Jessica Magonet is passionate advocate for sustainable development. This summer, she traveled to the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the largest conference in the history of the UN, to encourage world leaders to commit to the protection of the polar regions. She traveled to the Earth Summit as the Policy Director of the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation. Jessica became passionate about the Arctic after traveling up North on an educational expedition with 80 students from around the world in 2010.
Jessica has previously served as the chair of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Youth Coalition, Canada’s largest youth environmental organization. As a volunteer for The Climate Project, she has spoken in schools and libraries across Montreal about the impacts of climate change on the Arctic. In high school, she organized a conference called Green v Greed for students across the province that highlighted the link between environmental issues and global poverty.
Jessica is currently studying law at McGill University, where she is the Executive Editor of the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy. Jessica dreams of writing mad environmental policy and dystopian novels.
Peter Mark Szilagyi, a native of Montréal, received his ‘Bachelor of Engineering – Civil’ from McGill University in 2005. He plied his engineering and project management skills as a project engineer in the Engineering Development Program at the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario in Toronto and Ottawa, and subsequently as a project manager and professional engineer in the field of commercial real estate development in Montréal.
For the past 11 years, Peter has successfully combined his university and professional careers with his intense determination to enrich the educational environment which had such a strong impact on his formative years as a high school and CEGEP student at Selwyn House School and Marianopolis College. Having spent 9 years as a volunteer for CRC Robotics, Peter was offered the opportunity to take the helm of this rapidly-growing competition, and has spent the past two years as the Head Coordinator. It is by far the most rewarding endeavour he has undertaken. Through his involvement, Peter has witnessed the immense impact that hands-on learning can have on youth, instilling values of teamwork and cooperation over winning to youth, and is committed to inspiring youth to discover and pursue their passion.
When he was 11, Erik Thijs (now 14) discovered over 100 golf balls in Hudson’s Pine Lake, considerably downstream from the local golf courses, where they should not have been. This discovery and the simple question “why are these here?” soon turned into a more complex environmental question: “what else should not be here?”
Since then, Erik has pursued a course of eco-lobbying, education, and public speaking and sensitization to water pollution. While his discovery was site specific, the golf ball stands in as a metaphor for any pollutants (especially those generated by non-essential recreation) in all of our waterways.
Winner of the Jeunes Leaders Vaudreuil-Soulanges competition (12-14 year-old category), and member of COBAVER-VS, Erik looks forward to working with his mentors at Radio-Canada and partners in private industry to one day not only clean, but swim in Pine Lake.
Erik attends Lower Canada College in Montreal. Besides the environment, and great food, he is crazy about long distance running.
Bernard Mariette is the President and CEO of Coalision. Founded in 1989, Coalision controls the clothing brands Orage, Lolë, Paradox – and most recently announced a merger with French underwear company Pull-in. Bernard was formerly the President of Quiksilver, a large manufacturer of boardsport-related equipment. Bernard Mariette has also worked with major British retailer Marks & Spencer, L’Oreal, as well as Timberland.
Educated at Montpellier University in France, he also holds an MBA from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. In 2007, Christine Lagarde presented him with the Medal of Merit.
During his time as President at Quiksilver, Bernard was credited with the company’s growth and success. The company’s operations in Europe rose from $40 million to $700 million over a period of 10 years. Under his leadership, the company would purchase DC Shoes, Cleveland Golf, and Skis Rossignol. Between the years 2001 and 2008 sales went from $600 million to $2.4 billion. Notwithstanding to the expansion of Coalision through the Pull-in merger, the Lolë brand has doubled in sales worldwide in the past two years alone.
