In photo, from left – Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Frank Rizzardo and Suki Sekhon, Faculty and Staff Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Amy Fell, BCIT President Kathy Kinloch, 2017 Honorary Doctorate of Technology recipients Diana Swain and the Honourable David Emerson, Outstanding Student Leadership Award recipient Nadia Dobrianskaia.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) held its premier annual event last night – the Distinguished Awards Dinner. It was an inspirational night that recognized past successes, as well as looked to a future of infinite possibilities.
Hosted by CBC’s Ian Hanomansing at the Vancouver Convention Centre, six outstanding individuals were recognized for distinguished achievement in their careers, as well as their contributions to their communities.
The evening’s honourees included two Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—Suki Sekhon and Frank Rizzardo. The Faculty and Staff Distinguished Alumni Award recipient was Amy Fell, and the Outstanding Student Leadership Award recipient was Nadia Dobrianskaia.
The 2017 Honorary Doctorate of Technology Awards were also announced, with CBC Host and Senior Reporter Diana Swain and the Honourable David Emerson taking centre stage. Those Doctorates will be officially awarded during BCIT’s June 2017 convocation ceremony.
President Kathy Kinloch shared powerful examples of the ways in which the institute is leading disruptive change through innovative partnerships, research, and collaboration.
“I envision all of BCIT as an integrated ‘village’ of education, industry, innovation and success,” said Kinloch. “Creating solutions, building partnerships, and inspiring entrepreneurial spirit. Together, this is how we address and embrace disruption for the benefit of BC, Canada, and the world.”
Each of the award recipients inspired the room with their track record and their optimism about the future.
We gratefully acknowledge our 2016 BCIT Distinguished Awards sponsors.