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					  For 80 great years, we’ve sung the praises of remarkable women.
   To mark our milestone birthday, we searched for the country’s
most promising stars and asked seven blockbuster talents to name
 the next big thing in their fields. From upstart artists, global activists
and Olympians, to corporate go-getters, ambitious journalists and
       inspired inventors: Meet the newsmakers of tomorrow.
        by Flannery Dean, Megan Griffith-Greene, Cori Howard, Vanessa Milne, Marlene Rego and Lisa Rundle

   Chatelaine’s 80

  amazing Canadian

                                                                          to watch
 Deidra Dionne, Lisa Glithero, Nicole Adshead-Bell, Shelley Saywell, Sabrina
 Matthews, Hannah Moscovitch, Sarah Welch, Emily VanCamp, Rose Cousins,
 Ellen Page, Heather O’Neill, Casey Mecija, Hannah Sung, Elisapie Isaac, Tobey
 Nemeth, Basia Bulat, Sophie Milman, Made in Canada, Loyal Loot Collective,
 Pascale Girardin, Joanna Notkin, Annmarie Morais, Zaki Ibrahim, Stéphanie
 Lapointe, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Skawenní:io Barnes, Diana Juricevic, Annick
 Dufresne, Simone Shindler, Jennifer Corriero, Renée Hodgkinson, Jocelyn
 Land-Murphy, Jessica Lax, Emmanuelle Richez, Stéphanie Yates, Melanie
 Mark, Nam Kiwanuka, Nathalia Guerrero, Alison Gordon, Mary-Jo DeCoteau,
 Sue Gardner, Laura Koot, Rachel Sklar, Salimah Ebrahim, Ausma Khan, Saron
 Ghebressellassie, Robyn Doolittle, Rafaële Germain, Harmony Rice, Susan
 Niczowski, Tiffany Steeves, Sabrina Heinekey, Tammy Beese, Jane McDonald,
 Jane Ambachtsheer, Prerna Chandak, Kristen Worley, Meghan Agosta, Cathy
 Harris, Jujie Luan, Kalyna Roberge, Claudia Larouche, Carol Huynh, Fahima
 Osman, RowanThomson,JosephineTsang,VéroniqueLecault,ErinMazerolle,
 Kate Reeve, Susan L. Tighe, Jane Polak Scowcroft, Rebecca Comley, Shauna
 Mullally, Sana Halwani, Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, April Dutheil, Nikki Yanofsky,
 Christine Evans, Hannah Taylor, Kayla Cornale, Katie Willis, Cory Harrower

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                                                                                                                                                                                     Arts &C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rose Cousins, 31
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Prince Edward Island’s Rose Cousins snagged the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        award for best female artist at this year’s East Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Music Awards for her 2006 album, If You Were for
                                                                                                                                                                               Sophie Milman, 25                                        Me. The disc, her first full-length release, has a folk-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        country-pop sound anchored by solid writing and
                                                                                                                                                                               With a Juno nomination for best jazz vocals and
                                                                                                                                                                               a recent world tour that took her as far as Japan,       a clear, confident voice.
                                                                                                                                                                               Sophie Milman – who sings in multiple languages,
                                                                                                                                                                               mixing jazz standards with pop hits – is living la vie                                                              Elisapie Isaac

                                                                                                                                                                               en rose. Her 2004 self-titled debut and second disc,
                                                                                                                                                                               Make Someone Happy, released in 2007, have sold
                                                                                                                                                                               hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. The
                                                                                                                                                                               Russian-born, Israeli-raised Milman is also a com-
                                                                                                                                                                               merce student at the University of Toronto.

                                                                                                                                                                               Emily VanCamp, 21
                                                                                                                                                                               The Port Perry, Ont., native Emily VanCamp
                                                                                                                                                                               rounds out an accomplished cast – Calista Flock-
                                                                                                                                                                               hart, Rachel Griffiths, Sally Field – in the Emmy-
                                                                                                                                                                               winning family drama Brothers & Sisters. She
                                                                                                                                                                               landed the part on the strength of her portrayal
                                                                                                                                                                               of Amy Abbott on the 2002–2006 series Everwood.
                                                                                                                                                                               Fans were so taken with VanCamp’s Amy that some
                                                                                                                                                                               bloggers successfully demanded that she be cast in
                                                                                                                                                                               Brothers & Sisters.

                                                                                                                                                                               Loyal Loot Collective,                                   Elisapie Isaac, 30
                 The next big thing in dance                                                                                                                                   25 to 30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Born in Salluit, Que., the singer and filmmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elisapie Isaac is currently at work on her first solo
                                                                                                                                                                               Made up of four Calgary- and Edmonton-based album. (As one-half of the culture-crossing folk
      WHO: National Ballet of Canada artistic director and                 Ballet of Canada last year. “She’s very smart and talented,                                         designers, the Loyal Loot Collective has been duo Taima, she won a Juno in 2005.) In 2003, she
                                                                                                                                           ISAAC pHoTogrApH: BerNArD forgÈre

      former prima ballerina Karen Kain (above left) nominates             but she’s very compassionate, too,” Kain says. “There is a
                                                                                                                                                                               hailed for its innovative work. Doha Chebib, Anna directed the National Film Board documentary
      choreographer Sabrina Matthews.                                      humanity about her work. It’s very dynamic; it’s very fluid.
                                                                                                                                                                               Thomas, Carmen Douville and Dara Humniski met If the Weather Permits, about the growing gap
      WHY: Dancers from Beijing to Stuttgart to New York have              It looks extremely organic. And her dancers look quite fierce
      performed Matthews’s work, and she has commissions this year         when they dance her work, which is a wonderful thing to see.”                                       as students. Four years later, their furniture and between Inuit youth and elders. The daughter of
      in Toronto and Sweden. Matthews, 30, rose to prominence as a         WHeRe YOU’LL See MattHeWS neXt: Her choreography                                                    housewares, made from craft materials such as an Inuk mother and Newfoundlander father,
      dancer with the Alberta Ballet, but it’s her role as choreographer   is in the repertoire of the Alberta Ballet, and she has been                                        wood and felt, are showing in New York and Stock- the Montreal-based Isaac is fluent in three lan-
      that is winning her ovations. Kain was so impressed that she         commissioned to create new work for the National Ballet of                                          holm and have been championed by Martha guages and navigates cultural boundaries with
      invited Matthews to participate in a workshop at the National        Canada’s next season. photograph by Sandy nicolson                                                  Stewart on her talk show.                          impressive skill.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Heather O’Neill, 34
                    Pascale Girardin, 45                                                                                                                                                                                                       In 2007, Heather O’Neill’s debut novel, Lullabies for
                     Pascale Girardin’s ceramic art installations define                                                                                                                                                                       Little Criminals, was catapulted into the literary
                     the mood of hotels and restaurants in Las Vegas,                                                                                                                                                                          spotlight when it was chosen as the top pick of CBC’s
                     Dubai, New York and Montreal. The pieces look                                                                                                                                                                             Canada Reads contest. Later that year, it was a final-

