ASTTBC e-News, September 2015
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 our 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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Continuing with tradition, 2015 will be ASTTBC's 27th year of showcasing our gala Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration! This is our premier event of the year and a highlight for BC's science and technology community.
This year we have an exciting evening planned with a grand celebration of the ASTTBC Foundation's 25th Anniversary. This is an important milestone for ASTTBC and we appreciate those who have supported the foundation over the many, many years!
Our evening starts at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction fundraiser for our ASTTBC Foundation, followed by the great entertainment of ANDREW JOHNS (back by popular demand), a delicious dinner served with wine, award presentations, and social time.
This event provides ASTTBC with the opportunity to recognize BC's technology professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements. It is also our way to say thanks to our many volunteers and partners who contribute to the growth and development of the association.
November 14th promises to be another magnificent event for ASTTBC!
An ASTTBC Member Breakfast Meeting is scheduled in Kelowna on Friday, October 16th at the Coast Capri Hotel (Ballroom Salon B) from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.
Members in the Kelowna area are asked to keep an eye on their email for registration details which will be sent out in September.
Make plans to attend! This is your opportunity to meet ASTTBC's newly elected President KEITH TRULSON, AScT, EngL and network with other Technology Professionals. Keith and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE encourage you to join them and to bring along a non-member and your employer.
Keith and John are looking forward to breakfast with you. Let's hope Keith's transportation makes the Connector!
The Public Representatives (PR) serving on ASTTBC Council decided early on that they would prepare a report outlining areas warranting commendation and recommendations as part of their service to the association and to the public.
At AGM 2015, the PRs tabled their report and subsequently sent the report to the Minister of Advanced Education, the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, who has oversight of the ASTT Act. The report is made available to all members of the BC Legislature and the BC Members of Parliament. The report is being reviewed by ASTTBC Council for possible action.
The report generally commends ASTTBC on a number of fronts and offers recommendations.
About the governance of the association and on the participation of Public Representatives, the report indicated:
“ASTTBC Council meetings run openly, transparently, professionally and efficiently. The public representatives are afforded the opportunity to fully engage and participate in providing contributions, opinions and recommendations to council governance, and decision-making relative to issues of public interest.
The report focuses on a few key areas:
- Professional regulation & legislation
- Rights to practice
- Professional standards and regulation
- Professional recognition
- International recognition & certification
Read the report HERE
ASTTBC, APEGBC, ACEC-BC and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST) have undertaken a comprehensive labour market profile of Engineers, Geoscientists, Technicians and Technologists (EGTT) occupations in BC, to ensure industry and stakeholders have solid and accessible information on anticipated future labour needs, trends and gaps.
The project will provide a 10-year forecast for 31 occupations across five BC regions and 10 industries, with metrics about immigration and new workers that amount to an unprecedented level of detail about EGTT occupations in BC.
Join us on October 14th for a preview of the findings and how to prepare for the future labour market. In addition, a representative from the BC Provincial Nominees Program (PNP) will be in attendance to explain the new rules and processes involved with PNP when considering hiring needs at your firm.
- Eulala Mills, LMI Consultant, APGST
- Jonathan Kassian, Project Manager, APGST
- A representative from the BC Provincial Nominee Program
REGISTER & DETAILS (Registration is through ACEC-BC please create an online account to register for this event)
ASTTBC recognizes the significant economic contributions made by BC small business.
In mid-October 2015, ASTTBC will be initiating a member survey to provide the provincial government with information related to the small business activities and recommendations of our members. BC small businesses are a vital contributor to the BC economy and we ask members involved in small business enterprises to participate in this excellent opportunity to provide input.
“This is a great opportunity for ASTTBC members to step up and assist ASTTBC in support of government's work to support BC small businesses,” said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. “ASTTBC small business members, given their role in provincial economic and environmental development, are in a unique position to identify areas warranting change."
On September 26th, 1985, by BC Government Order in Council 1820, the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Act (ASTT Act) was proclaimed and the Society of Engineering Technologists of BC became ASTTBC. The professional titles Certified Engineering Technologist and Certified Engineering Technician (CET) were dropped and members were designated as either Certified Technician (CTech) or Applied Science Technologist (AScT). The association became responsible to the BC government and the people of BC under self-governing professional legislation, as spelled out by one of the 'Objects' in the Act which states: "to regulate standards of training and practice of and for its members and to protect the interests of the public,” a big responsibility and one that ASTTBC has worked hard to live up to.
ASTTBC was enacted by the BC government, trusting that the association had the foundation, culture and organizational capacity to assume this important role and service. The government recognized that technologists and technicians provided an important service in many fields, supporting economic development, health care and the environment, high tech, the resource sector and, for that matter, most other sectors in some way.
