DAY 1 – Exploring Current Youth Civic Engagement Across Ontario

Wednesday, September 21

8:00 Registration and breakfast
9:00 Opening Ceremony: Gertie Beaucage, Nipissing First Nation
9:30 Welcoming Remarks: Zenia Wadhwani, Executive Director of Ontario 150 Secretariat
9:40 Ideation Session: Expanding the definition of youth civic engagement
10:45 Break
11:00 Mapping Session: Identifying community priorities and needs
11:30 Primary Research Session: What’s workingand why
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Youth Panel Discussion – confronting barriers to engagement

For this panel discussion, we hear what Ontario’s passionate, ambitious young people have to say on the community initiatives that matter most to them, the changes they’d like to see or make, and what opportunities are missing.
  • Olivia Labonte
  • Liam O’Doherty
  • Joshua Stribbell
  • Lequanne Collins-Bacchus
2:15 Mapping Session: Identifying barriers to community engagement
3:15 Keynote Address: Chelsea Jane Edwards, Shannen’s Dream Spokesperson
3:45 Break
4:00 Ideation Session: Consolidating insights into key recommendations
4:45 Closing remarks
5:00-6:30 Networking reception

DAY 2 – The Future of Youth Civic Engagement Across Ontario

Thursday, September 22

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Keynote Address: Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO of Ontario Trillium Foundation
9:25 Prototyping Session: Designing civic engagement initiatives toaddress the priorities, needs and barriers identified yesterday
10:15 Feedback Session: Testing prototypes with key stakeholders
11:00 Break
11:15 Iteration Session: Applying feedback to improve civic engagement design
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Keynote address: Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services
2:15 Youth Impact Marketplace: Sharing ideas for the future of youth civic engagement
3:00 Concluding remarks