Archive for January, 2014



East side scene, January 2012.



The vaunted School of Science and Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has launched a new diploma program in Brewing and Brewery Operations. From

“We are so excited to be offering the first brewing diploma program in B.C.,” says Elizabeth Worobec, dean of the faculty of science and horticulture at KPU. “Along with practical hands-on training, we’ll be giving students a solid background in the science behind brewing craft beer, including the chemistry and microbiology involved in the process. It’s this much-needed expertise that graduates will bring to the province’s brewing industry.”

With only two comparable programs in the country, the university’s brewing and brewery operations diploma will set out to meet the craft beer industry’s demand for qualified and technically experienced employees. Starting in September, 35 students will begin learning to brew from scratch at KPU Langley’s specially designed brew laboratory.

The program’s interdisciplinary course load will also train students in the psychology of sensory evaluation, finishing and packaging, business ethics and communication strategies. Students will get additional practical experience at local breweries during a summer work experience placement, and learn from experts with the B.C. Craft Brewers Guild and the Master Brewers Association of Canada in guest lectures. Options to bridge the diploma in brewing into a degree in business, science or trades and technology are also on the table.

Read more program details here.

“NYC Laughs at Your Puny Transit System”

I love taking the Skytrain throughout BC’s Lower Mainland. People complain about the scant rapid transit here, but I think it is efficient and inexpensive and helpful. I like buses (and bus-drivers), too.

It’s hard to top New York City, though. Even the maps are pretty.


Jean Mandeberg’s Art

"Tingle" detail, by Jean Mandeberg

“Tingle” detail, by Jean Mandeberg

I had the pleasure of starting the new year at the delightful home of Olympia, Washington artist Jean Mandeberg. A number of her sculptures were shown in the living room. Much of her current work combines coins, dice, and discarded wire cages from Champagne bottles, as in the piece shown above. Mandeberg, who teaches at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, says that her art “questions the obsolescence and decay of functional objects.” It’s wry, mesmerizing, and strangely thrilling.

Back in class

This semester at Kwantlen Polytechnic University I’m teaching two of my favourite courses: Marketing in a Digital World and Advanced Professional Business Communications. The digital marketing course is the most demanding class I’ve ever taught, and also the most fun; its content is always changing, and I spend a minimum of 3 – 4 hours a day reading simply to keep up to date (kind of).