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RBC Future Launch: Future Ready Youth Summit

There’s a lot to think about when you’re starting your professional life. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the constant state of change, you’re not the only one.

RBC Future Launch presents Future Ready

Hear inspiring stories from young professionals and gain insights from industry experts who will share advice, guidance and tools to help you prepare for your professional future.

In Conversation: Mental Well-Being

Featuring Canadian Olympian hurdler and founder of The Believe Initiative, Sarah Wells, sports psychologist Peter Jensen and Julie Ostrowski from

Sarah, Peter and Julie talk about overcoming the mental blocks you put in front of yourself while addressing the topics of anxiety, stress and fear while addressing the challenges associated with staying focused when everything around us is changing.

In Conversation: Networking

Featuring Samantha Simunyu, who works in the office of the CEO at RBC in Toronto and experts Dave Wilkin, founder of Ten Thousand Coffees and Stacey Dakin from the Canadian Mentoring Partnership.

Samantha, Dave and Stacey talk about why networking can come naturally to some of us and is down- right scary for others. They will simplify networking, explore the best tips and tricks and uncover the value of an effective network and explain how you can start to build your own.

In Conversation: 21st Century Skills

Featuring Prieeya Kaur Kesh, Founder and CEO of Our Wave Hub in Toronto, Jake Hirsch-Allen from LinkedIn and Audacious Futures’ founder Hamoon Ekhtiari.

Prieeya, Jake and Hamoon know 21st-century skills are what separate humans from the bots and all those other game-changers that are altering the future of work. They will help identify which of these valuable skills you have and which you need to grow. You might be surprised that you are further ahead than you think.

In Conversation: Work-Integrated Learning

Featuring Cindy Chao, who works in Youth Strategy and Innovation at RBC in Toronto and experts Valerie Walker of the Business Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Florence Rousseau from Magnet and Venture for Canada’s Scott Stirett.

Cindy, Valerie, Florence and Scott will unpack the Catch-22 known as the ‘no experience, no job’ cycle. They will share some great advice on how to get the right experience while explaining the options that are available to you.

In Conversation: Systemic Racism, Diversity and Mentorship

There’s been a social awakening this year, to affect real change, we have to be willing to have real conversations.

Canadian sprinting champion Sam Effah, is joined by WNBA star Natasha Cloud and hockey player and co-founder of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, Akim Aliu, for an important conversation on diversity, systemic racism and the power of mentorship.

Thank you to all our participants

Pascal Siakam

Pro Basketball Player

Sam Effah

RBC Olympian

Akim Aliu

Pro Hockey Player

Jake Hirsh-Allen


Stacey Dakin

Canadian Mentoring Partnership

Annalie Bonda

Remix Project

Sarah Wells

Canadian Olympian

Tyler Smith

Humboldt Broncos

Natasha Cloud

Pro Basketball Player

Ann Makosinski

Student Inventor

Valerie Walker

Business + Higher Education Roundtable

RJ Barrett

RBC Olympian

Jonathan Toews

Pro Hockey Player

Hamoon Ekhitari

Audacious Futures

Dave Wilkin

Ten Thousand Coffees

Scott Stirrett

Venture for Canada