Youth Action in Sustainability

Thursday  18 April  2019  6:00 PM    Thursday  18 April  2019 8:00 PM
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Featuring young people taking action towards a more sustainable world, this event will explore the power of emerging leadership and innovative solution building. Three inspiring young leaders from Montreal to Mexico City will discuss how they are leading with dynamism and entrepreneurial creativity to address our collective global responsibility to promote sustainability. Join us in celebrating their leadership and learn about how you can become part of a hemispheric movement of young leaders actively engaged in the conservation and restoration of our natural environment.  

Hosted by the Montreal Global Shapers & The Biennial of the Americas (to promote the Youth Congress for Sustainable Americas initiative) 

Light refreshments will be provided. 


Dominique Souris is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Climate Lab and one of Canada's Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leader. The Youth Climate Lab just launched the Our2030 Series which involves 6 events in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver for youth to build skills and solutions to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals and adapt to a changing Future of Work that will feed into the public consultation for the Government of Canada's 2030 Agenda Strategy. Their mission as on organization is to serve as a “Lab of Labs” to support and create innovative youth-driven ideas and projects in climate policy and entrepreneurship. 

Jesus Herrera, from Mexico, is a Youth Congress for Sustainable Americas delegate and Co-Founder of Impact0 and developer of Flowstein technology. Impact0 is a sustainability consulting company dedicated to implementing strategies to minimize environmental impact of events, companies, government and cultural entities; the firm has representatives and execute projects in Montreal, Mexico City and Cape Town.

Nivatha Balendra, Nivatha Balendra, age 23,  is the founder and CEO of Dispersa Inc. a company that aims to create and deliver a biodegradable, cost-effective, and novel method of remediating oil contamination sites. She is also the founder of International Young Scientists Mentorship Program (IYSMP), a registered student-led non-profit organization, that aims to provide enriching STEM opportunities for high school/CEGEP students. Nivatha’s environmental research, has garnered numerous scientific awards, including the inaugural World Economic Forum Young Scientists Prize which was presented at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in 2014. In 2015, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 by Plan Canada. She was honoured as a recipient of the annual Pollution Probe Award and the 2017 Corporate Knight's 30 Under 30 list for her involvement in environmental sustainability. Recently, she was selected to be part of the Top 6 cohort of Canada’s Women in CleanTech Challenge by Natural Resources Canada and MaRS Discovery District. Nivatha has also spoken at several events/organizations about her research and passion for science like TEDxMontrealWomen, and more. 

Moderator: Alexandra Martell is a Montreal Global Shaper. She leads the Environment Committee, a sub-group of Shapers dedicated to managing and minimizing the Hub’s environmental footprint. She also co-leads the Climate Change Project, a cross-Canada initiative that aims to mobilize Canadians towards climate action, and she supports the Federal Elections Project by promoting democracy awareness and empowerment to different communities in Montreal. Alexandra started her career working for an environmental company in Halifax, NS. She was responsible for coordinating field projects that involved measuring GHG emissions from industrial sites including resource-extraction sites and landfills. She has since transitioned into the aerospace sector working as a Control Systems Specialist contractor for Pratt & Whitney Canada in Longueuil, QC.

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