The United Nations recently called on youth around the world to lead the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The COVID-19 global pandemic adds greater urgency to the global call for change agents who can successfully tackle the 21st century’s grand challenges of sustainability, justice, and inclusion.
Huron’s educational mission asks students to lead with their minds and their hearts. This competition invites students to identify a problem or crisis that their community presently faces, either locally globally, and to imagine a potential solution and how it might be brought to fruition.
At Huron we always seek out the next generation of innovative thinkers who are passionate about improving the state of the world and possess the potential to bring about positive change in the communities in which they live.
This experience will allow you to learn from our expert professors, meet fellow Leaders with Heart from around the world and develop invaluable professional skills for your future in free, optional workshops while diving deep into ideas you are most passionate about.
Huron plays its part in both the search for new ideas and the mentoring of compassionate leaders who make the world a better place for all. This is your chance to showcase your potential and earn big prizes to turn your ideas into reality. Will you answer the call to lead?
First Place Pitch: $5,000 Scholarship
Second Place Pitch: $3,000 Scholarship
Third Place Pitch: $1,000 Scholarship
Students who submit one of the top 3 solutions will also receive a $1,500 Huron Research Fellowship with one-on-one Professor mentorship to study their chosen problem in-depth and develop practical solutions to address it in the real world.
At the Tutorial Sessions, you’ll learn all about the competition requirements and experience a professor masterclass in how to develop and address a local or global challenge. Attending any ONE of the following sessions is mandatory in order to participate in the competition. After attending and learning about the process, you can ask any questions before deciding whether you wish to participate – click on one of the session buttons below to register.
Tutorial Session #1
Saturday, October 16
Tutorial Session #2
Sunday, November 14 8:30am EST
Tutorial Session #3
Saturday, December 18
Deadline to Submit your Challenge Solution: January 8, 2022, 11:59 PM EST
Live Pitch to Judges: January 22, 2022
At the Live Pitch event, you’ll tell us all about your amazing idea, meet Huron’s President and have the chance to be selected as the First Place, Second Plan or Third Place Pitch!
Meet Your Professors
SARA MACDONALD, PHD
NEIL BRADFORD, PHD
PROFESSOR, POLITICAL SCIENCE AND GLOBAL GREAT BOOKS AT HURON
Sara MacDonald is an award-winning professor at Huron, known for a teaching style that promotes lively discussions through a blend of intellectual rigour, Socratic humility and a quirky sense of humour. Sara’s courses generally focus on the ways in which great works of philosophy and literature can help illuminate perennial themes and questions of human life. In addition to her teaching, Sara researches and writes about political philosophy, with an emphasis on ethics, freedom and human rights.
PROFESSOR, POLITICAL SCIENCE AND GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP & ETHICS AT HURON
Dr. Neil Bradford is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) department at Huron. His research interests focus on place-based policy and multi-level governance and he has published widely in the areas of urban and community development, inter-governmental relations, and partnerships that address economic innovation and social inclusion goals. Alongside his students, Neil has launched the GLE Catalogue at Huron: an impressive collection of case studies of innovative, inclusive community-based problem-solving that is student-led from start to finish.
OPTIONAL LEARNING SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Students who attend these workshop sessions in addition to the competition will receive the relevant designation on their certificate. Attendance is not mandatory; you may attend only the workshop(s) that you are interested in!
Resume Development Workshop
This session will focus on the main components of resume development, as well as how to tailor your resume to present yourself as a competitive candidate. Taught by Huron’s very own Career Development team, you’ll gain valuable insights into how to prepare yourself for internship opportunities at university and careers post-graduation.
Thursday October 21, 2021
8:30 am – 9:30 am EST
Job Searching & Networking Tips with student presenters
Through this session students will learn how to engage in effective networking as a means to secure opportunities, complimented by traditional job searching. 3 international Huron students will be identified to share their experience securing internships
Saturday October 30, 2021
9:00 am – 10:00 am EST
How to Build your Brand – Hosted by the Royal Bank of Canada
The Your Brand Matters Workshop is a 60-90 minute workshop to help young people build awareness of their brand, and learn how to use their brand effectively throughout their career. Young people will learn the essentials of what makes a great personal brand, first impression, professional presence, and elevator pitch.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Learn why your personal brand is a critical piece of your job hunt, along with how you can influence the impression you make on others.
