2021/22 BCIT Alumni Association Annual Report

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— BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 2021/22 A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF PASSIONATE ALUMNI


A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF PASSIONATE ALUMNI When you chose BCIT, you became part of a powerful community of successful innovators, creators, and leaders. Working in countless industries in British Columbia and around the globe, our alumni—now 200,000 strong—are making a positive impact and we couldn’t be prouder. Stay connected with us and get the latest on our many exclusive alumni benefits, events, and opportunities. Update your contact information: bcit.ca/alumni/connect


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Message from the President of BCIT

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Message from the President of the BCIT Alumni Association

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BCIT Alumni Association Board of Directors and Ambassadors

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BCIT Alumni Association Gives Back

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Back by Popular Demand: 2021 BCIT Alumni Holiday Market

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2021 Annual General Meeting & Cocktail Class Shake Things Up

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Engaging Events: Celebrating New Grads & Connecting Alumni

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Making History

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Communications

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Campus Redevelopment at BCIT Burnaby Campus

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BCIT by the Numbers 2021/22

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Treasurer’s Report

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Partnerships and Sponsorships

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Alumni Store

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9 Ways to Keep in Touch

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF BCIT BCIT graduates, whether they last studied with us this year or 50 years ago, are our greatest ambassadors. Our alumni continue to show the world the transformational power of an applied education through their diversity of culture, experience, credentials, and contribution. This was never more evident than during the pandemic and the on-again, off-again nature of COVID restrictions. Through it all, our newest graduates remained resiliently focused on their goals and studies, despite significant hurdles and challenges, with the support of our committed and professional faculty and staff. At the same time, our alumni put their passion into action, creating positive change to support their industries, communities, and economy. These achievements exemplify the BCIT Alumni Association’s vision to nurture “a global community of passionate alumni promoting the excellence of BCIT.” It has been another unique and exciting year at BCIT. Through the completion of the new $78.3 million Health Sciences Centre (opening in September 2022) and the announcement of the $162.6 million Trades and Technology Complex, BCIT is committed to ensuring our students are prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. This infrastructure renewal would not be possible without the support of our alumni, many of whom contributed gifts and time through the BCIT INSPIRE Campaign. My thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. As I prepare to retire as President of BCIT in June 2022, I want to express how proud I am of everyone in our BCIT community and that includes our alumni. One of my greatest pleasures as President has been to hear and share the countless stories of your outstanding achievements, courage, integrity, and generosity. You bravely seize and address daunting challenges with innovation and entrepreneurship. You do what’s important and what’s right so that the path of those that follow may be easier. On behalf of BCIT faculty and staff, I thank all our alumni and the BCIT Alumni Association for making us proud and for all that you achieve.

Kathy Kinloch President British Columbia Institute of Technology

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Looking back at the swells of change, stasis, and hope of this past year, I am struck by one thing: the inimitable spirit of BCIT alumni. Our alumni are always ready to take on the challenges ahead. They are thought leaders who envision a better tomorrow, tireless technicians who strengthen the backbone of our invaluable community infrastructures, and solution-seeking innovators who reimagine change as opportunity. I am proud to be one of these alumni who are making a difference in British Columbia, across Canada, and around the world. In this annual report, we are pleased to share with you stories of some of our high-achieving alumni and their accomplishments as well as the many activities of the BCIT Alumni Association this past year. We made the second installment of our $1 million pledge (which was announced in September 2020) towards the BCIT Alumni Centre through the BCIT INSPIRE Campaign. Our endowments funded $53,861 in entrance awards, scholarships, and graduating school awards that went to 31 current students. As we welcomed approximately 5,000 more alumni to the Alumni Association, we focused on fostering the success of all of our graduates, launching a robust second annual BCIT Alumni Holiday Market and growing and strengthening our many partnerships. Of course, the important work that we do would not be possible without a dedicated network of supporters. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude for the steadfast support of BCIT and BCIT President Kathy Kinloch, who is retiring this year. We wish her the very best as she starts her next chapter. And to our many valued partners, thank you for your continued commitment to the Alumni Association and our alumni community. It’s hard to believe that when I completed the Marketing Management program 34 years ago, BCIT had had fewer than 20,000 graduates. Since then, our community has grown tenfold to an incredible 200,000 alumni, whose spirit of leadership, tenacity, and innovation is forging the way. There has never been a more exciting time to be a BCIT alum!

