Sep 18, 2015

Vancouver, BC – The strength of Langara College’s business program was evident at the recent graduation ceremony for the 2014-2015 Vancouver Board of Trade Leaders of Tomorrow mentoring program.

The Leaders of Tomorrow program connects Vancouver’s top post-secondary students with leading industry professionals and Langara students join those from BCIT, UBC, SFU and Kwantlen Polytechnic. 

The annual event commemorates the achievements of program participants, and Langara College would like to congratulate students and faculty nominated for this year’s top awards.

Current student Jai Goyal was named 2015 Mentee of the Year, with Langara students Bethany Chan, and Corbin Lowe also recognized as nominees for the award. 

“Winning the Mentee of the Year Award made me extremely happy, as it was a goal that I had set with my mentor from the start of the year.  This year was by far the most productive year I've had in college, so winning the award was icing on the cake, especially since there were so many talented and deserving candidates for it.” said student, Jai Goyal. 

In her first year as Leader of Tomorrow Mentor, Assistant Department Chair of External Relations for the School of Management, Stephanie Koonar was also recognized at the event receiving a nomination for ‘Rookie Mentor of the Year’. 

Leelah Dawson, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Management congratulated everyone on their efforts, “It is wonderful to see our students being so successful and really speaks to the quality of our instructors and the BBA program that our students are competing so successfully.  Particular congratulations to Jai, Bethany, Corbin, and to Stephanie.  Stephanie has been the key college liaison on this program for several years, and without her, it would not be the success that it is.” 

From over 200 applicants, 120 students were selected to participate in the 2014-2015 program, 15 from Langara College. 

"This program allows Langara School of Management students to connect to Vancouver business leaders in a very meaningful way. We are very appreciative of the time and advice that the industry mentors share with our students as they enter the workforce." said Stephanie Koonar.

Jai Goyal commented that he really enjoyed all aspects of the program, “The advice I got on how to start my career was invaluable, and hearing the career experiences of my mentor really helped me determine what I wanted to do with mine.” 

Participants for the 2015-2016 Leaders of Tomorrow program have been selected and will meet their mentors at an event on October 7. The program is open to students entering their final year of post-secondary education and runs from October-September each year. Langara students are encouraged to apply for the 2016-2017 program, which closes on May 31, 2016. 

To learn more about LOT, visit the Vancouver Board of Trade website or watch the LOT video (featuring a number of Langara students).

About Langara
Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, Langara College provides Post-degree, University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, 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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Langara College
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 LOT Mentee of the Year, Jai Goyal