Seminar abroad - toronto

It is astonishing that only one person from the connectUS23 delegation raised their hand in response to Vivek Gupta’s question at Sheridan College, asking if they had discovered their life’s purpose. This highlights the significance of exploring our passions and values, which can lead to a more profound sense of fulfillment and direction in life.

Have you ever felt like you’re on a journey with no clear destination in sight? Like you’re wandering aimlessly through life, unsure of where you’re headed? Well, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle to find our purpose in life, but fear not, as Vivek Gupta, a renowned speaker and mentor, has a blueprint to help you on this journey. During his recent presentation in front of the delegation, Vivek revealed that increasing self-engagement and reflecting more can help you find your purpose in life. One of his top tips? Turn off your cell phone for an hour after waking up and before going to bed. By doing this, you can focus on yourself and your thoughts without the constant distraction of technology.

But that’s not all. Vivek also talked about the five debts we have to pay off during our lives. These include the debt to nature, debt to society, debt to family, and the debt to oneself for being happy. It’s important to recognize these debts and work towards paying them off in order to live a fulfilling life. So how can we pay off these debts? Well, according to Vivek, volunteering is a great way to reduce the debt to society. By investing some time in volunteering activities, you can make a positive impact on your community and feel a sense of fulfillment in return.


Vivek’s presentation was not the only highlight of the day. Professor and international coordinator Stan Kamzol at Sheridan College also played a crucial role in our visit. He organized an entire day of program and provided invaluable help throughout our time there. During his lecture with local students and the Fishbanks Simulation Game led by Wayland Chau, we gained a deeper understanding of the significance of sustainability and the power of collaborative problem-solving. These experiences highlighted the importance of working together to create a better and shared future for all. It was an enlightening and inspiring day that left a lasting impact on us.

If you’re looking for an inspiring example of a sustainable office design, look no further than Microsoft’s Canadian Headquarters located within the CIBC building in Toronto. The team was thoroughly impressed with what they saw during their recent visit, from the innovative layout to the eco-friendly initiatives. The space was designed with flexibility in mind, featuring open areas for collaboration and private areas for focused work.

What truly set the Microsoft office apart, however, was their commitment to sustainability. The company has implemented several initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint, including the use of renewable energy sources and energy-efficient lighting and appliances. They also prioritize waste reduction through composting and recycling programs. The visit at Microsoft was led by Charlotte Oickle, Partner Technology Strategist. During the tour, she took the time to explain the history and significance of the area and how it has evolved over time. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were contagious, and the team left with a newfound appreciation for the importance of sustainable design.