Emil Bosnjak , Marketing Management ‘88 President BCIT Alumni Association

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BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD AND AMBASSADORS PRESIDENT EMIL BOSNJAK

VICE PRESIDENT JENNIFER PATTERSON

VICE PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT & CEO, BWIRELESS & SIMPLIFY WIRELESS

PRINCIPAL/PROJECT MANAGER, CITYSCAPE MANAGEMENT LTD

SALES MANAGER, CAE

SECRETARY/TREASURER

CHAIR, GOVERNANCE ALEXANDRA GUNN

DIRECTOR MELISSA BILLESBERGER

CEO, INHERENT DIAMONDS & JEWELS | SECTION MANAGER, HIGH COMPLEXITY AUDIT, CANADA REVENUE AGENCY

PROGRAM OFFICER, WOMEN AND GENDER EQUALITY CANADA

CPA, CGA

CHAIR, ENGAGEMENT AMANDA GOMES P.ENG

DIRECTOR AVINAASH KAPIL

PROJECT MANAGER, INDUSTRIAL, OMICRON

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ISLAND KEY COMPUTER LTD.

BCIT STUDENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S DESIGNATE

RESHMEENA LALANI CPA, CA

DIRECTOR SEAN POOLE SENIOR DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS, SEASPAN MARINE

MATTHEW NOLLETTI

CONTROLLER, MR. MIKES RESTAURANTS CORPORATION

ABHAY BAKSHI VICE PRESIDENT EXTERNAL, BCIT STUDENT ASSOCIATION

EX-OFFICIO

DIRECTOR ARASH SALAMATI

LISA JUNG

MORTGAGE SPECIALIST, BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

FRASER VALLEY ALUMNI AMBASSADOR JACK DAVIDSON

HONG KONG ALUMNI AMBASSADOR BRAD KIRK

FORMER CHAIR, BCIT BOARD OF GOVERNORS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, HARILELA HOTELS GROUP

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Our sincere thanks to the alumni volunteering as Members-at-Large on board committees this year: Tim den Engelsen, Jared Fedosoff, and Kevin Liu. We also thank BCIT Alumni Relations Assistant Francis Loaisiga-Ramirez for her exemplary support to the board, the Alumni Relations Advancement Communications and Advancement Services teams for their outstanding work, and Emma Berg for her wonderful work as interim Executive Director.

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BCIT students at 2019 awards celebration.

BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GIVES BACK Since 1985, the BCIT Alumni Association has developed a strong tradition of supporting current and future BCIT alumni. Since the Association’s inception and as partners with the BCIT Foundation, we have awarded 1,057 student scholarships and bursaries totalling more than $1.25 million. This past year, students have shared how these awards have given them the motivation to pursue their dreams. The awards not only recognize them for their outstanding achievements, but also allow them to focus more on their studies and less on finances. The Alumni Association is proud to support their success. Learn about how you can support BCIT students: bcit.ca/alumni/give

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STUDENT AWARDS DISBURSED ON BEHALF OF THE BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN 2021/22 In 2021/22, 31 awards totalling $53,861 were disbursed as follows:

JUNE 2021 – GRADUATING AWARDS BCIT Alumni Association Awards Matthew Barry, School of Construction and the Environment Calvin Hu, School of Computing and Academic Studies Sungwoo Kim, School of Energy Caroline Scott, School of Business + Media Wai Chi Aimie Wong, School of Health Sciences

SEPTEMBER 2021 – ENTRANCE AWARDS BCIT Alumni Association Entrance Awards Lan Be, Accounting Cy Cho, Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Brent Ludwig, Medical Laboratory Science Jerrel Lustre, Mechatronics and Robotics Wyatt Sawchuk, Marine Engineering

FALL 2021 – SCHOLARSHIPS BCIT Alumni Association Scholarships Tanzeel Danekari, Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Kurtis Lawson, Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems – Games Development Alexis Llewellyn, Electroneurophysiology Keon Santos, Airport Operations Heather Toy, Accounting Allyson Truscott, Fish, Wildlife and Recreation

JANUARY 2022 – ENTRANCE AWARDS BCIT Alumni Association Entrance Award Joey Bo Yee Zheng, Medical Laboratory Science

MARCH 2022 – BURSARIES BCIT Alumni Association Bursaries Bursaries were awarded to 14 students in financial need.

