Sept. 18, 2013
A fifth-year Memorial commerce student is heading to Indonesia to rub elbows with global leaders next month.
Tyler Power, 22, has been invited to take part in the 2013 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) CEO Summit in Bali from Oct. 5-7, which provides a forum for business and political leaders from 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific area to discuss free trade and economic co-operation.
“I had a chance to go to the G20 last year, and that was a really cool opportunity [but] this one is even a step up because we’re actually going to be in the same meetings as say, Prime Minister Harper. President Obama is going to be there [and] the president of China so it’s going to be really exciting to get the chance to actually connect with some of the key players, not just in the business world but also in the political world,” Power says.
Mr. Power’s trip is the result of a partnership between Global Vision, a national not-for-profit that offers training and leadership development for young Canadians through national and international opportunities, the federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the provincial Dept. of Innovation, Business and Rural Development (IBRD).
“I’ve always been keenly interested in politics so to get to see what’s being said on the actual floor, that interests me,” he says. “And just the opportunity to make some sort of difference for Atlantic Canada. Even if I take home some connections to pass on to the provincial government and trade industry, then that’s a success for me.”
Mr. Power has participated in a variety of international ventures including the G20-Y20 Summit in Mexico in 2011, and he was part of Junior Team Canada for the Economic Development & Trade Mission to Indonesia and Malaysia in 2012. He’s also studied at Memorial’s campus in Harlow, England.
Much of his global travels were jump-started when he took part in a Global Vision conference in Halifax in 2010. From there, candidates were selected for the trade mission to Asia and he’s since taken part in national and regional conferences as well as the international missions.
Each country participating in the APEC Summit was asked to select five youths under the age of 26 to join their countries’ delegations as part of the Voices of the Future program. In addition to giving presentations promoting Canada as a good place to invest and do business, he’ll also attend networking sessions, seek opportunities for Canadian companies abroad, and undertake some business analysis that will be passed on to the provincial government.
“For me personally, there’s going to be an emphasis on Newfoundland,” he says. “I think coming from Atlantic Canada, I definitely have a unique perspective on the economy here. I’ve got some work experience with ACOA in commercial business development so I know all of the strategic strength sectors here … and my previous work terms have been in the oil and gas industry so I have a pretty strong knowledge of what’s happening in Newfoundland right now, and I’m sure that’s going to be a big part of my pitch to investors.”
Mr. Power has completed work terms for his commerce degree at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) as well as Husky Energy in information systems and procurement.
“I personally think you can only learn so much in a classroom. It’s nice to learn financial theories, it’s nice to know the basics of accounting. But like they say, in life a lot of it is who you meet along the way.
“So far, a lot of the things I’ve been able to accomplish in life have been through the people I know and the people that I’ve met who have influenced me. Every one of these trips that I’ve gone on so far is just as good as a semester in school, in my opinion.”
Mr. Power will be sharing his experiences in Indonesia through social media. You can follow him on Twitter (@TorsCove) or read his blog on the Junior Team Canada website at http://www.globalvision.ca.