ASTT e-News

ASTT e-News, September 2011

Dear Member,

ASTT 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

Minister Pat Bell Talks Jobs and Technology with ASTTBC
Sarah Campden, CTech, Meets Federal Minister re Women in the Workplace
MLA Gary Coons Meets ASTTBC’s John Leech
Did you train outside Canada?
TechPRO: Robert Sochowski, AScT: Robert’s Rules of Order
Post Your Career Story
Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?
Rick Hodgson, CTech, RBO Receives Top in Tech Award
Doug Carter, CTech, Named Honourary Member of UNBC Alumni
ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: Misuse of Fire Protection Member Number
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 10
A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the BCIPI Seminar/Webinar
2011 AGM Survey Results
Ken Parkes, AScT, Wins AGM Webinar Prize
View ASTTBC Year in Review 2010 Photographic Collection
2012 AGM & Professional Development Day
2011 Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration
FEAT Silent Auction Donation Request
ASTTBC Community Representatives Meet Online
Pay your ASTTBC Dues Online
Reinstatement Fees
Let’s Take the Technology Legacy Fund

Over the Top!
YouTube
Follow ASTTBC on Twitter
Contact Information
Technology Professionals Canad - National Study on Accreditation
Forest Professionals and ASTTBC Meet
ASTTBC sponsors BCIT Orientation Week
ASTTBC is Award Partner for MISTIC
Safety Superheroes Celebration
Innovation Awards and Tradeshow
BC Safety Authority Enforcement Actions
BC Safety Authority’s annual BCSA Today newsletter
ASTTBC Supports BCIT’s Math Dept.’s Building Better Math Project
Embracing Cultural Diversity in BC Workplace: ASTTBC Involved
Consultants Fishing Derby a Success
Year of Science Successes
BIG Little Science Centre - New Kamloops Location
Vernon Brothers Win World RoboCup Junior Championship
MOSAIC (Empowering Immigrants and Refuges) Requests Your Help
Investors Group: Tax Strategy Seminars for ASTTBC Business Owners and Employees
myTradesDirect.com Connects Canadian Homeowners with Contractors & Suppliers
Thanks From:
Congratulations to: Tom Kadia, AScT
TechACTION:
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement
Power Smart Forum October 17-19
Professional Development Opportunities

Minister Pat Bell Talks Jobs and Technology with ASTTBC

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell (MLA for Prince George - Mackenzie) welcomed to his office this summer ASTTBC’s Executive Director John Leech, AScT CAE . The conversation ranged from the need for BC to sustain and grow technology jobs to the need for the full recognition of ASTTBC-registered technology professionals. Appropriate recognition of ASTTBC members as Qualified Professionals within a broader professional reliance framework is a high priority for ASTTBC which, when fully achieved, will see much better utilization of technical talent. The two talked about technology education in northern BC and the proposals by the College of New Caledonia for new technology programs. Leech highlighted ASTTBC’s proposal for a technology education plan for BC. Pat spoke about his work with Premier Clark to develop a new jobs initiative, to be released in September. The two talked about the importance of working with First Nations and of ASTTBC’s work to more fully engage First Nations in technology careers through the First Nations Careers Council, launched by ASTTBC in 2009. Pat noted the need to welcome highly qualified people from other countries and John updated the Minister on the Association’s efforts to assist Internationally Trained Professionals as they look to integrate into Canadian society. Of particular interest was ASTTBC’s lead role in developing Technology Registrations Canada, an on-line package which allows Internationally Trained Professionals to self-assess from anywhere in the world and then to apply for certification and registration with one of the ten provincial associations. Pat has a solid understanding of the role of, and important contribution made by, ASTTBC-registered technologists, technicians and technical specialists. THANKS to Pat Bell for taking time to engage and work with ASTTBC. This article with a photo is posted on the website.

Sarah Campden, CTech, Meets Federal Minister re Women in the Workplace

Sarah Campden, CTech, Chair of ASTTBC’s BC Women In Technology (BCWiT), attended a Roundtable meeting with the Federal Minister of Labour, MP Lisa Raitt and MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and members of Industry on Women in the Workplace

This Roundtable Session was organized to discuss issues faced by women in the workplace. Two other Roundtable sessions were held across Canada, one in Mississauga, Ontario and one in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Minister Raitt was impressed with attendance at this session, noting that it is an important issue for women and the economy in the province of BC.

