Youth & Climate Action Panel

Thursday, November 25, 2021 11:00 am - 11:00 am EST (GMT -05:00)

Join the Sustainability Office for the Youth & Climate Action Panel! One of our many wonderful events that focus on Youth Leading the Way for Climate Action for the 2021 Eco Summit!

Climate change is here, and it is young people who will face the worst impacts. Young people all over the world have begun to fight back, create movements and motivate generations by demanding greater action to fight climate change. Now millions are marching, advocating to demonstrate their support and create change.  

UW has shown that we play a critical role in support students and alumni youth changemakers in Climate Action by creating an environment which fosters support and innovation. The goal of the 2021 Eco Summit is to showcase UW initiatives and highlight students and alumni climate changemakers to motivate  UW Warriors. 

The panel discussion will bring together, researchers, students and alumni to discuss the important role youth play in the Climate Action field.



Michelle Angkasa
Environment & Business Undergrad

Michelle is a third year Environment and Business undergrad who's passionate about mentorship, youth engagement, and climate action. They've had the opportunity to work with organizations such as the WUSA Sustainability Project, Our Time, Future Majority, Equal Voice, and ReImagine17 to advocate for intersectional climate justice.

Jordan Lin
Co-Founder, Relmagine17

Jordan is a 4th year mechanical engineering student passionate about sustainable development. In the University of Waterloo community, he has co-founded Impact Alliance as well as worked with the Sustainability Office for a co-op term. More recently he co-founded the non-profit organization ReImagine17, which is a national community of youth working to reimagine the SDGs through intersectional and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Beth Eden
Interim CEO, QS World Merit

Beth Eden is the Interim CEO of QS World Merit, a global charity working towards an equal world by allowing young people to access opportunities based on merit (using the SDGs as their framework for impact). She was recognized as of Canada's 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders with Corporate Knights and a 25 under 25 Environmentalist with Starfish Canada in 2020 for her work with Climate Action, the SDGs and Community Mobilization in Canada and beyond. 

Ilona Dougherty
Managing Director, Youth & Innovation Project

Ilona is the Co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. She is an award-winning social innovator and a regular voice in the Canadian media advising business, civil society and government on how they can tap into the value and unique abilities of young people. She has extensive leadership and governance experience having co-founded several successful organizations. In 2004, she Co-founded Apathy is Boring, a non-partisan social enterprise that educates Canadian youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. Ilona was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2009, was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015.