Junior Achievement Leadership Conference Brings International Students to Trent



High school students participate in week-long case competition

Thursday, August 21, 2014, Peterborough, ON

More than 150 student delegates from around the world arrived at Trent University this weekend to participate in Junior Achievement of Canada’s Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Forum, hosted by the Peterborough, Lakeland, and Muskoka Junior Achievement office. The week-long forum aims to foster professional development and personal growth.

The annual NGL Forum helps students build their leadership, creativity, team work and business skills as they solve a real-life business challenge, in collaboration with their global peers. The Forum features keynote addresses from business leaders, including a representative from Toronto-based innovation centre MaRS Discovery District, and workshops led by faculty from Trent University’s Business Administration and Masters in Sustainability Studies programs.

“We are so pleased to welcome Junior Achievement students to Trent,” said Dr. Ray Dart, chair, Business Administration. “Trent’s interdisciplinary and hands-on approach learning will encourage the critical decision-making skills these students will need to succeed in their careers.”

Participating students have been selected and sponsored by Junior Achievement offices from around the globe and include two students from the local area.

“I am extremely impressed with the caliber of the Junior Achievement students that are participating in NGL. They are taking full advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from business leaders and from each other.” said John McNutt, general manager, Junior Achievement Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka. I am thrilled to be able to host them in a city that offers a beautiful backdrop, a leading university, and a strong, welcoming business community.”

The NGL Forum offers more than academic and career-focused sessions to its delegates. Students will spend Wednesday participating in a variety of Canadian experiences, such as traditional skills workshops, canoe trips on the Otonabee River led by The Land Canadian Adventures, and a “Trent Mudder” obstacle course around the Lady Eaton Drumlin. They will also visit the Lift Locks and take in the Peterborough Musicfest concert at Del Crary Park.

Trent University was announced as the host for the 2014 and 2015 Next Generation Leadership Forums last October after competing nationally for the opportunity.

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About Junior Achievement of Canada

Junior Achievement of Canada is the country’s largest youth business organization and is dedicated to educating and inspiring young people to succeed. Offering programs in the areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, Junior Achievement strives to help students make informed and knowledgeable financial decisions, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit. For more information please follow us on Twitter @ja_canada or visit our website at www.jacanada.org.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of collaborative learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. At Trent, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. As the University celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and debate. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Oshawa delivers a distinct mix of programming in the GTA.


For more information, please contact:

Alison Dresser, government and community relations officer, Trent University

705-748-1011 x6344 or alisondresser@trentu.ca

John McNutt, general manager, Junior Achievement Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka

705-874-6960 or johnemcnutt@sympatico.ca