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Sobey Student Hajar Abdessamie Travels to APEC, Meets PM

Date Published: November 19, 2018


The Sobey School of Business was proud to recently sponsor student Hajar Abdessamie to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit 2018 in Papua, New Guinea.

Ms. Abdessamie is a first-year student at the Sobey School of Business, but she's no rookie when it comes to community engagement. She was awarded a Terry Fox Humanitarian Award earlier this year. In high school in Fredericton, New Brunswick, she served on both her MLA's as well as the mayor's youth council. Last summer, she took part in a 17-day trade mission to China through Global Vision, a national charity that operates the Junior Team Canada program (JTC). 

It was Global Vision that extended the opportunity to Hajar to travel to New Guinea to take part in the APEC Summit. The opportunity required Hajar to fundraise to cover her flights, meals and accommodations. The Dean's office was pleased to extend support for this superlative experience. Scroll down for Ms. Hajar's briefing on the Summit.

Sobey Student Hajar Abdessamie meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"I would like to thank you very much for your support and for the funding you provided me to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit 2018 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It was truly an extraordinary experience! I met hundreds of people from all across the world, learned about the world of digitization in the economic world, learned about different cultures, and much more. During the entire week, I proudly represented the Sobey School of Business and Saint Mary’s University University by promoting it to students interested in doing exchanges in Canada.

Junior Team Canada members at the APEC Summit, New Guinea.

During the Summit, the team and I met with many people, including Mr. Paul Maddison, the High Commissioner of Canada to Australia and Papua New Guinea and the Deputy High Commissioner Isabelle Martin. We also met the Governor of Port Moresby, Powes Parkob to speak about possible partnerships between the city and Canada for youth opportunities. We attended the CEO Summit, where we had the chance to meet CEO's from all over the world and ask questions about their position and challenges they face. I was honoured to have been selected to represent Canada for the writing of the APEC Voices of the Future Youth Declaration where one representative from each country and I wrote suggestions to APEC leaders to promote inclusion and global collaboration in the digital age.

The Junior Team Canada and I had the honor of meeting with H.E. Rt. Hon. PM Justin Trudeau on his first day in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Saturday November 17th. We spoke about different topics varying from youth in Canada, Canada’s position in the economic worldwide scale and much more during the hour-long meeting. We were also mentioned on his Twitter and Facebook account!"

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