Upcoming Spring Social is an opportunity for business students to connect with successful alumni
For many years, Capilano University Business Alumni (CAPUBA) has been one of the University’s main ties to its graduates. By creating a welcoming community for soon-to-be graduates as well as Capilano University alumni, the association supports the notion that CapU leads in shaping influential leaders even after they have moved on from their alma mater.
An extension of the Capilano University Alumni Association and CapU itself, CAPUBA encourages networking through their events, while giving alumni opportunities to connect with recent and up-and-coming graduates.
CAPUBA President Julia Wong expressed her enthusiasm for CapU’s proven ability to support students post-graduation. “There are too many success stories to list,” she said, boasting of the success of CapU graduates. “Some alumni are doing world-changing things, others are everyday heroes in senior corporate-level jobs, and some are entrepreneurs making waves in our city, making the news [for] anything like catering, event management and landscaping.”
Keeping in mind that there is always room for improvement, Wong believes that the association is doing its best to provide a smooth and stunning student – alumni experience in collaboration with the University by constantly improving how the association runs. “The business chapter is growing. This year we recognized that we need consistency in events alumni can expect when the next one is,” said Wong, explaining why the CAPUBA has started to organize events each quarter.
As the primary event organizer, Wong understands the needs and demands of their attendees, and provides them with enriching circumstances to expand their social circle, and overall to have an enjoyable time. “Our last Evo co-sponsored event sold out and Tai Silvey (Director of Evo) talked about the future of car sharing,” she explained, referencing one of the many successful events CAPUBA has hosted. The events allow for like-minded people to make both social and business connections in a welcoming environment filled with opportunities. “We found that alumni want to network in a casual environment without too much formality, so we began hosting smaller events where people come as they are – suit and tie optional,” she said.
The CAPUBA’s Spring Social is scheduled for Apr. 26 at the Harrison Galleries, Vancouver’s premier gallery known for their dealings in local and international fine art. “We like to pick interesting venues that are unique and different. Our last was at the loft offices at Big Rock,” said Wong, hinting that the upcoming meet and greet offers more than just an opportunity to discuss business. “We look to host at galleries, old bank vaults and outdoor venues,” she said. Gregory Dechant, a CapU Business alumnus currently working with Wodka Vines, and owner Chris Harrison will be joining the CAPUBA to network with third and fourth-year students, faculty and alumni. Tickets for the event are $15.
Through the CAPUBA, CapU’s School of Business has been able to keep ties with its students after graduation. “Even as a post-grad, years down the road these networks are still valuable, no matter what stage of career individuals are at. It’s nice to make a warm call to introduce yourself as an alumni,” said Wong.
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