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    Talk to Me About Asia Conference

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is pleased to invite all post-secondary students to its first-ever Talk to Me About Asia Conference, organized by the Foundation's Asia Pacific Youth Council.

    For anyone seeking opportunities in Asia, this conference offers several panels on Asia experience in academic exchange, professional development, teaching and more.

    Come prepared to learn and network!

    A catered lunch will be provided.

    To register for our free conference, please e-mail logistics.apyc@asiapacific.ca with your preferred panels and any dietary restrictions no later than Thursday, March 2nd, 2017.

     


    Event Program:

    9:30 Registration Opens

    10:00am - 10:50am Opening Panel: The Asia Advantage

    The value of firsthand experience abroad cannot be overstated: it is a chance to develop new skills, foster personal growth, and broaden perspectives. This panel offers an overview of the plethora of options to choose from when considering how to get experience abroad in Asia.

     

    Moderator: Agnetha

     

    Panelists:

    Janine Wong - SFU Beedie School of Business student at Simon Fraser University

    Janine Wong is in her final year of studies concentrating in Marketing and Management Information Systems at Simon Fraser University. After spending a semester at the National University of Singapore studying the impacts of globalization in Asia, she spent a month backpacking around Southeast Asia visiting a total of nine countries and developing an endless desire to travel. On her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with global organizations aimed at empowering youth to reach their full potential.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Exchange student at the National University of Singapore

    Trevor Nickel - Details forthcoming...

    Scott Lee - University of British Columbia: Vancouver Summer Program Program Assistant

    Scott Lee is a current 3rd year UBC student studying International Relations and Asian Studies. While spending a year long co-op position working  in Hong Kong for the UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office, Scott also found opportunities to collaborate with the Canadian Consulate General to further his passion in digital diplomacy. Scott looks forward to returning to Asia upon graduation for the amazing food and dynamic environment.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Co-op Student Intern for UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office and Freelance Digital Analyst for Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong & Macau

    Louisa Luk - UBC Alumnus

    Recent UBC graduate with multi-national work and academic experience in Hong Kong and Canada. Applied strong cultural awareness in helping prospective exchange students maximize their experience away from home.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Summer Intern at Intertek Testing Services

    11am - 11:50am Panel #1:  Exchange 101

    An academic exchange is one of the most popular ways to integrate experience abroad directly into a degree. Join this panel of past exchange students to delve deeper into choosing where to go, how their school terms abroad have shaped their school terms at home, and of course, how to make the most out of it on a student budget.

     

    Moderator: Agnetha

     

    Panelists:

    Dannie Shanel - Student Ambassador, UBC Go Global  

    I'm originally from Toronto, but have also lived in the United States, (Taiwan, if you count my six month exchange) and Singapore, during which time I interned at companies such as Reuters Asia and Marina Bay Sands. I'm in my fourth year at UBC double majoring in International Relations and History.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Exchange Student at National Taiwan University 2016

    Savannah Li - Human Resources & International Business Co-op Student, UBC Sauder School of Business, Student Assistant at Centre for Japanese Research, UBC, & Research Associate at Aon Hewitt

    Fourth-year co-op student with multi-national academic and work experience in China, Japan, and Canada. Demonstrated strong cultural awareness and leadership as a student leader to support prospective exchange students to make the most use of their experience at UBC.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Co-op as a recruitment assistant at Perfect World Co., Ltd., Beijing China & Exchange student at University of Tokyo, Japan

    Vivian Wong - Communications major at SFU studying in her final year

    I am a Chinese born Canadian currently studying at SFU in my final year. I have been involved in many language and culture exchange programs both on and off-campus and I plan to travel to Korea to teach English in upon graduation.

     

    Past Asia Experience: exchange student at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea

    Joanna Yang - Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies Program Manager for the Faculty of Arts, and a Project Manager at St. John’s College (Start date in March).

    Joanna is a first-generation Canadian born Chinese settler on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish First Nations peoples. She graduated from the UBC Human Geography and Migration/Globalization Studies program in 2014. Currently, Joanna works in the Faculty of Arts and St. John’s College.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Program Coordinator and Teaching Assistant for the Heritage of Chinese Migration GoGlobal Seminar

    11am - 11:50am Panel #2: Jetsetting and Studying: Alternatives to Exchange

    Explore alternatives to exchange for getting firsthand experience abroad while in school, and how it can enrich both academic studies and professional development.  

