IPSA at the AIESEC Canada Youth to Business Forum
Publication date: Fri, 05 Jun 2020
The International Political Science Association (IPSA) was proud to partner up with AIESEC Canada’s Youth to Business Forum (Y2B), which gathered around 500 delegates, on 1-4 June 2020. This year’s edition of Y2B was for the first time entirely virtual. The theme of the conference was The Climate Movement: Navigating a World in an Environmental Crisis, a movement that strives to find viable solutions to mitigate and adapt to global environmental change.
IPSA Executive Director, Kim Fontaine-Skronski, moderated a panel titled Universal Collaboration on Climate Change on 2 June. The panel brought together diverse perspectives from different industries including Stéfanie Rondou-Pontbriand from Air Canada, Robert Pelletier from Export Development Canada, Brian Hong from RBC Future Launch, David Hume from the Canadian Associations of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and Amna Syed, a youth representative from AIESEC. Each speaker emphasized the importance of their industry’s role in the Climate Movement and the steps taken to address climate change challenges. They also discussed the role of youth in the Climate Movement.
The panel was followed by a Q&A session with the virtual audience, during which the delegates had the opportunity to grill the speakers about necessary actions to deal with climate change.
IPSA’s Virtual Booth
IPSA also attended this event as an exhibitor through a virtual booth. During the event, delegates were able to attend IPSA presentations and meet IPSA representatives. The staff highlighted IPSA’s efforts to foster universal collaboration through its community of members, Research Committees, World Congress, IPSA Journals, Summer Schools and IPSAMOOCs. Participants were also able to live chat with the booth representatives.
Present in 114 countries and territories with over 30,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, change the world and garner the experience and skills that matter today. Youth involved in AIESEC have gained skills and competencies through challenging leadership experiences, international internships, and interaction with an extensive global network.
AIESEC in Canada has over 60 years of experience in developing high-potential youth into globally minded responsible leaders through partnerships with business, government, and institutions of higher education. While Canadian students abroad grow through their international experiences, local members drive operations and develop cross-cultural sensitivity, as well as a variety of transferable skills that they can bring to their future workplaces.