Chris Formosa


What program were you in?

My plan was to complete my Diploma in Marketing Management and then transfer out, but I fell in love with Langara so I completed my BBA in Marketing Management here.


Where did you have your co-op work placement?

I spent a little over one year (15 months) at Small Business BC. I was hired to run the video conferences network and launch a webinar program. My role eventually changed to Community Development Co-ordinator and I was able to build relationships and partnerships with other business service providers in the province including Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures offices, and other business services companies. It was great work experience and I got to see more of the province and gain a real understanding of partnerships.


What is the biggest takeaway from your co-op experience?

I worked through my degree, so I was able to directly apply what I was learning in school to my job. Being able to practice in a real setting was extremely valuable both professional and academically.


What work are you doing now?

I focus on partnerships and business development in a growth marketing agency called WiderFunnel.


How did your co-op jobs prepare you for the work that you’re doing now?

Co-op helped me understand what I’m good at and what I like to do. My specialty is figuring out how to attract the right customers to a product or service that will truly benefit them.


Looking forward, where would you like your career to go?

My intention was always to work in technology and that’s what I’m doing now.


What would you say to someone who asks you about co-op?

You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t do co-op.