BCIT Awards



BCIT honours staff, alumni, and distinctive individuals through a number of awards programs. These awards, described below, highlight recipients' significant achievements and contributions to the institute, the community, or their field of expertise.

Honorary Awards

There are two categories of honorary awards granted by the Institute. BCIT's authority to grant honorary doctorates is designated by the BC Government and involves the conferring of a degree credential at Convocation. The second category includes the Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Service and Outstanding Student Leadership, which are recognition awards that do not include credentials.

Honorary Doctorate

This is the highest accolade that BCIT gives. It is awarded to individuals who are widely recognized for outstanding and sustained achievements in their areas of expertise. BCIT confers Honorary Doctor of Technology, Laws, or Letters degrees at Convocation, and recipients are also celebrated at the annual BCIT Distinguished Awards gala. View more information, and the nomination form.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Each year, BCIT celebrates the excellence and success of its alumni making positive impacts in the community. We encourage you to nominate an individual who has shown outstanding leadership and commitment in their field and to BCIT. For more information and to read about past recipients, see the BCIT Alumni Association's awards page. View the nomination form.

Distinguished Service Award

This award is granted to recognize outstanding and sustained service to the Institute and/or the educational community that BCIT serves. The recipients are distinguished by one or more of the following: significant contribution to BCIT over many years of service; outstanding accomplishments that have benefitted BCIT and/or the community; or important contributions to BCIT's mandate, mission and strategic goals. View more information, and the nomination form.

Outstanding Student Leadership Award

This recognition award is granted to graduating students who have demonstrated academic achievement and outstanding leadership skills through their contributions to the BCIT and/or wider community during their time at BCIT. View more information, and the nomination form.

The BCIT Tributes Committee invites nominations for the above awards, as per BCIT Policy 5501 Honorary Awards, and Procedure 5501-PR1.

Employee Excellence Awards

Celebrating Employee Excellence is an annual staff awards program to recognize the many and varied contributions our staff members make to the success of the institute. Administered by Human Resources, the awards include:

Extra Mile Award (individual and departmental) Teaching Excellence Applied Research Leadership Team Effort, and more.

Nominations are due in early April. For details, nomination forms, and lists of recipients, visit Employee Excellence Awards.

Service Recognition Awards

BCIT honours employees' service milestones in two ways:

Employees with 10 and 15 years of service are recognized at an annual ceremony in the Great Hall. Employees with 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service attend a banquet dinner celebration.

For information on student awards, see Student Financial Aid and Awards.