March 2012

Federal Budget 2012 Increases Support for College-Industry Innovation

A significant portion of the $500 million in new funding for the Canada Foundation for Innovation as part of the 2012 Budget will go to support The College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF). The CIIF seeks to enhance the capacity of colleges to support business innovation in Canada by providing them with state-of-the-art, industry-relevant research infrastructure to foster partnerships with the private sector in a specific area of strategic priority to the institution.  The CIIF will provide colleges with funds to acquire significant research infrastructure that will enable partnerships with the private sector to support business innovation. 

The new CIIF funding will boost the ability of colleges to advance their applied research and technology development capacity in any field of the natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and health sciences, in order to help them expand existing partnership opportunities and attract additional private sector partners. These investments will allow colleges to strengthen their participation in college-industry clusters in which they already play a pivotal role. And ultimately, the business innovation that results from these partnerships will lead to socio-economic benefits both regionally and nationally.  For more information visit:



AETTNL Executive Director Retires

Austin Sheppard's photo

On March 29th friends and colleagues gathered in St. John’s, NL, to celebrate the retirement of Mr. Austin Sheppard, PTech, AETTNL’s Executive Director and former Registrar.  For the past three decades, Mr. Sheppard has demonstrated leadership, vision and commitment to the profession first serving as an AETTNL council member, then as Vice-President and finally as President.  Added to this, Mr. Sheppard also served as a CCTT National Director.

During the span of his career Mr. Sheppard’s efforts have been acknowledged with three AETTNL President’s Awards, an Honorary Lifetime Membership in AETTNL, Honorary Membership in SASTT and the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award by CCTT.   This impressive record of accomplishment serves as a testament to his significant contributions to the profession and the respect he has earned from colleagues and friends.   The CCTT family would like to officially thank Austin for his dedication, professionalism and the contributions he has made over a remarkable career.  Thank you!  You will be missed Austin!



CTAB Member Appointed to International Review Panel

The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) is pleased to announce that Cathy Cardy, BSc, cCT, MCIC, has been appointed to an International Panel for the review of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  The review will be held in August and conducted under the Sydney & Dublin Accords. Congratulations Cathy!



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CCWESTT Halifax Conference Scheduled for May 3-5, 2012

CCWESTT (the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology) will host its 14th biannual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from May 3-5, 2012 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.  CCWESTT comprises a network of member organizations from coast to coast to coast in Canada who promote the full participation and advancement of Canadian women in science, engineering, trades and technology (SETT).  For more information on CCWESTT and the Halifax Conference visit:



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You can now keep up with Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologies (CCTT) on Twitter. There are four Twitter accounts that you can follow us at:

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Share Your Innovations

Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications?  Want to tell the world, or at least the Canadian technology community, about it?  Let us know.  We’ll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments. Send 200 words or less to: