David CameronExecutive Director
David Cameron is a leader in Youth Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Canada. As the Executive Director at YELL, David is inviting us to imagine Canada's future if we ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in the generation of today. Prior to YELL, David co-founded Radius Ventures, a social venture accelerator at Simon Fraser University, and he was the Manager of Innovation at The Next Big Thing Foundation – Canada’s most innovative youth fellowship for entrepreneurs under the age of 25, founded by the CEO of Hootsuite, Ryan Holmes. He is a business coach, mentor, and speaker. Before moving into youth education, David worked on the launch of an impact investment fund with Vancity Credit Union and designed strategy and marketing plans at Coca Cola. David continues to represent the voice of young innovators to the BC and federal governments through the BC Partners for Social Impact and the National Youth Innovation and Leadership Agenda.
Jennifer MaloneyDirector of PR
Jennifer is a social entrepreneur and one of North America’s most sought-after public relations experts. She began her career in 2001 as a newspaper reporter covering politics, news and entertainment for Black Press, (now Glacier Media). There she garnered national and international award recognition for her reporting. Jennifer is still a columnist and regular contributor to several publications including: Fast Company,Entrepreneur, Profit, and BC Business. In 2006, Jennifer transitioned into PR, heading up the public relations for one of North America’s fastest-growing franchise companies, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Her “nose for news” served her well in landing the company regular news features in America’s top tier media outlets as it expanded into New York and the Northeast of the States. In 2007, Jennifer was instrumental in starting one of the country’s leading PR firms. Passionate about social enterprise, in 2010 Jennifer later founded Vancouver’s top social impact PR firm. Progressive in her business views, Jennifer loves working with brands that think beyond the bottom line. Some of her favourites include the Clinton Foundation’sClinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership,ClearlyContacts.ca, BroadbandTV, the Chopra Center, and World Housing. In addition to running Yulu PR, Jennifer devotes much of her time to organizations that are creating positive social change. She serves on advisory boards for both the Board of Change and Raw Beauty Talks and is a member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.
Jannika NybergCommunity Manager
Jannika is a community builder with a passion for youth leadership. An educator by experience, and community developer by training, Jannika builds resilient communities through meaningful relationships and vision. Jannika brings years of experience in the non-profit sector from her role in Co-Founding ArtQuake, a youth-led arts organization that enables young leaders to use their creativity to build more socially and environmentally just communities. She understands her entrepreneurial spirit as being rooted in her willingness to tackle complex problems, most especially when solutions are uncertain and not guaranteed. Jannika completed her Bachelor’s of Arts at McGill university, concentrating on Canadian politics and Deliberative Dialogue studies. Jannika is both a RADIUS fellow and OceanPath fellow. She received her certificate in asset-based community development from Coady International Institute.
Punit is also the co-founder and CEO of OncoSec Medical, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company developing its advanced-stage immunotherapy to treat solid tumors. Punit was formerly Vice President of Finance and Operations at Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In his management experience, Punit has raised over $160 million through multiple financings and several licensing deals including early stage deals with Merck and Wyeth. More recently, Punit has been leading the development of a pipeline of novel immunotherapy candidates for a wide range of solid tumor applications at OncoSec with an industry leading technology. Punit’s management experience spans corporate finance, M&A, integration, successful in-licensing of key intellectual property, strategy implementation, corporate transactions and collaborations with leading Universities and working with several key opinion leaders across the globe. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Dhillon places great value on helping future leaders overcome challenges through mentorship and education. Mr. Dhillon is an active member in his community focused on promoting an active lifestyle and grass roots community involvement, including scholarships to support students pursuing post-secondary education. He is also the founder of becancerpositive.org a community dedicated to sharing and connecting; highlighting stories from around the globe and creating a platform where people can share with others their own unique experiences with cancer and help people find their own silver lining. In 2013, he was recognized as the "Top 100" CEOs by PharmaVoice and "Most Admired CEO" by the San Diego Business Journal. In 2014, he was recognized as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year." Punit holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Amit Sandhu works with the Ampri Real Estate Development Group. Since 1991, the group has developed over 700 homes and has investments in apartment buildings, commercial retail centres, and several urban-development and agricultural properties across Canada. Amit was Founding Chair of the TiE Young Entrepreneurs Program for Metro Vancouver, part of a multi-city 600+ student global initiative, where he and his colleagues developed a world leading mentorship program for enterprising youth in Vancouver. A key guiding philosophy for Amit’s efforts in education is that today’s challenges and tomorrow's dynamic job markets will require more creative problem solvers and that educational innovation is the best way to respond to this change. Amit’s focus extends beyond grassroots development as he is the youngest business person ever appointed by Richmond City Council to the city’s Economic Advisory Committee, where he has served since 2011. Amit is also the Co-founder of Grind for the Mind, an event that takes place on the Grouse Grind, which brings awareness to mental illness and raises funds for Mental Health Services. Amit has been recognized by Profit Magazine’s FuEL Awards as one of the Top 20 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in Canada.
When Rattan Bagga refers to himself as a "wholesome entrepreneur," he isn't referring only to the organic granola and gluten-free treats that New World Natural manufactures. Rattan Bagga has been the CEO of New World Natural Foods, a Canadian organic foods manufacturer, since 2010. Mr. Bagga was also recognized as one of the top 20 under 30 entrepreneurs in Canada in 2011/2012. His belief in 'maximizing the benefits of his decisions on those around him,' also translated into raising funds for charitable initiatives such as the disaster relief in Pakistan and Haiti, as well as sourcing ingredients from local sources (e.g. Canadian farmers) as much as possible. Rattan's latest initiative has been the launch of Everland Natural Foods coconut water, where proceeds from each sale go towards supporting farmers in India. Everland Natural Foods was recognized as the Business of the Year by the Burnaby Business Excellence Awards.