AWARD AND BURSARY TOTALS SINCE INCEPTION 1,057 students have benefitted from the awards, receiving a total of $1,258,697. ENDOWMENT VALUES AT MARCH 31, 2022 BCIT Alumni Association Scholarship and Bursary Endowment (Vancouver Foundation) $810,000 BCIT Alumni Association Scholarship & Bursary Endowment (BCIT Foundation) $430,810

TOTAL: $1,240,810

HEARTFELT THANK YOUS FROM STUDENTS “Thank you so much for the BCIT Alumni Association award! I am incredibly honoured to receive this award and grateful to be recognized in my first year of the Accounting Diploma program. As a mature student, the choice to come back to school was a difficult one, and it took a pandemic and unemployment to give me the courage to do so! I’m excited to continue in the second year of the diploma program with the goal of completing my Bachelors in Accounting Degree the following year.” Heather T., Accounting “My fascination with the aviation industry goes back to my family’s immigration to Canada in 2010, seeking further opportunities. I have always perceived the flying experience as incredibly exciting and developed a deep interest in diving into the smallest details. This passion has led me to a path of growth and increasing interest in the aviation industry, taking steps to a career in Airport Operations … Thank you for the privilege of being selected for the BCIT Alumni Association award. I am humbled by your generosity in providing such an amazing opportunity and recognition.” Keon S., Airport Operations “I am ecstatic that I was selected as [a] recipient and beyond grateful for the help that you have provided me with to pursue my goals! I am deeply passionate about wildlife conservation and my main interests are wildlife research and monitoring populations of large terrestrial mammals. I hope my educational and career goals will one day have benefits to the future of wildlife. By awarding me the BCIT Alumni Association scholarship, you have eased my stress financially. Your generosity allows me to move forward in my education and keep pursuing my goals.” Ally T., Fish, Wildlife and Recreation

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: 2021 BCIT ALUMNI HOLIDAY MARKET Back by popular demand, the BCIT Alumni Association proudly launched the second annual BCIT Alumni Holiday Market from November 1 to December 31. Featuring and supporting 23 alumni-owned businesses, the market shared exclusive offers and unique gifts for everyone’s holiday gift-giving needs including snacks, beverages, comics, health and wellness, home décor, snacks, fashion, jewellery, and art. Shared widely by high-profile media outlets including The Vancouver Sun, The Province, and Education News Canada, the online market garnered significant exposure:

2,500+ PAGE VIEWS

3.6K+ SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT

87.4K+ SOCIAL MEDIA REACH

1.98M TOTAL MEDIA REACH

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2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & COCKTAIL CLASS SHAKE THINGS UP On June 1, the BCIT Alumni Association shook things up at the 2021 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. Participants learned 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.” Emil shared the Alumni Association’s first Year in Review video highlighting the accomplishments over 2020/21. They included the Association’s $1-million commitment towards the INSPIRE Campaign for the first-ever BCIT Alumni Centre; the first BCIT Alumni Holiday Market; the hosting and sponsorship of more than 20 events; and the funding of nearly $52,000 in awards and scholarship to 32 students.

(clockwise) BCIT Advancement Vice President Paul McCullough, BCIT Alumni Association President Emil Bosnjak, past BCIT Alumni Association Executive Director Leslie Courchesne, and past BCIT Alumni Association Vice President Kiel Landrigan at the 2021 AGM.

