EDC's EYE on Youth
Expanding Canada's exports
and investments is paramount to Canada's future. Through its Education
and Youth Employment (EYE) Strategy, Export Development Canada (EDC) helps
youth across the country to become more aware of the importance of international
trade to achieving and sustaining Canadian prosperity.
The EYE Strategy also builds
employment and learning opportunities for young Canadians, by encouraging
research and studies in international business and by offering relevant
work experience for youth.
Since its creation in 1999,
the EYE Strategy has reached over 20,000 youth across Canada through its
educational programs and affiliations with various youth organizations.
Some achievements to date are:
- 60 EDC International Studies
Scholarships awarded to students attending EDC's 18 partner universities;
for information on who is eligible, when and how to apply visit www.edc.ca/corpinfo/careers/eye/eye_e.htm
- Over 150 work placements
for students throughout the year at EDC.
- Dialogue with youth on trade-related
issues through the Go Global: Youth Trade Challenge. This contest asked
Canadian youth to share their ideas in an essay entitled, "You
can improve global trade. Tell us how."
- Continued successful partnerships
with youth organizations, Global Vision and AIESEC, that provide international
experiences and education to over 5,000 youth per year.
EDC increases awareness of international trade by sharing its expertise
with 18 partner universities, while gaining valuable intelligence from
students and faculty. EDC also supports the development of university
teaching materials, namely case studies.
EDC offers an International Studies Scholarship to one undergraduate business
or economics student at each of its partner universities. In addition,
two national scholarships are offered at the MBA level. These scholarships
include the opportunity for a four-month remunerated work term at EDC,
enabling the winners to gain relevant work experience. For details, visit
Through event sponsorships and related speaking opportunities, EDC is
in direct contact with the students and youth of today. EDC supports numerous
events and activities with an educational and international business focus,
such as international exchanges, Junior Team Canada Missions, youth workshops