Illuminate x Markham, Ontario

The Future of

Social Entrepreneurship

Let's dive into the "Future of Social Entrepreneurship"!

Ever wonder how C-Suite executives and innovators make feasible decisions and manage their organizations? Jump right into the world of start-ups and connect with industry professionals at our upcoming business conference!

April 10th, 2021 - 9:00AM to 3:45PM

About Us

Illuminate x Markham presents: The Future of Social Entrepreneurship, Markham's premier high school business case conference presented by Illuminate Universe and its National Partners; Deloitte, CPA Ontario, and Concentra Bank. Virtually scheduled for April 10th, 2021, our flagship conference will bring together students around the world; engaging speakers, mentors, and cash prizes, fostering creative problem solving and innovation among youth. 


Teams of 5 will compete head-to-head throughout a day of industry cases, networking sessions, inspiring keynotes, and entrepreneurial challenges. Led by a passionate team of high school changemakers, we are so honoured to share our vision while raising the bar for what business competitions can offer.

Through the conference, our members strive to become high-achieving, self-motivated leaders who network with like-minded individuals, earn regional recognition, and excel in the world of business. Not only do we aim to connect business enthusiasts in a competitive environment, but we also facilitate experiential learning through interactive workshops and simulations. 

Let's "Pioneer and Prosper" together!

The three-pillar approach makes our events unique. Participating students may choose two out of the three pillars as their workshop choice to experience a full overview of the relevant business and leadership topics. There are unique pillars attached to each event, please visit respective NHBC event pages for details. Each event will also feature a unique case written and published by Illuminate and its partners on a current industry scenario. 

Conference Schedule (EST)

More info & updates are coming soon!

Meet Our Regional Team! 

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Hey everyone, pleasure to meet you! My name is Aaron, I’m a grade 11 student at Markville Secondary, and I’m thrilled to be Illuminate x Markham’s Conference Chair! My experience with Illuminate’s NHLC along with my passion for education and entrepreneurship sparked me to take on this position. Whenever I’m not planning my next conference, I love to cook and listen to throwbacks on repeat. Through Illuminate, I want to provide an empowering experience for the next generation of high school leaders. And on behalf of our 2021 executive team, I hope everyone will enjoy this transformative opportunity, even on a virtual platform.

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Hey guys! My name’s Brandon and I’m a grade 11 student at Markville. As Sponsorships & Finance Director, my role is to secure all brand sponsorships, guest speakers, and manage all finances for the conference. I'm passionate about being an equitable, efficient leader in every situation I'm put in, and I hope to bring some of my experience leading this conference into my future career in management consulting. I'm extremely excited to be able to bring this great opportunity to life with my friends on the Illuminate team! In my spare time, I like to keep up on current affairs and socialize virtually with my friends.

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Hey all! My name is Laurel, and I'm in grade 11 at Markville Secondary, and I’m stoked to be the Marketing Director of Markham’s Illuminate Regional Conference. I’m in charge of content and design creation, as well as handling our social media presence. Through hosting the Future of Social Entrepreneurship, I hope to meet many liked-minded individuals and enhance my knowledge of the business industry’s ins and outs. During my free time, I like to listen to music, game, and learn about random topics and skills on the internet.


Hey everyone, I’m Jerry (also a grade 11 at Markville). As the Registration and Recruitment Director, I’m responsible for managing recruitment targets and communicating with conference teams. I’m super passionate about the logistics aspect of business, and by hosting The Future of Social Entrepreneurship, I hope to expand my network with business professionals while improving my organizational skills. Outside of Illuminate x Markham, I spend my free time gaming with my friends, researching stock investments, and baking fun recipes with my family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Team Registration happen? How do I register my team?

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National Partners

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Class Pass

In our increasingly competitive world, students are taking more and more steps to find opportunities to set them apart. However, there is one constant issue: the financial cost of choosing to pursue these opportunities is quite high for many. So, we decided to introduce the Class Pass Initiative at Illuminate, which allows teachers and educators to help students to maximize their potential without facing those prices.


With the Class Pass, we are working towards lowering the opportunity cost of excellence. The Class Pass allows teachers to purchase bundles of Illuminate Business Conference tickets, and grant them to students at a lower price. There are three tiers of the class pass, which are as follows:


Tier 1 (15 tickets): 10% off

Tier 2 (25 tickets): 20% off

Tier 3 (35 tickets): 25% off

Our Mission

We engage and empower the next generation of business leaders through experiential learning,

co-created with our premier business partners. 

Empower, Engage, Experience

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