February 01, 2023 - 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.