Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network: Winnipeg Business Leaders and Newcomer Youth Address Employment Barriers

November 16th, 2016

WINNIPEG – Today, The Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network (PCRBN) hosted another Prince’s Seeing is Believing (PSiB) visit day in Winnipeg to address newcomer and refugee youth unemployment. The daylong event, hosted in partnership with KPMG’s Western Regional Managing Partner Austin Abas, brought local business leaders and youth together to discuss the issues, challenges and economic barriers many newcomer and refugee youth face. After a morning of presentations and constructive dialogues, PSiB guests met with youth one-on- one to hear their personal stories about the barriers to employment and economic opportunity they have encountered.  The day ended with an in-camera discussion of the business leaders strategizing about the best way that their businesses could address these issues either directly or in partnership with community partners.

The Prince’s Seeing is Believing was created by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to close the gap between the boardroom and community. Through building understanding, PSiB seeks to leverage corporate thinking and responsible business practices to tackle social and community issues, like youth unemployment, through systemic change. More than 150 business leaders have participated in the program since it was launched in 2012.

The ideas developed during PSiB Visit Days lay the groundwork for future PCRBN initiatives. With the support of founding partners, George Weston Ltd., RBC, KPMG, Scotiabank and Birch Hill Equity, PCRBN continues to develop sustainable programs in underserved communities in Toronto, Halifax and Winnipeg.

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For more information:

Matthew J. Rowe, Director, Operations & Partnerships

Prince’s Charities Canada

Office:  416-967-2940 | Mobile:  416-576-3969

matthew.rowe@princescharities.ca

 

Michael Shapcott, Director National Business and Community Strategy

Prince’s Charities Canada

Office:  416-967-7918 | Mobile:  647-963-1751

michael.shapcott@princescharities.ca

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