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Canada's Top 20 Under 20

Thursday, June 03, 2010 - Toronto

Today we celebrate the achievements of 20 dynamic young Canadians at the seventh Annual Top 20 Under 20™ Award Breakfast at Arcadian Court. Presented by Youth In Motion, the event recognizes the innovation, community contribution and the excellence of these remarkable youth. Prepare to be inspired by their personal stories of leadership.

This year’s recipients range in age from 15-19 and represent communities from Vancouver to Halifax.This unique event enables the public to meet and hear from 20 outstanding youth, each one selected after a rigorous, ethical, and transparent judging process. By attending, participants offer their support for Canada’s top emerging talent and gain the chance to learn about Top 20 Under 20’s™ year-long leadership development and mentoring model.

Charles Brindamour, President & CEO of Intact Financial Corporation, says: “Our experience with the Top 20 Under 20™ for the past six years has been nothing short of inspiring. The alumni, spring-boarded by their experience in the program, continue to make their mark on the world stage. Because of the Top 20 Under 20™, Canada’s youth leadership presence continues to be felt in Africa, Asia and the United States, on international councils and organizations as well as in our local communities. The program is a best practice model and we know that these 2010 laureates will have the experience of a lifetime setting their feet on a path that is sure to benefit us all.”

The Top 20 Under 20™ Program’s major supporters include Intact Insurance, Intact Foundation, BMO Capital Markets, CTVglobemedia, PepsiCo, and the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

The 2010 Top 20 Under 20™ recipients are: Ivet Bell (BC), Stéphanie Brisson (QC), David Castelino (ON), Claudia Covalciuc (NS), Emma Graham (ON), Neil Kalra (SK), Aly Kassim-Lakha (ON), Gary Kurek (AB), Tony Kwon (ON), Paige Lawson (ON), Raphael Leclaire (QC), Cody O'Neil (BC), Sofia Oke (ON), Sapna Shah (ON), Elyse Simpson (ON), Perri Tutelman (BC), Justin Vanderheide (ON), Abid Virani (QC), Brian Wong (BC), Yan Yu (AB).

Presented by Youth in Motion and sponsored by Intact Insurance and Intact Foundation, Top 20 Under 20™ is a national youth award and mentoring program that offers a unique blend of recognition and encouragement to Canadian youth. Other major sponsors include BMO Capital Markets, PepsiCo Canada, CTVglobemedia, and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Top 20 Under 20™ seeks out and rewards young Canadians who demonstrate significant innovation, achievement, and leadership.

2010 Top 20 Under 20™ Award Breakfast: June 3rd, 2010

Arcadian Court
401 Bay Street, 8th floor
Toronto, Ontario

Canada

Media information:

Contact: Larry Mah, Youth In Motion
Office: 416.962.4192 Mobile: 416.738.1382

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