Nov 17, 2011

Vancouver, BC, November 15, 2011 – A former mayor. A creative mastermind. An eco-entrepreneur. A philanthropic leader. These are just some of the featured speakers participating in the first-ever TEDxLangara.

On Friday, November 18 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Langara College welcomes an extraordinary group of leaders to its main campus. In the spirit of the event’s theme, “Leadership Inspiring Our World,” eight distinguished speakers will gather to share their unique perspectives on leadership and success. The line-up of featured speakers include:

  • Sam Sullivan - Former Mayor of Vancouver
  • Terry McBride - Co-founder & CEO of Nettwerk Music Group and YYoga
  • Faye Wightman - President & CEO of Vancouver Foundation
  • Iain Black - President & CEO of The Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Doug Burgoyne - Co-founder & President of FROGBOX and Dragons’ Den success story
  • Ron Kubara - Vice-President Sales & Marketing Canada and Worldwide Strategic Sales & Planning at Noritsu America
  • Beverly Behan - President of Board Advisor, LLC (New York)
  • Allison Bond - Assistant Deputy Minister for the BC Ministry of Social Development

“We are thrilled and honoured to welcome such an acclaimed group of entrepreneurs, community leaders, and philanthropists to TEDxLangara,” says Lead Organizer and Langara BBA student, Christian Westin. “There is a great diversity of experiences among our speakers. By hearing their personal stories of success and connecting directly with them, we hope students leave inspired and with renewed ambition.”

In keeping with TEDx tradition, students will have the opportunity interact with speakers and other attendees during networking breaks that are scheduled between presentations.

TEDxLangara is a student-led initiative presented in collaboration with the Langara School of ManagementAlumni RelationsCo-operative EducationCommunications & Marketing, and President’s Office. TEDxLangara is an independently organized event licensed by TED. For more information, visit, or

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Annie Mullins 
Communications Officer