2017 marks the 6th anniversary of the Richmond Earth Day Youth (REaDY) Summit, with the theme "Growing Towards Another 150"! The 2017 REaDY Summit will take place at Hugh Boyd Secondary School on April 22, 2017, and includes engaging keynote speakers, interactive workshops and exhibits, and lots of great tips and tricks to make sustainable changes in our community. Stay tuned to this webpage and the REaDY Facebook page www.facebook.com/readysummit for more information about REaDY 2017!
REaDY Summit is a fun, free, and inspiring youth led environmental conference. We aim to promote environmental sustainability awareness for all ages in the local community and beyond.
A BIG thank you to our sponsors for making this year possible! . Thank you to Vancity and Kwantlem Polytechnic University for their support.
For the 3rd year in a row, 2017 keynotes will be inspirational youth, in keeping with the REaDY Summit 'by-youth and for-youth' legacy! David Isaac and Abhayjeet Singh Sachal, two youth environmental leaders, will discuss their inspiring experiences in local environmental stewardship and leadership.
David Isaac, also known as Wugadusk in his traditional name, is a Mi'kmaq originally from Listuguj, Quebec, but was raised in Vancouver's Northshore. He has been a long-time advocate for Indigenous health, the environment and has previously served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Vancouver Native Health Society and the Centre for Native Policy & Research. He recently participated in the Vancouver Foundation's Greenest City Fund Advisory Committee, is a convening partner for the First Nation Renewable Energy Lab and a cofounder of the First Nation Renewable Energy Collective. David is currently leading the development of multiple megawatts of community owned solar projects throughout Canada. When David is not working, he can be found enjoying disc golf at Queen Elizabeth Park and is an avid ocean yacht racer.
Abhayjeet Singh Sachal is a grade 10 student at Seaquam Secondary School. Apart from being an avid ice hockey player and pianist, he loves helping others in the world around him. After giving a TEDx Talk in 2013 and leading several initiatives in his school’s environmental club, Abhay traveled to the Canadian and Greenlandic Arctic in 2016 as part of a Students On Ice expedition and became personally connected with issues such as climate change and reconciliation with Aboriginal communities. As of recently, he has begun the organization Break The Divide to break divisions in society all around the world. He is extremely excited to be a speaker at the REaDY Summit to inspire students to take action against issues they are passionate about.