The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Council Update - December 2016

OACETT held its final Council meeting of 2016 on November 25 with the following highlights...

  • The VP of PASB reported that the Association was capping off the series of CPD informational webinars it launched in the spring with two Q&A-style sessions, featuring IETO’s project coordinator as panelist, that have attracted a large number of registrants. Members can access a recording of the CPD informational webinar on our website here.
  • The Systems Steering Committee, created to oversee the vendor selection process for OACETT’s new IT system, will conduct a fit-gap project with their preferred vendor, iMIS, to identify where customization is required to meet the RFP requirements and to provide OACETT with a final fixed bid project price. With these and other requisite deliverables from iMIS in hand, the committee will meet in February to determine if the fixed bid can be accepted. OAB and Council will be updated and their approval sought for the proposed course of action.
  • The Secretary-Treasurer reported that OACETT has seen healthy growth in membership in 2016: The Association has 25,213 active members; 314 more certified members than last year at this time; 1,008 college students have joined since January, an increase of 76 compared to the same time last year; and 709 Associate members have upgraded to certified membership, an increase of 309 members compared to last year at this time.
  • Under Council’s direction, OACETT has renewed its home and auto insurance savings program for members, signing a ten-year contract with The Personal. 
  • In corporate outreach developments, OACETT recently welcomed two new strategic partners: The Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) and Prodomax Automation Ltd.
  • The VP of IETO reported that OACETT recently hosted a 19-person delegation from Guangzhou Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau – arranged through the Sino-Canada Technology Exchange Centre based in Toronto and Beijing. The purpose of the visit was to establish an exchange about policy development and strategic direction of programs and services provided to new immigrants.
  • Council received a presentation on the results of a Discipline Study developed for Technology Professionals Canada to determine whether, in the opinion of technology professionals, students and academia, the technical disciplines currently in use are sufficient to meet the needs of stakeholders.  More importantly, the study identified some tantalizing new areas in which OACETT might consider certification to respond to individual needs and changes in the economy.
  • OACETT’s Director of Government Relations provided an update on the efforts of a working group of members and non-members who make their living measuring noise, odour and emissions from facilities. The group is lobbying against a Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) proposal to have only licence-holders be responsible for the review of a facility to ensure that the environment is not being harmed. The group has appealed directly to the Minister and Deputy Minister of MOECC, and met with senior ministry staff, to urge the ministry to consider the model that is in place in Saskatchewan that accommodates other qualified professionals, such as engineering technicians and technologists or environmental scientists. 
For background documents from the November Council meeting, visit OACETT’s website under News and Announcements.  As always, your comments, suggestions and concerns are appreciated.  Please contact me at president@oacett.org.

Wishing you the very best of the festive season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year,

Bob van den Berg, C.E.T.
President
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