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Vancouver, British Columbia, October 12, 2011 —Young professionals and employers in the Greater Vancouver Area will have the opportunity to address employment issues and develop solutions together, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“In today’s environment, it is more important than ever that young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market,” said Minister Moore. “Our government is proud to promote activities that benefit both employers and youth.”

With assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, My Loud Speaker will organize the XYBOOM Conference. The event, which takes place on January 20, 2012, will consist of three panel discussions lead by experts from various industries and educational institutions. Youth and employers will be able to actively engage in discussions that will focus on a variety of youth issues, including unemployment, intergenerational diversity and how employers can best capitalize on young professionals entering the job market. A unique aspect of the conference is that it will be live streamed over the internet to greatly increase the number of youth able to participate.

My Loud Speaker will receive over $59,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to help organize the XYBOOM Conference. 

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Alyson Queen
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Finley

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills DevelopmentCanada


The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Youth Awareness is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit

The program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one‑stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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