OTTAWA, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Janet Longmore, Founder and CEO of Ottawa-headquartered international youth organization Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), has been selected to attend the 2019 World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland.

Longmore will contribute expertise on empowering youth and young women as responsible leaders of change and ambassadors of digital literacy, as well as her extensive experience engaging corporations to collaboratively impact communities.

“I am looking forward to attending WEF at Davos to promote the meaningful engagement of youth in our future economy,” Longmore shares. “I am a passionate believer in the power and potential of young people as catalysts for positive global change; it is critical to engage young people in shaping and leading inclusive growth and development.”

Longmore will be participating at the invitation of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, which provides a platform for social entrepreneurs to influence global dialogue and create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The annual WEF meeting in Davos is attended by the world’s business and political leaders and contributes to the shaping of global, regional, and industry agendas. It will be held from January 22-25, 2019.

Digital Opportunity Trust (http://dotrust.org), works with youth, the private sector, governments, and community-based organizations in 25 countries towards a collaborative vision of communities around the world shaped by daring social innovators. Under Longmore's leadership, DOT has developed a global network of thousands of young leaders who are creating opportunities and transforming their own communities.

Longmore has been decorated with a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her strong example of social innovation and leadership that brings considerable honour to Canada.

This will be Longmore’s third time attending the WEF Davos meetings. She sits on the steering committee for the WEF Internet for All initiative, through which she shares insights on how youth can drive social and economic change in emerging economies.

Janet Longmore is available to media for comment and analysis from Davos.

For further information and interviews: Anne Patterson, apatterson@dotrust.org, +1-613-867-1466

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