The Leadership Series provides students with practical tips that will benefit them in their future, as well as contacts within a range of industry professionals including artistic directors, entrepreneurs, policy advisors, and more.

The series happens once a month, every third Thursday, and focuses on connecting the CapU community to leaders who will share about their experiences, speak about the obstacles they have faced, and offer advice and inspiration to help students become more successful in their endeavours.

The Leadership Series is a CCR-recognized event that:

  • Provides students with contacts within diverse industries;
  • Helps student develop and strengthen their leadership skills;
  • Inspires leaders within the CapU community; and
  • Creates a safe space for like-minded individuals to discuss and learn.

Meet our presenters

March 18, 2021 – 7 – 8 p.m.
Shanee Prasad

An image of Shanee Prasad, who is speaking to CapU students as part of the Leadership Series in March 2021.

Shanee Prasad is a South Asian settler woman, living on the unceded territory of Musqueam, Coast Salish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her parents are immigrants from the Fiji Islands, arriving on these unceded territories in the 1970s.

Shanee is a Burnaby teacher, having taught Secondary Social Studies and Alternate Education. Currently she is serving her first term as 2nd Vice President of the Burnaby Teachers’ Association, a local of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF).

She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a diploma in Special Education and Master of Education in Equity Studies from Simon Fraser University, with a focus on Anti-Racist curriculum and policy.

As an active member of the BCTF, Shanee has led necessary union discussions on anti-racist policy and process to strengthen the workplace rights of BIPOC educators. Shanee continues her anti-racism advocacy as the presi-dent of the Anti-Oppression Educators Collective, a provincial specialist association of the BCTF.

She has been recently re-elected for a third term as the BC Federation of Labour Worker of Colour Representaive, where she continues her advocacy for improved working conditions for BIPOC folx.

Join us on Zoom

October 15, 7 – 8 p.m.
Paul Dangerfield

Paul has a plethora of experience in leadership positions, not only through being the President at Capilano University, but also through his time in the Canadian Forces, the New York Institute of Technology and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

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November 19, 7 – 8 p.m.
Norm Leech

Norm has been the Executive Director for the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre (VACPC) since May 2016. He is trained in facilitation with the Canadian Human Rights Foundation (now Equitas) and with St'at'imc Restorative Justice in Lillooet.

Norm was the Facilitation Specialist with the National Centre for First Nations Governance and worked with communities across Canada to develop Indigenous governance models and constitutions.

For the VACPC, Norm facilitates the cultural sessions for Police Academy and Sheriffs Academy at the Justice Institute. He has been teaching Indigenous Tools For Living (ITFL) across Canada and online. ITFL is based upon Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy.

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January 21, 2021, 7 – 8 p.m.
Richard Wolfe

Richard is a specialist in contemporary theatre and performance. Richard has received seven Jessie nominations for Outstanding Director, winning two, and one nomination for Significant Artistic Achievement, and has received the John Moffat and Larry Lillo Award and the Ray Michel Award for Outstanding Work by an Emerging Director.

In all, shows he's directed have received over sixty Jessie nominations for excellence in Vancouver's professional theatre. Richard is the president of the Literary Managers of Dramaturgs of the Americas, and a co-founder of Theatre Conspiracy. Richard earned his MFA at the University of British Columbia.

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February 18, 2021 – 7 – 8 p.m.
Larissa Crawford

A portrait of speaker Larissa Crawford, who spoke at the Student Leadership Series on February 18, 2021.

Larissa is a restorative circle keeper, published Indigenous and anti-racism researcher, award-winning ribbon skirt artist, and proudly passes on Métis and Jamaican ancestry to her daughter, Zyra. She is the Founder of Future Ancestors Services, a youth-led professional services social enterprise that advances equity and climate justice through lenses of ancestral accountability and anti-racism.

Under Larissa's leadership and since their launch in April 2020, the organization has mobilized +$20K in donations for anti-racist and climate justice initiatives.

Larissa and her team seek to increase their clients' capacity to honour people and planet through their minds, work, and spaces, and do so while leveraging decolonized and Indigenized approaches to "doing business."

Among their +140 diverse clients are small youth-led collectives and non-profits; Canada's most influential law firms and publishing houses; and the highest offices of Canadian government.

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