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Join our live audience, meet tomorrow’s visionaries, hear their thoughts on improving Ontario, and CAST YOUR VOTE for the best SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize was announced in September 2016 by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and is being administered in partnership with the Walrus Foundation. The prize was created to give Ontario’s most creative thinkers a forum for tackling the challenges that Ontarians and Canadians will face over the next 50 years—and to give them a chance to present their solutions in front of a panel of the province’s thought leaders.

Tickets are free from this need to get your own ticket to enter..

Since the announcement of the prize, Ontarians from across the province have submitted ideas in six categories: Reconciliation, Governance, Inclusive Prosperity, Environmental Stewardship, Social Cohesion, and Scientific and Technological Innovation. This fall, these finalists—six from each category—will present their ideas at public events in six cities across Ontario; their visionary ideas reimagine police reform, housing, sustainability, and other pressing issues.

Finalists will showcase their visions in front of an audience that will include policy makers, industry leaders, and a panel of expert judges. Audience members will play a crucial role: they’ll help choose the category winner through a round of live voting. At each event, a winner will be declared—all six category winners will receive $2,500, a spread in the pages of The Walrus magazine, and recognition from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

We will hear from these 6 Finalists:


Abell, Brent: Generating Sustainable Energy with Peat Fuel

Brent Abell was born and raised on a cattle farm in Dunkeld, a village near Walkerton, Ontario. Now a paramedic in the Durham Region, he is currently working toward a degree in public administration and governance from Ryerson University. Abell lives with his wife and two children in Sunderland, Ontario, and serves as a volunteer firefighter for Brock Township. In his free time, he enjoys playing hockey and baseball, snowmobiling, and hunting deer in the Saugeen Valley.

Cant, Ryan: Combatting Climate Change with the EnviroDrone

Ryan Cant is an environmental scientist with a background in geospatial technology, civil engineering, resource management, and agriculture. An innovator and entrepreneur in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology, Cant believes that drones can be a powerful tool in the fight against climate change.

Hyodo, Brian: Stretching Science and Technology – Innovating New Industry From
Global Leadership in Multiculturalism

After graduating with a degree in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo, Brian Hyodo worked in CIBC’s IT department before joining IBM. There, he transitioned into sales management, eventually becoming one of two Global Insurance Industry Partner Executives. Brian followed up his IBM career with partner executive roles for various software companies, including Performancesoft, Actuate, and Varicent. After retiring from sales, Hyodo studied and apprenticed in the ancient craft of farriery. Currently, he serves on the board of the Ontario Farriers’ Association.

Li, Carter: Fighting Climate Change with a Community-Based Platform for Electric-Vehicle Charging

Carter Li is the founder and CEO of SWTCH, a clean-technology start-up dedicated to improving electric vehicle charging accessibility, reducing driver range anxiety, and promoting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Prior to launching SWTCH, Li was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, where he developed digital and implementation strategies related to clean technology, healthcare, and financial services. He holds a PhD in experimental surgery from McGill University.

Mykhaylova, Natalia: Green Canopy, Greener City

Natalia Mykhaylova has a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Toronto and is now a doctoral student in U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering. Her current work involves developing novel devices and adaptable wireless networks for the monitoring of air pollution. She has founded two companies, worked with various start-ups and non-profit organizations, and received numerous awards for her leadership and research. Her work has been covered by such outlets as The University of Toronto Magazine,, Metro News, and CTV News.

Shahid, Sadaf: Implementing Thermoelectric Roads in Toronto

Sadaf Shahid is a student at Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. Having grown up in a quiet suburban area, she was struck by the heavy traffic congestion and concrete expanses of downtown Toronto and has made it her goal to help develop and sustain ecologically diverse environments in urban settings. A videographer and photographer, she’s never far from her Nikon D810.