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Laurier Leadership Summit

The one-day Laurier Leadership Summit aims to support and enhance the culture of student leadership engagement; provide meaningful and quality leadership training and development to students, and strengthen the identity of students as Laurier leaders.

The upcoming summit will take place at Laurier's Waterloo campus on Saturday January 7, 2017. All Laurier students are welcome, regardless of campus, program or year of study.

This year's theme is "Agents of Change" which reflects the Summit Steering Committee's belief that all Laurier students have the potential and capacity to lead positive social change in all aspects of their lives.


8:30 a.m. – Travel (Brantford students only)

9:30 a.m. – Registration opens

10:15 a.m. – Welcome and opening keynote by Orlando Bowen

11:30 a.m. – Featured speakers session

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

2 p.m. – Concurrent session 1

3 p.m. – Concurrent session 2

4 p.m. – Closing keynote by Zach Ingrasci

5:30 p.m. – Travel (Brantford students only)

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Orlando Bowen

Orlando Bowen imageOrlando Bowen is a GameChanger. He is a speaker, trainer and the passionate founder and Executive Director at One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization. For the past nine years, Orlando has used story-telling, fitness activities and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership and teamwork to over 300 000 people. When it comes to building teams, creating momentum and employing winning strategies, Orlando is the real deal.

Empowering people to overcome adversity, find their passion and to use their gifts to serve is the reason Orlando breathes. This gift has placed Orlando on hundreds of stages, boardrooms and in presentations across North and South America and has garnered him numerous awards.

Closing Keynote: Zach IngrasciZach Ingrasci

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Zach Ingrasci and his filmmaking partner Chris Temple are pioneering a new style of documentary filmmaking, using immersive storytelling to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues. As a speaker, Zach demystifies some of the world’s most complex situations to leave audiences feeling more connected and empowered to make a difference.

Zach and Chris produced, directed, and starred in their first film, Living on One Dollar, which shot to #1 on iTunes for documentaries, reached the top banner on Netflix and won multiple awards at international film festivals. They also co-founded Living on One.

Their newest film, Salam Neighbor, premiered at AFI Docs Film Festival in June 2015 on World Refugee Day. The film follows Chris and Zach while embedded in a Syrian refugee camp to provide an in-depth perspective into the daily hardships and hopes of Syrian refugees. They are the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to be registered and given a tent in a refugee camp anywhere in the world.

Since graduating from Claremont McKenna College in 2012, Zach and Chris have given speeches at the United Nations, TEDx Buenos Aires, the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, and over 70 universities, high schools, and conferences. They have appeared on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, and their work has been featured in major international publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Variety.

Zach and Chris were recognized as two of the Top 100 Visionary Leaders of 2015 by Real Leaders Magazine. To date, their work has raised over $540,000 directly for microfinance loans, education scholarships, and refugee services around the world.

Featured Speakers

A key program of the Leadership Summit is the Featured Speaker session where prominent Laurier Alumni are welcomed back to campus and given the opportunity to engage with our students by sharing their wisdom and experiences. This year, all of our featured speakers are noted agents of change in their workplace, community and beyond.

We are extremely fortunate and excited to welcome back the following alumni:

Concurrent Sessions

The Steering Committee has invited Laurier's some of our best student, staff and faculty to share their wisdom with the summit delegates through a presentation during the two concurrent session timeblocks. Check out each session description below. If you're planning on attending the Summit, you will be asked to pre-register for these sessions.

Contact Us:

Waterloo Campus

T: 519.884.0710 x4664
Office Location: Second floor, Fred Nichols Campus Centre

Brantford Campus

T: 519.756.8228 x5822
Office Location: Second floor, Student Centre