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Attend this annual inspirational event for incoming McLaughlin College students. Hear the McLaughlin College Head and keynote speakers share their insights. At this special event, typically held as a dinner, you'll also have the opportunity to meet other first-year students, ask questions and learn about all the college experience has to offer.

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Mayor John Tory

January 28, 2021

Toronto mayor and Osgoode Hall Law School grad John Tory was the keynote speaker at McLaughlin College’s virtual First-Year Student Forum on Jan. 28, 2021.

He urged first-year students to get involved with the extra-curricular activities available at the college, their Faculty and across the University. He emphasized that in his experience, all the friendships and the people you meet during your university studies will stay with you for the rest of your life. Tory also spoke about and answered student questions about his career, the city’s priorities and combating the pandemic, as well as the economy, affordable housing and public transit.

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Past Events

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie provided McLaughlin College students with "gems of wisdom" when she visited the Keele Campus on Jan. 22, during the college's First Year Student Dinner.

Crombie, who is a York University alum and holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, spoke to students during a 40-minute address. She was introduced by Howard Brown, president of Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs. Sharing what she has learned over her 40-year career in both business and politics, she pointed out that her own background and life experience is instructive.

She then went on to outline what she called her "10-point plan to succeed in your career," which included:

  • Number 10, always invest in yourself. Be a life-long learner and never stop learning.
  • Number 9, listen. Be an active listener. It will allow you to connect with others, build trust and gain knowledge.
  • Number 8, be humble and truthful. Those who are, ultimately, succeed.
  • Number 7, be a life-long volunteer. Volunteer experience can be some of the most rewarding and satisfying things that one can do.
  • Number 6, work hard. Crombie made the point of stating, "There is no substitute for hard work," and noted that her mother told her when she was growing up that "if it is meant to be, it is up to me."
  • Number 5, do your homework. "If you know your stuff, you will get ahead," she said. She noted this applies especially for women who must meet a "different bar" that necessitates that they must always be "over-prepared to get ahead."
  • Number 4, do not confuse being liked with being respected. Being respected, she noted, "requires hard work, doing your homework, and being principled and genuine."
  • Number 3, be kind. She made the emphatic point that "Kindness sustains our humanity."
  • Number 2, failure is okay. Do not be afraid to take "calculated risks in your career." You should not fear failure because it provides tangible lessons from which we can learn. "Be smart and thoughtful about the risks you take, but don’t hold back because you might fail," she said.
  • Number 1, do good. "If you’re not guided by a passion to do good – if selflessness and the common good are not your reason for public service – then please pick another profession," she said. Doing good is essential to success in life.

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