“Business is about people”: How WestJet Chairman Clive Beddoe’s belief in integrity and empowering employees helped WestJet take off

Clive Beddoe

“Business is about people. It’s about relationships. It’s about trust.” So says Clive Beddoe, founding shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors for WestJet airlines. The former realtor and director of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) brought this respect for people—and a belief in letting employees participate in the success of an enterprise—to … Read more

In her roots:  Vancouver Chinatown Foundation Chair and Linacare Cosmetherapy CEO Carol Lee on community building and education

Carol Anne Lee

In its heyday, Vancouver’s Chinatown was a vibrant, bustling neighbourhood. On Saturday and Sunday, merchants lined every sidewalk competitively hawking everything from the freshest produce to sweet-charred BBQ meats. For many Chinese immigrant families back then, Chinatown was a community built on reconnecting friends and family and a way to return to your roots. “Roots … Read more

Process before product: How one BCIT researcher’s work is enabling ethical, innovative product development globally

From baby calmers created for BC Women and Children’s Hospital to an electronic starting system for the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club, the news-making products developed by BCIT Applied Research team MAKE+ are often just that: products. But there’s a second—equally important—part of the research team’s focus that often goes without fanfare. Finding collaborative and innovative solutions … Read more

Jennifer Figner named Associate Vice President, Implementation and Integration

Jennifer Figner

BCIT is pleased to announce that Jennifer Figner has been appointed Associate Vice President, Implementation and Integration. Jennifer joined BCIT in 2005 after more than a decade working in the public accounting sector in both financial and human resource management roles. She holds a BCom from the University of British Columbia and is a designated … Read more

Lisa Chu appointed Dean, School of Health Sciences

BCIT is pleased to announce that Lisa Chu has been appointed Dean, School of Health Sciences. Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience in academic and healthcare leadership, including a decade with the Fraser Health Authority in various roles including Director, Clinical Programs, Older Adult Programs and Director, Site Operations, Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery … Read more

Dr. Dean Hildebrand named Dean, School of Computing and Academic Studies

BCIT is pleased to announce that Dr. Dean Hildebrand has been appointed Dean, School of Computing and Academic Studies. Dr. Hildebrand received his BSc (1990) and PhD (1996) from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has worked in academia since 1997, joining BCIT in 2000 as a faculty member … Read more

Curbing campus carbon: How our new energy management team is tackling greenhouse gas emissions at BCIT

BCIT’s newly formed energy management team has bold plans to reduce the Institute’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by one third over the next four years. With a strong history of projects to build on—from producing the 2017 Carbon Neutral Action Report to introducing Demand-Side Management— a new team of four now sits within Facilities Services. … Read more

2018 BCIT Distinguished Awards photo and video highlights

Over 700 guests attended the sixteenth annual BCIT Distinguished Awards held October 22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Celebrating the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s 2019 Honorary Doctorate of Technology recipients and four exceptional BCIT alumni, the event highlighted the accomplishments of these remarkably driven individuals and told a compelling story about who we are, what … Read more

From waitress to CEO: How early career experiences shaped one of Canada’s most-recognized leaders

Elyse Allan

Curiosity. Adaptability. An interest in effecting change. These traits—along with a childhood spent contributing to the family business and participating in dinner-table debates—set the tone for Elyse Allan’s future career path. The former President and CEO for GE Canada—and passionate advocate for Canada’s competitiveness—grew up outside of New York City spending summertimes in a town … Read more