“Thank you, all, for representing BCIT so well in your professional roles and in your communities,” said BCIT President Kathy Kinloch. “My congratulations and thanks to all our exceptional BCIT alumni, who are helping to make our communities and world a better place for everyone through positive change and innovation.”

lead. With jiggers, shakers, and swizzle sticks, they learned how to make two unique cocktails, voted for their favourite of the two, and vied for prizes as they submitted a total of 40 name suggestions for the top cocktail. The winning name, submitted by Brian Chan, for the BCIT Alumni Association’s first cocktail is “The Willingdon.” ∆

During the event, attendees were treated to an exclusive cocktail lesson with The Bar Cart by Lavish Liquid. They used their pre-ordered cocktail kits or ingredients they had on hand to follow chef de boisson Spencer Powell’s

THE WILLINGDON BCIT Alumni Association’s first official cocktail Ingredients 2.0 oz gin 1.0 oz lime

0.75 oz elderflower syrup 2 sprigs of rosemary (1 for garnish)

Add all ingredients (except for 1 sprig of rosemary) to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 – 15 seconds until chilled and diluted. Double strain into a couple glass. Garnish with remaining rosemary.

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ENGAGING EVENTS: CELEBRATING NEW GRADS & CONNECTING ALUMNI While the pandemic continued to slow the hosting of in-person events over the past year, the Alumni Association supported several opportunities to bring our alumni together, both virtually and in person. In 2021/22, the Association disbursed nearly $20,000 towards seven events and programs hosted by our community partners and welcomed thousands of our newest alum at our convocation celebration. Learn more about alumni events: bcit.ca/alumni/connect/events 2021 BCIT CONVOCATION CELEBRATION The BCIT Alumni Association proudly welcomed the Institute’s newest graduates at the 2021 Convocation Ceremony, which was held virtually and included a celebration video, complimentary celebration boxes for graduates, and a digital program. Hosted by emcee and BCIT alumnus Kevin Lim, 104.9 KiSS RADiO Vancouver Morning Show Host, the celebration video featured appearances by BCIT President Kathy Kinloch, BCIT Alumni Association President

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Emil Bosnjak, BCIT Honorary Doctorate of Technology recipient Dr. Clive Beddoe, class valedictorians, BCIT leaders, and more. It garnered more than 1,390 views and was watched by viewers from around the world. Nearly 1,900 celebration boxes welcomed our newest graduates with a grad cap, a congratulatory card, a pair of BCIT Alumni socks, a BCIT Alumni pin, and an alumni window decal. The Alumni Association promoted the celebration through contests and our social media channels.


SCHMOOZAPALOOZA The Alumni Association sponsored the 16th annual Schmoozapalooza event in January 2022. Organized by the BCIT Marketing Association, the virtual event welcomed 234 attendees and gave students, alumni, and industry members the opportunity to build connections through activities including speed networking.

BCITSA IxL CONFERENCE In February 2022, the Alumni Association sponsored and participated in the fifth annual IxL Leadership Conference. Hosted by the BCIT Student Association, the two-day virtual conference welcomed a total of 170 alumni, faculty, and students. It featured a panel of industry leaders on a speaker panel that included BCIT alumni Hannah Rangeley-Davies and Sonny Thind, who shared their experiences with overcoming challenges.

MACKAY CEO FORUMS BCIT and the Alumni Association became sponsors of MacKay CEO Forums as an Innovator Partner. This exciting partnership will provide BCIT alumni with the opportunity to engage in peer learning and networking events with other CEOs, executives, and business owners. With more than 1,200 members around the world, MacKay CEO Forums is designed to connect highperforming business leaders and inspire them to grow and learn from each other.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS Alumni enjoyed hitting the links with the wider community at two golf tournaments this past year. The Association sponsored and participated in the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade ProAm Golf Tournament at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in August 2021 and Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at the Redwoods Golf Course in September 2021.

ASTTBC AGM AND CONFERENCE The BCIT Alumni Association sponsored and participated in the 2021 Virtual ASTTBC (Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia) AGM and Conference in May 2021. The Association welcomed attendees to its virtual tradeshow booth at this month-long event.

VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST In October 2021, the Alumni Association sponsored the Vancouver Writers Fest held at Granville Island. The event saw approximately 200 attendees as the Association welcomed visitors to our on-site booth and contests.

