VANCOUVER, BC – August 16, 2017 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) and The Cansbridge Fellowship (Cansbridge) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver scholarships to entrepreneurial Canadian university students seeking work experience in dynamic Asia.
APF Canada will partner with Cansbridge over the next two years to support and expand its Asia internship program, which currently awards 15 fellowships each year to Canadian undergraduate students selected by previous Cansbridge fellows for their entrepreneurial and leadership qualities. The Fellowships include a 10-week (minimum) internship in Asia and participation in the annual Cansbridge Fellowship Conference in San Francisco. The funding provided by APF Canada will allow Cansbridge to expand the number of fellowships to 20 per year in 2018 and 2019, and support the hosting of the inaugural Cansbridge Fellowship Conference in Vancouver in the fall of 2018.
“This new partnership aligns directly with our mission of expanding the number of Canadian post-secondary students receiving high-quality and valuable work experience in the Asia Pacific,” said APF Canada President and CEO, Stewart Beck. “As the world pivots to Asia, it is essential that Canadians, particularly young Canadians, gain the Asia-related knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the new global economy.”
“The Cansbridge Fellowship is very excited to form this strategic partnership with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada,” said Chris Labelle, Director and Fellow. “With our reach on university campuses and APF Canada’s ability to catalyze connections in the Asia Pacific, we have greatly increased the potential for Canadian students to create relationships and gain concrete knowledge of how to work and thrive across the Pacific. We strongly believe that this new partnership will enable The Cansbridge Fellowship to create more opportunities for Canada’s top young talent.”
Click here for more information on The Cansbridge Fellowship’s Asia Internship program.
About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada:
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada’s expertise in offering solutions to Asia’s climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians’ general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.
The Foundation is well known for its annual national opinion polls of Canadian attitudes regarding relations with Asia, including Asian foreign investment in Canada and Canada’s trade with Asia. The Foundation places an emphasis on China, India, Japan and South Korea while also developing expertise in emerging markets in the region, particularly economies within ASEAN.
Visit APF Canada online at www.asiapacific.ca
About The Cansbridge Fellowship:
The Cansbridge Fellowship is a non-profit organization founded by William and Diana Yu, the Managing Partners of Cansbridge Capital. Cansbridge provides extraordinary experiences and resources to its network of high-impact, entrepreneurially inclined students and recent graduates. Cansbridge is creating a community of young Canadian professionals who share a love for adventure, entrepreneurship and who aspire to become the leaders of tomorrow. There are currently 88 Cansbridge Fellows from seven different years. The Fellows come from across Canada, and many are now living in major global cities around the world, working in large companies, startups, or starting their own companies.
Visit Cansbridge online at www.cansbridgefellowship.com
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