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Illuminate x North York

"The Future of Lifelong Learning"

Students today, leaders tomorrow. Join us August, 2021 (TBA) for "The Future of Lifelong Learning," North York's flagship case conference dedicated to empower the next generation of leaders. It's a fun-filled day of networking sessions, skill development workshops, industry cases, and insightful keynotes. 

Event Features

"The Future of Lifelong Learning" –– North York's premier case competition presented by Illuminate Universe and their national partners; CPA Ontario, Deloitte Canada, and Concentra Bank. Join top students in a fun-filled day of networking sessions, skill development workshops, industry cases, and insightful keynotes.

The North York team strives to facilitate experiential learning through our interactive workshops, team challenges, and exciting case competition. Students will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, further develop their interpersonal skills, and gain valuable resume and interview tips. Our conference is not just limited to business students; it's open to all high school students, of any post secondary pathway.

As the North York team is committed to accessibility, we are willing to waive the registration fee for those with demonstrated financial need. To inquire, please email northyork@illuminate.com.

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. 

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Conference Schedule (EST & PST)

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Introducing Our Guest Speakers

Dan Kiernan

Dan is a Careers Coach at Oxford Saïd Business School, with a focus on impact careers. He loves working with students and young professionals, helping them to develop and progress in their careers. He does that work by 1:1 coaching, hosting online and offline group workshops, and by connecting students to employers. His aim is to help students clarify their goals, think through how they can achieve them, generate options for themselves, and develop the skill of 'recruitability' - getting hired. Before becoming a Careers Coach, in his corporate career Dan spent six years in Fintech startup, and ten years in banking operations

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Swish Goswami

Swish Goswami, 23, is the CEO of Trufan, a social intelligence platform that helps brands of all sizes make smarter marketing decisions using data. His company has made two acquisitions, raised over $41M to date (from several NBA players and venture firms) and has clients like Samsung, Netflix, NBA, NFL, PUA and a plethora of small to medium sized businesses. Swish has given three TED talks, secured a publishing deal with Kogan Page and a sneaker deal with K-Swiss, and is an advisor.investor in popular social companies like Upstream, FaZe Clan and Aestate. He has a personal following of over 175,000 and enjoys speaking around the world under North America's prestigious bureau Speakers Spotlight. For his entrepreneurial and philanthropic achievements, Swish was inducted into Plan Canada's Top 20 under 2- and Bay Street Bull's 30 under 30, recognized as Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year and awarded the United Nation's Outstanding Youth Leadership award.

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Introducing The Team

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Erin Sun

conference design and customer experience (chair)

Hello! I’m Erin, one of the regional leads of the Illuminate x North York team. I'm currently a grade 12 student attending Alexander Mackenzie High School, in the music arts program. In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, listening to music, and catching up on my favorite Netflix shows. As a student who’s always been interested in business, I’m so excited to work with the team to bring our conference plans to reality!

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Nicole Sun

recruitment and registrations

Hey everyone! My name is Nicole and I am currently a grade 12 student studying the IB program at Alexander Mackenzie High School. In my free time, I enjoy doing digital art, playing the piano, and playing with my cat. I am responsible for recruitment and registrations, and I look forward to further explore my passion for business through planning this event!

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Ryan Qin

Design and Marketing

Hi! My name is Ryan, I’m in grade 12 and I’m a big fan of hockey, volleyball, and music. For this conference, I’m responsible for our marketing posts and the design of our website! As I am only now learning about the business field, I hope to inspire youth and give them an early opportunity to learn and gain experience through this conference. Hope to see you there!

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Regis Gu

SPEAKER OUTREACH

Hi there! My name is Regis and I'm one of the regional leads this year. I currently attend St. Robert CHS in the IB program, and am looking to go into the health sciences next year. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and sleeping, sometimes all at the same time. For this conference, I'm hoping to improve student comprehension of the business and professional world through my role in speaker outreach. Can't wait to see you all there!

Our High School Coordinators

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Stephanie fu

Hey everyone! My name is Stephanie Fu, I am in grade 10 and I am currently attending Alexander Mackenzie High School. In my free time, you can find me playing badminton, snowboarding, sketching, listening to music or playing games with my friends. I look forward to experience and learn all this event has to offer!

Emily hu

Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I am a grade 11 student at Oakville Trafalgar High School. In my free time, you'll find me reading, writing, or exploring the outdoors. I look forward to further exploring the business field and developing my interpersonal skills at this conference!

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Julia Xu

Julia Xu is a grade 11 student at Alexander Mackenzie High School who is passionate about leadership and collaboration, and looks to apply her skills in ways that will positively impact her community. Julia holds executive positions at school clubs such as DECA and Music Council, as well as non-profit organizations outside of school. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching piano and training karate. Julia loves networking and meeting new people, so do not hesitate to contact her through email or social media. 

