International youth gather at U of T Mississauga with a global mission

    TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - University of Toronto, Mississauga, is the host
to our world's future international business leaders during the 38th Annual
Canadian Junior Achievement Conference (CANJAC). The event kicked-off with
welcome remarks from Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion on Saturday August 9
and runs through to Thursday August 14, 2008.
    CANJAC has become recognized globally by JA Worldwide(R) as the premier
international conference for Junior Achievement Youth, ages 14-19. This
week-long learning experience brings students from around the world together
with their peers and volunteer business leaders to explore real-time business
challenges in a team environment. The students who attend CANJAC are
considered the best and brightest from across Canada and around the world,
embarking on their post-secondary ambitions with specific interest in business
and related careers.
    This year's conference welcomes over 200 delegates from 12 countries,
including: Northern Ireland, Norway, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, and Bahamas to
name a few. With the theme of "Mission Responsible", all the delegates are
presented with the challenge to solve business issues related to
sustainability through a series of interactive workshops, general meetings and
presentations with local business consultants.
    "Our Host University and corporate sponsors make CANJAC the business and
entrepreneurial educational experience of a lifetime for Canadian and
international Achievers," says Ross Maund, President & CEO, Junior Achievement
of Canada. "We are excited to be shaping our future economic potential through
the leadership of these young global citizens. As the most ethnically diverse
city in Canada, Toronto is a world-class meeting place to inspire the world's
youth to create a life that enriches us all. On behalf of JA Canada, welcome
    With delegates from Canada, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands,
Hong Kong, Norway, Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka, CANJAC provides a forum for
youth to develop management and leadership skills, exchange global business
perspectives and celebrate cultural differences. The best and brightest youth
will work together; building relationships and business skills that will last
with them as they move from school into the workforce.
    In today's complex and fast-moving economy, this meeting of international
youth leaders gives us a head start on tomorrow. CANJAC is a borderless
exchange of knowledge and ideas. These young Achievers are shaping our future
economic and global trade dynamics together, today.
    Sponsors of the event include: Saputo, Sears Canada, Deloitte, Green
Solutions North America Inc., Chrysler Financial, Entrenet, Compass Group
Canada and The Printing House Ltd.

    Interview and photo opportunity are available for Wednesday August 13 and
Thursday August 14.

For further information:

For further information: Tracy Nixon, Junior Achievement of Canada,
(416) 622-4602 ext. 229, tnixon@jacan.org

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