     

    Moderator: Sofiya

     

    Panelists:

    Peter Ki - BA Honours Economics and International Relations student at the University of British Columbia

    I am someone who strives to do well at school but also recognizes the importance of having other experiences that go beyond the textbook. Besides my domestic work and volunteer experiences, I have gone abroad to complete a university exchange in Lund, Sweden while also completing an internship on social entrepreneurship in Hubli, India.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Research and Communications Intern at Sandbox Startups (and associated with the Deshpande Foundation in India)

    Morell Andrews - Senior International Relations student at UBC

    Morrell Andrews is graduating with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Political Science, which has brought her around the world to over 20 countries in her degree. She has a passion for research in a number of areas; including matters of human security, sustainable development, and international cooperation. Some highlights of her time at UBC include planning the 2015 Student Leadership Conference, presenting her research at Harvard, working with first-year students in the Collegia, participating in three Global Seminars, speaking at the United Nations, and travelling across Canada with UBC Recruitment to speak to prospective students.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Delegate during the 2016 Japan-Canada Academic Consortium

    Katrina Koehn - Details Forthcoming...

    Lia Cosco - Administrator, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC

    Originally from Vancouver and a graduate of UBC, I spent 7 years living and working in Tokyo, Japan. While JET took me to Japan originally, I taught in two private high schools before deciding to stay in Japan to study international education at Waseda University as a MEXT scholar. While I find myself back in Vancouver, I stay connected to Japan and issues affecting our lives across the Pacific.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Post-Graduate Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC) & Intern, Japan Foundation, Tokyo Japan (during MEXT)

    12pm - 1:20pm Catered Lunch

    1:30pm - 2:20pm Panel #3: A Cut Above the Applicant Pool: International Experience for Professional Development

    Enhance your resumé and job applications with overseas work experience, transferrable skills and intercultural competency. Incorporating such experiences into academic degrees is not as difficult as it seems, as this panel of internship and co-op students will explain.

     

    Moderator: Sofiya

     

    Panelists:

    Eustacia Kwok - Arts Co-op Student in Political Science, UBC

    At Time Warner Hong Kong, I created policy briefs and business backgrounders to keep company executives apprised on market conditions for our ventures. I worked with business partners to advocate for the interests of our subsidiary companies, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, and CNN, on issues including copyright protection and market access.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Policy Analyst Co-op Intern, Time Warner Public Policy, Time Warner Inc. in Hong Kong

    Katie Fajber - Undergrad student at Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Health Sciences, BA

    Katie is an SFU student interested in understanding the social and structural determinants of health on both a local and global level. Beyond her degree, she hopes to bring together her passions for education, health and social justice into a career that hopefully also involves lots of travel.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Intern at Destiny Reflection in Kolkata, India (through the SFU Co-operative Education program)

    Chad Rickaby - Details Forthcoming...

    Alex King - Undergraduate Student, SFU School for International Studies (with minor in Political Science)

    I am a Political Science/International Studies student who stumbled into a love for the Asia-Pacific region and its people. My current academic and career interests lie in further developing Canada's relationship with the countries of the Asia-Pacific.  Originally an immigrant to Canada,  I now call this beautiful country home and hope to build a career out of helping Canada and Canadians successfully engage with this dynamic and fast-growing region.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Trade Commissioner Intern, Embassy of Canada in Burma (Myanmar), Yangon, Myanmar, 2016, Delegate Representing Canada at APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Youth Summit, Beijing, China, 2014 and 2015, English Teacher and Tutor, Dalian Ealing International College, Dalian, China, 2014

    1:30pm - 2:20pm Panel #4: Teach and Learn: Teaching in Asia

    Asia abounds with teaching opportunities that Canadian students and young professionals are already well-equipped for. They offer a chance to gain valuable experience on the ground. Learn more about the many programs available, as well as some tips and tricks for the process.

     

    Moderator: Brigitte

     

    Panelists:

    Vikki Moon - Student at UBC

    Vikki Moon has a heart for children and for education. She aspires to surround herself with inspiring people and also inspire the people around her. She hopes to become a teacher whom students can look forward to learning WITH (not just FROM because she believes both students and teachers have many things to learn from each other).

