BCIT Student Awards Mix & Mingle connects high-achieving students with donors behind their awards

Group of students and donors

Congratulations to the 258 BCIT students who received Graduating Achievement Awards in 2023. This year’s student recipients were invited to meet and thank the donors who made their awards possible at the inaugural Student Awards Mix and Mingle events, which were held after each Spring Convocation ceremony in June. In total, more than 150 guests—including … Read more

Canadian National Railway Company donates $475K locomotive to BCIT

Photo caption: (L-R) Vince Jones, BCIT Railway instructor; Steve Perry, Dean, BCIT School of Transportation, Jackie Jacob, Interim Vice President, Advancement, BCIT; Anthony Upton, Department Head, BCIT Motive Power and Heavy Mechanical Trades; Scott Fleming, BCIT alum; Emily Lebek, CN; Mahir Abdulle, Superintendent, CN; Bruce Thompson, Associate Dean, BCIT Motive Power.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) recently announced CN’s donation of a $475,000 locomotive to the Institute. As CN’s largest gift-in-kind to BCIT, this donation is the company’s second locomotive gift to the BCIT School of Transportation. At the recognition event, BCIT unveiled CN’s locomotive gift and … Read more

From nursing to teaching, BCIT alumna and instructor finds a second home in the classroom

In recognition of National Nursing Week 2023 (May 8 – 14), we’re shining a light on Nav Padda (centre, middle) BCIT Nursing alumna and instructor at the BCIT School of Health Sciences.

In recognition of National Nursing Week, we’re shining a light on Nav Padda (née Kalkat) BCIT Nursing alumna and instructor at the BCIT School of Health Sciences. Nav shares her unique story—her career journey, personal hardships, and how she found a new passion in the classroom.     — Nav was forced to grow up fast. At … Read more

From business to metal fabrication: Former MBA student follows her passion for trades

Monique Song, BCIT Metal Fabricator Foundations Level Two student pictured during her apprenticeship.

Monique Song didn’t expect her life to dramatically pivot in 2019. In June of that year, after spending a year travelling and working in Australia, she received an ultimatum from her father: go back to her corporate career, find a husband, or take up a master’s degree. His demand wasn’t unexpected. Monique, the only daughter … Read more

Forestry sector contributes $2.5M towards the new BCIT Trades and Technology Complex

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) today announced a $2.5 million contribution from forestry sector leaders to its INSPIRE Campaign which will benefit students in more than 20 trades and technology programs that are critical for the future growth of BC’s globally renowned forestry sector. A collection of forestry organizations including Canfor, West Fraser, Tolko, … Read more

Celebrate the season by shopping the third annual BCIT Alumni Holiday Market

It’s the season of giving and finding that perfect gift to appreciate your loved ones is an all-too-common challenge. Look no further—the BCIT Alumni Holiday Market has got you covered. The BCIT Alumni Association (BCITAA) invites you to shop the third-annual Holiday Market, which runs from November 1 to December 31, 2022. The market features … Read more

Teck contributes $5M towards BCIT INSPIRE Campaign

Ribbon cutting during the BCIT Teck Celebration event.

BCIT and Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) today announced that Teck is contributing $5 million to the BCIT INSPIRE Campaign. The donation, which represents the second-largest total contribution to the campaign to date, will support campus redevelopment and new teaching and learning innovations as well as expand the use of … Read more

BCIT Student Awards Celebration honours high-achieving students of 2022

Congratulations to the BCIT student award recipients of 2022. On July 20, students celebrated their accomplishments with their family, friends, mentors, and peers with the online Student Awards Celebration. In recognition of their academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and positive contributions to the community, more than 250 students received awards. “This has been an incredible year … Read more

BCIT names new Trades and Technology building after Vancouver developer Concert Properties

BCIT recently announced that the new Trades and Technology Centre will bear the name of Vancouver-based real-estate developer Concert Properties in recognition of the company’s long-standing commitment to supporting students and trades training at the Institute.

Once completed, the Concert Properties Centre for Trades & Technology will provide a space for innovation in skilled trades and engineering, applied learning, research and industry collaboration, and build capacity for 700 additional students which will alleviate trades training waitlists and help to build up a healthy talent pool in BC. The Centre will also anchor the new and renewed nine-building Trades and Technology Complex, under development at BCIT, featuring a covered works yard, simulation-based learning areas, maker spaces, and power, welding and construction areas.

Concert donated $7.5 million as the Lead Donor for the Centre, which represents a key phase of BCIT’s INSPIRE Campaign that brought together government, industry partners, donors and alumni to usher in a new era of applied education at BCIT. It will also serve to bolster BCIT’s reputation as a future-forward learning community positioned at the intersection of innovation, technology, and industry partnership.

L – R: David Podmore, OBC, Concert Co-Founder and CEO, and Wayne Hand, Dean, BCIT School of Construction and the Environment unveil the new Concert Properties Centre for Trades & Technology rendering.

“We’re extremely humbled and honoured to see our long-standing commitment to trades training programs and BCIT recognized in this way,” said Dr. David Podmore, OBC, Concert Co-Founder & CEO and Honorary Doctorate of Technology at BCIT. “This Centre and these programs are key to equipping diverse, hardworking Canadians with the skills to secure well-paying jobs in construction, and we remain committed to working with our industry partners to find practical solutions to challenges that affect us all.”

In the mid 1990s, Podmore first brought together industry leaders to address a shortage of skilled trades labour and subsequently founded Concert’s Corporate Annual Charity Golf Tournament to raise funds for trades-training programs. In 2002, David and industry partners launched and provided funding for BCIT’s Trades Discovery program, which has helped people across BC explore and pursue careers in different construction trades for the past two decades.

Since the inaugural charity golf tournament was held in 1995 the annual event, and other initiatives led by Concert, have contributed over $2.4 million to the Trades Discovery program. With the $7.5 million donation towards the new Centre, Concert’s total financial commitment to BCIT over the past quarter-century has reached nearly $10 million.

David has also led the INSPIRE Campaign as chair since 2018, helping to bring over $100 million in funding for the Trades and Technology Complex and BCIT, which is the leading and largest provider of trades education in the province of British Columbia.

The Concert Properties Centre for Trades and Technology will help meet the demand for an estimated 85,000 new trades jobs expected over the next 10 years in BC. It will set a new standard for applied education, research and collaboration to advance education, industry, and society.

Learn more about the new Concert Properties Centre for Trades and Technology and BCIT’s INSPIRE Campaign.

BCIT Student Association establishes new bursary in honour of Past President Kathy Kinloch

Earlier this month, the BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) established a new bursary in honour of BCIT Past President Kathy Kinloch. The Kathy Kinloch Leadership Bursary highlights Kathy’s extraordinary impact on students and the BCIT community. The new bursary celebrates Kathy, who retired this June, and her legacy as past President of the Institute and Dean … Read more