Akash Sidhu, a student in the Schulich School of Business, has been selected as one of Canada’s 35 top young leaders for a Junior Team Canada Trade Mission to China. Sidhu, who is just 18 years old, will travel with the other young leaders to China this August. Once there, the group will represent their communities and Canada on a mission focused on building connections between Canadian and Chinese businesses, government, community and cultural organizations.
Sidhu says he is honoured to have been selected for the mission. The Junior Team Canada program is designed to create the next generation of Canadian leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the global marketplace at home or abroad. Program delegates represent Canada at home and internationally through national conferences, trade missions and special assignments that include in some cases attending the Group of Eight (G8), the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits.
As ambassadors, they will meet with leaders abroad from business, government and the community to promote Canada’s economic interests, learn about business and culture in Asia as well as further develop trade relationships in the area.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity because I will be able to represent my country as well as my school proudly on the world stage,” says Sidhu. “This is the exact experience I need so that I can gain the tools and resources to help shape my global mindset and make a large impact in the community.”
Sidhu and the 34 other members of this year’s cohort were selected from some 650 candidates who participated in the national Economic Round Table Series.
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