Youth Innovation Mastermind

Sometimes, community leaders, governments, business experts and even youth themselves underestimate the power of our youngest generations.

The BridgingTheGap Youth Innovation Mastermind connects decision-makers from business, government and community sectors together with emerging talent to co-create solutions to the challenges they face. 
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During this interactive session, we invite executive mentors to share their insights and expertise with young people to develop action plans to address a cause they’re passionate about. Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, thematic roundtable discussions focus on the future of education and work, climate action, mental health, gender equality and other community challenges. Our programming can be tailored for an in-person or virtual experience—contact us if you’re interested in bringing the BridgingTheGap to Youth Forum to your community.

Programming at a Glance

At BridgingTheGap Forums, we realize young people are aware, globally-connected and innately attuned to your role in shaping the future. We truly believe young people are not just leaders of tomorrow but are the leaders of today. The challenge is not in convincing you of the need to take action…it’s understanding how to act on your ideas and tangibly create the change you want to see.

We’ll help you identify...

Your Objective: What Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) align with your cause?

The Stakeholders: Who are the stakeholders involved in your cause?

Ways to Take Action: How can the stakeholders address your cause?

Your Next Steps: How you can start making things happen?

Questions we consider…

How do you turn the spark into a flame and act on your ideas?

How do you apply your expanded awareness and new-found knowledge to create change in your community?

What solutions are currently available?

What’s working and not working with them?

Are there any gaps?
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Inclusive Innovation

We created the Youth Innovation Mastermind programming because we saw the need for greater cross-sector and multi-generational programs to bridge opportunity gaps and foster inclusive innovation. Too often we think of solutions with blinders on—limited by our own experiences and the diversity of our networks. To move change forward, we need to have everyone at the table—co-creating solutions with a diverse community of perspectives related to the problem we are trying to solve.

What to Expect

We empower you to realize your potential to lead change and shape your own future See the value that can come from bringing together a variety of ideas and approaches to pursue innovation and advance your social impact We equip you with the knowledge and tools to turn your passions into purpose and develop sustainable solutions Leave with an action plan with tangible steps you can take to implement your ideas in your own communities
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Our Programming in Action

Cross-Canada tour

In 2019, BridgingTheGap Forums organized a cross-Canada tour to facilitate Youth Innovation Masterminds in Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal and Toronto aimed at helping young talent build their career and pursue innovation and entrepreneurship. We invited young innovators 18-35 to work in teams with executive mentors to develop action plans for a local challenge related to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using the leadership skills and action plans developed during the programming, participants were equipped with tools to return to their communities and implement their solutions.

Objectives

One of the Canadian Innovation Tour’s main objectives was to identify the ideas, issues and solutions important to young people to inform the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for Sustainable Development. In addition to the feedback we received during our programming, we conducted an input survey with youth across the country. The Government of Canada now has new insights into the perspectives and challenges of young Canadians and how to best include their voice in decision-making processes.

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past Speakers

Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee

Co-Founder & CPO

Coastline

Winston Chan

Winston Chan

Entrepreneur

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Anoop Virk

Executive Producer

TEDxVancouver

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Marc Wandler

President & Founder

Susgrainable Health Foods Inc.

Craig Ryan

Craig Ryan

Director, Social Entrepreneurship

BDC

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia

President & CEO

Digital Nova Scotia

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Matt Burns

Founder & CEO

Global HR Collective

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