“I joined the Access Program in my final year to gain more insight into the technology industry. Not only did the events provide industry exposure, but the Connector model allowed me to increase both the breadth and depth of my network. My mentors were extremely helpful and went out of their way to provide me with opportunities to grow. This was one of the best decisions I have made, and will be an instrumental part of my success as I pursue my future goals.”       

               Renee Chau, Simon Fraser University, 2012/2013 Access Student

“I think many potential Connectors in this program will be surprised by how much they can learn from a young person seeking advice and direction. While I am sending the student on to other contacts to widen his potential network, I’m sure we will continue the friendship we developed almost immediately. As might be expected, I gained as much as the student did from our opportunity to talk.”  

Mayor Derek Corrigan, City of Burnaby, Connector

“My experience as a participant of the Access program has been fantastic. It has given me the chance to attend many useful workshops that compliment my undergraduate education. However, in my opinion, the highlight of the program has been the opportunity to network with distinguished business professionals from the city of Burnaby. In my case, I had the opportunity to meet Mayor Derek Corrigan who invited me to his office and shared his experiences with me. Getting advice from him was only possible because of the Access program. I think that participating has enhanced and developed my skills to succeed in the workplace, and has introduced me to a variety of careers in Burnaby.”     

Jorge Vasquez, Simon Fraser University , 2012/2013 Access Student 

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