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The Montreal Hub of the Global Shapers Community is comprised of exceptional young professionals who are emerging and accomplished leaders in the public, private, and civil society sectors. The Montreal Hub, its members and projects, reflects the diversity of the city of Montreal, a world-class city where arts, culture, and diversity plays an important role in the city’s vitality.

Through the Global Shapers Community, Montreal Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers worldwide are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.

The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder impact communities of the World Economic Forum. Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

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SHAPE North America 2017

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Catherine McKenna, announces Global Shapers will gather in Canada for SHAPE North America Summit

January 17, 2017
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

Today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, announced that Global Shapers will meet in Canada this July for SHAPE North America 2017, a summit aimed at accelerating the impact of the Global Shapers in their local communities.

Global Shapers is an initiative of the World Economic Forum, the international organization committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. The Global Shapers Community includes over six thousand young leaders in 436 city-based Hubs, who are developing community-based impact projects to advance inclusive and sustainable growth.

SHAPE North America will convene young leaders of all backgrounds to leverage their unique talents and capacities towards addressing some of North America’s greatest challenges. This Summit will harness the energy surrounding the first days of Canada’s 150th birthday year, a milestone that is focusing the eyes of the world on Canada and that the Ottawa and Toronto Hubs are proud to share with the World Economic Forum Community.

“I am excited that Global Shapers, who are exceptional youth leaders and innovators from around the world, will meet in Canada days after our sesquicentennial celebrations. The Global Shapers are driving positive change in their local communities, and while in Canada they will increase the impact of their projects and work together to shape a more sustainable future.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts:
The Global Shapers Community is represented at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos-Klosters by 52 Global Shapers (with gender parity) representing 52 Hubs.

The Global Shapers Community has been recognized for its record of delivering impact through over 400 Hub Projects impacting the lives of over 23 million people worldwide. Last year, Global Shapers were exclusively invited by the Vatican to a consultation to help them incorporate the views of young people into Pope Francis’ upcoming initiatives. In 2015-16, Global Shapers around the world also immediately responded to natural disasters in Nepal and Ecuador, while furthering the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by taking the SHAPE Sustainability Initiative to 42 cities.

SHAPE North America will be jointly hosted by the Toronto and Ottawa Hubs in July 2017. Participants will develop concrete projects to address some of the greatest challenges facing the continent. More programming details to be released.

Media Inquiries:
SHAPE NA 2017 Co-Chairs, Arjun Gupta and Adam Moscoe

International Women’s Day 2017


Join the Global Shapers Montréal and Startup Canada on March 8, 2017 in celebration of International Women’s Day!

We are hosting a panel discussion with women & men from Montreal who will discuss their lives, career paths and how they are engaged in making their organizations more effective in empowering women.

The event aims to create meaningful dialogue and synergies in addressing the International Women’s Day theme, #BeBoldForChange. It’s a call for everyone to help forge more inclusive, diverse and gender equal workplaces.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the Eventbrite ticket registration page here.

Panelists include:

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International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Learn more

International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women past, present and future. In some countries, including Bulgaria, Russia, Vietnam and China, it is a national holiday and is celebrated by both men and women. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and continues to be celebrated today.


Meet the Montreal Shapers

Viva Dadwal
Curator (2017-18)
BCL/LLB Candidate, McGill University Faculty of Law
Nirushaa Senthilnathan
Vice Curator (2017-18)
Project Coordinator, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
Renjie Butalid
Outgoing Curator (2017-18)
Associate Director, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Brandon Silver
Director of Projects, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
Katie Carey Nivard
Director of Global Partnerships, Mama Hope & Co-founder, Glorious
Martina Buchal
Founder, #StartWithin
Moses Gashirabake
Co-Founder and Co-President, International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD)
Rim Sabrina Sassi
PhD Student, McGill Research Assistant, Jeanne Sauvé Fellow
Simon Labrecque
Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Minister/President, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Government of Canada
Zied Touzani
Founder & President, Tun’Act

Montreal Hub Alumni

Mélanie Devirieux

Mélanie Devirieux

Manager at Deloitte Canada

Past Curator 2014-2015

Laurence Bakayoko

Laurence Bakayoko

Founder & CEO of ProjekTae

Past Curator 2015-2016

Andréanne Grimard

Andréanne Grimard

Environmental Consultant
Joëlle Chiasson

Joëlle Chiasson

Avocate chez Daigneault avocats Inc.

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