Celebrating the contributions of the Asian community this Asian Heritage Month

Carol Lee, Reza Bafandeh, and Michelle Wan smile to camera

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time of year to reflect on the remarkable contributions made by the Asian community. Now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate and acknowledge the positive impact and outstanding contributions that Canadians of Asian heritage have made, including those of our BCIT alumni, students, and instructors. These … Read more

Business alum and VP of W.P.J. McCarthy and Company Ltd. shares advice for the next generation in real estate

Real estate expert and BCIT alumnus John McCarthy smiles in suit

Every family has a story. For John McCarthy’s family, that story is deeply rooted in philanthropy. John’s great grandparents were immigrants to Canada from Czechoslovakia. When John’s great grandfather, John Jambor, lost his wife, Joan, to cancer, he set in motion the family’s legacy of giving by making a substantial donation to the BC Cancer … Read more

The future is green: Alumnus and CEO of Properate says green buildings can help us live healthier and solve the climate crisis

CEO of Properate Arman Mottaghi holds award for Emerging Green Leader in Green Buildings

Before becoming an award-winning founder and CEO in the green building space, Arman Mottaghi was a student in Iran, finishing his bachelor’s degree in urban planning. In 2014, he immigrated from Iran to complete his Master of Applied Science in Building Engineering at BCIT. This move to Canada meant he had to learn not only … Read more

After 9 years on the BCIT Alumni Association board, Kiel Landrigan shares why he gives back to BCIT

BCIT finance alumnus Kiel Landrigan speaks at Alumni Association's 40th anniversary

Very few eleven-year-olds want to be an investment advisor when they grow up, but for finance alumnus Kiel Landrigan, that was his childhood dream. That is, after he grew out of wanting to be a major league baseball player. Kiel says he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his step-father, who was an investment … Read more

10 alumni-owned BC businesses to celebrate on BC Day

Birds-eye angle of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, BC

BC Day falls on the first Monday of August every year and offers BC residents a time to celebrate the many contributions of the province’s diverse residents. To help commemorate the day, we’re highlighting 10 BCIT alumni-owned businesses making a difference in British Columbia. From an Indigenous-owned wellness brand to a company committed to protecting … Read more

Championing diversity: Marketing alumnus and novelist Eddy Boudel Tan advocates for representation in the arts

Eddy Boudel Tan smiling in striped t-shirt against backdrop of greenery

Something was missing from the TV shows and movies Eddy Boudel Tan grew up with: people who looked like him. “Growing up in the ‘90s as a queer Asian-Canadian boy, with parents that immigrated to Canada, I didn’t see people like me on the screen much,” says the BCIT alumnus. A self-described ‘drama kid,’ Eddy … Read more

Growing sustainably: President of Naikoon Contracting turns small-town values into big business

Naikoon Contracting Joe Geluch

Joe Geluch was born in small village on Haida Gwaii, a pristine archipelago off British Columbia’s West Coast. After moving to North Vancouver at a young age, he spent his high school summers working in construction back in his hometown of Masset, Haida Gwaii, made up of only 800 people. There he was exposed first-hand … Read more

Ballerina-turned-cabinetmaker supports women in trades with BCIT bursary

Brandy Kawulka sits on a white loveseat smiling at the camera with hands crossed in front of her

Since her first dance class at eight years old, Brandy Kawulka says she was destined to be a ballet dancer. Through commitment and dedication, Brandy achieved her childhood dream: to become a professional ballet dancer with Goh Ballet. But after years in the professional dance world, Brandy’s vision for her life started to shift. “Ballet … Read more

Wedding mishap into honeymoon adventure: alumni couple says BCIT prepared them for a complex world

man in blue shirt embraces woman in floral dress, both with a hand on the woman's pregnant belly

Stuart Budd and Nadia Dobrianskaia rehearsed tirelessly for months to perfect their wedding first dance in 2018. But when it came time for the big reveal, the wrong song played. Nadia, a trained dancer, says that when they heard the incorrect song, they were stunned. Looking at each other in disbelief, in front of all … Read more

Love conquers all: BCIT alumni couple share the secret to a 30+ year relationship

woman in pink sweater kisses a smiling man on the cheek in front of a diner

More than 30 years ago, BCIT alumni Lynn and Simon Wong were young students at BCIT when their relationship bloomed in 1987. It was a classic romance that survived the rigours of BCIT and led to marriage in 1992 and produced their two children, Joey and Emma. But in 2015, their life took an unexpected … Read more