Dela Cruz in front of downtown Vancouver’s Burrard Skytrain Station. (Photo: Philippine Canadian News.com)
Young advocate brings passion to conference
By Ted Alcuitas
Surrey’s Daryl Dela Cruz left yesterday (November 8) for Calgary to attend The Young Leaders Summit: Transit for the Next Generation. The summit at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary is from November 8-10, 2019.
The conference is organized by the CANADIAN URBAN TRANSIT ASSOCIATION is hosted by Calgary Transit and sponsored by many transit-oriented networks and entities including BC’s own TransLink.
It seeks to inspire a new generation leaders, users and advocates for transit towards a more sustainable and equitable future. The summit is a unique opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and new grads interested in public transit and sustainable transportation to learn, share ideas and connect with peers and industry professionals in transit and sustainable transportation.
Dela Cruz, a well-known transportation advocate, was invited to the all-expenses paid trip where he will share ideas and connect with peers and industry professionals in transit and sustainable transportation.
He has attended several transportation conferences in Canada and the U.S.
He successfully led the campaign for a sky train to Surrey instead of a light rail (LRT) extension to Langley. The plan is now being implemented and is awaiting construction.
He is currently turning his attention to a new initiative – the SFU Gondola which will transport students to SFU Mountain quicker than the bus system.
Dela Cruz is taking a Bachelor’s degree in Geography at Simon Fraser University (SFU).