YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Adapt, Evolve, and Lead in a post-pandemic world
What to Expect
Develop your project
Discover ways you can make difference in your community. Learn best practices, tips and tricks for launching your service project.
Collaborate across Canada
Connect with like-minded youth across the country, share ideas, network, and make new friends!
Hear from insightful speakers real life stories of creating purposeful service initiatives, and find inspiration in launching your own.
THEMES OF THE DAY
Where the event will be located and how to get there.
Check out these helpful project templates
Learn to plan your project effectively with the SMART Goal framework.
Learn about the grant requirements and how to apply.
Download our P2P event Zoom backgrounds!
For the past decade, Victoria Selano has been sharing her passion, enthusiasm, and skills to elevate and support young people across Canada. A University of Toronto and Sheridan College graduate, Victoria began her career in media, joining the Award in 2008 as Communication Coordinator, developing and growing into her role as Director of Development and Marketing. In 2017 she created Passion to Purpose and over the past four+ years has worked with over 400 young people to develop the skills to grow their leadership skills and effect change in their community. She is excited to share her passions and knowledge with the future leaders of our country!
Sandra Corelli is the Founder & CEO of Humanicity Consulting Group. Over her career, she has discovered the key elements to creating a healthier, more inclusive, and innovative workplace that drives high-performance and leading engagement. This inspired her mission to create a more human work world where businesses and people can thrive. She is passionate about empowering people to be more intentional about how they work, lead and live, leading to a positive impact on themselves, their company, and their workplace culture. Sandra believes that connection is at the heart of leadership – when you are clear about your purpose, you can lead with intention, nurture inclusion, and create lasting impact. She is a keynote speaker, consultant, facilitator, mediator, and coach. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, building cultures of inclusion, confidence building and mindset coaching, emotional intelligence, well-being in the workplace through burnout prevention and collective building resilience, and strategies and programs to accelerate the advancement of women. She brings experience across industries and a multi-disciplinary focus to her work drawing on human behaviour, neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology. Sandra brings 20 years of global corporate HR industry experience as a leadership & culture strategist and consultant. Prior to founding Humanicity, she consulted with clients at a boutique firm and held various senior leadership roles within the Corporate world. Sandra has coached executives throughout her career and established a reputation for driving transformational change while building cultures that consistently achieve organizational goals and lead engagement. Sandra graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Employee Relations and Sociology. She has a Post-Graduate Certification in Positive Psychology and Well-being and is certified in the EQ-i 2.0 and resilience. Sandra is a contributor to Thrive Global. She is committed to community service and an advocate for Mental Health. She recently served a five-year term on the National Board of Directors for The Duke of Edinburgh International Award as HR Director-at-Large in support of developing leadership life skills in youth. She is a coach a Coach with Fora: Network for Change, building leadership and confidence skills in young women. Sandra is also a mentor with The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.
As Project Officer at the United Nations Association in Canada, Robert understands the importance of sharing, learning and collaborating. Moreover, he is a strong advocate of finding socially innovative solutions for the challenging issues facing our communities today. As an avid lover of nature, he aims to spend most of his free time outside enjoying the magnificent landscapes Nova Scotia has to offer.
Sophia Mirzayee’s lived experiences as a second generation Afghan-Canadian have instilled in her, a strong commitment to human rights, activism, youth empowerment, and education. She realized that she wanted to combine her passion for human rights and social justice with her love for youth engagement and education. This compelled her to pursue a Master of Arts in Education. Her thesis research, which is the first of its kind in Canada, focused on how partnerships between NGOs and schools can enrich global citizenship education. After completing her masters, Sophia began working for UNA-Canada’s Generation SDG program where she helps build youth capacity to take action on important issues in their local community. She now works as an Education and Youth Engagement Officer at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada while continuing to support the Generation SDG program and hosts UNA-Canada’s Between Two Flags (SDG Series) Podcast.
Jeff A.D. Martin is a soul-stirring, thought-provoking, highly requested transformational speaker, who has been using his platform to inspire people from around the world.
Much of Jeff’s love for people can be attributed to his years of involvement as a community advocate, a mentor and also to his 15+ years of experience in Law Enforcement. Jeff has worked as a police officer and in various investigative roles. He is a youth communication specialist, with over 1000 forensic interviews with children.
Jeff is also an author of two critically acclaimed books. A City of Toronto best-selling children’s book, “Brothers from the 6/ Sisters from the 6: Role Models in my Community”, and an Amazon best selling personal development book, “KNew Me: 10 Men, 10 Stories of Perseverance”.
Jeff is an award-winning professional speaker, a certified coach, University of Guelph certified leadership professional, Harvard University certificate recipient for public speaking, Diversity & Inclusion Trainer from Ashton College and the curator of Inspire Legacy Company Online Academy, where he teaches the art of public speaking and student character development.
With his career and life experiences, coupled with his benevolence and passion to inspire, Jeff A.D. Martin shares his gift of purpose in efforts to help others find their true potential.
Alison Springer has been working with youth for over 20 years and she loves it. Living in Calgary, she is a professional youth speaker who travels all across Canada to speak to students at schools, camps, and conferences. Alison is also the Founder of Young Women of Power an organization that inspires female greatness hosting a Conference every year for teens girls this year in October. Alison was awarded the 2019 Women of Inspiration Difference Maker Award for the impact she has on youth and especially females across Canada. She coached High School basketball for so many years, but don’t be fooled, her favourite sport is actually…volleyball.
Alison is passionate about helping students discover the greatness that lies within, while placing high value on people and self. Too often it is easier to see our weaknesses than our strengths, which affects how we treat each other. Get ready to view your weaknesses in a new light.
Please Welcome Alison Springer with her message on Leadership During Times of Change…Wait For It.
Mandi (she/they) is a queer, genderqueer, settler from British and Scottish ancestry. Currently living on the unceded lands of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation, Mandi is working with The Award to bring the program to youth that are justice involved through access, mentorship, and community building.
Their experience lies in experiential learning and community organizing through recreation and outdoor opportunities. Mandi is passionate about changing the narrative around who can access the outdoors and how representation and opportunity matter in order for people to feel included.
Fahd is a social entrepreneur turned keynote speaker who has spoken to and trained over 50,000 youth across the country on leadership, entrepreneurship, and social innovation!
It’s been Fahd’s life’s work building and empowering youth to solve big human problems.
His experience founding a camp for underprivileged children, raising more than $1.2M dollars for local charities, and creating a student entrepreneurship centre on campus at Carleton University, taught Fahd that leadership is developed from taking real action.
Working as the Entrepreneur in Residence, Fahd committed to sharing these lessons with the next generation of resilient leaders.
In this role, Fahd is responsible for introducing entrepreneurship and social innovation by working with professors to re-design courses that engage in experiential learning through entrepreneurship and social innovation.
As a youth leadership speaker, Fahd motivates students with humor, storytelling, and takeaways designed to inspire them to become change-makers in their schools, organizations, and communities.
Fahd’s passion is helping students find the leaders in themselves.
Canada Service Corps
Canada Service Corps is a federal program that is being developed by youth, for youth. The program aims to support young Canadians to get involved in their community through service opportunities, while at the same time gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work.