Pivoting in a pandemic: Two BCIT engineering alumni help businesses optimize using smart technology

During a pandemic, it’s not business as usual. Grocery stores have expanded to digital ordering. Restaurants have shifted to curbside pick-up. Breweries and distilleries are making hand sanitizer. And now, with help from innovation experts like BCIT alumni Steve Thompson and Kam Dhillon, businesses are optimizing their production processes and fulfillment operations with technology including … Read more

BCIT alumna and restoration officer Mae Whyte says Indigenous knowledge is key to successful ecological restoration

Rolling green valleys, rivers teeming with rainbow trout, and roaming moose characterize this northeastern Canadian jewel—the Peace River Region. It has been home and life to generations of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. It is also where BCIT alumna Mae Whyte puts her passion for both environmental conservation and community building into meaningful action. “I … Read more

From structures to communities, this Indigenous BCIT ironworking alum looks to a brighter future

BCIT Indigenous alumnus Brandon Darbyshire-Joseph stands at a job site with two co-workers

“I’d like to see our people get an opportunity to live a better life, to be able to take care of their families,” says Brandon Darbyshire-Joseph, an Indigenous BCIT Ironworking alumnus. “I’m a big believer that every generation can do better.” Brandon’s passion for creating positive change was forged from a family history pitted with … Read more

Caring community of donors gives generously to support BCIT students in urgent financial need

student writing notes at table

When BCIT students found themselves in sudden and urgent financial need due to the pandemic, our community of donors answered the call. “Several hundreds of BCIT students reached out to us with heart-wrenching letters,” says Paul McCullough, Vice President, BCIT Advancement. “BCIT responded quickly by establishing the COVID-19 Emergency Student Response Fund to provide one-time … Read more

Alumni industry leaders share their insights on the impact of the pandemic at BCIT Alumni Association’s 2020 AGM

Screen shot of three alumni guest speaker panel

“When there’s a crisis, you go to work and you get it done,” said Anne McMullin, President of Urban Development Institute, a non-profit association for BC’s real estate development industry. “We need to come together, more than ever, to rebuild and come out of this better than we were.” A BCIT Journalism alumna (’91), Anne … Read more

Mechanical Engineering alumnus Joshua Bradshaw develops a face shield to help frontline workers during COVID-19

Joshua Bradshaw wearing The Cap Shield

It was like any other day for Joshua Bradshaw, until it wasn’t. While getting his order at a fast-food drive-thru, as he had done many times done before, he noticed that nearly every employee was wearing a ball cap. And a light bulb turned on. Up until then, Joshua, President of Vital Manufacturing and a … Read more

Building replica ships out of Lego in his childhood, BCIT alumnus Sean Poole began charting a career on the high seas even before he knew it

Every day, when Sean Poole looks out his office window, he sees The Seaspan Sovereign. Permanently moored, the ship is a reminder of BC’s rich nautical history. It also happens to be one of the vessels his grandfather sailed on in the 1950s with Island Tug, before the company was acquired in 1970 by Seaspan, … Read more

BCIT hosts its first virtual program-completion celebration for Security Systems Technician students

They were just weeks away from finishing BCIT’s Security Systems Technician (SST) program when the COVID-19 crisis began to escalate in BC. Following the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendation to practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, SST instructors quickly transitioned in-person classes to online training. The students’ upcoming celebration to mark the … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association’s new Hong Kong ambassador Brad Kirk says grads are poised to make a big impact in Asia

Find a way, make a way. When facing challenges, Brad Kirk says he always comes back to this saying in tough times. As a leader in the hotel industry, Brad has successfully navigated crises including the overthrow of the Indonesian Suharto government in 1998, the 2002 Bali bombings, and the 2019 protests in Hong Kong. … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association’s Fraser Valley chapter takes flight

9 representatives from BCIT and businesses from the Fraser Valley cut a yellow ribbon

On March 5, the British Columbia Institute of Technology Alumni Association (BCITAA) launched the BCIT Fraser Valley Alumni Chapter, appointing alumnus Jack Davidson of Mission as its Fraser Valley Alumni Ambassador. The chapter aims to connect alumni and enhance BCIT’s activities in the region, located just east of Metro Vancouver. “We selected the Fraser Valley … Read more