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Spring 2023

You(th) Lead Conference Spring 2023

On Saturday, April 22nd, 2023, we had our 3rd You(th) Lead Conference at Hotel X Toronto. This amazing event brought together industry executives to empower future leaders. 100 post-secondary students received valuable career advice from 80 executives from 53 companies. 


The 100 youth in attendance come from marginalized and racialized communities across the GTA and are currently being funded by the Foundation in various post-secondary and certificate programs. Youth are provided full bursaries, books, tech and mentorship to avoid accumulating student debt. In return, the youth sign a contract to attend bi-weekly and one-on-one mentorship sessions and strive to maintain a B average.
The day started with a warm welcome by our founders, Diane and Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, followed by a speed networking session. Throughout 6 rounds of speed mentorship, executive mentors shared their experiences and wisdom with the youth. Students and executives were given the opportunity to continue their conversations during the power-hour networking lunch. 
The day ended with two breakout sessions with our special guests from the entertainment industry: Jesse Jones,Tyrone EdwardsDuane "D.O." Gibson”, Miranda AnthistleKevin Bourne, and Tracy Tong, who happily shared their stories and inspired our youth.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this incredible event possible!


Presenting Sponsor

Speed Mentorship Sponsor

Print Sponsor

Executive Mentors from the following Companies:


ABM Music 

Accelerate Auto


Alterna Savings 


Bird Construction 

BML Group

BMO Global Asset Mgmt.

Body by Chosen

Cadillac Fairview



Citi Bank

Craft Public Relations

Estate Hill Developments

Global News

Home Depot

Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

Jarvis Consulting

Jean Augustine

Jones and Jones Production

King & Country Mrktg. Agency

King Sold Realty

KSO Capital Inc.

Lincoln Alexander Family


Metalworks Studios


National Bank Financial

New Metric Media

Park Street Education

PK Subban Management




Royal LePage Estate Realty

Sadlier Communications


SDG Odd Jobs

Slalom Build

Sony Music Canada

Stake Financial 

Stock and Row Inc.

Raymond James

T1 Agency

TD Bank

TD Securities

The Keg

Therme Group

Tyler McLay Real Estate 

Universal Music Canada

WeShall Investments Inc.

Yanique Russell Law 


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Download our Sponsorship Brochure to view available opportunities for our next You(th) Lead Conference in Fall.

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