To all driven high school students who are curious of their paths ahead, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Youth Achieving Success will be holding the annual youth career conference in 2021. Join us for days of engaging workshops, with a wide variety of speakers who will be covering careers such as medicine, journalism, tech, business, culinary arts, and much more.


YAS 2021 Speakers

June 3rd

Jessica Moorhouse - 1 PM

Jessica Moorhouse is a money expert, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada®, speaker, award-winning personal finance blogger and host of the popular More Money Podcast. Having graduated Simon Fraser University in 2009 with a degree in film, as a way to learn more about personal finance and teach others, Jessica took a left turn and launched her first personal finance blog in December 2011. She then launched the More Money Podcast in 2015 which now has almost 2 million downloads. Since then, she’s been the go-to millennial money expert in Canada, having been quoted in the media hundreds of times in addition to being a regular guest on CTV News’ Mind the Gap panel since 2018. She also gives presentations throughout North America to share her expertise and down-to-earth financial advice, and teaches students how to build wealth by investing through her online course Wealth Building Blueprint for Canadians. In her free time, Jessica loves to travel, bake, and read memoirs.

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Dr. Bruce Carleton - 4 PM

Professor and Chair, Division of Translational Therapeutics, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Institute position is: Senior Clinician Scientist, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Hospital position is: Director, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme, BC Children’s Hospital

Vivian Tan - 5 PM

Vivian Tan is a neurodiverse Gen Z-er teaching students and professionals to design their ideal selves within a game called life through branding, public speaking, and self-advocacy. She is the Founder of Student SEAS and a 4x TEDx speaker with a passion for creativity within personal development. Vivian has spoken at over 60+ speaking engagements to over 15k+ people, and has won the Top 25 Under 25 in Surrey as well as the The Global Women of Choice Award in Human Capital Development.

June 4th

Eric Whitacre - 4 PM

Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, is among today’s most popular musicians. His works are programmed worldwide and his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from more than 145 countries over the last decade. A graduate of Juilliard School of Music, Eric completed his second term as Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2020 having served five years as Composer in Residence at the University of Cambridge. In 2021, Eric was named a Yamaha Artist.

His long-form work The Sacred Veil, a profound meditation on love, life and loss, was premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and released on Signum Records in 2020. His recent collaboration with Spitfire Audio resulted in a trail-blazing vocal sample library, became an instant best-seller and is used by composers the world-over. In 2021, Eric launches the Virtual School with its first course “The Beautiful Mess: Lessons in Composition and Creativity”.

Dr. Roger Wong - 5 PM

Dr. Roger Wong is the Vice Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Medicine and a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also a Consultant Physician of the Geriatric Consultation Program at the Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Wong has been appointed to the Order of Canada, the first time a geriatrician is appointed to the country's highest civilian honour, for his contributions to the field of geriatric medicine, including the advancement of policies, education and specialized, culturally sensitive health care.

June 5th

Johanna Ferguson - 10 AM

Johanna Ferguson is a Full Time Master of Business Administration (MBA) student at Simon Fraser University. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Geological Sciences and has five years of industry experience as a geologist. Her experience ranges from being a geological assistant to quickly becoming a geologist and working her way up to the position of project coordinator. Johanna has coordinated gold exploration projects valued at over $35M and has coordinated multiple, simultaneous drilling projects at a Canadian open-pit diamond mine. She decided to pursue an MBA shortly after completing her undergraduate degree to bring her unique technical experience into the business world. Three aspiring female geologists have been mentored by Johanna through the Association of Professional Geoscientists and Engineers of Manitoba. Johanna is halfway through the MBA program and plans to lead sustainable growth in mining through integrity and collaboration.

Tejas Saggi - 11 AM

Tejas was born in India and raised in North Delta, BC. At a young age, he realized he had a knack for Excel shortcuts and so the natural rite of passage was to enter finance. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree at McGill University where he was a part of the Honors in Investment Management program. Tejas currently works as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Strategic Advisory (M&A) team at PJT Partners, a leading advisory-focused investment bank in New York City. Tejas has advised on $20bn+ in M&A transactions with clients spanning from the FinTech, Gaming and Technology industries. As a true financier, he recently picked up golfing. Outside of finance, Tejas enjoys playing basketball and traveling.

