MaRS Studio Y to Host Inaugural Youth Leadership and Innovation Strategy Summit in April

MaRS Studio Y is spearheading the inaugural National Youth Leadership and Innovation Strategy Summit.

The summit will bring together together young leaders and innovative organizations from across Canada to architect a national plan for engaging youth leaders to strengthen Canada’s economic competitiveness.

The event will take place April 29 and 30 at the MaRS Centre in Toronto.

“To address the economic challenges ahead we must create an ambitious innovation agenda, and this requires investing in youth leaders and entrepreneurs with bright ideas that will continue to transform our nation,” says Hon Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Today’s youth will determine Canada’s long-term success.”

“As globalization and disruptive technologies continue to impact our economy, we need nimble, adaptive young leaders who can navigate change,” says Lekan Olawoye, Program Director of MaRS Studio Y and former advisor on Ontario’s strategy on youth opportunities. “Our recipe for the future is to bring together key stakeholders from across the country to share successes and prototype new approaches to leadership development.”

Quoth Olawoye:

We believe that social innovation happens at the intersection of sectors, people and ideas. Today, as social and economic issues become more complex due to increased globalization and hyper-connectivity, we are seeing a rise in joint innovation projects that straddle historically divergent sectors. As we come to understand the changing world of work and the new economy, Canada needs to better equip its future leaders to both thrive in and adapt to this new context, while also leading and shaping it as it emerges.

The summit is free to participate in but limited to 300 spots.