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Building Farm Leaders: AWC Sponsors Calgary Student as part of Junior Team Canada Mission to China

This summer, the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) sponsored Nadeem Kilani, a student from Calgary to attend the Global Vision Junior Team Canada mission to China.

As part of the mission to China, Nadeem (Nad), who was one of 40 Canadians that was selected by Global Vision, served as a Canadian trade ambassador to the Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Chongqing.

The Junior Team Canada ambassadors departed Canada for a three-city, seventeen-day mission with the objective of strengthening bilateral trade, investment and friendships during the China-Canada Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges. Junior Team Canada supported the federal governments Global Markets Action Plan by engaging Chinese industry, government, civil society and youth leaders to market Canada’s strengths, identify business opportunities, and gather market intelligence and contacts. The students also focused on investigating opportunities for Canadian businesses in economic sectors with particular growth potential such as agriculture.

One of the major findings in agriculture was that Chinese consumers associate the Canadian brand with quality, health and safety. In addition, with food safety regulation and consumer awareness on the rise, sustainable agriculture is a promising area for Canadian agricultural companies doing business in China.

Nad is a freshman at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a degree in Finance and Statistics as a Joseph Wharton Scholar. Nad is a member of the Energy team of the Wharton Investment and Trading Committee and a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Real Estate Club. Throughout his time in high school, Nad participated in national and international level debating tournaments and co-founded a nonprofit organization in Junior Achievement called Canada Thinks, where he ran the finance division of his company.

AWC would like to congratulate Nad for being selected to participate on the Junior Team Canada mission. Students like Nad who are given these opportunities have the potential to become future farm leaders and will have a positive impact on our agriculture industry.




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