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

A bucket, a crank and a brush: How this BCIT grad made protecting the world’s waters his life’s work

In the 1980s, Nigel Bennett worked for his father’s consulting company taking photographs from airplanes and scuba diving in coastal waters. He was an environmental mapper, documenting how coastlines around the world were affected by oil spills. One day, before flying over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, a pilot asked him if he thought his … Read more

Exposing human trafficking in Canada: How this BCIT alumna is mobilizing the healthcare sector to help victims

Several years ago, Tara Wilkie, a BCIT Nursing alumna, travelled to northern Thailand to help establish a medical clinic for tribal children who were victims of sex trafficking. The number of victims and children at risk shocked her. “I remember feeling an extreme sense of relief when I landed [back in Canada],” says Tara, a … Read more

Engineering a leader: How a hardworking BCIT grad turned adversity into achievement

As a young boy, Moshtagh Mohammadi struggled in school. He had trouble making friends and had difficulty in class. He wasn’t a star student. This year, BCIT is proud to present Moshtagh, a recent Civil Engineering diploma grad, with the 2018 Distinguished Outstanding Student Leadership Award. The beginning In 2002, the Moshtagh, his brother and … Read more

BCIT Nursing grad Britt McConeghy left a 12-year career for her true calling

“I quit my job, moved to Vancouver and gave it everything I had,” says Britt McConeghy about enrolling in BCIT’s full-time Nursing program in 2014. At the time, she was in her 30s, she already had an undergraduate degree and she was working in a career she’d spent more than a decade building. Still, this … Read more

From a Commodore 64 to 3D scanners, BCIT Computing grad Thomas Tong has a passion for tech

“My mom’s aspiration for me was to be a waiter,” recalls Thomas Tong, a BCIT Computer Systems Technology alumnus. “Because if you were a waiter, that meant you spoke English well and were presentable enough to be at the front of the house instead of the back, where my mom worked all her life. She … Read more

Fermenting excitement and soybeans: BCIT grads launch tempeh-based business

When BCIT alumna Ariela Badenas first tried tempeh (a fermented soy-based meat alternative), she hated it. “He brought a sample of pasteurized tempeh for us to try in class,” says Ariela of her former BCIT Food Technology classmate, Andrew Chen. “He was trying to convince the rest of our team to make tempeh for our … Read more

Remembering BCIT Heavy Duty Mechanic student Jordan McIldoon

At 23 years old, Jordan McIldoon, born and raised in Maple Ridge, had found his groove. He was building a career in trades, following his dad in heavy duty mechanics. In his last year of the BCIT Heavy Duty Mechanic program, Jordan was working as an apprentice for Jacob Bros Construction. When he wasn’t working, … Read more

BCIT Foundation celebrates high-achieving students in 345 ways

Ask BCIT graduates what they think of their time at BCIT and many will tell you they worked hard just to survive. So, when we find graduating students who didn’t just survive but thrived in their areas of study, we take note and we celebrate. This past June, BCIT Foundation, along with our generous donors, … Read more

Recent grad Mariana Simões left postcard-perfect Brazilian beaches for a BCIT education and fresh start

11,219 kilometres, two proud parents, and one high-achieving BCIT grad. That’s the trifecta that made June 21, 2018 a very special day for the Simões family. It was Mariana Simões’ graduation day from BCIT’s Business Management diploma program, and her parents had travelled from Rio de Janeiro to see their daughter officially become a BCIT … Read more