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Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC - 1 Lay Councillor

Requisition #2344809
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamBusiness Operations
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions1
Posting Date07-Oct-2020
Expiry Date05-Nov-2020
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure

 

Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) registers and regulates professional technologists and technicians who operate in seventeen disciplines and ten special certifications in the broad field of applied science. While currently under the authority of the ASTT Act & Regulations, The ASTT Act will soon be repealed, and the ASTTBC will become a ‘regulatory body’ governed by the Professional Governance Act (PGA). The PGA, passed in November 2018, is coming into force by stages, with the transition from the ASTT Act to the PGA anticipated in Fall 2020. More information about the PGA can be found at www.professionalgovernancebc.ca.  

 

ASTTBC has nearly 10,000 registrants, including Applied Science Technologist (AScT), Professional Technologist (PTech), Certified Technician (CTech), Registered Technology Manager (RTMgr) and those working towards registration in BC. The main office is located in Surrey, BC and currently employs 16 full-time staff. For further information about ASTTBC, visit www.asttbc.org.

 

Strategic Direction

Under the PGA the ASTTBC will have a defined set of responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • serving and protecting the public interest by regulating and supporting Technology Professionals’ commitment to a safe, healthy and sustainable society and environment;
  • regulating the practice of Technology Professionals, governance of the professions and the conduct of registrants;
  • protecting reserved titles of Technology Professionals in the interest of the public;
  • governing registrant professionals according to the PGA, all relevant regulations and the ASTTBC’s bylaws;
  • establishing requirements for registration;
  • establishing and enforcing standards of practice, ethical, professional, and competency standards, as well as continuing education requirements for registrant professionals; and
  • conducting fair and transparent investigations and discipline procedures as necessary to protect the public’s interest. 

Vacant Position(s)

ASTTBC is seeking to fill one lay councillor position this fall and a second lay councillor position in spring of 2021. Applications to this Notice of Position may be considered for either vacancy.

 

Experience and Qualifications

While previous experience as a councillor is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a Council and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to Council decision-making and oversight.

 

Part of the ASTTBC’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new Council members and ongoing professional development for new registrants.

 

Diversity and Inclusion

People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.

 

To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.

 

Competencies/Attributes

The successful candidate must:

  • be a BC resident;
  • not be a registrant of the ASTTBC;
  • have no immediate family members in the profession;
  • be free of conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest.

 

Attributes, skills and interests sought in lay councillor candidates include:

  • broad interest in professional technologists and technicians who operate in seventeen disciplines and ten special certifications in the broad field of applied science and the management of BC’s Technology Professionals;
  • time to devote to Council and committee business (approx. 12-15 days annually);
  • ability to absorb and grasp substantial volumes of information;
  • experience in non-profit association governance;
  • experience in professional regulation and related administrative law;
  • willingness to travel within BC;
  • a record of community service;
  • no need for financial compensation beyond out-of-pocket expense recovery;
  • ability to communicate via electronic means (phone, fax and e-mail). 

Time Commitment

Normally, the Council meets 5 times per year:

  • Five meetings are normally in person, including video/phone conference for those who cannot attend in person.
  • The final Council meeting is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting and conference, which usually takes two days and is held in June.
  • Meetings are normally held in locations that are readily travelled to, and which have cell and Wi-Fi coverage to allow members to stay in contact with their employers and family as necessary.
  • The ASTTBC sets the detailed meeting schedule for the upcoming year each September to enable Council members to plan for the year. 

Term

Lay councillor terms under the PGA are for three years, with no more than 6 consecutive years for successive terms. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may set a term for an individual lay councillor that is shorter than three years. CABRO policy of appointing lay councillors for 1 year followed by 2 year and 3 year renewals for a maximum of 6 years is to be followed subject to satisfactory performance and continued interest of the lay councillor.

 

Compensation

All councilors are volunteers. Out-of-pocket travel expenses related to Council business are reimbursed but no honorarium is paid.

 

Governance Structure

Under the ASTT Act, a 12-person Council, including four lay councillors, governs the association. The Council executive consists of a president, past president and vice-president, and the remainder of Council is typically made up of five registrant at large councillors and four government-appointed lay councillors.

 

Under the PGA, the governance structure of Council will transition to 7 registrant councillors, including the president and vice president and 4 lay councillors who are not registrants of the ASTTBC.