                                                                                              pHoTogrApHS: NeMeTH: MArY ArMSTroNg. MeCIjA: CourTeSY of oHBIjou
                     like papers blowing in the wind, melting ice flowing                                                                                                                                                                      ist for a Governor General’s Literary Award. The
                     downstream or a waterfall lined with moss-covered                                                                                                                                                                         book transforms some of O’Neill’s childhood mem-
                     rocks. The overall effect is sweeping, but the magic                                                                                                                                                                      ories into the rich fiction of Baby, a smart 13-year-
                     is in the details. “Like fossils,” writes the native of                                                                                                                                                                   old growing up in a seedy section of Montreal.
                     Saint-Sauveur, Que., “clay records each gesture.”                                                                                                                                                                         O’Neill is working on the much-anticipated follow-

                    Tobey Nemeth, 32                                                                                                                                                                                                           up, this time about adults.

                    The superstar Toronto restaurateur Jamie Ken-
                    nedy may occupy the rarefied realm of celebrity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Joanna Notkin, 32
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Beyond the simple beauty of Joanna Notkin’s
                    chef, but the lifeblood of his kitchen is Tobey                                                                                                                                                                            scarves, blankets and cushions, one amazing fact
                    Nemeth. As the chef de cuisine of Jamie Kennedy                                                                                                                                                                            sets them apart: When they’re worn out, you can
                    Wine Bar, Nemeth is known for her inventive                                                                                                                                                                                throw them in your garden, where they’ll degrade.
                    dishes, including some amazing interpretations of                                                                                                                                                                          For her LoooLo textiles line, the Montreal designer
                    poutine. She’s also making an impact as a strong           Tobey Nemeth                                                                                                                                                    scours sources from Malaysia to Switzerland, to
                    voice for local, sustainable and organic food and                                                                                                                                                                          create products that are both innovative and envi-
                    the farmers who produce it.                                Casey Mecija                                                                                                                                                    ronmentally responsible.

                    Hannah Sung, 30                                                                                                                                                                                          Heather O’Neill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Basia Bulat, 24
                    As a VJ for MuchMusic for four years, Hannah Sung
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Basia Bulat’s complex, melodic songs gave her 2007
                    was at the forefront of the nation’s youth culture. But                                                                                                                                                      Basia Bulat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               debut, Oh My Darling, an “epic sparkle,” according
                    in 2006, she stepped to the other side of the camera,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to one of her adoring critics. The Polish-Canadian
                    travelling with YouthCARE to East Timor to shoot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               singer plays eight instruments, and the songs are
                    a documentary on the lives of young people. She’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               layered with acoustic guitar, viola, piano, autoharp
                    also worked with The 411 Initiative for Change, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and ukulele. Adding to the charm: Her brother
                    national organization that promotes civic involve-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               plays in her band.

                                                                                                                                                                 pHoTogrApHS: o’NeIll: MICHAel CrouSer. BulAT: BoBBY BulAT
                    ment among youth. Currently, she’s a host on CBC
                    Radio 3.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Made in Canada, 28 to 30
                     Casey Mecija, 26                                                                                                                                                                                                          Angela Park, Judy Kang, Sharon Wei and Rachel
                    A vocalist-guitarist with a sweet, sunny-afternoon                                                                                                                                                                         Mercer are Made in Canada, a chamber-music
                    pop sound, Casey Mecija fronts the rising seven-                                                                                                                                                                           ensemble that’s leading the next generation of clas-
                    piece band Ohbijou, which piqued the interest of                                                                                                                                                                           sical musicians, picking up CBC’s Galaxie Rising
                    fans and industry vets when it opened at Toronto’s                                                                                                                                                                         Stars Award (selected by the nation’s music critics)
                    Virgin Music Festival in September. The band’s crit-                                                                                                                                                                       in 2006. The members, who met at the Banff Summer
                    ically lauded debut album, Swift Feet for Troubling                                                                                                                                                                        Arts Festival and have since scattered across North
                    Times, has been hailed as music “people fall in love                                                                                                                                                                       America, make it a point to reunite annually in
                    with immediately.”                                                                                                                                                                                                         Canada to play together.

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                    ulture                                                    Zaki Ibrahim, 29
             Arts &C                                                          Singer Zaki Ibrahim has been described as the next
                                                                              Amy Winehouse – minus the rehab. Having grown
                                                                              up in South Africa, listening to her father’s drum-
                                                                              ming and her mother’s traditional Scottish poems,
                                                                              this Vancouverite-turned-Torontonian is a truly
                                                                              global creation, practising a sound that mixes hip-
                     Stéphanie Lapointe, 24                                   hop, R&B and pop with a touch of soul. Her first
                                                                              major disc is due from Sony BMG in May.
                     The winner of Star Académie, Quebec’s answer to
                     American Idol, Stéphanie Lapointe has a soft, emo-
                     tive voice that translates easily from French to Eng-
                                                                              Annmarie Morais, 35
                                                                              The writer of the critically acclaimed film How She
                     lish Canada. Her 2005 album, Sur le fil, picked up a
                                                                              Move, Annmarie Morais is in demand. Set in a
                     MuchMusic Video Award and scored a Juno nomi-
                                                                              struggling, multi-ethnic neighbourhood in Toronto,
                     nation. The native of Brossard, Que., is also involved
                                                                              the dance movie scored a lucrative American distri-
                     in a number of community projects: climbing
                                                                              bution deal when it premiered at the Sundance Film
                     Mount Kilimanjaro to support the international
                                                                              Festival in 2007. Shortly after, the Jamaican-Cana-
                     humanitarian work of CARE Canada, becoming a
                                                                              dian, Los Angeles–based Morais was signed to write
                     spokesperson for UNICEF and lobbying for improved
                                                                              a TV pilot for ABC about urban cheerleaders. She
                     recycling programs in Quebec.
                                                                              told an interviewer at Sundance that creating strong
                     Ellen Page, 21                                           female characters is not just a job: “I have four nieces
                                                                              that need to see themselves somewhere. They have
                     Fresh from an Oscar nomination for her star turn         no one to look to and say, ‘That’s me.’ ”
                     in Juno, the smart, versatile Haligonian tomboy
                     Ellen Page has already defined a career based on
                     craft, not cuteness. She once told a reporter, “As a
                                                                              The next big thing
                                                                                  in theatre
                     girl, you’re supposed to love Sleeping Beauty. I mean,
                     who wants to love Sleeping Beauty when you can be
                     Aladdin?” See Page in the new spring release Smart
                                                                              WHO: playwright and author ann-Marie MacDonald
                     People with Dennis Quaid and next year in Drew
                                                                              (far right) nominates playwright Hannah Moscovitch.
                     Barrymore’s roller-derby comedy, Whip It!                WHY: “She’s really cutting a blaze of glory through
                                                                Ellen Page    theatre right now,” MacDonald says of the 29-year-old
                                                                              Toronto playwright. Three of Moscovitch’s plays,
                                                                              which tackle themes as broad as war, history and
                                                                              power, have already had second runs to accommo-
                                                                              date bigger audiences. MacDonald describes
                                                                              Moscovitch as “very charming and shy; she has a high,
                                                                              gentle voice, and she punctuates her extraordinarily
                                                                              intelligent remarks with girlish giggles.” Both women
                                                                              studied acting at the National Theatre School of
                                                                              Canada in Montreal before picking up their pens.
                                                                              Critics are buzzing about Moscovitch’s exciting
                                                                              future: one entertainment weekly even called her
                                                                                                                                         pAge pHoTogrApH: DArIo pIgNATellI/CorBIS

