Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

June 26, 2008 14:53 ET

Future World Leaders to Participate in Week-Long Intensive Training on Global Marketplace

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) -

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Looking to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, 25 youth from Atlantic Canada are in Ottawa this week to participate in a national program focusing on international trade.

The Atlantic Canadian delegation will participate in the 2008 National Youth Ambassador Caucus from June 24-27. The delegation will meet with top business representatives, government officials and community leaders, and take part in interactive discussions on international business, exports and Canada's role in developing countries.

"The Atlantic Canadian delegation participating in the National Youth Ambassador Caucus will gain practical knowledge of everything from the benefits and challenges faced by companies entering the international marketplace to the impact of new technology on world trade," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). "Our Government, through ACOA, is pleased to support initiatives that help a new generation of Atlantic Canadian business leaders develop the skills they need to successfully start and grow businesses."

The 2008 National Youth Ambassador Caucus will take place at the University of Ottawa. The event, organized by Global Vision, a non-profit organization that operates Junior Team Canada, is expected to attract approximately 70 youth Ambassadors from across Canada, including 25 delegates from the Atlantic region. Each delegate has been chosen to represent their region based on their leadership skills and youth engagement projects that they have initiated in their respective communities.

Following the training session, the delegates will participate in one of two Junior Team Canada Economic missions to Peru and Colombia later this fall and spring 2009.

ACOA is investing $100,000 through its Young Entrepreneur Development Initiative to enable youth from Atlantic Canada to participate in the National Youth Ambassador Caucus and one of the two follow-up trade missions to South America.

The Young Entrepreneur Development Initiative is designed to help not-for-profit and non-commercial organizations expand and enhance entrepreneurship training, information and support services to Atlantic Canadians under 35 years of age.

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Looking to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, 25 youth from Atlantic Canada are in Ottawa this week to participate in a national program focusing on international trade. The Atlantic delegation will participate in the 2008 National Youth Ambassador Caucus from June 24-27.

National Defence and ACOA Minister Peter MacKay said that this investment will allow participants to gain practical knowledge about the global marketplace, helping to inspire a new generation of Atlantic Canadian business leaders.

ACOA is investing $100,000 through its Young Entrepreneur Development Initiative to enable youth from Atlantic Canada to participate in the National Youth Ambassador Caucus and follow-up trade missions to Peru and Colombia.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca under Media Room.)

MEDIA BACKGROUNDER

Following is the list of the 25 Atlantic Canadian youth who will be participating in the 2008 National Youth Ambassador Caucus and a Junior Team Canada Economic mission:



New Brunswick

Gavin Cosgrove, Saint John
Mark Gamble, Rothesay
Kera Hunt, Fredericton
Adam Peabody, Fredericton
Vivek Prabhu, Rothesay
Brent Shikaze, Fredericton

Newfoundland and Labrador

Omar Abusalem, St. John's
Gillianne Beaulieu, St. John's
Erin Chamberlin, St. John's
Mark Freake, Charlottetown
Jennifer Hanamas, St. John's
Matthew Hornell, St. John's
Victoria Morgan, St. John's
Melissa Royle, St. John's
Alyson Samson, Bonavista
Shawn Smith, Stephenville

Nova Scotia

Ryan Arnold, Dartmouth
Stephanie Currie, Dartmouth
Jesse Ginsberg, Halifax
Mark Hobbs, Halifax
Ashley Urquhart, Middle Musquodoboit
Andrew Walker, Halifax

Prince Edward Island

Kirk Barlow, Charlottetown
Dylan Carr, Charlottetown
Kyle MacDonald, Charlottetown

Contact Information

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
    Rose May Gallant
    Senior Communications Officer
    (506) 851-3034
    Website: www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca
    or
    Global Vision
    Amy Giroux
    Program Director
    (819) 246-0240