Oct 25, 2013

Vancouver, BC – Langara’s Board and President were pleased to welcome members of government to campus this morning, for a breakfast with students and the College’s leadership team.

Board Chair Anne Lippert and President and CEO Roy Daykin hosted five Members of the Legislative Assembly, including the Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of Advanced Education; the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice and Attorney General; Dr. Moira Stilwell, MLA for Vancouver-Langara; Richard Lee, MLA for Burnaby North; Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam; and Tony Loughran, Executive Director of the Lower Mainland Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education. They were joined by five Langara students, and members of the College’s Board and executive, for breakfast to discuss current activity at Langara as well as the College’s future plans. 

"This morning we had a great opportunity to connect with Langara’s students, Board, and leadership team to gain a better understanding of how the College is contributing to the needs of the BC economy, as well as preparing well-educated, job-ready workers for our community,” said Minister Virk. “The accessible and high-quality programming at Langara provides important pathways for students both entering the work force as well as those pursuing further post-secondary studies.”

"We share the Province’s goals for a high quality post-secondary sector in BC, of which Colleges like Langara play a vital role," said Anne Lippert, Langara's Board Chair. "We appreciated the opportunity to update key members of our government on our plans to revitalize the campus facilities in order to meet the needs of future Langara students.”

Following breakfast Langara’s Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Brad O’Hara, and Vice-President of Enrolment and Business Development, Dr. Ian Humphreys, gave a presentation outlining College successes and anticipated challenges, fiscal and otherwise, facing Langara in the future. The guests were also treated to a tour of campus, including the sites of two planned buildings on campus – one for science and technology, and the other for creative arts.

"It was a pleasure to welcome Minister Virk, Minister Anton, and other Members of the Legislative Assembly to campus today, not only to discuss Langara's future with our board and executive team, but also to experience some of our incredible students," said College President and CEO Roy Daykin. "Langara is an important fixture in the educational landscape of BC, and Minister Virk's enthusiasm for the health and prosperity of our province's post-secondary institutions is encouraging for the College community."

Government Members Breakfast

Back row: Langara Associate Vice-President Administration and Finance Barry Coulson; Langara Vice-President Academic and Provost Dr. Brad O’Hara; Langara Vice-President Enrolment and Business Development Dr. Ian Humphreys; Board member Zdenka Buric; Langara President and CEO Roy Daykin; the Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of Advanced Education; Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam; Richard Lee, MLA for Burnaby North; the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice and Attorney General; Dr. Moira Stilwell, MLA for Vancouver-Langara.

Front row: Langara Associate Vice-President, Human Resources, Dawn Palmer; Board member Jeff Lowe; Board member Jas Sandhu; Board Chair Anne Lippert; Board Vice-Chair David Bowra; Board member Emma Leigha Munro; Board member Dean Tsatouhas.

About Langara

Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With over 1,700 courses and 130 programs offered, Langara's expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path.

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