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Cap Student takes top Leaders of Tomorrow award

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)–Capilano University student, Yvonne Lee, who will graduate with her BBA in June, was awarded the Mentee of the Year award at a recent Vancouver Board of Trade (VBOT) Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) awards and graduation evening. She beat students from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, as well as from the other colleges and universities in the Metro Vancouver area.

LOT is a program run through the auspices of the VBOT, where students in their graduating year apply to the program stating their disciplines, are interviewed, and hopefully accepted. They are then paired with a mentor who is working in this discipline and has volunteered his or her service to LOT.

In Yvonne’s case, her discipline is marketing and she was paired with Bruce Arthurs who is the regional director – BC & Yukon for Scotiabank. The mentor/mentee relationship develops with the mentor giving and the mentee receiving. While continuing her studies, Yvonne was hired by Scotiabank as a sponsorship and major event coordinator’s assistant.  The landmark of her LOT experience was being involved in Scotiabank’s Show Your Colours, during the 2010 Olympics, where she met people from all around the world who had come to Vancouver for the Games. 

Yvonne started at Capilano in 2005 when she enrolled in the Retail Marketing program. She transferred to our BBA in 2007. As stated earlier, Yvonne will graduate in 2011 and she hopes to continue with Scotiabank and the VBOT Young Professionals program.

“Yvonne credits her success from the faculty in the Capilano School of Business and the four pillars of the LOT program:  Volunteerism, Networking, Leadership, and Mentorship,” said one of her Cap instructors, John Brownlee-Baker. “As one of Yvonne’s many mentors, I credit her success with her determination, perseverance, and hard work.”



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