Program Archive 2005
Tour Summary 2005The 2005 Program brought together 24 young professional leaders (12 Canadians and 12 Germans) from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to continue to build on the successful transatlantic relationships that have been built over the last 4 years of the program's history. This year's program highlights included three days of memorable team building adventures in the mountains outside of Munich, five days of high-level meetings with representatives from the German and Canadian private, public, and cultural sectors, an all day intensive conference at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and for those who were able to stay and participate, a relaxing three-day alumni program in Cochem.
The CGYLF program culminated with a one-day conference organized by our alumni with the help of the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. This conference was thematically focused around the topic "Faces of the Future: Challenges of Demographic Change. Canadian-German Perspectives." Over the course of the week of program, this emerged as a common thematic thread throughout the different sectors and regions of the German landscape.
A Program Snapshot
The week began Saturday, October 1st in a creative and one-of-a-kind way with a methodology of "team-building" designed by icd and the Foundation. Instead of staying in the city of Munich, we brought all the young leaders to a Hütte (cabin) in the beautiful mountains in the Alps outside of Munich. There we enjoyed a number of memorable adventures, such as:
The most rewarding part about the CGYLF is actually not what happens during their one week trip, but what can happen afterwards through the implementation of "leadership initiatives" or follow-up projects that young leaders develop and implement wherever possible. We allow the young leaders to create their own project taking almost any form as along as it serves two goals:
The CGYLF Newsletter in which over 6 different young leaders were involved in the creating, writing, editing, and worldwide distribution.
The high-profile conference organized by more then a handful of our young leaders on October 7th as an integral part of this year's trip: "Faces of the Future: Challenges of Demographic Change. Canadian-German Perspectives."
The Alumni Program that took place from October 9th-11th in Cochem am Mosel. This was created, planned, managed, and run by one young leader who believed that such an alumni program would be of great benefit to the programs long-term sustainability. He was correct, and it was a great success to bring together different generations of young leaders (3 of whom traveled all the way from Canada to take part!).
We have also been grateful to a young leader creating and running a webforum allowing the young leaders to have thematic seminars across the ocean, with the help of the internet. We already have received many suggestions from new 2005 young leaders for upcoming leadership initiatives they wish to launch such as a collaborative publication on this year's trip topic: demographic change, planned to be published by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, a high-profile conference to take place in Quebec in the fall of 2006, in addition to several other exciting proposals.
Conference "Faces Of the Future - Demographic Change"Please find below the detailed description of the CMG Conference that took place in the Canadian Embassy Berlin on October 7th, 2005.