BCIT Honours Six Stars for Distinguished Achievement at Space-age Gala

On October 29, 2015, during the fiftieth anniversary year-end Gala, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) recognized six outstanding individuals for distinguished achievement in their careers and contributions to their communities.

These passionate and driven individuals are making a difference where they live and work. Congratulations to the 2015 Award Recipients.

Dominic Barton – Honorary Doctorate
As the Global Managing Director of McKinsey and Company, a management consulting firm, Dominic leads the focus on the future of capitalism and the role business leadership can play in creating long-term social and economic value.

Julie Payette – Honorary Doctorate
Julie is recognized in Canada and internationally as an inspirational model in the world of science. She began her career as a systems engineer at IBM Canada before joining the NASA Astronaut Corps in Houston in 1996, and is now Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre.

Marty Edwards – Distinguished Alumni Award
Automation and Instrumentation, Diploma, 1990
As Director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) at the US Department of Homeland Security, Marty coordinates the efforts of federal, state, local, and tribal governments, as well as industrial control systems owners, operators, and vendors, to reduce system risks across all critical infrastructure and key resource sectors.

Randy Smallwood – Distinguished Alumni Award
Mine Engineering, Diploma, 1990
Under his leadership as President and Chief Executive Officer, Randy Smallwood has grown Silver Wheaton into a multi-billion dollar company with investments in 26 mining operations around the world.

Lauren Lee – Outstanding Student and Leadership Award
Airport Operations, Diploma, 2015
Lauren Lee is an award-winning BCIT student crafting a future for herself in airport operations. While at BCIT, Lauren won numerous awards and scholarships, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Trades and Best All-Round Student. Lauren is currently working as a Security Operations Officer at the Vancouver International Airport.

Ralph Hargreaves – Faculty & Staff Association Award
Food Processing, Diploma of Technology, 1966
Ralph Hargreaves began his career at BCIT as a student in the inaugural Food Processing Technology class in 1964, the year BCIT first opened its doors. Four years later, he began working at BCIT as an Assistant Instructor, retiring in 2015 after 47 years as a skilled and passionate teacher, mentor, and role model to other BCIT staff and faculty.

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Thank you to all of the 2015 BCIT Gala Sponsors!