"My name is Sean Hepple and I am the President of APICS BCIT for 2010/2011. After graduating high school from Vancouver College, I attended the University of British Columbia where I earned a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree (BHKin). After completing my undergraduate schooling, I decided to start my own business (SeanWorks Renovations) which I ran successfully for several years before I made the decision to come to BCIT. I also have several years of management experience in the service industry. In my spare time, I engage in a number of athletic pursuits. During my first two years at UBC, I played football for the UBC Thunderbirds and I now ski and golf as often as the opportunity arises. I am a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade's Leaders of Tomorrow mentorship program. I look forward to applying the skills I've learned at BCIT to establish my career in the Vancouver business community."
Sean Hepple also did these tasks beyond his regular duties:
"My name is Nadia Graham. I am the Vice-President of the APICS BCIT student chapter this year. My previous educat ion includes a B.Sc. (Biology) from UBC, an Advanced Specialty Certificate in Forensic Science from BCIT, and an M.Sc. in Biomolecular Archaeology. I have spent time working in all of those fields (and in retail management) and I enrolled in Business Operations Management last year because I wanted to take a different direction with my career. Ultimately, I would like to become a project manager but I’m still exploring my options in terms of the industry that I’d like to work in. I know that wherever I work, my primary goal will be to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I enjoy international travel and learning new languages – as they help me to meet new people and to experience other cultures. "
Nadia Graham also did these tasks beyond her regular duties:
"Hello! My name is Jeff Malcolm and I am the Secretary for the APICS BCIT Student Chapter. I have had a diverse set of work experiences ranging from warehousing to customer retention to audio engineering and DJ work, all of which have specific processes that can be continuously improved. This way of thinking eventually turned me on to the Business Operations Management program at BCIT where I am enjoying learning creative ways of tackling business-related problems and opportunities. I am still actively involved in many audio engineering projects and hope to find a career in a field that merges productivity and process improvement principles with some form of entertainment or media. I am also really interested in travel (particularly Europe) and mountain bikes."
Jeff Malcom also did these tasks beyond his regular duties:
"My name is Andrew Quong. I am the Treasurer for the BCIT APICS student chapter. I enrolled into the Business Operations Management program straight out of high school. It is my hope that after completing the Business Administration degree I will find myself a steady career within Vancouver’s bustling business community. I like to keep physically fit and enjoy nice hikes on the Grouse Grind every couple of weeks. I serve with the Canadian Forces part-time in an armoured reconnaissance role, and have done so for the past three years."
Andrew Quong also did these tasks beyond his regular duties:
"Hello there! I am Erika Ramos, and I will be the Director of Events for the APICS BCIT Chapter this year.
I was halfway through a program that was similar to Business Operations Management in the Philippines when my family and I had to move to Canada. I was working in a Tim Hortons in Richmond before I came to BCIT. When I am done with my courses in BCIT and have successfully graduated, I am going to pursue a career in planning, organizing, and executing events. I love dogs, adventurous weekends, action and comedy movies, and books that attract my attention (there’s so many). My favorite past time is hanging out with my friends."
"Hello, my name is Niko Condon and I come to APICS with over 8 years experience in various line level and supervisory roles in the Hospitality Industry. During my time in Hotels, I was able to see how F&B, Banquet, Rooms, Front Office and Engineering departments all worked together for the common purpose of providing guests with a memorable and comfortable experience. It was this glimpse into the inner workings of a Hotel that first peaked my interest in operations. This combined with experience at a local coffee roasting company in the areas of accounts, warehouse and supply chain management, led me to enrol at BCIT in the Operations Management Program, which introduced me to APICS. When I’m not at BCIT or at an APICS Board Meeting, you can find me on a Softball field - umpiring Senior Women’s fastpitch games -or on stage with my band, rockin’ my bass at Vancouver venues like Pub340 and the Bourbon."
"My name is Natalia Miroshnichenko. I am an international student from Sakhalin, Russia. Currently I am taking the Business Operations Management program at BCIT, which I find very rewarding. Life at BCIT is very different from any other institution I’ve studied at prior to coming to Vancouver. It has a challenging and busy schedule, outstanding and knowledgeable teachers and a supportive environment. Each day I understand that I am capable of doing things I never expected of myself. I enjoy studying with my Set and playing volleyball with them after classes. At BCIT I am exposed to Squash and Tennis, which I find very fun. I have taken the position of APICS Director of Memberships in 2011 in order to help OPMAN students to better understand the scope of opportunities available through BCIT and APICS."
