BCIT Industry World Cafe

World Cafe is an opportunity for Business Management students and alumni to gain valuable insight from a variety of industry professionals.

Event Details


September 22, 2016


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


SW1 Gateway

3700 Willingdon Ave


The Industry World Café is based on the World Café model which is a “method” for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter to the real-life situations of your organization or community.” Simply put, in the world of Management, the Industry World Café will provide you, our emerging professionals, the opportunity to have “conversations that matter” with current managers that allow for ideas and insights to be shared, and emerge with the wisdom of the group for all to experience.

BC’s economy offers a considerable range of industries and career opportunities for students coming from BCIT’s Business Management Diploma Program. As such, the purpose of the Industry World Café event is to help students graduating from this program to broaden their views of the available career and employment opportunities by introducing them to practicing managers from a range of industries in British Columbia.

The event is structured so 20 participants from a variety of industries will host tables with 5-7 students and Alumni and lead a discussion with respect to the employment opportunities and challenges related to their specific industries and lines of work. Students will rotate from table to table every 20 minutes. Close to 100 current Business Management students will be attending as well as over 50 alumni. The evening begins at 7pm on September 22, 2016 and will be held in SW1 Gateway.

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Table Hosts

Host Title Organization
Karen Chan Manager, SR&ED Tax KPMG
Scott Dore VP, Sales Centra Windows
Tanya Stewart Account Manager Waste Management
Stephen Wu Economic Investment Strategist City of Surrey
Evelyn Gut General Manager IHG Hotels and Resorts
Jim Shopland President Shopland Health Connections Inc.
Gonzalo Valdes Director Logistics - Mining & Metals FLUOR Canada Ltd.
Darren Frew Director of Planning and Communication BC Bioenergy Network
Nancy Lord Owner www.nancylord.com
Aldrich Ang General Sales Manager Jim Pattison Auto Group
Wilson Lee Founder & CEO Wun2Free Entertainment
TBD Program Manager, Power Smart Sustainable Communities BC Hydro
Ryan Lepp North American Sales Manager Conifex Fibre Marketing Inc.
Verna Chow Regional Sales Manager Sony Mobile Communications
Brent Johnson General Manager Vin65
Eric Coronado Property Manager Gateway Property Management
Brenda Rigney VP of People Operations Earls


Time Details
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Table Hosts arrive and are greeted by student volunteers
Students and alumni register and find a seat at a table
7:00 PM - 7:05 PM Welcome by Kathy Kinloch, President of BCIT
7:05 PM - 7:10 PM Brief overview of the evening, instructions
7:15 PM - 7:35 PM Session 1
7:35 PM - 7:55 PM Session 2
7:55 PM - 8:10 PM Break
8:10 PM - 8:30PM Session 3
8:30 PM - 8:50 PM Session 4
8:50 PM - 9:00 PM BCIT representative thank you, Table Hosts receive gifts, draw for students
9:00 PM Event ends



Registration closes September 22.

Contact Information

Charlotte Culver
Program Head, Business Management Diploma
SE6 Office 303
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2
(604) 451-6787