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Fireweed Podcast

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After the devastation of a forest fire, the first plant to grow back is fireweed. A vibrant wildflower from the Pacific Northwest, it symbolizes hope, resilience, and adaptability—things we could all use a little more of right now.

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The clock is ticking on big issues like climate change, social justice, accessibility, and cybersecurity—not to mention the fact that we’re trying to recover from a global pandemic. Adaptability is now seen as the critical skill by leading employers across the country. But the trick is: we need to adapt in the right ways. Ways that will help us move forward, together. That’s why this diverse and inter-generational podcast, brought to you by BCIT, tells stories that embody the never-ending human potential to adapt to change.

The podcast features guests from in and around the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, interviewing academics and industry leaders, people from business and tech who are working to create resilient systems—all built to handle change. Meet people with vastly different experiences who have demonstrated their ability to grow and adapt to whatever challenges life throws at them and—like the fireweed—come back stronger than ever.

Latest episode

Stylized artwork for episode 3 of the Fireweed podcast: Cybersecurity

In episode three, we hear from Derek Manky, Chief of Security Insights & Global Threat Alliances for Fortinet about the dangers of doing business in our hyper-connected world, and ways in which industry is fighting back against cybercrime and fraud. Maria also explores a personal story of fraud first hand with Digital Cyber Crimes Investigator Steve Wilson, who shares tips on how to protect ourselves online.

Episode 3: Staying safe in a connected world

Meet our host

Maria Vinca
Maria Vinca, host of Fireweed

Broadcast & Online Journalism Alumna Maria Vinca is our host for Fireweed. Born in Romania, Maria moved to Canada with her family at the age of five. Her love for the broadcast industry was sparked as a child when she appeared in multiple commercials. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Maria most recently hosted Moving Forward: Let’s Talk Anti-Racism, a discussion with two high-profile BCIT alumni speaking on anti-racism through the lens of their lived experiences. Maria is a recent alumni from the Broadcast and Online Journalism program and is currently the Broadcast and Media Communications spokesperson for the BCIT School of Business + Media. 

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