Youth In Motion's Top 20 Under 20™: Presenting 20 inspiring Canadians

TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Today we celebrate the achievements of 20 dynamic young Canadians at the ninth Annual Top 20 Under 20™Award Breakfast at Arcadian Court.  Presented by Youth in Motion and sponsored by Intact Insurance and Intact Foundation, the Top 20 Under 20™ Award has three pillars: Innovation, Leadership and Achievement.  Prepare to be inspired by their incredible accomplishments and compelling personal stories, as the 2012 Top 20 Under 20™ Leaders describe their innovative projects, community achievements and lessons in leadership.

This unique event invites the public to meet and hear from 20 outstanding youth, each one selected after a rigorous and impartial judging process.  A highly supportive audience turns out to show its confidence in Canada's top emerging talent and to learn about the Top 20 Under 20™ year-long leadership development and mentoring model. The 2012 award recipients range in age from 16 - 19 and represent a cross-section of diverse communities from coast to coast. As part of a leadership summit, Intact Financial Corporation will welcome the young leaders to meet with senior executives.

"We're proud to celebrate the achievements of Canada's Top 20 under 20. These bright young stars have helped build stronger communities in Canada and abroad through their innovative inventions, social activism and philanthropic efforts. The personal excellence exhibited by the Top 20 is truly inspirational," said Louis Gagnon, President and Chief Operating Officer of Intact Financial Corporation.

The Top 20 Under 20™ Award Program major supporters include; Intact Insurance, Intact Foundation, Astral Media Inc., PepsiCo Canada, The Globe and Mail, Right Management, the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Ontario, The Keg Spirit Foundation, Studentawards.com, Winners Merchants International L.P., Right Management, Freedom 55 Financial, Spark Inc. and Aimia Inc. Top 20 Under 20™ rewards young Canadians who show significant innovation, achievement, and leadership.

The 2012 Top 20 Under 20™ Leaders are: Ali-Faizan Virji (AB); Anjan Katta (BC); Brooke Harrison (ON); Danny Huang (AB); David Wang (BC); Dheevesh Arulmani (ON); Dustin Garron (ON); Jaxson Khan (ON); Joseph Linzon (ON); Kelly Lovell (ON); Marshall Zhang (ON); Michael Peters (BC); Mingye Chen (BC); Mirian Dang (ON); Molly Thomason (NS); Nicholas Schiefer (ON); Rameez Viji (AB); Sarah Flaherty (ON); Vaibhavi Solanki (ON); Zane Schwartz (ON).

Bios for each recipient are available by emailing Jennifer Bassojbasso@youth-in-motion.ca

Presented by Youth in Motion and sponsored by Intact Insurance and Intact Foundation, Top 20 Under 20™ is a national youth award and mentoring program, offering recognition and unique opportunities to Canadian youth. Top 20 Under 20™ rewards young Canadians who show significant innovation, achievement, and leadership.

2012 Top 20 Under  20™ Award Breakfast: June 7, 2012.

Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, 8th floor, Simpson Tower
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

™Intact Design is a trademark of Intact Financial Corporation used under license.

SOURCE Youth in Motion

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Jennifer Basso |Manager, Development and Communications
Office: 416.962.4946 Ext. 211| Mobile:  416.887.9262 | E-mail: jbasso@youth-in-motion.ca
Website: www.youth-in-motion.cawww.top20under20.ca

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