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Langara Press Release – Rick Etkin Named 2010 Langara Outstanding Alumni

Friday, June 18th, 2010

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June 17, 2010

Rick Etkin Named 2010 Langara Outstanding Alumni

Presentation of the Outstanding Alumni Award to Rick Etkin

Vancouver, BC –

Rick Etkin is the recipient of the 2010 Langara College Outstanding Alumni Award for Industry Achievement. The annual award celebrates the contribution of exceptional individuals who have enhanced the reputation of the College through their inspirational career, public service, community service, athletic, arts and culture, or academic achievements. He was awarded the honour at the College’s 44th annual Convocation Ceremony held on June 3.

Since his graduation from the Langara College Photo Technician program in 1978, Etkin has owned and operated a successful advertising photography and commercial production business. He is an active member of the photographic community and is a founding member and current president of the Vancouver Chapter of Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications (CAPIC). In addition to his work with CAPIC, he has volunteered with the Variety Telethon providing photographic services during the telethons as well as for public relations purposes.

In 2010, Etkin realized a childhood dream of being part of the Olympics when he was chosen to be the Supervisor Photo Services for the Mountain Region with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He shared his Olympic experience with the Langara community by recruiting photo department instructors, alumni, and students to be part of his press operations team.

“Rick is an active leader in his industry and a sincere advocate for our College,” said Dr. David Ross, president of Langara. “He has served on our Professional Photo-Imaging program advisory board for over 25 years, guest lectures for the program and hosts students for work practicums. We are honoured that he is a Langara alumnus.”

Langara College, located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 20,000 students annually. The College’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students to choose their own educational path. The College offers three bachelor’s degrees as well as a comprehensive variety of diplomas, certificates, and citations.
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Media contact:
Dr. Ian Humphreys, Ph.D.
Director, Communications & Marketing Services

Langara College

Survive? Think thrive – An evening with Selina Maitreya

Monday, June 14th, 2010

CAPIC VANCOUVER Presents another great informative event.

Hosted by Rick Etkin

PRESENTER: Selina Maitreya

Advance tickets available at Beau Photo. Tickets may be purchased at the door by cheque only, payable to CAPIC Vancouver Chapter
Members: $40/$65 | Non members: $65/$90

DOOR PRIZE: The View > From Here! Authoured by Selina Maitreya ( A 9 hour/12 chapter MP3 program valued at $199 donated by Selina Maitreya. Other door prizes will also be drawn

This current lecture, SURVIVE? THINK THRIVE! presents and outlines Selina’s beliefs, that photographers can, and are thriving in today’s tough economic times. Through a power point program that uses real life examples, Selina will outline the steps photographers can take to move from a survival mode to prosperity. The lecture will be followed by an extensive Q&A session.

Participants will learn:

  • The TRUE difference between surviving and thriving in today’s business market
  • What steps other photographers are taking to ensure that their business will thrive.
  • How to maximize empty shooting calendars for future prosperity
  • What constitutes a competitive product to today’s assignment photo buyer
  • The way to match your vision to different industries
  • Steps to bring the sales process back into the marketing equation –
  • How to successfully utilize, and combine traditional and contemporary marketing tools (websites, emails, portal placement, blogs, and social networking)
  • Whether an agent or a marketing assistant is the right for them and how to find the right team member

The event will also feature a Q&A period when Selina will answer ANY questions about the business that your members have. There will also be on opportunity to schedule one-on-one consultation times with Selina.

Book Signing

You can pre-order copies of “How To Succeed In Commercial Photography: Insights from a Leading Consultant” direct through Allworth Press. Please contact Selina for ordering details. Selina will happily sign her name and scribble a note for anyone purchasing a book at the evening’s end.


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Langara College Outstanding Alumni Award for Industry Achievement

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Langara College Outstanding Alumni Award for Industry Achievement

Yesterday, June 3rd, Vancouver’s Langara College presented me with the Langara College Outstanding Alumni Award for Industry Achievement for 2010.  This honour was given during the 2010 Convocation Ceremonies to an audience of nearly 600 people and streamed live online.

I was also asked to deliver the keynote Convocation Address to all of the Graduates. Speaking on such an important topic in front of a large audience was a first for me. It appears that it was successful as they laughed in all the right places instead of laughing at me.

“Your address was most inspiring – set goals and go forth, everything is within reach.”

“Thank you so much! Your speech was inspiring and very well
thought out. You did a superb job!”

“Thank you for your continued connection and support of
Langara College. Alumni like yourself make us very proud.”

As you can see, I received very positive feedback from some of the college directors, instructors, parents and more than a few graduates. It was most appreciated, as I must say I was on the nervous side when I began speaking.

For those interested, the text of the speech can be read by following this link. Full circle_r_etkin

Video of the presentation can be found by following the link, look for the 3rd ceremony and then scroll to the 30 minute mark

Photos and more comments will be added when they are available.

More information to come.

About the Award from Langara:

Alumni Award Winners

Alumni are an integral part of the Langara Family. Each year we celebrate their outstanding contributions by awarding Outstanding Alumni Awards to exceptional individuals who have enhanced the reputation of the College through their inspirational career, public service, community service, athletics, arts and culture or academic achievements.