                                                                              “irritatingly talented.”
                                                                              WHeRe YOU’LL See MOSCOVitCH neXt:
                                                                              Her critically lauded East of Berlin, which plumbs the
                                                                              murky depths of a romance between the son of a war
                                                                              criminal and the daughter of a survivor of Auschwitz,
                                                                              will be remounted at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre in
                                                                              2009. And Moscovitch has been commissioned to
                                                                              write plays for companies in Winnipeg, ottawa, Halifax
                                                                              and Montreal. photograph by Regina Garcia

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          The next
       big thing
       in politics
        WHO: former deputy prime

                                                                                                                                                    ics & Com
        minister Sheila Copps (seated)
        nominates Sarah Welch, senior aide

        to Kenora Mp roger Valley.
        WHY: “Sarah’s multi-talented, she
        has a ton of energy, and she’s not
        afraid to roll up her sleeves and get
        busy,” Copps says. Welch, 27, a native
        of Hamilton, ont., worked in Copps’s
        constituency office while she was at                                                                                                                                                                                creative initiatives, includ-
        university and has helped build                                                                                                                                                                                     ing fashion shows and
        houses around the world as a                                                                                                                                                                                        fundraisers geared to thir-
        volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
        “At a pretty young age, Sarah
                                                                                                                                         Nazanin Afshin-Jam, 29                                                             tysomething profession-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            als, have hooked corporate
                                                                                                                                         After finishing as first runner-up to Miss World
        grasped the fact that the world                                                                                                                                                                                     sponsors such as Roots
        changes through participation and                                                                                                2003, Vancouver’s Nazanin Afshin-Jam used her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Telus. The duo’s big-
        not by sitting on the sidelines,” adds                                                                                           celebrity to save an 18-year-old woman from death
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gest coup to date: bring-
        Copps. Now based in ottawa, Welch                                                                                                row in Iran. (She was                                    Mary-Jo DeCoteau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ing the Council of Fashion
        is a founding member of the                                                                                                      arrested after stabbing a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Designers of America’s Fashion
        enbridge famous 5 ottawa lun-                                                                                                    man while defending her-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Targets Breast Cancer campaign to
        cheon Series, a non-partisan group                                                                                               self from rape.) Afshin-
        that promotes female leadership.                                                                                                                                                                           Canada. Sales of Fashion Targets
                                                                                                                                         Jam circulated a petition
        WHeRe YOU’LL See WeLCH                                                                                                                                                                                     T-shirts and tank tops have raised
                                                                                                                                         that eventually got more
        neXt: She’d like to combine her                                                                                                                                                                            more than $1 million in aid of
                                                                                                                                         than 350,000 signatures,
        work abroad with her political                                                                                                                                                                             research and awareness.
                                                                                                                                         convinced the U.N. and
        interests by getting involved in
                                                                                                                                         Amnesty International to
        international development or
        election monitoring. In the mean-                                                                                                pressure Iran for a retrial                                               Diana Juricevic, 29
        time, there’s plenty in Canada to                                                                                                and enlisted the support                                                   It’s a long way from Foxboro, Ont.,

                                                 pHoTogrApHS: DeCoTeAu: CHrISTINA gApIC. AfSHIN-jAM: CourTeSY of AMNeSTY INTerNATIoNAl
                                                                                                                                                                         Nazanin Afshin-Jam
        keep her busy: “I’m interested in                                                                                                of Iranian lawyers willing                                                 to Holland, but that’s where Diana
        helping to address the barriers                                                                                                  to risk their own lives on the case. Since then, the     Juricevic is currently based as an international
        women face in the political arena,”                                                                                              Tehran-born activist has campaigned tirelessly           criminal lawyer. Recently named one of the 100
        Welch says. “I’d like to see more                                                                                                to save other Iranian youth. It’s been so time-          most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s
        women entering politics, not just as                                                                                             consuming, it’s threatened to eclipse her budding        Executive Network, Juricevic is working in The
        candidates, but in the backrooms.”                                                                                               music career. Nevertheless, a single from her first      Hague as a defence lawyer in the trial of Ante Goto-
        photograph by tony Fouhse                                                                                                        album, Someday, topped the adult contemporary            vina, a Croatian general charged with war crimes.
                                                                                                                                         radio charts in the U.S. when it was released in 2007.   The daughter of Croatian immigrants, Juricevic
                                                                                                                                                                                                  was also offered a place on the prosecution team,
                                                                                                                                         Mary-Jo DeCoteau, 38,                                    but opted for the far more arduous position of

                                                                                                                                         and Alison Gordon, 35
                                                                                                                                                                                                  defending Gotovina because she believed the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  experience would make her a better attorney.
                                                                                                                                         Mary-Jo (MJ) DeCoteau, the executive director of         “Defence lawyers really are the human-rights
                                                                                                                                         the national charitable organization Rethink             activists of the legal profession,” she declares. “All
                                                                                                                                         Breast Cancer, and Alison Gordon, the vice-presi-        of the rights that we take for granted – freedom of
                                                                                                                                         dent of strategy, marketing and communications,          religion, freedom of speech, presumption of inno-
                                                                                                                                         are media-savvy philanthropists whose focus is the       cence – have been forged through the tough and
                                                                                                                                         plight of younger women with cancer. Rethink’s           dirty criminal cases.”

