Source: British Columbia Institute of Technology
BCIT-Canfor partnership wins Global Best Award
October 13, 2006
BC: The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Canfor
Corporation have teamed up to win The Conference Board of Canada’s 2006
Global Best Award in Enterprise Education Partnerships.
The Global Best Award in Enterprise Education recognizes business-education
partnerships that demonstrate innovation in the business community and
outstanding achievement in teaching young people marketable workplace
skills. It is awarded biennially through an international competition.
In an innovative partnership, BCIT students worked with Canfor executives
under the direction of BCIT faculty to design and build a model wood-frame
home to scale. The model home used engineered wood products and was designed
to meet building code requirements. It used environmentally friendly
building materials in order to reflect Canfor's commitment to sustainable
This initiative gave Canfor a physical means of communicating the
capabilities of new construction methods and innovative building materials
to its customers. "The students at BCIT did a wonderful job constructing the
model home, which provides us a tangible reference to communicate Canfor's
capabilities to our customers," said Don Kayne, VP Wood Products Marketing.
"Projects of this nature are an excellent opportunity for students to get a
unique education about our industry and our company," he said.
"We were delighted to be asked by Canfor to partner with them in this
initiative," said John English, Dean of the School of Construction and the
Environment at BCIT. "This project gave our faculty and students a unique
opportunity to work with a world class firm and make a direct contribution
to the firm's marketing communications," he added.
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School of Construction and the Environment
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