Fairleigh Dickinson University-Vancouver proudly hosted the 2009 Global Vision Global Leaders Center on May 29, 2009 at its downtown Vancouver campus. The event was an overwhelming success with over 100 delegates attending the event. Students from FDU-Vancouver, UBC, SFU, Kwantlen Polytechnic University as well as local high schools attended the event to learn about Global Vision’s Junior Team Canada’s Trade and Development Missions and how they can participate in one of the trade missions or become a member of a delegation to an APEC Summit. Students gained international business and development experience while networking with top business leaders, community leaders, as well as distinguished government officials.
Notable guests included Consul Generals from Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines. Terry Clifford, founder of Global Vision, a past Member of Canadian Parliament and a member of the Order of Canada, mediated and provided guidance to delegates throughout the event. Guests were also treated to a presentation by Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Honorable Colin Hansen. Mr. Hansen discussed many of the economic and budgetary issues facing the upcoming Vancouver Olympics.
Nine FDU students from Vancouver attended the Leadership Centre. “It was an incredible experience.” commented Pedro Zuleta, a first year business student. “We learned some great skills on what it takes to be a part of a trade mission. We also had the chance to meet and talk with business people from the community and government officials. As well it was a good opportunity to meet students from other schools around Vancouver and talk to them about their interests in business and marketing.”
Global Vision is a national not for profit organization that is igniting young people through education and hands on experience to help create brighter futures for themselves, their communities, country and the global community. Global Vision actively creates partnerships between government, business and higher education to deliver programming that prepares students aged 16-25 to make a meaningful contribution towards a better country, as business leaders or development.
Global Vision was established in 1991 and has trained well over 20,000 students through our various programs. The flagship program (Junior Team Canada) has travelled to 5 continents and more than 22 countries, including: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Germany, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Singapore, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, United States of America and Vietnam.
Global Vision differentiates itself by providing youth with real world experience mixed with meaningful connections between business, development, academic and student leaders around a shared goal. By doing this Global Vision fills a gap in the current Canadian post secondary education system, allowing students to apply their in-class learning in an entrepreneurial or development spirit by gaining hands-on experience for their future endeavours as future leaders.