International youth meet at Queen’s School of Business

Posted on August 9, 2010

Kingston, ON – August 9, 2010 – Queen’s School of Business hosts our world’s future international business leaders this week at the 40th Annual Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Forum. The event opens on Saturday, August 7 and runs through to Friday, August 13.

The Next Generation Leaders Forum is recognized globally by JA Worldwide® as the premier international conference for Junior Achievement Youth. This six-day intensive student conference brings together Achievers from around the world and connects them to expert business professors and industry leaders. These JA students are award winners and participants from their local JA Company, Titan, and Globe programs, planning to embark on their post-secondary ambitions with specific interest in business-related careers.

“Queen’s School of Business is proud to be working with JA Canada to inspire and challenge young people to succeed in the world of business,” says David Saunders, Dean,Queen’s School of Business. “As the future leaders of our country – and indeed every country around the world – understanding global business and the interconnectivity worldwide is essential.”

This year’s conference welcomes delegates from 12 countries including: Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, India, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Norway, Romania, Senegal, and the United States.

More than 130 youth leaders will attend workshops led by Queen’s School of Business professors (Tina Dacin, Tony Dimnik, Elspeth Murray and Shawna O’Grady), hear keynote addresses from industry leaders (Rob Pitfield, Scotiabank; Len Jillard, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd; and Ajay Dhingra and Eme Onuoha, Xerox Canada), and have the opportunity to face Business Challenges in a team environment. Delegates will strive for one of three team awards in the areas of Global Vision, Inspiration and Social Responsibility. The week will culminate with team presentations and recommendations from the perspective of our future global leaders.

“Our premier corporate sponsors, Xerox and Scotiabank, and our host sponsor, Queen’s School of Business, make the Next Generation Leaders Forum the business and entrepreneurial educational experience of a lifetime for Canadian and international Achievers,” says Ross Maund, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Canada. “We are excited to be shaping our future economic potential through the leadership of these young global citizens. Queen’s School of Business and the people of Kingston, Ontario are outstanding supporters of Junior Achievement. It is fitting that this community embrace the world and play a significant role in inspiring youth through this event.”

The JA experience is a unique blend of personal growth, practical experience and confidence building. NGL Forum delegates will go back to their schools and communities with a new perspective on what is possible by developing essential success skills and discovering their ability to achieve their dreams.

Sponsors of the event include: Xerox Canada (Premier National Partner), Scotiabank Group (Premier International Partner), Queen‘s School of Business (Host Sponsor), Bell Canada, The Dove Self-Esteem Fund, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd.