Five University of Western Ontario students had the opportunity to put their skills, experience and knowledge to the test in hopes of becoming the new generation of global leaders.
The National Youth Ambassador Caucus, held in Ottawa last week, was hosted in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario.
Kevin Vuong, Jessica Kao, Mike Potters, Robert Freele, and Alisia Painter were part of the 100 young Canadians meeting global leaders, ambassadors, ministers, and business leaders, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Learning how to engage in multilateral negotiations, a number of surprise challenges were presented at random to “test our ability to cope under stress, time pressures, work with others, and leadership skills,” says Vuong, a BMOS student specializing in Finance & Administration.
Through this, 26 youth will be selected to participate in My Summit 2010, the official international youth summit to be held alongside the G8 and the G20 summits in Toronto.
Administered by Global Vision, a not-for-profit organization with expertise in youth leadership training, youth delegates will be on site at the G20 Summit to observe the summit process and engage in discussions on economic themes.
As well, approximately 20 individuals will be selected to represent Canada on a trade mission to China as part of Junior Team Canada.
Vuong says on top of listening and speaking to top dignitaries and individuals in their field, it was a great opportunity to gain networking prospects and “gain greater exposure to politics and world affairs at the national and international level and how they apply to Canada.”