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Students and alumna selected for trade mission to China

 
2010-07-02
[Student Karicia Quiroz]Economics student Karicia Quiroz

Two Queen’s students and one alumna have been selected as ambassadors for the Junior Team Canada trade mission to China. The group will spend three weeks in China in August meeting with industry and government leaders to explore business opportunities on behalf of their partners at home and promote teamwork and cross-cultural understanding.

“This gives youth the opportunity to engage in trade and commerce,” says Karicia Quiroz, a third-year economics student who is one of 30 young people selected for the trade mission out of more than 2,200 applicants. “Not only am I representing companies, I’m representing the community and the university itself.”

This spring, Ms Quiroz was looking online for youth leadership opportunities when she came across the Global Vision website. By May, she was participating in the National Youth Caucus on Parliament Hill with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Now, she’s gearing up for a trip to the other side of the world.

In order to go, she has to raise $5,500 on her own. Global Vision, the organization running the trade mission, contributes an additional $5,500 per person. Ms Quiroz fundraised $1,000 in just one week in her home town of Collingwood. Now, she’s meeting with organizations and businesses in Kingston, hoping they’ll sponsor her in exchange for some international exposure.

“The whole point is to create a link between Kingston organizations and businesses and Chinese ones,” says Ms Quiroz.

The group will travel to Beijing, Hong Kong, and parts of western China during the trip. Quiroz is hoping to meet up with Queen’s alumni, possibly in Shanghai or Malaysia.

First-year commerce student Annie Wang and Faculty of Law ’09 graduate Joanna Si will accompany Ms Quiroz.

For more information on the trade mission visit the Global Vision website.
 

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