Influencers of Tomorrow

GEM believes that the solution to the problems our female youth face today can be addressed in part by the girls themselves. We see a need for more opportunities for female youth to be heard in our community.

In response, we launched our first all girls summit on April 16th, 2016 called the Influencers of Tomorrow. This event brought 150 girls from all over the GTA to solve the most important issues facing Toronto girls today, and to discuss how can we make our city more inclusive.

The Summit team was lead by 10 girls from GEM and The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) and 10 mentors from GEM, BSS, Civic Action, The Junior League, and MaRS. Together with the Design Thinking team from MaRS, these 10 young women created a day where they harnessed the diverse perspectives of girls from all over Toronto. Now they will go out and make a change in their communities that will make Toronto a better place.

Guest Speakers and Presentations

We had a star studded line-up of speakers that talked to the girls about activism and change, and what they could do to use their own special gifts to make a positive change in the world.

Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Alaa Murabit, Women’s Rights Activist and UN Advisor
Zahra Al-Harazi, Celebrated Female Entrepreneur and Canadian Ambassador for UNICEF
Marc Kielburger, Co-Founder of Me to We and Free the Children
Christina Dorey-Gray, Regional VP at RBC discussing Unconscious Bias
Jasmine Herlt, Managing Director of Human Rights Watch
Panelists from S.O.Y. H.E.A.T.
Nayani Thiyagarajah, Independent Film Maker and Producer
Pre-recorded video from: Clara Hughes, Canadian Olympian
Musical Performance by NEFE, Singer and Songwriter

Become a delegate

Registration will reopen in 2017. Please keep checking back to see how you can participate in the day.


This event was only possible by the many volunteers from GEM, our partner The Bishop Strachan School and others. Would you like to be a Mentor and help girls through the entire process? or would you like to volunteer on the day? Contact us.

Become A Sponsor

Last year RBC, Burgundy Asset Management and Empire Life Financial were our Lead Sponsors. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

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