BridgingTheGap to Youth Forum

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The BridgingTheGap to Youth Forum connects emerging young leaders with decision-makers—from business, government and community sectors—to bridge opportunity gaps and co-create solutions to the challenges they face.

We strive to ensure the voices of future leaders are present, which includes those from marginalized and minority groups–such as youth from low-income areas, Indigenous, rural areas and women–who may currently face barriers but hold potential to actively contribute to society when given the chance to be heard, share their ideas and develop their skills.

Who's Taking Part

Executive Mentors

C-suite leadership from the nation’s top employers in finance, information technology, advertising, media, consumer goods and investment industries who lend their stature and expertise

Community Leaders

Influential youth-led organizations, charitable foundations, academia and public sector representatives

Young People Under 35

Socially-conscious Millennials and Generation Z peer influencers, emerging talent, aspiring social entrepreneurs and young leaders from influential student leadership associations, youth-serving organizations and charities.

Candid intergenerational conversations between industry and young talent
helps challenge assumptions and discuss what is needed
to build a more inclusive, sustainable future for all

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Programming at a Glance

Morning Executive Forum

The Executive Forum brings leadership teams, HR managers and campaign directors together to gain insight on preparing for the future of jobs–including social responsibility and skills training expectations–of Millennials and Generation Z.

Attendees explore the high impact factors for young employees—what they seek in their workplace culture, and more importantly, why they leave. Industry examples and case studies will further demonstrate applications and tangible steps attendees can use to improve employee engagement.

Afternoon Youth Mastermind

Young innovators under the age of 30 work in teams with executive mentors to develop actions plans for a local challenge related to one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Using the leadership skills and action plans developed during the mastermind, participants are equipped with project resources to return to their communities and implement their solutions.

Past Speakers

The Industries Top Leaders

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Beverly Altberg

National President to
the Board

Lean In Canada

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Millie Marshall

President of Toyota Mortor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc


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Bardish Chagger

Government House Leader

Member of Parliament

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Brenda Halloran

Board Chair & Former Mayor of Waterloo

Startup Canada

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Stephania Varalli

Co-CEO & Head of Media

Women of Influence Inc.

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Feridun Hamdullahpur

President & Vice-Chancellor

University of Waterloo

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Julie Smithson



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Carolyn Van

Director, Program Design

Canada Learning Code

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Nancy Vonk

Marketing Hall of Legends winner & Co-Founder


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Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario

Representative of
Queen Elizabeth II

Organizing Partners

Today was absolutely amazing. Seriously—brain overload. It was amazing to hear so many powerful and inspirational women speak. The panels provided so much value!

Nichole Howson, emerging female founder

Take Action

Nominate an Emerging Leader to Attend

Do you know a passionate young leader looking to build their career?

One hundred emerging leaders under the age of 35 will be selected to attend this exclusive event. Nominations are open and accepted on a rolling basis.

Become a BTG Forums Partner

Join the BridgingTheGap Alliance (BTG Alliance) to receive priority invites to attend forums, speaker opportunities to profile your leadership on panels and early nominations for your members to apply. The BTG Alliance provides a platform for partners to form new multi-sector collaborations and strengthen their network with the support of like-minded organizations that have an invested interest in supporting young talent, inclusive innovation and sustainable development.

Past Partners

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