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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.

There are three 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 contains recognition awards which do not receive credentials; they include the Distinguished Service, Distinguished Alumni, and Outstanding Student Leadership awards. The third category recognizes outstanding employees through the Employee Excellence and Employee Service Recognition awards.

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Honorary Doctorates

Honorary Doctorate of Technology

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.

For details and how to nominate someone for this award visit Alumni Awards.

Recognition Awards

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 details and how to nominate someone for this award visit Alumni Awards.

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.

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

For details and how to nominate someone for this award visit Alumni Awards.


Employee recognition

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.

For details and how to nominate someone for this award visit Alumni Awards.

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 5, 10, and 15 years of service receive an anniversary award and certificate of service. Employees with 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service receive a service award, and can also choose to be recognized through a celebratory video.

Learn more about Employee Recognition.

Contact us

Do you have comments about awards at BCIT? We’d like to hear them! Contact the awards committees/organizers:

Tributes Committee

Employee Excellence Awards

Service Recognition Awards