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Amelia Clarke headshotProfessor Amelia Clarke - principal investigator

Professor Amelia Clarke is the principal investigator of the Youth and Innovation Research Project, a tenured professor at the University of Waterloo, and the Master of Environment and Business (MEB) program director. At the age of 23, she founded the Sierra Youth Coalition, a national youth environmental group. She holds a PhD in Management from McGill University. She has an active research program on youth engagement, over 25 publications, and has made hundreds of presentations to academic and non-academic audiences. 

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Ilona Dougherty wearing scarfIlona Dougherty - managing director

Ilona Dougherty is the managing director of the Youth and Innovation Research Project at the University of Waterloo. At the age of 23 she co-founded of Apathy is Boring, an organization that mobilizes youth to vote. She is a regular commentator in the Canadian media, a published author, and a popular keynote speaker, who presents to audiences internationally about tapping into the innovation potential of Millennials and Gen Z. She was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2009, and one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015.

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