BCIT SMART team receives national award for innovation

BCIT Smart Microgrid Research Team (SMART) received the Electricity Human Resources Canada Award for Innovation in Human Resources Practices.

The Electricity Human Resources Canada’s (EHRC) annual Awards of Excellence recognizes and highlights the outstanding achievements of those at the forefront of industry HR best practices and leadership.

Bruce Harris, EHRC Board Member, presented the award virtually to the BCIT SMART team, on Thursday, April 28, 2022

Bruce Harris, EHRC Board Member, presented the award to the BCIT SMART team, on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at an in-person and virtual award ceremony in Toronto.

In an era of global climate change, there is a growing demand for sustainability and carbon neutrality to be at the forefront of business strategies, innovation, and industry.  The new Master of Engineering in Smart Grid Systems and Technologies leverages BCIT’s decade-long research results, domain expertise, world-class infrastructure, seasoned faculty, and strategic partnerships with industry.  Learners have access to advanced infrastructure and systems, such as Canada’s very first utility-grade smart microgrid constructed by BCIT in collaboration with major utility companies across the country.

Dr. Hassan Farhangi, Director, SMART Microgrid Research team accepting the award virtually

“I would like to congratulate my team at BCIT along with the BCIT School of Energy and our industry partners,” says Dr. Hassan Farhangi, Director, SMART Microgrid Research team. “This award acknowledges BCIT as a pioneer of smart grid systems and technologies, as well as  shaping the future of energy.”



For more than a decade, BCIT Smart Microgrid Applied Research Tem (SMART) converges expertise in the information technology, communications engineering, and energy management fields to develop prototypes and solutions for complex applied research programs. SMART helps stimulate BCʼs economy through collaborative projects with other academic institutions, industry, and the government.


Electricity Human Resources Canada is a non-profit organization supporting the human resources needs of the Canadian electricity and renewable energy sectors.

Feature photo Credit: (l-r) Minoo Shariat-Zadeh, Lorri Flynn, Clay Howey, Kelly Carmichael, Eric Hawthorne, Hassan Farhangi, Allen Stewart, Moein Manbachi, Janet So, Joey Dabell

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