Speakers

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

The education and empowerment of youth are priorities that have dominated Justin Trudeau’s professional and personal life. His work with a large number of diverse organizations and levels of government keeps him travelling extensively to help ensure that Canada is prepared to meet the challenges and responsibilities its future holds.

Justin Trudeau was the keynote speaker at the 2008 Ecological Action Conference in Markham.

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Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been active in environmental and social justice work since kindergarten. In 1992, at age 12, she delivered a powerful speech, at the closing plenary session of the Rio Earth Summit, for which gained worldwide attention. Since Rio, Severn has given numerous speeches to schools and corporations, and spoken at many conferences and international meetings worldwide. Often speaking on the necessity of redefining our values, acting with the future in mind, and on listening to children, she is passionate about encouraging young people to speak out for their future.<strong>
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Severn Cullis-Suzuki was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Ecological Action Conference in Aurora.

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Cathy Nesbitt

Founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters

Cathy Nesbitt is a Worm Advocate and Founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters. Through inspirational story telling and an incredible sense of humour, Cathy has raised the level of awareness about environmental conservation. Cathy’s thought-provoking style of speaking inspires individuals to take action and do something. Over 50,000 students have seen her presentation! Cathy has spoken on vermiculture at provincial and national conferences. She has also been featured in a variety of media including print, television and radio.&lt;strong&gt;
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Cathy Nesbitt has been a workshop speaker at many YENYR conferences and was the lunch speaker at the 2009 Ecological Action Conference in Aurora.

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Cathy Nesbitt

Cathy Nesbitt

Founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters

Dave Williams

From someone who has seen earth from a unique perspective, up high in space and from underwater as well as a scuba diver, Dave Williams gives his thoughts on the importance of the effects of human habitation, the history of the human condition and our approach to planetary stewardship.

Dave Williams was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Ecological Action Conference in Markham.

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Dave Williams

Dave Williams

Geoff Green

While spending summers in the Arctic and spending Winters in the Antarctic, Geoff Green takes students from around the world to a once in a lifetime journey to the Earth’s poles. The stories from this social entrepreneur and adventurer provides youth a great understanding and respect for our planet’s global ecosystem, and the inspiration to protect it. He continues sharing his experience through his founded organization, Students On Ice.

Geoff Green was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Ecological Action Conference in Vaughan.

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Geoff Green

Geoff Green

Dr. José Etcheverry

Currently an assistant professor at York University, Dr. José Etcheverry has worked at the David Suzuki Foundation in the Alternative Energy Task Force organized by BC Premier Gordon Campbell. He also has experience working with World Council for Renewable Energy, Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance, Mexican Electricity Research Institute, and the Global Environment Facility in Washington DC. His current academic research is focused on renewable energy technology transfer, innovative training techniques, knowledge mobilization, climate change and energy policy.

Dr. José Etcheverry was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Eco Youth Forum in Markham.

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Dr. José Etcheverry

Dr. José Etcheverry

Matt Tod

With his trademark high energy level, humor and positivity, Matt Tod has an exceptional ability to connect personally with young people in his presentations and workshops. He relates his teachings to what is happening in the world today – in the media, pop culture, and at home – understanding this helps youth better retain the information and apply EI skills to their personal lives. His passion for the science of emotional intelligence has allowed him to apply these theories in his personal life with great success. This clearly translates into his work with youth and their everyday issues.

Matt Tod was the networking speaker at the 2012 Eco Youth Forum in Markham.

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Matt Tod

Matt Tod

Emily Hunter

Emily Hunter, the daughter of Robert Hunter (first president of Greenpeace) is an environmental advocacy journalist that reports from the frontlines of environmental issues and activist movements. Emily has sailed around the world on activist ships with Sea Shepherd helping to save animals and fighting against climate change with &lt;a href=&quot;http://350.org/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;350.org&lt;/a&gt;. She has worked as the eco-correspondent for MTV News Canada and the eco-blogger for THIS Magazine. Currently, Emily’s first book has been published called The Next Eco-Warriors, an insider’s look at the new wave of environmental activism.

Emily Hunter was the end note speaker at the 2012 Eco Youth Forum in Markham.

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Emily Hunter

Emily Hunter

Macy Kuang

Macy Kuang was a keynote speaker at 2014 Greenprint in Markham.

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Macy Kuang

Macy Kuang

Kunal Gupta

Kunal Gupta was a keynote speaker at 2014 Greenprint in Markham.

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Kunal Gupta

Kunal Gupta

Herbert Lui

Creative Director of Wonder Shuttle

Herbert Lui is the Creative Director of Wonder Shuttle. He has worked with clients like Ryan Leslie, Pivotal Labs, and Influitive. He is a former writer for Lifehacker and his work has appeared in Fast Company, The Globe and Mail, and The Huffington Post.

 

Herbert Lui was a keynote speaker at 2015 Impulse in Markham.

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Herbert Lui

Herbert Lui

Creative Director of Wonder Shuttle

Qiming Weng

Co-Founder of Edusight

Qiming Weng (Education, Software) is a co-founder of Edusight (ImagineK12 F14), whose vision is helping everyone in education make better decisions with data. He believes that design and technology must work together to solve hard problems. He's determined to improve K-12 education by making data collection for teachers super simple, and making insights from this data accessible to the right audience at the right time.

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Qiming Weng was a keynote speaker and judge at 2015 Impulse in Markham.

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Qiming Weng

Qiming Weng

Co-Founder of Edusight

Lily Tse

Founder / CEO of Think Dirty®

Lily is the Founder / CEO of Think Dirty®, Think Dirty is an advocacy commerce platform that educates consumers about the potential toxic ingredients in personal care products, and encourages them to vote with their money for the most socially and environmentally responsible manufacturers. Her passion is building a purpose-driven venture about consumer transparency. Prior to founding Think Dirty, Lily has been an award-winning Art Director in advertising and design for 13 years for clients including, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT, American Express, Tim Hortons, Joe Fresh, and Mercedes-Benz.

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Lily Tse was a keynote speaker and judge at 2015 Impulse in Markham.

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Lily Tse

Lily Tse

Founder / CEO of Think Dirty®

Heather Anderson

Realtor and Professional Life Coach

Heather Anderson is both a Realtor and Professional Life Coach.

In real estate, Heather has many years of experience as a RE/MAX agent, working with clients in the GTA and internationally. She and her husband are business partners, both members of RE/MAX All-Stars in Markham, ON.

A graduate from IPEC, Heather is also a Certified Professional Coach (CPC, ELI-MP). She independently runs her practice, and coaches people of all ages in life, transition, and career.

Overall, Heather is passionate about helping youth succeed in their endeavours, and thus is honoured to be a part of the judging panel. :)

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Heather Anderson was a judge at 2015 Impulse in Markham.

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Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson

Realtor and Professional Life Coach

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