June 7 (PDT) & June 8 (IST)

Global Virtual Summit 2024

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 2024, our objective is to engage over 15,000+ students and young professionals from around the world.

This year's theme is Resilience Reimagined: Empowering Communities Shaping Futures.

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 7 (PDT) & June 8 (IST)

2024 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 2023 Global Summit for Career & Skill Development.

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

    Intentional Living

    The Power of Cultivating Gratitude

    This session offers participants an opportunity to explore the integration between mindfulness practices and purposeful living, empowering them to cultivate greater clarity, fulfillment, alignment, and gratitude with their values. Through a focus on cultivating gratitude, attendees will learn how this practice serves as a gateway to mindful living and enhances overall well-being.

    Keynote presenter
    Robyn Ward
    CEO and Founder of Rewarding Relationships & Executive Coach
  • 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 Summit’s theme, keynote speakers, panelists, workshops and information pertaining to Global Awards.

    Traditional welcome
    Elder Wilson Bearhead
    Nakota and a member of the Wabamun Lake First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory
    Keynote presenter
    Omar Karim
    Founder & President, GELP
    Welcome Remarks
    Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani
    Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
    Keynote presenter
    Graeme C. Clark
    Canadian Ambassador to Mexico

    presented by

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

    Senior Leadership Panel

    Beyond Boundaries: The Journey of the Lifelong Learner in a Globalized World

    In this panel, Senior leaders from diverse backgrounds will share their experiences, insights, and strategies for navigating the complexities of an interconnected landscape. This panel will delve into the transformative journey of the lifelong learner amidst the complexities of a globalized world. This session will discuss and explore how leaders transcend boundaries, both personal and professional, navigating diverse cultures, ideas, innovations and skills that are now required in the 21st century.

    Dr. Carrie Chassels
    Associate Dean, Northeastern University - Vancouver
    Rahim Somani
    Vice President, Finance and Administration, University of Northern BC
    Dr. C.R. Rene Robin
    Dean of Innovation, Sri Sairam Group of Institutions, Chennai, India
    Clau Zubieta
    Director of Assessment & Alternative Credentials Center at Tecnológico de Monterrey
    Gunasundaram Gnanamuthu
    Chief Technology Officer, Up Capita Technologies Ltd (UAE)
    Mauricio Sabogal-Salamanca
    Director General LCI Monterrey (Mexico)
  • PDT: 8:45pm to 9:45pm | IST: 9:15am to 10:15am

    Workshop #1: Youth for Change

    Empowering Student Leadership

    "Youth for Change: Empowering Student Leadership" is a dynamic workshop highlighting the leadership efforts taken by amazing student leaders globally. This session will equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to become effective leaders in their communities and beyond. By emphasizing the importance of social responsibility, empathy, and collaboration, Youth for Change fosters a generation of change-makers who are empowered to address pressing issues and drive positive transformation in society.

    Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan
    Associate Vice President, Simon Fraser University
    Digvijay Hande
    GELP Campus Chapter President, Vivekanand Education Society's Business School
    Aakansha Khanna
    GELP Campus Chapter President, Chandigarh University
    Meherunnisa  Khateeb
    GELP Campus Chapter President, University of Mumbai

    presented by

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

    Workshop #2: Future Skills and Re-skilling

    Shaping Tomorrow's Careers

    In a rapidly evolving world, the future of work is constantly changing, demanding new skills and adaptability. This workshop will explore the crucial topic of future skills and re-skilling, essential for shaping tomorrow's careers. Presenters will delve into the latest trends in the job market, technological advancements, and societal shifts that are reshaping industries. This session will also share valuable insights into the skills and competencies that will be in high demand in the future workplace and develop personalized re-skilling strategies to stay relevant and competitive in their respective fields.

    Dr. Lyndsay Passmore
    Faculty and Past Chair of Mellville School of Business, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    Patrick Dang
    CEO & President at SELC Colleges
    Ritika Saraswat
    Founder and CEO, Re-Defined
    Vinu Pillai
    Founder and CEO, Vinicio Adivisory FZE (UAE)

    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.

    Mike Bauche
    Michelle Edwardson
    Daniela Guevara
    Luke Dias

    presented by

  • PDT: 11:15pm to 12:15am | IST: 11:45am to 12:45pm

    Workshop #3: Global Indigenous Perspectives in Entrepreneurship

    Cultivating Reconciliation and Worldviews

    This engaging workshop led by entrepreneurs and community leaders, provides a platform to explore the unique challenges and opportunities faced by Indigenous peoples in entrepreneurship. Through interactive discussions, participants will gain insights into Indigenous approaches to building sustainable business, leadership, and economic empowerment. Attendees will learn how entrepreneurs create positive change while honoring one’s cultural heritage.

    Charlene Bearhead
    Vice President of Learning and Reconciliation, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
    Chala Chase
    Business Coach, Te Kāinga Wāhine (Ngātiwai Tribe - New Zealand)
    Lorne Alexander Julien
    Mi'kmaw Artist - Millbrook First Nation, near Truro, Nova Scotia
    Crystal Lewis
    Youth Entrepreneur,  Squamish Nation-Swxwú7mesh Úxwumixw

    presented by

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

    Closing Ceremony

    Resilience Reimagined: Empowering Communities, Shaping Futures

    The closing ceremony will highlight on the theme of "Resilience Reimagined: Empowering Communities, Shaping Futures”. This session will reflect on the theme of resilience and its transformative impact on creating sustainable communities. This ceremony will focus on identifying emerging challenges, offering valuable insights for community leaders, and delegates interested in fostering resilient and sustainable communities. The closing ceremony will offer a roadmap towards building stronger and more resilient communities that can thrive in an ever-changing world.

    Ruth Mojeed Ramirez
    Chief Equity Officer, Inclusion Project

    presented by

Global Awards
Participating Countries
Global Speakers

Global Summit Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making the 2024 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.