Media Advisory: Summit focuses on economic strategies for underserved communities


TORONTO, January 25, 2017 – Creating strategies and opportunities for Canada’s disadvantaged and underserved communities, including youth, is the goal of a summit at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School this Thursday and Friday.

The Creating Opportunities Summit 2017 will explore strategies and initiatives to remove barriers to inclusion.

What: Creating Opportunities Summit 2017

Who: Twenty five thought leaders, including keynotes by J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

When: Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27

Where: Osgoode Hall Law School, Room 1014 Helliwell Centre for Dispute Resolution, Ignat Kaneff Building, Keele campus, York University. See number 22 on the map.

Seven panels and breakout discussions will look at topics, such as, Lack of Opportunities; Starting a Business/Financial Literacy; Transportation and Transit; Pro Bono Business Law; and Youth Employment.

For the complete Agenda, visit the Creating Opportunities Summit website.

In above video, co-organizers Jamil Jivani, a visiting professor at Osgoode and founder of the Citizen Empowerment Project, and Michael Thorburn, a third-year Osgoode JD student and managing editor of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, discuss the importance of addressing youth issues:

The Summit is sponsored by Osgoode Hall Law School, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, York University’s Canada @150 Fund, Uber, Duke Heights BIA, and the Citizen Empowerment Project.


York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media Contact: Virginia Corner, communications manager, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 416-736-5820,