HALIFAX, May 19 /CNW/ - In a joint initiative sponsored by the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Scotiabank, Halifax
graduate student, Vanessa LeBlanc, has been chosen for the inaugural
CFIB and Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship.
The internship provides placement and funding for six interns, one each
from Regina, Calgary, Halifax, and Ottawa, and two from Toronto, for a
"In celebrating our 40th anniversary and the federally designated Year of the Entrepreneur CFIB
is very happy to join forces with Scotiabank to present this new
internship for Canadian students," said CFIB's Amelia DeMarco, Senior
Policy Analyst, Nova Scotia. "We intend for Ms. LeBlanc to be able to
apply what she has learned in school to a hands-on and intensive work
A native of Moncton, Ms. LeBlanc will be spending the next four months
at the Halifax office of the CFIB, which represents 5,000 members from
small and medium-sized businesses in Nova Scotia. Ms. LeBlanc will gain
on-the-job, specialized and applied experience in public policy
development, complete a major research report on a public policy issue,
be exposed to special training sessions conducted by CFIB and work with
other interns and staff across Canada.
"As both a former business student and the daughter of a small business
owner, I have always had an interest in small business issues. I look
forward to the valuable knowledge and experience this internship
will provide and know it will help me in my future career in business
law," said Ms. LeBlanc.
Ms. LeBlanc, who was selected from more than 250 applicants across
Canada, is working towards a joint Master of Public Administration and
Bachelor of Laws degree at Dalhousie University, and would like to
pursue a career in business law. She and her five counterparts come
from diverse backgrounds, including undergraduate or graduate work in
political science, economics, law, business, commerce, and public
"Scotiabank is pleased to present this new Internship in Public Policy
and Entrepreneurship with CFIB," said David Wilton, Director, Small
Business, Scotiabank. "Scotiabank has always had a strong commitment to
education, and is proud to support young people in pursuing their
academic goals. We hope this work experience contributes to Ms.
LeBlanc's academic career and beyond."
Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and
Canada's most international bank. With more than 70,000 employees,
Scotiabank Group and its affiliates serve some 18.6 million customers
in more than 50 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad
range of products and services including personal, commercial,
corporate and investment banking. With assets above $541 billion (as at
January 31, 2011), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York
Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.
About the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 108,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy. www.cfib-fcei.ca.
For further information:
Scotiabank Media Communications
Senior Policy Analyst, CFIB Halifax