BCIT Instructor Jonathan Smyth awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

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Congratulations to Jonathan Smyth, BCIT Instructor for Forest and Natural Areas Management, for being awarded the prestigious Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Jonathan is recognized for his decades-long exceptional volunteer achievements with Scouts Canada, the BCIT Forest Society, and the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society, where he supports youth environmental education. Jonathan was one of … Read more

Why high school grads might want to choose a career in the trades

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Caleb Showers-Cornell may not have been an obvious candidate for a career in the trades — at his high school in East Vancouver, he was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program. It’s advanced placement, typically for students with academic ambitions. “It’s all geared toward getting you ready for university — exposing you to the stresses of … Read more

Traveling with Margaret Atwood to support literacy and wildlife

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(Above, photo credit: Michelle Valberg) As a biologist, world traveler, wildlife photographer, and an instructor for the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation (FWR) program at BCIT, Danny Catt has spent more than three decades working in eco-tourism and adventure travel. Through his role as a naturalist and photographer, he has had the honour of knowing Margaret … Read more

How to honour World Rivers Day, some thoughts from Mark Angelo

Occurring on the last Sunday of September, World Rivers Day is a global event celebrating rivers in Canada and around the world. To mark the occasion, Mark Angelo, Founder of World Rivers Day, Chair Emeritus for the BCIT Rivers Institute, and longtime BCIT instructor, shared his wisdom in honouring this special day. As a devoted conservationist, … Read more

11 in-demand trades jobs in British Columbia

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Remember back in the day when a fender bender required only basic fixes? Now a simple rear-ender might break your backup cam, which is connected to your head unit display, while also doing a number on your automated steering assist. That means diagnostics and repairs aren’t just mechanical, but digital. And today’s tradespeople need a … Read more

How can climate change impact Canadian concrete infrastructure?

According to an engineer and researcher at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), global climate change is expected to lead to the increased deterioration of concrete infrastructure in Canada in the future. Sudip Talukdar, civil engineering program coordinator in BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment, did computer simulations of the effect of climate … Read more

BC engineer leads Canadian team in post-Nepal earthquake rebuild

In April 2015, Nepal was struck by a major earthquake of 7.8 (out of 10) magnitude. The damage to people and property was, in the true sense of the term, awesome. At least 9,000 Nepalese were killed, over 22,000 injured and thousands more left homeless. More than 2,500 public buildings and over 500,000 private dwellings … Read more

Meet four entrepreneurs who are working to bring BC to the global stage

From protecting the world’s most precious resource of water to reinventing the future of sustainable energy, our 185,000 BCIT alumni are making globally relevant connections in all sectors of the workforce. They are adding fresh perspectives and are reinventing how we work with industry and peers to drive economic, social, and environmental prosperity in BC … Read more

Tami Pierce joins BCIT as Associate Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships

BCIT is pleased to announce the appointment of Tami Pierce as Associate Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships. Tami joins BCIT with more than 25 years of experience advancing Indigenous education. She holds a Bachelor of General Studies and a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University. A proud Indigenous (Tsimshian) and Japanese woman, Tami … Read more