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Undergrads attend forum on global issues hosted by former US President Clinton

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BCom students Rosie Pidcock and Jennifer Matchett recently attended the Clinton Global Initiative University, a forum launched by former US President Bill Clinton youth to discuss solutions to pressing global issues.

Hosted at the University of California in San Diego, the Sauder students joined nearly 1200 attendees from 90 countries who pledged to make a concrete difference in five key areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health.

Pidcock and Matchett attended as representatives of the International Student Energy Summit, a forum that will be hosted at UBC this June for students from around the world to discuss the future of global energy. Not only did they get a chance to promote this project, they also attended an exclusive luncheon with Clinton, where they were able to pose questions directly to the former president.

As chair of the International Student Energy Summit, Pidcock said learning from so many global leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative University greatly inspired her and helped her overcome her commitment fatigue. As well, hearing from business leaders reaffirmed her belief that businesses have the power to affect positive change to global problems such as climate change.

“Business is probably one of the most powerful actors in our society and the role of business in collaborating with government, non-profit sector, and civil society is so critical,” she said. “I think shifting our global energy system from one that is constructed half a century ago, and one that is harmful to the environment and does not provide equal access to everyone, really requires the innovation and entrepreneurial nature of business.”