APF Canada Awards $50,000 to AIESEC Canada to Build Asia Skills, Knowledge Among Young Canadians

Vancouver, B.C. – April 24, 2015 — The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) today announced that it has awarded AIESEC Canada a $50,000 grant to promote Asia-related skills and knowledge among young Canadians.

AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run not-for-profit organization, with 2,600 chapters globally, and 30 university-based chapters throughout Canada. AIESEC focuses on developing leadership potential among students, in part by placing them in international internships. AIESEC Canada was selected through a competitive process, and will use the grant to develop a series of marketing campaigns to promote international work experience in Asia’s three largest countries: China, India and Indonesia. In addition, AIESEC Canada will use its Youth to Business Forum on May 8 2015 to encourage young Canadians to generate ideas on how to promote Asia among their peers.

“We welcome this opportunity to support the impressive work that AIESEC Canada has done to build global awareness and experience among Canada’s next generation,” said APF Canada President and CEO Stewart Beck, who will be a keynote speaker at the May 8 Youth to Business Forum. “We feel that AIESEC will bring a unique perspective and special energy to the important task of encouraging more young Canadians to get on-the-ground experience in the world’s most dynamic region.”

"We are thrilled by the support from the Asia Pacific Foundation, which will provide young leaders the chance to gain valuable international experience through AIESEC’s programs," said AIESEC Canada President Nancy Luu. “This opportunity enables AIESEC to raise cultural awareness and build competencies of globally-minded young leaders in Canada." 

APF Canada’s grants program, funded through the proceeds of an endowment established by the Government of Canada, supports research and informed discussion on Canada’s relations with Asia.

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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada:

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada's catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia’s bridge to Canada.

A leader in research and analysis on Canada-Asia relations for over 30 years, APF Canada partners with government, business leaders, academics, and opinion makers in Canada and across the Asia Pacific region to offer clear, specific, and actionable policy advice.

Established by an Act of Parliament in 1984, APF Canada's thematic priorities include: promoting trade, investment, and innovation; mobilizing energy assets; building skills and competencies; and, understanding Asia now.

Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca

About AIESEC Canada:

 Since 1958, AIESEC Canada has been facilitating a global internship program that connects Canadian companies with top youth talent from AIESEC's global network in 124 countries and territories. Through its leadership development and global internship program, AIESEC is developing the next generation of globally-minded and socially responsible leaders. For more information please visit www.aiesec.ca.

For more information please contact:

Michael Roberts
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
michael.roberts@asiapacific.ca
Office: 604-630-1527

Shawn Fulham
VP Business Development
AIESEC Canada
shawnf@aiesec.ca
Work: 647-532-1633

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