Bernard’s management style combines vision with leadership and he firmly believes in doing business while doing good for the community. In 2011, Bernard created the YELLOW LABEL Program – pre-loved winter coats that were in good condition and less than five years old were donated to Lolë from the community. Lolë repaired, cleaned and sold the coats for only $20 and anyone who donated a coat also received a discount on a new Lolë coat. The goal of the initiative was to avoid unnecessary purchases and waste by recycling apparel to new owners. 100% of the proceeds from the YELLOW LABEL Program have been donated to Moisson Montréal in Quebec and the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Andréanne Morin is Olympic Silver Medalist in the Women’s 8 at the London 2012 Games. She has represented Canada in 3 Olympiads: Athens 2004 (7th), Beijing 2008 (4th) and London 2012. She has represented Canada in 3 continents, 12 countries and earned a dozen international medals at World Championships and World Cups. She says she owe a lot of her success to her amazing teammates; one legendary coxswain and 7 other superstars. She has been a proud ambassador for Canada, Quebec and female athletes.
Andréanne is native of Montréal and throughout her 12-year athletic career on the National team has successfully juggled her academic studies. She attended The Study School in Montréal before pursuing her schooling at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. In 2006, she graduated from Princeton University, NJ in Political Economy, where she was also won the 2006 NCAA rowing title in the Varsity 8. Since the London Olympics, she has resumed her Law degree at the Université de Montréal.
She has also been involved in sporting organizations. She currently sits on the Athlete’s Commission for the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). In 2011, she was appointed to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete Committee as the only North American summer athlete on the committee. As far as a career, she hopes to weaver her passion for Olympic values with her interests in law. Sport law could be a nature progression, but only time will tell!
Anita Mahajan is a Radiation Oncologist and is currently the Medical Director of the Proton Therapy Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas which is one of the largest cancer treatment centers in the world. She works with an excellent team of professionals which included over 50 other radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, therapists and nurses. She has been living in Houston for the last 10 years where she has had the opportunity to work with proton therapy and other forms of radiation to treat children with cancer and adults with brain tumors.
Anita was born in England and since then has lived in Toronto, Montreal, Saudi Arabia, Boston and Houston. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and a medical degree from McGill University. She then completed a fellowship in proton radiotherapy in Boston at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was on staff at the New England Medical Center of Tufts University before moving to Houston.
Throughout her career, Anita has continued to have a passion for treating patients successfully with minimal side effects. In her field, she has the ability to work with other professionals including surgeons and medical oncologists to make sure each patients receives the best possible care. As the medical director, Anita has had the opportunity to become more involved in administration, the business of medicine and program development.
Dr. David Ragsdale is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. Dr. Ragsdale is originally from the Chicago area. He earned his BSc degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California Irvine. He then did postgraduate research at the University of Washington in Seattle, before coming to McGill in 1996. Dr. Ragsdale’s research has focused mainly on ion channels, a family of proteins that give nerve cells in the brain their electrical properties. More recently, he has investigated topics that connect the fields of neuroscience and philosophy. In particular, he is interested in how the activity of the brain creates our sense of consciousness and conscious free will.
Ilana is an award-winning product designer with over 6 years experience, having worked in Montreal, Toronto, London (UK), and Helsinki. Her designs have been shown and sold internationally, including a chair shaped like a s’more which her grandmother insists was her finest work.
At TEDx Concordia 2011, she demonstrated her Connexions Toy — originally designed for visually impaired children to play with their sighted classmates. The toy has now been re-imagined as a tool to develop empathy and creative dialogue, for people of varying ages and abilities. With a breadth of knowledge in design, social innovation and collaboration –and having realized her career as a karaoke DJ had officially peaked– she now runs her own startup, Twenty One Toys. Using toys and play as tools for social change, Ilana is leading the way for learners of all ages to develop the key 21st-century skills: Innovation, Creativity, Empathy, Collaboration and Problem Solving.
Sasha DiGiulian is a professional climber, world-ranking leader for Female Outdoor Sport Climbing, reigning national and world champion, US Junior and Adult National team member, and Athlete Representative for The International Federation of Sport Climbing.
Since the beginning of her career, Sasha has been extremely successful in her sport. She was the undefeated Junior Continental Champion from 2004-2010 and in 2011 she became the reigning US and Pan American Champion. Sasha entered the World Championships in 2011, and her performance in the four categories- bouldering, speed, lead, and duel-secured her spot as the Overall Female World Champion.
