THE HON. NAVDEEP BAINS

THE HON. NAVDEEP BAINS, MINISTER OF INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas with Minister Navdeep Bains for an intimate Q&A on the importance of empowering young leaders and innovators to address the economic challenges ahead.

“To address the economic challenges ahead we must create an ambitious innovation agenda, and this requires investing in youth leaders and entrepreneurs with bright ideas that will continue to transform our nation,” says Hon Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Today’s youth will determine Canada’s long-term success.”

BRIAN GALLANT

NEW BRUNSWICK PREMIER BRIAN GALLANT

As Canada’s youngest premier, Brian Gallant stands as an example of what youth in Canada can achieve. Gallant will share perspectives on creating opportunities for youth in the innovation economy from coast to coast.

ONTARIO PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE

ONTARIO PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE

Premier Wynne will share lessons from Ontario’s youth strategy and discuss why it is important to prioritize youth in the economy at the national level.

TRACY MACCHARLES

THE HON. TRACY MACCHARLES, MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES, ONTARIO

Minister MacCharles will share lessons from Ontario’s strategy for youth and discuss why it is important for this strategic work to take place at a national level.

“Listening to the voices of youth and embedding their ideas into our policies is a priority for the Ontario government. We’re excited Toronto is hosting this gathering of young leaders to do the same thing at a national level. Our young people are our greatest resource and their ideas and energy have the potential to drive Canada to even greater heights in the future,” says Tracy MacCharles, Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services.

Reza Mordi

THE HON. REZA MORIDI, MINISTER OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, ONTARIO

Unconferences

In this session Engineers Without Borders will introduce you to Systems Change Leadership (SCL), a model our members leverage to tackle complex social problems. We will share with you the competencies and action-learning framework we use to invest in leaders and their ability to create a thriving and sustainable world.
MakerSpace Brampton is a unique partnership between Sheridan College, Brampton Library and the City of Brampton to grow Brampton’s creative economy by giving visitors an opportunity to get hands-on with cool tech and expert guidance during free programs and events at library branches across the City.
This presentation will explore leadership as a healing tool for Indigenous youth across Canada. We will discuss approaches to engaging their voices in meaningful ways and share our Idea Book that includes important perspectives on Canada’s past, present and future by First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth from 30 communities.
Forty one percent of people living in Newfoundland and Labrador remains in rural communities. This session will provide an in depth report on the province’s small yet vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurship, as well as to present a case study on how innovation is fostered in remote areas.
Youth innovation is all about disrupting the status quo – trying different approaches to solving issues facing our communities, often with unexpected collaborators. Given the distinct processes for every innovation journey, what could impact measurement look like in these contexts?
The Government of Canada is looking for ideas and feedback to develop a new plan for a more open and accessible government. This is the question: what might such a system look like – that both promotes civic engagement and ensures that government is prepared to respond to it?
CityStudio is an experimentation and innovation hub for the City of Vancouver and Vancouver’s 6 public post secondaries. Students co-create, design and launch real projects on the ground to gain skills and practical experience that employers are now requiring of graduates, while at the same time making Vancouver more sustainable, healthy and engaged.
Canada will not achieve its full innovation potential without diverse voices at the table. Youth, women, Indigenous Canadians and others have been virtually absent from previous innovation strategies. Actua is advocating for diversity to be at the centre of the new innovation agenda. Actua will share our experience engaging diverse audiences in STEM over the past two decades and engage the audience to consider the real implications of such a shift in agenda-setting.
Improving literacy is one of the most effective measures to create positive change across all socio-economic groups. Frontier College’s programs empower youth to become community literacy leaders through mobilization and innovative social development. Particularly, we foster cooperation between the North and South to promote literacy in remote areas of the country.
Let’s go on a tour. It’s 2030 and Atlantic Canada has become the most attractive place in the world to live and work. It’s the best place to turn an idea into reality, all generations have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully, and we’ve built a successful economy based on 3 basic pillars – people, planet and profit. How did we get there?
Public leaders of the future will be called upon to respond to ever-more complex and systemic global challenges in ways that are creative and connected. Will youth from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds be equally represented in these ranks? How to get youth involved in the civic life? What can we learn from academic findings and field best practices?
Dene Nahjo’s new program aims to advance cultural resurgence in northern Indigenous youth. The Northern Indigenous Leadership Program is designed to challenge colonial notions of leadership, governance, politics, community and identity amongst youth from across the North, and enable emerging leaders to put those values into practice.
If you’re reading this, you’re relatively engaged. Apathy is Boring is launching a campaign focused on the role engaged young Canadians can play in supporting our disengaged peers in civic involvement.

We want to have a conversation with you that redefines our expectations for Canada in 2017.

Leaders with non-linear careers are best positioned to tackle the world’s greatest problems. Paddle’s research found that people who switch sectors, functions, and industries throughout their careers become more adaptable, collaborative and innovative. Paddle is building digital tools that quickly identify, develop and enable high-potential young people for impactful careers.
What does youth leadership look like in cities and communities across Canada? Drawing from its annual intake of 4,000 high school and CEGEP student applications, representatives of the Loran Scholars Foundation will share insights on enduring patterns and emerging trends in community service and leadership activities. They will also discuss enrichment programs that develop concrete skill sets in young leaders from all over Canada.