On May 11, over 70 trades and technical students turned out for the Just Sayin’ Trades Entrepreneur Panel, an event hosted by BCIT Student Association Entrepreneurial Services and Career Services in partnership with the BCIT School of Construction and the Environment. The esteemed panel members are proud BCIT Alumni, business owners, and instructors. Each of the panelists captivated the students’ attention as they spoke about their personal experiences and shared invaluable advice on how one can save time, money, and energy when building a business.
“Learning more about entrepreneurship is so important for trades students because, along with traditional ‘hard skills,’ today’s tradespeople also need entrepreneurial, communication, and other ‘soft skills’,” says BCIT School of Construction and the Environment Business Development Manager Marita Luk. “Learning how to think and act like an entrepreneur is crucial to success in any career.”
Special thanks to our panelists:
- Joe Geluch, President, Naikoon Contracting Ltd.
- Chad Flinn, Instructor, BCIT Electrical and Apprentice to CEO – Entrepreneurial Skills for the Trades.
- Adam Wicks, Owner and Operator, Wicks Electric Inc.
- Corry Martin, Instructor, Plumbing and Owner & Chief Technician, CMP Plumbing.
Thanks also to Sara Kandathil, Entrepreneurial Services Manager, BCIT Student Association; Marita Luk, Business Development Manager, SoCE; and Craig Woods, Career Specialist, BCIT Student Association.