International Youth Day: Mobilizing for Global Action

Join us in celebrating young leaders! Throughout the day, we will be joined LIVE by young leaders from across Canada who are making a difference in their communities and around the world. Engage with youth like you who are leading the way for Canada in making the world a better place. Make sure to tune-in to Lead On Canada on August 12th! 

Youth Spotlight: A Conversation with SheDecides 25x25 Young Leader Aditi Sivakumar

August 12, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT 

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of strong health systems and health workers at the frontlines. It has also significantly impacted the daily lives of many Canadians as people adapt to new physically-distanced realities that accommodate public health and safety measures. We will chat with Aditi Sivakumar about being a young leader in the midst of a pandemic and what she thinks is needed for a just, equitable global recovery from COVID-19.


  • Aditi Sivakumar, SheDecides 25x25 Young Leader 
  • Aminata Wurie, Global Partnerships Officer, CanWaCH

Ask an Expert: Starting your Career in International Development

August 12, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT 

Do you have questions about working from home? Finding job opportunities? Remote interviews? Networking online?

We understand that advancing your career may be especially challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear tangible tips and pieces of advice and pose your own questions to professionals working in Canada’s international development sector during this live chat! 


  • Hayley Mundeva, Founder and CEO, ThriveHire
  • Alli Bunting, Manager, Programs & Operations, CanWaCH 

Book Club with Femme Wonk 

August 12, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Are you a bookworm with a passion for making the world a better place?

Join us for a conversation with Katie Davey, Host of the Femme Wonk Podcast & Book Club. She’ll share reading tips and ideas on how you can learn more about policy, politics, and current affairs in a fun and engaging way!


  • Katie Davey, Founder & Host, Femme Wonk 
  • Erin Jex, Gender Equality Officer, CanWaCH 

How do we define a young leader? 

August 12, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

What does it mean to be a “young leader”? Why is it important? Does age really matter?

Across sectors, the definition of youth or young leaders can vary significantly. Join us for a conversation about defining “youth” and what makes a “young leader” in Canada’s international development community. 


  • Onome Ako, Executive Director, Amref Health Africa in Canada (Moderator)
  • Julia Anderson, Interim CEO & COO, CanWaCH 
  • Yipeng Ge, Youth Delegate for Canada, World Health Assembly (WHA73) 
  • Natasha Harris-Harb, Youth Advisor, United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) 






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