SHAPE North America 2017

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Catherine McKenna, announces Global Shapers will gather in Canada for SHAPE North America Summit

January 17, 2017
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

Today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, announced that Global Shapers will meet in Canada this July for SHAPE North America 2017, a summit aimed at accelerating the impact of the Global Shapers in their local communities.

Global Shapers is an initiative of the World Economic Forum, the international organization committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. The Global Shapers Community includes over six thousand young leaders in 436 city-based Hubs, who are developing community-based impact projects to advance inclusive and sustainable growth.

SHAPE North America will convene young leaders of all backgrounds to leverage their unique talents and capacities towards addressing some of North America’s greatest challenges. This Summit will harness the energy surrounding the first days of Canada’s 150th birthday year, a milestone that is focusing the eyes of the world on Canada and that the Ottawa and Toronto Hubs are proud to share with the World Economic Forum Community.

“I am excited that Global Shapers, who are exceptional youth leaders and innovators from around the world, will meet in Canada days after our sesquicentennial celebrations. The Global Shapers are driving positive change in their local communities, and while in Canada they will increase the impact of their projects and work together to shape a more sustainable future.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts:
The Global Shapers Community is represented at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos-Klosters by 52 Global Shapers (with gender parity) representing 52 Hubs.

The Global Shapers Community has been recognized for its record of delivering impact through over 400 Hub Projects impacting the lives of over 23 million people worldwide. Last year, Global Shapers were exclusively invited by the Vatican to a consultation to help them incorporate the views of young people into Pope Francis’ upcoming initiatives. In 2015-16, Global Shapers around the world also immediately responded to natural disasters in Nepal and Ecuador, while furthering the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by taking the SHAPE Sustainability Initiative to 42 cities.

SHAPE North America will be jointly hosted by the Toronto and Ottawa Hubs in July 2017. Participants will develop concrete projects to address some of the greatest challenges facing the continent. More programming details to be released.

Media Inquiries:
SHAPE NA 2017 Co-Chairs, Arjun Gupta and Adam Moscoe