Meet our current Youth Delegates

This programme is working towards:

Youth Delegates for COP25

November 30th - December 7th, 2019

Kambal Bloxham

Kambal Bloxham is a Bachelor of Nursing student at Mount Royal University in Calgary.  He has an intern position with The Center for Global Education (TCGE) based out of Edmonton. His involvement with the TCGE is a part of his stage three community service project with the Canadian Conservation Corps (CCC), which he has been involved with since 2018.  He spends his summers working with YMCA Calgary’s Camp Chief Hector summer camp leading back-country trips for youth.

Katelynne Herchak

Katelynne’s traditional name is Elisapee. She is Inuk from Kuujjuaq, QC. She was born and raised in Victoria, BC which is the traditional territory of the Lekwungen speaking people. She is a graduate from the Indigenous Family Support Program at Camosun College and completed the Canada World Youth’s International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program in 2016, and she completed the Katimavik National Experience Program 2018. In addition to creating policy at the post-secondary level, while she was a member of the City of Victoria Youth Council, she was nominated to participate in the United Nations Association in Canada’s Youth as Peacebuilders Forum, which provided North American input to the UN Secretary General’s review of Resolution 2250, unanimously adopted in 2015 urging all member states to increase representation of youth in decision making at all levels. She currently works for VIDEA as an Indigenous Governance Officer, and she is a member of the National Urban Inuit Youth Council as a representative of Nunavik and BC and is a new member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group.

Christopher Cundari

Christopher is an entrepreneur, strategist and creative from Toronto. He is dedicated to being a lifelong learner. In 2015, he graduated with an HBA from the Ivey Business School. He then went on to explore the many aspects of building businesses: from supply chain management at a men’s suit start-up, to building a sustainability-focused company and managing a team at Boro (a peer-to-peer marketplace to rent and list clothing), to interpreting large quantities of data and marketing enterprise products at Lift & Co. His entrepreneurial drive and experience will allow him to convert learnings from the COP25 into action.

Youth Delegates for the 11th Geneva Forum

December 9th - December 13th, 2019

Fallon Hayes

Fallon is from Ajax, Ontario where she is the CEO of her own sustainably and ethically sourced product company, ‘NeedYa Sustainables’. Fallon conducted her undergraduate degree in molecular biology, neuroscience and psychology, as well as a master’s of environmental science at the University of Toronto. In 2018, Fallon participated in the International Youth Internship Program at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she traveled to Vietnam to conduct research on sustainable agriculture. Currently, Fallon is completing an internship with the Canadian Wildlife Federation where she is working on designing and implementing the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress 2020 #NatureForAll campaign. The goal of this endeavor is to empower youth from around the world to create and participate in sustainability missions. Fallon is very excited to attend the 11th Geneva Forum and aims to integrate all she will learn into her work.

James Mager

James is an ardent environmentalist and outdoorsperson with an academic background in political science. He sees community engagement and political mobilization as the means to create a more just and equitable society. He is currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in Vancouver, BC. During his time with the Canadian Conservation Corps, he developed leadership skills, honed his camping skills, and committed countless hours to volunteer service. The program began with a two-week canoe trip through Algonquin Park followed by a ten-week placement at McGill’s Gault Nature Reserve. He was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Visionaries Prize in 2017 for his presentation Modernizing Democracy: Technology and the Ontario Government. The proposal focused on a decentralized mobile voting platform aimed at increasing youth engagement, decreasing impediments to voting faced by marginalized populations, and eliminating political apathy. He currently works in communications and marketing, has worked as a volunteer and outreach coordinator for various political and social campaigns, and coached skiing for many years. He hopes to attend law school in the future, focusing on Environmental Law. James is honoured to represent UNA-Canada at the 11th Geneva Forum and hopes to glean a global perspective from the other attendees.

Kelsey Kliparchuk 

Kelsey (she/they) is a first generation Canadian who now lives on Mi'kmaq territory or what is now called New Brunswick. Their position as a Project Leader with Katimavik allows them to empower the voices of youth participants as well as educate about the colonial history of Canada, the territory we occupy, and what Truth and Reconciliation means as a non-indigenous person in Canada. In 2018, she was selected to be a leader with Canadian Roots Exchange's Youth Reconciliation Initiative while also managing an all women's performance collective in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, AB). In 2019, she began her position with Katimavik, where she was relocated across the country, and since has been granted many opportunities to better understand youth, indigenous nations, and their rightful places in this world. She is grateful for the opportunity to represent Canada Service Corps and attend the 11th Geneva Forum.

 Global Forum on Migration and Development Delegates

January 17th – January 25th, 2020

Ahmad Farzam Karimi 

Farzam began his career in migration and refugee services in 2016 while in Secondary School. He has spent his career thus far founding and developing programs for the integration of refugees and new migrants across southern Ontario and extending to the rest of Canada. His research and humanitarian efforts relate to areas of social development, employment, education, human rights, advancement of women and equality within Canada and internationally. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Youth Advisory Council and is a researcher at the Michael G DeGroote National Pain Centre located in Hamilton Ontario. He currently serves as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve in the Army and is studying at McMaster University to complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Program with a specialization in Child Health.

Victoria Yang

Victoria is a Master of Information candidate at the University of Toronto, specializing in Library and Information Science and Culture and Technology. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies, Book and Media Studies, and Political Science. Victoria has always been actively involved in civic engagement projects, with focuses on human rights, social justice, and the youth voice. In 2018, she participated in Katimavik, a national leadership program. During this program, she volunteered at an immigration settlement non-profit, and collaborated with Indigenous community members on two projects: A gallery exhibit detailing the history and culture of New Brunswick’s Mi’kmaq people, and a billboard with the historical Anishinaabemowin name of Ramsey Lake in Northern Ontario. After Katimavik, Victoria worked as the NATO Multimedia Library Intern at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 

 World Urban Forum Delegates

February 8th – February 13th, 2020

Aleem Aamir

Aleem is a second-year university student pursuing an Honours in Biology at Concordia University in Montreal. Having spent ten years living in the Middle East, he has a unique perspective on global issues and the impact they can have on Canadians. As an ambassador for Canada Service Corps’ RISE program, he conceived #beatthecup, a sustainability project targeting wastage due to single-use plastics in his local community. Together, with a team of Montreal youth, he educated, inspired, and mobilized participants to tackle the gross overuse of disposable items. Aleem also has a passion for the social effects of urbanization; his gold-medal-winning synthetic biology project addressed the opioid crisis and accidental fentanyl-related overdoses. Extensive human practices work, and collaborations with a British Columbia-based team helped open his eyes to how urban centres across Canada can still be improved and further developed. As a member of Concordia’s Institute for Co-operative Education, Aleem is currently working at a biotechnology startup, optimizing DNA-extraction techniques for downstream applications. He aims to continue his education after graduating while remaining an active and engaged member of his community.

Anne Ageh

Anne Ageh is a Bachelor of Commerce (2017) graduate from the University of Toronto and currently works as a Logistics Analyst at Honda Canada Inc. Her passion for environmental and local projects began in university, where she was part of Enactusas Vice-President of Operations and worked on several projects with local community partners to promote environmental change, economic empowerment, and financial literacy. Anne also was a co-founder of an environmental, social enterprise that creates biodegradable packaging material. Thanks to her work, she received the prestigious Rotman Commerce Director's Award for Innovation. Most recently, she has also volunteered in the RISE program, as part of Apathy is Boring, and Innovate MY Future program, as part of Youth Challenge International, to create and implement projects focusing on promoting environmental awareness and reducing the impacts of climate change locally. She is very excited to learn about innovative approaches to community impact projects and continue her work with other engaged youth to create change in our local communities.

Michael Batas

Michael Batas is a second-year International Business student at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. As a proud member of his local and global community, Michael enjoys participating in community service initiatives both through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and through the founding of the Michael Batas Environmental Stewardship Scholarship 2008. Internationally, Michael has represented Canada on the 2015 Vimy Pilgrimage Award and the 2017 International Air Cadet Exchange. In December 2017, Michael graduated from the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program, having attained the highest rank after six and a half years of service. He also earned his Glider Pilot and Private Pilots Licence during his tenure in air cadets. Since 2018, Michael has been a member of Global Vision - Junior Team Canada and been selected to serve as an ambassador on Trade Missions in Asia, South America and Oceania. Besides, he attended the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Corporation Leaders and CEO Summit in Papua New Guinea on the mandate to promote bilateral trade and foreign direct investment with Canada in the Pacific region. As an aspiring diplomat and urban planner, Michael is thrilled to be a UNA-Canada delegate to the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi. He looks forward to working and collaborating with his global counterparts to address issues surrounding the sustainable and inclusive development of world urban centres.

