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

Being a BCIT alum has its perks: Announcing the new BCIT Alumni Perks app

Driving in to Sparkling Hill Resort for your impromptu weekend getaway in your luxury Avis rental car, you realize the temperature is warmer than you’d thought. It’s not a big deal though because you have packed several new outfits from Mark’s and are ready for any type of weather. No, you’re not yet a billionaire … Read more

Fresh food and great opportunities: How a BCIT education really delivers for alum and Food-X Vice President Reza Bafandeh

Reza in warehouse, smiling

The warehouse is always abuzz with activity. Humming conveyor belts efficiently move large grocery bins, waiting to be filled. Countless rows of towering shelves display every food imaginable. Pickers methodically pass through every section, ensuring customers get exactly what they ordered when they want it. This is Reza Bafandeh’s domain. A BCIT Business alumnus, he … Read more

Advocating for progress and inclusivity: Indigenous councillor and BCIT alumna Orene Askew proves change is possible

Orene Askew in black tshirt, smiling

“My being at this table is a really big deal,” says Orene Askew, BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment alumna and DJ. “I mean, someone like me—a mixed black and Indigenous two-spirited woman—sitting here.” She’s talking about the 18-ft, honey-coloured cedar table, hand-carved by Indigenous artist Xwalacktunn (Rick Harry). It’s where the elected 16 Squamish Nation … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association gives $40,000 to fund awards for 40 students in celebration of its 40th anniversary

Group of 40 student award recipients of the BCIT Alumni Association 40th Anniversary Entrance Awards

The BCIT Alumni Association, a longstanding donor to BCIT, has made a generous donation to help even more students this fall. “To celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2019, we donated $40,000 to fund an additional 40 students to receive $1,000 entrance awards,” said BCIT Alumni Association Vice President Jennifer Patterson to guests at the 2019 … Read more

Celebrating student excellence at BCIT’s 2019 Entrance Awards and Scholarships event

2019 Entrance Awards sign

On November 22, more than 500 guests came together to celebrate the student recipients of BCIT’s 2019 entrance awards and scholarships. Students shared this special day with their proud family and friends, as they met with and thanked the generous donors who make it all possible. “Enjoy this moment of pause and celebrate, students,” said … Read more

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

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

Jamie Finley smiling

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