February 08, 2016 08:00 ET

INSPIRE North Launches First Leadership Conference of 2016 in Partnership with Ryerson University

Conference Speakers Include Canadian Actor Sergio Di Zio From "Rogue", Established Marketing Executive Adrian Capobianco and City of Toronto's Film Commissioner Zaib Shaikh

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 08, 2016) -

Attention: GTA Assignment Desks

INSPIRE North in partnership with Ryerson University introduces the first leadership conference of 2016 connecting students to inspirational Canadian influencers. The conference will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 11. Feature speakers include Canadian actor Sergio Di Zio, advertising and marketing executive Adrian Capobianco, and Zaib Shaikh, Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries for the City of Toronto. INSPIRE North's leadership conference will be held at the Launch Zone (341 Yonge Street). Dinner and refreshment will be provided for those in attendance. This event is free to all Ryerson University students who register online at:

"This is a unique opportunity for Ryerson students to begin to think about their future, hearing the stories from the journey to successful by these three speakers," said Aleksandar Basic, Student Leader of INSPIRE North's Ryerson team.

Di Zio is an accomplished award-winning actor who plays Chicago Police Detective from hit series "Rogue". He previously played Bomb Tech & Communications Technician, Michelangelo "Spike" Scarlatti on the hit show "Flashpoint". INSPIRE North Board Member Adrian Capobianco is a recognized leader in marketing and advertising with over 15 years of digital experience coupled with extensive CRM knowledge. Shaikh, best known for CBC's international "Little Mosque on the Prairie", is an experienced actor, writer, director and producer with years of experience in the film and television industry.

The conference provides students with an opportunity to learn about inspirational journeys taken by these leading Canadian professionals; and exposes them to the passion, dedication and perseverance needed to succeed. The evening will include an interview with the speakers followed by a Q&A and networking session with students.

"Our sponsors and valued partners share INSPIRE North's vision. These events would not have been possible without their commitment and dedication to INSPIRE North and for their role in helping to shape and empower youth as the leaders of tomorrow," said Luciano Volpe, Founding Member & Chair of INSPIRE North. "We would like to thank our sponsors for this event including Ryerson's Launch Zone and Commerce Society, Ferraro Canada, Pizza Nova, Astley Gilbert, and Casam Inc.," he added.

With support from long-time sponsor Scotiabank, students attending the event are eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship awarded on that evening. Students must fill out the online application before the closing date of Tuesday, February 9, 2016:

About INSPIRE North

INSPIRE North is about empowering young people to realize their potential through sharing of experiences and advice by Canadian leaders. INSPIRE North is guided by an Advisory Board, Steering Committee, Junior Steering Committee and student leaders on campus executing events to bridge the gap between Canadian youth and professionals. For more information visit

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