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                                                                              Jennifer Corriero

                    ommunity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              president of the association’s board, now works as

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          an advocate with the office of the representative for

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          children and youth. She cites her daughter, Maya,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          as her inspiration: “I hope my daughter will be able
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to walk into the centre and have access to elders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I want her to have a place where she will have a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sense of pride.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Renée Hodgkinson, 30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A typical workday for Renée Hodgkinson involves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          skydiving from 10,500 feet. Okay, maybe not typi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cal, but that’s what she did last year to fundraise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for Leaders Today, the Toronto-based group that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          helps youth around the world take action on global
                                                          Annick Dufresne                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Skawenní:io Barnes    issues. As chief operations director of Leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today, she travels to dozens of overseas countries,
                     Annick Dufresne, 33                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Skawenní:io Barnes, 20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          organizing volunteers.

                     As a co-founder of On the Tips of the Toes Founda-
                     tion, a group that offers wilderness therapy to teens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hailing from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory             Nam Kiwanuka, 33,
                     with cancer, Montreal-based Annick Dufresne                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  near Montreal, Skawenní:io Barnes (whose first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  name means “one beautiful word”) started her life       and Nathalia Guerrero, 29
                     has won numerous awards, including the 2006 Cla-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     As Red Cross delegates for an anti-malaria cam-
                     rins Femme Dynamisante prize, which granted                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in activism at age 13 by writing an award-winning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  essay for CosmoGirl! about her community’s need         paign, Nam Kiwanuka and Nathalia Guerrero are
                     her organization $50,000. Dufresne has taken kids
                     dogsledding in the Yukon and kayaking in the            Jennifer Corriero, 27                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for a library. Her prize included a trip to New York,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a scholarship of US$10,000 and global attention.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          helping save the lives of millions of African chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dren by delivering vaccinations, vitamins and mos-
                     Queen Charlotte Islands. “The goal is to offer them     She’s been called a digital dignitary, a global leader,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      quito nets to remote and difficult environments.
                     a chance to leave the hospital and become isolated      a shaper of the future and the Wired Woman Young                                                                                                                                                                                                     Before long, 30,000 donated books from all over the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  world began landing at her door. Barnes worked at       Five years ago, Guerrero, a Colombian journalist,
                     from civilization and their day-to-day routine,” she    Woman of the Year. When she was just 19, Jennifer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            moved to Vancouver and, later, Montreal. In 2005,
                     says. “This helps with their self-esteem and their      Corriero co-founded TakingITGlobal, a non-profit                                                                                                                                                                                                     the library until last fall, when she began her first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  year of studies at Yale University.                     she was sent to aid efforts in post-tsunami Indo-
                     hope for the future.”                                   group based in Toronto dedicated to using the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nesia; she spent 2007 in Madagascar and Mali.
                                                                             internet to strengthen young people’s abilities to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Simone Shindler, 46

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               pHoTogrApHS: BArNeS: CourTeSY of BArNeS. guerrero: MANDY lerICHe. KIWANuKA: CourTeSY of KIWANuKA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ugandan-born and Toronto-based Kiwanuka, a
                     Emmanuelle Richez, 25,                                  be socially aware, globally responsible citizens.
                                                                             Considered one of the world’s premiere online com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          former MuchMusic VJ and Sportsnet host, worked
                     and Stéphanie Yates, 31
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The former social worker Simone Shindler has            for Journalists for Human Rights in Sierra Leone in
                                                                             munities for youth, it has 188,000 members in 261                                                                                                                                                                                                    spent the past nine years working as the program        2007. There, she contracted malaria and typhoid

                                                                                                                                       pHoTogrApHS: DufreSNe: pATrICe BerIAulT. CorrIero: VITo AMATI. rICHez: V. ToNY HAuSer
                   Meet the future of politics: Emmanuelle Richez            countries and receives 1.8 million hits a day.                                                                                                                                                                                                       and counselling director of the Teresa Group, a         and had to be flown to the U.K. for treatment.
                                honed her skills as an aide to Quebec’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Toronto charity serving families and children           Before she had fully recovered, she was back at
                                minister of intergovernmental affairs        Jessica Lax, 27, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 affected by HIV/AIDS. The group offers art therapy      work – for the Red Cross in Mali.
                                and democratic reform. Stéphanie
                                Yates has worked at Quebec’s National        Jocelyn Land-Murphy, 27                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for kids and provides free baby formula for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ontario’s HIV-positive mothers, as well as food,                                      Nam Kiwanuka
                                Assembly, as a political attaché for the     Jessica Lax and Jocelyn Land-Murphy believe they                                                                                                                                                                                                     clothes and support groups. “We’re a safe place for
                                office of the Quebec premier and as          have the best job in Canada: promoting environ-                                                                                                                                                                                                      [children] to fall,” Shindler says.
                                press attaché for the minister of e-         mental awareness by organizing cross-country
                                government. Winners of the Action
                                Canada fellowship for young Cana-
                                                                             and regional bicycle tours to schools and communi-
                                                                             ties. These tours are the bedrock of their six-year-                                                                                                                                                                                                 Melanie Mark, 32
                                dian leaders in public policy, Richez        old, Ottawa-based national charity, The Otesha                                                                                                                                                                                                       When people told Melanie Mark she’d never raise
                                and Yates are completing Ph.D.s in           Project, which mobilizes young people to create                                                                                                                                                                                                      the $47 million necessary to build a community
            Emmanuelle Richez
                                political science at Montreal’s McGill       alternatives to the culture of consumption, like                                                                                                                                                                                                     centre for native youth in Vancouver, she decided
                   University and at Quebec City’s Université Laval,         buying fair trade and organic products and con-                                                                                                                                                                                                      to prove them wrong. Thanks to her fundraising
                   respectively. Richez is studying the impact of            serving water. The duo met in Kenya while study-                                                                                                                                                                                                     efforts (which are still ongoing), the Urban Native
                   Supreme Court judgements on citizenship. Yates’s          ing sustainable development. Otesha means                                                                                                                                                                                                            Youth Association’s Native Youth Centre is slated
                   focus is on citizens’ participation in the democratic     “reason to dream” in Swahili.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to open in 2010. Mark, who once served as the                     Nathalia Guerrero

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                                                                    Laura Koot
                                                                                   Rachel Sklar, 35
                                                                                   As a media blogger for New York’s Huffington Post,
                                                                                   Rachel Sklar writes about her peers on one of the
                                                                                   most-read opinion and analysis sites on the web. The
                                                                                   former lawyer began blogging when the medium
                                                                                   was in its infancy; since then the Post’s popularity
                                                                                   has grown exponentially, and Sklar’s career along
                                                                                   with it. But the Toronto-raised writer hasn’t forgot-
                                                                                   ten her roots: She regularly features fellow ex-pats
                                                                                   and has a non-confrontational style that has earned
                                                                                   her a reputation as “the nice Canadian blogger.”

