CALGARY, May 19 /CNW/ - In a joint initiative sponsored by the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Scotiabank, a young
Calgary woman, Chelsea Mitchell, 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
"Collaborating with Scotiabank on this exciting initiative is a great
way to celebrate CFIB's 40th anniversary and promote the Year of the Entrepreneur. This allows us to
bring together our respective expertise and presents an invaluable
opportunity for Canadian students," said Richard Truscott, Director of
Provincial Affairs, Alberta, CFIB. "We want Ms. Mitchell to walk away
from this internship with hands-on public policy and entrepreneurship
experience that she can apply to her education."
Ms. Mitchell will be spending the next four months at the Calgary office
of the CFIB, which represents 10,000 members from small and
medium-sized businesses in Alberta. Ms. Mitchell 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 very excited to work for CFIB this summer! Together with
Scotiabank, they have provided a fantastic opportunity for me and my
fellow interns to work with entrepreneurs across Canada," said Ms.
Ms. Mitchell is in her fourth year of studies at the University of
Calgary's Haskayne School of Business where she is working toward her
Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting. Originally from Castlegar,
British Columbia, Ms. Mitchell moved to Calgary in 2006 and spent three
years working at a small florist shop while pursuing her studies.
Working in a small business gave her a strong appreciation for the
challenges facing our country's entrepreneurs.
Ms. Mitchell was selected from more than 250 applicants across Canada.
She and her five counterparts come from diverse backgrounds, including
undergraduate or graduate work in political science, economics, law,
business, commerce, and public administration.
"Scotiabank is proud to partner with CFIB to present the new Internship
in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship," said David Wilton, Director,
Small Business, Scotiabank. "By supporting a diverse range of education
programs, such as this one, Scotiabank hopes to give young people the
skills, tools and experiences to develop their potential. We commend
Ms. Mitchell for her motivation in pursuing an interest in public
policy and entrepreneurship and wish her the best of luck."
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