How a co-op took BCIT alumna Ema Baksa on a rollercoaster ride of a lifetime

Major theme parks like Universal Studios and Disneyland, attract millions of guests each year with motion-based themed rides that make you feel like you’re actually in a movie scene. That effect may seem like magic but it’s actually the work of Controls Engineers like BCIT alumna Ema Baksa, who creates the motion of dark rides … Read more

Student wellbeing: The Early Assist Program offers support to navigate life while at BCIT

With the onset of COVID-19, students have faced an increase in unique challenges, and the need for support reflects that. The Early Assist Program has had an uptake in referrals since 2019, with outreach doubling each year. The confidential online referral system can be accessed by students to get support and services for personal or … Read more

BCIT Rivers Institute collaborates with alumni and scientists in documentary to unmask ecological threats to Fraser estuary

Have you heard of the Fraser River estuary? The Fraser estuary is Canada’s largest salmon production area, serves as an important hemispheric bird habitat with over 1.7 million birds migrating annually, and a vital part of BC’s biodiversity—that is disappearing. In hopes of raising awareness about the plight of the Fraser estuary, the BCIT Rivers … Read more

Seagate President and BCIT alum Scott Comfort says mass timber key to the future of sustainable construction

BCIT alum Scott Comfort

His rise in the construction industry didn’t have a glamourous start or a straight path to success. “My first job in construction was cleaning up garbage on job sites when I was 16,” recalls three-time BCIT alumnus Scott Comfort, now President of the award-winning construction contractor, Seagate Mass Timber Inc. (Seagate). Education and mentorship keys … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association AGM: BCIT grad and entrepreneur Manpreet Dhillon inspires equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

BCIT alumna Manpreet Dhillon

As early as seventh grade, BCIT alumna Manpreet Dhillon knew that she wanted to end sexism, racism, and war. However, at the time, supportive language to describe her vision of what we now refer to as EDI—equity, diversity and inclusion—was not in common use. Building her now-successful business, Veza Global (which supports organizations in embedding … Read more

Two full-time students and a baby: A chaotic start that set the foundation for a lasting marriage

Todd and Alisa Bailey

It was the first week of classes in their two-year programs at BCIT when they found out they were having a baby. BCIT alumni Alisa and Todd Bailey were newlyweds in their early 20s with big plans for their school and career success when they were caught off guard by the news of their pregnancy. … Read more

When opposites attract: How this BCIT alumni couple compliment each other

Luke and Amanda Mynott at their BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism graduation

If you walked into a BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism class 16 years ago, you may have caught the now BCIT alum Luke Mynott sleeping in the back the of class. Meanwhile, you would have noticed a very alert and focused Amanda Wilcox on the opposite side of the class, sitting right in the front. … Read more

How educational drive and shared values brought this BCIT alumni couple together

Keisha & Jamie at the Capilano Suspension Bridge the day they got engaged

It was only their fourth date when BCIT alumna Keisha Go blurted out, “Thank god, I married a smart one.” She was talking about her date Jamie Haakons, who at this point, was not even her boyfriend yet. Needless to say, she was mortified by what Jamie refers to as her Freudian slip. Fast forward … Read more

BCIT alum Justin Perry mitigates BC wildfires using drone technology

What started out as a passion for both aviation and forestry ended up leading BCIT alumnus Justin Perry to his dream job. As Chief Drone Pilot with Stinson Aerial Services Inc. he detected wildfires using infrared sensing technology during last summer’s intense fire season in BC. The incredible job opportunity was sparked by a referral … Read more

BCIT Carpentry alum Kevin Hatch receives Forty Under 40 award

Kevin Hatch, Forty Under 40 award recipient

It’s no small feat to be recognized as a business leader in your industry. Being honoured as a Forty under 40 by Business in Vancouver (BIV) on top of that, is even more remarkable. That’s exactly what BCIT alumnus and Red Seal carpenter Kevin Hatch has achieved. “I was super honoured to receive the award … Read more