30 years ago ASTTBC stood at 3,000 members and today, with the addition of Technical Specialists during the last two decades, the association has a total of over 10,000 members. In 1985, ASTTBC's budget was $500,000 and today it is in excess of $3 million. In the three decades since enactment, ASTTBC has achieved greater professional recognition for its members, secured Qualified Professional standing by the BC government and other regulatory bodies such as the Oil and Gas Commission, and has built up a professional regulatory framework that compares favourably with other professional associations.
30 years later, ASTTBC has matured into a well-regarded professional regulatory body. ASTTBC has also made a strong commitment to invest in support of technology education and careers. Relationships with many allied organizations have broadened ASTTBC's reach considerably. Technology has grown and significantly enabled ASTTBC to introduce streamlined operations such as on-line applications and the simplification of many business elements of ASTTBC's operation. Our volunteers are as committed as ever and staffing is second to none. In 30 years, ASTTBC has grown to become the 8th largest professional body in BC according to Business in Vancouver.
30 years after proclamation, ASTTBC is ably serving the public interest and is poised to achieve greater professional recognition of BC's technology professionals.
ASTTBC members and guests were out in numbers to show their ‘Lion Pride' and to cheer on the BC Lions as they took on the Ottawa Redblacks. ASTTBC was pleased to host Mike Desautels and family at this BC Lions Game. Mike won the social media draw for three free tickets to the game (another good reason to follow ASTTBC on Twitter!!!). It was great that Mike and his family were able to make the trip from out of town to attend the game. The ASTTBC Foundation was also a winner, as a portion of each ticket sold through our membership promotion was donated to the foundation!
BCWiT is happy to be a supporting organization at the Women's Leadership Forum coming up this November 4-5th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, BC.
HEATHER ANDREYCHUK, AScT, Committee Chair of BCWiT, thinks this forum will be a great opportunity for women.
“Developing your leadership skills is a lifelong learning process,” says Heather, ”This rare opportunity to learn alongside a diverse group of industry leaders and colleagues will be successful in honing personal leadership skills. I encourage female members to attend this yearly forum as part of their continuing professional development program.”
BCWiT is looking to sponsor a female member to attend their booth at the forum.
Please contact Sheila Baranda to register at 416-927-0718 ext. 7401, quoting your affiliation with ASTTBC & BCWiT for a discount.
EMAIL Heather Andreychuk for more info
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) has a number of new accreditations on the horizon and one recently completed.
Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario is the latest Canadian college to join the ranks of TAC through the accreditation of its mining engineering technology program. Cambrian College's accreditation is fairly fast on the heels of Georgian College whose electrical engineering technology program was the focus of TAC's pilot project that ran from 2014 to 2015. While Georgian College is the first Canadian college to ever be awarded a TAC accreditation, Cambrian College is the first to have a program accredited by TAC that previously received accreditation from another accrediting body.
“We were pleased to work with TAC's auditors; we found them approachable and knowledgeable. Equally important, the process was efficient and our faculty and administrators enjoyed an excellent relationship with TAC's team. The resulting accreditation is beneficial for our graduates because it ensures that they are well prepared for industry. We look forward to working with TAC in the future,” said Louise Turcotte, dean of the school of engineering technology and environmental studies.
The TAC site visit took place at Cambrian College in spring 2015 and involved the TAC audit team which was comprised of a lead auditor and two auditors - two from Ontario and Darrin Heisler from British Columbia - in keeping with TAC's policy requiring at least one auditor to be from out of province. TAC's executive director and OACETT's registrar attended as observers.
The audit team met with the dean, faculty and staff from Cambrian College's school of engineering technology and environmental studies. Their interaction with some graduating students, advisory committee members and employers was both fulfilling and educational. After TAC's governance and audit council's review of the audit team's final report, the accreditation was awarded effective April 15, 2015. In that report, the audit team noted numerous best practices by Cambrian College.
In addition to having implemented accreditations with two Ontario colleges, TAC has a pending accreditation this fall in Western Canada. TAC continues to respond to applications for accreditation from other educational institutions with numerous accreditations scheduled for spring 2016.
TAC's executive director Sam DiGiandomenico and the board of directors are pleased with the momentum achieved by the new accreditation model since operations were launched in April 2015. TAC acknowledges the support of the provincial professional associations (PPAs) of Technology Professionals Canada (TPC).
ASTTBC congratulates the Collins Safety Training Facility and was pleased to attend the grand opening in Maple Ridge, BC on September 10th, 2015. Collins Safety hosted a full reception at their new facility, followed by an informative presentation by Terry Duncan, Lead OH&S Instructor and Jennifer Scott, First Aid Instructor.
