Ringing in 10 years at Jacob Bros, BCIT grad Scott Jacob proudly unveils a brand-new facility

When you first walk into the foyer of Jacob Bros Construction’s new office building, you are immediately drawn to the vaulted ceilings, the light streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the harmonious use of natural wood with polished glass and concrete. What you may not notice, tucked up high, is a long, thick rope hanging … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association giving makes a big impact

In 1985, Wham’s Careless Whisper topped the pop charts, Michael Jordan was the NBA’s rookie of the year, the final episode of The Friendly Giant aired on CBC Television, and the BCIT Alumni Association made its first donation to BCIT. Since then, the alumni association has awarded nearly 850 student scholarships and bursaries totalling $945,000, and philanthropic giving adding … Read more

Father knows best when it comes to tech consultant Travis Stevenson’s secret to success

Would you sell your customer something he/she asked for, even though you know he/she would be better off going to another company? BCIT alumnus Travis Stevenson wouldn’t. And his dad didn’t. “My father was a corporate sales manager for BC Tel [now TELUS],” says Travis, recalling when his father faced making a choice between closing … Read more

Social innovation inspires serial entrepreneur and BCIT alumna Madeleine Shaw

Have you ever used phrases like “crimson wave”, “Aunt Flow”, “Code Red” or “time of the month” to describe menstruation? This euphemization (there are 5,000+ euphemisms according to a recent study) is symptomatic of a society’s discomfort with the topic. But times are changing, thanks to social innovators like BCIT alumna Madeleine Shaw, co-founder of Lunapads, … Read more

BCIT grad bids Vancouver ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to lead digital retail strategy for adidas

Where is Rashpal Ahluwalia? He could be in Rome. Or London. Maybe Paris. Possibly Copenhagen. It’s hard to keep track of the BCIT Computing and Business alumnus since he scored a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity with adidas in Germany. “It’s unusual for me to spend two weekends in a row at home,” says Rashpal, who moved … Read more

BCIT alumnus Brendan Batchelor calls the shots with the Vancouver Canucks

“When I was a kid, Pavel Bure was my hockey hero,” says Brendan Batchelor, BCIT Broadcast Journalism alumnus. “Now I get to work with people I looked up to like Corey Hirsch, whom I used watch on TV. It’s a dream job.” From the time he was four years old stickhandling a tennis ball while … Read more

BCIT—launching careers and hearts

Romance is definitely in the air! In honour of Valentine’s Day, four alumni couples share their love stories. (Do you have a BCIT love story you’d like to share? Email us at alumni@bcit.ca.) For these nursing grads, all vital signs point to happily ever after While Bachelor of Science in Nursing alumni Michael Gartner and … Read more

Instead of waiting for doors to open, Mike Battistel innovates his own windows of opportunity

When Mike Battistel was a kid, he built a fort in his backyard. After a few days, his dad took it down for practical reasons. The next month, Mike built another, different fort. A little while later, his dad dismantled that one, too. This cycle repeated itself more times than Mike (now a father himself … Read more

On the career track or the race trail, this ultra-running alumna embraces the unexpected

“When my legs seized up, all I could do was be present, remind myself that I am okay and keep moving forward,” says BCIT alumna Kelsy Trigg, recalling the moment she hit the 220km mark of the Transalpine-Run 2017. The 270km, seven-day race is renowned for challenging teams of two to conquer an extreme trail run … Read more

Fueled by tenacity and hard work, Candace McKibbon’s career takes off

Candace McKibbon, Airport Ops alumna

If you wanted to work at a particular organization, how many times would you submit your resume before giving up? Once? Twice? Maybe even 10 times? Not if you’re Candace McKibbon. “It took me months,” recalls the Airport Operations Diploma alumna (2014) of trying to land her first job after graduating from BCIT. “I sent … Read more