Mark McDonald recognized with the 2017 ASTTBC Professional Achievement Award

ASTTBC President, Trent Reid, CTech (left) presents Mark McDonald, retired Program Head at BCIT with the 2017 Professional Achievement Award.

Our congratulations go out to recently retired BCIT faculty member Mark McDonald. Mark was recognized November 18 with the 2017 Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) Professional Achievement Award. The award recognizes ASTTBC members who have distinguished themselves in their field of technology, or who have made a substantial contribution to the wellbeing of the community. The award was presented at the 2017 ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition, with 400 VIP attendees from government, industry, education and business from across the country.

Mark epitomizes the role of a technologist in modern society. Over his fourty-year career, he has committed to ensuring the safety of the public, engaged in lifelong learning, and contributed to the development of a new generation of technologists.

Mark recently retired from fourteen years as the Program Head of BCIT’s Chemical and Environmental Technology program. In addition to his teaching and program head duties, Mark also served as the coordinator for BClT’s Non-Destructive Testing Centre as well as serving on various BCIT committees, including the Research Ethics Board.

Prior to joining the faculty at BCIT, Mark held positions at BC Hydro Research and Development Division and the Department of National Defense – Metallurgy and Non-Destructive Testing Group.

“Mark McDonald graduated in 1977 from the BCIT Chemical Sciences program and returned to BCIT after 20 years to develop and champion the Chemical Science, Electrical, and Mechanical Technology programs,” said John Leech, ASTTBC CEO. “It is imperative that our experienced industry professionals join our academic institutions to share hands-on knowledge. We thank Mark for his efforts!”

Established in 1958, the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia is the voice of Technology Professionals in the province. ASTTBC is focused on achieving professional recognition for technologists, technicians and technical specialists. The Association’s mission is to serve the public by regulating and supporting Technology Professionals’ commitment to a safe, healthy and sustainable society and environment.

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