Opposite: Complimentary celebration box for 2021 graduates. Top: BCIT Alumni Association President Emil Bosnjak congratulates new graduates in the 2021 Convocation Ceremony video. Middle: BCIT alumni Hannah Rangeley-Davis and Sonny Thind address attendees of the BCITSA IxL Conference. Bottom: (l-r) Past BCIT Alumni Association President, BCIT Foundation Board member, and BCIT Board of Governors Chair Adam Pion; past BCIT Alumni Association Vice President Kiel Landrigan; and BCIT alum Travis Stevenson with amateur pro golfer at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

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MAKING HISTORY Established in 1979, the BCIT Alumni Association was founded to serve its then 12,000 alumni members. Today, there are 200,000 alumni working in every sector, making significant contributions to communities in BC, Canada, and across the globe. 2004 The Alumni Association celebrates 25 years, as the number of alumni reaches 100,000.

1979 BCIT Alumni Association incorporates as a society.

1986

2003

‘Willingdon Club’ is created to give alumni members benefits and discounts, and to help fund Association activities.

1982 Volunteers produce the first Alumni Association newsletter.

1989 The Alumni Association Endowment Fund is established to support student scholarships and bursaries.

1999 The Alumni Association launches its first website.

1991 The number of BCIT alumni reaches 25,000. BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 2021/22

The inaugural BCIT Distinguished Alumni Awards gala is held with 340 guests.


2020 The Alumni Association announces the new Fraser Valley Chapter to connect and support BCIT alumni in the Fraser Valley Regional District.

2006 The Alumni Association sends a welcome CD-ROM to new graduates.

2020 2020 The BCIT Alumni Perks app launches in January, making BCIT the first post-secondary institution in BC to debut an alumni app at the time.

The Alumni Association pledges $1 million towards the INSPIRE Campaign to develop BCIT’s first-ever BCIT Alumni Centre.

2020 The Alumni Association convenes its first-ever online AGM.

2019 The Alumni Association celebrates 40 years, and launches its first international chapter in Hong Kong. Alumni grow to 185,000 spanning 100 countries across the globe.

2020 The inaugural BCIT Alumni Holiday Market launches.

2021 The BCIT Alumni Association launches its first-ever alumni welcome video. ∆

2011 The Alumni Association endowment grows to $1 million, making it the largest endowment supporting BCIT students.

2014 BCIT celebrates 50 years, merging the Distinguished Alumni Awards with its anniversary gala, with 1,300 guests. 13


COMMUNICATIONS Stories can capture your attention, strengthen, or challenge your perspective, and inspire you to take action. This past year, the Alumni Association had the privilege of sharing many powerful ones through our alumni features, which were published on the BCIT News blog and shared through our social media channels and website. In 2021/22, we shone a light on alumni who overcame enormous challenges on the road to success, are using technology to protect their communities, and are motivating future generations of BCIT graduates. Read all our alumni stories: bcit.ca/news

INDIGENOUS RED SEAL MACHINIST CHELSEA BARRON IS FORGING HER OWN PATH Chelsea Barron has an angel. Her name was Angelina. She hunted on horseback, and was a residential school survivor and fierce mother of nine children. Angelina was Chelsea’s grandmother and is a driving inspiration in her life. Like her grandmother before her, Chelsea is forging her own unique path. A member of the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) Nation,

the BCIT alumna is now a Red Seal Machinist and one of few women working in a male-dominated trade. She says the leading-edge skills she learned as a student in the BCIT Machinist program helped prepare her to succeed: “You don’t often see many women in the machining industry. Being singled out as different, as a minority, a woman, an Indigenous person…it’s tough. You have to prove you belong.”


JUSTIN PERRY MITIGATES BC WILDFIRES USING DRONE TECHNOLOGY

FIRST-EVER BCIT ALUMNI WELCOME VIDEO

What started out as a passion for 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. Justin’s role as a drone pilot was the perfect opportunity to combine the skills he learned in the BCIT Forest and Natural Areas Management Diploma program and his interest in drone technology.

