Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit: Voices of the Future
APEC Manila: November 12th-19th, 2015
Each year the heads of state and government of the 21 member-economies in the Asia Pacific region and some of the world’s largest multi-national corporations gather to discuss trade, foreign direct investment and other issues related to economic and employment growth at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Since its establishment in 1989, APEC has been the premier economic forum for the Asia Pacific region and has focused on supporting sustainable economic growth and prosperity for member-economies.
This year, in the 26th anniversary of its founding, APEC is being hosted by the Philippines in Manila from November 12th- 19th, 2015. APEC 2015 includes a Heads of State and Government Summit, a Minister’s Summit, a CEO’s Summit as well as a meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). Also included in the Summit will be the APEC Voices of the Future program that brings youth leaders from 21 participating member-economies to the Summit to represent their home communities, engage government and business leaders on the pressing economic issues of the day, and support the Summit’s agenda objectives
JTC APEC 2015
Global Vision has been invited to represent Canada at the Voices for the Future program, set to take place during the 2015 Manila CEO Leaders Summit. The Canadian Junior Team Canada-APEC team has been selected from a nationwide pool of Junior Team Canada graduates. The seven Ambassadors are experienced JTC graduates, highly accomplished in their Global Vision pursuits and recognized community leaders that represent each region of the nation.
JTC APEC will deliver on mandates from Invest in Canada and Parks Canada. They will act to promote Canada as a destination for Direct Foreign Investment and to promote the Inspiration of a New Generation (ING) to connect with and experience nature on a global scale, Team members will also sequester support from interested parties in their respective communities, in return for promotion and representation at APEC.
Global Vision will encourage the formation of enduring relationships between participants of all sectors at this Summit. The goal is to develop new bridges between economies through the networks of their emerging leaders. Sustainable international partnerships are built on relationships that allow key players at all levels to feel the pulse of their partners’ economies. JTC APEC members will be actively engaging and developing these meaningful relationships at the Voices CEO Leaders Summit in Manila.
Canadian APEC team members are actively seeking partnership with parties who share our vision and see the tangible impact that APEC can have on local communities.
JTC APEC Ambassadors 2015
Alexis graduated from the University of Guelph as the top academic student in engineering, completing her Bachelor of Biological Engineering with a minor in Food Engineering. She received the highest undergraduate convocation award as an internationally acclaimed nanoscale biopolymer researcher, founder of Guelph Golden Gears volunteer network, three-term Engineering Society Vice President Academic, student senator, Academic All-Canadian varsity athlete, and youth field hockey coach.
After graduation, Alexis joined Labatt’s Brewing Development Program and moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland to take on the role of brewing group manager. In the year since relocating to St. John’s, Alexis has joined the Food Education Action St. John’s board and was selected to represent the industrial sector on the St. John’s Food Policy Council. Passionate about improving the long-term viability of global food supply chains, Alexis is spearheading the St. John’s Fruit Tree Project – a group that harvests and redistributes excess fruit throughout the city. To further her understanding of resilient food systems, Alexis spent two summers volunteering on farms throughout the United Kingdom and is sharing her experiences with the board of a new community garden in St. John’s.
As an ambassador on Global Vision’s 2015 Trade Mission to China, Alexis partnered with two Provincial Government departments, providing market research and seeking potential trade opportunities in China. Alexis is excited to connect with leaders and gain perspectives from many diverse countries. Participating in APEC’s Voices of the Future will enable Alexis to learn about food schemes in the member economies and network with youth to envision sustainable solutions to looming economic challenges. Having worked in the food processing industry, Alexis can confidently promote Canada as a prime market for foreign investment.
Corinna Ha is currently in her first year of the Bachelor of Commerce program at McGill University. Aside from her business studies, Corinna demonstrates her interest in international affairs through her extensive language study in Chinese, French, Spanish, and German. Corinna was previously involved in a multitude of business and social justice initiatives. Her most recent projects include co-authoring a nation-wide youth white paper on the necessity of a holistic and comprehensive global citizenship education program, and participating in a trade mission to China, where she represented a variety of Canadian businesses and organizations while promoting Canada as an ideal destination for foreign investment.
As a business student who wishes to pursue a career in international affairs, she is eager to take advantage of the opportunities that the APEC Voices of the Future program offers. APEC’s member countries are some of the most economically important in the world, and its youth are likewise those who will make the most significant impact in the future. Corinna, as a Canadian youth who is deeply concerned about current social issues and about tomorrow’s business being practiced ethically, hopes to take this opportunity to improve both trade and social relations between Canada and the participating APEC countries. She believes the best way to do so is to make human-to-human relationships with current and future leaders. Corinna hopes to use APEC as a platform to initiate a conversation about, and bring the youth voice into, matters of global issues and opportunities.
