Greta Thunberg is an internationally recognized Swedish environmental activist and is recognized in Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019. She recently gained widespread media coverage for her powerful and moving speech at the UN’s Climate Action Summit the September, where she criticized world leaders for failing to take appropriate measures to reduce the effects of impending climate change.
Greta is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year and has become one of the many youths challenging accepted norms. In August 2018, Greta started her School Strike for The Climate, where she stood outside Sweden’s national legislature for two and a half weeks in the hottest summer in 262 years, to demand that Sweden follows the Paris Agreement. She gained traction through her social media accounts and now speaks to audiences around the globe.
Monica is an entrepreneur of many ventures working on supporting, empowering, and encouraging women in the business world!
In 2014, she launched Canadian Business Chicks - a woman's membership community where they partner with entrepreneurial professionals to provide women with resources, tools, support, and connections to grow. She has founded the Women of Inspiration event - to recognize impactful female role models and men who SupportHer™. In light of the #MeToo movement, Monica has launched #SupportHER™. She aims to include and invite men to become gender-equal and diverse leaders, and to take part in the momentous conversation.
Halima Al-Hatimy is the Founder and President of FemCare Community Health Initiative. FemCare is a not-for-profit organization that distributes menstrual hygiene and sanitary products to the homeless in Hamilton.
Period Poverty is the lack of resources and adequate spaces to attend to menstruation needs. Such discrepancies can result in serious and critical health problems. It is estimated that an individual will spend approximately $6000 on hygienic products in their lifetime.
Halima believes her passion for women’s health came from her own life experiences - from experiencing gender-based violence and abuse, abduction, homelessness, and even the difficulty to access menstrual products.
Melinda Gates is the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Melinda has been listed as one of Forbe’s most powerful women in the world, and operates the world’s largest private charitable organization! In 2018, Bill and Melinda were named the most generous philanthropists in the world!
Melinda provides funding to several large projects aimed at social development.
Some of their projects include: improving access to contraception (she pledged $560 million in one year), fighting malaria by developing a genetically engineered male mosquito, working to end the Ebola virus, and creating a polio vaccine. Additionally, they have partnered with the GAVI Alliance to improve vaccine access in developing countries and have created a scholarship, Gates Millennium Scholars, for people of colour to attend graduate schools.
Halima Aden was born in Kakuma, a Somalian refugee camp, and later moved to the United States at the age of 7. In 2016, she became the first contestant in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant to dress in a burkini and a hijab. She has gone on to become the first hijab-wearing model to grace the covers of Vogue Arabia, Allure, British Vogue and Sports Illustrated, as well as several international runways.
She is currently a UNICEF Ambassador, and has travelled to Kakuma refugee camp, as well as the Mexico-Guatemala border, and uses her own experience to further support UNICEF's work.
She is also collaborating with Modanisa, a modest clothing brand to design several clothing pieces.
Meet Zahra Al-Harazi! She is an entrepreneur, a survivor of two civil wars and a successful speaker. She has spoken at companies such as RBC, Ernst & Young, and Great West Life. In addition, she is also the Canadian Ambassador for Unicef. To learn more about Zahra Al-Harazi and her numerous roles, visit the link below!
Meet Yassmin Abdel-Magied! She is an engineer, best selling author and a speaker. Yassmin is dedicated to promote empathy and empowerment in the world with her insightful TED talks that currently has over 1.8 million views. To learn more about Yassmin Abdel-Magied and her dedication to promote diversity in the world, visit the link below!
She is currently a working member of the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services and the Aboriginal Education Council. Tracey has worked on several events at Ryerson to help promote connections within the Indigenous communities and help them gain presence and visibility. To learn more about Tracey King and her amazing experiences, visit the link below!
Pamela Palmater is currently the Chair in Indigenous Governance whose family origins lie in the Eel River Bard First Nation in New Brunswick. She is a Mi’kmaq lawyer, a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Palmater has spent over ten years working for the federal government on issues relating to Aboriginals.
Has launched numerous startups, but in 2011 she started Ladies Learning Code. It is now a national non-profit serving Canadians in over 22 cities throughout the country. In addition, she has recently launched HackerYou, which is a based in Toronto. 70% of the students in the program are women. A bootcamp that serves over 650 students a year. Her goal is to expose women and girls to programming and technology.
The CEO of her own company called Venture Communications and numerous partnerships with Canadian entrepreneurs during her time on Dragons’ Den. She is able to teach them the power of technology, e-commerce to grow their businesses and adapt to meet the market needs. She is always encouraging entrepreneurs to innovate by thinking of how they can meet the changing needs of consumers.
An entrepreneur that started from writing a blog during her time at Ryerson University about DIYs and crafting. From there she transitioned her focus to social media accounts, which included YouTube. From then on she has created a platform on YouTube and over the years grown with over 8.4 million subscribers. In addition, has grown by collaborating with Ardene on a clothing line. From starting as a blogger, Lauren has turned her passion into her business as a fellow women entrepreneur.