TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - In a joint initiative sponsored by the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Scotiabank, two young
Toronto women, Ayya Sheptukhina and Madeleine Delli-Benedetti, have
been chosen for the inaugural CFIB and Scotiabank Internship in Public
Policy and Entrepreneurship.
"In celebrating our 40th anniversary, CFIB is pleased to collaborate with Scotiabank to bring a
relevant and timely work experience to Canadian students, which is
especially important during the federally designated Year of the
Entrepreneur," said CFIB's Plamen Petkov, Director of Provincial
Affairs, Ontario. "We aim to give Ms. Sheptukhina and Ms.
Delli-Benedetti invaluable exposure to public policy and
entrepreneurship issues that will help them build on their talent and
The internship provides placement and funding for six interns, one each
from Regina, Calgary, Halifax, and Ottawa, and two from Toronto, for a
Ms. Sheptukhina and Ms. Delli-Beneditti will be spending the next four
months at the Toronto office of the CFIB, which represents 42,000
members from small and medium-sized businesses in Ontario. Ms.
Sheptukhina and Ms. Delli-Beneditti 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.
"I am thrilled about the wonderful opportunity that CFIB and Scotiabank
have given me this summer. I look forward to working with my new
colleagues to accomplish big things for Ontario's job creating small
businesses," said Ms. Sheptukhina.
"Thank you to Scotiabank and CFIB for providing me with the opportunity
to be part of this Internship Program. I am very excited to work with
CFIB and Canada's small businesses this summer!" said Ms.
The young women were selected from more than 250 applicants across
Canada. Ms. Sheptukhina is a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student
at Ryerson University, specializing in Economics and Business
Management. Ms. Delli-Benedetti is currently completing her Master's
degree at the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at
York University. They and their four counterparts come from diverse
backgrounds, including undergraduate or graduate work in political
science, economics, law, business, commerce, and public administration.
"Scotiabank is proud to be partnering with CFIB to offer this internship
to young Canadians," said David Wilton, Director, Small Business,
Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is committed to education and helping students
achieve their full potential. We wish these young women all the best in
their future endeavors and hope this internship fosters learning and
provides them with practical work experience to prepare them for their
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
Manager, Public Affairs
416-222-8022 ext. 268