Students from High Priority Neighbourhoods Looking to Get Top Marks with Corporate Canada at Leaders of Tomorrow Summit



    Conference to Give Students a Unique Opportunity to Realize Career
    Success in Business and Technology

    TORONTO, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - The Black Business and Professional Association
today announces the 3rd Annual Leaders of Tomorrow Conference. This two day
conference will run on November 26th & 27th at the BMO Financial Group
Institute of Learning. A creative medium for highlighting the myriad career
choices in the business and technology sectors, the conference brings together
250 high school students from less advantaged and under represented
backgrounds to meet with senior executives from corporate Canada. Students
will have the opportunity to take part in two days of business-related
workshops as well as get first hand exposure, career advice and insight from
facilitators who hold executive positions in successful companies across
Canada. The final day closes with a career fair where major corporations and
universities will be represented.
    The only summit of its kind, the Leaders of Tomorrow Conference seeks to
encourage and inspire students from high priority neighbourhoods to aim high
in terms of academic and career aspirations. Studies have shown that youth
from low income households are half as likely to attend university as those
from higher income families. In addition, with 50 percent of black students
failing and dropping out of school before grade 12 the conference organizers
hope that this event will be key in turning around these staggering statistics
by exposing high school students from socioeconomically less advantaged
backgrounds to business and technology as viable career options.
    "This conference is necessary because consistently we find that visible
minorities, especially Black Canadians, are underrepresented in business and
technology," said conference chair Kareena Elliston. "Unfortunately, students
are far more exposed to sports and entertainment as the focus for opportunity
rather than the possibilities that exist in business for them. The conference
opens up their options and inspires them to imagine future careers for
themselves that they may have not otherwise considered."
    Studies have shown that as many as one million untrained youth will enter
the Canadian labour market each year. The sponsors of this event, including
BMO Financial Group and Ernst and Young, have realized that innovation is
important in discovering and honing the business talent of the future. It is
where they will be looking for their Leaders of Tomorrow.

    About Leaders of Tomorrow Summit

    Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in an annual summit hosted by the Black
Business and Professional Association's (BBPA) Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund
that aims to assist high priority secondary school students in bridging the
gap between university programs and real life careers in the fields of
business and technology.

    About the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA)

    Founded in 1983, the BBPA is a non-profit, charitable organization, whose
mission is "to advance the Black community through the delivery of programs
that support business and professional excellence, higher education and
economic development". More information can be found at www.bbpa.org

    
    Note to Media:

    Media Invite:

    Members of the media are invited to attend the Leaders of Tomorrow:
Business and Technology Conference. RSVP required.

    When:  Monday, November 26th and Tuesday, November, 27th
    Time:  November 26th: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
           November 27th: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Where: BMO Financial Group Institute of Learning
           3550 Pharmacy Road (Pharmacy & Steeles)
           Scarborough, Ontario

    Visual and Interview Opportunities:

    -   Student participants
    -   Charles Marful, Ernst & Young
    -   Kareena Elliston, Conference Committee Chair
    -   Stanley Julien, Chair, BBPA Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund and Vice
        President, BMO Financial Group
    





For further information:

For further information: Kim England, (416) 605-6814,
kimengland@sympatico.ca

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