Watch the video: BCIT Alumni Association AGM & Cocktail Class

On June 1, the BCIT Alumni Association shook things up at the 2020/21 Online Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Cocktail Class. The event saw more than 80 attendees, including alumni from BC and several other provinces across Canada, who were ready to learn about the achievements of the past year and fit in a little fun led by alumni-owned business The Bar Cart by Lavish Liquid. 

“This past year was challenging and extraordinary in so many ways,” said BCIT Alumni Association President Emil Bosnjak as he welcomed AGM attendees. “But even though the world saw tremendous change, what remained the same for us is that everything we do is guided by our mission: to foster alumni success, give back to our BCIT community, and engage alumni for life.”

Watch the recorded eventread the highlights, and check out the 2020/21 Annual Report.

Keep reading to find two recipes for the refreshing cocktails enjoyed at the AGM, including "The Willingdon", the BCIT Alumni Association's first official cocktail!


Making it in marketing: Second generation Fraser Valley alumna shares her journey to success

After high school, Carly Wethersett was searching for her next move. She attended post-secondary in the Fraser Valley, and then took a gap year while she decided what career path she wanted to go down. It was her mom’s advice that led her to BCIT. Now, she leads the marketing strategy for a specialized equipment company. Read more.


Celebrating the contribution of the Asian community this past Asian Heritage Month

May was 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 and instructors. Read more.

Spotlight: Women in Trades

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

After acheiving her childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer, Brandy Kawulka says she began thinking in more practical terms about her future. She found her perfect match in an unexpected field. Now, the self-titled Boss Lady is giving back. She recently established a generous annual bursary for women in joinery and carpentry programs at BCIT. Read more.


BCIT alumna and Red Seal Machinist Chelsea Barron helps her students succeed

Like her grandmother before her, Chelsea is forging her own path. A member of the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) Nation, the alumna is a Red Seal Machinist and one of few women working in a male-dominated trade. Learn about Chelsea's story and the generous $1-million donation from the Gene Haas Foundation that will help her students succeed for years to come. Read more.


BCIT Trades Discovery helped alumna and Red Seal Plumber Jackie Smith change careers 

BCIT alumna Jackie Smith was looking for a career change. She was coming up short on ideas, until a work colleague recommended the BCIT Trades Discovery for Women program, which allows students to gain hands-on experience in 15 different trades disciplines. Jackie knew that was the program for her. Read more.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Global Leadership Certificate info session - June 30

Hone your leadership skills! Open to anyone with a degree, the Global Leadership program prepares graduates in management and leadership roles across a range of industries, such as business, construction, and health care. Learn more from the free online info session on June 30.

Register now

BCIT Alumni Happy Hour (Fraser Valley) - August 26

Join the BCIT Alumni Happy Hour on August 26 at Scratch Restaurant in Mission. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and one included beverage as you network, swap BCIT stories, win door prizes, and learn the latest from your Alumni Association. *Subject to the BC Public Health Officer guidelines

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Career Edge program - summer 2021

Available to alumni for summer 2021, Career Edge is a free, flexible, self-paced service providing career coaching, workshops, special events, and an eight-module online course. Learn strategies for resume and cover-letter writing, job searching, networking, interview preparation, and more.

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BCIT wins bronze for 'Best Alumni Initiative' at CCAE's 2021 Prix d' Excellence Awards 

We're proud to share that the BCIT Alumni Relations team has been awarded a bronze Prix d'Excellence Award by the CCAE for 'Best Alumni Initiative' for our 2020 BCIT Alumni Holiday Market. The Holiday Market supported the success of alumni-owned businesses—particularly during a challenging year—while providing value for the broader alumni community. Learn more about the awards here.


Alumni Partners, Benefits & More

Find out how much you can save on home and tenant insurance from TD Insurance.

Reward yourself with a BMO® BCIT MasterCard® from Bank of Montreal.


Switch to Canada’s best national network and get 15 GB for $50/mo. when you bring your own phone. Learn more

Save 40% on Sparkling Hill's standard rate with the BCIT Alumni Perks app.

Alumni qualify for cash rewards when buying or selling your home with All-Purpose Realty.

Alumni and friends, save up to 15% with Choice Hotels. Download the Perks app.


Alumni in the News

BCIT Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology alumus and now TikTok celebrity Ben Kielesinski took his followers on adventures around his home city of Vancouver, BC. BBC News

Business alumna Madeleine Shaw was named runner up at the BC Business 2021 Women of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurial Leader. BC Business

Executive director of the BC Cancer Foundation and alumna Pardeep Khrod was named in the BDO Top 40 Over 40. Kelowna Capital News

Ironworker BCIT alumnus Brian Baek created a video to show the view and scale of the 300-foot-tall Deloitte Summit Building in Vancouver. Vancouver is Awesome


The Willingdon
BCIT Alumni Association's first official cocktail

2.0 oz gin
1.0 oz lime
0.75 oz elderflower syrup
1 spring of rosemary

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 - 15 seconds until chilled and diluted. Double strain into a couple glass. Garnish with rosemary.

The Runner-Up
One of the cocktails shaken up at the AGM

2.0 oz gin
0.75 oz lemon
0.50 oz simple syrup
mint leaves
garnish: mint

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 - 15 seconds until chilled and diluted. Double strain into a couple glass. Garnish with mint.


Blast from the Past

Celebrating the warmer weather with a sunny throwback. Students in the 1980s gathering on the lawn outside of building SE14 on the Burnaby campus. Photo credit: BCIT Archives