Women often encounter barriers to their equitable participation and continue to face challenges and hazards in the workplace. Barriers such as sexism, racism and ableism (discrimination against people living with disabilities) limit women's ability to secure good employment and reach upper-level management positions. Within the workplace, women are at risk of harassment and in some cases, violence. Women also have a higher incidence of disability resulting from workplace injury than men. Sarah commented for this report that in a survey conducted by ASTTBC in 2009, female technologists, technicians and technical specialists in applied science and engineering technology did not have the same difficulties as may be felt in some other fields. About 35% of ASTTBC member respondents indicated that they face some ‘challenges’ being a woman in a male dominated field.

At the Roundtable, views were expressed by participants on these issues. Minister Raitt was particularly interested in hearing from the participants about their concerns in this area, the challenges faced, and best practices in mitigating these challenges. Other issues that were of interest to the participants were the skills shortage facing BC, the lack of women in senior leadership roles and the lack of women in media in these types of roles.

Interesting information from the participants:

Some of the attendants: Vancouver YMCA, Teck, Mayor of Delta, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, UBC Mechanical Engineering and the Women's Enterprise Centre. The Minister and MP Findley were diligent in listening to each presenter and recording the discussions.

This article and a photo are posted on the website.

MLA Gary Coons Meets ASTTBC’s John Leech

MLA for North Coast, Gary Coons, met ASTTBC’s Executive Director, John Leech, in Prince Rupert. The two had a casual chat over a coffee at one of the local establishments in Cow Bay. Topics ranged from ASTTBC’s work with First Nations, the need for technology education in northern BC and ASTTBC’s work to enhance technology careers, to the growth potential in Prince Rupert and area as the north realizes greater benefits from the port and Asia Pacific linkages. John talked about ASTTBC’s role in Year of Science and of his connections with Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem and Wendy Prystay, Manger of the Rupert Campus of North West Community College. The two agreed to stay in touch on matters of mutual interest. This article and a photo are posted on What’s New. http://www.asttbc.org/docs/garycoons.pdf

Did you train outside Canada?

ASTTBC would like to learn more about the issues and challenges facing individuals trained overseas as they seek certification and employment in British Columbia. We are planning a series of meetings and surveys this fall and would welcome your participation to learn about your experiences. Please contact project manager Robert Stitt, AScT, at rstitt@asttbc.org to express your interest.

TechPRO: Robert Sochowski, AScT: Robert’s Rules of Order

Robert Sochowski, AScT, earned his diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology 20 years ago from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. “At the time I was told that for career success, I should be involved with standards and other professional organizations within my chosen field. This advice proved absolutely true!”

After graduation and an apprenticeship in the refrigeration trades, Robert was soon working as a mechanical engineering design technologist. After 12 years in mechanical building design work, he worked as a municipal building and plumbing inspector and a regional Cross Connection Control officer.

Robert currently serves the BC Government as a building technology advisor. “I am the subject matter expert for drinking water systems, fire protection systems, HVAC systems, and plumbing systems. I also provide technical advice for mechanical building technology efforts that produce and maintain safe (potable) drinking water and proper sewage disposal at government-owned and leased properties. “

Robert notes that when he began working as a mechanical building systems technologist, participating actively in his industry organizations accelerated his learning, and has been essential to his professional growth.

“As a member of many different standards organizations, a technologist can become an important contributor to a special community. My particular field is mechanical building systems, which, in terms of standards includes plumbing, fire protection, heating, indoor air quality, and others. Members of this community of professionals share a passion for protecting public health and safety. Becoming a member of standards organizations has connected me with others who share similar interests and experiences. Contributing to a standards organization helps foster positive changes in your profession and builds a reputation as a leader and dedicated expert.”

Still passionate about professional growth, Robert is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education Technology with an emphasis in online learning for the apprenticeship construction trades.

