BC Food Protection Association

2015 Student Event Articles:

March 6, 2015 - Student Networking Event at Molson Coors

Prepared by Yaxi Hu, BCFPA Student Coordinator and M.Sc. candidate of UBC

Twelve student members comprised of UBC and BCIT students attended the BCFPA Student Networking Event held on March 6, 2015 at Molson Coors.

Students arrived to network, and even enjoyed some delicious sandwiches, pizza and refreshments provided by the BCFPA, and sampled some beers produced by Molson Coors. The meeting was opened by Yaxi Hu, BCFPA Student Coordinator, who welcomed all attendees, outlined the plan for the event and introduced the benefits of becoming a BCFPA student member.

The first presenter was Brian C. Johnston who recently retired from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) as Senior Environmental Health Officer (EHO). Having graduated from BCIT and majored in the Environmental Health program, Brian is a successful model for both BCIT and UBC students. He shared his career journey in his talk where he emphasized the necessity of early career planning and explained how students with various backgrounds might be a good fit to become an EHO.

The presentation was followed by Sajan Joseph who also graduated from the Environmental Health program in BCIT and worked as a Senior EHO at VCH. By telling how he changed his career from an architecture engineer to an EHO, Sajan shared his colourful career path and suggested attendees to be open to changes and always “think out of the box”.

To help the students became more acquainted with each other, Yaxi asked each attendee to introduce themselves and their school commitments to the group at the end of the presentations. At the end of the event, door prices were given out. The SPDG would like to graciously thank the guest speakers for attending, the BCFPA for their support and Ana Cancarevic for arranging the venue at Molson Coors.

We would like to welcome all our new student members who joined BCFPA during this Student Networking Event and we look forward to organizing more wonderful events in the future.

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