Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA)

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA)

Canon ( organizes workshop encouraging interns to take the helm in 'MD for a Day' activity; Key intern recommendations include elevating open communication, fostering work-life balance, and encouraging role modelling. 

Canon Middle East and Canon Central and North Africa have recently conducted an internship workshop, giving students and fresh graduates in the UAE HQ a platform to share their perspectives on youth skilling and organizational development. 

The goal was to foster stronger connections within Canon’s internship community and enhance the overall workplace experience for interns.

As part of the workshop, Canon provided students an opportunity to take the helm in an ‘MD for a Day' activity, which saw interns stepping into the shoes of leaders and offering recommendations to enrich their internship experiences. These recommendations include elevating open communication, fostering work-life balance, encouraging role modelling, and infusing enjoyable activities into lunch breaks. 

Commenting on the outcomes of the workshop, Venkatasubramanian (Subbu) Hariharan, Managing Director of Canon Middle East&Turkey, stated: “The insights and recommendations interns shared have the potential to create a more inclusive and empowering atmosphere during their internships. They emphasized the importance of informal sessions that encourage open dialogue and idea-sharing among themselves. They believe that brainstorming fosters innovation and a sense of collaboration within organizations.”

Sharing his perspective, Somesh Adukia, Managing Director – Canon Central and North Africa said: “Canon takes these recommendations to heart and is working to enhance the overall intern experience. We firmly believe that these ideas will create a more positive and engaging work environment, equipping interns with the skills and readiness they need to thrive in the professional world ahead of them.”

Interns emphasized the significance of mental health support and a proper work-life balance. Their suggestions include the establishment of designated break times and a strong encouragement for individuals to completely disconnect from work during these intervals. The young talents highly prized the transformative impact of maintaining equilibrium between their professional and personal lives, recognizing it as a catalyst for enhanced wellbeing and productivity.

To that end, interns proposed the establishment of a physical library to encourage a healthy detachment from social media and the internet. This initiative would provide a diverse range of learning options, tailored to cater to the unique preferences of each intern.

In addition, collaboration stood out as a central theme in their recommendations. Interns called for a workplace culture where they can take a more proactive stance and seize opportunities to lead. This approach not only bolsters teamwork but also ignites creativity and inspires mutual support, creating a dynamic and cooperative atmosphere among interns in the workplace.

The internship workshop demonstrates Canon's commitment to empowering youth and bridging the gap between education and the business world. It is a significant step towards creating a positive and engaging internship environment that benefits both the organization and its future leaders.

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About Canon Central and North Africa:
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) ( is a division within Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The formation of CCNA in 2016 was a strategic step that aimed to enhance Canon’s business within the Africa region - by strengthening Canon’s in-country presence and focus. CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to operating closer to its customers and meeting their demands in the rapidly evolving African market.

Canon has been represented in the African continent for more than 15 years through distributors and partners that have successfully built a solid customer base in the region. CCNA ensures the provision of high quality, technologically advanced products that meet the requirements of Africa’s rapidly evolving marketplace. With over 100 employees, CCNA manages sales and marketing activities across 44 countries in Africa.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’. CCNA pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and supporting customers to reduce theirs using Canon’s products, solutions and services. At Canon, we are pioneers, constantly redefining the world of imaging for the greater good. Through our technology and our spirit of innovation, we push the bounds of what is possible – helping us to see our world in ways we never have before. We help bring creativity to life, one image at a time. Because when we can see our world, we can transform it for the better.

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