The 2017 Distinguished Awards – leaders for a complex world

Distinguished Award recipients with President Kathy Kinloch

Last night, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) held its premier annual event, the Distinguished Awards, honouring many notable members of the BCIT community and beyond. The evening’s honourees included two Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Anne McMullin and Brad Kirk. The Faculty and Staff Distinguished Alumni Award recipient was Joe Newton and the Outstanding Student Leadership Award recipient was … Read more…

Electric “gas station” of the future

A close-up of an electric vehicle charging plug at BCIT Energy OASIS.

Yesterday, 50 city councillors, urban planners, and scientists from across BC convened under a hundreds of photovoltaic (solar) panels at a BCIT Burnaby parking lot to check out the latest and greatest in electric vehicle technology. The delegates from the Union of BC Municipalities Convention (UBCM) learned about electric vehicles, how to charge them, and … Read more…

3D-printed baby helmets changing lives

Jason Goodnough 3D-scans baby Alfred's head while mother Rebecca looks on.

In a small office in the heart of Burnaby, BCIT Prosthetics and Orthotics Program Head Jason Goodnough is strapping a tiny, blue helmet onto the head of 9-month-old baby Alfred. Don’t worry, this baby isn’t about to attempt any dangerous sports. The helmet (or cranial band) is a custom-made medical device designed to correct the shape … Read more…

Three Pacific Northwest Institutes of Technology Join Forces to Provide High-skill, High-tech Talent for Cascadia Corridor

BCIT Burnaby campus in spring - building SW1

Microsoft president Brad Smith announced partnership at International Innovation Conference today September 12, 2017 – Seattle, WA: Three internationally recognized institutes of technology (“polytechnics”) have joined forces to provide industry aligned, high-skill talent for the Cascadia Corridor’s workforce needs. British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), and Oregon Institute of … Read more…

BCIT answers Ashcroft’s call for tools

Jesse Darnell [left] and his cousin Patrick Spencer pose with the tools and equipment they drove to the Ashcroft Indian Band Reserve.

When BCIT Trades Access Instructor Jesse Darnell learned about the devastating wildfire that had torn through the Ashcroft Indian Band reserve, he knew immediately what he could do to help. Jesse had first heard a CBC Early Edition interview with George Harvie, “Jack-of-all-trades” for the reserve. George had expressed that although there were dozens of … Read more…

BCIT to host the 2019 ECOCITY World Summit

Vancouver cityscape at twilight

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will host the 2019 ECOCITY World Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The ECOCITY Summit series, held every two years since 1990, has developed into one of the most globally significant forums for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity in a rapidly urbanising world. Based out of the … Read more…

Forensics students take on helicopter crash

6 forensics students in white biohazard suits stand in a grassy field with police tape. A crashed helicopter in the foreground.

Last week, 27 Criminal Justice undergrads from California State University combed through an extensive forensic crash scene at the BCIT Burnaby Campus. It might have looked real, but don’t be fooled. The crashed helicopter scene was all part of a two-week field school hosted by the BCIT Forensic Science and Technology department. Skeletal remains, blood-stained clothing, … Read more…

Tech Hub at Downtown Campus launches

Tech Hub launch at Downtown Campus

Walking into the newly launched Tech Hub on the BCIT Downtown Campus is a bit like walking into the offices of a high-tech Vancouver start-up – and that’s exactly the point. The traditional classroom model has been replaced by collaborative working spaces, break-out rooms, modular furniture, moveable walls, and flexible working areas. Over 150 BCIT … Read more…