A lasting legacy: BCIT trades students can access new awards and bursaries, thanks to the Jordan McIldoon Memorial Endowment Fund

Scott Jacob, Al McIldoon, Angela McIldoon, Kathy Kinloch and Malcom Hunter stand next to memorial plaque for Jordan McIldoon

Jordan McIldoon won’t be able to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a heavy duty mechanic. But thanks to the incredible generosity of family, friends, colleagues, and industry, BCIT students like Jordan now have access to new awards and bursaries to help them on their path to a trades career. Turning a tragedy into … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association and Prospera Credit Union partner to offer much-needed financial help for trades students

In a new partnership launched this September, the BCIT Alumni Association and Prospera Credit Union are proud to offer eligible BCIT trades apprenticeship students financial support to bridge the gap between being accepted at BCIT and the start of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. “We are so pleased to partner with Prospera Credit Union on this … Read more

From natural health products to an inclusive community, BCIT alumnus Jamie Finley is a tireless advocate for a better world

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Take a look in your cupboards and you’ll probably find a number of natural health products. According to the Government of Canada website, 71 per cent of Canadians use natural health products. Those items can include everyday things like vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines, probiotics, and other products like amino acids … Read more

From nursing to earthquakes, recent BCIT grad Michelle Wan shows how cloud computing can help save lives

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Imagine you’re an emergency room nurse treating a woman with a life-threatening injury. You need crucial medical information about her quickly. So you say, “Alexa, show me this patient’s data,” and everything you need instantly appears on the screen in front of you. Sounds more like a sci-fi movie than real life, doesn’t it? While … Read more

From BCIT to the Big Apple: Alumna and marketing superstar Katie Klumper leads growth for some of the world’s biggest brands

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New York is a city of possibilities, a place where dreams can come true for anyone who dares to keep up with the pulse of the electric metropolis. And it suits marketing executive Katie Klumper, a BCIT alumna, perfectly. “I visited New York 15 years ago and as soon as I landed I knew I … Read more

BCIT alumnus and ETRO Principal Mike Maierle isn’t just building a successful construction business, he’s leading sustainability innovation

Blueprints. They are ubiquitous in the construction world. From design to build, those oversized rolls of blue-inked papers—often tucked under the arms of project managers or spread out over ad-hoc tables at construction sites—guide the development process. But by 2020, ETRO Construction Principal Mike Maierle says his company will no longer use the paper drawings, … Read more

The fight against cybercrime: BCIT alumnus tackles the world’s biggest cybersecurity threats through collaboration and trust

2019 Distinguished Award recipient Derek Manky in light blue shirt

As a nine year-old boy, Derek Manky loved to play soccer like many young boys do, but that changed when his father gave him an old IBM 286. “I didn’t know what to do with the thing,” recalls the BCIT alumnus, adding he was the only kid on the block with a computer at the … Read more

2019 BCIT Distinguished Awards: Celebrating these six outstanding leaders and change makers

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On October 22, 2019, BCIT hosted the 17th annual BCIT Distinguished Awards, celebrating the two recipients of our 2020 Honorary Doctorate of Technology and four recipients of our 2019 BCIT Distinguished Awards. See photos and video from the night here.  Our honorees embody the values of BCIT and, through their bold leadership and outstanding achievements, … Read more

Whether it’s in the construction industry or for alumni, BCIT Alumni Association’s newest VP Jennifer Patterson is creating positive change

It was lunchtime in the late ‘80s. Jennifer Patterson and her friends hurried from their high school to her house to watch a much-anticipated wedding episode of The Young and the Restless. Transfixed by the soap opera, her friends huddled on the floor in front of the TV. And Jennifer? She was off to the … Read more

From politics to planes: How this Airport Operations alumnus changed his flight path mid-career

In 2015, Kenneth Lieblich found himself suddenly unemployed. In his early 40s, he had established a decades-long career in public policy and government, including working in the House of Commons and assisting former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Colin Hansen. His income supported his wife and their four children (two of whom have special … Read more