Gen Next

Young professionals shaping the future of their community

Get involved with Gen Next

What’s the best way for young professionals to create social change and connect face-to-face over philanthropy? Gen Next! This exclusive United Way program brings together local changemakers in their 20s and 30s to take action and inspire the next generation of community leaders.

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Gen Next events bring together professionals in their 20s and 30s to network and chat about how to make an impact on the community.

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Join “The Next”

This flagship program for our next generation of community leaders offers public speaking training, volunteer opportunities and networking with business leaders.

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Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy

The Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy is presented annually to two young professionals for their charitable giving and outstanding work in their community. Winners of this award receive $2,000 to invest in their professional development or philanthropic endeavours.

Applications closed on April 2, 2021.
All nominees will be contacted on April 23, 2021 and the awards will be publicly announced between April 26-30, 2021.

Raman Sawhney

“As an advocate for STEM and a professional in the energy industry, I launched a non-profit called Apar Initiative after working in the Albanian oil fields. As the only female engineer working in the field, I felt it was my responsibility to help change the narrative and inspire more girls to pursue technical education and careers”

Congratulations to Raman Sawhney for being one of last year’s Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy recipients! She has since used the Award at Apar Initiative to continue expanding their mentorship and personal development platforms to assist in developing strong leadership and critical thinking skills in the next generation.

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Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd was one of last year’s recipients of the Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy. As the Director of Oneball Charity and a two-time cancer survivor, he has shown what it means to be resilient and he uses his experience to change lives. He will be using the Award to invest in the re-launch of their financial assistance program. Giving back doesn’t stop there. Christopher has also been an active leader and avid supporter in Spartan Control’s United Way campaign. Congratulation Christopher!

Run a fundraising campaign

Develop leadership skills, get to know your colleagues, and support your community by running a workplace campaign.

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Gen Next Committee

Committee Chair

Bertha Macwan
BMO Financial Group

Committee Vice-Chair

Jacqueline Smith
McKinsey & Company

Committee Members

Taylor Brown
STIFEL FirstEnergy

Karlyn Stuart
Nutrien Ltd.

Colin Man
CIBC Capital Markets

Eric Deys
Community Member

Nayyara Mandjee

Thank you to our sponsor

Gen Next is proudly sponsored by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

Sponsorship opportunities

If you are interested in supporting the Gen Next program, please contact us.

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