                     Laura Koot, 31
                     Laura Koot is the consummate start-up devotee;                Saron Ghebressellassie, 21
                     “I’m 31 and I’ve helped launch two really great               A student at Toronto’s Ryerson University, Saron
                     national newspapers,” she says. She rose through              Ghebressellassie has led, founded or volunteered
                     the ranks at the National Post from copy editor to            for more than a dozen activist organizations – includ-
                     leader of its design team. She recently moved to the          ing a group that encourages young women and visi-
                     United Arab Emirates (“I was promised sun and no              ble minorities to pursue media-related careers. Born
                     taxes,” Koot jokes) to join the staff of a new, govern-       in Saudi Arabia to Ethiopian parents and fluent in
                     ment-sponsored, English-language newspaper. She               five languages, the aspiring journalist will continue
                     is now overseeing the design and content-manage-              her advocacy work in the media when she begins
                     ment systems of the newsroom.                                 a master’s degree next year.

                               The next big thing in media
                     WhO: CBC television host Wendy Mesley (far right) nominates documentarian Shelley Saywell.
                     WhY: Mesley believes all journalists should be like Saywell, 52: brave, adventurous and intensely interested in the
                     outside world. “It upsets me when young journalists call me and say they want to sit in the studio and look fancy
                                                                                                                                                  kooT phoTograph: ryan CarTEr

                     and important,” says Mesley. “Journalism isn’t about show business. There’s a bigger purpose, a responsibility, and
                     Shelley takes it really seriously without being full of herself. She finds people who are hard to find and who have really
                     important stories to tell.” Saywell’s work – which tackles subjects relevant to international human rights – has won
                     her many prizes, including an Emmy for Crimes of Honour, a penetrating look at femicide, the so-called honour
                     killing of women and girls, in the Middle East.
                     WheRe YOU’ll See SaYWell neXt: The Torontonian is currently producing a documentary about the trade in
                     small arms. photograph by Sandy nicolson

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                                                                              Harmony Rice

      Harmony Rice, 30                                                                       and other international news outlets
      Harmony Rice, a Pottawatomi writer                                                     on youth movements, Middle East-
      from Wasauksing First Nation near                                                      ern politics and the Iraq war. She
      Parry Sound, Ont., is the founder and                                                  has spent the past decade fighting
      publisher of SPIRIT, a quarterly maga-                                                 to save the habitat of Spirit Bears, a
      zine about aboriginal arts and culture.                                                rare subspecies of white bear found
      The five-year-old publication has just                                                 on the coast of British Columbia.
      begun distribution in the U.S. and will                                                Her group, the Spirit Bear Youth
      soon be expanded into a TV show.                                                       Coalition, is now six million sup-
                                                                                             porters strong.

      Ausma Khan, 39
      With colourful spreads of modest fash-                                                 Sue Gardner, 41
      ion, articles on “fast-a-thons” and                                                      The former head of CBC ’s online
      Ramadan quizzes, Muslim Girl maga-                                                       division, Sue Gardner is executive
      zine spins teen fare into culturally rele-                                               director of Wikimedia, the organi-
      vant reading. Its founder,                                                               zation that runs Wikipedia, the
      Canadian Ausma Khan,                                          Ausma Khan                 user-generated online encyclope-
      a former adjunct law pro-                                                       dia, as well as an online dictionary and
      fessor, publishes the mag-                                                      library. The job, which relocated her to San
      azine from Los Angeles.                                                         Francisco from Toronto, has led to good
                                                                                      connections. “A few weeks ago I met Al
                                                                                      Gore, which made my mother extremely
      Robyn                                                                           happy,” Gardner jokes.

      Doolittle, 23
      Last July, as an intern for                                                     Rafaële Germain, 31
      the Toronto Star, Robyn                                                         When La Presse wanted a column à la Sex
      Doolittle pulled off a                                                                 and the City, editors called upon
      journalistic coup: She was the only reporter cover-                                    the Montreal freelancer Rafaële
      ing Conrad Black’s Chicago trial to score an inter-                                    Germain to write lighthearted
                                                                                                                                      phoTographS: rICE: STEvEn MIrIC. gErMaIn: roBErT ETChEvErry

      view with a jury member. (She waited for five hours                                    dispatches about love and rela-
      on the woman’s front porch to get the story.) This                                     tionships. Germain finds it ironic
      wasn’t her only scoop. In September 2007, she                                          that she’s a bachelorette herself:
      broke a story on attacks targeting Asian fishermen                                     “This is obviously funny,” she
      in northern Ontario, sparking a human-rights and                                       says. “I write about love and I have
      hate-crimes investigation into the issue. “It’s the                                    no clue about [it]. But I work a lot
      story I’m proudest of,” she says.                                                      in the field to gain experience.”
                                                                                             She also contributes to a spoof
                                                                                             news show for Radio-Canada and
      Salimah Ebrahim, 26                                                                    is adapting her chick-lit bestseller,
      The Vancouver-based journalist and activist                                            Soutien-gorge rose et veston noir,
      Salimah Ebrahim writes for The Globe and Mail         Rafaële Germain                  into a movie script.

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                      Jujie Luan, 49
                      Fencing phenom Jujie Luan is coming out of retire-
                      ment for the second time to take another stab at gold
                      at the Beijing Olympics. The Edmonton coach,
                      ranked in the top three in North America, is no
                      stranger to the Games. She competed for China in
                      1984 (when she won gold) and again in 1988. As a
                      young woman, she was a hero in her native China:
                      During her performance at the Junior World Cham-

                                                                               The next big
                      pionships in 1978, an opponent’s foil broke off in her
                      arm and she continued competing for more than

                                                                               thing in sport
                      two hours to capture the silver medal.

                      Kristen Worley, 40                                       WhO: vancouver olympics chef de mission
                                                                               nathalie lambert nominates skier Deidra
                      In 2003, the Canadian cyclist Kristen Worley bravely
                                                                               Dionne (above).

                                                                                                                                    phoTographS: WorLEy: gEoFF roBBInS. DIonnE: CourTESy oF CanaDa FrEESTyLE SkI aSSoCIaTIon
                      announced that she was born with a man’s body.
                                                                               WhY: To Lambert, a three-time olympic
                      She was determined to speak publicly against reg-
                                                                               medallist for speed skating, a top athlete must
                      ulations drafted by the International Olympic            possess dedication, generosity and humility. In
                      Committee for athletes who have had sex-reassign-        her view, 26-year-old Deidra Dionne from red
                      ment surgery. Worley, who is a design engineer in        Deer, alta., more than fits the bill. Three years
                                        Toronto, calls the IOC policy a        after the freestyle skier won a bronze medal at
Kristen Worley                          “witch hunt.” (It requires that        the 2002 Salt Lake Winter olympics, Dionne
                                        athletes divulge their gender his-     broke her neck during a practice jump in
                                        tory and prove that they have          australia while she was training for the World
                                        had at least two years of post-        Cup. During surgery, two vertebrae in her neck
                                        operative hormone therapy.) Her        had to be fused with a titanium plate and a bone
                                        efforts to abolish the regulations     graft taken from her right hip. after three
                                                                               months of recuperation, Dionne resumed her
                                        have won support from the
                                                                               training. Lambert is in awe: “It’s amazing when
                                        Canadian Olympic Committee,            athletes get hit with potentially life-threatening
                                        Sport Canada and the Canadian          injuries and get back to competing,” she says.
                                        Academy of Sport Medicine.             “I wouldn’t jump again if I had broken my neck.”
                                        Next: Worley hopes to compete          WheRe YOU’ll See DiOnne neXt: Fully
                                        in the 3,000-metre cycling event       recovered from her accident, Dionne is hoping
                                        at the Beijing Olympics.               to qualify for the 2010 olympics.

