Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy
Prof. Texas Tech University
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to understand what climate change means for people and the natural environment. She is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor and the Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law at Texas Tech University. Dr. Hayhoe has served as a lead author for the Second, Third, and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments.
UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability
Prof. Brock University
Dr. Vasseur is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University. She is a member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and a CCOVI fellow. Since 2014, she holds the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: From Local to Global at Brock. Her research program is interdisciplinary and links issues such as sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation, community-based ecosystem and conservation management, and ecosystem governance. Her research is in Canada, China, Ecuador, Burkina Faso, and Senegal.
Beijing Normal University
Dr. Chiyuan Miao is a full professor at Beijing Normal University, China. His research interests mainly focus on the traditional Hydrological science and the emerging Global Climate Change science. Dr. Miao has devoted himself to seek answers to those fundamental questions: whether the current hydro-climatogical datasets such as precipitation and temperature data are reliable, how do hydro-climatological variables respond to global climate change, and what roles do human beings play in such hydrological changes?
University of Toronto
Ruth Hayhoe is a professor at the University of Toronto. Her Asian engagements have included First Secretary for Education, Science and Culture in the Canadian Embassy in Beijing (1989-1991), Visiting Professor at Nagoya University (1996) and President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, now the Education University of Hong Kong (1997-2002). Recent books include China Through the Lens of Comparative Education (2015), Canadian Universities in China’s Transformation: An Untold Story (2016) and Religion and Education: Comparative and International Perspectives (2018). She received the Silver Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong SAR Government and the title of Commandeur dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques from the Government of France in 2002. She also holds honorary doctorates from the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2002), the Open University of Hong Kong (2015) and Victoria University in Toronto (2019).
Toronto Metropolitan University
Professor Howard Lin, Toronto Metropolitan University. Director, Canada-China Institute for Business & Development Canada
Howard Lin is a professor in Toronto Metropolitan University. He is the Director of Canada-China Institute for Business & Development. He was former chair of the Academy of International Business Canada Chapter and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship. A 2006 report by Michigan State University has ranked Prof. Lin among the top 90 most prolific scholars in IB research based on the cumulative publication counts in five leading international business journals.
University of Waterloo
Kelly Schultz is a Senior Development Officer with the University of Waterloo. For the past seven years,
Kelly has worked to cultivate, nurture and grow relationships with multiple stakeholders with the
University including: alumni, friends, parents, corporations and foundations, to help advance the
University of Waterloo as one of the world’s top innovative universities. Prior to working at the
University of Waterloo, Kelly spent 15 years at North America’s largest repertory theatre, the Stratford
Festival, where she implemented and managed their on-site acquisition fundraising program. Kelly is a
member of the Board of Directors at the YMCA of Three Rivers. Kelly currently lives in Stratford, and is
honoured to be a judge for the Youth Thought Challenge with Erindale Academy.
Toronto Central Academy
George is a former physical education, physics, and mathematics teacher. In addition to his work in the classroom, he served as Headmaster of Holy Trinity School and Science and Mathematics Curriculum Consultant for the Toronto District School Board. His career in science education includes program and exhibit development at the Ontario Science Centre where he held the positions of Education officer, Chief Scientist, and Associate Director. He was also the Administrator of Evaluation with the Premier's Council Technology Fund and President of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.
The Global Youth Challenge is a world-wide competition that consists of public speaking, essay writing, and creative projects that grapple with the topic of artificial intelligence and the impact that it will have on humanity.
Youths from around the world will be required to submit a 300 - 500 word essay plus a one-minute video speech, or a visual artwork plus a one-minute video speech.
Each entry will examine the possible benefits and potential harm and threat that artificial intelligence poses to humanity through different perspectives.
For example, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Ben Goertzel have openly discussed the potential threat that AI poses to humanity while at the same time acknowledging the benefits from an existential perspective.
Chosen finalists will present their entry to a panel of judges for a chance to win:
1st Place Winner (one): $500 CAD, Certificate of Distinction, and A book: Saving Us-A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World By Katharine Hayhoe.
2nd Place Winners (five): $200 CAD, Certificate of Distinction, and A book: Saving Us-A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World By Katharine Hayhoe.
3rd Place Winners (ten): $100 CAD, Certificate of Distinction, and A book: Saving Us-A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World By Katharine Hayhoe.
Top 25% of students: Free Online Leadership Class
The Top 25% of students will be eligible to win a $25,000 scholarship (provided by The Erindale Academy), which can be used over a 4-year period at The Erindale Academy. Transcripts must be submitted. Minimum GPA required.
Top 25% will also receive a Certificate of Distinction with their names posted on this website.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation
Are the ideas expressed by the
student unique and original?
How interesting, clear and captivating is the presentation?
Are the facts presented based on dependable sources of information?
Is there something about the presentation that makes it stand out?
Vocabulary level, clarity, how well it supports the essay or art piece.
Rules regarding plagiarism will be strictly enforced.
1st Place Winner, GYC 2022
1st Place Winner, GYC 2021
1st Place Winner, GYC 2020