over the next six months will spell out an expanded role for CPBC according to ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT.
"We welcome the changes proposed by Minister Coleman as the current situation with four separate certification groups and four different standards does not meet the needs of the consumer."
Leech advised that CPBC will be setting the standards for certification, practice and professional accountability.
Read the government's PRESS RELEASE to learn more about the government's consultation
The province of BC would like to invite you to contribute to the development of building, plumbing, fire and energy codes in BC.
The BC codes are based substantially on the model National Building, Plumbing, and Fire Codes of Canada and the National Energy Code for Buildings (National Codes).
Changes made to the National Codes will be considered for adoption into the next editions of the BC codes.
Changes to the National Codes are currently posted for public review HERE.
The public review closes at 4:00 pm EDT on October 31, 2014.
ASTTBC was a Bronze Sponsor of BCIT's 50th Anniversary Gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre on October 6th and made a significant donation to support bursaries and other initiatives that support students in financial need. A full 35 per cent of ASTTBC's membership is represented by BCIT graduates.
"Thank you for ASTTBC's generous support for the Gala and the 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund," said Marie-Claire Concannon, Acting Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at BCIT. "Your willingness to reach out and help students in need, brings BCIT closer to the day when no deserving student faces the prospect of leaving school due to their lack of funds."
The event attracted 1,300 attendees, including notable local personalities, community leaders, alumni, Honorary Doctorate recipients, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, donors, faculty and students. BCIT celebrated and honoured this year's award recipients who have distinguished themselves in their careers and with contributions made in their communities. "It was a memorable evening showing BCIT at its best, and a most appropriate tribute to the Institute's first 50 years," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, who is a past recipient of the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award.
BCIT 50th Gala Board and President's Reception PHOTOS
ASTTBC's 26th annual gala TECHNOLOGY AWARDS & RECOGNITION CELEBRATION on November 1st is our premier event of the year. We are pleased to recognize and thank our 2014 Event Partners and Sponsors:
BCIT Alumni Association
ASTTBC TechGreen Award Presenting Sponsor
BC Safety Authority
Manulife Financial TD
Insurance Meloche Monnex
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – BC
BC Construction Association
Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC
Herold Engineering Limited
Horseshoe Press Inc
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Science World British Columbia
The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) is pleased to announce it has designed a unique resource to help community leaders prepare for and recover from economic disasters — the only resource of its kind in Canada.
Called the Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness; it is a practical guide that provides strategies and tactics for community leaders to focus on for economic recovery and preserving jobs.
BCEDA partnered with Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP) and the creation of this toolkit.
This toolkit is an outcome of BCEDA and EDA's Economic Disaster Recovery Project. A response to the catastrophic flooding in Alberta and Eastern BC in June 2013; it is designed as a unique blended learning opportunity to provide economic development practitioners, and those in supporting roles, with both theoretical and practical training.
The Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness, is modelled after IEDC's U.S. disaster preparedness toolkit titled "Leadership in the Time of Crisis" launched in June 2014.
"We are pleased to help with the creation of this toolkit," said Jeff Finkle, President and CEO, IEDC. "We were proud to be a part of this unique Economic Disaster Recovery Project and trust this customized toolkit will assist Canadian communities and elected officials as they continue to prepare for, respond to, and recover from various types of economic disruptions in the future."
The 2015 BC Natural Resource Forum will be taking place in Prince George, from January 20th to 22nd, 2015. The Forum Organizing Committee has been working hard all year to develop an exciting and informative program with several new events that are sure to bring value and enjoyment for all delegates, sponsors and exhibitors.
PATH2WORK, an agency that matches Internationally Trained Engineers, Technicians and Technologists to manufacturing jobs in Canada, is closely affiliated with and supported by CME, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. Together, they're hosting a Job Fair and Networking Reception entitled Manufacturing Jobs.
Join a growing family of partners (including ASTTBC) as they celebrate the close of Manufacturing Month! This job fair will showcase the exciting and diverse opportunities available in BC's manufacturing sector today and tomorrow. With over 88,000 job openings anticipated by 2020, manufacturing in BC is gearing up and you can be a part of it!
After the job fair, mix and mingle at the networking reception where you will have the chance to connect with potential employers, post-secondary institutions, industry partners and provincial and municipal stakeholders.
- Thursday October 30, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Job Fair
- 6:00 - 8:00 pm Networking Reception
- Location: Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Ballroom A, 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey
Attendance is free of charge but your registration is requested.
For full details please CLICK HERE.
ASTTBC is providing training workshops to inform Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioners (ROWPs) of the most recent updates to the Standard Practice Manual (SPM) that are reflected in SPM3.
It is mandatory for all registered onsite wastewater practitioners to attend sessions corresponding to each category of their registration. Health authority personnel, professional engineers, engineering licensees, and professional geoscientists are invited to attend. Suppliers and other interested parties may also attend.