     

    Past Asia Experience: After-School English Teacher (K-6) - TaLK Program (Teach and Learn in Korea) through the Korean government & Former Vancouver TaLK Program PR 

    Mana Haleem - Student

    I graduated with a B.A in International Studies from SFU in 2013.  During my Undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to study at Korea University as an exchange student.  After graduating, I worked as an ALT in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, for 3 years, which has inspired me to formally pursue education as a career.

     

    Past Asia Experience: ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in Kumamoto Prefecture, JET programme

    Michael Wang - Currently a first year law student at UBC

    Hello! My name is Michael Wang. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Science from UBC in May 2014. After graduation I went on an 8 month backpacking trip by myself across North America. This was followed by a year of teaching high school science in Taiwan. I grew up for most of my life in Hong Kong, so if you have any questions about that experience feel free to ask as well!

     

    Past Asia Experience: Full-time high school science teacher in Taiwan for a year (2015 Sept - 2016 April)

    Lauren Nykolaychuk - JD Candidate at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC

    After completing a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology, I completed a B.Ed. degree specializing in Secondary Math and Sciences Education, and received my teaching certification from the Teacher Regulation Branch.

     

    I then worked for four years (2012 - 2016) as a full-time teacher at a certified British Columbia curriculum school in Shanghai, China, teaching BC curriculum to (mostly) Chinese students who were interested in attending Canadian and other Western universities.

    I am now in my first year studying Law at UBC.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Previously worked as a Math and Science teacher at the Shanghai United International School, Jiaoke Campus

    2:30pm Closing Remarks

     

    This event is sponsored by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

     

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    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is pleased to invite all post-secondary students to its first-ever Talk to Me About Asia Conference, organized by the Foundation's Asia Pacific Youth Council.

    For anyone seeking opportunities in Asia, this conference offers several panels on Asia experience in academic exchange, professional development, teaching and more.

    Come prepared to learn and network!

    A catered lunch will be provided.

    To register for our free conference, please e-mail logistics.apyc@asiapacific.ca with your preferred panels and any dietary restrictions no later than Thursday, March 2nd, 2017.

     


    Event Program:

    9:30 Registration Opens

    10:00am - 10:50am Opening Panel: The Asia Advantage

    The value of firsthand experience abroad cannot be overstated: it is a chance to develop new skills, foster personal growth, and broaden perspectives. This panel offers an overview of the plethora of options to choose from when considering how to get experience abroad in Asia.

     

    Moderator: Agnetha

     

    Panelists:

    Janine Wong - SFU Beedie School of Business student at Simon Fraser University

    Janine Wong is in her final year of studies concentrating in Marketing and Management Information Systems at Simon Fraser University. After spending a semester at the National University of Singapore studying the impacts of globalization in Asia, she spent a month backpacking around Southeast Asia visiting a total of nine countries and developing an endless desire to travel. On her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with global organizations aimed at empowering youth to reach their full potential.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Exchange student at the National University of Singapore

    Trevor Nickel - Details forthcoming...

    Scott Lee - University of British Columbia: Vancouver Summer Program Program Assistant

    Scott Lee is a current 3rd year UBC student studying International Relations and Asian Studies. While spending a year long co-op position working  in Hong Kong for the UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office, Scott also found opportunities to collaborate with the Canadian Consulate General to further his passion in digital diplomacy. Scott looks forward to returning to Asia upon graduation for the amazing food and dynamic environment.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Co-op Student Intern for UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office and Freelance Digital Analyst for Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong & Macau

    Louisa Luk - UBC Alumnus

    Recent UBC graduate with multi-national work and academic experience in Hong Kong and Canada. Applied strong cultural awareness in helping prospective exchange students maximize their experience away from home.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Summer Intern at Intertek Testing Services

    11am - 11:50am Panel #1:  Exchange 101

    An academic exchange is one of the most popular ways to integrate experience abroad directly into a degree. Join this panel of past exchange students to delve deeper into choosing where to go, how their school terms abroad have shaped their school terms at home, and of course, how to make the most out of it on a student budget.

