BCIT Alumni Association celebrates 40 years in 2019

In 1979, 15 years after BCIT first opened its doors, the BCIT Alumni Association (BCITAA) was founded to serve its 12,000 members. Today, there are more than 180,000 BCIT alumni worldwide making significant contributions in applied and natural sciences, business, computing and Information technology, trades, engineering, and health sciences. “We are excited to celebrate BCIT … Read more

Working in Asia: Find out why this Hong Kong-based alumnus says BCIT grads are uniquely primed for opportunities in the region

“The opportunities in Hong Kong are vast,” says Darren Plested, BCIT engineering technology alumnus. “The economic river flows fast and heavy, so it’s not that hard to dip your cup in the water.” Darren should know. As the head of Business Development and Innovation at automaker Infiniti (a division of Nissan), he manages the Global … Read more

Wesgroup Equipment donates $50,000 to BCIT and spurs more support for women in trades

On this International Women’s Day, BCIT Foundation is excited to announce Wesgroup Equipment has recently made a $50,000 donation in support of BCIT students and programs, spurring even more support for women in trades. Their generous gift (which will go toward bursaries and scholarships for students in programs including Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation, and Professional … Read more

Who do Canadians trust most, and why should we care? Top executives, BCIT alumni explore The Battle for Truth at March 6 event

Who do you trust to lead change? If you answered ‘my employer’, you’re in line with the 79 per cent of Canadians who say CEOs should take the lead on change, rather than waiting for government to impose it. According to the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer survey results, people agree that CEOs can create positive … Read more

Glenna Urbshadt: How this beloved BCIT educator is giving back beyond the classroom and how you can help

A bag of groceries is an ordinary thing. To a young woman in Glenna Urbshadt’s BCIT Professional Sales class, it was an extraordinary act of kindness and faith that helped feed her career success. “I had a student who was having a very difficult time,” recalls Glenna, a former instructor and program head for BCIT’s … Read more

A Valentine’s Day-inspired love story: Why this BCIT alumnus and student tied the knot on Burnaby Campus

After Jurie helped Lili with a flat tire, she invited him to dinner. Sparks flew, igniting a powerful romance whose wedding could only be held at BCIT’s Burnaby Campus. “We thought it would be a unique and an amazing experience to have our wedding at a location that means something wonderful to both Lili and … Read more

Every day can be Valentine’s Day: This BCIT couple share their romance advice

If you saw Irina Saczuk at her convocation, you probably witnessed the big hug and kiss husband Eric gave her as she crossed the stage. It was June 2017, and Irina had just graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, officially becoming a BCIT alumna. Eric, a member of the platform party, could … Read more

Change brings opportunity: How this real estate developer and BCIT grad builds better communities for Metro Vancouver

As a teen helping out at his father’s construction company over the summer, BCIT alumnus Daniel Boffo was given a variety of tasks. One of the tasks he enjoyed the least ended up giving him something that would underpin his career in the years to come. “My dad would tell me to go and stack … Read more

NAPA Auto Parts Canada and Traction Heavy Duty Parts donates $115,000 to BCIT

Thanks to a generous $115,000 gift from NAPA Auto Parts and Traction Heavy Duty Parts, BCIT students will be able to train with state-of-the-art tools, ensuring they are job ready upon graduation. “This gift is a wonderful example of how an investment from industry can help shape BC’s future through our students,” says Jackie Jacob, … Read more

Fossil fuels to renewable energy: How this BCIT grad readies organizations for an electrifying future

Mischa Steiner

Can you imagine a day when households will be able to generate and store their own electricity—and even trade it with their neighbours? BCIT Electronics alumnus Mischa Steiner can. “We’ll be able to create these dynamic micro grids,” enthuses Mischa about the future. “We won’t need as much large-scale generation as we did in the … Read more