“For several years, I have been involved with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers, as past Vancouver Island chapter president. I’m currently Vice-Chair of the Canadian Standards Association’s Selection and Installation of Backflow Preventers Technical Committee, and a voting member of the Non-potable Water Systems Technical Committee. I am past Cross Connection Control Committee Chairperson and currently Vice-Chair for the British Columbia Water and Waste Association. I learned a great deal about my industry working in these organizations. In fact they’ve helped me make better career and education decisions, such as completing my undergraduate and Master’s degrees.”

Specifically, Robert says that serving on the CSA Technical Standards Committee has allowed him to gain early information about coming changes relating to health and safety, to physically check, inspect, and test new innovative products, to have access to research materials and reports not available for general distribution, to influence the development of a unique technical standard in our region and province, to help reduce or eliminate health and safety risks by improving the government of BC’s own technical standards, and quite significantly, to develop a valuable network of contacts in Canada and around the world in areas of critical importance to health and safety.

“I believe that the success I have enjoyed in my career is attributable primarily to my involvement with industry standards organizations,” Bob concludes. “These experiences have not only helped my career, but have also afforded me genuinely meaningful opportunities to give back to my community by improving the quality of people’s lives.”

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Robert in posting your career story. www.techprofile.ca In addition to providing career information to others, TechPRO listings allow you to ‘catch up’ with former colleagues and find out who is working in your community. Posting your profile provides another way for self-employed practitioners to get their names 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 eNews, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page.

Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?

Have you tried posting your TechPROfile but had trouble with the system? See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website. http://www.techprofile.ca/

Rick Hodgson, CTech, RBO Receives Top in Tech Award

Williams Lake was the scene for the presentation of an ASTTBC Top in Technology Award to Rick Hodgson, CTech, RBO, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the Caribou Regional District (CRD). ASTTBC Executive Director was travelling through the Caribou this summer and made plans to stop and present the award to Rick. Currently Past President of the Building Officials Association of BC, Rick has seen his career move from the purely technical to management and administration. During John’s visit both Rick and John were interviewed by a local radio station and several papers picked up on the award presentation. THANKS to Shelly Burch, Manager of Communications at CRD and ASTTBC’s Manager, Media Relations, Garry Gaudet for their great work in securing media interest. Congratulations Rick! Visit Rick’s profile on TechPRO and visit the ASTTBC website for this article with the photo.

Doug Carter, CTech, Named Honourary Member of UNBC Alumni

Past President of ASTTBC, Doug Carter, CTech, has been named an Honourary Member of the University of Northern British Columbia Alumni Association in recognition of his contribution to UNBC over 17 years. Doug was the technical lead in UNBC’s high profile and award-winning Bioenergy Project. Doug recently left his position as Assistant Director of Facilities at UNBC and is now working with the BC Safety Authority.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: Misuse of Fire Protection Member Number

Statement of Complaint:
It was alleged that an individual, who had been previously registered with ASTTBC as Registered Fire Protection Technician (RFPT), was using his expired Fire Protection member (FP) number for inspection work he was performing.

Investigation:
During the investigation it was determined that the individual was using his expired FP number, but not the Technician’s stamp. A letter was sent to him with a requirement that he immediately cease using his expired FP number.

Discussion:
Upon receiving a cease and desist letter from ASTTBC, the individual submitted a notarized letter stating that he no longer had possession of his expired stamp and that it was probably destroyed. He also stated that he would no longer use his expired FP number.

Outcome:
Based on the individual’s cease and desist assurances, the Practice Review Board sent a letter advising that, since he no longer had possession of his expired stamp and he would no longer use his expired FP number no further action was required and the file was closed.

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 whom 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 which 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.

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the BCIPI Seminar/Webinar

BCIPI recently held a CPD webinar/seminar session in Vernon. Peter Link, CTech, CPI, CRA Manager, House & Property Inspection Registrations, Meg Janeki, AScT, Manager e-Business and Jan van Huigenbos, CHI, volunteer and Member of the BCIPI Steering Committee were supposed to present the session at 7:00 pm at the Vernon Okanagan College Campus. They arrived four hours prior to the event to set up, just to discover the Vernon OK Campus had a major power outage that morning. There was no hope they could hold the meeting. All evening classes had been cancelled and the building was shut down!

