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After the devastation of a forest fire, the first plant to grow back is fireweed. A vibrant wildflower from the Pacific Northwest, it symbolizes hope, resilience, and adaptability -- things we could all use a little more of right now. Because the clock is ticking on big issues like climate change, social justice, accessibility, and cybersecurity. Not to mention the fact that we’re trying to recover from a global pandemic.

Adaptability is now seen as a critical skill by leading employers across the country. But the trick is: we need to adapt in the right ways. Ways that will help us move forward, together. That’s why this diverse and inter-generational podcast, brought to you by BCIT, tells stories that embody the never-ending human potential to adapt to change. Hosted by BCIT alumna Maria Vinca, the show features guests from in and around the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, interviewing academics and industry leaders, people from business and tech who are working to create resilient systems – all built to handle change.

Meet people with vastly different experiences who have demonstrated their ability to grow and adapt to whatever challenges life throws at them, and -- like the fireweed -- come back stronger than ever. 

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    • Business

After the devastation of a forest fire, the first plant to grow back is fireweed. A vibrant wildflower from the Pacific Northwest, it symbolizes hope, resilience, and adaptability -- things we could all use a little more of right now. Because the clock is ticking on big issues like climate change, social justice, accessibility, and cybersecurity. Not to mention the fact that we’re trying to recover from a global pandemic.

Adaptability is now seen as a critical skill by leading employers across the country. But the trick is: we need to adapt in the right ways. Ways that will help us move forward, together. That’s why this diverse and inter-generational podcast, brought to you by BCIT, tells stories that embody the never-ending human potential to adapt to change. Hosted by BCIT alumna Maria Vinca, the show features guests from in and around the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, interviewing academics and industry leaders, people from business and tech who are working to create resilient systems – all built to handle change.

Meet people with vastly different experiences who have demonstrated their ability to grow and adapt to whatever challenges life throws at them, and -- like the fireweed -- come back stronger than ever. 

    Staying Safe In A Connected World: How industry and individuals can protect themselves online

    Staying Safe In A Connected World: How industry and individuals can protect themselves online

    Cybersecurity experts and IT departments warn us about it, but how seriously do we really take our online security? More time online means more time at risk...or does it? Host Maria Vinca speaks with Derek Manky, Chief of Security Insights & Global Threat Alliances for Fortinet about the dangers of doing business in our hyper-connected world, and ways in which industry is fighting back against cybercrime and fraud. Maria also explores a personal story of fraud first hand with Digital Cyber Crimes Investigator Steve Wilson, who shares tips on how to protect ourselves online.

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    • 18 min
    Finding a balance: Ecocities beyond the “eco”

    Finding a balance: Ecocities beyond the “eco”

    Building cities has traditionally meant altering or destroying the natural environment, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Cities along the Cascadia Corridor, like Vancouver, British Columbia, are setting a new standard in which people and nature can coexist, proving to have a beneficial relationship. We hear from Christina Olsen from the BCIT Centre for Ecocities about her vision for healthy urban centres, and from international rivers expert and founder of World Rivers Day, Mark Angelo, about why it’s vital to protect and restore the natural features within our urban limits.

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    • 16 min
    An Alternate Path: Humboldt Bronco player Ryan Straschnitzki’s journey from hockey hopeful to accessibility advocate

    An Alternate Path: Humboldt Bronco player Ryan Straschnitzki’s journey from hockey hopeful to accessibility advocate

    Ryan Straschnitzki knows, first hand, what it’s like to adapt - he’s a survivor of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash, in which many of his Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club teammates were badly injured, or lost their lives. We talk to Ryan about life after the crash, learning to navigate a world that wasn’t built for him in a wheelchair.

    We also speak with Brad McCannell of the Rick Hansen Foundation about creating meaningful access in the built environment, and adaptive technology pioneer Jaimie Borisoff about his research designs that make everyday activities better for people with mobility issues. 

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    • 19 min
    Welcome to Fireweed

    Welcome to Fireweed

    After the devastation of a forest fire, the first plant to grow back is fireweed. A vibrant wildflower from the Pacific Northwest, it symbolizes hope, resilience, and adaptability -- things we could all use a little more of right now. Because the clock is ticking on big issues like climate change, social justice, accessibility, and cybersecurity. Not to mention the fact that we’re trying to recover from a global pandemic.

    Adaptability is now seen as a critical skill by leading employers across the country. But the trick is: we need to adapt in the right ways. Ways that will help us move forward, together. That’s why this diverse and inter-generational podcast, brought to you by BCIT, tells stories that embody the never-ending human potential to adapt to change. Hosted by BCIT alumna Maria Vinca, the show features guests from in and around the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, interviewing academics and industry leaders, people from business and tech who are working to create resilient systems – all built to handle change.

    Meet people with vastly different experiences who have demonstrated their ability to grow and adapt to whatever challenges life throws at them, and -- like the fireweed -- come back stronger than ever. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 2 min

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