Vancouver Youth Model United Nations was founded in 2005 with the goal of introducing younger delegates (grades 7-10) to the world of Model UN. VYMUN strives to provide students with an educational experience that allows them to explore global issues in a learning-based environment. Over the course of the weekend, delegates develop diplomacy, public speaking, and negotiation skills, all the while grasping a more thorough understanding of international relations and world affairs.
Whistler Village, which is a 15 minute walk from Fairmont Chateau, contains more than eighty restaurants such as Alta Bistro, 21 Steps, Aura, Mongolie Grill and Earls. There are also eight unique restaurants that's in the hotel. With so many options, it's hard not to find a restaurant that can fit your taste.
Aside from restaurants, there are also numerous stores nestled in Whistler Village. This includes stores such as Aritzia, Roots, Lululemon, Patagonia and dozens more.
The keynote speaker for Vancouver Youth Model United Nations 2019 is Ms. Suraiya Khan. Ms. Khan is an entrepreneur, university lecturer, data science specialist, and co-founder of OrpheusKey, a data processing and analytics company based out of Victoria, BC.
Along with outsourcing her Artificial Intelligence and analytics services to governments on the provincial level, she is also currently completing her Ph.D. She studied electrical and computer engineering at the University of Victoria, and now teaches computer science and electrical engineering students. Not only is she a teacher at the university level, but she offers middle school students an education in entrepreneurship. In 2017, Ms. Khan participated heavily in the Canada Learning Code Initiative by teaching Data Science in Nanaimo to audiences made up of young children, as well as their parents and grandparents.
Along with her other work, Ms. Khan mentors youth transitioning from high school to university by providing career counselling. When discussing the communities she works with, she says that “[F]rom Students to CEO[s]... I just see all of them as human beings with their own powerful thinking and minds.” Ms. Khan’s experience in the data processing and analytics industry makes her a perfect match with the conference’s theme of the “Rise of Technology.”
We are extremely honoured and privileged to welcome Ms. Suraiya Khan to VYMUN 2019.