Media Advisory - G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit to champion global youth

TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ - From June 20th to 22nd entrepreneurs, academics, government officials and youth entrepreneurship organizations from G20 nations will come together in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to discuss how to harness the potential of young entrepreneurs worldwide.

Hosted by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit is recognized by the Canadian government as an official G20 event. The recommendations resulting from the Summit will be the focus of a discussion about entrepreneurship at the G20 Business Summit (B20) taking place in Toronto on June 25th and 26th and attended by two senior business leaders from G20 countries.

The G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit will feature leading entrepreneurs and world renowned business leaders at the following key events which are open to accredited media:

    Monday, June 21st

    Opening Keynote Speech/Q & A
    Time: 8:30am-9:00am
    Location: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Introduction by:  John Risley, Chairman,
                      Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.

    Keynote Speaker:  Hon. Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and

    Panel: Young Global Entrepreneurs: International Challenges and
    Time: 10:30am-11:45am
    Location: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Moderator:        Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and Chief Executive,
                      Montreal Economic Institute

    Panelists:        Wesley Hall, President and CEO,
                      Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc.

                      Tara Renaud, President and CEO,

                      Glauco Pensini
                      CEO, SIAC srl

                      Rahul Chawla
                      CEO, Signet Corp Ltd.

    Luncheon Speech
    Time: 12:00pm-1:45pm
    Location: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Introduction by:  Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and Chief Executive
                      Montreal Economic Institute

    Keynote Speaker:  Eric Boyko, Co-Founder and President,
                      Stingray Digital

    In Conversation With Tom Jenkins
    Time: 7:45pm-8:45pm
    Location: MaRS Discovery District
    Speakers:         Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman & Chief Strategy
                      Open Text Corporation

                      Rick Spence, Columnist,
                      National Post

                      Paul Godfrey, President and CEO,
                      National Post

                      The Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis,
                      Minister of Consumer Services

    Tuesday, June 22nd

    Panel: CYBF Entrepreneurs/Q&A
    Time: 9:15am-10:30am
    Location: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Moderator:        Sarah Prevette, Founder and Chief Executive Officer,

    Panelists:        Harry Chemko, Chief Executive Officer,
                      Elastic Path Software Inc.

                      Jean-René Lemire, Vice president-Co founder,
                      Vigneault Chocolatier Ltée

                      Ken LeBlanc, President and Chief Executive Officer,

                      Barbara McLean-Stollery, Owner,
                      Executive Airways Grooming Services

    Luncheon Speech
    Time: 11:30am-1:15pm
    Location: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Speaker:          John Risley, O.C., Chairman,
                      Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.

    Panel: Global Entrepreneur Panel/Q&A
    Time: 1:30pm-3:15pm
    Location: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Moderator:        Steve Farlow, Executive Director, Schlegel Centre for
                      School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier

    Panelists:        Catherine Swift, Chairwoman, President and CEO,
                      Canadian Federation of Independent Business

                      Kevin Langley, Chief Executive Officer,
                      Ellis Construction Inc and Chairman-Elect-Elect,
                      Global Board of Directors,
                      Entrepreneurs' Organization

                      Jonathan Ortmans, Senior Fellow,
                      The Kauffman Foundation

                      Andrew Fiddaman, Managing Director,
                      Youth Business International

    Global Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library,
    2nd Floor, 789 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario

    Speaker: Hon. Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade

    All members of the media must be prepared to show identification in order
to attend the above listed events.

About The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)

Canada's Entrepreneur Gateway

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the 'go to' place for youth entrepreneurship. As a national charity, we are dedicated to growing our nation's economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-34, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business.

About the CYBF G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) will host the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) in Toronto, Canada, from June 20 to 22. The G20 YES will bring together more than 200 young entrepreneurs (aged 18 to 40) and leaders of entrepreneurial organizations from G20 countries to exchange ideas and establish international networks and partnerships that will help drive sustainable global economic growth. The G20 YES has been recognized by the Canadian federal government as part of the G20 consultative process and its recommendations are planned to be the focus for a discussion of entrepreneurship at the G20 Business Summit (B20) on June 25 and 26, 2010.

CYBF and the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit is grateful for the generous support of the Government of Ontario, National Post, Clear Channel Outdoor Canada, Hill & Knowlton, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, MaRS Discovery District, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Scotiabank Small Business, Elastic Path Software, KPMG Enterprise, Outdoor Broadcast Network and RBC Royal Bank.


For further information: For further information: Lori Paris, Manager, Communications, Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Tel: (416) 408-2923 ext. 2120, E-mail:; Miguel Pacheco, Consultant, Hill & Knowlton Canada, Tel: (416) 413-4694, E-mail:

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