Who says you have to graduate high school in order to make a compelling TEDxKanata speaker? As a Grade 12 student at École secondaire publique De La Salle, Mathilde Papillon is helping shape The Next 150 through her combined love of dance, science and community involvement.
Mathilde is a strong believer in the student voice. In fact, she represents the voices of youth from all over the province as a member of the Ministerial Student Advisory Committee of Ontario.
Particularly passionate about engaging youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Mathilde sits on Actua’s National Youth Council, which is the Federal Ministry of Science’s organization of choice for promoting STEM amongst young Canadians.
Mathilde also strives to help make environmental education more widely available within Canadian schools, as the co-founder of a registered NGO called PAPLEN Education for Eco-sustainability.
When she is not busy completing her Contemporary Dance Concentration and the Gifted Program at her school, you may also find Mathilde on a humanitarian trip to Kenya, working at the Canadian Museum of Nature to help them promote nature in a more eco-friendly manner, or engaging in classical ballet training through the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.
Don’t miss Mathilde as she steps on our TEDxKanata stage on March 9th!