DougTalks: Career change and following your passion with Leonard Schein

  • All Students
  • Alumni
  • Community

May 06, 2021, 12:30 pm


Join us for our DougTalks Speaker Series, featuring Leonard Schein an entrepreneur, cultural leader, psychologist and philanthropist.

About this Event

Join us for our DougTalks Speaker Series featuring Leonard Schein, a former Douglas instructor who is best known for founding the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas. This entrepreneur, cultural leader, psychologist and philanthropist won't disappoint with his wisdom and advice as he speaks on career change and why following your passion is the best risk you will ever take. Regardless of where you are in your career, you won’t want to miss this presentation and the valuable information Leonard has to share.

Brought to you by the Douglas College Alumni Association, this session will include a 40 minute presentation followed by a 20 minute Q&A. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, May 6

12:30 to 1:30 PM

Online via Zoom (login details will be send to registrants 24 hours in advance)


About the presenter

Leonard Schein is a highly acclaimed cultural leader and founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival which to date has had over 3.5 million in attendance. He is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his significant contributions, achievements and dedication to his fellow citizens, community and country. Although Leonard started his career as a psychologist and instructor at various colleges, including Douglas, his love of independent and foreign cinema led him to the film industry, where he went on to found and operate Festival Cinemas, a nationwide chain of independent theatres. In 2014 Leonard was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame with a star on Granville Street's Walk of Fame. After Cineplex Entertainment purchased Festival Cinemas in 2013, Leonard retired and continued his work in the community. He now serves on eight Boards of amazing local organizations that are committed to making the world a better place for all of us.

Contact Information:
Janay Legge, Alumni Coordinator