But the intrepid three were not to be so quickly deterred from their purpose. The BCIPI show must go on! While Jan and Meg stayed behind to connect with the members who for some reason started to arrive early, Peter drove around town to find an alternate location for the meeting. Because this was also going to be a Webinar, they needed hard wire LAN connection, and not wireless, so it wasn't easy to find a venue at the last minute.

Peter found the Best Western Lodge (one of the few locations with hard wire). A few of the people who were going to attend in person got lost along the way so the 'live' audience was a bit smaller than expected but other than that all went great. Fifteen members attended the live session with 50 other members participating via Webinar. The meeting ended at 9:00 PM and the quality of the transmission was one of the best ever.

Congratulations Peter, Meg and Jan on the Awesome teamwork!

BCIPI members can download their copies of the Power Point presentation via the member login panel of BCIPI website. Web recording of the event will be available shortly.

2011 AGM Survey Results

ASTTBC received ‘TOP MARKS’ from members who attended the 2011 Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Day held May 27th at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey. 225 people were in attendance and survey responders indicated that they like a one day event, during the week, in the lower mainland with more technical sessions. Member’s feedback will inform the planning for 2012 so thanks to those that completed the survey.

Ken Parkes, AScT, Wins AGM Webinar Prize

Ken logged into the AGM 2011 webinar from Terrace, learned a lot about ASTTBC business operations and plans for the future and took away a gift certificate which will get him to AGM 2012 in person. Congratulations, Ken! ASTTBC drew a name from a hat of all those who logged in to the webinar, the first ever for the ASTTBC AGM. ASTTBC plans to deliver the 2012 AGM via webinar in order to engage as many members across the province or wherever in the world they may be at the time.

Ken is the Regional Manager for Andritz Automation, formerly Universal Dynamics. This article with photo is posted on the website.

View ASTTBC Year in Review 2010 Photographic Collection

A photographic summary of the ASTTBC Year 2010 is provided on YouTube.

2012 AGM & Professional Development Day

SAVE THE DATE for next year’s AGM & Professional Development Day set for Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Hilton Metrotown Hotel, Burnaby. The day is shaping-up to be another successful event for ASTTBC!

2011 Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration

This year’s gala event will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel. This highly anticipated event always attracts a great turn out! Hon. Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education will bring greetings. The evening includes the annual FEAT Silent Auction, Reception, great Entertainment and Award Presentations. This special event provides the opportunity to thank our dedicated volunteers and committee partners who have helped build ASTTBC’s success. ASTTBC Volunteers will be sent a special invitation and will be hosted by ASTTBC. For others wishing to attend the cost is $105 per person. Group tables are also available. Registration information will be sent at a later date.

FEAT Silent Auction Donation Request

Each year FEAT holds a Silent Auction at the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration. FEAT raises funds to assist in programs vital to future generations of technologists and technicians. Your support by way of a donation - something to auction - such as a gift certificate, merchandise or the provision of a service will help FEAT achieve its fund-raising goal for the year. Your support will add tremendously to our Fundraising event! Please contact Cindy Aitken at the ASTTBC office caitken@asttbc.org by OCTOBER 14th to make your FEAT Silent Auction donation.

ASTTBC Community Representatives Meet Online

ASTTBC Community Representatives had the opportunity to connect with each other using a program called “GoToMeetings”. This meeting provided the opportunity to‘re-engage’ with the Community Reps as a collective voice for ASTTBC in BC’s communities. Please watch for Broadcast Emails for events in your area and make plans to meet YOUR Community Rep.

Pay your ASTTBC Dues Online

The new Interac payment system is now fully implemented on the ASTTBC website. The URL is https://secure.asttbc.com/registration/dues/payment.php Using this method of secure payment saves your association the cost of credit card services.

Reinstatement Fees

Members and Registrants who are cancelled for non-payment of annual dues / renewal fees who wish to reinstate within two weeks of cancellation will be charged a fee of $75 plus HST to be reinstated. If reinstatement is requested after the initial two weeks following cancellation the regular reinstatement fee will apply.

