Youth Leaders of Tomorrow

Since GlobalFest’s humble beginnings in 2003, it has grown significantly to become one of Calgary’s largest summer festivals. In 2005, First Calgary Financial became, and continues to be, an integral part of GlobalFest’s success through their sponsorship of the Youth Leaders of Tomorrow (YLOT) program.

Affectionately known as the Y-LOTs, the students come from various backgrounds and education to help make GlobalFest a success.  They 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 YLOT program allows these young professionals access to an environment in which 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. Without the support of First Calgary Financial, the YLOT mentorship program would not be possible.

Meet the 2014 YLOTs!


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Anastasia (Anna) is a 4th year Economics student at the University of Victoria. She is specializing in economic development and finance to pursue a career in international development. She has a passion for traveling and experiencing different cultures.  Anna has recently returned from a semester abroad in Exeter, England, and is excited to move to Calgary, to be challenged in this position of Executive Assistant and Administrative Coordinator, and to be immersed in a new environment once again.

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Your friendly neighbourhood Alan Lam is back again; returning to GlobalFest for his 8th year (volunteer for 7, Volunteer Coordinator for the first time!). Although he’s a 4th year Combined Major in Science student at University of British Columbia, he was born and raised in Calgary, and always seems to find his way home to his beloved grandmother (and, of course, his parents). He’s grateful and excited to become a YLOT this summer and would like to thank GlobalFest for giving him this opportunity. Although he knows he is no superhero, it does not deter him in trying his best to do all that he can do.

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Gaëlle Madevon is a 4th year Commerce student at the Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria). Born in France and raised in the Okanagan, she is excited to explore Calgary's wonders for the summer. Her passion for multiculturalism and marketing drove her to apply for the position. Gaëlle wishes to thank GlobalFest and First Calgary Financial for the opportunity.

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John Pham - Partnership Coordinator


John has been involved with GlobalFest for the past three summers. A graduate from SAIT Polytechnic with a diploma in Hospitality Management, he is now a University of Calgary student, studying commerce at Haskayne School of Business. As a 3rd year YLOT, with a hospitality and tourism background, he is excited, once again, for the opportunity to take on a leadership role and any challenges that will arise this summer in his role as the Corporate Partnerships Coordinator.


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Allison has spent the last 9 months travelling and studying abroad with the University of Victoria’s Master of Global Business program.  Allison was born and raised in the Vancouver area and worked as a tax consultant before joining the MGB in search of a new challenge and a new career direction.  While spending most of her free time with her family, she also loves going to the theatre and concerts, reading and watching movies. She is excited to join GlobalFest and learn about the not-for-profit environment and Calgary’s diversity.


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Tricia is a 4th year Recreation and Health Education coop student from the University of Victoria. Born in Canada and raised in Malaysia, Texas, and Singapore, Tricia has gained a strong appreciation for different cultures and multiculturalism. Her passion for community development had lead her to pursue event management and work for GlobalFest. GlobalFest has provided Tricia with the opportunity to work on both the Urban Arts Programs, and the Human Rights Forum, two important pillars of GlobalFest that focus on connecting people and building a positive community within Calgary. Since her time in Calgary has began, Tricia has enjoyed exploring the Rocky Mountains and enjoying all that Calgary has to offer.

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