Spotlight: Peter Lew

CaseIT is almost here – 2 more days!

This week’s spotlight is on the chair for this year, Peter Lew

What were/was your position(s) with CaseIT, and what years were you part of the OC?

My name is Peter Lew, I have been part of the OC for almost three years. The positions I took upon were:
Team Host (2011), Director of Entertainment and Hospitality (2012), Chairperson (2013)

If you are currently still in school what is your concentration/major?

Currently in my 4th year of studies at Beedie School of Business concentrating in Manangement Information Systems and Finance. Hoping to also obtain the Business Technology Management Certificate!

How did SFU and post secondary studies benefit your career today? In your opinion, how important do you think it is to be involved in school events and why?

As I have not graduated, I cannot fully comment. However I can tell you that so far being involved in SFU clubs and just being apart of the SFU community has been beneficial to my development. I have met new friends, future colleagues and  have gained an immense amount of experience that I can place in my personal portfolio.

How long have you been active with CaseIT? Are you still involved? What steered you to take a position as part of the OC?

This is my 3rd year with CaseIT! I really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me when I was chosen as a Team Host in 2011. I had previously applied to be on the OC earlier in the year but didn’t make the cut. However I kept hearing about this “CaseIT” and I really wanted to be apart of it, so I decided to apply again. There were rumors that 50 or so people had applied to be on a Team Host and there were only 5 spots that needed to be filled. As I continued, I really wanted to work very hard to justify this selection and in the meantime I just fell in love with CaseIT. Moving forward, I took on the position of Director of Entertainment and Hospitality for CaseIT 2012. I think I did something right as my two mentors, CaseIT 2012 Chair Nima Sarhangpour and Vice Chair Gordon Swenson, asked me to continue CaseIT’s rich traditions as the next Chair of CaseIT!

“If you try once and fail, work hard and try again! Eventually you will be where you want to be!”

If you could sum up the planning and execution stages of CaseIT in one word what would it be and why?

Stressful: “To put CaseIT together, it takes a great amount of time and effort. CaseIT really has a rich tradition of success and each year there is an outstanding achievement added to the CaseIT resume. So there is a lot of stress and pressure to live up to expectations of such a grand event.”

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Rewarding: “By putting our energy and effort during the planning stage really eases the tension and stress during the actual event. When I look back at past CaseIT events over the years, I can really see how much I have grown professionally and as a person.”

What is your most memorable moment from CaseIT?

The most memorable moments that I can remember from CaseIT would definitely be the “Robe Renegades” that happen at night during the event. Somehow during CaseIT 2011, someone decided to dress in a robe and wake up very tired OC members at 3:00 AM in the morning. As you get woken up, you have the urge to wake someone else up so a chain started. The tradition will live on in future CaseIT events!