Let’s Take the Technology Legacy Fund Over the Top!

Heading into the home stretch of our 500x50 ‘Ignite the Spark!’ campaign, the FEAT Technology Legacy Fund has topped $480,000.

With your help we will reach our goal of $500,000 by the end of this year. In fact, if only 500 members give just $50 each, we will take it over the top!

The Technology Legacy Fund provides bursaries for technology students and supports science and technology education and awareness in B.C.
Donors making a gift of $500 or greater will receive one complimentary registration for the ASTTBC 2012 Annual General Meeting. This event is a full day of professional development and networking, including the awards luncheon.

The ‘Over the Top’ donor whose gift, of any amount, takes the Technology Legacy Fund past its goal will receive one complimentary registration for the 2012 AGM.

It's easy and secure to donate online or simply mail your cheque (made out to FEAT) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St., Surrey BC V3R 0S4.

The Foundation for Education & Advancement in Technology (FEAT) is the charitable foundation of ASTTBC, so your gift is income tax creditable. And who knows? Your gift may be the ‘Over the Top’ gift!

YouTube

ASTTBC channel on YouTube currently features 28 short videos, generated 5,300 views and has numerous subscribers. Visit ASTT video channel on YouTube www.youtube.com/ASTTBC

Follow ASTTBC on Twitter

Twitter use is on the rise and ASTT’s twitter account currently has 47 subscribers e.g. APEGBC, ASET, BIG Little Science, PNWER, BC Liberal Caucus, BC Homes Magazine and ViaSat data Systems to name a few.
The twitter link is www.twitter.com/ASTTBC

Contact Information

Please remember to update your contact information if you have moved recently or you are planning to move soon. Send updates to techinfo@asttbc.org or call the ASTTBC office at 604-585-2788.

Technology Professionals Canada - National Study on Accreditation

ASTTBC is a founding member of a national alliance, Technology Professionals Canada (TPC), which was established in 2010 in cooperation with ASTTBC’s sister organizations in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. One of TPC’s strategic priorities is to work towards the harmonization of national standards for professional regulation and rights to practice, including certification, registration, accreditation and professional accountability. TPC will also advocate on behalf of its member associations. TPC aims to establish a world-class model for the accreditation of technology-related education programs helping to ensure worker mobility, both internationally and inter-provincially. In 2010 TPC contracted with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to undertake a full review of the current accreditation program, to research other models globally and to present a report. Regional forums were convened this spring with ASTTBC participating in the Vancouver session. CSA is expected to report this fall.

Forest Professionals and ASTTBC Meet

A recent meeting of the leaders of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and ASTTBC provided a great opportunity to get caught up and share notes on matters of common interest. A key topic was how to ensure new recruits into forestry and technology fields. It was agreed we should work together wherever possible to encourage youth to enroll in math, science and technology when in high school in order to have maximum flexibility when looking to career options. Some time was spent talking about Aboriginal youth and what we can do to encourage more young Aboriginal youth into these careers. The conversation moved to professional recognition and practice rights with ABCFP referencing the rights of the Registered Forest Technologist and ASTTBC talking about Qualified Professional status for AScTs, CTechs and our many Technical Specialists. ASTTBC’s proposed Professional Technologist and ASTTBC talks with APEGBC was noted as was various professional regulatory matters such as continuing professional development, mentoring, auditing and practice reviews. All in all a good conversation shared over a fine meal. Article and story is posted on the ASTTBC website.

ASTTBC sponsors BCIT Orientation Week

BCIT’s halls were buzzing with the sound of students and activity. ASTTBC’s Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Technology Careers was on campus at the BCIT Student Association’s orientation week festivities. A sponsor of the event, ASTTBC had the opportunity to participate as an exhibitor in the Great Hall to connect with both first year and returning students to explain the benefits of membership and to build brand awareness.

ASTTBC is Award Partner for MISTIC Innovation Awards and Tradeshow

ASTTBC is once again partnering with the Mid-Island Science, Technology & Innovation Council as it celebrates the achievements and contributions of the innovative businesses located within its region. Over 400 participants are expected at this gala event November 3 in Nanaimo. ASTTBC also is the sponsor of the Technology Leadership award presented at the event.