This year, we launched our first-ever BCIT Alumni Association Welcome Video. Debuting at our 2021 Virtual AGM, the 50-second video welcomes alumni to the Alumni Association and our many exclusive benefits and opportunities. The upbeat video is featured on our website, the BCIT Youtube channel, and our social media channels. Watch the video: bcit.ca/alumni

Outside of mitigating wildfires and pushing his own limits to grow, Justin finds value in giving back to youth in the Indigenous community through drone training as a way to empower them. Drone technology can be used to collect high-resolution remote sensing data of lands and waters, which Indigenous youth can utilize for land management purposes in their communities.

HOW A BCIT ALUM’S TRAGEDY INSPIRED 35 YEARS OF GENEROSITY SUPPORTING BCIT BROADCAST STUDENTS In 1975 when he was 15 years old, Ken Garrett got his first big break in radio on CJAT-AM, calling himself “Super Kid”. His on-air personality would not only jump-start this BCIT Broadcast alum’s passion for broadcasting but also foreshadow his real-life heroism in a tragedy that cost him his life nearly 15 years later. Fast forward to May 1987, when Ken, now a successful radio station manager, and his girlfriend had just got engaged. To celebrate, the couple set out on a local lake when overpowering winds suddenly flipped their canoe. Ken repeatedly pushed Shelley onto the overturned canoe, ultimately saving her life. Ken, who had been in the frigid water too long, did not survive.

Opposite: Red Seal Machinist Chelsea Barron Top: Chief Drone Pilot Justin Perry Bottom: Ken (l) and George Garrett

The devastating loss shattered the Garrett family but also inspired Ken’s father George to contribute to a BCIT endowment funding awards for BCIT Broadcast students. Now 87 years old, George has contributed faithfully to the Ken Garrett Memorial Award endowment in his son’s memory for the past 35 years. By 2021, the endowment had disbursed more than $13,000 in awards to 26 BCIT Broadcast students.

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CAMPUS REDEVELOPMENT AT BCIT BURNABY CAMPUS Exciting new developments got underway at BCIT this past year. Through the BCIT INSPIRE Campaign and with the support of the Province of British Columbia, a tireless Campaign Cabinet, Campaign Patrons, donors, industry partners, alumni, faculty, and staff, two campus redevelopment projects are transforming teaching and learning spaces at the Burnaby campus. The new Health Sciences Centre will be completed in fall 2022 and work on the Trades and Technology Complex will begin soon. Learn more about campus redevelopment plans and stay connected to learn more about the INSPIRE Campaign: bcit.ca/inspire EDUCATION INNOVATION FOR HEALTH SCIENCES Since breaking ground in December 2019, the $78.3 million Health Sciences Centre is on track to welcome students in fall 2022. At 106,660 square feet, the Centre will allow BCIT to advance teaching and learning technologies and significantly increase training capacity for key in-demand healthcare professionals. Set to be the most sustainable building on the Burnaby campus, the four-storey building will be a net-zero carbon emission space, integrating patient-care simulation, allied heath and laboratory science, while staying true to the applied learning for which BCIT is known.

STUDENTS TO GET NEW AND RENEWED $162.2M FACILITIES Students, staff, and faculty in BCIT trades and technology programs will soon have access to new training facilities with an investment of $162.6 million in the Trades and Technology Complex (TTC) at the Burnaby campus. A collection of new

and renovated buildings and enhanced campus infrastructure, the TTC will create increased access to world-leading, adaptive learning environments for 21st-century trades education. The investment builds on BCIT’s outstanding leadership in trades training and contributes directly to BC’s economic and workforce development priorities. The Province of British Columbia is providing $136.6 million and the BCIT Foundation is providing $26 million of privatesector support towards the first phase of the TTC, which includes significant contributions from industry partners across six sectors. The multi-building development will train future trades and technology professionals to meet the growing skilled-labour demand, as well as ensure that the workforce is ready to adapt to the growing challenges of tomorrow.

Opposite: The new Health Sciences Centre at the BCIT Burnaby campus. Below: Artist’s rendering of the Trades and Technology Complex at the BCIT Burnaby campus.

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ABOUT THE BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION VISION A global community of passionate alumni promoting the excellence of BCIT. MISSION To foster alumni success, give back to our BCIT community, and engage alumni for life. Founded by graduates in 1979, the BCIT Alumni Association is a registered, non-profit society governed by a board of volunteer directors and financed by the Association’s partnerships, revenue-generation programs, and BCIT support. The Association has more than 195,000 members across the globe. All BCIT graduates who have earned a credential of 21 credit hours or more are alumni, and members of the association.

