INNOVATION January-February 2014

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Ben Ainsworth, P.Eng., and Garrett Ainsworth, P.Geo., of Alpha Minerals Inc. will receive the Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral explo- ration. The father and son team are being recognized for their efforts that led to the discovery of a high- grade uranium mineralized system at the Patterson Lake South project in Saskatchewan. Harvey McLeod, P.Eng./P.Geo., of Klohn Crippen Berger is recognized with the Robert R. Hedley

Award for excellence in social and environmental responsibility for his leadership in the evolution and development of mine waste management practices as well as in integrating socio-environmental responsibility with the engineered aspects of tailings and waste rock. Recipients received their awards at the Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014 Awards Dinner on Janu- ary 29, 2014, at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

APEGBC has partnered with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC APEGBC Makes Self-assessment Tool Available for Internationally Trained Professionals

(ASTTBC) and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training to develop an online self-assessment tool to assist internationally trained professionals entering the engineering and technology fields in BC to understand where they may fit into the job market. This tool was designed to be easy-to-use and to help individuals to determine if their qualifications are more appropriate to either register as an applied science technologist/ technician with certification through ASTTBC or as a registered professional engineer with APEGBC. After the need to increase support for internationally trained professionals who want to better understand and meet the requirements of the Canadian workplace and integrate into the BC job market was expressed, APEGBC and ASTTBC created this tool. It will also help to more clearly define the roles and qualifications of engineers, technologists, and technicians in Canada, and ensure that internationally trained professionals arrive prepared to embark on the path to certification and registration with the regulatory body that best fits their experience and qualifications. Canadian-trained prospective applicants to APEGBC and ASTTBC may also find the tool useful in evaluating their qualifications and determining what to expect when their application is reviewed. The self-assessment tool asks a series of questions about an applicant’s educational background and work experience and then provides information about how these specific qualifications are likely to be assessed by APEGBC or ASTTBC. The self-assessment tool is available online now at


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