Victoria’s Up and Comers, Part 4

13 Apr

This is the fourth in a series of 6 posts that hopes to bring some promising local grads and current students to the attention of the larger business community.

STEPHANIE KLAK: A Victoria native rises to the top.

EDUCATION: BA in Global Studies, Huron University College (Western); Bachelor of Communications candidate, Royal Roads University



She’s already graduated top of her Global Studies program at Huron University College at Western U.

And now no less an authority than David Black, the impressive Professor and academic lead at Royal Road University’s School of Communication and Culture, ranks her an A+ student.

Not much room for ambiguity here.

Stephanie Klak, a Victoria native, has all the makings of someone who is going to make a difference. Her passion for global issues, from fair trade to refugees to agriculture, puts her in an elite group of Canadian university students in whose hands the future of public and private policy on these issues will undoubtedly rest.

She is a bonafide, if reluctant, superstar; a self-made intellectual with a laudable work ethic and a commitment to making her time count.

Her blog on fair trade issues is well-researched and focused, a remarkable testament to what happens when you bring interest, intelligence and integrity together.

I do believe she is fearless. She will take it on if she cares about it. That’s a huge quality to have when you’re pushing new ideas in highly debated areas. But here’s the best part about Stephanie: she’s just a terrific person. What company will be lucky enough to attract her I wonder?


7 Responses to “Victoria’s Up and Comers, Part 4”

  1. Monica Rossa April 14, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    In addition to everything listed above Stephanie is also one of the kindest people I have ever met. As a junior student at St. Michaels University School I had the honour of being her “little buddy” in the buddy program. I can not say enough nice things about her, nor do further justice to what has previously been said, however I wish her the best in all of her endeavours and will eagerly anticipate them!

  2. dougbrowncreative April 14, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Good to have my opinion validated by someone with insider info Monica! Thanks for sharing that. You were lucky to be buddied with someone like Stephanie.

  3. Stephanie Klak April 16, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Thanks Monica! It’s a small world, eh? Hope your studies at uwo are going well.

  4. dougbrowncreative April 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Who woulda thunk they’d meet again on the Copeland blog. 🙂

  5. Maria April 21, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Stephanie also finds time to volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages so she not only is a Fair Trade advocate in words but also in action. Thank-you Stephanie!

  6. David Black April 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Thank you for your professional generosity and citizenship here in sharing news of the quality of our students in the BA in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads, notably represented here in the example of Stephanie Klak. Stephanie’s cohort is an especially talented one, and so to be recognized as a conspicuously able student in that class is a hard-won compliment. I want to congratulate you, likewise, for reaching out on behalf of Copeland in recognizing current students and recent grads as you do here. Sorry to have missed you at the Industry Night event; I was launching a new online course that week, and so lashed myself to my keyboard that week to get the course underway.

  7. dougbrowncreative April 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    > Maria thank you for sharing that detail about Stephanie. No doubt someone who walks the talk.

    > Nice of you to take the time to comment on our blog David. Thanks for suggesting Stephanie and for inspiring her and her classmates. Outstanding teachers lead to outstanding students! Trust the online course was successfully launched.

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