GlobalNL Launch

Global NL Launches Platform to Connect Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Living and Working Around the World

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  Global NL, officially launching today, was founded to strengthen the global community of Newfoundland and Labrador expatriates on a common digital platform, This dedicated online community will be supported and strengthened by local chapters, led by expatriate volunteers and friends of the province, living and working anywhere around the world.

Founding members Greg Smyth and Kingsley Gifford shared their motivations and aspirations for GlobalNL, a chance to meet those from home, form friendships, make business connections and join together to share the best of Newfoundland and Labrador abroad.

Smyth said “During my recent career transition from the Oil & Gas industry to the technology sector, Newfoundlanders living in the Silicon Valley offered their time, advice and personal connections to help me.  My hope is to pay this generosity forward and inspire others who are considering entrepreneurship or non-traditional industries.”

Gifford added “Anywhere in the world you go if there are two Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in a room it’s guaranteed they’ll find each other. Global NL is accelerating those connections and our ability to support each other - I’m excited by what we’ve accomplished thus far and know that through 2018 we’ll connect thousands in communities, towns and cities around the world.”

Membership in the volunteer-managed organization comes at no cost and is open to all those with an affinity towards the province; current members come from a variety of backgrounds and live all over the world. The founding team and members are all volunteers; this is an entirely independent entity not affiliated with any employer or educational institution and welcomes diverse members from any academic institution.

About Global NL: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have always travelled far and wide, and from Boston to Berlin to Budapest there isn't a place you won't find one of us. Despite how far we go and how long we might be be away, we always stay connected to one another and to our home province. GlobalNL is making those connections easier in today's fast paced world through the establishment of a dedicated online community.

Join us and share the spirit of this province, wherever you are.

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Karen Moores