Rejection to opportunity: Interior designer, TV host, and BCIT alumna Jillian Harris couldn’t have designed a more fulfilling career

For Jillian Harris, interior design was a side hustle in the beginning. In between shifts as a salesperson at a home décor store and as a server at Cactus Club Café, she freelanced as a design consultant taking on small jobs as she could. When the co-owner of Cactus Club Scott Morison heard about her … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association AGM: Inspiring alumni to achieve and celebrating 40 years of success

To be a leader in the 21st century, you need to be agile, collaborative, and tenacious. BCIT alumni are all these things, leading teams, organizations, and industries as they tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. “In leadership, pressures can force you to learn, grow, and evolve” said Kevin Lawrence, a strategic advisor, coach to … Read more

Lick your toads, put yourself first, love the lessons: This BCIT alumnus and coach says these habits are key to being a high-achieving leader

At just 16 years old, Brayden is already a seasoned entrepreneur. He has a knack for finding great business opportunities, including fixing and selling an old car, building an e-commerce store to sell gadgets from China around the world, and merchandising barber shop chairs. No one is prouder of Brayden and his business acumen than … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association celebrates 40 years in 2019

In 1979, 15 years after BCIT first opened its doors, the BCIT Alumni Association (BCITAA) was founded to serve its 12,000 members. Today, there are more than 180,000 BCIT alumni worldwide making significant contributions in applied and natural sciences, business, computing and Information technology, trades, engineering, and health sciences. “We are excited to celebrate BCIT … Read more

Working in Asia: Find out why this Hong Kong-based alumnus says BCIT grads are uniquely primed for opportunities in the region

“The opportunities in Hong Kong are vast,” says Darren Plested, BCIT engineering technology alumnus. “The economic river flows fast and heavy, so it’s not that hard to dip your cup in the water.” Darren should know. As the head of Business Development and Innovation at automaker Infiniti (a division of Nissan), he manages the Global … Read more

Wesgroup Equipment donates $50,000 to BCIT and spurs more support for women in trades

On this International Women’s Day, BCIT Foundation is excited to announce Wesgroup Equipment has recently made a $50,000 donation in support of BCIT students and programs, spurring even more support for women in trades. Their generous gift (which will go toward bursaries and scholarships for students in programs including Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation, and Professional … Read more

Who do Canadians trust most, and why should we care? Top executives, BCIT alumni explore The Battle for Truth at March 6 event

Who do you trust to lead change? If you answered ‘my employer’, you’re in line with the 79 per cent of Canadians who say CEOs should take the lead on change, rather than waiting for government to impose it. According to the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer survey results, people agree that CEOs can create positive … Read more

Glenna Urbshadt: How this beloved BCIT educator is giving back beyond the classroom and how you can help

A bag of groceries is an ordinary thing. To a young woman in Glenna Urbshadt’s BCIT Professional Sales class, it was an extraordinary act of kindness and faith that helped feed her career success. “I had a student who was having a very difficult time,” recalls Glenna, a former instructor and program head for BCIT’s … Read more

A Valentine’s Day-inspired love story: Why this BCIT alumnus and student tied the knot on Burnaby Campus

After Jurie helped Lili with a flat tire, she invited him to dinner. Sparks flew, igniting a powerful romance whose wedding could only be held at BCIT’s Burnaby Campus. “We thought it would be a unique and an amazing experience to have our wedding at a location that means something wonderful to both Lili and … Read more

Every day can be Valentine’s Day: This BCIT couple share their romance advice

If you saw Irina Saczuk at her convocation, you probably witnessed the big hug and kiss husband Eric gave her as she crossed the stage. It was June 2017, and Irina had just graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, officially becoming a BCIT alumna. Eric, a member of the platform party, could … Read more