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2018-2019 Access Workshops - Completed

Professional Development Workshop - "Transitioning from Student to Professional: Tips and Techniques to Driving Career Success"

What could you do now to prepare for your future career?

The Burnaby Board of Trade’s Access Student Career Development Program is here to help you with tips and tricks for a smooth transition from post-secondary to a successful career.

At this workshop, you will have the opportunity to meet Lower Mainland’s top professionals who will share their insights on the transferable skills that will help you to stand out from the crowd.

Keynote Speaker - Charina Cruz

Charina Cruz is a Personal & Professional Development Coach whose mission and purpose is to help people create the career and life they want. Her quest has taken her around the world – living, inspiring and coaching in 5 continents. With over 15 years of experience, she brings a diverse background in recruiting, advising and business management. One of her fave experiences was as the Chief Experience Officer/ED of an adventure social enterprise in Africa. Combining supportive honesty and a good dose of humour - she strongly believes that cultivating a career and life you deserve should be a fun adventure.

She’s passionate about growth, progress and is generally always open to any situation that she can learn from, especially if it entails interesting people, cultivating positive impact or some sort of yummy food & drink.


Wayne Leslie

Wayne is the CEO at Down Syndrome Research Foundation. He is a dedicated, transformative senior leader with 20+ years of executive experience, the last fourteen years specializing in the charity & non-profit sector.

Sarah Lubik

Sarah is the co-director of Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Simon Fraser University, the co-founder and Marketing Director of Lungfish Dive Systems and a certified expert business/marketing coach. She has significant experience in both the academic and applied sides of high-tech entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and innovation support.

Date: May 22, 2019

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: South Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Participation fee: $10 for Students, FREE for Access Students

Join us for this event where experts will discuss their knowledge of current industry practices, followed by a workshop and networking opportunities.

Snacks and light refreshments will be provided while you connect with Burnaby professionals in a fun and inspiring event.

This event is a part of the Burnaby Board of Trade's Access Student Career Development Program | |


What the heck is a case competition? with Renee Chau |BBOT Boardroom |201-4555 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

March 21st, 2019 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Case competitions are a great way to hone your business chops, build teamwork capacity, practice presentation and get brownie points on your resume,. If you are planning on participating in the Access Case Competition and you want to find out more about how to deliver a winning presentation than you need to come to this workshop. The actual competition will take place in April (tbc) but this workshop will help individuals and teams get ready.

Renee Chau is IT Project Manager at Telus, a mentor in the Access program and a seasoned Case Competition Coach.

Branding YOU Communicating your brand in the digital age

February 19th, 2019 | 5:30 to 7:00 pm | BBOT Boardroom |201-4555 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

As a young professional your digital footprint is already everywhere. Find out what you need to do to make a lasting, game changing impression in the digital world. What is your brand? Why do you need to have a brand? What is one thing you want people to remember about you? Whether face to face, through social networks or by phone or email, your communications say everything about you. This workshop will help you develop your successful “YOU” brand no matter where you are at with your career!  

Contact Tessa to register.




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