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Canada’s top young leaders descend upon Waterloo, Ontario

Aug 16/07


Larry Mah , National Program Manager, Top 20 Under 20, 416-738-1382,


Angela Forster, Marketing and Communications Director, School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, 519-884-0710, ext. 3145

Forty of Canada’s top young leaders will be at Wilfrid Laurier University Aug. 19-23 to attend Youth in Motion’s Courage to Soar conference, a dynamic leadership event that brings together some of the most accomplished young people in the country.

Organized by Youth in Motion and hosted by the Laurier School of Business & Economics, the four-day conference is designed to enhance the leadership abilities of up-and-coming young leaders. Participants include Top 20 Under 20 recipients and finalists who will be given the opportunity to learn, interact and share with other young leaders.

The program is designed to provide geographically dispersed participants with broader perspectives of Canada and its role in the global marketplace. Attendees will hear from experienced leaders, including Jim Hayhurst, founder of The Right Mountain Inc. and author of The Right Mountain: Lessons from Everest on the Real Meaning of Success; Iain Klugman, president of Communitech Technology Association; and Jan Varner, CEO of the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area.

Major sponsors for the event include the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, OnSurvey Inc. and the Laurier School of Business & Economics.

The conference, which runs Aug. 19-23 in the university’s Senate and Board Chamber, is open to the news media only.

About Youth in Motion
Youth in Motion (YIM) is a national, not-for-profit organization focused on developing the employability and life skills of today’s youth to prepare them effectively for success in life and work. Youth in Motion created the Top 20 Under 20™ to celebrate and honour Canadians who have demonstrated a significant level of innovation, leadership and achievement but have not yet reached the age of 20. Top 20 Under 20™ is open to all young Canadians under the age of 20, regardless of race, gender and/or religious affiliations. Their only requirement is that the applicant’s leadership and innovation has led to the betterment of their school, community, province and/or country.

About Laurier’s School of Business & Economics
The largest English-speaking undergraduate business program in Canada, the School of Business & Economics (SBE) at Wilfrid Laurier University has a reputation for excellence.  Laurier’s undergraduate BBA and BA Economics programs offer top-notch academic instruction in a uniquely student-centred environment. Laurier SBE graduates are sought after in the marketplace for their in-depth quantitative and qualitative training and versatility.  Laurier graduates consistently have the highest qualifying average in the Chartered Accountancy Qualification Exams, and Laurier graduates have won the prestigious Gold Medal awarded for the highest overall mark across Canada four times in recent years. Located in Canada’s Technology Triangle, Canada’s newest and fastest growing technology centre, Laurier was the first university in Canada to offer a business co-op undergraduate program.



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