Nova Scotia and British Columbia Technology Associations Announce New Partnership

Investing in the tools needed to enhance the assessment of foreign credentials is the focus of important work currently underway between TechNova and the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). The beneficiaries of this new joint initiative are foreign trained technology professionals looking to immigrate to one of the two provinces.   This new collaboration will allow internationally trained technology professionals to have their credentials assessed at the pre-arrival stage and to apply for certification.   ASTTBC CEO John Leech and TechNova leadership met in Halifax to work through details of the new partnership on December 13, 2016.  "We were able build on our agreement and put in place the framework for roll out of the program," said Leech. "This collaboration will greatly aid our investment in software, web site, and other resources without duplication of effort. I am pleased with the outcomes so far."  According to TechNova Executive Director Joe Sims the new partnership will enable both associations to leverage each others capabilities, tools and resources to enhance foreign credential recognition.  "With growing numbers of technology professionals coming to Canada each year our ability to advance credential recognition and certification is critical to maintaining Canada's skills inventory" said Sims.

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Nova Scotia and British Columbia association leaders and NS government representation gathered in Halifax to frame the implementation plan building on a signed Memorandum of Agreement between the two provincial associations. Pictured are (L to R): Rick Tachuk, national support to TechNOVA; Joe Simms, Executive Director, TechNOVA; Sean Piercey, program manager, TechNOVA; ASTTBC CEO John Leech; TechNOVA President Mark Bamford; and Louis Lebel from TechNOVA who leads the NS initiative with the provincial government.