On January 16th, 2014 in Toronto, Crossing the Globe, one of the first non-profits to align with the Canada - European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Canada’s new International Education Strategy, was unveiled at the Canada - European Union CETA informational event.
Toronto, Ontario, January 28, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) - On January 16th, 2014 in Toronto, at the Canada - European Union CETA informational event organized by the Canadian - Croatian Chamber of Commerce, m embers of Canadian parliam ent, representatives of the Croatian governm ent, and leading bu siness professionals discu ssed the impact the Free Trade Agreem ent will have on Canada and the European Union. The much anticipated event received support by the Hono urable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employm ent and Social Developm ent and Minister for Multiculturalism.
Mr. Ted Opitz, MP, Mr. Wladyslaw Lizon, MP, and Mr. Veselko Grubisic, Ambassador of Croatia to Canada, discu ssed how the economies will benefit from the Canada - European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreem ent (CETA). Canadian companies will gain access to the world’s largest economy - the European Union - a market which consists of 500 million consum ers and an annual economic activity of almost $17 trillion.
As stated at the event, in order for the two economies to reach their full potential, they will require structured and purposeful knowledge exchange and the capability to develop the global leaders of tomorrow. This need is also acknowledged by Canada’s newly launched International Education Strategy, which seeks to maximize economic opportunities for Canada in international education and reach 450,000 international students by 2022. In addition, it is closely tied to Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan (announced in November 2013) which is vital for the expansion of Canadian bu sinesses and the economy as a whole.
Subsequent to the discu ssions from Canadian and European officials, Ms. Lynda Zugec, an international managem ent consultant and established leadership developm ent professional, expanded on the ways in which Crossing the Globe serves as a prim e example of how bu sinesses and non-profit organizations can align themselves with the Canada - European Union Free Trade Agreem ent and Canada’s International Education Strategy.
Ms. Zugec described how Crossing the Globe will cultivate knowledge exchange and foster leadership developm ent through its initial program offerings. Set to launch in February 2014 in Canada and Croatia, these programs w ere developed in cooperation with top-ranking universities, world-renowned leadership experts and innovative organizations across Canada and the European Union. They will be succeeded by increasingly ambitiou s projects intended to strengthen the Canadian and European economies, build bridges, and raise influence on the world stage.
Amongst other prominent individuals, present at the event w ere Mr. Ross Hornby, form er Ambassador of Canada to the European Union; Mr. Milo Vassallo, Board m ember of the European Union Chamber of Comm erce in Canada and form er Consul General of Malta; Mr. Peter W. M eiklejohn, Board m ember of the European Union Chamber of Comm erce in Canada (Representing the Lithuanian Embassy); Mr. Giorgio Tinelli, Bu siness Developm ent Officer, Italian Chamber of Comm erce of Ontario; Ms. Ivana Crnic, Croatian Consul to Canada; Mr. Ljubinko Matesic, Consul General, Consulate of the Republic of Croatia – Mississauga; Mr. Stephen Klu s, Vice President of the European Union Chamber of Comm erce in Canada and Vice President of the Canada Poland Chamber of Comm erce of Toronto; Mr. John Marion, President of Baka Communications Inc. and President, Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Comm erce.
Crossing the Globe is a non-profit organization whose aim is to encou rage knowledge exchange and leadership developm ent amongst bu sinesses, governm ent, and society on a global scale.
000 - Canada - European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreem ent
000 - Minister for Multiculturalism - Support Letter
001, 002 - Mr. Veselko Grubisic, Ambassador of Croatia to Canada
003 - Mr. Ted Opitz, MP and Mr. Wladyslaw Lizon, MP
004 - Ms. Lynda Zugec, Managing Director, Crossing the Globe
005 - (left to right) Mr. Ted Opitz, MP; Mr. Wladyslaw Lizon, MP; Mr. John Marion, President, Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Comm erce; Mr. Veselko Grubisic, Ambassador of Croatia to Canada; Mr. Ljubinko Matesic, Consul General at Consulate of the Republic of Croatia – Mississauga
006 - Ms. Lynda Zugec, Managing Director, Crossing the Globe, and Mr. Ted Opitz, MP
007 - Mr. Ted Opitz, MP; Ms. Lynda Zugec, Managing Director, Crossing the Globe; Mr. Veselko Grubisic, Ambassador of Croatia to Canada
008 - Ms. Lynda Zugec, Managing Director, Crossing the Globe and Mr. Wladyslaw Lizon, MP
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