Top 20 under 20 - Leading the way!

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - More than 400 people gathered today to preview
Canada's young leaders of today as the 2007 recipients of Youth in Motion's
award and mentoring program - Top 20 Under 20(TM) - were celebrated at a
breakfast event, sponsored by University of Ontario, Institute of Technology,
at 89 Chestnut Residence.
    Top 20 Under 20(TM), a program of Youth in Motion, sponsored by ING
Canada, ING Foundation, Bell Canada and CHUM Limited is designed to seek out
and reward young Canadians who have demonstrated significant levels of
innovation, achievement and leadership. Other program partners include: The
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, The Keg Spirit Foundation,
Manpower, Right Management and Hydrogenics to name a few.
    "Youth in Motion is extremely proud and honoured to be able to showcase,
from coast to coast, young Canadians from all walks of life, who are committed
to innovation, leadership and achievement." says Akela Peoples, President &
CEO, Youth in Motion. "The 2007 recipients are an impressive group of young
Canadians, they are entrepreneurs, scientists, social activists,
environmentalists and inventors." said Ms. Peoples.
    "We are excited to celebrate with Canadians across the country the
innovation, achievements and leadership demonstrated by each of the 2007 Top
20 Under 20 recipients. We are glad to see so many up and coming young people
making the most of their abilities in these areas," said Claude Dussault,
President and CEO, ING Canada. "These attributes are key to Canada's future
economic and social prosperity. ING Canada and ING Foundation are proud to
partner with Youth in Motion in recognizing and rewarding the very elements
that have also led to our global success."
    Each recipient receives a financial award up to $2,000 to be directed
towards their continuing area of study or training, participation in a Four
Day Leadership Summit specifically designed to further enhance their
leadership and innovative capabilities and mentoring by a Canadian leader for
a period of eight months.
    The 2007 Top 20 Under 20(TM) recipients are: Gavin Bennett (ON), Prerna
Chandak (ON), Cody Clark (ON), April Dutheil (BC), Sophia Gran-Ruaz (ON),
Saleena Hakim (ON), Raymond Ko (SK), Stephen Lake (ON), Ronan Paul MacParland
(NL), Tracy Mah (AB), Samantha Milner (QC), Ted Paranjothy (MB), Simon Pickup
(BC), Nakita Sekhon (BC), Jasmeet Sidhu (ON), Yvonne Su (ON), Asha Suppiah
(ON), Ryan Thirlwall (BC), David Wang (ON), Samantha Whiteside (ON).

    Bios for each recipient and photo are available upon request.

    About Youth in Motion.

    Youth in Motion (YIM) is a national, not-for-profit organization focused
on developing the employability and life skills of today's youth to prepare
them effectively for success in life and work. Our programs are designed to
provide access to career information and increase awareness about
opportunities for youth and those impacting the career decisions of youth. For
more information, visit

    About ING

    ING Canada is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in
the country offering automobile, property and liability insurance to
individuals and businesses through its insurance subsidiaries. In 2003, ING
established the ING Foundation committed to empowering Canada's young people
to achieve their full potential. For more information, visit

    A Program of Youth in Motion.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact Larry
Mah, Top 20 under 20(TM) Program Manager, at (416) 738-1382, or; Full recipient bios and photos are available

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