     

    Moderator: Agnetha

     

    Panelists:

    Dannie Shanel - Student Ambassador, UBC Go Global  

    I'm originally from Toronto, but have also lived in the United States, (Taiwan, if you count my six month exchange) and Singapore, during which time I interned at companies such as Reuters Asia and Marina Bay Sands. I'm in my fourth year at UBC double majoring in International Relations and History.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Exchange Student at National Taiwan University 2016

    Savannah Li - Human Resources & International Business Co-op Student, UBC Sauder School of Business, Student Assistant at Centre for Japanese Research, UBC, & Research Associate at Aon Hewitt

    Fourth-year co-op student with multi-national academic and work experience in China, Japan, and Canada. Demonstrated strong cultural awareness and leadership as a student leader to support prospective exchange students to make the most use of their experience at UBC.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Co-op as a recruitment assistant at Perfect World Co., Ltd., Beijing China & Exchange student at University of Tokyo, Japan

    Vivian Wong - Communications major at SFU studying in her final year

    I am a Chinese born Canadian currently studying at SFU in my final year. I have been involved in many language and culture exchange programs both on and off-campus and I plan to travel to Korea to teach English in upon graduation.

     

    Past Asia Experience: exchange student at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea

    Joanna Yang - Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies Program Manager for the Faculty of Arts, and a Project Manager at St. John’s College (Start date in March).

    Joanna is a first-generation Canadian born Chinese settler on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish First Nations peoples. She graduated from the UBC Human Geography and Migration/Globalization Studies program in 2014. Currently, Joanna works in the Faculty of Arts and St. John’s College.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Program Coordinator and Teaching Assistant for the Heritage of Chinese Migration GoGlobal Seminar

    11am - 11:50am Panel #2: Jetsetting and Studying: Alternatives to Exchange

    Explore alternatives to exchange for getting firsthand experience abroad while in school, and how it can enrich both academic studies and professional development.  

     

    Moderator: Sofiya

     

    Panelists:

    Peter Ki - BA Honours Economics and International Relations student at the University of British Columbia

    I am someone who strives to do well at school but also recognizes the importance of having other experiences that go beyond the textbook. Besides my domestic work and volunteer experiences, I have gone abroad to complete a university exchange in Lund, Sweden while also completing an internship on social entrepreneurship in Hubli, India.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Research and Communications Intern at Sandbox Startups (and associated with the Deshpande Foundation in India)

    Morell Andrews - Senior International Relations student at UBC

    Morrell Andrews is graduating with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Political Science, which has brought her around the world to over 20 countries in her degree. She has a passion for research in a number of areas; including matters of human security, sustainable development, and international cooperation. Some highlights of her time at UBC include planning the 2015 Student Leadership Conference, presenting her research at Harvard, working with first-year students in the Collegia, participating in three Global Seminars, speaking at the United Nations, and travelling across Canada with UBC Recruitment to speak to prospective students.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Delegate during the 2016 Japan-Canada Academic Consortium

    Katrina Koehn - Details Forthcoming...

    Lia Cosco - Administrator, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC

    Originally from Vancouver and a graduate of UBC, I spent 7 years living and working in Tokyo, Japan. While JET took me to Japan originally, I taught in two private high schools before deciding to stay in Japan to study international education at Waseda University as a MEXT scholar. While I find myself back in Vancouver, I stay connected to Japan and issues affecting our lives across the Pacific.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Post-Graduate Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC) & Intern, Japan Foundation, Tokyo Japan (during MEXT)

    12pm - 1:20pm Catered Lunch

    1:30pm - 2:20pm Panel #3: A Cut Above the Applicant Pool: International Experience for Professional Development

    Enhance your resumé and job applications with overseas work experience, transferrable skills and intercultural competency. Incorporating such experiences into academic degrees is not as difficult as it seems, as this panel of internship and co-op students will explain.

