Bishop’s Univer­sity Stu­dent Se­lected For Trade Mis­sion To China

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS - Lennoxville, Sher­brooke

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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Joshuah Le­bacq will take

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