March 21, 2016 09:30 ET

INSPIRE North, With Toronto's Top Influencer, a Hollywood Actor From The Breakfast Club and the Founder of Canada's Influential Men's Magazine Empower York University's Future Leaders

Inspire North Introduces Panel of Speakers Lauren O'Neil, John Kapelos, and Michael La Fave Who Will Share Their Inspiring Stories to York University Students

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 21, 2016) - What do a Hollywood actor, a social media celebrity, and a media maverick have in common? They're giving back to the next generation of leaders with INSPIRE North at York University. Lauren O'Neil, John Kapelos, and Michael La Faye will be sharing their real-life and inspirational stories as innovators disrupting their industries and trailblazing new paths to success. The event will take place on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at Founders Assembly Hall (4700 Keele Street).

As York's third annual event, this year's conference is expected to attract a record number of students. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. featuring the three keynote speakers followed by Q&A's ending at 8:00 p.m. To attend this free event, York University guests register at

Ranked by Marketing Magazine's Top 30 under 30 Smartest Young Thinkers, O'Neil is one of Canada's prominent internet personalities with experience as a writer, copyrighter and TV host for Toronto Star, MTV Canada, MuchMusic, Yahoo and many more. Today, O'Neil is the Host of CBC News Online Live. Best known as janitor Carl Reed in The Breakfast Club and Detective Donald Schanke in Forever Knights, Kapelos theatrical work spans over eight years with Second City's Touring Company. La Fave, having extensive experience with national magazines, created Contempo Media launching Sharp, Canada's most recognizable lifestyle magazine for young, affluent men.

"Lauren, John and Michael are no strangers to the students at York. Their successes have crossed our TV screens, computer screens, and mobile screens," says Rosella Scoleri, INSPIRE North's York University Student Leader. "We're all curious to hear the stories of how their success has become a ubiquitous part of our entertainment."

Scoleri adds, "We would like to thank the New Marketing Students Association and Office of the Master for New College and Founders College for providing dedication and support to kickoff this inspiring event."

"This is our third time at York University. There's clearly a hunger from students for what we do and what we offer," says Luciano Volpe, Founding Member & Chair of INSPIRE North. "We want to continue to provide the opportunity for students to hear the stories of failure and success from our speakers, and have the ability to network with them to set their futures in motion."

These successful events are supported by the dedication and commitment from INSPIRE's York Student Team, INSPIRE North steering committees and sponsors including York University, Scotiabank, OneConnect, Ferrero Canada, Pizza Nova, Astley Gilbert, Sobeys, and Casam Inc. Thanks to sponsor Scotiabank, students must complete an online form to apply for a $500 bursary award by Monday, March 21, 2016, at

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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