International youth meet at Queen's University School of Business

KINGSTON, ON, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - The Queen's School of Business hosts our world's future international business leaders this week at the 40th Annual Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Forum. The event opens on Saturday, August 7 and runs through to Friday, August 13.

The Next Generation Leaders Forum is recognized globally by JA Worldwide(R) as the premier international conference for Junior Achievement Youth. This six-day intensive student conference brings together Achievers from around the world and connects them to expert business professors and industry leaders. These JA students are award winners and participants from their local JA Company, Titan, and Globe programs, planning to embark on their post-secondary ambitions with specific interest in business-related careers.

    
     "Queen's School of Business is proud to be working with JA Canada to
     inspire and challenge young people to succeed in the world of
     business," says David Saunders, Dean,Queen's School of Business. "As the
     future leaders of our country - and indeed every country around the
     world - understanding global business and the interconnectivity
     worldwide is essential."
    

This year's conference welcomes delegates from 12 countries including: Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, India, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Norway, Romania, Senegal, and the United States.

More than 130 youth leaders will attend workshops led by Queen's School of Business professors (Tina Dacin, Tony Dimnik, Elspeth Murray and Shawna O'Grady), hear keynote addresses from industry leaders (Rob Pitfield, Scotiabank; Len Jillard, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd; and Ajay Dhingra and Eme Onuoha, Xerox Canada), and have the opportunity to face Business Challenges in a team environment. Delegates will strive for one of three team awards in the areas of Global Vision, Inspiration and Social Responsibility. The week will culminate with team presentations and recommendations from the perspective of our future global leaders.

    
     "Our premier corporate sponsors, Xerox and Scotiabank, and our host
     sponsor, Queen's School of Business, make the Next Generation Leaders
     Forum the business and entrepreneurial educational experience of a
     lifetime for Canadian and international Achievers," says Ross Maund,
     President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Canada. "We are excited to be
     shaping our future economic potential through the leadership of these
     young global citizens. Queen's School of Business and the people of
     Kingston, Ontario are outstanding supporters of Junior Achievement. It
     is fitting that this community embrace the world and play a significant
     role in inspiring youth through this event."
    

The JA experience is a unique blend of personal growth, practical experience and confidence building. NGL Forum delegates will go back to their schools and communities with a new perspective on what is possible by developing essential success skills and discovering their ability to achieve their dreams.

Sponsors of the event include: Xerox Canada (Premier National Partner), Scotiabank Group (Premier International Partner), Queen's School of Business (Host Sponsor), Bell Canada, The Dove Self-Esteem Fund, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd.

Photo and interview opportunities are available. Please call ahead to confirm schedules.

About JA Canada(TM) (Junior Achievement of Canada)

For over 50 years, Junior Achievement learning experiences have helped young Canadians discover financial literacy, entrepreneurial and work readiness skills so they can achieve their highest potential as citizens of our global community. Across Canada, Junior Achievement reaches over 210,000 students annually with 10,000 dedicated business mentors in over 400 communities delivering a suite of eight national programs. Since 1955, over 3 million Canadian youth have participated in our business learning experiences free-of-charge.

About JA Worldwide(R) (Junior Achievement Worldwide)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 126 individual area operations reach more than 4 million students in the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 122 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org.

About Queen's School of Business

Queen's School of Business is one of the world's premier business schools - renowned for exceptional programs, outstanding faculty and research, and the quality of its graduates. Canadian executives regard Queen's as Canada's most innovative business school, offering students academic excellence and a superior overall experience. Queen's School of Business - where Canada's first Commerce program was launched in 1919 - is located at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. The School also delivers programs at locations across Canada, as well as in the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates.

SOURCE Junior Achievement of Canada

For further information: For further information: Scott Warne, Warne Marketing + Communications, Tel: 416-927-0881 x209, scott@warne.com


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