2017 YOUTH 7 SUMMIT
Heather Evans, Head Delegate
Miguel A Rozo, Communications Coordinator
Waabishkigaabo (Will Landon)
Heather is an entrepreneur turned bureaucrat (for now). She currently works for the Province of Ontario as a Senior Advisor in Advanced Technologies for the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth/Ministry of Research Innovation and Science. Specifically, she focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Technologies
Prior to joining the public sector, Heather cofounded a deep learning automatic speech recognition company, Spreza (now transitioning to open source) and a 3D printing technology company, Mosaic Manufacturing (still in operation, see more at mosaicmanufacturing.com). She is a graduate of Canada’s Next36 program, and Queen’s Commerce.
Heather has had the opportunity to represent Canada at international events in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States, as well as attend the UN Youth Assembly. As a policy/technology/startup nerd, she is passionate about discussing, and discovering, the best ways to prepare for the future of work.She is also very passionate about supporting entrepreneurs.
Miguel A Rozo
Miguel A Rozo has a background in policy, global affairs, social innovation, and public speaking. He has over two years of policy analysis and research experience at the US Consulate-General Vancouver, the BC Ministry of Health, and Consulting research in Silicon Valley. Miguel has lived in five countries and speaks English and Spanish fluently along with intermediate German and French.
He is also the founder and director of IdeasXChange, a startup think tank that provides a space for innovation through forums, roundtable discussions, and online media that has mobilized over 600 youth, community members, and influencers in Vancouver.
Miguel holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in International Relations and completed K-12 education mostly in Canada, but also in Colombia, the United States, and Switzerland.
He has done a number of speaker engagements including a TEDx talk on forced migration which touched on the economic and social argument to accept forcibly displaced migrants along with his experiences as an internally displaced refugee in Colombia.
He is also active with the Rotary Foundation and Global Shapers supporting community projects and international development.
Miguel is looking forward to bring his diverse work experience and international exposure to represent Canada at the Y7 2017 Summit in Italy. You can follow at @MiguelARozo and check out his blog at www.MiguelRozo.com.
Waabishkigaabo (Will Landon)
Waabishkigaabo (Will Landon) is a citizen of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation which is on the northern shores of Lake of the Woods in Ontario, he is of the Lynx Clan, and is Seventh Generation from the signing of Treaty #3. He is the proud father of a 6 year old daughter.
Waabishkigaabo studied Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. While at the University of Manitoba, Waabishkigaabo represented the Indigenous Student voice as the Aboriginal Representative on the Student Union. Waabishkigaabo pushed andunanimously passed a position statement for the Student Union on the Relationship with First Nation, Inuit, and Metis and on Reconciliation; with the Union Respecting the Spirit and Intent of Treaty #1 as the paramount position.
Currently, Waabishkigaabo sits on the Treaty #3 Youth Executive Council, Ontario First Nations' Young Peoples' Council as the Male Treaty #3 Representative, and the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council as the Male Ontario Representative. He holds multiple portfolios on all councils; Waabishkigaabo has participated and advocated in high level discussions with Federal and Provincial Ministers, made presentations to Leadership, Technicians, Service Providers, Industry Leaders, and to the Standing Committee on Indigenous Suicide at Parliament.
Sébastien is passionate about current affairs and is an avid reader of international media. He grew up in the Montreal area before moving to Sherbrooke to complete his Bachelor of Laws. He completed some of his training in international law at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He is currently completing his Master's degree in International and Political Law by pursuing an internship with the office of a former Premier of Québec. Involved in academic life throughout his studies, he has held various student representative positions.
His professional commitments have led him to work as a consultant on several legal issues, including refugees, international organizations and international economic relations. Sébastien has also worked in the Québec public service, by developing legal tools to promote market access for Quebec's bio-food products.