A gift of $1 million from Rudy North, President and founder of North Growth Management Ltd., established the Rivers Institute at BCIT in 2009. The Rivers Institute supports collaborative research, facilitates public awareness activities and provides support for students with a particular interest in river conservation.
“It is not too late to continue to enjoy the best of both worlds if our growth becomes guided by sound knowledge, practical know-how and the political will to grow in harmony with our natural environment. I am confident that … a Rivers Institute at BCIT will become a driving source for keeping BC a natural wonder of the developed world.”
– Rudy North
The BCIT Rivers Institute would like to specifically acknowledge Mr. Rudy North. Rudy has long been dedicated to the environment and has contributed to, and supported, a number of environmental and river related causes. He is passionate about the Fraser River and has been a major supporter of many groups and initiatives including the ‘Heart of the Fraser’ and ‘Soul of the Fraser’ campaigns. Rudy also generously funds a $10,000 per year bursary award for one B.Sc. student and two M.Sc. students in BCIT’s Ecological Restoration programs.