the Guild - Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship

A Blog-Podcast about Life and Leadership in the Trades



Episode 32 – Eric & Lawrence – BCIT Automotive

BCIT Automotive – it’s more than just cars I had a lot of fun interviewing Eric Fry and Lawrence Potyondi from the Automotive shop at BCIT. It’s evident that these guys love their trade and love seeing students succeed.  Eric… Continue Reading →

Trades from Middle Earth – Paul Simpson

Being a tradesperson from middle earth (Kamloops, BC) means you get a broad range of experiences. Paul’s expereince is testimony to that fact. Paul is a third generation tradesperson who was first exposed to the trades as a boy helping… Continue Reading →

Servant Leadership in Churches

Servant Leadership in Churches Of all the chapters that I have read this one comes close to home. I not only teach trades but I also attend and volunteer at a church. I have, in fact, been attending and volunteering… Continue Reading →

Examining Our Assumptions

In this chapter, Greenleaf speaks about the role of the servant in education and how we might begin or continue examining our assumptions. Although it’s a great topic for the chapter I was left wondering about the scope. I resonated… Continue Reading →

the Guild Podcast – Chad Flinn – APP 2 CEO

Chad Flinn – Electrical Instructor at BCIT and Instructor for APP 2 CEO   Red Seal Electrician Worked at BCIT for last 8yrs Worked up north in Ft McMurray Passionate about teaching his trade and tradespeople about starting and running… Continue Reading →

A Revolution of Expectations

Sometimes I read a book or a chapter and find that there is truly nothing new under the sun. Although this chapter suited the previous statement, there were some statements that would encourage a revolution of expectations. This chapter is… Continue Reading →

the Guild podcast Special Edition – Contractor Corner

Elie Yaacoub is a ticketed Plumber / Gasfitter in the Greater Toronto Area. He is a second generation plumber (his dad is also a plumber) and along with his many experiences Elie has started his own business and has taught… Continue Reading →

Create Dangerously

To create dangerously one must be willing to venture into the darkness. I wrote about being creative some time ago and if you want you can read those posts here. Yet Greenleaf highlights the need for creating dangerously clearly and… Continue Reading →

How to Structure Your Calendar in Time for Trades School

  Check out my YouTube Video for some pointers on How to Structure Your Time for Trades School.

the Guild Podcast – Jeff Dickson – Langley High School ACE-IT Program

Jeff Dickson – Langley High School – Millennials, Plumbers, and the ACE-It Program Both Dads are tradesmen Red Seal Plumber – TQ’d Gasfitter TTED Graduate – High School Shop Teacher Pioneered the ACE-IT program with BCIT and Langley High School… Continue Reading →


YES! Half-Way-There! Welcome to our half-way point! I’ve officially done 10 episodes now…amazing! And I’m having a blast doing these podcasts. Some things to note about this episode; Going back to school soon? Get Financially Ready Set Yourself Up for… Continue Reading →

Special Episode – Canadian International Conference on Education

Canadian International Conference on Education University of Toronto (Mississauga) Key Note #1 – Changing Mindset in a Changing World Levels of poverty are increasing The “Middle Class” is disappearing Poverty reaches across all demographics A need to change mindsets –… Continue Reading →

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