"The growth and recognition of the ASTTBC Construction Safety Officer Certification Program is proof that the credible and high quality training providers accredited by ASTTBC, continue to encourage an ever increasing level of professionalism within the construction safety community,” stated ASTTBC's BRUCE J. STEVENS, AScT, Manager Construction Safety Registration, “Joe Collins, RCSO and President of Collins Safety Training, is a staunch advocate for the ASTTBC certification of construction safety practitioners and is providing strong leadership through the establishment of this independent training facility. We wish Collins Safety good luck with their new enterprise".
“I would like to thank all those who came out to learn more about our Occupational Health and Safety services and supported us with our new OH&S Training Centre's grand opening,” says Joe Collins, RCSO, President of Collins Safety Training, “It was an extreme pleasure to see old friends and meet new people who share our passion for safety. I only hope we managed to make everyone feel welcome and truly look forward to having the privilege of working with all of you in the future.”
"Innovation is a key element of what technology professionals contribute to the BC economy," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE, after viewing a CNN report on a new approach to filling beer cups.
"All over this province, day in and day out, ASTTBC members are taking their technology know how and creating new products and services," said Leech.
John often talks with leaders in business, with regulatory bodies and to government at all levels about the skills of ASTTBC members and what ASTTBC members do to contribute to public health and safety, sustainability of the environment and growth and development of BC.
"You've got to love it, especially when this USA example of innovation speeds the process for acquiring a beer! Can we expect this 'bottoms up' system soon in BC venues?" concluded Leech.
Watch video HERE
September 2015 is BC's second annual Disability Employment Month during which the BC government and other stakeholders will celebrate the contribution of people with disabilities and celebrate employers who have established an inclusive work environment.
Over the past couple of years ASTTBC has been connecting with organizations working to support and assist people with disabilities, most notably as their talents are realized and put into action in the workplace and broader community. Here are a few examples of what ASTTBC is doing:
- ASTTBC staff regularly invites folks from Studio 73, an arts and crafts shop affiliated with Community Living BC, to bring their work to the office. Their amazing work has brought many sales over the years. YOUR business in Metro Vancouver may wish to invite Studio 73 to visit and showcase their work.
HERE is their website
- Brandon Dahl, affiliated with Community Living BC, designed a 'special note' sheet for ASTTBC. Brandon recently provided ASTTBC with several designs for possible use in products and services such as the ASTTBC Salary Survey and ASTTBC Member Satisfaction Survey
- SAFERhome Society BC has recently connected again with ASTTBC to look for ways to collaborate. ASTTBC is supporting SAFERhome in their work to promote sustainable living design and construction in residential buildings
- ASTTBC is engaging with Community Living BC to explore ways the two groups might collaborate to define and promote careers for people with disabilities in engineering and technology fields. ASTTBC anticipates our engagement could result in such actions as a survey of ASTTBC members and their employers to determine the roles being performed by people with disabilities and an awareness program that elevates support among technology employers.
ASTTBC has in recent years engaged with the BC government as we help elevate awareness of technology careers. During these conversations ASTTBC has indicated an interest in partnering with the BC government and other agencies to advance technology careers with people with disabilities ASTTBC supports Disability Employment Month and will continue to support the full utilization of the many skills of persons with disabilities.
UBC is inviting members to attend this event on October 20th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at UBC Robson Square.
Engineering, nursing and planning faculty will share their research on the future of manufacturing materials, clean energy, software systems, green bio-products, integrated water management, naval architecture and marine engineering, seniors care, and urban systems.
Come discover pathways to industry partnership with UBC Applied Science. In an evening of thought-provoking, seven-minute presentations, learn why faculty are passionate about their work. Start the dialogue to open up infinite possibilities to leverage our research. Learn more and RSVP by October 7th.
The Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of British Columbia will be presenting this event on Saturday, October 3rd from 1 - 4 p.m at the City Centre Library in Surrey. The line-up of presenters for the seminar includes APEGBC, ASTTBC, SIGnature Recruiting and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. The event is free! Please visit their WEBSITE for a list of other upcoming events.
EMAIL to RSVP with your name and phone number
The Ministry of Environment is inviting you to review and comment on the attached intentions paper for the solid waste management planning guideline. This intentions paper has been released as a public discussion paper. The current guideline has been in place since 1994. It was developed to provide guidance for regional districts on legislative requirements for solid waste management planning. It requires modernizing to reflect current legislation, the current municipal solid waste landscape, and the experience and expertise of regional districts and sector stakeholders.
Comments submitted regarding the proposed intentions of the ministry will be considered in the drafting of a new guideline. The intentions paper will be posted for a 60-day consultation period. Please provide any comments to the ministry by November 15, 2015. Comments may be submitted by mail, email or fax to:
Solid Waste Management Planning Guideline
PO Box 28159 Westshore RPO Victoria BC V9B 6K8
Fax: 250 592-0628 or EMAIL
REVIEW the intentions paper
ASTTBC provides dedicated web resources to members looking for career development tools and advancement. The CAREERS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES website is designed to assist members with job search strategies and resources to enhance careers - whether it's keeping your resume up to date or you're looking for some guidance, we're here to support you. Members have exclusive access to our Career Manager.
