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Theme: 2020 Vision

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February 19, 2022
Waterloo, Ontario

2020 marked the start of an incredibly difficult time period. It is easy to say that hindsight is 2020, but we do not live in the past and unfortunately can’t change the present — what we can do is learn, grow, and look toward the future with 20/20 vision.

Hagey Hall Theatre of the Humanities
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
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Andrew E. Guy

Andrew is a MACP candidate, he has earned degrees from Southern Arkansas University, dual BSc in Medical Biology, Exercise Science, MSc, Master of Science in sports medicine (Kinesiology). Andrew is a professionally certified educator, Professional Teacher PD facilitator, and a former teacher of the year.

Chris Costa

The founder of The Costa Group and Change in Motion. Chris has figured out how to turn the most adversity into an engine for positive change. Both for himself and his community. Throughout his life he’s experienced violence, incarceration, and addiction – and perhaps most difficult for him; he made choices which kept him away from his passion as an athlete. Now 20 years later, he’s not only overcome his past but he’s speaking out against domestic violence. He used sport to reconnect with his past, heal it and use that experience to help his local community. He is a competitive middle-distance runner who’s competed internationally for Canada as a master’s athlete and kickboxer.

Iman Salehi

Iman Salehi is a third-year student at the University of Waterloo studying Health Studies with a minor in Medical Physiology. During his co-operative education work terms, Iman’s primary focus has been on breast cancer research, with a deeper focus on the rare occurrence of breast cancer diagnosed during pregnancy. In his most recent co-op at Mount Sinai Hospital, he collaborated with a multidisciplinary care team including physicians and oncology and obstetrical nurses to develop a comprehensive course on the topic of breast cancer diagnosed during pregnancy. In October, Iman and his research team presented their research and course at the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology conference and won first place for the Educational category. Today, Iman and his team continue to expand on their breast cancer in pregnancy course, with the objective to add more cancer sites. The application of Iman’s and his team’s research aims to educate oncology and obstetrical health care professionals on the importance of using evidence-based medicine to shape their clinical practice.

Karandeep Gill

Karandeep Gill is a speech communication and business undergrad student at the University of Waterloo. Last year, she was appointed as Canada’s 2020 Face of Mental Illness. She was granted this extraordinary title for her advocacy for adolescent and South Asian mental health, along with sharing her undefeatable recovery and survival journey while living with a mental illness like Schizoaffective Disorder-Bipolar Type. Her research revolves around how one can overpower traumatic experiences like extreme paranoia, vivid hallucinations, and suicidal ideation through the art of self-compassion. She will explain how being resilient doesn’t stem solely from not giving up, but rather taking care of one's mind, body, and soul during the process.

Lenny Lenhard

Lenny Lenhard is the founder of the Modern Manhood project, which works with Montreal high schoolers to positively reimagine what it means to be a man. Rather than tell boys who they should be, the program helps boys build the self-confidence and emotional literacy to express an authentic version of themselves, free from the constraints that patriarchy imposes upon us all. Operating with a core set of lesson plans, the program - run by men, for men - discusses topics ranging from body image to sex and beyond. As a recent McGill graduate, his insights are informed by his own experiences, as well as his background in sociology - a domain which has challenged him to question how people operate in systems we take for granted.

Organizing team




Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Abby Zinman
  • Ahmed Khalil
  • Alan Pang
  • Annie Yuan
  • Christine Lee
  • Jennifer Man
  • julia smith
  • Kate Bendall
  • Kiana Wong
  • Miguel Arango
  • Salma Marzouk
  • Soyeon Jang
  • Taneya Raguram