In partnership with the fantastic team at Palais des congrès de Montréal (the city’s conference centre), we’re proud to announce that we’ve been chosen as the host city for a major summit. In 2024, Montréal will be the backdrop for the One Young World Summit, a global forum that brings together thousands of young leaders.
One Young World exists to identify, connect, and promote young leaders, giving them a global platform. Their annual meeting convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as Kumi Naidoo, Rosario Dawson, Paul Polman, and Akon, among many other global figures.
We’re thrilled to be one of a handful of global cities selected to hold the event!
Who attends the Summit?
One Young World identifies impactful young leaders from every country in the world. Many One Young World delegates are top performing professionals, sent to attend the Summit by forward thinking managers who see the need for talent development. Young folks who are interested in attending can even nominate themselves as an independent delegate or attend with a scholarship. Scholarships provide the opportunity for exceptional young people to attend on the merit of their proven leadership and ability to create change in their home country.
Back it up! How did Montréal secure such an event?
First of all, it’s important to know what One Young World looks for in a host city. Here’s text about host cities from the One Young World website:
“One Young World Host Cities are culturally vibrant, youthful in spirit, and forward-thinking cities that are already involved with or are looking to invest in sustainable initiatives that empower young people. We select Host Cities through a competitive bid process that analyses a wide range of qualities and capabilities.”
Back in 2019, Montréal entered a bid to host the One Young World Summit. At a preliminary meeting, the bid was shortlisted by a committee of 42 young leaders and youth representatives. Montréal was on the list along with San José, Belfast, São Paulo, Kigali, Dubai, and Monterrey (Mexico). That’s when Montréal mounted our best charm offensive and managed to “wow” the representatives of the London-based organization when they visited the city (pre-Covid.)
In the end, Montréal won the bid! After a tough year for hospitality and events industries, this has been a welcomed win. Our congratulations to all the cities that were shortlisted — a special “hat tip” to Belfast, the city that won the bid to host the 2023 edition. And a massive round of applause for the many people and organizations in Montréal that help make the city shine!
Organization: One Young World
Event: One Young World Summit 2024