Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, where she was named the valedictorian of her graduating medical class. She is a physician, professional spoken word poet, public speaker, writer, and advocate for racialized and marginalized populations. Presently, Dr. Oriuwa is completing her residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto where she aims to go on to complete further sub-specialist training in neuro-psychiatry.
Segun Makinde is a 2x Olympian, Keynote Speaker, Athlete Council Member, Community Ambassador, Podcaster, and 3x International medalist.
Segun believes that being an Olympian is more than just going to the Olympic Games, and uses his unique perspective combined with over 13 years of high performance and Olympic experience to positively impact and inspire individuals and organizations to do what they think is impossible, by tapping into their own, “Inner Olympian”.
Peter Yang is a high school student from Hamilton, Ontario. He is the international #1 bestselling author of The Art of Writing and the CEO of Reviewerly, Inc. Since getting published at age 15, his book has sold thousands of copies worldwide and gained over 100 reviews on Amazon.com, outranking industry classics like The Elements of Style. His startup received $3,000 in funding from McMaster University's Forge business incubator where he set a record as the youngest founder to ever get accepted
Known for his innovative blend of performance, teaching and research, Dr. Michael Schutz is currently Associate Professor of Music Cognition/Percussion at McMaster University, where he is currently University Scholar in recognition of his work connecting music performance and music perception. He is the founding director of the MAPLE Lab and a core member of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind.
Dr. Jeff Sutherland started his career as a comprehensive family physician in 1993. Unfortunately, this part of his life came to a screeching halt in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), at the age of 41.This diagnosis would be enough for any person to give up. Yet, for the last 13 years, Jeff has been continuously adapting and learning. He is actively involved with ALS Canada as a top fundraiser and advocate.
Jacqueline Rintjema is a Master of Public Health student at McMaster University and a recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her research interests include health systems strengthening, chronic disease prevention, and primary health care. She is also the Founder and Director of the Public Health Youth Association of Canada (PHYAC), a newly formed national by-youth-for-youth organization.