One Young World announces the participation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at 2016 Summit

Ottawa – Today, One Young World organizers are very pleased to announce the participation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the 2016 Summit taking place in Ottawa from September 28 to October 1, 2016. The Prime Minister shared the following video welcoming delegates to the Summit.

Prime Minister Trudeau joins a distinguished list of notable counsellors who will be speaking at the Summit and mentoring delegates including:

  • Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General
  • Cher, Activist and Musician
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Sir Bob Geldof, Activist and Musician
  • Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for Climate
  • Senator Murray Sinclair, Senator and former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation       Commission
  • Jon Landau, Oscar winning producer of Titanic and Avatar
  • Minister Marc Garneau, First Canadian in Space and Minister of Transport
  • Harley Finkelstein, COO, Shopify
  • Full counsellor list available at

“I’m excited to welcome One Young World to Ottawa. These young leaders exemplify the very best of our societies: diversity, leadership, and service. I look forward to meeting many of these leaders over the next few days as they exchange their ideas and their vision for a better world with their peers and communities.”  – Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The One Young World Summit, which is considered the world’s premier global youth forum, will welcome 1,300 exceptional young leaders aged 18-30 from around the globe. The seventh annual Summit offers a unique platform for young leaders to network with peers from every country and sector, sharing ideas to develop solutions to address urgent global issues.  Plenary sessions at this year’s Summit will examine the following six themes:

  • Education – Are schools adequately preparing young people for today’s job market?
  • Global Business – How can global businesses fulfill their promises to be good global citizens?
  • Mental Health – Can we halt the rise of depression and suicide among young people?
  • Human Rights – Why are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities still being persecuted in 2016?
  • Peace and Security – Are young people the key to countering extremism?
  • Environment – Can technology save the planet?

As Co-chair of the One Young World Advisory Board, Mayor Jim Watson has been a strong supporter of the power of young leaders to affect positive social change.

“We have so many promising young leaders here in Ottawa and right across the planet,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “They change the way we think about our future today, and they will have a profound effect on the way we act as a society tomorrow. As we get ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, I could not be more proud to welcome them in our capital at this juncture in our nation’s history.”

The One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony will take place on the lawn of Parliament Hill on September 28, 2016 and will provide a dramatic backdrop to showcase Canada’s diverse culture as well as the 196-nation flags representing tomorrows’ global leaders.

“Ottawa Tourism is extremely pleased to host One Young World in Canada’s capital,” said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We look forward to the opportunity to showcase the best of what Canada has to offer to this prestigious group of young leaders.”

Over 100 blue-chip companies have made One Young World an integral part of their development of global talent and corporate social responsibility initiatives, with companies increasing the size of their delegations each year.  With AB Inbev and Barclays as strategic partners, One Young World 2016 will also feature an A-Z of companies including Coca-Cola, Deloitte, EY, Facebook, Google, Janssen, KPMG, L’Oreal, Siemens, Telefonica, Unilever, Volkswagen and Westpac.

About One Young World

Founded by David Jones, founder of You & Mr. Jones, and Kate Robertson, former Global President, Havas Worldwide, the annual One Young World Summit is a unique event that offers international decision makers powerful insight into where our world may be heading.

Since its inception, One Young World has hosted over 7,000 delegates between the ages of 18-30. No youth-dominated event other than the Olympic Games represents as many countries as One Young World does. The reach of the event is exemplified as 8.9 million people have already been positively affected by delegate-led initiatives.

More specifically, One Young World ambassadors are directly responsible for:

  • Immunising 1-in-3 children worldwide
  • Providing 94 million meals in 63 countries
  • Catalysing the first LGBT+ movement in Iraq
  • Founding the first rape crisis centre in Somalia
  • Supporting 10,000 health workers in 23 countries
  • Delivering free healthcare to 5,000 people in Oman
  • Educating over 80,000 people during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

The key areas of focus at the 2016 Summit in Ottawa will include:

  • Education
  • Global Business
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Environment
  • Indigenous Reconciliation

To date, Summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013), Dublin (2014) and Bangkok (2015).

For more information about the Summit, please visit: or follow @OneYoungWorld or @OYWOttawa

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