September 18, 2019

BridgingTheGap to Youth Forum

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Join us on September 18, 2019 at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto!

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 young women—who may currently face access barriers, to give them a platform to be heard, share their ideas and develop their skills.

Save the Date

Escape the hectic pace of the city and enjoy the relaxing, panoramic shores of the historic Toronto Island Clubhouse of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC).
Prime Toronto Location
Top Speakers
Delicious Catering

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Young People 18-35

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.


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


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

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.

Panel Topics:

  • Remaining Future Ready in a Time of Rapid Change and Transition
  • Futurism and State of the World
  • Digital Workforce: Innovation for Talent Mobility and Future Skills
  • Solve for Happy
  • Power of Purpose: Brands and the SDGs
  • Growing Your Brand Through Conscious Content

Afternoon Youth Innovation 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.

Thematic Programming Sessions:

  • Power of Youth / High-Level Panel
  • Youth Action for Climate Empowerment
  • Digital Inclusion and STEM Innovation
  • Gender Equality
  • Future of Education and Work
  • Personal Health and Wellbeing

FORUM Speakers

The Industries Top Leaders

Anna Blue

Anna Blue

Co-Executive Director

GirlUp, UN Foundation

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Mo Gawdat

Former Chief Business Officer Google [X] and Author

Solve for Happy

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Kelly Lovell

Founder BridgingTheGap Forums & CEO

Lovell Corporation

Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain

Vice Chairman, Singularity University & Founder/CEO


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More speakers to be announced

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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. Emerging leaders only need to be nominated once, and as such additional nominations will not increase their likelihood of being selected.

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.

"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

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