Harii Mahesh is currently a student at the Schulich School of Business, specializing in finance and accounting. Earlier in his student career, Harii was actively involved in shaping education on a local, regional and provincial level. He served as a Student Trustee for the York Region District School Board, representing over 122,000 students as well as Vice President of Public Board Affairs for the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association, having a constituency of over 2.3 million students. He played an integral role in the success of multiple policy amendments, position papers and positive action promotional campaigns. Most recently, he traveled to mainland China on a trade mission as a representative of Canadian businesses. In China, he was able to effectively execute business mandates by building stronger and new partnerships for his partners. He represented companies in the finance and real estate sector, namely KPMG, Royal LePage Your Community Realty and Pace Credit Union. Harii will be attending this year’s APEC conference to further establish trade ties between foreign businesses and Canadian. With a strong love for his country and business, he feels this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase the incredible opportunities Canada offers to businesses and organizations. He has worked alongside parliamentarians, political economists and multiple finance corporations, to build a strong understanding of the possibilities available for local and international businesses. Harii is especially excited to meet and build friendships with other delegates in attendance.
Monique is a first-year student at Queen’s University working towards a Bachelor of Science (Honours). Originally from Winnipeg, she graduated from high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma. With an obstinate belief in youth’s ability to make positive change, Monique has been involved with the leadership youth committees of organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Manitoba Eco-Network. She also co-led her school’s DRIVE leadership group and served as the chair of her school’s Youth in Philanthropy program for two years. Her pursuit to connect with like-minded individuals from outside her city has led her to represent the Winnipeg Foundation’s YIP program with three other delegates in Fargo, North Dakota and most recently, Global Vision as a Junior Team Canada Ambassador to China.
With her high school lacking in any Business or Economics course, Monique’s passion for both subjects stems from her genuine interest in the world. Living in a time of rapid economic globalization, solidifying and expanding upon a country’s international relations becomes all the more imperative and she recognizes the need for forums such as APEC. Like the previously selfish notions of Social Darwinism that have evolved to encompass the need for cooperation and one’s capacity for cultural change, it is recognized that countries must work together in order to succeed. As a firm believer in this interconnected world, the possibility of creating tangible connections that will benefit Canada contributes to Monique’s motivation and she hopes to achieve this through her involvement with APEC Manila 2015.
Trevor Sookraj is a first-year student at Western University (Huron College) pursuing globalization studies, with a strong interest in international business and software as a service (SaaS). He currently serves as an AEO Researcher on the Ivey Business Review, which covers a variety of industries and analyzes business trends. This past summer, Trevor interned in the sales and marketing department at Exposoft Solutions, an event management technology company with clients across North America and Europe.
During the 2014-2015 term, Trevor served as the President of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association, the official representatives of the 2.2 million students across Ontario. In this role, Trevor consulted with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders during recent teacher strike action. Trevor has also started a non-profit organization called the Regional Youth Roundtable, aimed at sparking a unified effort to better include marginalized youth in the community. To date, the initiative has secured $46,000 in funding and on-boarded more than 30 organizations across the Peel and York regions.
Trevor has always been interested in global trade, having participated in a summer youth trade mission to China (Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou) in 2014 representing eight Canadian companies, liaising with trade commissioners and meeting with local Chinese businesses. He is committing to APEC 2015 to ensure that Canadian companies drive the global economy and capitalize on the potential of collaborating with powers in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Nicole is an enthusiastic, driven, and hard-working individual who is dedicated to making an impact in her community and beyond. She is a rising senior at Earl Haig Secondary School and hopes to pursue a duel degree in Engineering and Business Administration next year. Outside of student council at her school, she immerses herself in opportunities to give back to her peers. For instance, she is a National Officer at HOSA Canada, which organizes the largest competition for health science students at a secondary school level, and is the Human Resources Manager at the Organization for Ontario Secondary Schools. Her interests also include the performing arts and track and field. Nicole is honoured and proud to be representing Canada as a young delegate to APEC as it offers her the opportunity to build connections internationally and further her passion for business and international relations. APEC also acts as a platform for her self-development. By gaining practical experience, she will enhance the skills she needs to become a young professional and inspire the next generation of youth leaders. Global Vision has already provided her with the chance of networking and communicating with leaders in their fields during her delegation as a Junior Team Canada ambassador to China. Nicole is not afraid to take risks and pursue unconventional paths to continuously better herself and the community. She is excited for the adventure that lies ahead and will work hard to build meaningful partnerships between Canada and the world.
Due to his excellence in academics and co-curricular activities, as well as being a key musician in the school’s band program, he was awarded the Jeffery Tricked Forever Woods Scholarship in each year of high school. Harrison has been actively involved in other co-curricular activities including: Model United Nations (earning Best Delegation Award), Speech and Debate (earning Top Impromptu Speaker Award), and Peer Tutoring. He was chosen to represent his school at We Day, a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities run through Free the Children.
Harrison has also been committed to athletics, at a school and club level. He selected as the captain of his school’s Senior Varsity Track and Volleyball teams where he developed many fundamental leadership skills. Harrison was a top three finalist for the ConocoPhillips Youth of Distinction Award for Sportsmanship in Calgary and surrounding area.
Harrison utilized his leadership skills during Global Vision’s National Youth Ambassador Caucus in Ottawa and Junior Team Canada Trade Mission to China. While participating in these programs, he was able to craft and develop his business skills and secure multiple sales opportunities for SMART Technologies Inc., his largest corporate partner on the trade mission to China. Harrison is interested in studying commerce at university and is open to the possibility of studying internationally.
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