 

There are five ASTTBC staff members who also contribute to Council, including the Chief Executive Officer, Registrar, Director of Professional Practice and Business Development, Manager of Finance and Administrative Coordinator.

 

Under the PGA, 5 statutory committees are required to support the work of the Council and staff.  These include the nominating committee, the credentials committee, audit and practice review committee, investigation committee and discipline committee. Councillors must not serve on committees.

 

Council Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role

The Council’s role is to oversee the management and affairs of ASTTBC and to take reasonable steps to ensure that the organization achieves its legislated mandate as defined in the ASTT Act, and the Professional Governance Act. The Council delegates responsibility for the day-to-day operations to the CEO and Registrar.

 

The Council’s role is that of:

  • Leader:                 set the strategic direction, and empowering senior management to implement Council direction; 
  • Overseer:            evaluate performance measures and hold senior management accountable; 
  • Steward:              provide stewardship for the effective delivery of the ASTTBC’s mandate; and; 
  • Reporter:            report to government, interested parties, public, and others. 

Responsibilities

Council responsibilities fall into the following general categories:

 

  • Managing Council Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the Council. This includes: monitoring and improving the quality of the Council and ensuring appropriate committees are in place; ensuring appropriate Council orientation and ongoing professional development; articulating roles and responsibilities for the Council, committees, and individual Council directors; defining Council process and guidelines; and evaluating the Council, committees, directors and chair. 
  • ASTTBC’s Mandate: Fully understand the ASTTBC’s mandate set by government, review, and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.
  • Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development, review and approval of the ASTTBC’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with their mandate as set by government.
  • Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the Chief Executive Officer; oversee management succession and development.
  • Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems to ensure appropriate risk management systems, code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are set in place.
  • Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; accountable to government and the public through an annual report to the Superintendent.
  • Communications: Oversee ASTTBC’s communications policy. 

 

Accountabilities

In carrying out its work, the Council currently operates within the policy mandate of the ASTT Act & Regulations, but will transition to the Professional Governance Act in fall of 2020.

 

ASTTBC’s bylaws together with the governing statute and regulations are what direct Technology Professionals in BC.

 

The Code of Ethics contains a set of defined principles and rules of conduct. All registrants are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics as a condition of registration.

 

The Standards of Professional Practice deal with professional practice expectations related to competence, independence, integrity, due diligence and stewardship. The standards augment the ASTT Act and the Code of Ethics in further defining the conduct and practice expected of Technology Professionals.

 

These Bylaws may undergo revisions in the transition to the PGA. The Council conducts itself according to a Council governance policy.

 

Council Composition

The individuals who make up the Council should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management of the ASTTBC; and
  • account for the performance of the ASTTBC.
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Personal Attributes

All councillors should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the registrant’s responsibility to ASTTBC;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • may include personal attributes relevant to organization; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about ASTTBC.

 

Competencies

Collectively, the Council should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of ASTTBC including:
    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • internal control and accounting,
    • technology,
    • communications,
    • public sector administration,
    • human resources,
    • labour relations, and
    • risk management.
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the ASTTBC and its sectors; and
  • knowledge of the community served by ASTTBC.

 

List of Current Councillors and Senior Executives

Name

First

Appointed

Term Ends

Position

Appointed:

James Coble

2014

June 2022

Lay Councillor

Rob Campbell (to be vacated)

2015

June 2021

Lay Councillor

Roslyn Kunin

2018

June 2021

Lay Councillor

Vacant

 

 

 

 

Elected:

Sarah Campden

June 2019

June 2021

President

David Sparanese

June 2019

June 2021

Vice President

Ken Zeleschuk

June 2020

June 2022

Treasurer/Secretary

Trent Reid

June 2019

June 2021

Past President

Kristy Bobbie

June 2020

June 2022

Registrant Councillor

Mike Battistel

June 2020

June 2022

Registrant Councillor

Randy Meszaros

May 2018

June 2021

Registrant Councillor

Brian Davies

 

May 2018

June 2021

Registrant Councillor

Senior Executives:

Theresa McCurry

Chief Executive Officer

Charles Joyner

Registrar

Jason Jung

Director, Professional Practice and Business Development

Karen Taylor

Director, Operations

Evan Triste

Manager, Finance

 

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply” button at the top of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Directory of Agencies website. For information on the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO) refer to CABRO website.

 

 

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at abc@gov.bc.ca or by telephone at 604 660-0465.