Can-Mex Youth Lab

June: Inclusion & Diversity

The Embassy of Canada in Mexico and the Embassy of Mexico in Canada have joined efforts to implement the first-ever Can-Mex Youth Lab. The initiative aims to increase collaboration between Mexican and Canadian youth and allow young voices to be heard across the full range of priority topics. In addition, we hope the Lab will generate lasting bonds between all participants and with leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

A “lab” can be defined as: a place that provides opportunity for experimentation, observation, and practice in a field of study. Through this initiative, a gender-balanced group of youth from Canada and Mexico will have the chance to engage with each other and with key influencers and decision-makers in the Canada-Mexico relationship while also learning the skills of diplomacy and collaborating to identify new pathways forward.

While the selected youth will play an active role in shaping the Lab’s agenda, we have identified key themes that will be covered over the year-long program:

  • The future of Canada-Mexico bilateral relations and engagement in the region;

  • Youth challenges during COVID and the future of work and higher education;

  • Diversity, equality, inclusion and generational fairness;

  • Youth leadership in international affairs, multilateralism and negotiation; and,

  • Climate change, sustainable growth and global connectivity.