Krista Simon - 1 PM

Krista joined Hammerco Lawyers in 2004 and was the first woman to join the partnership. With over 18 years of experience in her legal career, she has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia, and prosecuted both judge alone and jury trials in the Supreme Court of BC. She has enhanced mediation and ADR training, which she puts to use in her solutions-focused approach to legal disputes. Krista does not shy away from a challenge. She is both strategic and engaging and gets involved in every stage of a claim and manages the litigation process – from investigating and coordinating rehabilitation and medical benefits in her personal injury practice, to consulting with executors and beneficiaries in her estate litigation practice. For Krista, legal strategy and solutions are always top of mind. She is a former President of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, was shortlisted for The Canadian Lawyer’s “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers” list and named to Best Lawyers in Canada for 2021. With offices in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, Hammerco has continued to advance the rights of British Columbians through the court process as well as alternate dispute resolution processes. Krista is particularly committed to advancing the rights and recognizing the roles of women in BC through her cases. In fact, most of the Supreme Court trials Krista has run in the last 10 years feature women clients at the centre.

Rachel Lee + Nikole Hu - 2 PM

Rachel Lee is going into her second year at the UBC Sauder school of business. She is currently the Director of Corporate Relations at CUS Sustainability and VP Events at BizWeek, the host of Sauder’s largest business events. She is open to all new experiences and is considering the following study paths: Business Technology Management and Global Supply Chain and Logistics, Real Estate with a minor in Data Science, or transferring to UBC Sciences for Behavioural Neuroscience. This summer, Rachel will be working as a DSCI100 TA (Introduction to Data Science). In the past, she worked on a service project in Kenya, held jobs in the education industry, and devoted over a thousand hours to volunteer work in her community. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and exploring the city.

Nikole Hu is the BizTech Design Director and a second-year BCom student at the UBC Sauder school of business. She implements creative design strategies to enhance BizTech's public image while simultaneously mentoring aspirational designers. She aims to apply her illustrative skills in marketing or graphic design after graduation. Nikole also holds notable experiences in the communication, education, and nonprofit fields/industries. She has dedicated over 1000 hours to improving the lives of others in her community and inspires those around her to employ their passions for positive change. Her various roles entailed managing volunteer initiatives, planning fundraisers, creatively solving logistical issues, and more. Nikole is passionate about fine arts and enjoys playing tennis and drawing in her spare time.

Angela Cao - 3 PM

Angela Cao is a 17 year old high school student who’s passionate about leadership and service. She is the immediate past Lieutenant Governor of Division 13/15/17 of the Pacific Northwest District of Key Club International where she lead 8 clubs across Vancouver and Victoria. She organized Canada Conference 2020, a leadership conference with panels, guest speakers, and workshops covering topics including: diversity, public speaking, entrepreneurship, United Nations sustainability and development, and mental awareness and psychology. She connected Key Club members across Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack, and raised over $450 for PNW Key Club’s District Project, the Thirst Project. She also grew her Key Club community to new schools around Vancouver. She also previously served as President of her school’s Thirst Project club where she raised awareness about the global water crisis. She advocated for safe clean drinking water and raised over $1600 to build freshwater wells in developing countries.

Earoel Kennedy - 4 PM

Earoel Kennedy is a member of SAP’s Global Cloud Services team, with over 10 years of proven success with SAP dedicated to working with clients to digitally transform their businesses. As an SAP certified enterprise architect with the SAP Services, Earoel has worked with some strategic logos in Asia Pacific Japan advising these customers on enterprise business transformation, the future of workforce transformation, value management, change management, innovation management, and business performance management. Since 2016, Earoel has been part of the SAP transformation planning services team to prepare SAP customers in embarking on their digital transformation journeys.

A successful and driven business professional with over 20 years of experience, Earoel started her SAP career with SAP Canada in Vancouver, then SAP China in Shanghai, followed by SAP Americas in Newtown Square, before she moved to SAP APJ in 2015. Earoel is passionate about seeing the world through the lens of empathy and compassion. She believes that when a group of ordinary people work together, extraordinary things can happen.

Earoel currently lives in Singapore with her husband, Graham, who’s an active member of the Singapore startup scene. Earoel is a serious world traveler having been to 56 countries so far, she plans to continue her travel log once the world opens up after the pandemic has subsided. Earoel is involved in a few causes close to her heart, such as gender equality, diversity & inclusion, and cancer awareness.



We are proud to announce that YAS 2020 was hosted virtually.

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