To Mr. Kevin Wainwright

My name is Owen Mcintyre I would like to thank you and the rest of BCIT’s staff who were involved in selecting me for The Royal Canadian Legion Scholars Award, I greatly appreciate this award and medallion. I was not expecting to be recognized in this way and it has come as a very exciting surprise. The cash award is going to assist me greatly in the coming year as I am doing my BBA at HTW Berlin as part of the international exchange program. I have had a great year at BCIT completing my Post Diploma in Business Management with the Royal Canadian Legion Military Skills Conversion Program and I hope more military members will take part in this excellent program. I would like to thank everyone involved in the Skills Conversion Program and the funding/selection of this award as it will assist me in my future education and opportunities.
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Owen Mcintyre

My experience with members of my unit participating in all of the services offered by the BCIT Legion MSCP has been entirely positive and fruitful.  Whether on a part-time, full-time or periodic basis the members were able to accommodate their personal, civilian and military circumstances.  Through the course of their own experience they often commented to me on the professional and personal manner that they were treated and served by the BCIT administrative and teaching staff as well as by student volunteers.  Ultimately for all the Program was a means to achieve the goal of professional transition and advancement.  To that end all of the Westies were successful.  They went on to further their academic development or they found better jobs.  All of those who continued their military service have proved to be better leaders.   I whole-heartedly recommend and support the BCIT Legion MSCP.

Lieutenant Colonel Doug PoitrasCD, Commanding Officer, The Royal Westminster Regiment

[BCIT’s] training is an excellent addition to the department’s succession development process. It has helped Delta move away from a fire fighting focussed management style to a broader management approach more suited to the effective administration of the department.

Students’ ability to transfer previously acquired credits/qualifications from both firefighting and secondary educational organizations has been well received. […] The management courses give insight into working with Human Resources, Labour Management and other Agencies/Departments and general administration practices.[…]

Delta Fire & Emergency Services has had an excellent working experience with Sonia/BCIT since 2011. We have several students enrolled in the program and they have expressed a high degree of satisfaction with both the course structure and preparation for management roles.

Dan Copeland, Fire ChiefDelta Fire & Emergency Services

“The BCIT Fire Executive Management program helps individuals gain the skills required to operate in a business environment, while maintaining their firefighting skill sets. This is a critical gap in the fire service, as many firefighters seeking future advancement into management roles are at a loss about what areas they need to enhance through education and personal development.

The experience working with Sonia Dhaliwal and the BCIT team has been flexible and accommodating. The SITE Centre is continually looking into the needs of the fire service and tailoring to individual development through recognizing prior learning credits. Many departments are already seeing success by the early development of future leaders within their respective organizations.”

Tim Armstrong, Fire ChiefNew Westminster Fire and Rescue Services

Frequency and reliability of transit concerns industrial park workers

DELTA, BC (July 4, 2012) Frequency of service, reliability and length of commutes are some of the concerns of industrial park workers regarding the current transit system, according to a recent study sponsored by the Delta Chamber of Commerce and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and conducted by students of the Business School of BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology).

Both chambers of commerce commissioned the survey because lack of transit in Delta and
Richmond industrial parks is a threat to companies located there as they try to attract and keep workers who face constant challenges in getting to and from work. As the supply of qualified workers gets smaller this problem grows.

Research by the business student team, of Anna Chou and Gaelen-Devin O’Hagan, investigated the needs and opinion of business owners and managers and workers in terms of transit, and the level of transit service currently provided by Translink, in three industrial parks: Tilbury and Annacis Island industrial parks, in Delta, and Port of Vancouver-Richmond Properties, in Richmond.

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David Turbitt
Director, Delta Chamber of Commerce

Craig Jones
Executive Director, Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Peter Roaf
Executive Director, Delta Chamber of Commerce

Delta Chamber of Commerce