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                                      Meghan Agosta


Claudia Larouche

                      Claudia Larouche, 27                                                                         Kalyna Roberge
                      In July, the deaf athlete and sports journalist Clau-
                      dia Larouche will help coordinate the first Cana-       messaging addicts to sports lovers by holding a free
                      dian Deaf Youth Games, to be held in St. John’s,        ski day in Vernon, B.C. That’s how Fast and Female,
                      Nfld. The native of La Baie, Que., has never shied      an Alberta non-profit that encourages young girls
                      away from promoting deaf sports through her             to become physically active, was born. The annual
                      reporting, despite being told that her deafness might   ski day has since expanded to locations in Alberta
                      prove to be an obstacle in her journalism career.       and Ontario and there are plans to take the program
                      Larouche was defiant: “I followed my heart know-        worldwide within five to 10 years.
                      ing that I was developing my best talent: writing.
                      And even though it was not an easy choice, that’s
                      what I wanted.”                                         Kalyna Roberge, 21
                                                                              Kalyna Roberge is quick on her feet – 40-kilome-
                                                                              tres-per-hour quick. The speed skater from Sainte-
                      Meghan Agosta, 21                                       Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., won a silver medal in the
                      What does the Ruthven, Ont., hockey star Meghan         3,000-metre relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in
                      Agosta think of being called the female Sidney          Turin and skated off with a pair of gold medals from
                      Crosby? “Being so successful at a young age is awe-     the world championships in Milan in 2007 and at a
                      some,” she says. “He has a huge future ahead of him     World Cup race in Quebec City in 2008. She’s
                                                                                                                                     phoTographS: agoSTa: CourTESy oF hoCkEy CanaDa. roBErgE: Cp IMagES
                      and I hope that I have a huge future ahead of me.”      aiming to add more metal to her collection in Van-
                      As the youngest player for Team Canada at the           couver at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
                      2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Agosta
                      scored a hat trick against the Russians and went on
                      to take home gold. Now she’s eyeing the NCAA’s          Carol Huynh, 27
                      women’s hockey title and the 2008 World Champi-         Known for her speed, Calgary-based wrestler Carol
                      onships in China. It won’t be long before Agosta is     Huynh has been competing for nine years and is
                      a household name.                                       already a seven-time national champion. This
                                                                              summer, the Hazelton, B.C., native will head to Bei-
                                                                              jing for the Olympics. After serving as an alternate
                      Cathy Harris, 39                                        at the 2004 Games, Huynh says, “being so close
                      In 2005, the women of Canada’s cross-country ski        made me want it that much more.” Watch for her
                      team, headed up by the event director Cathy Harris,     “ankle pick” move, where she jolts opponents off
                      decided to transform teenage girls from instant-        their feet while slamming them to the ground.

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                                                                                                                    Prerna Chandak

                     Tiffany Steeves, 34,
                     and Sabrina Heinekey, 30
                     When Egypt wants to promote its growing I.T.
                     sector, or Dubai hopes to showcase its tolerance, or
                     Turks and Caicos wishes to remind travellers of its
                     beaches, they call on EPIC Newsgroup. Founded by
                     Vancouverites Tiffany Steeves and Sabrina Heinekey,
                     the company creates promotions, including televi-
                     sion ads, for international tourism boards and cor-      Prerna Chandak, 20
                     porations. The pair started the firm when they were      Prerna Chandak may be studying microfinance in
                     working overseas and noticed that many countries         her commerce classes at the University of Windsor,
                     used print marketing but were lacking in television      in Ontario, but she’s probably learning more from
                     campaigns. Now, their dynamic team works on              her company, Lemonade Capital, which gives out
                     projects in five to six countries a year.                small loans to high-school and university students.
                                                                              The wise-beyond-her-years student also works full-
                                                                              time at RBC Dominion Securities, and has put in
                                                                              5,000 hours of volunteer service in the past five

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                                                                              years, including time spent establishing the May-
                                                                              or’s Youth Advisory Committee and a youth-entre-
                                                                              preneur networking forum in Windsor. She cites
                                                                              her mother as a source of inspiration: “Growing
                                                                              up, it was always, ‘You’ve got to be a role model for
                                                                              your sister.’”

                                                                              Susan Niczowski, 44
                                                                              With revenue of $43 million last year and 150 full-
                                                                              time employees, Susan Niczowski has come a long
                                                                              way from chopping and packaging salads in her
                                                                              mother’s kitchen in Woodbridge, Ont. Seeing a
                                                                              market in fresh, pre-made meals long before it
                                                                              became trendy, she launched her company, Summer
                                                                              Fresh Salads, 17 years ago. It has since expanded to
                                                                              sell dips, soups and prepared foods to grocery stores
                                       Tiffany Steeves and Sabrina Heinekey   throughout North America.

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                                                                          Tammy Beese, 35
                                                                          Making an independent magazine profitable is hard
                                                                          enough. Doing it in less than two years and in the
                                                                          Yukon makes you one to watch. Tammy Beese is the
                                                                          founder and publisher of the biweekly arts and
                                                                          entertainment magazine What’s Up Yukon. (Her
                                                                          company also produces a business magazine and
                                                                          will have a health offshoot later this year.) At the
                                                                          Canada Winter Games last year in Whitehorse,
                                                                          Yukoners proved just how much they loved What’s
                                                                          Up Yukon when they snuck 3,000 copies of the
                                                                          publication into the venues, garnering the notice of
                                                                          TSN. But Beese thinks foreign fans’ reactions are the
                                                                          most telling: “When visitors see our paper, they are
                                                                          blown away with how active our community is, how
                                                                          rich our culture is. They see who we are.”

