York hosts future global leaders

How can our young leaders succeed in today’s global marketplace? How can they become engaged as global citizens and leverage opportunities for the benefit of their own local communities?

These are just some of the questions that will be answered as York University hosts the Greater Toronto Area Junior Team Canada (JTC) Global Leaders Centre on Thursday, April 5. The event, one of 18 such events this month hosted at universities across Canada, brings together government officials and leaders from small and mid-sized businesses and community organizations to teach 150 high-school and university students the ins and outs of global and economic leadership.

The program is designed to help young Canadians identify the types of careers that exist in the global marketplace through interactive instruction and networking with leading professionals in the field. Not only will delegates get an in-depth look at the workings of Canadian companies doing business on an international scale, they will also learn the basics of doing a market study, of establishing networks and about relevant postsecondary programs. Delegates will apply and consolidate what they have learned in an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Case Study simulation.

Managed by Global Vision and sponsored by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Foreign Affairs Canada and International Trade Canada, the Global Leaders Centre teaches students how they can become involved in youth programs around the globe, including the Junior Team Canada Mission Program and the Global Youth Ambassador Program. JTC Economic Missions travel to foreign markets where team members meet with industry and government leaders to explore business opportunities and promote cross-cultural understanding. The Global Youth Ambassador Program provides youth with the opportunity to put their leadership skills into action by working on a project that will make a difference in their respective communities.

“The Global Leaders Centre is a unique opportunity for high-school and university students to glimpse leadership in action on a local and global scale and to network with many of Canada’s leaders in international business. It is also a tremendous opportunity to profile what Canada is doing on the international stage…and who better to host the event than York with our internationalization mandate and our world class business and interdisciplinary programs,” said Frank Cappadocia, director, Student Community & Leadership Development.

For more information about the JTC Global Leaders Centre, visit www.globalvision.ca/.