Jun 19, 2024

Youth delegates from across Canada gather in front of the Parliament Building in Ottawa during Pinoys on Parliament's first conference in 2019.

Pinoys on Parliament will be holding its fifth youth leadership conference in person, following two years of virtual conferences due to the pandemic.

This year’s conference for Canadian Filipino youth aged 16 to 28 will be held from February 24 to 26th in Ottawa, Ontario.

The 2023 theme of Balikbayan promises to cultivate community and provide connections back to the Philippine homeland. Invited speakers and panelists will be Canadian Filipino leaders in the fields of STEM, politics, online content creation, sports, community organizing and others.

Among the events is a community symposium with Canadian Filipino vendors across Canada showcasing services and goods to the conference delegates. The conference will also feature a formal gala night sponsored by the Philippine Embassy in Canada.

Pinoys on Parliament was founded in 2018, holding its first conference in 2019. Past keynote speakers include first Canadian Filipino MP Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, first Canadian Filipina MP Rechie Valdez and Dr. Gigi Ostler who was appointed to the Canadian Senate in September 2022.

In 2021, founders of Pinoys on Parliament created Kabangka, a not-for-profit organization that aims to create space for young Filipino/a/x-Canadians and support them to network, grow, learn new skills, and build their abilities to inspire and empower both themselves and their communities. Kabangka is part of Pinoys on Parliament’s goal to create opportunities for Filipino/a/x-Canadian youth to realize their potential as future leaders and change-makers of Canada.

Registration to the conference is free but space is limited to 200 participants. For more information on registration, email Pinoys on Parliament at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rachel Ramos-Reid started writing for magazines and newspapers when she was still a junior at the University of the Philippines’ Communication degree program majoring in Journalism. She continued to write in a public relations/corporate communications capacity in various private and government offices until moving out of the country in 1997 to work as Programme Officer for the arts and culture branch of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO-SPAFA) in Bangkok, Thailand. At the end of her term, Rachel found herself immigrating to Canada in the year 2000 and again searching for new beginnings. Currently she is the Executive Assistant to a small rural college on Vancouver Island.

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