Top Forty Under 40 winner Bethany Edmunds on what’s shaping the next 40 years of BC tech

BCIT Associate Dean of Computing Dr. Bethany Edmunds has big expectations for the BC tech industry. “The thing that excites me the most about technology is its ability to be a great equalizer,” says Bethany. “We can improve the lives of so many by reframing our problem set and working together.” Recently announced to the prestigious … Read more…

Going to #BCTECH Summit?

Man wearing Microsoft HoloLens in front of BCIT sign

If you’re planning on attending this year’s #BCTECH Summit, be sure to stop by the BCIT Tech Showcase booth to check out the latest technology trends in healthcare education (birthing robots!), electric vehicle infrastructure, 3D printed prosthetics, forensics cyber-fraud, and virtual reality learning. Highlights include: Lucy, a human-sized robot, giving birth to a baby robot, used by … Read more…

High-tech cannabis research supports quality control

THC. CBD. Indica. Sativa. If you’ve been paying attention to the discussion around cannabis legalization in Canada, you may have heard some of the jargon. If you’ve ever been inside a cannabis dispensary, you may even know what some of it means. As the Canada Research Chair for Phytoanalytics (the study of plant-based medicines), Dr. … Read more…

The future of trades in BC

BCIT thought leaders recently took to the airwaves to give some perspective on the BC job market and offer insight on what the future of trades might look like for this booming province. As part of the CKNW Future of Work series, President Kathy Kinloch and Dean of Construction and the Environment, Wayne Hand, discussed … Read more…

Children and Chum Salmon keep Mark Angelo coming back to Guichon Creek

Yesterday, a group of children from the daycare at BCIT joined BCIT Rivers’ Institute Chair Emeritus, Mark Angelo, in conjunction with the Salmonid Enhancement Program to release Chum Salmon into Guichon Creek. As a nationally recognized river steward and founder of World Rivers Day, Mark is a longtime advocate for the revitalization of the creek as well as the involvement … Read more…

Forensic files: UBC and BCIT launch joint degree in forensic sciences

UBC and BCIT are teaming up to train BC’s next generation of forensic scientists. Future graduates of the new combined honours program will receive a bachelor of science in biochemistry and forensic science from UBC and BCIT. It will be the only program of its kind in Western Canada. “It is wonderful to see our … Read more…

BCIT-backed Supercluster given the green light

Today, the Government of Canada announced significant funding towards The Digital Technology Supercluster – a BCIT-backed initiative involving over 200 BC-based businesses including Telus, Microsoft, Teck, Canfor, Shoppers, Shoppers Drug Mart, Providence Health Care, and six post-secondary institutions. “This initiative directly supports students who are eager to succeed in the jobs of the future, and … Read more…

BCIT to receive 300 tech spaces and expand tech-programming

students at downtown campus tech hu

This morning, Minister Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training announced a significant tech-programming expansion at post-secondary institutions across the province. “We’re helping students in British Columbia by improving access to education with thousands more tech spaces that include degree, diploma and certificate programs,” said Mark. “Our vibrant tech sector supports good-paying jobs, … Read more…

Microsoft announces education partnership for BCIT

At the annual Business Council of British Columbia’s Business Summit, Microsoft President Brad Smith announced Microsoft Vancouver will be partnering with BCIT to develop first-of-its-kind Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) curriculum. Read the full release on the Microsoft website. “As a significant provider of IT and computing diploma graduates in the province, we know there … 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…