Hanlon Supports Saskatchewan Youth Symposium

Release Date : January 28, 2013

Story by: Jessica Wallace

Photos by: Meahgan Sweet

Saskatchewan Youth Symposium

The first Saskatchewan Youth Symposium was held January 25 and 26 2013, thanks to the initiative of Edwards student Meahgan Sweet as well as sponsorship and resources from the Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies.

Sweet says the mandate of the symposium was to “develop a more passionate connection to Saskatchewan” and was definitely achieved. “My ultimate goal was for student delegates to walk away with a greater appreciation and understanding for the province they call home. I think we have succeeded.”

Over the two days, workshops and presentations were based on the issues of internationalization, innovation, sustainability, and urbanization.

On the evening of January 25th, Nicholas Kokkastamapoulos, Hanlon Centre Director, was given the honour as lead sponsor to introduce Lionel Labelle, President and CEO of Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership, as the event’s keynote speaker.  LaBelle astounded the audience with his overview of Saskatchewan’s growing international role as a major multi-billion dollar exporter of diverse goods and services.  More than 200 delegate students attended the Saskatchewan Youth Symposium, with the Saskatoon business community invited to help kick-off the event and provide students with an excellent networking opportunity.          

Workshop presenters on Saturday included:

•             Sue and Bill Brooks of Eclecthink International Consulting Firm for Creativity and Innovation

•             Eric Anderson, a resources specialist and radio personality on Prosperity Saskatchewan

•             Nicholas Kokkastamapoulos, Director for the Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies

•             Gary Mearns, VP of Human Resources at Federated Co-operatives

•             Ms. Jennifer Campeau, MLA for Saskatoon Fairview

•             Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, an award winning medical researcher at the U of S College of Medicine

•             Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture

Sweet says she was excited to have such support from the business communities. “This was the first entrepreneurial idea of mine that I have taken from incubation to completion and we have a strong foundation for years to come,” she says.  

And this foundation wouldn’t be possible without the support Sweet received for her project. “Our event sponsors were extremely generous and without their support we would not have had this unique Saskatchewan experience,” she says. “I would like to thank the Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies for their generous financial and in-kind support.”

The Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies serves the Edwards School of Business to help build and provide global business awareness and related skills training opportunities for its commerce students.  For more information, contact Nicholas Kokkastamapoulos (Hanlon Director) or Jessica Wallace / Brandon Ziola (Hanlon Media & Communications) by email at hanloncentre@edwards.usask.ca or telephone at (306) 966-1837.