Celebrating Canada’s Top 10 U18 Changemakers

Children First Canada is excited to announce the launch of the inaugural flagship event: The Future is NOW!

We invite you join us in celebrating the accomplishments of children and youth who are passionately committed to making Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up! They see how slow progress can be, and they can’t wait for us to do it. They are building a more equitable and prosperous Canada through creating innovative and game-changing solutions to tackle the most pressing issues facing their generation, such as racism, mental health, and climate change.


During the day, the Young Changemaker Forum will bring together 50 diverse young leaders from across Canada to grow their leadership skills, influence and network to increase their social impact. The event will culminate in a Reception and Awards Ceremony to celebrate the Future is NOW: Top 10 U18 Changemakers, joined by leaders from business, government and civil society.
Let’s celebrate the bright lights and shining trailblazers who are striving to forge a better future for all Canadians within their lifetime.


This spectacular event at the Westin Harbour Castle will be an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a sense of pride in what children and youth can do as leaders not just of the future – but as leaders right NOW!

May 7, 2024
Westin Harbour Castle
Toronto, ON

9am – 1pm
Young Changemaker Forum

6pm – 9pm
Reception & Awards Ceremony

Nominate a Youth

Please review this document to learn more about eligibility and how to nominate a youth.

Please upload the authorization document with the nomination form.

More information

For more information about tables, tickets and sponsorship, please contact: info@childrenfirstcanada.com

100% of funds raised help children and youth achieve their full potential as young leaders and changemakers.

Honourary Hosts

Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Peter MacKay

Honourary Co-Chairs

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

Honourary Patron

Master of Ceremonies

Omar Sachedina

Anchor of CTV National News

Presenters and Performers

Hannah Flores the Poet

Canadian Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist

Emma Stevens

Mi’kmaq singer-songwriter

The Hon. Jenna Sudds

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners



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Leadership Cabinet and Jury Members

Alison Dalglish-Pottow (Chair of the Leadership Cabinet)

Andrea Chrysanthou, Owner & Principal, Amplify Communications (LC & Chair of the Board)

Valérie Picher, Strategic Communications, Public Affairs & Corporate Philanthropy (Chair of the Jury)

The Hon. Jim Munson, former Senator and Journalist (LC)

Scott Olsson, Partner, KPMG Private Enterprise (LC & Jury)

Lisa Lalande, CEO, Century Initiative (LC)

Stephen Uwazota, Director, Sustainable Finance, Scotiabank (LC)

Dr. Jamil Asaria, FACE Toronto (LC)

Arin Veerapen, Principal, Boyden (LC)

Christina Chow, Senior Portfolio Manger, Raymond James (LC)

Carey Newman, Indigenous artist, master carver, filmmaker, author (Jury)

Irwin Elman, O.C., Senior Fellow, Laidlaw Foundation (Jury)

Kelly Kasper, Canadian Tire Jumpstart (Jury)

Jayden Paquet Noiseux, Chair of Youth Advisory Council (Jury)

Rayn Asaria, Youth Advisor (LC & Jury)

Toney Bedell, Youth Advisor (LC & Jury)

Adelyn Newman-Ting, Youth Advisory (Jury)

Josephine Majarah, Youth Advisor (Jury)

Lisa Lalande, CEO, Century Initiative

Event Ambassador

Jay McCauley, Global Brand Ambassador, TELUS