About this Report
Meet some of Canada's accomplished people under 30.
They're under 30, and each one of them is already making a mark.
On Wednesday, June 30, The National introduces some of Canada's interesting, influential, innovative, and entrepreneurial young people.
But we know there are more. Tell us about your under-30 Game Changer and her or his accomplishments by posting a comment to this webpage.
Meet our Game Changers
Aaron Coret's invention may change the way snowboarders do their thing. A snowboarding fanatic himself, Coret was left a quadriplegic after a terrible accident on the slopes. He put his engineer's mind to work, designing the Landing Pad, an inflatable safety device which he hopes will allow snowboarders to train with much less risk of injury.
Matthew Corrin is changing how people view fast food. Instead of serving burgers and fries, his chain of fast food restaurants, freshii, boasts fresh, healthy meals. He currently has 21 locations across Canada and the U.S. Thanks to savvy partnerships, that number stands to hit 100 worldwide by the end of 2011.
Shad is a rapper who's changing the music world, one verse at a time. In a genre maligned for its materialism and sexism, Shad brings his own brand of rhymes that are clever and respectful. When he isn't rapping, Shad is working on his master's degree in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University.
Jessica Yee is relentless, fearless and when it comes to getting other young people politically active, she is an inspiration. The self-described "multi-racial Indigenous feminist hip-hop reproductive rights freedom fighter" is the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Network. In 2009, Jessica was named Young Woman of Distinction by the Y.W.C.A.
27 years old, Toronto
Hossam is the recipient of the 2010 Young Researcher of the Year Award for his PhD study, which offers a novel approach to the mass evacuation of major cities in case of catastrophe. His approach has been used successfully during a simulated evacuation of the City of Toronto using rapid transit, buses, and automobiles.
28 years old, California / Toronto
A U of T graduate from Nigeria, Agarawala invented and patented a new type of touch screen technology. His invention allows users to interact with their files using a 3-D interface, much the same way they do in real life, without using a keyboard or a mouse. Agarawala said he took inspiration from his own desk to create a program that allowed him to push and pull items around his desktop with his fingers, instead of pointing and clicking. His idea was such a hit that Google bought it for an undisclosed amount.
21 years old, Quebec
He's 21, but don't expect Xavier Dolan to be making films about frat-boy exploits anytime soon. After starring in a number of popular Quebec productions for children and teens, he exploded on the international scene with a film he wrote, directed and acted in, J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother). The film won over the judges at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2009, winning an astonishing three awards at the prestigious event.
16 years old, Ottawa
Emma’s interest in organic chemistry sparked after being exposed to the problem of pollution while living in China. Through her research, Emma discovered that adding Indian dill oil to pesticides made them less toxic. She was one of the youngest participants at the Intel International Science and Environmental Fair, beating out over 1,500 students from around the world to win fourth place for her dill oil discovery.
17 years old, Mississauga
At age eleven, Sophia founded Snug as a Bug, Kids Helping Kids. Her organization puts together care packages of puzzles, games and toiletries for children who are staying in shelters in the Greater Toronto Area. She recently won the Canada's Top Teen Philanthropist award, sponsored by Mackenzie Investments.
24 years old, Richmond Hill
In her teens, Cheryl was made aware of the sexual tourism industry and its sexual exploitation of children while doing research for a school project. Soon after, she traveled to Sri Lanka, where she took part in a sting operation, playing an undercover decoy in order to nab a pedophile. On her return to Canada, Cheryl started OneChild, an organization created and run by young people, dedicated to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children around the world.View / Post Comments