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Andy Chou

Langara Alum | Serial Entrepreneur

Andy is the Founder and CEO of Drinkfill, a zero-waste beverage tech company. As a student, he founded the Langara Competition Club, leading the College to a first-place finish at Van4Acument Case Competition; top five finish at the Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition; and top three finish at the Western Canadian Business Competition. Since graduating, Andy has started a meet-up group for social impact entrepreneurs and facilitated the development of the BC Impact Forum. He has started several businesses, including a charity technology venture to make corporate giving more effective and Soapstand, the world’s first zero-waste soap refilling company. He has also lent his support to causes such as affordable housing, alleviating poverty in Africa, entrepreneurship incubation and acceleration, and sustainable agriculture. He was selected as one of the Canadian delegates to the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance Summit.

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Studio 58’s first production at the VCC Langara campus was the musical ‘Oh What a Lovely War’, developed by Joan Littlewood.

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  • Jim Goard

    Jim Goard

    Retired Employee | Langara Pioneer

    Jim was Langara’s first Director of Information and Educational Technology, a position he held until he retired after 37 years of service. During his tenure, the department grew from a team of three people to an organization of over 50 who supported both administrative and instructional systems and resources. An active supporter of Langara’s Co-op Program, Jim hired many Langara students to work in the department. Jim was heavily involved in the ongoing implementation and support of the College’s many administrative systems, including those developed and acquired to support the operation of Langara when it separated from Vancouver Community College. Jim was also responsible for acquiring, implementing, and managing instructional computer resources and technology including computer labs, networks, and instructional software applications. A passionate advocate for cooperation and knowledge sharing, Jim was a founding member of the Higher Education Information Technology BC organization and was actively involved with its annual IT4BC conferences, BC’s premier conference for post-secondary education. For many years, Jim was also the Chair of the Langara College Administrators Association.

  • Jai Goyal

    Jai Goyal

    Langara Alum | Financial Literacy Advocate

    As a driven leader with an entrepreneurial mindset, Jai is no stranger to the world of B2B sales. After attaining a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Langara, Jai proceeded to graduate from the esteemed Queen’s University Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship program, specializing in corporate innovation. His unwavering commitment to achieving excellence and exceeding objectives did not stop with his experience at Fortune 500 companies. He is currently serving as a Commercial Client Manager for Western Canada at IBM. After being the VP Corporate Relations of the Young Investor Program Canada for the past five years—a not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching financial literacy skills to youth—Jai now sits on the Board as a Senior Advisor helping to strategically grow the program. Jai strives to make the conversation surrounding financial literacy and investing in one’s future a priority amongst youth across the nation. He now channels his passion for giving back to the business community, that awarded him “Mentee of the Year” during his undergraduate studies, by mentoring students as a Vancouver Board of Trade Leaders of Tomorrow mentor.

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  • Valerie Dunsterville

    Valerie Dunsterville

    Retired Employee | Langara Pioneer

    An “original Langaran,” who was part of the 1970 trek from Vancouver Community College’s old King Edward Campus, Valerie was the Dean of Student and Education Support Services for Langara College and had previously been the Registrar for the VCC Langara campus. Her impact on the College has been immeasurable. As the Registrar, she set up Langara’s student records systems and processes, many of which are still in use today. As Dean, she was responsible for all student and educational support services on campus which included the Library, Bookstore, the Registrar’s Office, Counselling, Health Services, Athletics, Daycare, Food Services, Disability Services, and First Nations Services. She was also a passionate champion for Langara outside of her work. In 1999, Valerie was awarded the Order of the Falcon for her support of the Langara Athletics department. She continues to support student success through her endowed award with the Langara College Foundation.

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