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Emilie Biela, Red Seal carpenter

Needed: women in trades

Starting a career in trades may be unconventional for a woman, but it has its benefits. Ask Red Seal carpenter Emilie Biela. After high school, she landed a summer job with VGS Contracting, a local construction, equipment supply, and installation company in the commercial greenhouse industry. One day, her boss asked her if she would […]

Peter Reus and Leah Peck, Prins Greenhouses

Growing talent in the greenhouse industry

Did you know that employers who are willing to invest in developing their employees are more likely to retain top talent? And not only that: they are also better equipped to thrive, as large numbers of experienced baby boomers move in droves toward retirement. Like many employers in niche markets that require specialized skills, Prins […]

UFV’s new Digital Manufacturing diploma addresses industry need for digital talent

With an eye to the future, the University of the Fraser Valley has announced an innovative new Digital Manufacturing program. Starting in 2020, the diploma program will cover 3D modelling, 3D printing, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines, fabrication strategies, and much more. Graduates will be able to work as operators, technicians, or technologists, either in […]

Enjoy an exceptional lunch experience at Rivers Bistro — Wed and Fri

Under the direction of Chef Sian Hurley, UFV Culinary Arts students are about to take on a new challenge and host an upscale bistro at Rivers Dining Room every Wednesday and Friday until May 10. “Students are entering year two of their apprenticeship,” chef Sian notes. “We want to provide them with an opportunity to […]

executive chef and culinary instructor Jody Sigurdson

Award-winning chef shares her passion in the classroom

When executive chef Jody Sigurdson-Longo showed her culinary arts class at Rick Hansen Secondary a clip from Chopped Canada, one of her students quipped: “Chef, you could totally win this!” And that’s what triggered Jody to compete in and win the famed Food Network cooking competition in 2015. The episode in which she is featured […]

Gingerbread collaboration wins first prize

Sitting among a village of gum-dropped, mostly European-style gingerbread houses, an austere cookie structure stands out, more distinct than its flashy candy counterparts. The tiny home is an artistic interpretation of a traditional Coast Salish dwelling, similar to abodes that were built for thousands of years along the banks of the Fraser River and its […]

UFV students bring home Skills Canada medals

UFV students brought home two medals from the National Skills Competition on Edmonton recently. Congratulations to Greg Zervini, who won silver in the Heavy Mechanical category, and to his coach and instructor, Jamie Ubell. Congratulations to Bradley Streifel, who won bronze in Post-secondary Welding. Congratulations also to coach and instructor Jim Carson. Also competing for […]

Six medals for UFV at BC provincials of Skills Canada trades competition

UFV students fared well at the BC Provincial Skills Canada competition at Tradex in Abbotsford on April 18, bringing home three gold, a silver, and two bronze medals. Congratulations to the following medal winners: Arianna Guenette, Architectural Drafting — Secondary, Bronze Kurtis Stevenson, Architectural Drafting — Secondary, Silver Greg Zervini, Heavy Mechanical, Gold Matthias Leclair, […]

Shirley Burns, UFV Floral Design graduate

A journey from dirt to blossom

When talking about her second career in floral design, Shirley Burns likes to say that she’s still digging up dirt. Throughout a 30-year career in the security and investigation field, Shirley had certainly perfected the art of digging up buried secrets. But even though she was at the top of her game, the former executive […]

UFV Future of Food event features visiting African scholars

An international roster of experts will serve up serious food for thought at UFV on October 25. Billed as a global food systems and food security conversation, the Future of Food event features UFV Canada Research Chair Lenore Newman and Agriculture Centre of Excellence director Garry Fehr along with Dr. Alex Awiti (Aga Khan University […]