By: Leona Lau

“The way of the world is meeting people through other people.” – Robert Kerrigan
Networking – a social activity where there are numerous people in a room, each trying to talk with each other at an audible tone after several exchanges of handshakes. While this activity may not be everyone’s cup of tea, networking is vital for building important and long-lasting relationships both inside and outside the workforce. To provide Sauder students with more opportunities to network with promising and ambitious local business leaders, the Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) will be supporting the Top 40 Under 40 event, headed by Yuna Wang.

The Top 40 Under 40 is a networking event that will be hosted over breakfast on November 7th at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Downtown Vancouver. There, eighty students from Sauder will have the opportunity to chat with business leaders over delectable food in a professional setting. The day begins at 7:30am with a keynote speaker, followed by approximately an hour’s worth of conversations with one’s table group of students and professionals alike. Afterwards, the attendees are welcomed to roam around the room to introduce themselves and discuss topics with others. After the closing remarks, the event will end around 11am, with the attendees leaving with a full stomach of muffins and a full mind of possible relationships, opportunities and knowledge that has arisen from the past few hours.

The breakfast itself is hosted as a prelude to the “Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40” award ceremony by the Business in Vancouver magazine, whose guests are up-and-coming local executives who have made a noticeable impact in their respective industries and fields of expertise. With their wide range of skills and experiences, they certainly will have many words of wisdom to offer to Sauder students. To be selected as one of the eighty students representing Sauder, there is an application (which has since closed on October 26th) to be considered for one of the seats. In general, the Top 40 Under 40 looks for students who have also made an impact on the community, are well-rounded, and are striving towards their goals – much like the business leaders.

In previous years, the Top 40 Under 40 was hosted in joint with the International Business Conference. However, due to low attendance, the event has since morphed into a standalone networking breakfast under the CUS. With the chance to mingle in pre-arranged table groups designed for students who share similar interests and being able to walk around to chat with others, this event seems promising in offering diverse interactions. Some changes made from last year include clearer communication as to what to expect, as well as the amount of networking time. One thing is certain, practice makes perfect, and the Top 40 Under 40 is an opportunity for one to hone their networking skills!