CYBF Sponsors SEWF Youth Session
SEWF 2013 is pleased to announce that the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a SEWF lead partner, supporting the main stage session “From Serving to Service: Developing Social Impact Career Opportunities for Youth."
Dan Overall, Executive Director, SEWF 2013
“This is pretty close to a match made in heaven. Not only does it build on a successful relationship between CYBF and event host Trico Charitable Foundation, it enhances the great work CYBF has been doing to help young entrepreneurs develop social purpose businesses.”
Julia Deans, CEO of Canadian Youth Business Foundation
"The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is proud to be the lead sponsor for SEWF's session Developing Social Impact Career Opportunities for Youth. We want Canadians and aspiring entrepreneurs to know that they can build a life and a career combining their commercial and social interests in by creating economically sustainable businesses that have social purpose at their core. We have created a series of resources in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation, available at www.cybf.ca, that allow those who are considering social entrepreneurship to really understand what they are getting into. It's a place where they can hear from like-minded people that are living the social purpose journey, connect with a vast and growing community, and learn from one another."
The main stage plenary is the first of a two-part SEWF 2013 effort to focus on the crucial issue of developing social impact career opportunities for youth. The main stage session will take a ‘broad sweep’ at this issue and involve all SEWF attendees. A next day breakout session will target some of the insights and recommendations emanating from the main stage session and try to develop concrete ‘next steps’.
The Panelists for both sessions are as follows:
Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder & CEO, Startup Canada
Victoria is the first Canadian and one of the youngest recipients of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion on the recommendation of the British Prime Minister. Victoria won the award for having pioneered a grassroots youth entrepreneurship movement both in the UK and globally that has taken on a momentum of its own with a membership of more than 45,000 enterprising students across over 80 universities within 12 months. As the Founder and Chair of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Co-founder and Chair of ICUE, Co-founder of Enterprise Alliance UK, Entrepreneur in Residence at London Metropolitan Business School and former President of Oxford Entrepreneurs, Victoria has built enterprise networks, stimulated public discourse and developed meaningful political and policy inroads to further the entrepreneurship agenda.
On the global stage, Victoria supports and mentors the development of youth enterprise organisations in more than 20 countries; provides advisory support to international organisations in the areas of entrepreneurship networks, education and policy development; and supports colleges and universities in enhancing their entrepreneurial activities.
In 2009 Victoria was awarded the SFEDI ‘Enterprise Support Network Builder Award’ and ‘Overall Enterprise Champion of the Year Award’, was recognized as a ‘Champion of Entrepreneurial Britain’ and ‘Top 30 Under 30’by Real Business Magazine and was noted as ‘One to Watch’ by Spectator Business.
Victoria moved back to Ottawa in January 2010 where, after having spent a year with Industry Canada’s Small Business Policy Group, she is now working on fostering a more entrepreneurial and prosperous Canada through Startup Canada.
Jack Graham, Founder and CEO, Year Here
Jack Graham is the Founder and CEO of London-based social enterprise startup, Year Here, a new type of 'gap year' that challenges bright young people to a year of tackling social issues in their own backyard. He previously worked at the Young Foundation, one of the UK's leading centres for social innovation, where he invested in and supported various education social enterprises and co-authored Growing Social Ventures, a report on the growing field of 'social venture intermediaries'.
He is a 2013 Clore Social Leadership Fellow and is currently writing a report into how frontline service experiences, like Teach for America and AmeriCorps – develop US social and political leaders.
Abdullah Saleh, Co-founder and Chief Executive Director, ICChange
He also co-founded the Kenya Ceramic Project in the summer of 2007. Abdullah is currently working in collaboration with various faculty members to develop a multidisciplinary multi-faculty Global Citizenship curriculum at the University of Alberta which will act as a liaison tool among universities in the Global North and South.
His interests include development technology and its implementation, human rights and development of access to medical services and surgery in remote settings.