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Our President and Board Chair

From Leadership

Welcome.

The only polytechnic in British Columbia with a provincial mandate, BCIT is a unique institution with exceptional people, outstanding learning outcomes, and real-world impact. The strategic planning process has reaffirmed our focus on the preparation of job-ready graduates and the progression of practice, both enabled by our distinctive partnership with industry.

At the same time, influenced by changes around us and by capacity within, we have defined the priorities for attention. These include a heightened commitment to our people, to ongoing innovation in applied education, and to strategic connections within and beyond British Columbia. The Ministry has charged us to deliver high-quality education that is accessible and affordable, to contribute to broad-based economic growth, and to advance the objectives of reconciliation. Our plan aligns with this mandate and BCIT’s primary focus remains the province. However, our context is global; we must continue to infuse our community, curriculum, and culture with international perspectives.

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On the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we are witnessing seismic shifts in the workplace, with significant economic and social impact. Much of what we do in the next three years will be about creating the human, technical, and physical capacity to equip BCIT for ongoing success.

Kathy Kinloch, President

On the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we are witnessing seismic shifts in the workplace, with significant economic and social implications. At BCIT, we see this disruption as an opportunity to improve productivity, to create and fill new jobs, and to help people reskill and upskill throughout their working lives. The best solution to prepare learners for an unknowable future is to give them tools that will empower them to adapt to change and navigate a highly fluid world. Our education model enables us to connect with learners and industry in ways that our peers cannot; our operating model should allow us to respond and innovate with greater agility than most. The title of our plan signals our focus on strengthening and leveraging these differentiators through concerted attention to relevance, reach, and renewal in all that we do.

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The best solution to prepare learners for an unknowable future is to give them tools that will empower them to adapt to change and navigate a highly fluid world.

Kathy Corrigan, Board Chair

This Strategic Plan charts our direction and outlines a roadmap for implementation. It will be translated to actions and deliverables through successive annual Strategic Implementation Plans. In many ways, it is more than a refresh given the scope and scale of change around us. Much of what we do in the next three years will be about creating the human, technical, and physical capacity to equip BCIT for ongoing success. However, we will balance this focus on planning and institution building with initiatives that make a concrete difference to our people and partners in the near term.

To all of you who have contributed, thank you. You have challenged us to be bold. You have told us where we need to improve. And you have enabled us to create a Strategic Plan that reflects the best of BCIT and describes a shared sense of purpose and commitment. We look forward to your continued engagement and partnership as we move ahead.

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