YOUTH LEADERS OF TOMORROW
GlobalFest’s Youth Leaders of Tomorrow (YLOT) program allows young professionals to access an environment where they can be actively trained by senior staff in the complexities and intricacies of event production and gain the competencies needed to compete in today’s work force.
Affectionately known as the YLOTs, students from various higher education specialties come together to help make GlobalFest a success. These students are involved in virtually every aspect of the Festival, from production, marketing, programming, to procurement, client services, volunteer recruitment and training, as well as event coordination.
The internship program is supported by the Canadian Government’s ‘Canada Summer Jobs’ initiative.
2023 YLOT Interns
Left to Right: Taiyo Erskine, Kaitlyn Hennessy, Gabriel Melendez
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Taiyo Erskine is entering his fourth year at the UBC Sauder School of Business, with a specialization in Marketing and a separate concentration in Sustainability and Social Impact. His hobbies include playing volleyball, video games, and watching horror movies. One of Taiyo’s biggest achievements was being a back-to-back-to-back Volleyball Canada Division 1 National Champion with Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club. Taiyo’s current favourite musical artists are Alec Benjamin, UMI, and Shania Twain, and his favourite festival food is mini doughnuts.
Kaitlyn is entering her third year at the UVIC Gustavson School of Business, with a specialization in International Business. Outside of work, her hobbies include cooking, baking, and travelling. One of Kaitlyn’s biggest achievements was during senior year of high school, in which her and a friend created a start-up company that sold scrunchies to raise money for charity. They were able to donate to over 10 different organizations and help support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaitlyn’s favourite musical artists are Taylor Swift, Luke Combs, and Tyler Childers, and her favourite festival food is mini doughnuts.
Gabriel Melendez graduated from SAIT in 2021 with a diploma in Graphic Communications. His hobbies include mixing and producing electronic music on his SoundCloud account. One of his biggest achievements is graduating from SAIT, where he learned and refined skills and values that would have otherwise gone untapped. Gabriel’s favourite musical artists include Seven Lions and John Mayer, and his favourite festival food is turkey legs and mini doughnuts.
(Volunteer Coordinator, 2021)
Tyjana is currently working as an Organizer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, supporting unionizing and worker’s rights advocacy and education through outreach and events. She is also co-founder of Black Eco Bloom Sustainable Development Organization that focuses on bringing diversity into the environmental sector and building resilience in Black communities.
“Being an intern for GlobalFest was a really important experience for me because it helped find my passion for community development and outreach.”
(Administration & Programming Coordinator, 2020)
Kendall is the Coordinator of Development and Communication at Junior Achievement Southern Alberta – a youth education organization focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness skills.
“I had a great experience working at GlobalFest and planning their annual golf tournament. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity for more hands-on experience in event planning and coordination.”
(Volunteer Coordinator, 2020)
Emily is currently a Game Night Assistant for Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, working for the premium and group sales department to prepare, host, and manage corporate experiences during Calgary Flames games. She also works with Calgary Flames alumni to enhance these experiences and carry out suite visits. Emily is pursuing an MBA/MS in Sports and Entertainment Management at the University of South Florida this fall.
“Through working in the supportive environment of GlobalFest, I gained applicable skills of flexibility, creative problem solving, and event management that have helped me considerably as I began my professional career.”
(Administrative Coordinator, 2018)
Colton is a Transformation Strategy Consultant, working with clients across Canada in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, power and utilities, non-profits, and healthcare. His daily tasks are incredibly variable – one week he is conducting in-depth research on how organizations in a variety of sectors redefine their data and analytics strategy, the next Colton is tasked with designing a framework for a client to prioritize their strategic initiatives. It’s a fast paced career that’s constantly evolving.
“Working with GlobalFest set me up for my career in ways I didn’t expect. In the non-profit space must constantly adapt to new challenges on tight deadlines with a lean team – which is exactly what I do in my career now. I would never discount the experience I received working for GlobalFest as I constantly leverage the transferable skills I received during my internship experience in my current role.”
(Marketing Coordinator, 2013)
Chris is currently working at a marketing agency called Thrive Digital in Vancouver as a Performance Strategist. He leads a team of three performance marketers and analysts to help clients across many different industries scale revenue and ROI through data driven marketing strategies.
“I was the Marketing and Communications Coordinator in 2013 and couldn’t have asked for a better first internship opportunity. I learned so much in those 4 months and gained relationships that last for years.
(Volunteer Coordinator, 2013)
Annelise recently changed roles to the Senior Manager, Community Initiatives & Partnerships at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, currently leading the corporate and retail Children’s Miracle Network portfolio within the Canadian market. Previously she worked at the Calgary Flames Foundation, developing the charitable arms of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp, working on fundraising initiatives to signature events and overseeing the creation of amateur sports programming throughout southern Alberta.
“It was an unforgettable summer work experience. Being the volunteer coordinator gave me exposure to every angle of the event and set me up with a skill set I never knew I needed. I was pushed far beyond my comfort zone in the best way possible giving me the opportunity to lead an enormous workforce on a daily basis. Truly an exceptional experience that left me with lifelong friendships!”