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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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.

Gillian Hynes

Gillian Hynes is the President of Ask Her YYC, an organization that advances the principles of equal representation in politics. She is also the co-founder of And Together, a safe space to share and examine stories of systemic barriers that impede inclusion, with a commitment to amplifying women, BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ voices, resources and offerings. Her passion for her community and her commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are just a few of the many reasons why she was awarded the Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy.

Gillian plans to use the funds from the Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy towards running hackathons through And Together, where they will courageously share lived experiences and co-create solutions to inclusion challenges in work places. In addition, she will continue to expand the program offerings of Ask Her YYC to support their bold vision to ensure city leadership look the communities they serve.

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Headshot of Jermyn K.Y. Voon

Jermyn Voon

If you were to search the definition of volunteer, we are quite certain that Jermyn K.Y. Voon’s face would appear! Jermyn K.Y. Voon is the very definition of community contributor. Volunteering for no less that seven organizations, including acting as the president of the Canadian Club of Calgary, it’s hard to imagine how he finds the time. But find it he does, and along the way he still manages to actively engage with Gen Next and United Way of Calgary and Area – most notably, as a participant of our Urban Exposure Project in 2019.

Jermyn plans to use the funds from the Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy to further his leadership development.

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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