Michael Danzinger

Hi I'm Michael, a 12th grade IB student at Alexander Mackenzie HS. To support my long term goals, I am a member of the Waterloo Flow Boat entrepreneurship program assuming the business lead role. In my spare time I have earned my second degree black belt in karate and am a karate teacher who also loves to play the guitar. I wish to start up entrepreneurial ventures, turning them into successful businesses to create employment for others, contribute to the economy and give back to my communities.

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Kishore Kirubakaran

My name is Kishore Kirubakaran and I am a grade 12 student at Father Michael McGivney. Some of my favourite hobbies include playing sports and doing math. I am a very enthusiastic learner and dedicated student who wishes to get the most out of this event. 

Leyla Roxas

Hi! My name’s Leyla. I’m currently a grade 11 student at St. Robert Catholic Highschool. When I’m not studying, you can usually find me binging anime, baking, or dancing. For this upcoming event I intend to be a Highschool Coordinator, and hope to develop my leadership skills while also having a fun time with my friends.

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Mehka Gnanendran

Hello everyone! My name is Mehka, and I am currently a grade 10 student at Alexander Mackenzie High School. In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball, public speaking, and sleeping. As someone intrigued by the world of business, I hope to foster new relationships and develop useful skills through this conference

Anya Kumar

Hi! My name is Anya. I am a grade 9 student at Alexander Mackenzie High School, in the IB program. I enjoy swimming, playing tennis and listening to music. I am passionate about learning through experience and this event provides just that. I am hoping to understand the fundamentals of business and look forward to learning through being a high school coordinator.

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Angelica Hu

Hello! My name is Angelica Hu and I am currently a grade 12 student in the intensive visual arts program at Unionville High School. I am passionate about the arts and the social sciences. My hobbies include drawing, painting, playing badminton, learning languages, and volunteering. I am super excited at the opportunity to attend the Illuminate Regional Conference!

Ella Bickford

Hi! My name is Ella and I am a senior at Sir Fredrick Banting Secondary School. I am design captain of our FIRST robotics team 5870 and captain of the varsity girls hockey team. Outside of school, I play competitive Ringette, and some of my hobbies are reading and horticulture. Next year I plan on pursuing engineering in university, aspiring for a career focused on sustainability.

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Jesse Erwin

I am Jesse Erwin. I am a grade 9 in the Pre-IB program at Alexander Mackenzie high school. My interests include Computers ( primarily the hardware) video games, history and reading.

Madison Amike

Hello! My name is Madison and I am currently a grade 9 student attending Alexander Mackenzie High School. In my free time I enjoy baking, reading, and watching anime. I am also very passionate about learning new languages like French. I am looking forward to learning more about business and how to improve and utilize my leadership skills.

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Meghan Yeung

Hello everyone! My name is Meghan and I am a grade 11 student attending Alexander Mackenzie High School in the Visual Arts Program. During my free time I like to read, draw, and bake. I am thrilled and honoured to be one of the Illuminate High School Coordinators, and am looking forward to playing a part in empowering students to be the leaders of tomorrow!

Bill Jiang

My name is Bill, I am a grade 11 student at York Mills Collegiate Institute. I am responsible and organized. I love playing basketball, watching movies, and listening to music. I hope to try my best in Illuminate Universe, and help my teammates learn something new.

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Brian Hsu

My name is Brian, Grade 11 student at Alexander Mackenzie in the IB Programme. I enjoy gaming and I look forward to having a great time!

Adrian Wei

Hey everyone, I'm Adrian and I go to Saint Andrew's College and graduate in 2023. I have a hobby of music, teaching myself guitar and playing sax in our school band. I also play table tennis at an international level for team Canada. I'm super excited to take part in this conference!

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Business Team

Quick Answers

Each team must THREE TO FIVE competitors/ registrants. If you don't have a teammate, we will assign other students to your team.

How many people will be on each team?

Any individual registrants or teams with less than five people will be merged together with others to ensure all teams have at least three to five people. 

What if I don't have a team?

What happens if I miss the team registration deadline?

Please email northyork@illuminateuniverse.com if you miss the deadline.

You will be assigned a random team if you do not provide your team members' names. 

Registered competitors will be sent a team registration form two weeks before the conference. The form will ask for their names and emails. 

When does

team registration happen? How do I register my team?

Do I need to purchase a ticket?

All team members need to each purchase a ticket by March 25th, 2021. 

How will communications work?

Each team will elect a team leader/captain on the team registration form to receive communications from Illuminate (event reminders, prepped case details, etc.)

National Partners

Paving the way for the Illuminate movement

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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 or more tickets): 25% off