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Join our network of over 3,000 life-long learners in gaining the skills you need to be successful in the workplace. Read about Illuminate from the perspective of our program alumni and interns. 


Current Learners & Interns

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I love understanding and experiencing marketing by going out and reaching out to people about Illuminate. It has helped by giving me hands on experience of marketing and, in the future, the enhancement of my resume. I would recommend it to peers if they want hands on experience in the marketing and business sector.

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My favourite part about learning and growing at illuminate is that it is excellent in providing one with self growth opportunities. When moving into my career journey, I feel that illuminate has helped me get a clear understanding on what's needed from one in order to succeed. I would recommend it to peers so that they can grow as well. 

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My favourite part of learning and growing at Illuminate is getting marketing and corporate experience. This is because, as a university student, the corporate world seemed so out of reach and scary. Illuminate helped me better understand the expectations and provided a safe learning space. I can use these new skills to meet my goals even after graduation.

Lakshya Balchandani

Toronto Intern


Jake Wright

Toronto Intern


Anna Ma

Vancouver Intern

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Lakshya's Words

Interning at Illuminate helped me grow both as an individual and professional by giving me a platform to test my leadership skills, and most importantly by providing me with an invaluable network of connections at my disposal. Believe it or not, but the most important lesson I took from my experience at Illuminate was about people. They made me realize that big or small, successful or not, life is all about relationships. The ones we have with our friends, our family, and the ones we develop when we step up, take a risk, and step into the unknown. It isn't until we do so, that we can truly experience the best that people have to offer.

Jake's Words

Many thanks to Illuminate Universe and Deloitte Canada for the opportunity to participate in the

National High School Business Conference in Ottawa as a Business Development Intern.

The position allowed me to sharpen the business skills I have developed during high school,

and prepare me as I enter the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto this fall.

The internship has helped me to develop my leadership skills and provided me with unique

insights into the business world. I am grateful for the confidence in me demonstrated by

Illuminate and Deloitte, and all the support and guidance provided to help me succeed. Deloitte

and Illuminate advisors were generous with their time and expertise and their mentorship was

invaluable throughout the internship. This position has enhanced my teamwork, leadership, and

problem-solving abilities while also helping me to better understand the business world, and to

set myself up for success.

Anna's Words

This year, I got to experience the operational side of conducting an Illuminate conference. My favorite part of the experience was meeting the fellow student interns and helping each other coordinate, organize, plan to make the conference a success. I also loved how Illuminate gave us a chance to interact with business leaders of today, from big name companies such as Deloitte and Concentra. The competitive, yet friendly vibe during the conference was truly inspiring, and motivated all the students to work harder and think smarter. Illuminate has been a vital mentor along my path towards the business world. I would not be going into UBC commerce without the experiences I've had and passions I've gained from Illuminate over the past 3 years.


Hear From Our Adult Learners Who Have Just Completed an Illuminate Virtual Experience

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With a passion for developing more diverse skills and a desire to learn, she hopes to enhance her communication and problem-solving skills while under the guidance of an Illuminate career coach.

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With a passion for developing more diverse skills and a desire to learn, she hopes to enhance her adaptability and problem solving skills while under the guidance of an Illuminate career coach. In 5 to 10 years, Sophie will improve the adaptability and problem solving skills to become a manager in the insurance industry.

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I am an insurance broker in BC and am now building up my team. I hope to enhance my communication and leadership skills to help me achieve my career goals.

If you aren’t smiling now, you will be after meeting new people and going to workshops at illuminate.

India Coates


Oh the Far Places You'll Go!
Meet Our Program Alumni





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Join the Community Through Our Leadership Academy!
The $100k Give Back Challenge

To support our community of future leaders, Illuminate is challenging itself to see how generous it can be. That's why we're awarding over $100k in scholarships for our Leadership Academy Private High School.

We want to play a large role in building a more diverse and inclusive Canada – we've challenged ourselves to invest in the future of immigrant, refugee, and minority high schoolers so that their generation of voices, perspectives, and leadership styles can make a difference in Canada. 

Submit both an application to the academy and the scholarship.

The next deadline to apply is November 30, 2022 for the January 2023 intake.

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