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The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, came to BCIT to announce their support to expand the Legion Military Skills Conversion Program nationally. This investment will help to evaluate the skills and expertise of Canadian military members to fast track their path to a civilian career. This program will be expanded to other locations across Canada including the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Edmonton), Fanshawe College (London), triOS College (locations across Southern Ontario), and Memorial University (St. John's).

We would like to congratulate two students of the Legion Military Skills Conversion Program who received the 2014 Legion Graduating Awards:

Alex Hargott, BBA

Alex was in the very first cohort that piloted our program and proved to be very successful in his studies at BCIT. In 2010 Alex was given advanced placement in the Business Management Diploma (formerly Post-Diploma) in recognition of his military service. After graduating with his diploma in 2011, Alex carried on to complete his BBA through part time studies, which he graduated from on June 18, 2014. We are very proud to see all the hard work and dedication Alex has put towards each of his programs at BCIT. The award Alex is receiving is very well deserved. We wish Alex the best of luck in his professional career.

Roy McKenzie, HR Diploma


In 2013, Roy was given advanced placement in the Human Resource Management Diploma (formerly Post-Diploma) in recognition of his military service. After nine short months, Roy gradated on June 18, 2014 with his diploma. Roy proved to be an exceptional student, managing to balance a heavy course load and a new born baby at home. Hopefully Roy enjoys the next few summer months because he will be right back at it again when he starts the Bachelor of Business Administration full time in the fall. Congratulations to Roy on his success. We are excited to have him back with us in September.

The Legion Military Skills Conversion Program has signed an agreement with TPD (Formerly The Personnel Departmen

t) to establish an "Education to Career Pipeline". The Personnel Department is a global HR solutions organization that specializes in staff placement, recruitment and HR consultancy. Thanks to our new support from The Personnel Department, CF members going through our program will gain the skills and tools necessary to put them on the right track to a successful career.

Staff of the Legion Military Skills Conversion program, Justine Arsenault and Fred Mandl, were given the opportunity to participate in EXECUTREK, which brings together civilian employers and gives them a chance to witness reservists in action. This event is hosted by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) who is a group of business and educational leaders that volunteer their time to promote the training needs of the Primary Reserve force to civilian employers. The LMSCP staff, along with civilian employers, were brought to the Chilcotin training area to watch reservists from 39 Canadian Brigade Group during Exercise Cougar Defender 2013. We were also fortunate to participate in a low-level tactical helicopter flight, thanks to the airmen and airwomen of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, and try our luck with with the C7 rifle and C6 general machine gun.

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