Ontario's under 40's connect and want a voice in the province's future.
Toronto, November 26, 2014 - Dozens of under forties from all corners of the province announced the launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) today. YPNO is a central hub to support young people to do business, network, advocate, have a voice at provincial and national tables, and build economic development opportunities.
Says Thunder Bay-based Co-Founder, Michael Nitz; "There has been a significant lack of opportunities for young professionals across the province to meet like-minded peers and have a voice on provincial issues. YPNO is a volunteer-based organization that will serve as an essential provincial network to connect, engage, inspire and advocate for professionals under 40 years."
YPNO represents over 30 Young Professionals Networks with thousands of members dispersed across large cities like Toronto, as well as in small northern communities like Kenora. Members also come from all sectors and walks of life including private business, public entities, trades, not-for profit agencies, and Aboriginal organizations.
As part of the organization's launch, 6 core pillars were unveiled:
- Community Engagement
- Business & Economy
- Personal & Professional Development
- Provincial Connectivity
An advocacy campaign called; Meet Us, Hear Us was also announced to Parliament at Queen's Park.
Says Co-founder Nathan Lawrence, "Our advocacy goal is to inform politicians and decision-makers about the hot issues concerning young people today. The current provincial deficit, lack of incentives to attract and retain young people, infrastructure planning and jobs are just a few of the top concerns. We hope political or socio-economic influencers leverage YPNO as a unique opportunity to engage future leaders on key issues."
To join YPNO, get involved or start a local Young Professionals Network in your community, visit www.ypnontario.com.
Tel: (807) 767-4443 Ext#223
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