The Experiences Canada Youth Advisory Committee, otherwise known as “The YAC,” is made up of youth from across Canada who provide Experiences Canada with recommendations to improve and develop our youth exchange programs.

Have you recently participated in an Experiences Canada program? Apply to be on our Youth Advisory Committee!

YAC GOALS

  1. Make frequent social media posts using #ExperiencesCan
  2. Write a testimonial for use on Experiences Canada social media pages and website
  3. Update Experiences Canada fact sheets
  4. Create YAC testimonial videos
  5. Meet with an Experiences Canada exchange group in the community to talk about the YAC

Learn more about Experiences Canada’s Youth Advisory Committee.

MENTORS

Karine Déquier, Manitoba

Pier-Anne Gaulin, Québec

CURRENT MEMBERS

Saviluk Thomassie

Kangirsuk, QC

My name is Saviluk and I was born in Montreal and raised in Kangirsuk, a small town north of Quebec. This year is my last year of high school and I am excited to further my education. I have participated in an Experiences Canada exchange and also had the amazing experience of participating on the Students on Ice expedition and the Arctic Winter Games.

Isaac Grass

Borden, ON

I had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Canada 150&Me forums in Vancouver and Ottawa. It was an amazing experience that allowed me to collaborate with other passionate youth and discuss some of the biggest issues facing our nation today. The knowledge gained was valuable and the memories made are sure to last a lifetime. I live on 16 Wing Base Borden and attend school at Nottawasaga Pines Secondary in Angus. At school, I am very involved in leadership and student council. In July of 2017, I was hired as an ambassador for Youth Empower, a youth-run organization that gives motivation to youth to do good in their communities. I am extremely excited to be a part of Experiences Canada’s Youth Advisory Committee this year and look forward to seeing what incredible experiences it brings.

Catherine Cadigan

Lindsay, ON

I was given the opportunity to travel to British Columbia and Ottawa as a part of the Canada 150&Me Initiative. The experiences I had were incredible and so were the people! These experiences had a profound impact on me and allowed me to make new friends while raising awareness about the issues our country faces, especially those directly connected to my community. I gained an interest in areas I had no previous experience in and applied this new passion to my home town to create positive change. I applied to be a part of YAC because I want to ensure other students can have the same amazing opportunities that I had.

Danèle Dequier

Ste-Anne, MB

I come from a small town called Ste-Anne, Manitoba. I am involved in my school council as well as my provincial youth association. My passions include theater, music, writing, leadership, social justice, and bilingualism. I have incredible memories from my travels with the Canada 150&Me program last year. I had the chance to participate in the forums in Vancouver and Ottawa. These experiences have allowed me to grow my understanding of social justice issues discussed at the forums, discover different places in Canada, and connect with young people across the country.

Maxime Boudreau

Bathurst, NS

My name is Maxime Boudreau, I’m 14 years old from Bathurst, New Brunswick. I’m currently enrolled in the 9th grade at L’école Secondaire Nepisiguit de Bathurst. I play hockey and soccer and have participated in the provincial science fair for the past 3 years, including winning a silver medal. I think the best part of an Experiences Canada exchange is observing life in other regions of the country and meeting new people. The most valuable result of my exchanges is the new friends I have made. I joined the Youth Advisory Committee because I was looking for a new challenge and chance to learn from others. Looking ahead, I want to finish my high school diploma and make a man of myself!

Sydney McGrath

Leroy, SK

I am Sydney McGrath, I am 18 years old. I grew up in LeRoy Saskatchewan and am now attending school at the University of Regina, pursuing a career in elementary education. I travelled to Wolfville, Nova Scotia for my Experiences Canada exchange in grade 11. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I hope that one day I will have the opportunity to take my students on an exchange as well. This is my second year on the YAC committee, last year I attended the annual general meeting and had a blast! For the past year I have been the Secretary for the committee and have enjoyed it each step of the way. Experiences Canada has a great program going for the young youth of our country.  I am so blessed to have been a part of the committee that keeps it going!

Mackenzi Chapman

Madoc, ON

I’m from a small town of Madoc ON and when I heard my school was looking to do an exchange through Experiences Canada I was ecstatic. We ended up going to Kelowna B.C which is the exact opposite of my town. It really showed me how diverse our amazing country is in so many ways and I’m excited to give back to the Experiences Canada program so more youth can experience what I was so lucky to have experienced myself.