                                                                          Jane McDonald, 35
                                                                          As a senior adviser to Environment Canada, Jane
                                                                          McDonald will help shape how the country responds
                                                                          to climate change. Her goal, she says, “is to galvanize
                                                                          the entrepreneurial energy in this country to respond
                                                                          to environmental challenges – from markets that
                                                                          put a price on pollution, to new technologies, to

      The next big thing                                                  creative ways of changing consumer behaviour.”
                                                                          Previously, McDonald worked as the director of the

      in business                                                         World Wildlife Fund in France and as an
                                                                          environmental broker for a New York firm. Her
      WhO: Catherine Mcleod-Seltzer (above right), chair of               parents endowed her with an “interest in preserving
      pacific rim Mining Corporation, nominates nicole adshead-           wilderness in Canada,” she explains.
      Bell, an investment banker for haywood Securities Inc.
      WhY: nicole adshead-Bell, 34, is a rising star in a male-domi-
      nated profession within a male-dominated industry. “It’s very
      rare to have a woman in the mining industry, especially in
                                                                          Jane Ambachtsheer, 33
                                                                          When the United Nations needed a Canadian to
      corporate finance,” explains McLeod-Seltzer. Each year, the         help create its Principles for Responsible Invest-
      australian-born, vancouver-based adshead-Bell (who has a
                                                                          ment, it went to Toronto’s Jane Ambachtsheer. She’s
      ph.D. in geology) consults with up to a dozen global, multi-
                                                                          become an expert in the field, having helped launch
      million-dollar mining companies, advising them on issues such as
      debt and exploration. her job gives her so much autonomy that       the responsible investment unit of Mercer, an
      adshead-Bell says, “I feel like I get to control my own destiny.”   investment consulting company, in 2004. “It’s not
      WheRe YOU’ll See aDSheaD-Bell neXt: her 2008 focus is               just about ethics,” Ambachtsheer says. “It’s also
      on advisory work and mergers and acquisitions for her firm.         about the bottom line for companies and implica-
      photograph by Shannon Mendes                                        tions for economic growth.”

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                                                                                   build an internet-café training centre in Tanza-
                                                                                   nia. Like Mullally, she’s convinced of the neces-
                                                                                   sity of providing appropriate technology to
                                                                                   developing nations. “You have to tread lightly
                                                                                   overseas and be intelligent [with your altru-
                                                                                   ism],” she says, “[and not force] technology on
                                                                                   people without knowing their needs.”

                                                                                   Dr. Fahima Osman, 30
                                                                                    Dr. Fahima Osman’s parents fled troubled
                                                                                    Somalia just before she was born, eventually
                                                                                    settling in Toronto. Osman hopes to work in
                                                                                    her parents’ homeland when her surgical
                                                                                                          residency is complete.
Jane Polak Scowcroft                                                                                      “She’s an inspiration to
                                                                                                          young women who’ve
                       Shauna Mullally, 27, and                                                           grown up in difficult
                                                                                                          circumstances, espe-
                       Jane Polak Scowcroft, 21                                                           cially within African
                       Shauna Mullally and Jane Polak Scowcroft are bent                                  communities,” says Dr.
                       on building the technology base of developing                                      Samantha Nutt, execu-
                       countries in Africa. During a 2006 internship at a                                 tive director of War          phoTographS: SCoWCroFT: STEvE WooDroW. oSMan: grEg paupST

                       medical facility in Gambia, Mullally, a master’s stu-                              Child Canada. “She’s a
                       dent in biomedical engineering at Ottawa’s Carleton                                role model to Canadians
                       University, noticed that medical equipment sent          Dr. Fahima Osman          as well as Somalis.”
                       from well-meaning Western facilities was collect-
                       ing dust. “Shipments often arrive without proper
                       technical support – not even a manual,” she says.        Sana Halwani, 29
                       To remedy that, she’ll return to Africa in the fall to   As a lawyer with a bachelor’s degree in biochemis-
                       act as a technical facilitator between donors and        try, Sana Halwani may seem an anomaly. And her
                       needy hospitals. An executive member of Engi-            desire to reform the criminal justice system in light
                       neers Without Borders at Winnipeg’s University of        of modern biological discoveries makes her some-
                       Manitoba, where she studies computer engineer-           thing of a renegade. “Is there a violence gene?” asks
                       ing, Scowcroft caught the international-develop-         Halwani, an intellectual-property litigator at the
                       ment bug four years ago and was soon helping             Toronto firm Gilbert’s LLP. “What does it mean

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              The next big thing
          in environmentalism
              WhO: nobel peace prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier
                       nominates educator lisa “Diz” Glithero (right).
            WhY: Lisa glithero, 33, challenges students to consider the
         human impact on the environment. as an adjunct professor at
           the university of ottawa’s faculty of education, she instructs
             future teachers on environmental sustainability and global
      issues. She’s also the founder of the EyES project, a not-for-profit
          organization that promotes environmental education. as the
      education director of Students on Ice, she takes young people on
       expeditions across the arctic and antarctica. (Watt-Cloutier has
          joined her on one of those trips.) of combining her academic
        work with her grassroots efforts, glithero says, “I think the best
                way to foster change is to have one foot in both worlds.”
       WheRe YOU’ll See GlitheRO neXt: Continuing to educate
               teachers and students. “I think she will go far in creating a
                paradigm shift on the issues of balanced sustainability in
                        Canada’s education system,” says Watt-Cloutier.

                        if a person has less free will than we think? If they      techniques in Zimbabwe. She can now add board-
                        are genetically predisposed to violence?” Now, she         game inventor to her list of hobbies. A class project
                        wants to bring provocative questions to the fore-          to create a board game that helps explain the social
                        front of public debate. The Lebanese-born Halwani          determinants of health to students has turned into
                        would also like to see the skills of immigrants            an unexpected non-profit business venture for
                        better utilized in this country. “It’s an issue close to   Reeve and a fellow student. “We’re just working out
                        my heart,” she says. “Travelling by cab in Toronto,        the production details,” she says.
                        you find out your cab driver is a biochemist.”

                                                                                   Susan L. Tighe, 37
                        Kate Reeve, 33                                             Growing up in the country, near Caledon, Ont., the
                        Becoming a doctor seems like the logical conclusion        civil engineer Susan Tighe always loved playing in
                        to Kate Reeve’s commitment to improving public             the dirt. That’s a good thing, because as Canada
                        health. “I’ve always been engaged with community-          Research Chair in Pavements and Infrastructure
                        level activities. It seemed natural to gravitate           Management, she sees her fair share of dusty con-
                                                                                                                                           phoTograph: TrEvor LuSh

                        towards medicine,” explains the medical student at         struction sites. From highways to airport runways,
                        McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. Her work             the University of Waterloo professor brings her
                        experience includes building a clean water system          expertise to the design, construction and improve-
                        in Nicaragua, researching AIDS counselling in              ment of the country’s infrastructure. The impact of
                        Namibia and investigating sustainable farming              climate change is the latest curveball keeping

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                                                                              ton, Josephine Tsang is hard at work at the Univer-
                                                                              sity of Alberta, trying to determine the structure of
                                                                              the “bad” prion proteins that cause mad cow dis-
                                                                              ease. Tsang says the rewards of research make up for
                                                                              the long hours in the lab. “I get really excited when
                                                                              I discover something that wasn’t known before.”