     

    Moderator: Sofiya

     

    Panelists:

    Eustacia Kwok - Arts Co-op Student in Political Science, UBC

    At Time Warner Hong Kong, I created policy briefs and business backgrounders to keep company executives apprised on market conditions for our ventures. I worked with business partners to advocate for the interests of our subsidiary companies, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, and CNN, on issues including copyright protection and market access.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Policy Analyst Co-op Intern, Time Warner Public Policy, Time Warner Inc. in Hong Kong

    Katie Fajber - Undergrad student at Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Health Sciences, BA

    Katie is an SFU student interested in understanding the social and structural determinants of health on both a local and global level. Beyond her degree, she hopes to bring together her passions for education, health and social justice into a career that hopefully also involves lots of travel.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Intern at Destiny Reflection in Kolkata, India (through the SFU Co-operative Education program)

    Chad Rickaby - Details Forthcoming...

    Alex King - Undergraduate Student, SFU School for International Studies (with minor in Political Science)

    I am a Political Science/International Studies student who stumbled into a love for the Asia-Pacific region and its people. My current academic and career interests lie in further developing Canada's relationship with the countries of the Asia-Pacific.  Originally an immigrant to Canada,  I now call this beautiful country home and hope to build a career out of helping Canada and Canadians successfully engage with this dynamic and fast-growing region.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Trade Commissioner Intern, Embassy of Canada in Burma (Myanmar), Yangon, Myanmar, 2016, Delegate Representing Canada at APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Youth Summit, Beijing, China, 2014 and 2015, English Teacher and Tutor, Dalian Ealing International College, Dalian, China, 2014

    1:30pm - 2:20pm Panel #4: Teach and Learn: Teaching in Asia

    Asia abounds with teaching opportunities that Canadian students and young professionals are already well-equipped for. They offer a chance to gain valuable experience on the ground. Learn more about the many programs available, as well as some tips and tricks for the process.

     

    Moderator: Brigitte

     

    Panelists:

    Vikki Moon - Student at UBC

    Vikki Moon has a heart for children and for education. She aspires to surround herself with inspiring people and also inspire the people around her. She hopes to become a teacher whom students can look forward to learning WITH (not just FROM because she believes both students and teachers have many things to learn from each other).

     

    Past Asia Experience: After-School English Teacher (K-6) - TaLK Program (Teach and Learn in Korea) through the Korean government & Former Vancouver TaLK Program PR 

    Mana Haleem - Student

    I graduated with a B.A in International Studies from SFU in 2013.  During my Undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to study at Korea University as an exchange student.  After graduating, I worked as an ALT in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, for 3 years, which has inspired me to formally pursue education as a career.

     

    Past Asia Experience: ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in Kumamoto Prefecture, JET programme

    Michael Wang - Currently a first year law student at UBC

    Hello! My name is Michael Wang. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Science from UBC in May 2014. After graduation I went on an 8 month backpacking trip by myself across North America. This was followed by a year of teaching high school science in Taiwan. I grew up for most of my life in Hong Kong, so if you have any questions about that experience feel free to ask as well!

     

    Past Asia Experience: Full-time high school science teacher in Taiwan for a year (2015 Sept - 2016 April)

    Lauren Nykolaychuk - JD Candidate at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC

    After completing a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology, I completed a B.Ed. degree specializing in Secondary Math and Sciences Education, and received my teaching certification from the Teacher Regulation Branch.

     

    I then worked for four years (2012 - 2016) as a full-time teacher at a certified British Columbia curriculum school in Shanghai, China, teaching BC curriculum to (mostly) Chinese students who were interested in attending Canadian and other Western universities.

    I am now in my first year studying Law at UBC.

     

    Past Asia Experience: Previously worked as a Math and Science teacher at the Shanghai United International School, Jiaoke Campus

    2:30pm Closing Remarks

     

    This event is sponsored by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

     

    Where:

    Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard, UBC

    When:

    March 4, 2017

    9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. PT

    Contact:

    The conference is free but registration is required - please e-mail logistics.apyc@asiapacific.ca to register, and include your prefered discussion panels and any dietary restrictions.

    Deadline to Register: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

    Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard, UBC

    else: ?> Vancouver, BC

    The conference is free but registration is required - please e-mail logistics.apyc@asiapacific.ca to register, and include your prefered discussion panels and any dietary restrictions.

    Deadline to Register: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

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    Where

    Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard, UBC

    When

    March 4, 2017

    9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. PT

    Contact

    The conference is free but registration is required - please e-mail logistics.apyc@asiapacific.ca to register, and include your prefered discussion panels and any dietary restrictions.

    Deadline to Register: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

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