Gabrielle Malaty

Ottawa, ON

I am a grade 12 student from Ottawa, Ontario. Born in London, England, Canada became my home in 2008. Since then I’ve enjoyed spending my time traveling around the country, including my exchange with Experiences Canada where I visited Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. During that trip I learned many valuable lessons and made close friends whom I’m still in contact with today. Because of my time in BC I’m dedicated to helping others experience some of the amazing things that I did. In my free time when I’m not travelling, I enjoy practicing as many musical instruments as I can get my hands on, swimming, and hiking.

Spencer Bubis

Winnipeg, MB

Spencer Bubis is a Grade 10 high school student proudly from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He thoroughly enjoys being actively involved in his school and community through student council and local youth-led organizations. Currently he is a volunteer swim instructor at Manitoba SwimAbility where he teaches children with special needs water-safety and swimming skills. He also enjoys spending his time on creative endeavours through filmmaking and photography, among other passions such as debating, history, arts/culture, and current affairs. Spencer is very excited to have the opportunity to make an impact on a national level through his involvement with the YAC and to contribute to enhancing and promoting the invaluable gift Experiences Canada has to offer. Over Canada’s sesquicentennial, Spencer had the privilege to partake in the Canada 150&Me Ottawa trip and National Youth Forum. Even more so than the places he went, it was the people he met on his Canada 150&Me experience that had the strongest, longest-lasting impact.

Nathanial Vincent

Steadybrook, NF

In April 2016, through Experiences Canada, I travelled to Toronto, London, Stratford, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls, with the Atlantic Boychoir from Newfoundland and Labrador. I believe that the most valuable outcome of my Experiences Canada exchange was the chance to meet, collaborate, learn, and perform with world renowned and very knowledgeable choral conductors and singers in Canada. This experience has increased my confidence in my leadership and musical abilities and has made me a more responsible and independent individual. I really wanted to be more involved with Experiences Canada, so I joined the Youth Advisory Committee. What I am hoping to gain from the YAC is the experience of spending time with youth of my age who also want to expand their leadership skills and are passionate about their interests and abilities. I also want to advise and inspire other youth in their communities about the Experiences Canada program, so they also have the chance to travel and take part in what great opportunities and experiences our Country has to offer.

Kate Giebelhaus

Vegreville, AB

I am from a small town in Alberta. In May 2016, I had the privilege to take part in an Experiences Canada exchange to Nova Scotia. When I left for the exchange, I was very quiet and shy but when I returned I was a completely different person. This trip widened my view of Canada and allowed me to make long lasting friendships. I was able to become more confident and connect with new people around me. I applied for YAC because I believe Experiences Canada is an amazing opportunity and I hope to help the program by promoting it to others and sharing my experience with them.

Lise Charles (Secretary)

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

My name is Lise Charles, I am from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and am currently attending Pearson College UWC of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. In my third and final year on the Youth Advisory Committee, I have been serving as vice president. In the winter of 2015, I participated in an Experiences Canada exchange to Papineauville, Quebec. In April 2017, I participated in Experiences Canada’s 150&Me Project and travelled to Vancouver to attend the Youth Forum on the Environment. Experiences Canada has given me opportunities to travel across Canada to see the diversity in its geography and cultures, to meet other Canadian youth and consequently to have memories and friendships which will last a lifetime.

Mathilde Inkel

Rouyn-Noranda, QC

Last year, I had the chance to travel to Edmonton, Alberta for a student exchange. It has been a wonderful experience. I met extraordinary people while discovering a magnificent part of Canada. Also, I learned so much about their unique traditions and culture. In Canada, we have the chance to have a diversified and multiethnic country, which means that we do not have to travel far away to discover a whole new world. During my participation in the YAC, my main objective is to inspire my generation as well as the future generations to travel across Canada.

Kulmehakbir Randhawa

Surrey, BC

In June 2017, I had the opportunity to go on a trip to Ottawa for the Canada 150&Me program which was organized by Experiences Canada. For me, the most exciting part of the program was doing a group presentation in front of the Governor General about the issues facing Canadians. Throughout this trip I was able to learn so much about the lifestyles of people living in different parts of Canada. As a result of this program, I became more interested in promoting exchanges to youth and learning more about the diversity of Canadian culture.

Astrid Krueger (Vice-President)

Edmonton, AB

My name is Astrid Krueger and I’m from Edmonton, Alberta. This is my third year on the YAC and I’m honored to have served the role of president for the past term. With Experiences Canada, I was fortunate enough to have traveled to St Agapit and St Etienne on linguistic exchanges in junior high, as well as participate in the Canada 150&Me forum in Vancouver. Experiences Canada has given me so many opportunities to travel the country, connect with other youth and become established in a network of people who love everything Canada has to offer as much as I do! Giving back to Experiences Canada by being a member of the YAC is a privilege and I’m so excited to see what we will accomplish this year!