Distinguished Service Awards

Distinguished Service Awards are given to recognize outstanding and sustained service to BCIT and/or the educational community that BCIT serves. The recipients are distinguished by one or more of the following:

Nominations are invited from everyone, including the BCIT community (Tributes Committee members, students, advisory committee members, alumni, retirees and the Board of Governors).

Nomination process

The Tributes Committee

The Tributes Committee administers honorary awards and is comprised of the following voting members:

Eligibility and selection criteria

The Tributes Committee will consider candidates who meet either of the following two criteria:

  1. An individual who has given exceptional, longstanding service to BCIT and its strategic goals.
  2. An individual who is recognized for excellence and accomplishment associated with BCIT or its programs, and whose receipt of such an award will bring honour and distinction to BCIT.

NOTE: The Distinguished Service Award is normally given to past BCIT employees, Board members or Advisory Committee members who have been retired or have ceased to be actively involved with the Institute for at least two years.

Nomination process
  • Nominations will be treated with utmost confidentiality and received by the BCIT Board of Governors office for the Tributes Committee.
  • The Tributes Committee will review all nominations and bring forward these nominations to the Board of Governors for approval.
  • The chair of the Tributes Committee (or designate) will acknowledge receipt of each nomination.
  • The Tributes Committee may call upon nominators for clarification or more information.
  • Based on full consideration of all information, the Tributes Committee will recommend final candidate(s) for Board approval.
  • The chair of the Board (or designate), following approval of the BCIT Board of Governors, will contact successful candidates.
  • Successful candidates will be recognized at the Convocation ceremonies in February or June.
How to nominate someone

The Nomination Process involves 3 stages of consideration. Not all nominees advance to the next stage.

  1. A completed nomination form [pdf] is submitted to the Tributes Committee of the Board of Governors.
  2. The nominator will be contacted for further information about the nominee.
  3. The Committee contacts nominator and asks for a nomination package to be completed.

The nomination package consists of:

  • 3-4 letters of support
  • resume or curriculum vitae
  • a statement and rationale of 500 words
Assistance for nominators

The Tributes Committee acknowledges that the nomination process can be time-consuming. While the nomination decision must rest with the nominator, we can provide some assistance in preparing the necessary documentation. Contact Assistant, VP Advancement, Jenny Yang at 604.432.8423 or email Jenny Yang.

All nominations are treated as confidential.

Please send the completed information package to:
Vice President, Advancement Services
British Columbia Institute of Technology
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2
Email: Jenny Yang


For more information, please contact Assistant, VP Advancement, Jenny Yang or call 604.432.8423.

Previous recipients

View list of all previous distinguished service award recipients