For your convenience, the training workshops will be offered in 12 locations throughout the province from October 2014 to January 2015. At each location, there will be three different workshops: one each for planning, installation and maintenance/private inspection.
Details regarding workshop dates, times, location and registration fees can be found HERE.
Space is limited and pre-registration required.
Any questions about registering, please direct to Cheryl Blachuras at email@example.com or 604.585.2788 ext. 221
Kelowna designer John Schlosser, AScT an active ASTTBC member who is also involved with the ASTTBC building designers, was recognized in Business In Vancouver Magazine as the designer of Collett Manor, a medical services centre and residential development in Kelowna.
To view the ARTICLE
Licensing of house inspectors will change says Minister Coleman. ASTTBC will work with the BC Government and Consumer Protection BC which will be given a stronger mandate to set the standards for certification and practice.
READ the article
Technology Accreditation Canada is currently sourcing members for a volunteer opportunity on its Governance and Audit Council.
Reporting to the Technology Accreditation Canada Board of Directors, the Governance and Audit Council provides an oversight role, validating that the processes for accreditation audits and the development of academic standards are followed.
In addition, the Governance and Audit Council:
- Develops recommendations on policies and processes
- Operates as a committee on governance for the TAC Board, including:
- Define the skills, experience and attributes required for membership on the TAC Board.
- Provide for the orientation of new and existing TAC Board members.
- Ensure transparency and accountability at the Board level and within its operations through the development and management of an annual assessment or evaluation to measure all TAC Board and Council performance.
- Ensures the creation and implementation of an Annual Review Process for Accreditation and Standards Development.
Contribute to the ongoing success of your profession, build your network and support competency-based certification and accreditation. Contact us for more information on this volunteer opportunity or submit your resume and cover letter by November 3, 2014 to:
Barbara J. Chappell, M.A.
Technology Accreditation Canada
416-847-1016, ext. 244
About Technology Accreditation Canada
TAC's mission is to deliver world class accreditation for the technology profession in Canada, based on best practices and promoting the highest quality of education in engineering technology and applied science.
STARTUP WEEKEND is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.
Startup Weekend Nanaimo is a 54-hour event that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.
Are you performing electrical work? Where did you get the formal training to perform this restricted work? Are you even entitled to perform electrical work?
CHECK the website
(WorkSafe BC Part 19 Guidelines makes for interesting reading too!)
It is all too easy to presume that because we have done something over a prolonged period we are 'doing it right'. Further just because we are 'doing something' does not make it legal!
BCSA will be embarking on an enhanced enforcement program in 2015 and ASTTBC members performing electrical work need to ensure they review their activities now to ensure legality and compliance with the ASTTBC Code of Ethics - namely:
Report to the appropriate agencies any hazardous, illegal or unethical professional decisions or practices by other members, or others.
Members must immediately report any hazardous, illegal or unethical conduct of which they become aware and take all measures required to correct or block the conduct. This principle is not limited to the work place.
However, if you were working outside of Section 4 of the Electrical Safety Regulation (see link above), Certification and Licencing as an EWP is covered by Section 4.1.b of the Regulation.
MORE INFORMATION on how you can be in compliance with the law and your Code of Ethics.
The province's recent adoption of the 2012 National Model Building Code amendments for energy efficiency in housing and small buildings will become effective on December 19, 2014.
The BOABC, in conjunction with AIBC, will be delivering education seminars in ten locations throughout BC and ASTTBC along with BC Hydro is a corporate sponsor for these workshops. The workshops titled 'Energy Provisions 9.36 of the BC Building Code' offers the participants the ability to get up to speed before the amendments come into effect.
"This is an excellent opportunity for our Members to take advantage of a CPD course that reaches across the province," states ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT. "We are pleased to sponsor these events in light of the recent changes by council to ASTTBC's mandatory CPD requirement and hope our members will see the benefit in attending."
If members would like to reserve a spot in one of the ten locations please send in your REGISTRATION FORM and payment to the BOABC office as soon as possible.
One of ASTTBC's TechCLUB providers of services (InsiderTrading Group) will be discontinuing its discount offer program. As a result, there will be some changes to our TechCLUB lineup of value added member services and discounts. All offers through this provider will remain in effect until the last date of service on November 4, 2014. Any offers purchased up to this day will be honoured by the vendor(s).
The following TechCLUB services ARE NOT affected as a result of the aforementioned changes:
Hotel Grand Pacific Victoria
Horseshoe Press Printing Services
Playland — PNE Group Sales
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the terms of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) or the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), AScT and CTech credentials are portable throughout Canada. This allows our certified members to enjoy the advantage of national labour mobility.
National labour mobility (national portability) provides many benefits that are advantageous for both our members and employers. For our members, benefits include nation-wide professional credibility, increased marketability, and greater job opportunities for career advancement. For employers, benefits include knowing their potential employee is qualified, has met the strict national guidelines for competency, and they must follow a recognized professional Code of Ethics—ensuring professionalism in the execution of their duties and bringing value to their business.
