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Applications Open for Young Leaders to Participate in Generation SDG

Friday, January 12, 2018

Generation SDG is the fourth Summit hosted by Waterloo Global Science Initiative. WGSI brings together brilliant minds and unheard voices from different disciplines, generations, and geographies to address the pressing challenges of tomorrow — today. 

The cornerstone conversation is our Summit Series hosted in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada  every two years. We believe in the importance of creating a level playing field where people can think outside the box.

That’s why our Summit Series is not a traditional conference. Summit attendees include Canada’s sharpest leaders, ideators, and emerging minds — through the space we create, we elevate the expertise, lived experiences, and ideas of this unlikely group of collaborators.

Generation SDG will focus on bringing together a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-generational group of people working on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Canada to build a robust ecosystem for implementation at home and abroad. Our goal is to develop a cohesive Canadian narrative and clear pathways for collaboration that will help catalyse the implementation of the SDGs in Canada.

A key part of WGSI's Summit structure is ensuring that 50% of the room (about 20 people) are young leaders between the ages of 18 and 30. Afterall, it is this generation that will be tasked with ensuring a sustainable future for all.

Applications are open now for young leaders aged 18-30 who reside in Canada to participate in this innovative Summit. To faciliate participatio, WGSI finances and coordinates all pre-approved air and ground travel, accommodations, and meals for participants during the Summit. 

We encourage applicants from all areas of sustainable development covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals including but not limited to health, education, gender equity, water rights and quality, energy, decent and work and economic growth, reducing inequalities, Indigenous rights, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, peace and justice.

Visit for more details and conditions of eligibility.