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Trent Students form First Youth Team to Attend World Bank’s Global Forum being held in Washington D.C. from February 13-15


Trent President Bonnie Patterson Participating as Canada’s
Only University Representative in Forum’s Roundtable on International Research and Development

Monday, February 12, 2007, Peterborough

Four student envoys from Trent University will make history tomorrow when they become the world’s first youth to attend the World Bank Global Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation, being held in Washington D.C. from February 13 – 15, 2007.

Their role during the conference will be to participate in the sessions and recommend how youth can more easily take part in future World Bank Global Forums. The four upper-year students attending the event are: Christopher Evelyn, Kate Taylor, Jen Thurston, and Ricardo Tranjan. Each student is pursuing a degree in international development studies at Trent University.

“I am both honoured and excited to be one of the first students to attend this event,” said Mr. Evelyn, a fourth-year student who came to Trent from Bridgetown, Barbados as an international student. “I look forward to opening the door for other students.”

Joining the student delegation will be Trent University President Bonnie Patterson, who was invited by the World Bank to participate in a Global Forum’s roundtable discussion entitled Harnessing Research and Development Capacity from OECD Countries.  President Patterson will be the only representative of a Canadian university speaking as a panellist during the Global Forum.

“Trent is uniquely positioned to contribute to this roundtable discussion that looks at universities’ role in international development,” said President Patterson. “I am also very proud of our Trent students as they accomplish an important milestone for youth involvement in international affairs.”

Entitled Building Science, Technology, and Innovation Capacity for Sustainable Growth and Poverty Reduction, this Global Forum is an international conference convened in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Department for International Development, Global Research Alliance, Inter-American Development Bank, Science Initiative Group, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Through this Forum, the World Bank and its partners are seeking to understand the lessons of previous and ongoing science, technology and innovation (STI) capacity building experiences and map out new and more effective ways for governments, industry, academia, foundations, and donors to work together to apply STI capacity building to development in low and middle-income countries.

For more information about the World Bank Global Forum is available at: http://www.worldbank.org/sti.


For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence, Communications Officer
Trent University
(705) 748-1011, ext. 5371