The Future of Business at BCIT

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Burnaby, June 14, 2022 – Last week, Beatrice Schreiber received an invitation from BCIT from Eva Wong, International Programs Coordinator, BCIT Business + Media, standing in the middle picture next to Mark Chiarello, Associate Director, Global Relations at BCIT. On either side is Lester de Guzman, Marketing Supervisor, BCIT Business + Media.

Beatrice Schreiber, President of the German Canadian Business Association, had a prior commitment and couldn’t make it, so she requested that someone from the Board attend in her place. As I had time, I was happy to volunteer to learn more about the “Future of Business”.

The invitation read: “Join us Tuesday, June 14th from 6:00-8:30 pm for a lively evening of inspiration, insight, and conversation about the future of business. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine, and connect with fellow professionals during our networking reception, before engaging in a facilitated panel discussion. The evening will bring together a diverse view of speakers from the business community in areas of business analytics, sustainability, and leadership.”

Keynote Speaker:

Brianna Brown, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Decade Impact, did an amazing job sharing her many ways of charting the many different paths to the future or futures.

Besides the pandemic, the last two years have brought us challenging times dealing with racial justice uprisings, urgent calls for reconciliation, economic uncertainty, civil unrest and rising inequality, democratic backsliding, the great resignation and a climate emergency. How can we get to a better future using our businesses to advance our purpose/mission. Brianna did a great job of engaging the audience in a positive, helpful manner.

About Decade:

Decade Impact works with small and medium enterprises to help you define, measure, manage and communicate your impact. Whether speaking in front of your team (virtually) in a design thinking workshop, or behind the scenes working on data analysis and policy development, our team provides the support you need to step into your impact leadership and respond to the critical challenges of our decade


Yogesh Bansal, Associate Digital Marketer, AlgaeCal Inc.
Brianna Brown, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Decade Impact
Jackie Li, Faculty, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Ivy Wan, Faculty, British Columbia Institute of Technology

The moderator, standing to the left of me was Chantel Tsvetu, who is a BCIT journalism alum; an ambivert and global citizen in the making. She did an excellent job keeping things running smoothly.

Hosted by BCIT School of Business + Media, the event was complimentary and in-person, and for some people this was the first time since the pandemic started. Everyone seemed very happy to be there.

If you have any questions about the programs at BCIT, please feel free to visit their website to check them out!:

Business Administration Graduate Certificate

Global Leadership Graduate Certificate

Sustainable Business Leadership  Advanced Diploma

Business Analytics Graduate Certificate

In the above picture, I am standing next to Mark Chiarello, who now sits on the Board of Directors of the German Canadian Business Association with me, and Brendan Banks, who has helped us out with digital consulting and social media challenges from time to time. Brendan is a Senior Student Mobility Coordinator at BCIT School of Business.

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