Canadians Travel to United States for Program on Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs

Young Canadian entrepreneurs will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from April 25 to May 13 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). They will have the opportunity to learn about current entrepreneurial projects and developments in the United States, while interacting with diverse and dynamic business communities to initiate networking possibilities. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

This visit will enable participants to access tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of their businesses’ development and growth. Participants will create cross-border connections to gain experience, exposure, and an exchange of best business practices. Participants will learn about the role of the U.S. government in entrepreneurship and small business development, as well as international programs that support linkages among entrepreneurs.

Participants in this program are:

  • Mokhtar Aljane, Economic Advisor, Québec City (Québec City)
  • Borjan Babic, Chief Business Development Officer and System Administrator, Berrydale Computer Services Ltd. (Winnipeg)
  • Vinay Iyer, Business Developer, The Campfire Union and CEO DOSA.WORK (Winnipeg)
  • Noah Redler, Campus Director, Notman House (Montreal)
  • Ray Walia, CEO of Launch Academy and Managing Partner of Victory Square Ventures (Vancouver)

The IVLP enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field to observe U.S. institutions, practices, and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest. Founded in 1940, the IVLP has given hundreds of thousands of emerging leaders — including hundreds of Canadians — the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level. For more information, visit

Participants are available for interviews before and after the program upon request.