Watch the CSPC 2021 Youth Award Ceremony

2021 Award Ceremony

This award recognizes a young individual (student, postdoctoral fellow, researcher, entrepreneur, etc.) under the age of 35 who proposes an innovative and compelling evidence-based policy that will make a positive difference to Canadians. This award is designed not only to highlight innovative, evidence-driven policy ideas by policy students and young professionals, but also to encourage young people not currently studying, or working on, public policy to share their policy ideas.

Eligible recipients include all young Canadian residents under 35, regardless of their field of study or work.

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2022 – Winner: Alex Young Soo Lee

Medical Student, University of Ottawa

Topic: Addressing the Homelessness Crisis through H.O.U.S.E. Approach

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Projected Product Lifespan, a labeling system encouraging long-lived portable electronics

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Projected Product Lifespan, a labeling system encouraging long-lived portable electronics

Featured Applicants:
– Projected Product Lifespan, a labeling system encouraging long-lived portable electronics
– Projected Product Lifespan, a labeling system encouraging long-lived portable electronics
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2021 – Winner: Shaarika Sarasija

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa

Topic: Step up: Finding respite care for persons living with dementia among students of Canadian health professions

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Runners up:

  • Taylor Reidlinger – A Call to Modernize Canadian Fisheries Policy: for Better Community Well-being, Food Security, Climate Resilience, and Economic Prosperity
  • Hannah Rahim – The need for community-driven phenomenological research to address the suicide crisis among Indigenous peoples in Canada
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Runners up:

  • Taylor Reidlinger – A Call to Modernize Canadian Fisheries Policy: for Better Community Well-being, Food Security, Climate Resilience, and Economic Prosperity
  • Hannah Rahim – The need for community-driven phenomenological research to address the suicide crisis among Indigenous peoples in Canada
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2020 – Winner: Hannah Harrison

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Geography, Environment & Geomatics, University of Guelph

Topic: Improving seafood direct-marketing for Canadian economic resilience and food security

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Runners up:

  • Andrea ReidRestoring Canada’s Pacific Salmon for a Resilient, Socially Just Future
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  • Nadwa Elbadri – Evaluation of Microbial Health Risks Facing Migrant Workers in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)
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Runners up:

  • Andrea ReidRestoring Canada’s Pacific Salmon for a Resilient, Socially Just Future
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  • Nadwa Elbadri – Evaluation of Microbial Health Risks Facing Migrant Workers in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)
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2019 – Winner: Emily De Sousa

Graduate, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Guelph

Topic: Eliminating Seafood Fraud: A Fishy Approach to Food Policy

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2018 – Winner: Jessica Kolopenuk

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

Topic: An Indigenous Approach to Canada’s National Missing Persons DNA Program

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2017 – Winner: Sierra Clark

MSc Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University

Topic: Residential Woodburning in Canada: Health and Climate Effects and Intervention Strategies

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2016 – Winner: Amani Saini

Master of Public Administration, Dalhousie University and Bachelor’s of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Topic: Using Genetic Tests to Prevent Adverse Drug Reactions

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Impact of the Youth Excellence Award

The Youth Excellence Award positively impacts the lives of all winners and runners up. Watch past winners discuss the impact this award or read their comments.