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Global Youth Ambassador

Alex Deans

Age:19

GOALS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Developed iAid that helps visually impaired people move easily.

At 12 years old, Alex Deans’ encounter with a visually impaired woman inspired him to create the iAid, a novel navigation device for the blind. His work on the iAid has taken him from working directly with the visually impaired community to winning the Platinum Award at Canada’s national science fair and second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles as a member of Team Canada. Alex’s work is on display at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, sponsored by the Weston Family Foundation of Canada.

Alex is on the national tour of We Day as an RBC #ChangeAgents Ambassador, speaking to over 120,000 youth and sharing the stage with world-renowned activists including Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Katie Couric, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Alex has a long-standing interest in civic service. He is spearheading a student volunteerism campaign, “Project Impact”, and engaging youth in business opportunities as Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee. He has been recognized as one of “Canada’s Future Leaders under 25” by Maclean’s magazine, profiled as a “Top 50 Emerging Leader” by Gen Y Inc., and was featured in Governor General David Johnston’s speech at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference Canadian CEO Dinner in Los Angeles. Alex has been profiled by CBS, CBC, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, CTV Canada AM, etc.

In his spare time, Alex is an avid artist, musician, and alpine skier, having competed in the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games as a member of Team Canada.

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