Peak Leadership

Define and Explore Your Own Leadership!

Supported by the George Tidball Leadership Fund and the Keg Spirit Foundation.

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Peak Leadership is a FREE extra-curricular program designed to give BCIT students the opportunity to learn leadership and professional development through professional sessions, practical leadership experience and self-discovery.


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Please contact the Student Development Specialist at grow@bcitsa.ca to learn more, or drop by the BCIT Student Association Centre in SE2.

Stay tuned for more information about our Leadership Conference open to the BCIT Community coming SPRING 2019. Register on Career Track to be the first to know about our upcoming leadership initiatives. 

Peak Leadership Application Deadline:

Friday, September 21, 2018 by 5:00 pm

What is Involved?


The program is designed to be flexible to accommodate a student’s busy schedule and runs from October 2018 to April 2019. There are three modules in this program that must be completed and they are split into two terms.

In Term 1 (October 5, 2018 to January 15, 2019)

  • Attend three (3) speaker workshops (have a choice from nine (9) different sessions)
  • Complete a self-reflection exercise

Term 2 (January 15 to April 8, 2019)

  • Practice their leadership through either the Leadership Challenge or though Leadership Focused Volunteer Position and write a reflection report
  • Optional – attend our information interviews event, with leaders in the community.

Who Can Join?

Full—time or Part—time Studies BCIT students
We accept 100 students into the program each year.

Why Join Program?

  • Attend sessions that are given by CEOs, VPs and professional coaches to learn from their leadership experience
  • Participate in the Leadership Challenge and gain hands-on, practical leadership skills
  • Find your strengths in leadership and leverage them to stand out in the professional world
  • Increase your employability and expand your network
  • Receive a certificate signed by the BCIT President and a reference letter on request

BCITSA’s Peak Leadership program is supported by the George Tidball Leadership Fund

Frequently Asked Questions


 

What is the Speaker Sessions component?

The Speaker Sessions provide an opportunity to learn from professionals and experts and develop your own leadership style. Peak Leaders must attend a total of three workshops from three leadership pillars – self, team, and communication.

We have 9 different sessions to choose from. Some of the sessions that we are offering this year are:

  • Public speaking
  • How to effective listen within your team
  • How to lead with your values first
  • Emotional literacy
  • How to build a strengths-based team
  • How to lead effectively in teams.

Sessions are typically 1.5 to 3 hours long and they are offered on Wednesday afternoons, weekday evenings, or Saturday during the day

What is the Self-Reflection component?

Self-reflection allows you to learn more about yourself and can lead to profound personal growth. Peak Leaders pick one option and can choose either:

  • Completing a self-reflection workbook
  • Reading a leadership book and writing a report
  • Completing a strengths assessment quiz and writing a report

This allows you to look inside yourself to find out what your strengths are and how to leverage them in a leadership role.

What is the Leadership in Practice component?

It is a 10 hour component where you have the choice of either the:

  • Leadership Challenge
  • Volunteer Leadership Role

In both roles, you will need to fill out a short form to explain what you learn and how you are going to apply it going forward.

What is the Leadership Challenge component?

It is a 2-day training program and allows you to practice your leadership skills and style by leading a group through scenarios. They will gather their experiences from both the Leadership Challenge and write a reflection report.

What is the Volunteer Leadership Role component?

You find a volunteer leadership role in the community or at BCIT. Some examples of previous volunteer roles that students have chosen are a leader in a club on campus, big sister/brother, volunteer coordinator for an event.

What is the Informational Interview Event component?

So this is an option component of the program, whereby you can attend an event that we organize with leaders in the community. In small groups of about 3-4 students you interview them to find out more about leadership. Additionally, there is a networking component afterwards so you can connect with leaders in industry.

Student Testimonials

Life is about learning and Peak Leadership opened the world of leadership to me. There is no perfect leader and each individual has their own unique style. Peak Leadership has give me an amazing foundation for leadership and helped me create and grow my own business. I would not be where I am today without the skills I learned in Peak — Brad Johnson

The Peak Leadership opportunity for me, above all, was an opportunity to meet people that I never would have met otherwise. The program introduced me to many opportunities personally, and professionally to continue my development. Fellow leaders and BCIT staff, as well as the talented line up of speakers were all instrumental to my enjoyment and success this year. Being involved in the Peak Leadership program was the best experience in my first year at BCIT. — Emily Pollock

When I came to BCIT, I felt that I needed to build on my self-confidence and professionalism before I entered the workforce. I figured that if I surrounded myself with other prospective leaders, I would have a fun outlet to learn and grow as a leader – which is exactly what I did during the Peak Leadership program. I have learned a lot about myself and from the people that I have met through the program. This program has provided me with all of the support and resources necessary to continue towards my leadership growth and development; I would recommend it for any person seeking that leader from within. — Judy Nguyen

PEAK helped me design and build a framework for personal leadership within my set. It was a launch pad for more advanced leadership skills. I benefited from the outside of the box thinking that Peak workshops promote. — Joseph Hou, Computing

To learn to be a leader, you must fine-tune yourself and gain the tools for success. Through goal setting, learning from other leaders and networking with my peers in Peak Leadership I attained the tools to become a great leader. This program is definitely one of my best experiences in first year! I recommend it to anyone that want to take on a more integrative role in BCIT. — Yasmin Alami, Financial Management

Peak Leadership provided insights into various leadership styles through small-group, intense workshops with business executives. I was able to learn different leadership tactics which have been applicable in my life in many different ways. I would highly recommend the program to anyone. — Alan Bakuska, Accounting