For more than a decade, EDC has helped shape some of the top young minds keen on delving into the global marketplace. Who are they, what are they doing and how are they shaping Canada’s trade culture?
Business and government today recognize that they must help generate a stronger international trade culture in Canada – especially as competition, communications and markets become more globally integrated.
One such initiative is EDC’s Youth Education Program, which has been helping build international trade skills in the next generation of business leaders since 2000. Central to this program, EDC has awarded 306 total scholarships so far – increasing from 18 in 2000 to 30 in 2012 – to Canadian students with a demonstrated interest in international business.
“We engaged a consulting firm (Universalia) to track our International Business Scholarship (IBS) recipients, so that we could put into perspective how EDC’s investment has influenced participation in international business,” says Ruth Fothergill, EDC’s head of Corporate Responsibility.
“The study gives us a sense of the many avenues our scholarship winners use to pursue international trade – from direct involvement, to running their own businesses, to public sector influence. All these paths can help create more trade for Canada.”
Three Winners Today
Ken Fox, IBS 2006, University of New Brunswick, is an investment banking associate, Global Energy & Power Group, at Canada’s TD Securities, based in London (UK). He previously worked in TD’s Calgary and Toronto offices.
“Being awarded EDC’s scholarship was hugely supportive, not only financially, but also in encouraging my interest in global trade. This interest was a key driver in my decision to move to London, where TD services clients across Europe, Asia and the Middle East,” says Fox.
Ed Whittingham, IBS 2004, York University, is executive director of the Pembina Institute, a national policy research and consulting think tank that focuses on clean energy – a fast-growing area of global trade.
Shaherose Charania, IBS 2002, University of Western Ontario, is co-founder and CEO of Women 2.0, a media company based in San Francisco, offering content, community and conferences for women innovators in technology. She also started Founder Labs, which helps launch new ideas in the mobile space.
Findings are summarized from a 2012 report by Universalia, commissioned by EDC, which tracked publicly available information from online sources.