AI4Youth Canada is a Canadian federally registered nonprofit dedicated to connect high school students with professors and influential industry leaders in artificial intelligence across Canada and promoting AI related experiential learning opportunities.
AI4Youth Canada is a non-profit student run organization based in Calgary, Alberta. It was founded by Claire Du and Gerry Lu in June 2018. Led by their strong passion for AI, Claire and Gerry ran a peer student survey about AI awareness, then founded Western Canada High School AI Club earlier, which was the first ever high school AI club in Canada. After seeing both the very limited AI learning resources, especially the experiential learning resources that accessible to high school students and the thirsty pressing demands from students, Claire and Gerry motivated to make efforts to change and founded AI4YOUTH CANADA, they hope to combine forces to create opportunities for their peers and see more Canadian youth become leaders, innovators and game changers in AI integrated future.
Meet The Team
Western Canada High School
Claire is currently a Grade 12 student at Western Canada High School, Calgary, Alberta. Fascinated by robots since elementary school, Claire has been involved in the FIRST Robotics program as a team captain, programmer, and mentored a youth robotics team. By applying her knowledge, creativity, and problem solving abilities, she hopes to inspire many to think radically about making the world a better place with technology. Combining her experience as a national level rhythmic gymnast, she innovated a carpet lifting machine that solved a labor problem for her club. Recognizing the imperative need for AI learning and as a representative for the CBE Student Advisory Council, she proposed to integrate AI fundamental courses into high school curriculums. After starting her school AI club, she worked further with like-minded individuals and founded AI4Youth Canada to empower youth across the nation to proactively become change-makers in our AI-integrated world.
Western Canada High School
Gerry is currently a Grade 12 student at Western Canada High School, Calgary, Alberta. Gerry has always loved to work with anything that evolves technology. Gerry hopes to reach out to all people and help to better the world using his talents and interests. These interests lead Gerry to publish a research paper about the future use of Artificial Intelligence in the Accounting and Law business sectors with the IEEE Student Forum and attending the Universal Village Conference at MIT where he presented on his paper. Gerry also joined First Robotics Team 4334, working on the programmer team, and build team, further he has volunteered as a Sunday School teacher since 2013 at the church he attends on a weekly basis. On top of academia, Gerry has always had a love of sports, mainly Basketball which he has played on a team for 6 years, and Baseball which he played for 3 years. After founding an AI club at Western Canada High School with Claire, he has made it a person mission to help all people regardless of any differences to have a understanding of the future role of technology and AI in order to improve lives everywhere and has perused this goal by founding AI4Youth Canada.
Nicholas Wilger is currently a grade 12 student at Calgary's Webber Academy. He has always been fascinated by technology. Over time, the Gameboys and iPods of his childhood gave way to laptops and self-built desktop computers, but that immutable interest has remained. In the future, he sees the artificial intelligence and aerospace fields as the new drivers of growth; Nicholas wants to be part of that innovation. At school, he is an avid participant in a variety of clubs and extracurriculars. He is an award-winning "MUNer" and Debater, making it to Provincials Debate in his first year. He has been part of student government for four years, including being the incumbent Vice-President for grade 12. More in the STEM fields, Nicholas also participated in the STEM Fellowship's Big Data Challenge as well as in Science Fair, winning top monetary prizes in both. Going forward, he is excited to be part of the AI4Youth team, interacting with his peers across Canada in a field he is captivated by.
Western Canada High School
Jonathan is a Grade 10 student at Calgary's Western Canada High School. From fiddling with Lego Mindstorm to competing in VEX Robotics Competitions, Jonathan was always interested in robotics and pursued what he did with passion. Jonathan was the team captain and lead programmer of his previous school's robotics team, team 6659C, and led them to compete in the World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Furthermore, Jonathan's active participation of the robotics program has led him to found his own robotics team outside of school, team 210Y, allowing the opportunity to work on robotics full time. Robotics has opened the doors to not only an abundance of computer science knowledge and served as an outlet for creativity, but has also provided Jonathan the opportunity to expand his connections and to use his robotics skills to help others who are like him. Jon is looking forward to working with AI4Youth and expanding his horizons with robotics across Canada.
Port Moody Secondary
Iris Xu is a grade 12 International Baccalaureate student at Port Moody Secondary in Port Moody, BC. From competing nationally in badminton, cooking up some edible masterpiece in the kitchen, to teaching kids on the ski hills, Iris can be found challenging herself in every way possible. Last year, she joined rookie FIRST Robotics team 7781 as a lead designer. Not only did she design a functional and reliable bot, she also taught herself to program with languages such as Java and Python along the way. Currently, Iris is using those skills to develop an android app for foodies like herself. Indeed, Iris has a passion for technology and wants to be part of the next “technological revolution”. For her, that starts with spreading awareness of all the endless possibilities AI has to offer. After meeting Claire at SHAD Waterloo (a month-long STEM camp) and realizing some common interests - AI and robots, Iris has been given the wonderful opportunity to work with an amazing team at AI4Youth, aiming to educate and empower youth to become AI leaders of the future.
Social Media Manager
Port Moody Secondary
Bonita Shao is a Grade 10 student attending Port Moody Secondary School. She is an avid participant and advocate for youth involvement in the technological and business world. She volunteers and helps run many youth-led nonprofit organizations. Outside of school, Bonita enjoys competing in business case competitions and public speaking. After finding out about the conference, she was determined to spread it amongst youth. Bonita finds technology imperative in daily life and believes that AI will be certain in the near future. Although she is currently in charge of social media, Bonita enjoys programming and has taught herself Python. At age six she began fiddling with robotics, and recently started working with Arduino. Bonita is excited to be able to take part and share her passion for AI and the AI4YOUTH conference.