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Henry Zhang

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An international ambassador for Seneca

Seventeen years ago, Henry Zhang came from China to study at Seneca’s English Language Institute (ELI). He then enrolled in the Computer Networking and Technical Support program. Henry, a member of Seneca’s Alumni Council, is now is the Vice President of Landpower Real Estate Ltd., in Markham. Last year, he established the Henry Zhang Award for International Students.

Your start at Seneca was at the ELI? Yes. I didn’t know a word of English. I studied there for 14 months. I met so many friends and we would talk about our futures.

How did you become interested in selling real estate? I used to work for Seneca helping international students find accom¬modations. That gave me a sense for real estate. In 2002, I bought my first house, near Newnham Campus, and rented it to students.

If you could go back and do it again, would you still come to Canada? If I had known Canada was so good, I would have come earlier. Canada changed my life for the better.

Why have you chosen to support international students? They are a special group who are dedicated to learning about, and blending into, Canadian culture. This rewards their hard work. Plus, I enjoy helping students. As a student, the help I received from Seneca contributed to my success.

What advice do you have for international students? Take the time to learn English. No matter what field you are in, being a strong communicator is critical. If you do well at ELI, then you can go anywhere you want.