Cyrielle Noël

Cyrielle is a spatial planner with expertise in marine and coastal environments. Being born and raised on the river island of Tiohtiá:ke (Montréal), Cyrielle is described as a thalassophile who believes that spatial challenges can be mediation through careful observation and understanding of the reciprocal relationship between humans and the environment. Cyrielle studied International Development at McGill University. Her research was focused on sustainable development and climate change issues particularly relevant to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). As a recipient of a full Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, she graduated with merit from Radboud University with a Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and from Cardiff University with a Master of Science in European Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy. In her thesis, she explored the scope for closer integration between marine spatial planning and coastal zone management practices within the context of promoting sustainable development. Cyrielle moonlights as a social entrepreneur and utilizes this vocation to explore solutions to global wicked problems. She recently founded Eau-Dacité: which initiates projects, programs, and events related to ocean literacy and waterway conservation. In her free time, Cyrielle enjoys connecting to nature by recreating outdoors. She enjoys snowboarding, spelunking, and fishing.

Victoria Baker

Victoria Baker is a 2019 High School Graduate that is currently studying at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. She is a full-time student pursuing Bachelor Degrees in the Biological Sciences as well as Education. With these degrees, Victoria hopes to educate herself and others on the importance of sustainability in a rapidly changing world, and what can be done to reduce the impact of our ecological footprints. In addition to this, Victoria is a firm believer in charity work and humanitarianism. She has been fortunate enough to volunteer with the Canadian Service Corps across the country, in various provinces with other Canadian youth. As a result of these experiences, she has learned the importance of activism, passion and kindness when promoting positive change. Victoria hopes to advocate for global citizenship by participating in events such as WUF 2020, that work to endorse and develop a cooperative global community. 

Jasmine Mohamed

Jasmine Mohamed is a community development organizer, urban planner, and urban farmer currently pursuing her Masters in Environmental Studies and Urban Planning at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is passionate about climate change, affordable housing, transformative urban planning and restorative justice. She is dedicated to building sustainable cities that are inclusive and accessible to all communities. In her research, she is interested in understanding how urban socio-environmental processes and exclusionary policies that create barriers to a better quality of life. Jasmine is enthusiastic about bringing community-based strategies to mitigate displacement, impacting vulnerable groups living along the margins. She is currently working on a community planning project The Black Futures on Eglinton which seeks to engage local leaders within the Eglinton Avenue West and Little Jamaica neighbourhoods to build knowledge on the value and human impact of cultural resources and heritage that create, maintain, and
contribute to healthy and satisfactory living

Commission on the Status of Women  Delegates 

February 8th – February 13th, 2020

Ninar Fawal

Ninar Fawal is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, majoring in international relations and political science. She is interested in human rights, conflict, democracy, and political engagement particularly in the Middle East-North Africa region, and looks to center gender equality in her engagement with these topics. Alongside her studies, she is an editor with Foreign Policy Interrupted, an organization that focuses on providing a platform for female foreign policy experts and promoting women’s contribution to foreign policy discussions.  She is also a Lead Analyst with the G7 Research Group, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She is on the Advisory Council of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the civic and political leadership capacity of young women. She is bilingual in English and Arabic, and has a working proficiency in French.  

Natasha Frank

Ninar Fawal is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, majoring in international relations and political science. She is interested in human rights, conflict, democracy, and political engagement particularly in the Middle East-North Africa region, and looks to center gender equality in her engagement with these topics. Alongside her studies, she is an editor with Foreign Policy Interrupted, an organization that focuses on providing a platform for female foreign policy experts and promoting women’s contribution to foreign policy discussions.  She is also a Lead Analyst with the G7 Research Group, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She is on the Advisory Council of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the civic and political leadership capacity of young women. She is bilingual in English and Arabic, and has a working proficiency in French.  

Isabella Grajczyk

Isabella Grajczyk is a student at University of Regina pursuing concurrent degrees in English and Education. She is also nearing completion of a Global Studies Certificate from University of Saskatchewan. Isabella has been a tutor throughout university, spent two summers assisting at an English school summer camp in Beijing, China and plans to teach internationally upon graduation. She currently volunteers as a Student Recruitment Ambassador for the University of Regina. Isabella is deeply passionate about getting involved in her community: be it her hometown, her school, her country, or on an international level.  She has attended various leadership-training opportunities to enhance her skills and lives by the philosophy that if you want to see any sort of change, big or small, you must get involved. Isabella has organized a brunch to celebrate International Women’s Day in her hometown of Moose Jaw and is planning summer leadership camps for girls in rural Saskatchewan.  She has been selected as a youth Trade Ambassador with Global Vision Junior Team Canada for the Trade and Development Mission to Peru, February 2020. Isabella is keen to take on new challenges and seeks opportunities where she can make a difference. Her long-term goal includes social and political roles on an international level and being a UNA-Canada delegate for the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City helps advance that goal.  

