Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.Q., C.D. Governor General of Canada
Board of directors
Chair of the Board of Directors
Senior Strategist for Partnerships at the University of Saskatchewan
Not long ago, I met a cohort of Canada World Youth participants serving in Northern Saskatchewan; they were undertaking local community projects while getting set to go abroad. Seeing their smiles, hearing their stories, knowing their work ethic was simply inspiring. I was moved by their shared commitment to both learn and serve. Like so many other Canada World Youth participants, these young leaders were determined to help build a better Canada and a better world.
Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee
CEO of Fulbright Canada
As a professor, the director of the Fulbright program, and a Canadian, it is clear to me that investing in our youth is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.
Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
Dean of Social Sciences at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB
Canada World Youth programs put real meaning into the expression ‘walk a mile in my shoes’. By living and working overseas, Canadian youth are immersed in cultural, social, and economic experiences that build the knowledge and skills needed to be global citizens. It is CWY’s capacity to build relationships and inspire youth to civic action at home and abroad that has drawn me back to the program that gave me so much in my own youth.
Secretary to the Board of Directors
Partner in the Public Sector and Non-Profit practice at Odgers Berndtson
I got involved because thanks to others I had wonderful development experience overseas when I graduated from university; I felt I should help in the same manner that others helped me.
Former Federal Minister and Senior Advisor
When I was Canada's Minister of International Development, I came to fully appreciate the huge impact that our youth have on making the world a better place for those in need, and I then made a commitment to myself to continue to support our youth in their journey.
Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia
Young people are the energy that will carry our world forward with kindness and appreciation for the talents of others and the fragility of the environment. CWY connects them globally and locally.
Private Equity Investor
Youth are obviously the future. I think helping them gain experiences in working and living with different cultures and socio-economic groups will make them into more rounded, mature and thoughtful adults.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Young people are the key to a better future. An investment in them, will pay dividends better than any stock or bond.
I am committed to creating inclusive spaces for marginalized youth and young women, and investing in youth to ensure the sustainability of innovation-driven social justice work.
Vice-President, Programming and Operations
Youth are legitimate and important development actors in their communities and around the world. I invest in young people because I believe that youth-adult partnership is among the most important and effective means of supporting youth in fostering positive and sustainable development.
Program and Administration Team
If we can support youth with good educational opportunities and fully engage them, they will be more resilient and face any societal challenges.
I continue to invest in young people to promote good health and well-being for themselves, communities, and future generations.
I am proud of my contribution to CWY as I firmly believe that empowered youth play a crucial part in building a better future for all.
I’m investing in young people because they have the drive, desire, and passion to create a more just and equitable world for us all.
As a young person, I feel that my education and volunteer opportunities have empowered me to be a change-maker and encouraged me to support the empowerment of fellow youth.
Youth have demonstrated the ability to create meaningful change and advocate for a more equitable and sustainable future. By investing in youth empowerment initiatives, we are fostering an environment for positive change and innovation.
The ideas, work, and skills that the youth offer are quite unique and boundless. Through empowering and investing in the youth, we empower and invest in our futures.