Futurpreneur Announces Diverse 2023 Canadian Delegation for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit in India
May 25, 2023 – Toronto, Ontario: Futurpreneur, an official co-founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA), is proud to announce the 2023 Canadian G20 YEA delegation. After a rigorous selection process, 47 talented and diverse young entrepreneurs have been chosen to represent Canada at the G20 YEA Summit, hosted by Young Indians (YI) and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in New Delhi, India, from July 13-16, 2023.
The G20 YEA Summit, held annually ahead of the widely known G20 Leaders’ Summit, serves as a platform for advising its governments on matters of business and entrepreneurship policy. The Alliance is a collective of organizations across the G20 countries that represent more than 500,000 young entrepreneurs, who meet every year to affect positive policy change and champion youth entrepreneurship worldwide.
The theme this year is “Hum” – the Hindi word for ‘We’ – symbolizing the power of collaboration. The theme not only embraces the diverse perspectives that will be shared during the event but also underscores the continued global commitment to enhancing the participation of underrepresented groups in the international trade landscape.
Karen Greve Young, CEO of Futurpreneur, shares her enthusiasm, stating, “As founding members of this important global community, we are thrilled to be a part of this year’s G20 YEA Summit in New Delhi. The Summit theme “Hum”, or “Togetherness”, resonates strongly with Futurpreneur’s dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As part of our commitment, we have developed tailored offerings to empower equity-deserving young entrepreneurs, led by teams with lived experience and supported by our entire organization. We believe that Canada can achieve the inclusive prosperity we aspire to when we all come together to make it happen.”
The Canadian delegation, representing a rich diversity of sectors, provinces, and equity-deserving groups from across the country, embodies Futurpreneur’s commitment to fostering inclusivity in the Canadian international trade landscape. The delegation consists of 40% women-led businesses and includes 59% of entrepreneurs from equity-deserving groups, including Black and Indigenous entrepreneurs. Hailing from nine provinces, the delegates represent a variety of sectors and industries such as Professional Services, Consumer products, Information and Communications technologies, and Education.
“The G20 YEA will open the doors to the world for you. You will meet like-minded people and have the opportunity to propose ideas that will shape the entrepreneurial world of today and tomorrow,” Kathy Pellerin, VisaVie Canada (QC) and G20 YEA delegate.
Futurpreneur’s Canadian delegation receives valuable support through a contribution from Global Affairs’ CanExport Associations program. The organization has also formed strategic partnerships with esteemed organizations such as the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the Organization of Women in Trade – Toronto, and the Canada-India Acceleration Program. These collaborative partnerships encompass delegation briefing, thought leadership, and support for promoting inclusive trade.
The Summit culminates with the delegates producing and issuing a communiqué on global entrepreneurship policy, which is presented to the G20 leaders during their subsequent Summit. The communiqué ensures the decision-makers worldwide prioritize the voices and perspectives of young entrepreneurs and keeps these recommendations at the forefront throughout the year.
The G20 YEA Summit experience will be enhanced by the G20 YEA mobile app, designed to connect over 800 young entrepreneurs digitally and facilitate meaningful connections and B2B opportunities. The app, powered by two past Canadian delegates, The First Prototype and Upbio, is supported by the G20 YEA Canada team at Futurpreneur and in part by past contributions from Global Affairs Canada’s CanExport Associations program.
Ghalia Aamer, Talkmaze
Reza Enaloui, Semitechnic Corp.
Jordan Hanna, Linked Digital Services
Chad Midnight, Aqueduct Water Systems
Alexandra Carnio, ProducKIDvity
Hillina Ghulam Nabi, Kids Innovative
Parmjot Gill, Kite Company Creator
Bryce Watts, Forager International
Charmaine Jennings, Strategic Charm
Natalie Suppes, S and S Creative Inc.
Tosin Ajibola and Oluwaseun Adeyemo, Welkom-U Inc.
Brad LeBlanc, BrainWorks (BrainWorks Marketing Services Inc.)
Christian Browne, Vergo
Shreyansh Anand, WaiveTheWait Inc.
Lachezar Arabadzhiev, SkildLabs
Omowunmi Badmus, Omo Bamboo Shop
Iyvan Chandran, Alpha Libertée
Thomas Clark, Altrene Canada Corporation
Jochebed Essel, EVERYDAY JOY
Stéphanie Guingané, LONCANI
Justin Haines, Haines Additive Manufacturing (HAM)
Alykhan Jadavji, Palette Foods Inc. – Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine Canada
Atifur Khan, Jada Kenya
Hamza Khan, Clean Acres
Rohan Kumar, The Do More Company
Stephanie Loureiro and Mathew Mozaffari, Speer Technologies
Saamer Mansoor, The First Prototype
Tarila Morrone , Hearts of Gems
Adesola Ogunsakin, The Retro Bag
Aska Patel, Acuvise Consultancy Inc.
Sean Ryan, Predicting Alpha
Diana Virgovicova and Kerem Topal Ismail Oglou, The Dressing Room (TDR)
Carl Beauséjour, Zélé Productions
William Bolduc, Predict Expert AI
Andrea Bomo, Ann & Eli Apothecary Inc
Andrew D’Amours, Flytrippers (AK Ventures Inc.)
Charles-Antoine Hallé , Learn & Earn (Apprends & Entreprends)
Mael Houck, Elite Consultation
Nina Lantinga, Nets for Net Zero
Kathy Pellerin, VisaVie Canada
Margarettha Pierre, KnowMediQ – Home health and wellness services network
Maude St-Pierre, REFORM FOODS INC (Séva Nature)
Kristy Ehman, Hyon Software Inc
Jon Piett, LOTUS Sleep Products Inc.
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Futurpreneur is a national, non-profit organization that provides collateral-free financing, mentorship and resources to diverse young entrepreneurs, aged 18-39 who are looking to start, acquire or grow their businesses in Canada. With a mandate to help young entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to life, Futurpreneur provides bilingual (English and French) support and resources to help business owners start and succeed.
Founded in 1996, the organization was established to promote entrepreneurship among Canadian youth as a critical pillar for diversifying the economy, generating employment opportunities and fostering a sustainable future. Since then, Futurpreneur has helped more than 17,700 young entrepreneurs launch or acquire small and growing businesses across Canada.
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