                                                                              Dr. Rebecca Comley, 35
                                                                              Frequent trips to Nunavut have given Dr. Rebecca
                                                                              Comley a unique understanding of the health needs
                                                                              of the aboriginal community. “Nunavut faces pro-
                                                                              found poverty and overcrowding – non-health fac-
                                                                              tors that ultimately impact public health,” she says.
                                                                              Her experiences there, which she describes as “the
                                                                              most challenging and satisfying of my career,” cou-
                                                                              pled with her position as an emergency physician at
                                                        Dr. Rebecca Comley    St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, have cemented her
                                                                              desire to serve marginalized communities. “The
                     her on her toes. “Most people drive down the road        future? That’s the million-dollar question,” she says.
                     and see only black and white,” she says. “Now it’s       “I want to continue to develop my clinical skills and
                     time to start seeing green.”                             find a way to influence public policy.”

                     Erin Mazerolle, 24,                                      Larissa Vingilis-
                     Rowan Thomson, 29,                                       Jaremko, 25
                     Véronique Lecault, 23,                                   At age 9, Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko couldn’t under-
                                                                              stand why the girls in her class thought science was
                     and Josephine Tsang, 29                                  geeky. She formed a female-only science club in
                     L’Oreal Canada and the Canadian Commission for           London, Ont., in 1991, which became the Canadian
                     UNESCO have recognized this whip-smart quartet           Association for Girls in Science and now has chap-
                     with coveted Women in Science Fellowships for            ters across the country. Currently a graduate stu-
                     their efforts to improve health care. Erin Mazerolle     dent in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience
                     is pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience       and Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamil-
                     at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she’s          ton, Ont., she is also a co-writer of the Science Squad
                     coming up with better brain-imaging techniques           Adventure Series, a collection of mystery novels
                     for the assessment of neurological conditions such       designed to pique girls’ interest in science.
                     as multiple sclerosis. Rowan Thomson, a research
                     fellow in the Department of Physics at Carleton
                     University in Ottawa, is working on the formula-
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                     tion of precise radiation dosages for cancer patients.
                     She hopes her research will help minimize the
                     damage done to healthy cells during treatment. At
                     the chemical and biological engineering depart-
                     ment of University of British Columbia, Véronique
                     Lecault is working on the cutting edge of stem-cell
                     extension research, helping fabricate microfluidics,
                     a technology that allows biologists to obtain data
                     about these special cells. “It’s a sexy technology.
                     Very easy to impress people,” she says. In Edmon-                                      Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko

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                                                                  Under 20s

                                                          Hannah Taylor, 12                                               Hannah Taylor

                                                          Hannah Taylor was five when she saw a man eating out of a garbage can; she
                                                          couldn’t shake the injustice of the scene. Homelessness made her “heart too
                                                          sad,” she says. Two years later, with the help of her parents, she launched the
                                                          Ladybug Foundation in her hometown of Winnipeg to raise money for
                                                          homeless people across Canada. “They are ‘someones’ who need our love
                                                          and care,” Taylor says. More than $1.5 million has been donated so far.

                                                          Cory Harrower, 18
                                                          Regina’s Cory Harrower is an international medallist in wheelchair racing
                                                          and a national medallist in wheelchair basketball who most recently took
                                                          home a bronze from the 2007 Canada Winter Games. Her achievements as
                                                          an athlete and role model were honoured with a Saskatchewan Youth Award
                                                          last year. Harrower, who has cerebral palsy, started playing wheelchair bas-
                                                          ketball 10 years ago, when her mom encouraged her to give the sport a try.
                                                          Now she’s hooked. “It’s my life. When I’m not playing wheelchair basket-
                                                          ball, or training for it, I’m thinking about it,” she says.

                                                          Katie Willis
                                                                                              Katie Willis, 16
                                                                                             In 2006, the International Olympic
                                                                                             Committee voted not to include wom-
                                                                                             en’s ski jumping in the 2010 Vancouver
                                                                                             Games, saying that a sport had to have
                                                                                             held two world championships to qual-
                                                                                             ify. But thanks to Calgary’s Katie Willis,
                                                                                             female ski jumpers may still get a shot at
                                                                                             the Olympics. The Grade 11 student is
                                                          asking the IOC to reconsider; her mother has filed a complaint on her behalf
                                                          with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Willis is already a deco-
                                                          rated crusader, having nabbed gold at the Continental Cup in Germany in
photographs: taylor: rodney s. braun. willis: cp images

                                                          2005. At 14, she was the youngest jumper and the first Canadian to do so.

                                                          Kayla Cornale, 18
                                                          Kayla Cornale’s autistic cousin couldn’t easily absorb language but could
                                                          remember songs perfectly. So the Burlington, Ont., student, then 14, cre-
                                                          ated a teaching system, as a science-fair project, that assigns a musical pitch
                                                          to letters, words and even emotions, giving language a unique tune. Even-
                                                          tually, Cornale’s cousin began to communicate more easily. “The sounds
                                                          had meaning that the symbols for letters didn’t,” says Cornale, who is now
                                                          in the second phase of a pilot project funded through grants and prize
                                                          money and is well on her way to making the system widely available.

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         Under 20s
                            Christine Evans

                                                                 Nikki Yanofsky

  Christine Evans, 17
  The Christian-pop singer-songwriter Christine Evans is the only artist
  signed to Warner Music Canada who was born in the 1990s. She wrote
  and recorded a debut that was released when she 14. The Vancouver Island
  native’s second album, Push (2006), won her accolades and a growing fan
  base. She’s now headed to Nashville to work on her third.

  April Dutheil, 18
  April Dutheil hails from the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the coast of Brit-
  ish Columbia. For most of the 5,000 residents of the archipelago, the near-
  est hospital is at least 40 minutes away. To remedy this dangerous situation,
  Dutheil brought together the heads of emergency services for the islands in
  2006 and found funding to run free CPR courses, giving members of the
  community much-needed life-saving skills. Now, she’s studying at the Uni-
  versity of British Columbia and hopes to become a naturopathic physician
  and set up shop back on her beautiful, remote chain of islands.
                                                                                  yanofsky photograph: linda rutenberg

  Nikki Yanofsky, 14
  Montreal’s Nikki Yanofsky is a young voice channelling an old soul. She
  celebrated her 14th birthday in February by performing her favourite jazz
  classics at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall. She has sold out concerts
  at the Montreal Jazz Festival and was chosen to perform alongside Diana
  Krall and Michael Bublé on an Ella Fitzgerald tribute album. A record deal
  of her own can’t be far off.

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