VANCOUVER, BC – APRIL 9, 2019 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce the Philippines Connect program, which was launched today in partnership with Vancouver-based international health-care technology company Nimbyx.
The Philippines Connect program is one in a series of country-specific programs that are part of APF Canada’s larger Asia Connect program. Through this latest partnership, APF Canada and Nimbyx are providing C$8,000 per student to support undergraduate students in completing a four-month summer work term at Nimbyx’s office in Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila, the Philippines.
The first student selected to participate in the Philippines Connect program is Marijo Arias of Ottawa, Ontario. Arias is a third-year student at the University of Waterloo, where she is majoring in environmental engineering. She has previous internship experience in Canada in health-care and information technology.
“We want to give Canadian students the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage by working in one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies and in an environment where other industry giants such as Google, Facebook, and Uber are also present,” said Paolo Kalaw, CEO of Nimbyx. “Philippines Connect allows them to learn skills and cultural awareness by challenging themselves within the fast-paced progressive environment that is the Philippines tech community.”
“The Philippines has a young and dynamic economy, and to capitalize on the remarkable growth happening there, young Canadians need to have experience on the ground,” said APF Canada President and CEO, Stewart Beck. “They need the Asia-related skills and knowledge to help them better understand how to operate and succeed in the economies of tomorrow.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to apply what I’ve learned in my courses at Waterloo and in my previous internship experiences in an international setting,” said Marijo Arias, Philippines Connect’s first participant. “I am especially excited to witness and experience firsthand the global tech industry in the Philippines. I expect this experience will position me well to be competitive in the more globalized workforce that will await me when I graduate.”
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
Nimbyx is Vancouver-based company founded in 2016 by Paolo Kalaw, a leading Canadian healthcare technology entrepreneur. Nimbyx offers Evident Software, Telehealth and IDT Safeguard.
Evident is a cloud-based healthcare management software that helps Dental labs to manage production, invoicing , prescription, dentist scheduling, and the tools to facilitate the transition from a traditional to a digital workflow.
With Telehealth, you get access to board-certified doctors on demand, receive expert personalized medical advice, and can even have prescriptions sent to your local pharmacy when medically necessary.
IDT Safeguard is a full identity theft insurance program with round-the-clock cybersurveillance and real-time alerts that instantly tell you if anything suspicious is happening to your credit or your bank account. IDT Safeguard also provides expert advice on ways to prevent identity theft.
Nimbyx is focused on leveraging technology to bring a new level of convenience, simplicity, and value to consumers of healthcare services. Our vision is to build a solution for healthcare consumers that empowers them with digital solutions.
Visit Nimbyx online at www.nimbyxcare.com
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