STRATEGIC PLAN HIGHLIGHTS 2019 – 2022 FOUR KEY PRIORITIES:

ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

REGIONAL, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL

PHILANTHROPY & REVENUE GENERATION

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PAST PRESIDENTS CIRCLE

Increase meaningful engagement for BCIT alumni across key membership segments (Prominent Alumni, Career Climbers, and New Alumni) in four engagement categories:

With 195,000+ alumni and growing, we know that thousands are in other Canadian provinces, and at least 5,500 are located across 90+ countries around the world. In addition to our online and Lower Mainland engagement strategies, we endeavour to build regional online and in-person engagement opportunities in the following key markets:

The Association generates revenue to fund programs and services for alumni, and to give back to the BCIT community. BCIT has launched the largest campaign in its 50-year history, INSPIRE. The Association aims to be a significant donor to this campaign. Over the term of this plan, we will increase and diversify revenue to enhance alumni programs, and reach our philanthropic goal of making a major, multi-year pledge to the INSPIRE Campaign.

With over 40 years of proud history, the BCIT Alumni Association is sincerely grateful to its Past Presidents for building a strong organization and foundational legacy. Through strategically engaging our Past Presidents and maintaining relationships, we will identify and leverage opportunities to continue to advance our mission. These leaders have extensive knowledge and experience to contribute, as well a vested interest in the success of the Alumni Association and BCIT.

1. Volunteerism 2. Experiential & Events 3. Philanthropic Giving 4. Communication

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Hong Kong Toronto Vancouver Island BC Interior Fraser Valley

For more information, visit bcit.ca/alumni BCIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 2021/22


BCIT BY THE NUMBERS 2021/22

200,000

ALUMNI IN CANADA total alumni

169,961 ON

AB

3,581 2,012 1,205

ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

36

201

volunteers

Others

philanthropic giving

3,193

experiential & events

BC

161,163

174,162

91,971

contactable alumni

contactable with email

GLOBAL ALUMNI*

5,419

BCIT STATS Approximately

Nearly

50,000 students enrolled annually

1,700

3000 2500

Indigenous students

2000 1500

Nearly

6,000 international students from 120 countries

employees

6

schools

5

campuses

1,178 United States

1000 500

2,500

2,784 China (including Hong Kong)

515 South Korea

0

Including alumni located in more than 110 countries worldwide.

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ALUMNI IMPACT SINCE ASSOCIATION INCEPTION

4,940

alumni donors

$746,000

total funding for BCIT Alumni Associationsupported student awards

$2.73 M

alumni giving

$1.86 M

BCIT Alumni Association giving

Source: BCIT Institutional Research and BCIT Advancement, 2021/22

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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION March 31, 2022, with comparative information for 2021.

2022

2021

$297,299

$305,969

Accounts Receivable

2,137

1,050

Prepaid Expenses

4,429

6,561

$303,865

$313,580

$2,437

$2,919

INTERNALLY RESTRICTED

100,000

100,000

UNRESTRICTED

201,428

210,661

$303,865

$313,580

ASSETS Cash and Cash Equivalents

TOTAL ASSETS

LIABILITIES

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

Emil Bosnjak, President BCIT Alumni Association

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Reshmeena Lalani, Treasurer BCIT Alumni Association


STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS Year ended March 31, 2022, with comparative information for 2021.

