Microsoft to kick-off local YouthSpark Live at UBC Robson Square

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Microsoft to kick-off local YouthSpark Live at UBC Robson Square

Empowering Canadian youth with skills development for success in the job market

VANCOUVER, BC – March 4, 2014 – On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Microsoft Canada and the Boys and Girls Club of Canada will host approximately 100 local youth for a day-long skills development and mentorship conference in Vancouver, BC with participation from Pathways to Education, SHAD and Ladies Learning Code.Joining the event will be the Hon. Shirley Bond and Hon. Andrew Wilkinson, Vancouver North MP, Andrew Saxton, and Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer.  Molly Burke from Me to We will provide the keynote address.


YouthSpark Live is part of Microsoft YouthSpark, a global commitment to empowering young people with opportunities for employment, education and entrepreneurship.  The day-long conference will bring together youth to provide them with tools and skills necessary for 21st Century jobs. The sessions will include:


  • Skill Development: Empower youth with tips and tools to help them study more effectively for success in school.
  • Coding: Unleash the inner innovator in youth by exploring the world of coding.
  • Careers in Technology: Explore career and entrepreneurship opportunities in computer science.



  • Microsoft Canada (YouthSpark Ambassadors: Genevieve L’Esperance & Sage Franch)
  • Andrew Saxton, MP, North Vancouver
  • Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour
  • Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education
    Andrea Reimer, Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver
  • Molly Burke, Me to We
  • Microsoft Canada YouthSpark Partners (Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Pathways to Education, Ladies Learning Code, SHAD)
  • Namir Anani, President & CEO, ICTC Canada (Ottawa)



Wednesday, March 18, 2014 (9:00am-4:00pm)

9:00 am: Registration and Arrival

9:30 am: Opening remarks, followed by keynote address from Molly Burke

10:45 am: Skills development sessions to begin

1:00 pm: Developer Coding Camp

*Photo & Interview opportunities throughout the day*


University of British Columbia

Robson Square Campus, Room C300

800 Robson Street

Vancouver, BC

V6Z 3B7


Technology holds tremendous opportunity for people around the world to do more and achieve more in their lives.

However, young people are facing an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have access, skills, and opportunities to be successful and those who do not.  Currently, more than 50% of today’s jobs require some degree of IT skills, and experts say that percentage will increase to 77% in the next decade.  In Canada, we are faced with the continually rising youth unemployment rate (12.8%).  Closing this opportunity divide is one of the most important actions we can all take – together – to secure the future of our youth and as a result, the future of our global economy.

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ “MSFT”) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit


For more information contact:

Leanne Bull
Veritas Communications
[email protected]
Rebecca FeigelsohnVeritas Communications[email protected]