(Vancouver, BC – September 23, 2015) NextDayBetter is bringing together big thinkers and innovators in Vancouver, BC for the launch of their creative speaker and food series for migrant communities. NextDayBetter + Vancouver, powered by email marketing company MailChimp, will take place on October 3, 2015 at the River Market (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster).

“Vancouver is known as one of the most livable, sustainable cities in the world that is fueled by a diverse community. We’re excited to amplify these stories at NextDayBetter + Vancouver and cultivate connections by demonstrating how this diversity creates opportunities for new ideas, collaborations, and community building,” says NextDayBetter + Vancouver City Curator Anna Mae Abia. As an art director and designer, Anna Mae regularly collaborates with a variety of clients by solving design challenges.

The theme of the event will be “Cultivating Connections.” Speakers from multicultural communities will have the platform on the NextDayBetter stage to share their diverse voices in creating inclusive solutions to local and global challenges. There will be an impressive lineup of accomplished leaders in the fields of media, entrepreneurship, the arts, environment, and food.


Featured speaker Alden E. Habacon, the Director of Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development for the University of British Columbia, is an accomplished diversity and inclusion strategist. His work focuses on creating socially sustainable and diverse communities and workplaces.

Other featured speakers include Kei Baritugo, Agency Director of BoldLove Communications, JR Guerrero, Co-founder of Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society, and Theresa Fresco, Program Coordinator of the Fraser Basin Council specializing in water sustainability. These leaders will share their personal stories on how they overcame challenges to continue making a visible change in their communities.

The Vancouver foodie scene will also take centre stage with delicious bites and drinks served up by local restaurants and vendors including Joemel Gracilla and Rosette Samaniego
 of Kulinarya Filipino Eatery, Jan-Michael Reyes of Loco Ono Kitchen, and Caisan Castro of Insular Bakery 604. These featured chefs will showcase the growing Filipino food movement and how cultural cuisine plays a powerful role in shaping community and encouraging intercultural dialogue.

NextDayBetter’s global events celebrate the stories of changemakers from immigrant and multicultural communities and call them to action. “We believe that these communities belong on the decision-making table. We believe that they are hubs for world-changing ideas and social innovation. We have no doubt that they have immense potential to push humanity forward,” says NextDayBetter CEO and CoFounder, Ryan Letada.

Learn more and buy tickets for NextDayBetter + Vancouver here:

NextDayBetter + Vancouver | #ndbVAN

Where: River Market | 2nd Floor – 810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster

When: October 3, 2015 | 6pm – 9pm


About NextDayBetter | NextDayBetter is a speaker and food series for diaspora communities. Its global events in nine cities celebrate the stories of changemakers from untapped global migrant communities and call them to action. It believes that diasporas like the Filipino Asian Pacific Islander global communities are hubs and inspirations for world changing ideas. Learn more at

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