When I was a BCIT student back in the late 1980’s I had an instructor who inspired me.
He loved market research and that was what had drawn me back to post secondary as a ‘mature’ (insert your own joke here) student.
He had connections. We worked with Canadian Holidays interviewing customers coming back from vacation in Cancun. Yes, along with 2 other students, we flew down to Cancun, left the plane because of custom issues, stayed at the airport for 2 hours and then reboarded the plane and interviewed returning vacationers who had just spent one or two weeks in the sun. People thought we were crazy, but I loved it. The pilot announced that BCIT students were heading down the aisles passing out surveys and I just thought the whole thing was cool.
Months later I was privileged enough to be in the Boardroom of Whistler/Blackcomb presenting another research report that we had conducted as students…actually interviewing people on the ski hill while going up the chairlift or at the restaurant.
Ron also had connections with the Canucks and although that didn’t occur during my stint as a student, BCIT was very connected with the organization.
Ron evenutally left BCIT and has sadly passed away a numbers of years back, but I will NEVER forget him or his influence on me.
Fast forward to last night, Oct 1, 2011.
We’ve been rekindling the relationship with the Canucks and I was very excited to have a group of students and staff working the concourse levels of Roger’s arena, creating hockey cards for kids and connecting with our alumni.
What made it even more cool was Max was one of the student volunteers as he is now in BCIT’s Broadcasting program.
In talking to our students helping out last night, it was obvious that the connection with the Canucks was a big deal and that kind of linkage between BCIT and the Canucks brand is pretty unique.
For me I loved the fact that we are connected again. I thought of Ron Venne and the influence one person can have. I thought of Chris and his continuing impact. I not only thought of Max, but saw him in action and thought about how privileged I am to be able to experience that.
Thanks Ron….you are never forgotten. Be The Best!