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The Team


Program Organizers

 Robin Arens & Tobias Reuter


Robin and Tobias organized the YTL tour in 2019 to Canada and our virtual tour in 2020. Together they founded the Canada Department of the Young Transatlantic Initiative in 2015.

In 2018, they organized the YTI's study trip to Canada, with the destinations Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec.


Since founding the YTI's Canada Department, Robin has been active in promoting German-Canadian relationships on various levels.

Tobias spent one semester at Vancouver Island University in Nainamo, BC during his Bachelor studies. Since his return to Germany, he has been actively working in the transatlantic environment.

Since November 2020 both serve in the boards of the DKG (German Canadian Association). Robin is responsible for YTL in DKGs board.

Supporting Team

 Hannes Weiland & Sina Burghardt


Hannes is a dual German-Canadian citizen and spent almost ten years studying and working in Nova Scotia, Canada. After his return to Munich, Germany he founded CANEU a consultancy specialised in German-Canadian business relations. Currently he is CEO of Pedilay Care GmbH, a medical startup based in Munich. Besides his professional ties, he is a board member of the German-Canadian Association since 2016 and is also a member of Canada Meets Germany Network e.V. Hannes was President of the Nova Scotia German Canadian Association from 2012-2014. He is an alumni member of the World Wildlife Fund Ocean Advisory Committee in Halifax, Awesome Foundation of Halifax and FUSION Halifax young leaders’ organization.

Sina’s first transatlantic exchange was the DKG’s work and travel program in 2013. Ever since then, she has been actively working for the German-Canadian Association as ambassador for their programs. She is part of the communications team and responsible for Social Media. This also reflects her commitment for YTL.

Christina Arend



Having family ties to Ontario, Christina has traveled to Canada from early on.
Her strong connection with the country led her to the Canada Meets Germany - A Forum for Young Leaders (CMG) program, in which she took part in 2007/2008. The Canada Meets Germany ledership program has served as model for the Young Transatlantic Leadership Initiative. Christina is a founding and board member (treasurer) of the Canada Meets Germany Network e. V., originally founded as an alumni association for former participants of the CMG program, but now open to everybody interested in the German-Canadian exchange.

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