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Keynote Speaker

Habon Ali

Habon Ali is a systems thinker who has been recognized as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2021). She holds an MSc in Global Health from McMaster University and graduated as valedictorian from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelors of Science. Currently, she is an intern with the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme where she is learning more about health policy while expanding her understanding of provincial politics. She was recently named a Schwarzman Scholar and will be attending Tsinghua University in Beijing to study Global Affairs.

Habon advised PM Justin Trudeau for over two years while creating Canada's first National Youth Policy. She furthered social innovation projects at MaRS Discovery District and Grand Challenges Canada. Currently, Habon is the chair of the Board of Directors at Apathy is Boring. She also works with the Future of Canada project, which provides seed funding to catalyze research that explores the possibilities for Canada in the next decade. She is passionate about removing systemic barriers for youth, especially youth from communities who were made to be marginalized and vulnerable.

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