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Huawei program sends 20 engineering students to China 

The company’s Seeds of the Future program is now in its third year. It aims to build links between Canada and China, promote a greater understanding of career opportunities in the telecommunications sector, and to encourage participation in the international ICT community.

Students selected for the program through a competition will be given first-hand learning opportunities through interactions with Huawei personnel and officials and visit the company’s Huawei laboratories where they will witness live demonstrations of advanced communications technologies.

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The program also includes an opportunity to experience Chinese culture and will include a visit to some well-known landmarks, including the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

Feedback from students who have been through the program has been extremely positive. “This program was a life-changing experience in every way,” said Karl Tanguay-Verreault a student at Carleton University who participated in the program last year. “Not only did it open my eyes to the beauty of Chinese culture but it also gave me hands-on experience with the technologies that will power the future of ICT.”

According to Huawei, some program participants have so far experienced successes in their careers like Colin Armstrong, who has gained recognition in his field.

In high school, he created a startup that stored nearly half a million dollars worth of bitcoin from users around the world. His startup Yeplive received a $2.5MM acquisition offer.

Armstrong also attended a hackathon at MIT and won the Best Cryptocurrency award.

Jose Pereira, director of the Engineering Career Centre and the University of Toronto said the program helps students focus their career goals

“Our partners at Huawei have been fantastic. We look forward to continuing to develop these bright young minds and set them on these promising future career paths,” said Pereira.

These year’s participants are: 

Name

University

Hometown

Ann Gunaratnam

Carleton University

Ottawa, Ontario

Allison Sherwin

Carleton University

Stittsville, Ontario

Kyle Bjornson

Carleton University

Stittsville, Ontario

Sandryne David

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Sainte-Julie, Quebec

Rodolphe Brossard

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

Olivier Carpentier

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

Rana Fouad Khalil

University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

Mohammed Amin Shanti

University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

Zhi Jiang Ye

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

Alireza Nickooie

University of Toronto

Thornhill, Ontario

Dawn Chandler

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, British Columbia

Gabriel Soares

Simon Fraser University

Vancouver, British Columbia

Sumreen  Rattan

Simon Fraser University

Surrey, British Columbia

Serena Chao

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Colin Armstrong

University of Waterloo

Aurora, Ontario

Anna-Maria Nalepa

University of Waterloo

Mississauga, Ontario

Anshuman Gehlan

University of Waterloo

Brampton, Ontario

Cameron David Mulligan

University of Western Ontario

Oakville, Ontario

Riel Castro-Zunti

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Elizabeth Adams

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

In 2017 Huawei will invest $10 million directly into research projects with universities across Canada.

“We are proud to offer this opportunity to another talented group of engineering students from across the country,” said Sean Yang, president of Huawei Canada. “This award-winning program has grown in popularity and we’re happy to see that nearly half the students participating this year are women. This hands-on experience provides students with a once in a lifetime work and cultural exchange, with an opportunity to see China and its industry-leading innovation.” 

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