Our Team

Amy Giroux

Gatineau, Quebec
Director - Global Vision

Amy graduated from the University of Guelph, with an Honours Bachelor in political science. She then worked as a political attaché for the Secretary of State of Canada and Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship. Amy now directs Global Vision and has led several Junior Team Canada missions to Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Driven with her own keen desire to make a difference in developing countries, Amy also has helped to establish global youth training programs around the globe. Using the Junior Team Canada model, she has developed youth programs in China, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines. Amy looks forward to working together with Peru to further create more opportunities for youth to get engaged and empowered as leaders in today’s global economy.

Scott Rairdan

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Youth Engagement Coordinator

Scott is currently studying Management specializing in Leadership and Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Scott works heavily within the Dalhousie Student Union where he serves his fellow students in several roles and is working on multiple projects focused on Food Insecurity. He has been heavily involved in Global Vision programs over the past two years, working as the Youth Engagement Coordinator, participating in regional Round Tables, the Arctic Youth Ambassador Summit in Iqaluit and JTC Trade Missions to Peru and China. Scott is looking forward to representing Canadian education institutions in Peru to help further their brand awareness in this rapidly growing market.

Julia Hellmer

Gatineau, Quebec
Sectors: Ecotourism, Education

Julia is a German High School graduate who is currently spending a year in Canada in order to gain international experience and learn more about the Canadian culture. Her work with Global Vision enabled her to go on a mission to Iqaluit, Nunavut in 2015 and experience the Inuit culture first hand. Julia enjoys being a role model for younger children, in Germany she worked as a riding teacher and tutor and in Gatineau she lives with a French-Canadian family where she is helping to take care of their children.

Julia is looking forward to experiencing the Peruvian lifestyle and gaining more knowledge on its diverse culture while attending the Trade Mission in February 2016. She also hopes to share her European cultural background with her Canadian and Peruvian friends.

Anisha Khanna

Western University
London, Ontario

Annie is in her second year of university at Western University studying Medical Sciences with intentions on attending Richard Ivey Business School. She is on her school’s varsity fencing team, and in between that and studying, she works on Minga Global, an international, humanitarian, organization that she co-founded. Annie has a passion for traveling as she is very interested in international relations. With experience interning for three months in Hong Kong and working on several international projects, she is excited to represent Canada in Peru with Junior Team Canada. 

Dale Inverarity

Beal Secondary School
London, Ontario

Dale is in his 13th year at H. B. Beal Secondary School, and a part of the DECA and FIRST Robotics teams. When not in school he works with a variety of tech companies in London, Ontario with a strong focus on building solutions for Non-Profits. Dale has previously been recognized for his achievements as recipient of the Brayl Copp Award and as a finalist for top 20 under 20 Canada. The founder of GoWander, DIIT and the Co-Founder of HACK LONDON and FillSpaces.com – Dale loves building things to make London even better and is excited with the opportunity through JTC to make that happen again.

Danielle Kydd

University of Ottawa
Hamilton, Ontario
Education, Economic Development

Danielle is currently in her first year at the University of Ottawa where she studies Political Science and Public Administration. Danielle is involved in various organizations that work to promote youth civic engagement. She has had the opportunity to represent her community on numerous occasions including as a Delegate to The United Nations Youth Assembly in New York City, and most recently representing her community at the Arctic Youth Ambassador Caucus in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Danielle is looking forward to opportunity to connect with other Ambassadors while experiencing the culture of Peru. 

Kristine Puzon

University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON
Environment and Education

Kristine is currently in her second year of an International Development and Globalization degree at the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about experiential learning and has a strong interest in social justice. This year, she sits on Youth Ottawa’s Board of Directors and holds various other leadership roles with clubs on campus such as Best Buddies UOttawa and the UOttawa Rock Climbing Club. Kristine can’t wait to see what Peru has in store for her first Junior Team Canada trade mission!

Lauren Holt

University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
Education & Healthcare

Lauren is a fourth year student at the University of Guelph, completing a double major in Biology and Psychology. Passionate about social and environmental issues, Lauren plans to purse her PhD in industrial organization psychology and ultimately a career in sustainable development. She has been involved with multiple research labs, as well as held leadership positions such as the Intercultural Relations Executive for the University of the South Pacific’s International Students Association. Lauren is excited to tie together her cross disciplinary interests, and help to strengthen bilateral trade between Canada and Peru on her first Junior Team Canada Mission.


