The Cansbridge Fellowship to Host Building Bridges Conference, Announces Launch of Fellow-Directed Venture Investment Vehicle and Initial Investments


The Cansbridge Fellowship, an organization providing resources to high-impact undergraduate university students in Canada, announced today that it will be co-hosting the Building Bridges Conference in Vancouver with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a not-for-profit organization focused on strengthening Canadas relations with Asia.

This event will take place Oct. 12-13, 2018, at the SFU Segal Building in Vancouver, Canada. The Building Bridges Conference will be the first of its kind, offering a cross-cultural management case study competition to 75 hand-picked Canadian post-secondary students. Throughout the day-long competition, students will have access to mentors and present their ideas to 160 delegates and four judges. Delegates will include business leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials, and thought leaders from all over Canada.

Ross Kelley, Executive Director of the Cansbridge Fellowship, stated, We are thrilled to be partnering with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in hosting the conference. During this unique event students will explore and offer solutions to real current problems faced by real companies in Asia. Winning teams will have their proposals sent directly to the companies in question whereby their ideas may be implemented.

With the very real and present shifts we are seeing in the global economy, a trend that is only gaining momentum, future opportunities for Canadian youth will lie in the Asia Pacific, said Stewart Beck, President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. The Cansbridge Fellowship, and particularly this first Building Bridges conference in Vancouver, will highlight those opportunities for Canadas leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

Vivek Chachcha, chief event organizer, stated, We are delighted by the response of the students and are grateful for the sponsorships from NEXT Canada, VanEdge Capital, Noah Holdings, AxiomZen, Kensington Capital Partners and the Western Economic Diversification of Canada.

Cansbridge Fellows Launch Cansbridge Ventures I

The Cansbridge Fellowship also announced that its Fellows have launched a self-directed venture investment vehicle called Cansbridge Ventures I, which has made investments in the following two entities:


ESO Fund III, a San Francisco Bay Area-based venture capital fund that offers liquidity to existing and departing employees of venture backed companies ( and;


Reside Real Estate, a San Francisco Bay Area-based, venture-backed real estate brokerage firm that partners with the worlds best agents ( Reside is founded by Guy Gal, a Canadian-born serial entrepreneur.

Christopher Brooks, Chair of The Cansbridge Fellowships Investment Organizing Committee, stated, We are excited to provide our Fellows with the opportunity to manage and oversee this newly launched investment vehicle. They will be responsible for conducting due diligence on all potential investments and, in a supportive environment, get a first-hand learning experience in what it takes to successfully manage money and investments.

About The Cansbridge Fellowship:

Cansbridge Fellowship is an organization that provides extraordinary experiences and resources to its network of high-impact, leadership and results-oriented students and recent-grads. It aims to create a community of young Canadian professionals who share a love for adventure and entrepreneurship who will become the leaders of tomorrow. In its eight years of operation, the program has over 100 Fellows from across Canada taking on accelerated challenging careers all over the world. The Fellowship is 100% administered and run by its alumni. For more information, please visit

Brandon Bedford
Head of Partnerships
Cansbridge Fellowship
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