2022

2021

$209,980

$166,818

905

1,426

-

1,000

2,694

2,665

-

10,000

$213,579

$181,909

$2,100

$5,425

2,733

2,306

418

190

150,000

160,000

1,236

5,454

18,558

10,151

5,170

3,295

-

(841)

Chapter Expenses

22,992

19,275

Marketing and Communications

16,560

24,836

3,044

3,699

$222,811

$233,790

($9,232)

($51,881)

REVENUE Affinity Programs Merchandising (convocation flowers, etc.) Event Revenue (ticket sales, auction proceeds, sponsorship) Interest Chapter Revenue TOTAL REVENUE

EXPENSES Board of Directors Board/Committee Meetings (including AGM) Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Volunteer and Staff Recognition Donations Legal and Professional Services Special Events Sponsorship and External Participation Event Expenses Merchandise Supplies

General and Administrative TOTAL EXPENSES

NET SURPLUS/(DEFICIT)

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PARTNERSHIPS & SPONSORSHIPS The BCIT Alumni Association is sincerely grateful to our valued partners. These partnerships not only help our alumni members, but also provide an important revenue source to the Alumni Association, ensuring we can continue to foster alumni and student success through donations and sponsorships.

AFFINITY PARTNERS Our five affinity partners provide exclusive deals, special promotions, and preferred rates to benefit our alumni, students, and the BCIT community.

The BMO® BCIT Mastercard® from Bank of Montreal lets you reward yourself with AIR MILES®† Reward Miles for cash back on every purchase.

Life, health, critical illness and disability insurance offers a variety of flexible, customizable insurance plans to ensure you and your family have the financial resources to recover after serious illness, accident, or death.

Manulife offers special group rates on a wide range of insurance plans including term life insurance, health and dental insurance, income protection, critical illness insurance, and more.

Prospera Credit Union offers eligible BCIT trades apprenticeship students financial support to bridge the gap between being accepted at BCIT and the start of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

Home insurance from TD Insurance Meloche Monnex helps BCIT alumni get access to preferred insurance rates on home, condo, auto, and tenant coverage.

For more information, visit bcit.ca/alumni/enjoy

PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS The BCIT Alumni Association is proud to partner with organizations to enhance opportunities for our growing alumni base.

DIVERSITY

We appreciate our sponsorship of the ASTTBC’s AGM, and their reciprocal sponsorship of our key events.

We are grateful to work with BCIT Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, supporting its events showcasing Indigenous BCIT alumni.

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We also deeply value our partnership with the BCIT Student Association, running career services for alumni and students, a robust alumnistudent mentorship program, industry days career fairs, and speaker panel events featuring BCIT alumni.

CIRCLES

We are pleased to partner with Diversity Circles in support of its events promoting diversity in our community.


BCIT ALMUNI PERKS PARTNERS Through the free BCIT Alumni Perks app, the Association is proud to provide our alumni exclusive access to offers, discounts, events, and contests from our valued Alumni Perks Partners. Take advantage of the exclusive offers and discounts from our Perks partners. Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play (search ‘BCIT Alumni’).

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— BCIT PRIDE IT’S TIME EVERYONE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE. You worked hard for your BCIT education. Show it off with BCIT Alumni-branded items including socks, mugs, water bottles, clothing, jewellery, and stationery. Shop now: alumnistore.bcit.ca

Get 20% off your entire order! At checkout, use promo code BCITALUMNI Limit: One use per customer.


9 WAYS TO KEEP IN TOUCH BCIT’s 200,000 alumni are proud ambassadors, tackling today’s complex world and developing new solutions to build a better tomorrow. The BCIT Alumni Association fosters alumni success, gives back to BCIT, and connects our global community of passionate alumni. We’d love to stay in touch with you. Update your contact information at bcit.ca/alumni/connect

BE RECOGNIZED by sharing your story or nominating someone for a BCIT award.

ENJOY unique offers and services—download our free BCIT Alumni Perks app from Google Play or the App Store.

HIRE students and alumni to help your organization succeed.

GIVE BACK with any amount to support the Alumni Association and BCIT students.

VOLUNTEER with boards and committees, mentor a student, or be a guest speaker.

GET SOCIAL and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (search ‘BCIT alumni’).

ADVANCE your career with workshops and job search tools.

SHOP and show your BCIT pride with BCIT Alumni-branded merchandise.

NETWORK at online or in-person Alumni Association events to grow your connections.

For more details, visit bcit.ca/alumni


— KEEP IN TOUCH. ENJOY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS. 604.432.8847 1.877.432.8847 alumni@bcit.ca bcit.ca/alumni

— THE BRITISH COLUMBIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. EDUCATION FOR A COMPLEX WORLD.

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