Global Business Leaders Connect With World Youth in Canada’s “Limestone” City

JA Canada™ and Queen’s School of Business Host Internationally Recognized Next Generation Leaders Forum in Kingston, Ontario


Many of the world’s top young business minds will descend on Queen’s University and Kingston, Ontario next week for Junior Achievement of Canada’s Next generation Leaders Forum (NGL). In its 41st year, this Forum, hosted by Queen’s University School of Business and presented by Xerox Canada and Scotiabank, is uniquely designed to connect global business leaders with youth in such a manner as to explore, understand and debate real time business challenges of our global economy. 

“Our premier corporate sponsors, Xerox Canada 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.” 

Recognized globally by JA Worldwide® as the premier international conference for Junior Achievement Youth, this week-long intensive Forum, from August 7th to 11th, brings Junior Achievers together who are award winners and participants from the Junior Achievement Company Program; those who are planning to embark on their post-secondary ambitions with a specific interest in business-related careers in mind.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders and 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. “It is essential for these delegates to understand global business and interconnectivity worldwide. What better way to set them up for future success than by connecting today’s brightest business minds with those of tomorrow.”

More than 125 delegates, representing ten countries from around the world including Canada, the Cayman Islands, Denmark, India, Hong Kong, Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Norway and the United States of America will attend keynote presentations, skills workshops, and take part in the Ultimate Business Challenge. The week will culminate with the delivery of audio/visual presentations and recommendations by multinational teams who will compete for awards in the areas of Global Vision, Inspiration, Social Responsibility, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Business Integration.

Highlights at this year’s event include fireside conversations with Isadore Sharpe, Founder and Chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and Cherry Tabb, Co-Founder and CEO, The Herzig Eye Institute, as well as a highly anticipated return engagement from Jim Doherty, Vice President and General Manager, Central Sales Operations, Xerox Canada.

“Junior Achievement is a one-of-a-kind program for the world’s next generation of business leaders,” says Jim. “Over the course of its history, this has proven itself to be a fantastic forum for business-minded youth to network at an international level, learn from experienced executives and professors, and practice their business acumen. Xerox is proud to be part of a program that inspires the future of global industry.”

In today’s complex and fast-moving economy, this meeting of international youth leaders gives us a head start on tomorrow. The JA experience is a unique blend of personal growth, practical experience and confidence building. These youth delegates will go back to their schools and communities with a new perspective on what is possible, having developed success skills that are essential to making their dreams a reality. The relationships and life skills they build will last a lifetime as they progress through post-secondary education and the workforce beyond.