As well, when workers are required to undergo additional training or examinations to re-certify in another province, the worker, their families and employers who are trying to staff positions can suffer from the uncertainty, additional costs and time that it takes to re-certify. With the ease of transferring certification across Canada, these concerns are diminished!
In the crowded apparel market, Mark's stands out for its commitment to comfort, quality, style, and innovation. Though their roots are in industrial work wear, they have also become known for outfitting Canadians with casual and active wear for everyday living. Their clothes are engineered to function, feel and look better. Their reputation as an innovative retailer is one that resonates with their customers and helped them grow from one store in 1977 to over 380 stores across the country.
Imagewear is a division of Mark's Work Wearhouse and is Canada's single largest supplier of industrial and corporate footwear, clothing and logoed apparel for men and women. Look for your Imagewear by Mark's Work Wearhouse discount card in our upcoming ASTTBC Connect Fall Newsletter to save 10% off regular retail prices on select items at all Mark's Work Wearhouse stores!
Water damage can start small and escalate to a big, expensive repair in no time. Fortunately, it's the small things you can do now that could save you big fixes down the road. Read on for QUICK-AND-EASY TIPS FOR EVERY HOMEOWNER.
If you have PRO-RATED DUES/FEES outstanding please make sure you send in your payment at the earliest possible date.
For 2015 please note, the Annual Dues Notices to ASTTBC members will be sent electronically in the second week of November. You can save $10 by paying before December 16, 2014. Dues are due and payable upon receipt. All unpaid members will be charged late fee of $25 plus GST after January 31, 2015. The cancellation date for ASTTBC 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 a written request to Nicky Malli, Manager Finance at email@example.com.
If you need any other information please contact Lumi Guias, Coordinator, Finance & Bursaries at (604) 585-2788 ext. 237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
RON COLUMBINE, RCSO is an Electrical Commissioning Technician, for Kentz Canada TSS Ltd. based in Kearl Lake, Alberta.
Ron has over 40 years of experience in Electrical Supervision with the mining, forestry and Skytrain industries, a large part of his roles including safety. He has his Interprovincial Journeyman's Certification in electrical as well as his RCSO designation.
Ron worked was an Electrical Superintendent for an open pit coal mine in Alberta for 11 years, and was the Skytrain Installation Coordinator on the Millenium Line and Canada Line in Vancouver.
"I've always met and worked with great people that made every job special," says Ron, "I still keep in touch with people from every location I ever worked at."
Tony Pimental, AScT, graduated in 1973 from British Columbia Institute of Technology, in the Civil and Structural Engineering Program with a Diploma of Technology. Tony retired in May of 2008, after 35 years working with the District of North Vancouver.
Some of his career highlights were working as an engineering rep in the preparation of an Environmental Protection Bylaw, working as a liaison with the Vancouver Port Corporation Burrard Environmental Review Committee, and setting requirements to meet "Land Development Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Habitat".
Q. What was your favourite job and why?
A. Land development, setting requirements and collaborating with the various professionals.
Q. What do you see as the pros and cons of your retirement?
A. I now can perform my volunteer work with the Knights of Columbus however, I do miss the people getting together, good times.
Q. What advice would you give to technologists starting out in the field today?
A. Be open to the variety of challenges, there will be many, so you must be willing to multitask. Graduates should listen more to those who have been in the system and have experience and knowledge.
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.
Send 200 words or less to the E-NEWS EDITOR
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
Provide an opinion on a professional subject only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge and honest conviction.
(a) Members shall clearly distinguish between facts, assumptions, and opinions in reference to applied science, information and engineering technology in the preparation of reports, in conversation with clients and colleagues, in statements to the media, in the publication of papers and articles, and in discussion in a public forum.
(b) Members shall not make statements, criticisms, or arguments generated or paid for by private interests on matters relating to public policy, unless they indicate on whose behalf the statements are being made.
(c) Members shall ensure, to the best of their ability, that statements attributed to them properly reflect their professional opinion.
(d) Members shall not misrepresent their qualifications to their clients or their employers.
(e) Members shall engage or provide advice on engaging, experts or specialists when, in their judgment, such services are in the best interests of their client or employer.
It is the responsibility of the members to clearly and accurately express the results of their work, and avoid bias due to political, economic or other non-technical factors. When called upon, members shall do their best to ensure that their professional opinions are accurately represented. When presenting complex issues to a non-technical audience, in order to avoid misinterpretation, members must simplify their discussions without losing the critical elements. Members shall separate their personal views from their professional activities and be impartial and factual when expressing professional opinions.
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:
MMCDA PRESENTS - SUPERINTENDENT COURSE - SPONSORED BY BC ROAD BUILDERS & HEAVY CONSTRUCTION ASSN.
Vancouver BC or webinar, December 9-10th, 2014
PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS & TECHNIQUES - LEVEL 2
Kamloops BC, November 17-18th, 2014
Thank-you for reading our October e-News and have a wonderful November!