ASTTBC was a sponsor of the inaugural Award event in 2006, has been a major sponsor ever since and last year at the MISTIC 2010 Awards dinner, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MISTIC solidifying the working relationship between the two associations to promote technology, the application of technology and technology education and careers.

Saftey Superheroes Celebration

The 7th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety. November 16 at the Vancouver Convention Centre

These awards presented by the BC Safety Authority recognize those who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement and innovation in the promotion of safety in BC. Ticket sales close Nov. 4. More information is available on their website.

BC Safety Authority Enforcement Actions

The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) took 98 enforcement actions (95 compliance, 1 disciplinary, 2 monetary) against contractors, equipment owners and others doing work in BCSA regulated technologies during the first half of 2011. 57 compliance orders were issued in electrical technology, 35 in gas technology, 2 in elevating devices and 1 in amusement rides. Read more information and get the links to the BC Safety Authority’s website at the ASTTBC website.

BC Safety Authority’s annual BCSA Today newsletter

Now available, this year’s edition includes

ASTTBC Supports BCIT’s Math Dept.’s Building Better Math Project

BCIT Math Department is engaged in the Building Better Math Project building a data base of Applied Math Problems to support secondary school math teachers and students. In a letter of support for this project, John Leech, ASTTBC Executive Director, writes:

To ensure a steady supply of students well-prepared to enter any of the technology programs around BC, ASTTBC fully supports initiatives which help guarantee that those students have an adequate grounding in math and science, the foundational skills they will need in order to succeed in these college diploma programs and/or in programs which lead them to degrees in engineering and related fields.

Over the years, there have been many challenges to the retention of several elements of the math curriculum within accredited technology programs across Canada, with detractors suggesting that higher math be best left to engineering degree programs. This movement has been very strongly (and thus far successfully) resisted by CTAB and the consortium of Canadian technology associations, and we intend to stay the course. But, that policy will work only as long as the supply of students into engineering and applied science technology diploma and certificate programs is supported by our High Schools graduating students who have the needed education and skill sets, which must include math and science. We also believe it is much easier to keep students engaged with math when they can see applications in the real world and learn about interesting careers that await them.

Embracing Cultural Diversity in BC Workplace: ASTTBC Involved

ASTTBC supported the initiative and will be recognized as a supporter / contributor. This year’s project will:

Consultants Fishing Derby a Success

Camosun College team members Jacquie Burden, Kathy Tarnai-Lockhorst, Neil Porter, and Angus Shand headed out onto open water on August 20th in search of a big catch at the recent 6th Annual Consultants’ Fishing Derby held in Sooke. ASTTBC had the opportunity to become one of the event sponsors to help raise money and awareness for local fish hatcheries. A great success, the event has raised over $50,000 in the past 6 years - great job! Read more in a great article (by J. Burden) and photos from the event. For more event information, visit

Year of Science Successes

In a message regarding the end of The Year of Science has come to a close Dr. Moira Stilwell Parliamentary Secretary noted the following highlights:

Stilwell stated that the Year of Science “has been a tremendous success in strengthening British Columbia’s science and technology networks, and preparing British Columbia students for a prosperous future in our knowledge-based economy. Hundreds of thousands of students attended Year of Science events, discovering the importance of science in the world around us, and in today’s most exciting and rewarding careers.”
She thanked the many partners, of which ASTTBC was one, and asked that they continue their efforts “to ensure British Columbia’s future leaders have a new kind of literacy - in sciences, math and engineering - that a knowledge-based economy demands.”

BIG Little Science Centre - New Kamloops Location

The new BIG Little Science Centre is now open in the George Hilliard School at 985 Holt Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 5H1.
Thanks to all the hardworking and dedicated directors and other volunteers who recreated the centre in spacious new locale.

Vernon Brothers Win World RoboCup Junior Championship

The Schier brothers or “The Robo Bros” as the called themselves, age 11 and 13, from Vernon “stole the show” at the World RoboCup Junior championships this year in Istanbul, Turkey with their three foot tall dancing robot built from recycled and reused materials. This marks the first time that Canada has won the competition. They had previously won first place finishes for 3 years at the Western Canada RoboCup Junior Games at Okanagan College.

