The World Economic Forum is committed to improving the state of the world. How do they do that? They engage with business, political, academic and, well, any kind of leader to "shape global, regional and industry agendas". For 2012, they have named one of our own - George Stroumboulopoulos - as a Young Global Leader.
There were several thousand candidates, and George has been chosen as one of three Canadians, along with Kaliya Hamlin and Tim Wu. Among others, American singer John Legend (who founded The Show Me Campaign) was also selected by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan recognising the outstanding professional accomplishments and commitment to society.
Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President of English Services for CBC said "I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to George on being selected as a Young Global Leader. George continues to inspire, educate and entertain Canadians on a daily basis, and we're thrilled that he's been recognized by the World Economic Forum with this global honour."
George is on the board of Artists for Peace and Justice Canada (founded by Paul Haggis), and recently travelled to Haiti to report on their work after the devastating earthquake. You can watch the special episode at strombo.com. Last year, George also travelled to Pakistan to visit the areas badly affected by horrendous floods in his role as Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme.
George's new role will take him to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in April where the 2012 honourees will become part of the broader Forum of Young Global Leaders community that currently comprises 713 outstanding individuals.
You can see George, who also received the Swarovski Humanitarian Award at last year's Playback Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame Gala, present tomorrow night's Genie Awards right here on CBC Live at 7pm (ET - March 8) with Andrea Martin.