My name is Elena Kuznetsova. I am a Director of Communications for the BCIT APICS student chapter. I have a degree in science (Physics, Optics). I am currently enjoying every course of Business Operations Management program at BCIT! I am interested in business analysis, business process improvement projects and IT systems implementation. I would like to help companies improve their business processes and apply new technologies in order to increase efficiency and profitability. I enjoy swimming and helping others to understand technologies better. My previous work experience relates to project coordination and business development in the international approval industry, marketing management and web site development. I am a member of APICS, ASQ and Toastmasters. I am very motivated and optimistic and I try to share my positive energy with everybody."
Elena Kuznetsova also did these tasks beyond her regular duties:
Written by Sean Hepple
What a year we had over the past year with APICS BCIT. We set 4 ambitious goals, and we over delivered on all of them!
Goal 1: To create a user friendly website to inform students, faculty, and those interested of the chapter's activities and upcoming events. Wow, did we ever! www.apics-bcit.ca is truly a first class website used by all the students in the Business Operations Management program and has been a tremendous tool for us to get our message out!
Goal 2: To organize 4 facility tours where the students of Business Operations Management can see the valuable skills they are learning being used in a working environment. Why stop at 4, how about 7! We had a tremendous time over the year getting to see great companies like Molson’s, Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, OCE Display Graphics, London Drugs, and Grand & Toy doing what it is they do best. We still have two upcoming tours including Virginia Mason Medical Center in April and the Boeing facility in May. These tours were VERY well received by the students and really add to the student experience at BCIT.
Goal 3: To publish 4 newsletters over the course of the academic year that will inform the students, faculty, and those interested in the status of the Student Chapter, achievements of its members, and upcoming events. Again, we over delivered. We created 5 great newsletters with themes: New Board of Directors - New Goals, Teamwork, Networking, Leadership, and Career Building. They raised awareness of the club at networking events throughout the year. The newsletter got attention from those as far away as London, Ontario!
Goal 4: To host an evening which will showcase the successes of the Business Operations Management program and the graduating class of 2011 to future students, alumni, the parent chapters, and future employers. I was talking about the Showcase event with a BCIT administrator the other day and he was so proud of the hard work the students were putting into this event. He mentioned we should be especially proud as this event is student driven and will benefit all those involved. With over 200 people attending, it will undoubtedly exceed our initial expectations! Great work and thank you to everyone involved!
Along with our accomplishments above, we also:
I am also thrilled to report we have seen a better sense of community within the Business Operations Management program this year. The first and second year students are working together on various projects together which help the students and program in all sorts of ways.
On April 8th, we had our Annual General Meeting where we voted in our new Board of Directors for the 2011/2012 year. I’m extremely excited about the potential of this group. Their hard work will really help the students get maximum benefit out of their time at BCIT and get them even more job ready.
I would also like to thank our Board of Directors for the 2010/2011 year. You should all be incredibly proud of the results achieved by your hard work and dedication over the past year. Your leadership and initiative helped to lay a great foundation for future years.
I’m proud to list the following students of the old and the new Board of Directors:
|President||Sean Hepple||Niko Condon|
|Vice President||Nadia Graham||Lance Pangan|
|Treasure||Andrew Quong||Rafael Zveibil|
|Secretary||Jeff Malcolm||Irene Liang|
|Director of Events||Erika Ramos||Michael Virlas|
|Director of Marketing||Niko Condon||Tim Wong|
|Director of Communications||Elena Kuznetsova||Ken Chen|
|Director of IT||(did not exist)||Alexander Osipov|
|Director of Membership||Natalia Miroshnichenko||(open for next year)|
|Director at Large||(was not filled)||(open for next year)|
To the new Board of Directors for the 2011/2012 year, I am really excited for you to see the benefits we saw by being involved in the Club. The challenges you will overcome and the skills you will learn over the next year will be of tremendous value to you throughout your career.
Thank you as well to everyone who helped to make this year a great success for APICS BCIT!
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