Tuesday, April 11 at the Centre des sciences.
The Canada 150&Me Youth Forum on Canada in the World looked at a range of issues including the innovation and competitiveness, global issues, Canada-US relations, international trade, peace and security.
Musician, Singer, Producer, Radio host
Gregory Charles is a cultural phenomenon, enjoying concurrent success as a recording artist, television personality, and concert-hall showman. Beginning in 1991, he hosted a daily radio show on Montreal station CKOI, and a year later was named host of the television game show Que le Meilleur Gagne In 1998 Charles backed Quebecois superstar Celine Dion on tour as a pianist and backing vocalist. In 2001, he was also awarded his own three-hour weekly radio show on Radio-Canada, a freewheeling affair spotlighting his prowess as a singer, pianist, and walking encyclopedia of musical knowledge. With 2006’s I Think of You, Charles enjoyed his greatest commercial success to date, debuting atop the Canadian pop charts. When he is not on stage he is working on multiple projects like Virtuose, a music contest that put the emphasis on his influence as an educator of young alike.
Mr. Charles was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016 for his infectious energy, creativity and dedication to ensuring that the performing arts and culture thrive in Canada and abroad.
President, Breakfast Clubs of Canada
Daniel started the Club des petits déjeuners du Québec (Quebec Breakfast Club) in 1994. This not-for-profit organization offers children in underprivileged areas a nutritious breakfast in an environment that nourishes their self-esteem. In 2005, he decided to take this idea nationally and started the Breakfast Clubs of Canada and a year later created the Montreal Millennium Summit, which has become an important international conference in the area of social activism. In 2012, Daniel started the Children’s Hour which aims to celebrate and recognize school and student successes, whatever they may be. Mr Germain was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009 for his dedication and commitment to improving lifes of children and youth.
Founder, It’s Cool to Be Healthy
Mélanie-Rose is proud of her Francophone and Métis heritage and is a regular participant in community events. Selected as a Youth Ambassador for Canada by the United States Embassy in 2013, Mélanie-Rose spent three weeks on exchange in the US before returning to Sudbury to make a difference in her community. Mélanie-Rose then went on to create It’s Cool to Be Healthy and has delivered this interactive program on healthy lifestyles to several thousand participants in school and daycare presentations. Last December, Mélanie-Rose visited an orphanage in Jamaica. With the support of the community, she delivered her It’s Cool to Be Healthy message while donating toothbrushes, shoes, T-shirts and soccer balls to the young residents. She also raised enough money to purchase a washing machine for the orphanage.
Hailey and Bree Hollinsworth are the co-founders of Ungalli Clothing Co., a Canadian sustainable clothing company. Ungalli is fiercely committed to bringing awareness to sustainable fashion while creating a new ethical style standard. Last year, Ungalli co-founders Hailey, 25 and Bree, 23, were listed on Corporate Knight’s Top 30 under 30 list for Sustainability Leadership in Canada. The Canadian sisters are committed to creating sustainable clothing, sharing their story, and helping to inspire youth to fight for what matters most to them.
Conflict Prevention and Open Data Advisor
Antoine Nouvet is a specialist working at the intersection of conflict, development, diplomacy, and new technologies. Antoine recently joined Canada’s Department of Global Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer. In 2015-2017, Antoine was an advisor and project manager with the United Nations on violence prevention, open data, and social cohesion in Pakistan and Bangladesh. He is also an instructor with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (New York) and a Research Associate with the SecDev Foundation (Ottawa). Antoine’s work is generally centered in the Indo-Pacific and Latin America regions, and his research on “open empowerment” in conflict zones has featured at MIT, the Mexican Office of the Presidency, and in media including Washington Post, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and BBC.
Freelance Journalist, Photographer and Writer
Born in Sargodha, Pakistan, Sadia draws inspiration from her early exposure to human rights violations. The legacy of her parents’ move to Canada as refugees in 1990 motivated her to pursue a life devoted to the advancement of human rights. Sadia’s human rights work has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women award, as well as by The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.
The Montreal Science Centre is a science museum in Montreal, located on the King Edward Pier in the Old Port of Montreal. The museum is home to interactive exhibitions on science and technology as well as an IMAX theatre.