Our Why We Give series spotlights the people who drive our purpose—Science for All.
One fateful Valentine’s evening seven years ago in Vancouver, engineer Connor Langford met his second great love after telling a story about his first.
A member in a local Toastmasters Club, Connor’s Table Topic that evening was “your first love,” and he spent his two minutes of spontaneous speaking on the subject of science.
“Specifically, my science textbook,” Connor laughs today, during an interview about his support of our non-profit organization. “Which is really nerdy, and a little sad. But science created a sense of wonder for me, and built the foundation that I have now, which is that I love my job. I love what I do. And that wouldn't have been possible without that book.”
As Canada Tunnels Team Lead at Mott MacDonald, Connor spends his days managing tunnel projects across North America, including Vancouver’s Stanley Park Water Supply Tunnel and supporting the Broadway Subway Project.
Unbeknownst to him that night at Toastmasters, he was also boring a tunnel into the heart of his future wife, who sat in the audience, positively smitten with Connor’s science-swooning.
After the speeches, he struck up a conversation, and the two had one of their first dates at Science World.
“Exploring the exhibits and seeing her eyes light up,” recalls Connor, “well, that was the start of a really great connection. And since then, Science World is a place we continue to return to.”