CPD Courses and Seminars
ASTTBC regularly posts continuing professional development opportunities for its members on our website at EVENTS, CONFERENCES & SEMINARS. As well, we have partnerships with CPD providers to offer members relevant, technical seminars and courses at rates exclusive to ASTTBC.
CSA Group offers standards-based training drawing on the expertise of instructors who, in many cases, have contributed to the development of standards. CSA training helps organizations advance their knowledge of standards, technical skills, codes and management systems.
COURSE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
TechPM Leadership Strategies provides project management training for all skill levels. These instructor led programs are designed to provide comprehensive project management skills development in an interactive workshop format.
TechPM Fall 2015 PROGRAM
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 "2015/2016" Imagewear by Mark's Work Wearhouse discount card 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!
Join the many members of ASTTBC who have already discovered the benefit of savings for some valuable products and services! This fall and winter season, take in some great entertainment at member discount rates:
Broadway Across Canada
Save 10% off Broadway Across Canada performances of Once and Mama Mia!
Once (Show dates: November 17 - 22, 2015)
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. It is an enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream, when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.
Mamma Mia! (Show dates: March 29 - April 3, 2016)
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it's your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA's greatest hits, including Dancing Queen, S.O.S., Super Trouper, Take A Chance on Me and The Winner Takes It All, with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Both shows will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Playland Group Sales
The PNE may be over but the fun continues with...
- Fright Night
- Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
- Cirque du Soleil - Kooza
- Disney on Ice - Frozen
For Playland Group Sales and other TechCLUB member partners, visit TECHCLUB
Tina Bos, Senior Structural Technologist and BIM Specialist at HEROLD ENGINEERING LTD. in Victoria, is now Vice Chair on the Executive Board of the Women in Construction - Nanaimo group, which is part of the Vancouver Island Construction Association.
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
We're all getting older! ASTTBC's membership now includes more than 2400 (of the total of about 10,000), who are 55 or older. This suggests that the impending retirements of a large segment of our province's technical workforce will have far-reaching consequences unless we can act together to ensure that the skills and knowledge which contribute so much to our economic well-being are passed along to others.
One very effective way of making that happen is for the prospective retirees to become mentors. At this time, fewer than fifteen of our several thousand members have registered and been active as mentors. We'd like to boost that number to at least thirty by the end of October, 2015. Yes, next month!
So, if you're one of the 2400 members who are likely to retire in the next ten years, please seriously consider giving back to the association, to the community, to the sector and to the economy by becoming a mentor. Pass your wealth of experience to others who can help ensure that your pension is safe!
VISIT the mentoring page on the ITTPBC website and sign up! You will find it to be a highly rewarding and critically needed activity, not to mention that just two Mentees a year will earn a Mentor his or her full CPD credits!
If your membership was cancelled due to non-payment of dues and fees, please call our office to reinstate and we will review your file.
If you decide to renew at a later date, reinstatement may require additional academic and experience requirements, a practice and ethics exam, and a full review by the Board of Examiners.
Please EMAIL Lumi Guias or call (604) 585-2788 ext. 237 for the status of your dues and fees.
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.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Trent is a Design and Construction Manager for the Corporation of Delta. He started his career in the City of Vancouver's Streets Department as a Survey Assistant and eventually moved to the Waterworks Department as a project manager overseeing design and construction contracts.
After 15 years with the City of Vancouver, he moved to the Corporation of Delta to further his career opportunities in the civil engineering field. There he worked on some of the municipality's recent larger scale projects and now he is responsible for the Engineering Department's Design and Construction Group.
- City of Vancouver's Dedicated Fire Protection System
- Sungod Recreation Center Expansion
- Nordel Way Expansion
- 80th Street Overpass Project
- ASTTBC - Council Member
- Project Management Institute - Member
- Foster Parent
Ongoing professional development has been an important piece for Trent's advancement through the municipal government. Recently, he attained a Diploma in Local Government Management from UVic as part of his commitment to ongoing education.
When making his career choice, Trent states:
"In junior high school I was exposed to classes that exposed me to the design and construction industry which sparked my interest in engineering design.”
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
The District of West Vancouver is looking for a Superintendent of Roads. The job closes on October 6th, 2015.
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:
EPIC PRESENTS - UNDERSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS
Richmond BC, Sept.30 - Oct.2nd, 2015
BCCAT EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Vancouver BC, October 5th and 6th, 2015
HPO PRESENTS BUILDING SMART #22-FROM THE GROUND UP:CURRENT CONSTRUCTION OPTIONS FOR NEW HOMES IN BC
Port Alberni, October 19th, 2015
Thank-you for reading our September e-News and enjoy your autumn!