Her achievements in climbing include many first female ascents, including Era Vela- (9a) 5.14d, Pure Imagination-(9a) 5.14d, Cosi Fan Tutte- (8c+) 5.14c, and Lucifer-(8c+) 5.14c. She is also the only North American Woman to achieve 9a and to onsight 8b+, the third woman in the world to ascend 9a, and the youngest woman in the world to climb that grade.
Sasha has received awards and acknowledgments for her successes. At age 14, in 2007, she was named an “Outdoor Idol” by the Outdoor Industry Foundation, and in 2012 she was awarded a Gold Piton Award for “Breakaway Success”. She was also a featured guest at the US embassy in Bern, Switzerland, where they held a dinner in her honor.
Sasha is highly involved in various charity organizations. She serves as an athlete ambassador for Right to Play-a non-profit organization that aids underprivileged children around the world, and for Outdoor Nation-a movement to activate youth to enjoy America’s great outdoors. She is also involved with HERA, a women’s cancer foundation, as the founder of “Boulder Like a Girl” climbing clinic.
Having recently graduated as a straight-A student at The Potomac School, Sasha is currently in her first semester at Columbia University in NYC. Her official website is: http://www.sasha-digiulian.com/
Lucas Jonasch is a 9th grader currently living in Houston, Texas, where he attends the Awty International School. He is interested in how mechanical things work, and has a particular interest in automobiles. His hobbies include motor racing, and loves the hands on aspects of both driving and fixing cars and karts. As part of his interest in vehicles and transportation, he recently participated in the Houston e2 Engineering Excellence Competition, where he received first place. Lucas’s project addressed the problems facing battery powered cars, and he proposed a method to transmit energy from the road to the car. In the future, he plans on becoming a mechanical engineer.
I am a self professed geek. But I’d like to think I am a geek with personality. I spent many years teaching programming and was known for my high energy and passion. Currently I geek out at Microsoft as a technical evangelist helping others develop on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Any role that lets me combine my love of technology and feeds my extroverted need to meet new people keeps me happy! When I’m not in front of an LCD screen, I am probably doing martial arts with my kids, out jogging, or enjoying my husband’s cooking.
Sophia Harman-Heath is a 14 year old girl, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Like so many girls her age, she balances busy school work, team sports (volleyball, ringette, soccer and cycling). She loves summer camp, theatre and public speaking. However at the age of 13 Sophia had a life altering event- in the space of 4 weeks she lost all her hair! But this was just the beginning of Sophia’s journey!
Nadia Sraieb-Koepp, Co-founder of Engagement Citoyen, an association based in Tunisia dedicated to awareness raising amongst women about the democratization process and their role in society, but also about what is at stake during this transitional period for them.
Former head of Marketing for Canal Horizons (subsidiary of the French TV channel CANAL plus) in Tunisia. and free lance Press Officer at the United Nations in New York since 1997. Master in Marketing and Strategy from IAE (Institut d’administration des enterprises), Aix en Provence, France. Second Master in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University, New York.
Since their first releases Télé Télé EP (2007) and Cliché Hot (2008), Arthur Comeau (NS), Gabriel Louis Bernard Malenfant (NB) and Jacques Alphonse Doucet (NS) haven’t ceased to impress journalists and public alike with their hip-hop/electro-flavored catchy hooks. After being short-listed for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize for their second album, Belmundo Regal, the Acadian trio has won many awards, such as an Independent Music Award for Rap/Hip Hop Album (2011), a Miroir for Best Hip-Hop/Urban Performance at the Festival d’été de Québec, a Félix for Producer of the Year with Sébastien Blais-Montpetit and a Révélation Musique 2010-2011 Radio-Canada title. Over the past few years, Radio Radio has become a must-see act, having cumulated performances at, amongst others, the FrancoFolies de Montréal, the Festival d’été de Québec, the Festival International de Louisiane, SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon as well as numerous festivals in France and Belgium