Trip to X-Culture Symposium

Last April, 5th year student Katrina Khodzinska was selected to take part in the X-Culture Symposium in Calgary. The event took place in July and in the article below, Katrina tells us a bit about her experience in Canada.

Four months ago, I was lucky to be chosen to participate in the X-Culture Symposium. Out of 1,200 applicants, only 150 students were invited to attend the event, that took place in the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in July.

Before arriving in Calgary I got to work with my global virtual team for about a month. I was placed into a team of 6 students from different parts of the world and we worked on a business plan for YYC Calgary Airport. Our objective was to develop a five year business proposal for YYC airport, strengthen its contribution to the local economy and increase its financial performance so it can continue to make capital improvements.

In July I then flew out to Calgary to meet my team members and experience what the city had to offer. The week was packed with lots of activities such as professional development and lectures.

The most exciting thing that I got to work with was three organizations in Calgary – Lake Louise Ski Resort, Calgary Airport Authority and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. These companies presented their business challenges and on the final day we got to present our solutions to them in a case of competition. The companies were wonderful to work with, we got tours and worked with the executives. It was an amazing experience.

When it came to the city of Calgary and its surroundings, we got to go to the Rockies on chairlifts, we even saw two grizzly bears with cubs. Calgary Municipal Land Corporation gave us a tour around the East Village and the Convention Centre even opened up to us and gave a presentation.

It was such a welcoming experience. Not only did I make many friendships but I also met potential business partners from around the world. The symposium wrapped up with a fantastic gala at the Petroleum Club and unfortunately, the next day everybody had to depart for home.

Words can’t describe what an amazing experience I had. I would like to say a huge thank you to The Institute of Education, who were very supportive and provided me with knowledge of a very high standard that allowed me to compete with university students.