Join us for Youth Expo 2020!

Our annual Youth Expo aims to connect and amplify the diverse voices of newcomer youth in Toronto. This year’s theme will be centered around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We are hoping to introduce newcomer youths (14 – 29) to the exciting world of STEM through a day of hands-on workshops and inspirational speakers.

We have 3 breakout workshops that will be facilitated by Ryerson University, Ontario Tech, & Cryptochicks.

Register Below

Keynote Speaker

Réjeanne Aimey P.Eng MBA – President and Chair, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

Speakers/Workshop Presenters

Elena Sinelnikova – Founder/CEO, CryptoChicks

Michael Ye – Web/Software Developer, Entrepreneur

Maryam Goudarzi – STEM Research Officer, Ryerson University

Vanessa Ironside – Engineering Outreach Coordinator, Ontario Tech University, Engineering Outreach

Krishana Shankar – Ph.D & Scientist

Sheila Mehrvar – Engineering Outreach Liaison, Ryerson University


Workshop 1

Introduction to Blockchain 

Speaker – Elena Sinelnikova 

Organization – Cryptochick

Speaker Bio 

Elena Sinelnikova had a stunning career in software development creating cool programs for governments and police force. Until she found out about the blockchain technology that changed her life and gave her the opportunity to start her own business venture. She is now the leader of the international organization CryptoChicks that bringing blockchain technology knowledge to women and youth all over the world. 

Workshop Description

Have you ever heard about this new cool technology called blockchain?  Maybe Bitcoin? Ethereum? Did you know you could have your own computer work for you making your weekly allowance through blockchain mining? In this workshop we will go over all you need to know about it. Including what blockchain looks like, why no one was able to hack it yet, why it can’t be destroyed, and of course ways to earn through blockchain mining.

Workshop 2 

Pitch Black 

Speaker – Sheila Mehrvar – Engineering Outreach Liaison

Organization – Ryerson University


Hi, my name is Sheila Mehrvar and I am in my final year of studying Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. Throughout my time at Ryerson, I have been a part of numerous extracurriculars. I have been involved with the Ryerson Concrete Canoe Team, Ryerson Engineering Student Society, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Ryerson Chapter, and Women in Engineering. Also, I played on a co-ed intramural volleyball team with a group of my engineering classmates. Over the years I have completed internships at the Canada Goose manufacturing plant and Lennox Industries. I have received numerous awards such as the Aileen Clark Lambie Award, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science Dean’s Recognition Award, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Award, and the IODE Lois Laughren Award for Women in STEM. Last year I competed in the Ryerson Engineering Competition in the Consulting category and came in the first place which landed my team and me a spot to compete at the Ontario Engineering Competition. Some fun facts about me are that I am trilingual, I speak English, French, and Farsi fluently and am learning Spanish at the moment, I spent 10 years of my life training as a National-Level High-Performance Sprint Canoe Athlete, I have 3 bunnies, I love to travel, I come from a family of engineers and I have been told that I am Bianca Andreescu’s doppelganger so I dressed up as her for Halloween this year.

Workshop Description

Pitch Black is a program designed to allow students to walk in the shoes of Electrical Engineers and restore power to their neighborhood during a blackout. The activity starts with a presentation from our Engineering Outreach Liaison who will briefly talk about engineering, university life, and their experiences. Students will then be asked to create an electric circuit on a breadboard from a schematic diagram, which represents a community in a blackout. Initially, not all of the LED lights in the circuit will light up, and students will have to use their knowledge of electric circuits to troubleshoot the circuit and restore power to the community.

Workshop 3

Engineering Design 

Speaker – Vanessa Ironside 

Organization – Ontario Tech University Engineering Outreach


My name is Vanessa Ironside and I am one of the Engineering Outreach Coordinators at Ontario Tech University’s Engineering Outreach. I currently hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology and History and Philosophy of Science and a Masters of Education in Development Psychology at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University . This is my 6th year working within the realm of STEM Outreach, previously working at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. In my role at the university, I run Teacher Professional Development and outreach programs for youth.I am passionate about making STEM Education accessible, inclusive and engaging to all students and preparing educators with the tools to implement innovative new teaching practices.

Workshop Description

In this hands on activity, we will explore energy generation and the importance of renewable energy for sustainability and our future. Participants will work through the engineering design process to engineer their own water wheel or wind turbine to generate energy from renewable resources.