OACETT News
OACETT welcomes new CEO
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) is pleased to introduce its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Cheryl Farrow. Cheryl joined OACETT on September 8, 2020, bringing more than 20 years of experience in not-for-profit management, including governance, transformation, amalgamation, and credentialing.
OACETT's new CRM and member portal about to go live
OACETT’s digital transformation of its new customer relationship management (CRM) system and member portal is almost complete and is going live soon. This new system will further improve our service to members. During the transformation, members will notice some changes in how they interact with the OACETT website with many more self-serve options.

What can you do on the new member portal? 
• Apply for membership
• Renew your membership
• Complete your mandatory professional declarations – new requirement at time of renewal
• Update your profile information including academic and work experience information
• Access a printable copy of your membership card. Physical cards will no longer be produced.
• Follow the progress of your certification to C.Tech. and C.E.T.
• Apply for membership upgrades
• Apply for road construction designations
• Upload application and certification documents
• Register for the PPE/IEPPE and seminars
• Submit your Technology Proposal and Report
• Track your CPD and upload supporting documents
• Register for technical exams
• Make a donation to The Fletcher Foundation
• Access copies of your current dues invoice, payment and donation receipts
• Purchase a technology ring, membership stamp or certificate frame
• Setup pre-authorized payments for membership dues
• Review chapter announcements
• Review and sign up for chapter events
• Chapter details

As OACETT transitions to its new CRM system and member portal, members may experience a delay in accessing some online member services and slower processing times for payments.
OACETT updates privacy policy
OACETT has updated its privacy policy, which took effective November 1, 2020. The revised privacy policy details how OACETT members' personal data is used, shared, stored and the choices and control members have over that information. The privacy policy was revised to update our current practices as a result of implementing a new customer relationship management software and member portal. The new privacy policy applies to all websites that OACETT manages, including the Canadian Technical Employment Network and The Fletcher Foundation. If you have any questions about these updates, email us at privacy@oacett.org or visit OACETT's website for details.
Colleges
Loyalist College alumni looks to unlock the secrets of the human mind
Loyalist College Alumni Jamu Alford is exploring the frontiers of science and conducting cutting-edge research in biotechnology with California-based company Kernel.
Albertan engineering tech students design near unbreakable lacrosse stick
So, how do you make an almost unbreakable lacrosse stick? A trio of former engineering design and drafting technology students at Alberta’s Lethbridge College can fill you in on that.
College reports record enrolment growth in mining programs
Northern College is experiencing record enrolment growth in its renowned mining programs for the current year. Despite the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, enrolment in mining programs has grown by 50 per cent compared to this same time just one year ago in 2019.
College and QuantWave Technologies collaborate to develop intelligent wastewater sensing solution to predict COVID-19 outbreaks
Researchers from Fleming College and QuantWave Technologies Inc. are working together to investigate the capability of QuantWave's intelligent sensing system to provide an early warning of COVID-19 outbreaks when monitoring wastewater.
Engineering Technology
Hamilton Health Sciences earmarked for up to $1.5 billion from Infrastructure Ontario
Hamilton’s Juravinski Hospital and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) in Grimsby are figured in for up to $1.5 billion in hospital rebuilds by Infrastructure Ontario (IO).
Forged inspection documents shine light on Ontario's troubled building department practices
An Ontario engineer is raising the alarm after his credentials were forged, he says, on documents for construction projects across southern Ontario. 
Sustainability/Renewable Energy
Flex MSE vegetated wall system offers up green wall solution
Unique vegetated wall system is proving to be more than just esthetics. The Flex MSE Vegetated Wall System is being used by developers, contractors, engineers, architects, governments and homeowners as an alternative to concrete and other wall systems for a variety of projects including slope stabilization, erosion control, retention, detention and waterway installations, said Mike Callewaert, CEO and president of Trexiana, the manufacturer of Flex MSE.