Ould-Khessai, an instructor in Electronic Engineering Technology at Okanagan College and the chair of Western Canada RoboCup Jr., is understandably proud of the boys’ accomplishments, adding that their win will draw more local attention to robotics which presents diverse career opportunities from special effects for movies to building robots who work in dangerous recovery efforts such at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. More information is available about the RoboCup challenge and about the Western Canada RoboCup Jr. and Electronic Engineering Technology.

MOSAIC (Empowering Immigrants and Refuges) Requests Your Help

MOSAIC has a program that trains clients in the Canadian work place culture and how to look for work. This program offers a 4 week (unpaid) practicum period at the end. MOSAIC is always looking for places where their clients can do their practicum. Clients usually look for regular office work / clerical and usually have already had experience in office work, but are rather new to Canada and need some Canadian work experience so they can be considered for other jobs. For more information contact Monica Navarro-Cespedes Job Developer for M.O.S.A.I.C. | Employment Programs. 1522 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. BC V5L mnavarro@mosaicbc,com

Investors Group: Tax Strategy Seminars for ASTTBC Business Owners and Employees

In collaboration with ASTTBC, Investors Group is offering a great series of seminars to help ASTTBC members, both business owners and employees, on tax savings strategies. Investors Group is offering the popular breakfast meetings in Victoria, Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver on various dates in September and October. There are still some sessions available. Further information is on the website


myTradesDirect.com Connects Canadian Homeowners with Contractors & Suppliers

The website myTradesDirect.com aims to help Canadian homeowners connect with local contractors and suppliers for all their home improvement needs.

Homeowners can view detailed information on Trades & Supplier businesses including photos, videos, maps and links to business websites. The website also includes a ‘discounts’ area that allows businesses to advertise special offers at minimum discounted rates of 25%. Another key feature of the website allows homeowners to post home renovation, home improvement, or home repair projects free of charge. Once the project is posted Trades professionals are instantly notified to reply.

The website is 100% free for consumers. Trades Contractors & Suppliers can list their business free of charge.

Thanks From:

Doug Bell, President Fire Prevention Officers’ Assn of BC wrote to Brian Stegavig, ASTTBC’s Manager Fire Protection Registrations:

We would like to thank you again for being a Platinum sponsor of our Vendor’s Forum as part of our Fire Prevention Officers’ of British Columbia’s Annual Seminar in May 2011. Hopefully you can join us next year in Sooke, BC during the first week of May.

Congratulations to:

Tom Kadia, AScT, recently appointed as Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Lumby. Tom was previously with the city of Prince George for 19 years and then 3 years in Cache Creek as the Chief Administrative Office. He wrote in an email to John Leech, Executive Director of ASTTBC:

In the interview process for the position in Lumby, the selection committee (the Council) was very excited that I am a member with ASTTBC and they agreed to pay association dues for me (they already pay the dues for my Superintendent) - great news for the association - as I have been with other employers who did not see the value of the membership with the association.

TechACTION:

The Homeowner Protection Office now has the following guide available at its online store: New Building Enclosure Design Guide Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement

ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC’s policy on Continuing Professional Development and utilize the web site designed to help members record CPD activities.

Power Smart Forum October 17-19

From October 17-19, over 1200 delegates are expected to attend the Power Smart Forum at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year’s theme, Resilience and Adaptation: Adjusting to a Changing Climate,is integrated into many of the 35+ sessions - check out the Program-at-a-Glance for more details. This year’s workshops are expected to reach capacity quickly and with registrations accepted on a first come first served basis, you are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.

If you are not able to attend in person you can still participate at the Forum through live webcasting for both the plenary and keynote sessions. Registration is required register for the live webcast sessions.

The highly popular Forum Tradeshow will take place on Tuesday, October 18. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about new technologies as well as network with peers.

Professional Development Opportunities

Please note that links to many worthwhile professional development opportunitis, seminars and coming events can be found on the ASTTBC website. Following is just a small sample. For links to these and many other activities, follow the links above: