Interview with Tim Wong

Written by Jay Ho

I was attempting to work on some Statistics homework after school and ran into Tim Wong. He was busy but I was able to ask him a few questions:

So why did you choose BCIT and Operations Management program?

I had a choice between going to Winnipeg to play college soccer or BCIT. I chose BCIT because it would prepare me better for the future. It was the more practical way to get a career. I chose operations because it is the core of any company. A company won’t function well without a good operations team. Being in operations you also learn how to do financial and marketing stuff. If I wanted to start a company, I could apply everything that I have learnt.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself either working for a fairly large company doing operations or a humanitarian organization focused on disaster relief or micro-enterprising. It can be both because some companies focus on the community as well. I’ve talked to the president of Blenz and they’ve tried micro-enterprising in some of the countries where they source their coffee beans.

What is micro-enterprising?

Help people start businesses in places like Africa, so they have a chance at life.

What was your favorite experience from last semester?

My favorite experience was trying to fit in the planning the Halloween Boat Cruise with the packed schedule that we had.

What kind activities are you involved with on campus?

I’m with the BCITMA – events committee, BCIT Media Club – project manager and APICS – showcase team.

So motivates you?

I would say that knowing what I want to do in the future. Also the people I’m around motivate me as well. The fact that I had to drop out of school because I wasn’t getting good marks is also a good motivator as well.

Do you feel like this is your second chance?

More like my third chance.

If you had $1 million what would you do?

I would donate $250,000 and start my own business (own community outreach society).

There you have it folks, Tim Wong.


Interview with Mandeep Khtaria

Written Jay Ho:

I sat down with Mandeep after our Organizational Behavior exam and asked him a few questions:

So Mandeep, why did you come to BCIT for OPMT?

I knew that BCIT students are very well known for their work ethic. BCIT is a good school that doesn’t make you take unneccessary classes. I wanted to take a business program that will get me a job in the end, a career. Prior to BCIT, I went to UVic for engineering. It would have led me to a career but not the right one for me.

What was your best experience from last semester?

When last semester ended I was so happy. I knew that I did it. I had accomplished my goal (25% done the program)!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Upper Middle Management, but I’m not what industry.

What motivates you?

Job satisfaction… and money of course (refer to Chris Quan’s interview)

If you had $1 million what would you do?

I would invest it.

Well what would you spend it on?

*h and b. well said mr. khtaria well said

Are you satisfied with the program?

Yes, very much so. It is much more beneficial than I had initially anticipated.

Who’s your favorite instructor so far?

Leslie Fairburn.

What is it like being a single dad?

It’s tough,  but you have to get yourself out of bed every morning and tackle the day.

What do you want for your son?

I want him to grow up and realize that it takes all sorts of people to make the world go round and that money isn’t everything.

What are your plans for the summer?

Going on a road trip and laying on the beach.

How do you feel about Jersey Shore?

I have only seen one episode, but I don’t have time for T.V.

What do you do that takes time?

I socialize. *winky face

If you have had one wish for the world, what would it be?

I would wish for world peace. One second thought, I would end poverty.

Last question, Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie? and why?

Jolie obviously, she’s bad-ass.

*h & b => horses and bunnies

There you have it folks, Mandeep Khtaria uncut and uncensored.

Interview with Nima “Buddy Bro” Amirzadeh

Written Jay Ho:


If you haven’t seen him around school you’ve definitely heard his distinct laughter after every joke. He’s a former weightlifter and Persian rug salesman. I sat down with him and asked him a few questions:


So what’s your story?

I was off from high school for 3 years. I worked. I gambled. At some point in my life I decided that I needed to get a decent education to be able to find a career so I applied for BCIT.

Why did you choose to come to BCIT and take Operations Management?

BCIT is a well known institution around Canada and in most countries.

You can get a good career after this. I chose Operations Management because when I first read about it I thought it was a really interesting program. You can have a good career path with it.

What was your favourite experience/story from last semester?

My favourite part was where Glen and Dalton Burger convinced me to stay in this program. Glen interjects with “there you go.” And I’m really enjoying this program.

What were you thinking instead?

International Business.

So what ultimately changed your mind?

I thought that the knowledge that I would have gained from International Business would be more helpful, but I realized that an Operations Management diploma coupled with the Bachelor of Commerce in International Business would be the best choice. I enjoy the people that I’m around.

It’s 2011 now, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I don’t know yet. My plans depends on a lot of factors.

Any last words?

Thank you, Buddy Bro.

There you have it folks, Nima Amirzadeh.

Interview with Chris Quan

Written Jay Ho:

Interview with Chris Quan

The first person I met during orientation day was Chris Quan. Today, I sat down with him and asked a few questions.

Jay: Why did you decide to take Operations Management at BCIT?

Chris Q: $$$

Jay: What was your favourite experience from first semester?

Chris Q: Finally finishing our final feeling ever.

Jay: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Chris Q: I haven’t thought that far in my life. -.-

There you have it folks, Chris Quan.

Homework Outlook for Week 4 (Courtesy of Rafael Zveibil)

Hello All,

In the spirit of Continuous Improvement, from this week onward, Homework Outlook will come on Fridays. Now you can spend your weekend working or worrying! And be sure to check the “Ongoing Assignments” at the bottom for some longer term anxiety.

Homework Outlook:

Mon Jan 24
8:30am – 10:20am
1:30pm – 3:20pm
4:30pm – 5:20pm
Tue Jan 25 8:30am – 10:20am
8:30am – 10:20am
12:30pm – 1:20pm
2:30pm – 3:20pm
Wed Jan 26 11:30am – 1:20pm
2:30pm – 3:20pm
Thu Jan 27 9:30am – 11:20am
3:30pm – 5:20pm
Fri Jan 28 11:30am – 1:20pm
11:30am – 1:20pm
Mon Jan 31
8:30am – 10:20am
Tue Feb 1 8:30am – 10:20am

Ongoing Assignments:

COMM2200 – Team Process Project – will continue throughout the term
OPMT2175 – Activity sampling – Due Feb 08
OPMT2175 – Networking assigment – Due Feb 25
OPMT2175 – Syncros project – Due Feb 28
OPMT2365 – Networking assignment – Due May 16
OPMT2365 – APICS Magazine article presentations – every Monday

Special thanks to Irene for all her work with our Calendar and thanks to everybody who suggested corrections.

Have a nice weekend.


BCIT – The Secrets and Merry Christmas

So I’ve been digging around and trying to find out all of the secrets, tricks and loopholes at BCIT. Here are the ones I found:

This website

When ever I get a hold of anything that will aid our studies or clarify things I will put it on the website. If you feel like you are receiving too many posts from me, change your settings so that you receive it once a week instead of daily


You can print one page for free once a day at the Media Works down in the eHpod. I’d suggest printing out expensive cover pages this way. The quality is real good and it’s FREE.

Forks, Spoons and Knives

The Stand, a business run by the Student Association meant for the students charges us for forks and spoons! Unfortunately these things aren’t FREE. Since BCIT doesn’t try to nickel and dime us every step of the way, The Stand will. Talk about a markup.


If you need a free pen, go to the bookstore. They give out free The Bookstore pens.

Condoms/ Lube

Be safe, get your free condoms and lube at the U-Connect.


There is peer tutoring every day after school in the Stacks. The tutors are decent. I’ll be available to help you if you give me enough notice.


You can play the PS3 and Wii for free in the Student Association Center provided that you bring your own controllers. If not, it’s a small fee of $1.50.

You can play ping-pong for free too, with valid student I.D.

You work out for free with valid student I.D.

Audio Video Equipment

The A/V office is located at the bottom floor of SW-3. You can borrow everything from cameras, to video recorders, to microphones, to tape recorders. It’s free with your student I.D. Be more responsible than I am and return these items on time. Or else you’ll receive a few tactful e-mails telling you to return it before you lose your borrowing privileges.

Exam Prep

Last semester, Chris, Cody and Rafael all taught exam prep for different subjects.


Every so often the BCIT Student Association puts on some pretty sweet events. During exam week they had the FREE shiatsu massages and Tibetan Gong Sound Healing. Be on the look out for the next great event.