Lavender Jiang

Maple High School
Vaughan, Ontario
Education and Agriculture

Lavender is currently a junior at Maple High School in Vaughan. She is an international student from China and has been in Canada for one year. Lavender is currently an FCSS-FESC ambassador, an FLCA editor, and the Vice President of student council. She is also doing a project called "Arts for Innovation" in China Thinks Big 2016, aiming to strengthen primary school art education in Guangzhou. Lavender looks forward to building meaningful connections in the emerging market.

Linta Mustafa

University of Western Ontario
Mississauga, Ontario
Education & Natural Resources 

Linta is a currently in her second year in Health Science at the University of Western Ontario, planning on attending the Ivey School of Business next year. Linta lived and worked in Hong Kong in a financial firm this past summer and is passionate about pursuing finance and combining it with the applications of health science. She has co-founded a humanitarian NGO called Minga Global and is passionate about making a difference in the world around her. Linta can’t wait to travel to Peru and use her resources to strengthen the relationships with Peruvian and Canadian trade through entrepreneurship and innovative thinking. She is looking to make a real impact in her community and to her partners through Junior Team Canada.

Mario Manitowabi

Sudbury, Ontario
Retail and Educatio

Mario is currently living in Sudbury practicing search engine optimization (SEO) for his start-up business. Mario has studied previously at Espanola High School before going to Seneca College for Electronics Engineering Technology. He has become more passionate about youth leadership and the benefits it could have on his community, Wikwemikong. Mario is excited to represent education and his community while in Peru to create sustainable partnerships.

Marissa Liu

Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Guelph, Ontario 

Marissa is currently completing grade 11 at Centennial CVI in Guelph, Ontario. Due to her entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit, she has been an active volunteer for special needs organizations such as KidsAbility Soccer and Best Buddies for two years and is also an ambassador for numerous organizations, such as World Vision and Youth in Care, to advocate for some of today's largest socio-economic movements. Marissa has already fostered strong relationships with businesses in her community and is ready to apply her skills as an advocator and showcase not only the capability of youth, but also the strength of Canadian industries on her mission to Peru.


Matt Perrira

Toronto, Ontario
Education and Finance

Matt is a grade eleven student from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario.  He is actively involved in his local community, holding leadership positions in school clubs and community organizations. He is also the co-founder of a local non-profit organization, Aspiring Youth, that aims to promote entrepreneurship and engagement among youth. He has a keen interest in international business, politics and foreign affairs. Matt is looking forward to hands on learning and experiencing the different business environment that the Junior Team Canada Mission to Peru has to offer. 

Nico Han

Markham, Ontario
Education and Tourism

Nico is in her first year at the George Washington University in DC, where she received the school’s Principal Scholarship to study international politics and economies. Nico has also been involved in many activities during her stay in Canada, such as the being a student mentor at the Merit College in Ontario and China, and a representative to the National Student of Commonwealth Forum in 2015 (NSCF) that was sponsored by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). She has also represented her community at Global Vision’s National Youth Ambassador Caucus in 2015. Nico will focus on forging partnerships between the Canadian and Peruvian education and tourism sectors on her first Junior Team Canada mission. 

Paulo Guedes Moreau

University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
Education & Natural Resources

Paulo is currently in his second year of the International Management program at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. He was elected as the Treasurer for the Student Association during his commerce studies at CEGEP Heritage College. Paulo is a dual citizen of Canada and Peru. He looks forward to using his fluency in French, Spanish and English to promote stronger economic ties between his two countries on his first Junior Team Canada mission.

Pier Montoya

Western University
London, ON

Pier is an undergraduate student at Western University pursuing a dual degree in Spanish and Business Administration. He currently serves as Secretary-General at Western’s Model UN Society and VP Membership at the DECA Network. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and international development which is why he embarked on JTC’s Mission to Peru. Pier is excited about the prospect of promoting bilateral trade and representing London businesses and organizations abroad.


Rebecca Guan 

Kitchener, Ontario
Natural Resources

Rebecca is currently a first year student at the University of Waterloo studying Financial Management. She is actively involved in the entrepreneurship and business activities, having sold her first web-app LadderUP! in 2015 and working for startups in Toronto. She loves business and finance and is an executive on her school’s finance association and multi-day finance conference. Rebecca looks forward to representing the Canadian education and technology sector and building lasting relationships.

Sera Ertan   

University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

Sera is currently in her third year of a Finance degree at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. She has a strong interest in business, international affairs and foreign cultures. She has previously held leadership positions in many clubs at her school and been involved with two start-up companies where she worked on market and product development. Sera is very much looking forward to experiencing the culture and business environment of Peru on the Junior Team Canada Mission.