2016 Huawei Canada 'Seeds for the Future' Award Recipients Announced

Work-study program will host 19 engineering students from nine Canadian universities on exchange trip to China

MARKHAM, ON, May 9, 2016 /CNW/ - Huawei, one of the world's largest information and communications technology (ICT) solutions providers, today announced the 19 third year engineering students selected to participate in its  'Seeds for the Future' program. Students will be gathering in Ottawa for two days of preparation at Huawei's Canada Research Centre before departing for China on Thursday, May 12, for a two-week professional and cultural trip to China.

Now in its second year, 'Seeds for the Future' provides an opportunity for students in over 40 countries around the world to learn firsthand about China and its technology industry. For Canadian engineering students, the program aims to build links between Canada and China, promote a greater understanding of career opportunities in the telecommunications sector, and to encourage participation in the international ICT community. Before they embark on their trip, these students will also have the opportunity to tour Huawei's Canada Research Centre and meet with Huawei's global 5G research team.

"Last year's program was a resounding success and we are proud to be hosting a tremendous group of talented engineering students from across the country again this year," said Sean Yang, President of Huawei Canada. "This program creates an opportunity to connect Canadian engineering talent with the innovative research happening in both Canada and China. We hope this experience will help to strengthen the research ties between both countries and help to build a team of young Canadian engineers able to make a significant impact in the global ICT ecosystem."

Students selected for 'Seeds for the Future' will be given first-hand learning opportunities through interactions with Huawei staff and visits to Huawei laboratories where they will witness live demonstrations of advanced communications technologies. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the latest skills needed to be successful in ICT and how to be effective in a multicultural business environment. The program also includes an opportunity to experience Chinese culture, and will include a visit to some well-known landmarks, including the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

'Seeds for the Future' continues to be an important element in Huawei's work with Canadian universities. Since 2011, Huawei has invested over $6 million in advanced communications research projects with universities across Canada. Huawei's Canada Research Centre in Ottawa has played a central role in establishing Huawei as one of the global leaders in transformative 5G technology and innovative research supported by Canadian universities.

"Our partners at Huawei have been fantastic and we look forward to continuing to work with them to develop these bright young minds and set them on these promising future career paths," said Jose Pereira, Director, Engineering Career Centre, and University of Toronto.

Selected from an impressive list of student applicants, the participants are as follows:



Priyank  Malvania

University of Toronto

Alison Emily Chow

University of Toronto

Fan Guo

University of Toronto

Catherine LaRoche-Rioux

Ecole Polytechnique

Marie-Pier Lafortune

Ecole Polytechnique

David Gourde

Ecole Polytechnique

Megan Leach

University of Saskatchewan

Joseph Orlando Roque

University of Ottawa

Alexandre Haddad

University of Ottawa

Travis Morton

Carleton University

Mate Marinkovic

Carleton University

Karl Tanguay-Verreault

Carleton University

Peter Neathway

Carleton University

Shakil Kanji

University of Waterloo

Akshay Sapra

University of British Columbia

Nick Lauer

University of Waterloo

Scott Aker

Western University

Dylan Belvedere

Simon Fraser University

Victor Chun-Bon

Simon Fraser University

For more information about the program, please visit Huawei.ca/Seeds-for-the-Future.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees, and was recently name by Interbrand as one of the world's top 100 brands – the first Chinese company to receive this recognition.

Huawei Canada has been in operation since 2008.  Huawei's innovative wireless products and services support many of Canada's leading telecommunications companies, and Huawei's Canada Research Centre is a national leader in advanced communications technologies. Huawei is proud to be a key part of Canada's ICT Ecosystem.

For more information, please visit Huawei online: www.huawei.ca 


For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Scott Bradley, VP Corporate & Government Affairs, Huawei Canada, M: 613.558.5333, Email: scott.bradley@huawei.com

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