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Eweek Lunchtime Series: Laura Rietveld - Taking the Leap: From Business to Filmmaking

Dawson College Eweek

Thursday, 17 November 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)

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Taking the leap: From Business to Filmmaking



Writer, Director, Documentary Filmmaker,

Motivational Speaker

 Host: Josh Miller



Laura will inspire you with her talk about leaving the corporate world to become a filmmaker. She’ll talk about the steps she took to make that big change and give practical tips, relevant to artists and entrepreneurs, that helped her to go from inexperienced dreamer to award-winning emerging filmmaker.


About Laura Rietveld

Laura is recent lauréate of the Counsel of Arts and Letters of Quebec (CALQ) Prize for Work of an Emerging Montreal Artist for 2015. Her first documentary, Okpik’s Dream, aired on CBC throughout 2015, was nominated for Best Documentary Program at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, won Grand Prix, Rigoberta Menchú Award at the 2015 Montreal First Peoples Festival, Honourable Mention for the Grand Prize at the 2015 Innsbruck Nature Film Festival in Austria, and continues to screen at festivals and events in Canada and internationally.

Prior to filmmaking, Laura had a successful career in corporate media sales and publishing. In 2010, after thinking long and hard about it, she resigned from her career to pursue the dream of becoming a storyteller. She had no experience or contacts, only a long-burning desire to create inspiring and thoughtful stories.

Besides a corporate career in media and publishing, Laura has traveled 500 km across the arctic by snowmobile, walked 900 km across France and Spain, and lived on a Chinese junk in South African harbours. She is a former YES Montreal & Canadian Youth Business Foundation business mentor and the mother of a four-year-old. Laura holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and BA in History from Queens University.



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Dawson College, Conrod's Lounge
4001 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest
Montreal, QC H3Z 3G4

Thursday, 17 November 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)

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Dawson College Eweek

Eweek @ Dawson College

The place to be 

November 14 to 17, 2016!!


Dawson College’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education will host Entrepreneurship Week (Eweek) coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 14 to 17, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an international movement to inspire millions of young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity through entrepreneurship. It is estimated over 15 million youngsters participated worldwide in tens of thousands of events and competition for Global Entrepreneurship Week. In Montreal, Dawson College's EWeek will provide a diverse and strong line-up of speakers, networking events, contests and activities for Montrealers and Dawson College students alike.

Many young students will have their first glimpse of a possible alternative career path and connect with seasoned entrepreneurs. All Montrealers are invited and all events are free. Hear inspiring stories of successful entertainers, photographers, illustrators, designers, dancers, programmers and farmers who launched their own businesses.

Dawson College is ideally placed to be a gathering place of high-profile community events. Situated in the heart of Montréal’s downtown core, at the Atwater metro station, Dawson is Québec’s largest CEGEP with roughly 8,250 full-time day students, 2,400 continuing education students, 600 faculty and  a 200+ team of support staff. The college currently offers over 30 programs in 50+ fields of study, including a variety of programs in the creative sector.

We hope to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.  Do you have a big idea??? Would you like to sponsor and event?  Do you want to connect with like-minded people or maybe just observe what the buzz is all about?  Join us for Eweek in November!!

Check out the calendar of events on our site and like us on

Thank you to our sponsors for their invaluable support of Dawson College's Eweek.



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