From nursing to earthquakes, recent BCIT grad Michelle Wan shows how cloud computing can help save lives

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Imagine you’re an emergency room nurse treating a woman with a life-threatening injury. You need crucial medical information about her quickly. So you say, “Alexa, show me this patient’s data,” and everything you need instantly appears on the screen in front of you. Sounds more like a sci-fi movie than real life, doesn’t it? While … Read more

From BCIT to the Big Apple: Alumna and marketing superstar Katie Klumper leads growth for some of the world’s biggest brands

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New York is a city of possibilities, a place where dreams can come true for anyone who dares to keep up with the pulse of the electric metropolis. And it suits marketing executive Katie Klumper, a BCIT alumna, perfectly. “I visited New York 15 years ago and as soon as I landed I knew I … Read more

BCIT alumnus and ETRO Principal Mike Maierle isn’t just building a successful construction business, he’s leading sustainability innovation

Blueprints. They are ubiquitous in the construction world. From design to build, those oversized rolls of blue-inked papers—often tucked under the arms of project managers or spread out over ad-hoc tables at construction sites—guide the development process. But by 2020, ETRO Construction Principal Mike Maierle says his company will no longer use the paper drawings, … Read more

The fight against cybercrime: BCIT alumnus tackles the world’s biggest cybersecurity threats through collaboration and trust

2019 Distinguished Award recipient Derek Manky in light blue shirt

As a nine year-old boy, Derek Manky loved to play soccer like many young boys do, but that changed when his father gave him an old IBM 286. “I didn’t know what to do with the thing,” recalls the BCIT alumnus, adding he was the only kid on the block with a computer at the … Read more

2019 BCIT Distinguished Awards: Celebrating these six outstanding leaders and change makers

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On October 22, 2019, BCIT hosted the 17th annual BCIT Distinguished Awards, celebrating the two recipients of our 2020 Honorary Doctorate of Technology and four recipients of our 2019 BCIT Distinguished Awards. See photos and video from the night here.  Our honorees embody the values of BCIT and, through their bold leadership and outstanding achievements, … Read more

Whether it’s in the construction industry or for alumni, BCIT Alumni Association’s newest VP Jennifer Patterson is creating positive change

It was lunchtime in the late ‘80s. Jennifer Patterson and her friends hurried from their high school to her house to watch a much-anticipated wedding episode of The Young and the Restless. Transfixed by the soap opera, her friends huddled on the floor in front of the TV. And Jennifer? She was off to the … Read more

From politics to planes: How this Airport Operations alumnus changed his flight path mid-career

In 2015, Kenneth Lieblich found himself suddenly unemployed. In his early 40s, he had established a decades-long career in public policy and government, including working in the House of Commons and assisting former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Colin Hansen. His income supported his wife and their four children (two of whom have special … Read more

Giving from loss: Why BCIT alumna Juli Leung is passionate about patient-centred nursing

Juli Leung is crocheting a doll for her daughter, Hailey age 4. “I’m customizing the doll so that it looks like her,” she says. “Then I plan to make different outfits for the doll so that it will look like she is wearing one of those princess dresses.” If you know Juli, you wouldn’t be … Read more

Graduating Student Awards Celebration: Recognizing student achievement and the generosity that makes it possible

BCIT pride was everywhere—from the graduating students who received awards to the donors who made it all possible. They joined BCIT President Kathy Kinloch and faculty and staff to recognize the achievements of our students at the 2019 Graduating Student Awards Celebration on June 18 at the Burnaby campus. “The awards gave me time to … Read more

From patient to healthcare professional: BCIT student Ashley Verokosky shares her journey

Ashley Verokosky was excited to begin studying Medical Radiography at BCIT. But before she could start, she experienced a health scare that changed everything. “Prior to getting accepted into the program,” recalls Ashley, “I had a car accident while having a seizure. And a nurse witnessed it and told me it was a seizure … … Read more