To get a taste of our 2011 event, check the video below — it was created by the high school students we invited to go behind the cameras and film our speakers!

We’re happy to share with you the amazing talks from our first event on September 17, 2011! Go over the photo of each speaker to find out more about them and click on the more » link in the popup to watch their talk from our event on September 17, 2011.

Aliya Dossa

Aliya Dossa, 17, is on a mission to make the world a little bit happier. After co-founding Youth 4 Tap, an environmental movement designed to reduce bottled water usage while promoting tap water, Aliya realized that…
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Amanda Colwell

Amanda is an eleven-year old who rocks the house with her drums: “I started playing drums when I was 7 years old. It all started when my dad bought the Rockband Video game. I liked the drums! My dad told me if I beat…
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Andrew Hennessy

Andrew is a curious 12-year-old finding ways tackle everyday challenges using technology: “My name is Andrew Hennessy. I just turned 13 and I love using technology to solve problems. I am fascinated with robotics and…
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Brook Harris

There is so much more to this teenager than a voice and her love for music. Her never-give-up attitude stems from facing the tragic loss of her mom at 7 years old. Carried by her talent and the dream to perform on the…
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Cameron Herold

A lifelong entrepreneur who started his first company at age twenty one, the author is the former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. He is also the author of the business book Double Double. He has three times been the highest…
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Dale Stephens

At 19, Dale Stephens leads UnCollege, the global social movement changing the notion that college is the only path to success. In May 2011, Dale was selected out of hundreds individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow…
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David Krismer

David Krismer, at 13 years old, is a prize-winning filmmaker, an accomplished pianist, and a lover of new technology. Living in Comox, Vancouver Island, David’s school day starts at home when he logs on to a virtual…
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Derek Lin

Derek is an optimist who tries to make the most of every moment: “My name is Derek, and I am 12 years old. I live in Vancouver with my sister, my mother, my father, and my dog. In my 12 years of living, I have gone…
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Francis Arevalo

Francis Arevalo is a spoken word poet, who was the inaugural 2009 Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Champion, and most recently a 2011 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Top 12 Finalist. He and an amazing group of friends have…
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Haile Thomas

Haile is a young chef who loves to share her passion for cooking with other kids: “My name is Haile Thomas, I am 10 years old. I enjoy riding my bike, swimming, tennis and yoga. I love to cook and experiment in the…
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James Sun

James Sun is a passionate young entrepreneur who loves to speak and build strategic plans to grow businesses and organizations. Going into Grade 11, James hopes to bring his custom apparel business, DigitizedTees, to…
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Jeremy Dabor

Jeremy Dabor is a first-year undergraduate student at McGill University. His education, however, goes far beyond the classroom. After graduating high school from the Ontario Science Centre Science School in September…
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Kishal Scholz

Kishal is a nine-year-old girl with a passion for creative writing: “I like to ride my bike up and down hills, I love to swing on monkey bars, but the two things I truly adore the most are writing and reading. When I grow…
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Sarah Jamieson

Sarah is a freelance do-gooder of all things bucket list and philanthropically inclined: (a) Coach, (a) Compassion Warrior, (a) Superhero Humanitarian, (an) Ultarunner, and (an) Advocate for Play. Sarah is a social…
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Victoria Wee

Victoria is the national youth director and funding assistant director at We Canada, a nation-wide initiative for sustainability that brings diverse Canadian voices to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. She is…
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Zoya Jiwa

At age 17, Zoya is a compassionate individual who is determined to make a positive difference in the world around her. She is dedicated to leadership-oriented roles focused on humanitarian efforts locally and globally…
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