November 17, 2021
9:00 am – 10:00 am EST
Alumni Career Masterclasses in Business /
Economics, Psychology, Government & International Affairs
In these sessions you will see how you can take your undergraduate education from Huron into a diversity of careers.
November 27/28, 2021
Crash Course on Innovation & Design Thinking 101
Prepare for University.
Build Your Innovation and Entrepreneurial Skill-Set.
Learn new approaches to team-building, innovation, prototyping and pitching. Gain the tangible skills to tackle real issues and learn how to apply your problem-solving best practices to address real-world obstacles creatively.
December 11, 2021
8:30 am – 11:30 am EST
Preparing your Pitch
Through this session students will learn how to develop and present an effective pitch.
Join us in this session where Josh Reding from Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship walks us through how to develop and present an effective pitch.
January 6, 2022
9:00 am EST
Frequently Asked Questions
The Tutorial Sessions are where you will learn everything you need to know about the competition: our Professors will showcase what they are looking for in your pitches, provide their tips, advice as well as a template you will need to follow for your submission to the competition. Our team will also be available to talk about the prizes and answer any other questions you may have.
Register for any one of the Tutorial Zoom sessions with the links above.
After the Tutorial Session, Professors will not be available for questions and advice about your submission or pitch. This is why it’s important to register for and attend the Tutorial Session live.
However, if you have any questions about the format of the competition or the prizes, please don’t hesitate to contact Alicia McLeod
Of course! The Tutorial Sessions are designed to give you a helpful overview of what the competition will be all about.
After attending a Tutorial Sessions, if you wish to participate in the competition you must send us your submission before the deadline. If you do not wish to participate after attending the Tutorial Session, no action is needed.
Of course! We welcome students who are eager to bring their ideas to the competitions, regardless of whether you have applied to Huron or not.
Yes. If you win the competition, your scholarship prize and $1,500 Research Fellowship can only be used if you are accepted to a Huron program. The scholarships listed will be issued to you in addition to any other scholarship(s) you are eligible for when you are admitted to Huron.
No. All students who participate in the program will receive a certificate from Huron that you can add to your resume, helping to set you apart from other candidates. Students who attend each optional workshop will have that designation added onto their certificate.
Students submitting one of the top 3 solutions will also be eligible for a $1,500 Huron Research Fellowship with one-on-one Professor mentorship to study their chosen problem in-depth and develop practical solutions to address it in the real world.
If you are successfully admitted to Huron, your professor mentor will work with you to support you through your research fellowship as you pursue your passion
In order to keep the competition fair among all participants and ensure the groups have different backgrounds, you may only participate in the competition as an individual. However please share the event opportunity with your friends and encourage them to register for the event as well!
The final pitches in January will be presented live to our panel of judges.
The application process to Huron is entirely independent of this competition. If you are applying to Huron, you will need to meet regular academic admission requirements for the program you are applying to, in order to be admitted.
However, you may use your participation in this competition as an extra-curricular achievement when applying to any supplemental applications beyond the initial application! For example, your achievements in this competition could help strengthen your scholarship applications. To learn more about our scholarships, please visit: https://huronatwestern.ca/future-students/international/
We know you’re busy with schoolwork of senior year and other activities in your life. The length and rigour of the competitions were designed with this in mind, so you will be able to manage both. It’s also why you will be provided with over a month between the Tutorial Session and when you need to make your competition submission.
Above all, we want this to be a fun and exciting experience for you to apply your creative freedom to ideas you care about and learn some helpful skills along the way!
Feel free to visit: https://huronatwestern.ca/future-students/international/ or contact a member of our team below!