Students meet global leaders, discuss world issues at Toronto Global Forum


Fourth-year International Commerce and Global Development student at Niagara College, David Woosley (second from left), is pictured at the 12th edition of the Toronto Global Forum (TGF) with other business students from colleges across Ontario.

Students from NC’s Honors Bachelor degree program, International Commerce and Global Development, were provided the opportunity to become more globally engaged at the 12th edition of the Toronto Global Forum (TGF), December 10 to 12, which focused on the theme of “Navigating a world in disruption.”

The annual conference, hosted by the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), aims to foster dialogue surrounding national and global issues and the development of practical solutions that would allow for local and international economies to flourish. The event invites heads of states, central bank governors, ministers and global economic decision-makers to speak and form partnerships and synergies between Canadian and International corporations.

The conference featured learning sessions and “fireside” chats on topics involving the global economy, finance and innovation, energy, infrastructure and sustainable development, as well as advanced manufacturing, agribusiness and international trade.

David Woosley, a fourth-year International Commerce and Global Development student and associate with the department of Global Education and Partnerships, gained valuable experience learning from a number of world leaders and chief executive officers on a variety of topics. As an NC student and associate as well as a global issues advocate, Woosley intends to apply much of what he learnt at the conference to his professional life.

“As a student at the forum, it was a very fruitful experience to be among world leaders, CEO’s and entrepreneurs,” said Woosley. “This event allowed me to not only to expand my knowledge of current global business and development issues, but also gave me the opportunity to network with influential people to help with my future career in the business world as I finish my studies.”

This opportunity builds on the College’s commitment to creating globally-relevant experiential learning opportunities for its students and was made possible by the City of Welland’s continued investment in local economic development, as they generously donated conference passes to the College.

“The City of Welland has a great relationship with Niagara College and we feel it is important to include NC students when possible,” said Lina DeChellis, economic development officer. “The forum offers the students the opportunity to not only hear from a number of world leaders from politics and academia and public and private sector on major issues surrounding economic globalization, but also to network with these leaders. We hope that the students are able to use what they learned from this forum in their future careers.”

It is through opportunities such as the TGF that NC students gain cultural and global competencies and build the foundation for work-ready and world-ready graduates.