Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Degree: Security and Law Enforcement
Year of graduation: 1976
I own two businesses. The first is Lange Transportation, founded in 1986. It has 40 full-time staff and is located in Mississauga at a 70,000-square-foot office/warehouse complex. We move trade and consumer shows, tours, and high value medical equipment. The second business is a unique ticket exchange business that assists hundreds of people and companies that have season tickets, or excess tickets for events, and don’t want the hassle of dealing with them.
In 2006, our company purchased a 70,000-square-foot office/warehouse complex. What makes it unique is that we have tried to ‘green our building.’ We are the first building in Canada that has totally retrofitted the building with geothermal heating and air-conditioning. What this means is we don’t use natural gas or hydro to heat or air-condition the complex; we use Mother Earth. This, along with modern technology – heat exchange units – totally keeps our office and warehouse a nice and toasty 72 degrees year round. Over the next 20 years we will save 158,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced by our one building.
I was inducted to the Canadian Association of Exposition Management Hall of Fame in 2003, one of 25 members that have been honoured since 1992 in Canada. This award honors those of us that seem never smart enough to figure out that moving in trade and consumer shows during weekends and late nights is not a great way to have a normal social life.
A Sheridan Memory
I remember how determined I was to be on the Dean’s High Honour List for my graduating year. I realized for the first time in my school life that I had a real target, and because I had chosen this path, that I was going to get the best marks that I could –– which is exactly what happens in business as well: you have to set your own targets and a lot of people depend on you to reach and exceed those targets.
Advice to a Sheridan Student
You determine your own course when you enroll at Sheridan. Nobody will spoon-feed you. You have to decide for yourself the career you wish to explore and you should realize those courses that are being offered at Sheridan will be part of your life for many years to come.
Current Occupation: President, Lange Transportation
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