 Erika Massoud

Erika Massoud is a Project Officer at a provincial network representing over 150 civil society organizations working with immigrants and refugees in Quebec, Canada. In her role, within the Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Branch, she supports participatory action research, which advocates for inclusive policies and programs for immigrant and refugee women. Previously, Erika worked with non-profit organizations and academic institutions in Canada and internationally, on topics ranging from human rights education to youth engagement and women’s empowerment. Actively involved in her community, Erika is also part of the Commission for Cultural Diversity, working to review her city’s action plan on immigration, cultural diversity, and inclusion. Erika holds a European Master’s degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about social justice and migration issues, as well as engaging in intercultural dialogue across borders.

ECOSOC Youth Forum Delegates 

March 31-April 2, 2020 

Raphaël Boilard

Raphaël Boilard a 19 ans et il habite à Lévis. Depuis son jeune âge, il est passionné par les projets sociaux et communautaires. Il a terminé en mai dernier son DEC en sciences de la nature. Il a décidé par la suite de participer à l’expérience nationale Katimavik au Nouveau-Brunswick. En plus d’être associé à l’organisme INCA où il a pu faire du bénévolat avec des personnes aveugles, ce programme lui a permis d’enrichir ses connaissances sur la vérité et la réconcilation avec les peuples autochtones, la vie de groupe, les communautés multiculturelles ainsi que la communauté LGBTQ+. Raphaël a obtenu récemment une bourse du programme gouvernemental fédéral Jeunes en action afin de réaliser une journée d’activités hivernales avec des personnes immigrantes de sa ville. Il s’occupe également des ressources humaines d’un comité pour le Carnaval de Québec et fait du bénévolat pour quelques événements de sa région. Durant les dernières années, il a obtenu plusieurs emplois dans le domaine de l’animation. Il compte d’ailleurs poursuivre ses études en enseignement à l’université.

Isabelle Bujold

From a young age, Isabelle Bujold understood the challenges that her generation would be facing in light of global climate change. Her commitment started in high school where she was elected president of the environmental committee. She dedicated her time raising awareness about social and environmental issues among her peers. In 2013, she received the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal for her sustained voluntary action in her community. Isabelle Bujold’s academic background comprises an undergraduate certificate in Ecology from the University of Sherbrooke, followed by an undergraduate degree in Managing for Sustainability from McGill University, graduating with distinction. She then focused on the opportunity to put her knowledge into action and was one of few selected to participate in the Canadian Conservation Corps, a nine-month leadership program targeting conservation work in Canada. Currently completing her service project, she wishes to continue to help mobilize her community towards sustainable development issues by educating and empowering today’s youth. Isabelle wants to take a leadership role in the climate agenda by dedicating her career to this endeavour. She expects to pursue her master’s degree in climate change and will work toward having an impactful career in policymaking.

Segen Mehreteab

Segen Mehreteab is a first generation Canadian-Eritrean living and working in Nogojiwanog, widely known as Peterborough. After graduating from Queen's University with a Bachelors in Science, Segen realized a passion for youth work and environmentalism. Through her years of working as a backcountry wilderness guide for youth at risk, as well as supporting youth in a shelter in finding safe housing, she has been a passionate advocate of youth empowerment. Having participated in Katimavik first as a volunteer and now as a Project Leader, Segen continues to build strong connections with the volunteers she supports and engage them in actively shaping their futures. Her current mission is to work towards engaging youth who have been historically marginalized from establishing connections in nature and mobilize them to take action in the climate crisis.  Segen is grateful and enthusiastic about this journey with the UN-CSC and to meet with international leaders, as well as fellow advocates to reimagine solutions to ongoing challenges and inspire collaboration across fields, on local, national and international levels. She looks forward to bringing her learning back to her community and creatively and sustainably impacting positive change.

Jayson Subaskaran

An aspiring physician, Jayson Subaskaran is a Bachelor of Science (Honours) graduate from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He currently works at McMaster University as a Student Navigator with the School of Interdisciplinary Science’s Life Sciences Program. Through this position, he bridges the gap between undergraduate students and the plethora of campus services via referrals, peer support and wellness education. As a proponent of the Stepped Care Approach in providing mental health treatment, he seeks to use his role to ensure that post-secondary students can be treated for their mental health in the most efficient manner. He also studied Culinary Arts at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and has used this knowledge to support several food security initiatives at McMaster University, including “The Life Science Kitchen”, a wellness program that he developed in his role as Student Navigator. Additionally, he has completed multiple pedagogical research projects with the university and is an advocate of establishing mentorship frameworks within academic programs to promote co-learning. Jayson is also a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Holder. He hopes that his learnings from this forum will translate to novel sustainable practices in his academic community.