Abid Virani | Keynote Speaker

Founder & CEO, I Have Hope in the Fight Against Aids | Abid is currently completing a degree at the University of Guelph with focuses on international development and business. Abid is a passionate writer and public speaker, sharing a message of youth empowerment and hope. Abid has been acknowledged with many awards, including Youth In Motion’s Canadian Top 20 Under 20 Award in 2010. View Abid’s full bio here.

Daniel Francavilla | Introduction

Founder & President, ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education | Daniel is passionate about helping those in the developing world, and has traveled to Dominican Republic and Haiti and founded ACCESS to help children receive an education; and Speak Up for Change, a youth blog program about social issues. Currently a Graphic Design student at Toronto’s OCAD University, he is a recipient of the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award and the City of Brampton’s Humanitarian Award. View Daniel’s full bio here.

Akhina Mooken | Official Greetings

Miss India-Canada 2011 | Akhina was crowned Miss India Canada 2011 in July, attended high school in Brampton. Akhina considers her Bharathanatyam Arangetram to be her greatest achievement, a test of perseverance that was over a decade in the making. She believes in a multi-faceted approach to childhood development, which she was blessed to have and which she believes is what opens doors for children to realize both their dreams and desires. One of her primary ambitions is to use this platform to create an affirmative impact on the youth of today. She is excited to be apart of this historic moment and is enthusiastic about the positive work that she is striving to achieve. View Akhina’s full bio here.

Aian Binlayo | Student Greetings

DPCDSB Student Trustee | Aian is a grade 12 student at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Brampton. Aian is a founding member of the High School Green Club Council, an environmental youth group with representation from Brampton secondary schools. He is a volunteer journalist for the Toronto Star and has written articles on how students can effect positive change in their own schools. Aian serves as the Northern Student Trustee for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and is excited to implement new environmental initivatives in the board and province. Aian encourages others to find those causes that truly concern them and discover new ways that they can make a difference in the issues that matter to them most. View Aian’s full bio here.

Kanika Gupta | Ideas Into Action Session

SoJo Chief Catalyst | Kanika is the Chief Catalyst at SoJo, an innovative online learning tool that helps youth passionate about social change to accelerate their ideas and initiate social ventures. Highly engaged in civic issues and community development, Kanika has worked with the United Nations Development Programme, Canadian International Development Agency, Canadian House of Commons, grassroots NGOs in West Africa and India. Prior to SoJo, Kanika founded Nukoko a Canadian nonprofit which sends over 600 girls to school in west Africa annually. Kanika has represented Canada on official State Visits to several African countries engaging on topics of youth entrepreneurship, leadership and education. Kanika holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and a Master of Public Administration. View Kanika’s full bio here.


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