Students to learn the importance of small business: CFIB and Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship

Toronto, May 30, 2012 – Eight students from across Canada have been selected to participate in an internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship. Sponsored by Scotiabank and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), students will be given an opportunity to get hands on experience in research, analysis and reporting on various issues affecting small businesses.

“CFIB is delighted to be partnering with Scotiabank for a second year in a row,” said Catherine Swift, President and CEO of CFIB. “This program gives us the opportunity to educate the next generation of decision makers on the importance of the small business sector within our economy. Not only will the interns be able use their skills, but in the end they will have a better understanding of Canada’s job creating sector and how both good and bad government policies impacts the  lives of our members.”

The Public Policy and Entrepreneurship Internship provides a four-month placement for eight interns, one each from Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and two from Toronto. Working at the regional CFIB offices, the interns will be working on projects that have been selected for the purpose of lobbying on behalf of the small business sector including: municipal spending, property tax, self-employment and labour, Canadian Revenue Agency and apprenticeship.

“Scotiabank is pleased to once again partner with CFIB to offer internships to aspiring young professionals and Canada’s future business leaders and innovators,” said John Roberts, Vice-President of Small Business at Scotiabank. “Our mutual commitment to education is reflected in this unique opportunity for students to gain practical work experience and an advanced perspective on public policy and entrepreneurship in Canada.”

The interns come from diverse backgrounds, including undergraduate or graduate work in political science, commerce, public administration, peace & conflict studies, mass communications, law, communication politics and society, and economics. The eight interns were selected from 560 applicants. 

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and Canada's most international bank. With more than 80,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates serve some 19 million customers in more than 55 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. With assets of $660 billion (as at April 30, 2012), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.

About the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
As Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses, CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes direction from more than 109,000 members in every sector nationwide, giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all levels of government and helping to grow the economy; www.cfib-fcei.ca

For further information please contact:

Patty Stathokostas
Scotiabank Media Communications
416-866-3625
patty.stathokostas@scotiabank.com

Meghan Carrington
Communications for CFIB
416-222-8022 ext. 324
public.affairs@cfib.ca

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