WHITEHORSE, YT, May 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of Minister Aglukkaq, today announced funding for the Yukon UpStarts Youth Entrepreneurship Conference being held in Whitehorse from May 1-3, 2015. Championed by local organization BYTE (Bringing Youth Towards Equality), the goal of the conference is to provide young people with the skills and experience to develop their entrepreneurial ventures. This event will also offer opportunities for youth delegates to connect with business leaders.
This youth event is the first of its kind in Yukon and includes participation from delegates across the territory. The Yukon UpStarts Youth Entrepreneurship Conference features speakers, workshops, networking sessions, and the trade show, among other events at the conference.
- CanNor is investing $71,904 through the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development Program to support conference activities.
- The Upstarts Conference participants range from ages 18-30, and include both aspiring entrepreneurs and young business owners.
- BYTE is a registered charity with a mandate to empower youth with a focus on providing programs and events that encourage well-being.
"Our Government is proud to contribute to projects that strengthen business capacity among young northern entrepreneurs. In supporting this unique Yukon event, we are investing in skills development for youth and encouraging the expansion and creation of new businesses in diverse sectors of the northern economy."
Member of Parliament for Yukon
"Yukon UpStarts is an exciting project and one that we hope will provide inspiration for youth from all throughout the Territory to start their own businesses now, or even one day in the future. We are extremely grateful for the support that CanNor has provided us to deliver this conference and can't wait to see the successful Yukon business that come out of it!"
BYTE Executive Director
CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.
SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information: Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq: Ted Laking, 819-997-1441; Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency: Krisandra Reid, Communications Advisor, 867-667-3210; Bringing Youth Towards Equality: Adria Collins, Conference Organizer, 867-667-7975; For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca; For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca