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Business students set for international trade mission

By Jennifer Kelly

Samantha Phelan and Tyler Power, two bachelor of commerce (co-op) students, are among 34 chosen from hundreds of applicants to participate in an international trade mission with Junior Team Canada to Malaysia and Indonesia, from Aug. 5-19.

"The opportunity to be a part of Junior Team Canada is life changing," said Mr. Power. "I am from Tors Cove which has a population of roughly 300 and I've never left Atlantic Canada. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to represent the Southern Shore, Newfoundland, and Canada."

During their time abroad, members of the team will conduct interviews and meetings with heads of state, chief executive officers, community officials and other industry leaders to gather market intelligence, valuable contacts, and exporting opportunities for their sponsoring organizations, all in an effort to promote trade within their regions.

"I had been fortunate enough to be involved with Global Vision since the Pan-Atlantic Youth Forum in November 2010," said Ms. Phelan. "Now, I could not be more thrilled to have earned a spot on Junior Team Canada's international trade mission to Indonesia and Malaysia."

Ms. Phelan recently spent a semester at Memorial's Harlow campus in England and said the experience "ignited a great passion to see and do more – something this program will allow."

As part of their participation in the program, Ms. Phelan and Mr. Power are required to raise a minimum of $5,500 in sponsorship from Canadian companies to help fund their mission. Sponsors will have their specific interests represented on the mission and receive a charitable tax receipt for their contributions.

Mr. Power has already obtained a sponsorship from Pennecon Ltd. and both have received a substantial sponsorship from the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. Ms. Phelan feels that acquiring corporate sponsorships are central to "creating mutually beneficial relationships between inspiring young leaders and the equally inspiring local organizations." Mr. Power has close to $1,500 left to raise, but is not daunted by the task.

"I have a chance to better my country through this trip and this means a great deal to me, so it's worth every ounce of effort."

"This will be an invaluable experience for myself, Tyler and our corporate sponsors," said Ms. Phelan. "Best of all, this experience will showcase what young professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador can bring to the table."

Junior Team Canada is administered by Global Vision, a national non-profit organization founded in 1991 by Terry Clifford. The program provides Canadian youth, ages 16-25, with the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to become the new generation of Canadian business leaders. Junior Team Canada has led missions to over 17 countries, with the most recent being to China and Malaysia in August 2010.

For more information on Global Vision and its programs, please visit www.globalvision.com.

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