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Branching Out

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Thank you to everyone that participated Branching Out 2019!

Stay tuned for our next year's event.

Branching Out Horticulture Career Expo is an opportunity for KPU Horticulture students and employers to engage insightful conversations about careers in the horticulture industry. The event consists of an open networking, industry panelists and a networking roundtable as the main event. 

Networking Roundtables

The main event consists of student roundtables and open networking. Students will spend 15 minutes at each table with 4 rotations in total. Guests will remain at their pre-assigned table and host a discussion each round. Conversations range from discussion on generic information about working in the industry to specific job duties or hiring techniques. Overall, students will be looking for information to help guide them with their career exploration. Career Services will also have ‘conversation strips’ to help move the conversation along.

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Heather Lee, Co-Owner of Victory Gardens

Heather is the newest member to join Victory Gardens' Co-operative. Originally from Toronto where she studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Ryerson University after completing her undergraduate degree in Physical Geography, Heather’s strong passion for environmental education and making change in the food system, found here at Victory Gardens! This is a Vancouver-based worker co-operative of urban growers who build, teach, and educate people on growing organic food. Their vision is to create a secure and holistic food system where urban, suburban and rural space is maximized and individuals have regained the lost basic skill of food production.


Dr. Christine Thuring, Faculty, Centre for Architectural Ecology, BCIT

Christine Thuring is an environmental scientist and plant biologist who has been working with living architecture for 20 years. She has designed and installed green roofs and habitat gardens in North America, central Europe and the UK. Her current research, at BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology, screens native plant performance on an extensive green roof, with interest in pollinator response. She is also supporting the City of Vancouver in developing a green roof policy


Hanako Amaya, HAPA Collaborative Principal

Hanako’s unique background of technical rigor and design sophistication injects the Hapa studio with a strong engineering competency and modern design aesthetic. Hanako enjoys nearly ten years of local, regional, and international field and design experience and a background in eco-environmental civil engineering and landscape architecture. Her work strives to marry contemporary landscape design with sensitive analysis of physical and cultural context.

She completed her graduate degree in Eco-Environmental Civil Engineering from Ritsumeikan University, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture at UBC in 2005.

She joined Hapa Collaborative in 2011 to continue the successful working relationship on projects such as the Moda Residential Tower in Burnaby, The Concord Private Residences in Calgary, and Evergreen Line Station plazas located throughout the Lower Mainland, for which she is the project manager.