June 9 (PDT) & June 10 (IST)

Global Virtual Summit 2023

The Global Virtual Summit allowed delegates to engage with leaders around the globe in an interactive experiential online environment.

Canada's Largest Global Virtual Youth Skills Summit

The Global Virtual Summit for Career and Skill Development is Canada’s largest virtual youth skills summit and in 2023, our objective is to engage over 10,000 students and young professionals from around the world.

The Summit platform is made to be accessible and equitable to all students irrespective of their background and creates a safe place for diverse communities to share their lived experiences. GELP seeks to foster a global community of practice around diversity, equity and inclusion.

June 9 (PDT) & June 10 (IST)

2023 Global Virtual Summit Schedule

This half-day virtual conference will allow delegates to engage with leaders around the globe in an interactive experiential online environment that will include keynote speakers, professional skill development workshops, networking and career development opportunities. Delegates and attendees will have the opportunity to win tuition awards of up to $2500 CAD through their participation and reflection submissions. See highlights of the 2022 Global Summit for Career & Skill Development.

  • PDT: 6:30pm - 7:00pm | IST: 7:00am to 7:30am

    The Power of Mindful Living

    Discovering Your Authentic Self

    In this session, delegates will be guided through a meditation following the theme of “Discovering Your Authentic Self: A mindful journey to being your best and truest self”. This meditation will be focused on creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming virtual learning space as we begin the 2023 Global Virtual Summit.

    Keynote presenter
    Farzana Jaffer Jeraj
    Motivational Speaker & Best-Selling Author
  • PDT: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm | IST: 7:30am to 8:15am

    Opening Ceremony

    Delegates will be welcomed to the Global Virtual Summit for Career and Skill Development hosted by the Global Emerging Leadership Programs (GELP). Delegates will be introduced to their keynote speakers, panelists,  summit workshops and information pertaining to Global Awards. The purpose and theme will also be presented at the opening ceremony.

    Traditional welcome
    Elder Wilson Bearhead
    Nakota and a member of the Wabamun Lake First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory
    Keynote presenter
    Hon. Rachna Singh
    Minister of Education and Child Care of British Columbia
    Keynote presenter
    Omar Karim
    Founder & President, GELP

    presented by

  • PDT: 7:45pm to 8:45pm | IST: 8:15am to 9:15am

    Senior Leadership Panel

    The Challenge Mindset- What's Your Path? Understanding impact and purpose in your work

    presented by

    This panel will inspire and equip attendees to embrace challenges, navigate uncertainty, and find meaning in their work. This event will feature experts and thought leaders who will share their insights on how to develop a challenge mindset, find purpose and fulfillment in one's career, and make a positive impact in the world. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, The Challenge Mindset- What's Your Path? will help you uncover your true potential and create a meaningful, fulfilling career path.

    Dr. Carrie Chassels
    Associate Dean, Northeastern University - Vancouver
    Dr. S G Bhirud
    Registrar (I/C), University of Mumbai
    Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan
    Associate Vice President, Simon Fraser University
    Dr. Apoorva Palkar
    President and Vice- Chancellor, Maharashtra Skills University
    Steve Eccles
    Regional CEO and Dean, Northeastern University - Vancouver
    Dr. Mohan B. Rao
    Chairman of WR Education Taskforce at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) 
  • PDT: 8:45pm to 9:45pm | IST: 9:15am to 10:15am

    Workshop #1: Resilient Leadership

    Women Leaders on Overcoming Challenges and Driving Change

    This is a workshop that focuses on empowering women leaders to develop the resilience, leadership skills, and strategies needed to navigate complex and rapidly changing environments. This workshop will feature successful women leaders who have overcome significant obstacles and barriers in their careers and personal lives. They will share their experiences and best practices, highlighting the skills and attitudes that have helped them to persevere through adversity and emerge as strong, effective leaders.

    Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan
    Associate Vice President, Simon Fraser University
    Shazin Karim-Prebtani
    Asst. Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General
    Shafina Juma
    National Medical Education Manager, Janssen Inc.
    Salima Ladha
    Global Ergonomist, Ford Motor Company
    Sakina Bedi
    National Spokesperson, NFBM Jagriti School for Blind Girls.

    presented by

  • PDT: 9:45pm to 10:45pm | IST: 10:15am to 11:15am

    Workshop #2: The Future of Work

    Automation and AI in the Workplace - Embracing the Opportunities and Managing the Challenges

    This workshop focuses on the transformation of work through the use of automation and artificial intelligence. Will explore the potential opportunities and challenges that these technologies present for businesses, workers, and society at large. Attendees will learn about the latest trends in automation and AI, and how they are impacting industries such as education, healthcare, finance, and manufacturing. The workshop will also discuss strategies for businesses to embrace the opportunities presented by these technologies, including the development of new business models and workforce training programs. Additionally, the conference will address the ethical and social implications of automation and AI, and how to manage these challenges.

    Lyndsay Passmore
    Faculty, Business Management Senator and Board Member-Elect
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    Avi Arya
    Founder, Internet Moguls of The World School
    Leucadia Milly Sandeep
    HR Thought Leader, Vinicio Adivisory
    Patrick Dang
    President and CEO at SELC Colleges

    presented by

  • PDT: 10:45pm to 11:15pm | IST: 11:15am to 11:45am

    Global Talent Showcase

    Take a wellness break and enjoy performances from all across the world. Each musician and performer have a unique and inspirational story and we are so excited to have their talents showcased on this global platform.

    Raymond Salgado
    Vedant Sitoke
    Taylor Lundy
    Jared Popma
  • PDT: 11:15pm to 12:15am | IST: 11:45am to 12:45pm

    Workshop #3: Beyond Buzzwords

    Practical Strategies for Advancing DEI in the Workplace

    The workshop will provide an in-depth understanding of DEI, going beyond the buzzwords to explore the underlying concepts, values, and principles that guide effective DEI initiatives. Participants will learn about the latest research and best practices in DEI, including how to identify and address bias, create inclusive cultures, and foster belonging for all employees.

    Cynthia Lange
    Founder & CEO,
    Legacy of Connection
    Nneka Otogbolu
    Director, Strategic Initiatives and Equity at Edmonton Community Foundation
    Dr. Hazel Brown
    Head of School, School of Sport , Health and Community, University of Winchester
    Dr. Kavita (Mishra) Pandey
    Ph.D (Disability Studies)
    Placement Officer at Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute, University of Mumbai
    Aiden Cyr
    Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program for Natural Resources Canada and Schwarzman Scholar

    presented by

  • PDT: 12:15am to 1:00am | IST: 12:45pm to 1:30pm

    Closing Ceremony

    Building Resilience in a Changing World

    Join us for the inspiring closing ceremony of the Global Virtual Summit for Career Development as we reflect on the theme of "Building Resilience in a Changing World." This session will highlight on key takeaways and actionable strategies for building resilience in your career and personal life, as well as foundations for lifelong learning.

    KEYNOTE presenter
    Raven Lacerte
    Co-Founder and Ambassador at Moose Hide Campaign
Global Awards
Participating Countries
Global Speakers

Global Summit Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making the 2023 Global Summit for Career and Skill Development a success!

Apply for a Sponsored Seat

GELP aims to raise enough funding and  sponsorship to have as many seats secured and reserved for students. There are two ticket types. The second ticket type is meant for working professionals, faculty and staff who are able to participate in a meaningful way. Both tickets provide full access to all Summit experiences, workshop content, and opportunities to submit your reflections to win tuition prizes valued up to $2500 CAD.

Summit Delegate - Student

Sponsored Seat

If you are a student interested in applying for a sponsored seat, please select this option. Limited seats are available, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Successful delegates will receive an email from the GELP Team.

Summit Delegate - Paid


For working professionals, faculty, staff and management representatives of institutions and organizations.

Are you a post-secondary institution?​

If your institution is interested in partnering with the 2023 Global Virtual Summit for Career & Skill Development, contact GELP today. We would love to collaborate and learn how we can work together to support our common goals.