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1 Parliament Hill Presentation for the Era 21 Networking Breakfast for Young Canadians – by Kevin Chan June 1, 2006

2 Globalization 101  Globalization is, at its core, the simple idea that we are all interconnected Interconnected by communication, by culture, by business, and by politics Technology (Internet, planes, , instant messaging) has made this more obvious  Globalization opens a world of opportunity Meeting different people Traveling, studying and working in different places Learning new things  And Young Canadians are poised to benefit the most from this acceleration in globalization

3 Young Canadians in the World  Young Canadians will succeed in the world You have the benefit of living in a country where different cultures, religions and languages co-exist peacefully (ex. Federalism) You have grown up in an age of technological revolution that allows single individuals to have a global impact (ex. Blogs)

4 #1: Study Abroad  Many high schools and universities have exchange and study abroad programs  These are wonderful opportunities to learn in a different country, culture and even language  You will also meet young people from different countries, and be able to learn from them  My own experience: In high school, I spent 2 wks studying in Japan; 5 wks learning French in France In university, I participated in an academic tour of Mexico and spent a semester studying in Hong Kong For graduate studies, I spent 2 yrs in the U.S.

5 #2: Travel Widely  Of course, studying abroad is not always possible  And there are some things that you just can’t learn from a textbook in a classroom. You just need to go out there and see the world  I would encourage everyone to spend a summer here and there travelling, preferably not on a tour, so that you can set your own schedule and do things that you really want to do  My own experience: After my undergraduate program, I spent 2 months backpacking across most of China and saw incredible things, from the rolling mountains in South China, to the northernmost point of China, to the Muslim & Central Asian cultures of the western province of Xinjiang

6 #3: Have an Online Presence  Even without studying abroad or traveling, the Internet allows you to reach out to the world from your home  Again, think about blogs, or postings of home videos on YouTube, or instant messaging with people half- way around the world  With the Internet, it is possible, for the first time in history, for single individuals to make their voice heard across the country, and around the world  So I encourage you to start up a webpage, or join one of those social networking sites like MySpace, and join the global dialogue by expressing and sharing your thoughts and ideas

7 Bouge.ca  I have done just that with a website that I hope you will find time to visit  It is called Bouge, and you can visit it at  It is an online mentoring organization where high school students like you can go and look up somebody like me, who has a bit of university or work experience, and post questions to them  Bouge mentors are always available to help answer any questions you might have about university and college life, as well as careers  Again, the site is

8 Recap  So let me recap my presentation  First, globalization is bringing people closer together, and young Canadians are ideally poised to benefit from this phenomenon  Second, there are three concrete things that you can all do to prepare yourselves for a globalized world: Study abroad Travel extensively Have an online presence  It’s an exciting time to be a Young Canadian, you should all make the most of it!


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