Bosa Construction donates $4M to BCIT for development of new carpentry pavilion

BCIT recently recognized Bosa Construction’s gift of $4 million, one of the largest donations to the INSPIRE Campaign. The generous contribution, under the direction of Robert Bosa, will support construction of a new mass timber carpentry building. The Robert Bosa Carpentry Pavilion, named in honour of its donor’s legacy, will be part of the new … Read more

Inspiring the future: BCIT raises more than $100M to transform applied learning

BCIT President Kathy Kinloch and INSPIRE Campaign Chair David Podmore

Thanks to the visionary leadership of BCIT President Kathy Kinloch and INSPIRE Campaign Chair and Concert Properties Co-founder and Chair David Podmore, OBC, the largest campaign in the history of BCIT has now raised more than $100 million. The funds, which are part of a six-year $680-million infrastructure investment, will support campus redevelopment at the … Read more

Show some nerve: Indira Samarasekera encourages aspiring women leaders to lean into challenges with courage

Photo of Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera

It is easy to focus on all the successes in Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera’s career path. As the former President of the University of Alberta (one of only two women presidents of two of Canada’s largest universities), Vice-President Research at the University of British Columbia, and highly respected metallurgical engineer, she has been internationally lauded … Read more

A father’s pride: how a son’s tragedy inspired 35 years of generosity supporting BCIT Broadcast students

George Garrett interviewing son Ken

As George Garrett was driving home one evening in 1975, he heard a vaguely familiar voice on the radio. It was the debut of a mysterious new personality dubbed “Super Kid” on CJAT-AM, the Trail, BC radio station where George was a manager at the time. Just who was this Super Kid? To his surprise, … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association AGM and Cocktail Class: An exceptional year in review and a little fun

On June 1, the BCIT Alumni Association shook things up at the 2020/21 Online Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Cocktail Class. The event saw more than 80 attendees, including alumni from BC and several other provinces across Canada. Participants learned about the achievements of the past year and fit in a little fun led by … Read more

BCIT Electrical students can access a new bursary thanks to a $100K gift from former instructor

“Walt was the kind of guy who bled BCIT blue,” says Glenn Pellegrin, Program Head, Automation and Instrumentation, BCIT Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program. “He gave a lot to his program and the success of our graduates gave him a sense of accomplishment and pride.” Glenn is talking about Walter Miklas, who was an … Read more

Forging paths: $1M donation from Gene Haas Foundation paves the way for BCIT students through faculty like Indigenous Red Seal Machinist Chelsea Barron

Chelsea Barron in machine shop smiling

Chelsea Barron has an angel. Her name was Angelina. She hunted on horseback, and was a residential school survivor and fierce mother of nine children. Angelina was her grandmother and is a driving inspiration in Chelsea’s life. “My grandmother was barely 20 years old when she decided to leave the reservation,” Chelsea says, recalling stories … Read more

A family history of nursing and the future of health care: BC Children’s Hospital COO and INSPIRE Campaign champion Sarah Bell says embracing possibility is key

With three generations of nurses behind her, Sarah Bell, a BCIT Nursing alumna, seemed destined to work in the noble profession herself. “Nursing is in my blood,” says Sarah, Chief Operating Officer of BC Children’s Hospital. “I’m a fourth-generation nurse in my family. At the heart of nursing is caring about people and that’s what … Read more

Student Association commits $130,000 to BCIT Student Emergency Response Fund, helping students find brighter futures

When Jose L. came to Canada in May 2019 with his wife and two children, he sought to give his family a better future. It was an exciting new beginning. With the goal of providing for his family, Jose made advancing his education one of his first priorities. He chose BCIT. “I firmly believe that … Read more

BCIT Student Awards Celebration launches online: recognizing high-achieving students of 2020

Congratulations to the BCIT student award recipients of 2020. On November 4, BCIT launched the online Student Awards Celebration to recognize their achievements and to provide a unique experience that students can share with their family, friends, peers, and mentors. “On behalf of all our exceptional faculty and staff here at BCIT, I am very … Read more