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Say hello to the Current NHBC 2018 leaders!

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

Shagun Maheshwari

My name is Shagun, I am 15 years old, and I am extremely passionate about cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. I have developed a few machine learning algorithms myself and I am looking to apply my knowledge in this field to industries such as healthcare, business and self-driving cars.

Yahya Rao

I am a high school student in my junior year in the International Baccalaureate Programme. I am an ambitious student looking to be a leader in the community and excel in the fields of technology. I possess out-of-the-box thinking and am a great problem solver.

Karam Bambawale

My name is Karam Bambawale and I attend the tenth grade at Upper Canada College. I am an aspiring 15-year-old business student skilled in aspects of enterprise risk in the consumer electronics and retail industry. I have travelled extensively throughout the world and lived in several different countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. Presently, I am the VP of Risk, Co-founder, and leading executive of my company, PowrPac. I am also interested in several parts of Business, in particular, corporate law.

Riya Karumanchi

Riya is a 16-year-old entrepreneur passionate about harnessing technology to better people’s lives and make a positive impact on the world.

She currently has a startup company called SmartCane, an assistive device for orientation and mobility for the visually impaired.

A chance encounter at a friend’s house with their visually impaired grandmother pushed her to come up with a solution to help enable independence and mobility.

The SmartCane is an enhanced version of the common white cane that was never updated to take advantage of new technologies.

Starting as just a science fair project, her team has now received $40,000 in funding and in-kind services and assistance from companies like Microsoft, Inertia Engineering, Arrow Electronics, ICUBE & UrTech.

James Quinlan

James Quinlan is a university student with a strong interest in business, specifically marketing and consulting. Having been a member of DECA -a student business organization- for four years, James quickly discovered his passion for case competitions and networking, and this past year, he served as a Provincial Officer for DECA Ontario. James also founded Socialseed, an organization that provides free social media consulting services to youth businesses and not-for-profits. Outside of business, James plays the trumpet, is a Summer Camp Counsellor, volunteers at his church, and plays tennis. He is more than excited to serve as a National Leader/ Ambassador for this year's NHBC, and cannot wait to network with students from across Canada!

Dhruv Sharma

Dhruv a 15-year-old tech enthusiast that attends Upper Canada College. He is part of Canada's leading innovation program, The Knowledge Society (TKS) in which students are put in real world situations unlike school and also exposed to exponential technologies. An example of this is partnering with large companies such as TD to help improve the students consulting abilities. In the TD challenge, TKS innovators showcase their solutions to the problem that TD bank has of garnering more users in the new immigrant sector. He is currently interested in Quantum computing and it's many implications on the world and especially the drug industry. He is taking a course on edx by UC Berkeley to further learn about this exponential technology.

Hong Yi Chen

Hong Yi Chen is attending university with a passion for technology and entrepreneurship. He is an active leader in multiple youth ventures, tech organizations, and STEM initiatives. He has interned for RBC on their entrepreneurship team, launched an enviro-tech company called Greenback, and is an international DECA Champion. He hopes to help and empower others and create an environment for passionate individuals to thrive. Through his relentless dedication and hard work, he has gained many achievements academically and in the business world. Ultimately, Hong Yi aims to spark significant change in the world and continue to learn and innovate.

Ben Jones

Ben Jones is a Serial Entrepreneur with a passion for Business and Technology. Currently, he is working on creating Blockchain based Derivative Backed Equity products. His previous experience in Education startups, as well as his experience running a Micro Clothing Brand, give him a wide range of skills and experiences. His personal website featuring his work is

Luke Piette

I'm a high school student, passionate about science, more specifically into curing Alzheimer's disease using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). My journey started at The Knowledge Society (TKS), an innovative learning program for teens that focused on exponential technologies and teaching real-world skills. After months of research, I've moved towards the programming side of technology, and am now coding my own artificial neural networks. In the future, I hope to use the skills I've gained over time to build my own products and change the world.