Our People: Meet Captain Tuba Akar, Instructor, Nautical Sciences

Putting people at the core of everything we do is paramount at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. We are committed to ensuring our people — those who make BCIT distinct, are developing while feeling valued, supported, and connected.

BCIT is a people-first organization. We aim to celebrate our employees by sharing their stories through the Our People series. The series features BCIT’s extraordinary employees who share a strong sense of pride and ambition for the Institute and make up our diverse community.

Get to know Captain Tuba Akar; BSMTE, MM, Instructor, Nautical Sciences at BCIT Marine Campus.

How would you summarize the work that you do at the Institute in 15 words or less?

I train future mariners, imparting essential nautical skills and knowledge at BCIT’s Marine Campus.

What do you enjoy the most about working in post-secondary education? 

What I enjoy the most about working in post-secondary education, particularly in training future mariners, is the gratifying opportunity to shape the next generation of maritime professionals. As the first female master mariner instructor at BCIT, I take pride in breaking barriers and paving the way for more women to excel in this traditionally male-dominated field. I am dedicated to fostering an inclusive learning environment where female students feel empowered and supported. Witnessing the transformation of eager learners, especially women, into skilled and knowledgeable mariners is incredibly fulfilling. I find satisfaction in not only imparting technical skills but also instilling a deep sense of responsibility, teamwork, and a passion for the maritime industry.

Contributing to their academic and personal growth, and ultimately preparing them for successful careers at sea, is what makes my role truly rewarding. Moreover, being part of a dynamic educational environment that fosters curiosity, resilience, and a commitment to safety adds to the overall satisfaction of my work.

Learn about the Nautical Sciences program available at BCIT.

Share with us how what you are passionate about outside of work. Do you have any hobbies?

Captain Tuba on a dragon boat.
Captain Tuba dragon boating.

Outside of work, I’m passionate about dragon boat paddling and steering. I’ve participated in numerous dragon boat races, and I love how this sport is welcoming to people of all backgrounds. It’s not just a hobby; it’s a thrilling journey on the water that brings me joy and a strong sense of community.

Do you have a favourite spot or activity at the BCIT campuses that you enjoy spending your time at and why?

During my lunch breaks at the BCIT Marine Campus, I have a favorite ritual that brings me immense joy. I love strolling around the Marine Campus, taking in the breathtaking views and observing the passing vessels, as well as those anchored in the distance. It’s a moment of tranquility that allows me to reflect on the dynamic maritime industry and appreciate the intricate dance of ships against the backdrop of the campus.

This ritual not only offers a mental break but also serves as a reminder of the broader significance of the education we impart at BCIT. It’s a grounding experience, and the scenic beauty becomes a source of inspiration as I prepare to dive back into the responsibilities of guiding and shaping the next generation of mariners.

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