The Young Transatlantic Leadership program (YTL) is a truly transatlantic immersive leadership exchange format between Canada and Germany. While aimed at building a sustainable network of (young) leaders, the program’s core element consists of immersive study trips to Germany and Canada on annually rotating basis.
The vision of the Young Transatlantic Leadership Initiative is to discover and bring together the next generation of young leaders who share a similar interest, enthusiasm and commitment for the transatlantic relationship.
The Young Transatlantic Leadership program is led by the German-based association German-Canadian Association e.V. (Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft DKG). The program is supported by the Canada Meets Germany Network e.V.
The German-Canadian Association (DKG) is a non-profit organization founded in 1951, which aims to advance the economic, cultural and social links between Germany and Canada. Since 1965, the DKG organizes a work & travel program for German students travelling to Canada. Since 2012, the association offers professional internships for German students in Canada. Over the course of the two programs’ existence, more than 3,400 students have visited Canada, making the DKG a valuable and experienced cooperation partner for YTL.
The Canada Meets Germany Network e. V., formerly Canada Meets Germany Alumni Forum e.V., was founded in 2009 as an alumni association for (former) participants of the ‘Canada Meets Germany – A Forum for Young Leaders’ (CMG) program. Today, membership in the CMG Network association is not limited to alumni of the former program, but it is open to everybody interested in the German-Canadian exchange.