Bishop’s University Student Selected For Trade Mission To China
Oneof Bishop’s own has been selected from a pool of over 650 applicants from across the nation to take part in a Trade Mission to China. At the end of this summer, Joshuah Lebacq, along with the other 29 chosen Canadian ambassadors, will meet with government, business and youth leaders in China to strengthen Canada-China relations.
The opportunity was funded by Global Vision, a national charitable organization founded in 1991. It provides young people aged 16 to 25 with the opportunity to get hands-on international business and leadership experience acting as ambassadors for their communities on trade and development missions abroad.
“I was first introduced to Global Vision through a recent Bishop’s graduate,” explained Joshuah.
After spending the weekend at the Montreal Economic Roundtable and seeing what Global Vision had to offer, the third–year B.B.A student chose to apply for Junior Team Canada. “The possibility of going on a Trade Mission to China, of meeting with political figures and business leaders all while contributing to my community, province and country really appeals to me,” said the young man full of excitement.
“I believe this an unbelievable opportunity to gain international business experience to complement my Finance and Economics studies.”
Joshuah will also be representing the Bishop’s University recruitment team in meetings with international education agents, secondary school academic advisors/guidance counsellors, Ministry of Education officials, secondary school students and their parents.
The learning opportunities Joshuah will have on the Trade Mission are only part of the experience. As a member of Junior Team Canada, Joshuah must obtain mandates from companies and organizations. In return for financial contributions towards the team’s expenses, partners will receive information, research, contacts, and connections in the Chinese marketplace.
“Another big attraction is the marketing value of such support,” added the Victoriaville native.
“This is a great opportunity for local companies to show their support for entrepreneurial youth and help the next generation of business leaders succeed,” said the Junior Team Canada ambassador, referring to the recent partnership established between him and Bombardier Recreational Products, also known as BRP.
“Having met Robert Lumley -BRP’s VP/ Regional General Manager for Latin America- at a business school function, I contacted him about Bishop’s University student part in a Trade Mission to China. the mission,” says the undergraduate student. The Vice-President recognized the value in supporting the mission both for his company as well as for the community.
The team is currently scheduled to visit Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, and will end the mission in Hong Kong where Joshuah will remain as an exchange student for the Fall semester at the University of Hong Kong.
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