REaDY Summit is a youth-led conference promoting environmental awareness and action by presenting the unique opportunity for our participants to be in close contact with sustainability experts discussing current challenges. Through motivational speakers and engaging workshops the REaDY Summit hopes to foster a new generation of environmental and sustainability leaders.
This event itself is the culmination of the efforts of the Richmond Green Ambassadors, high school students in Richmond who volunteer their time to be the city’s environmental stewards. The Green Ambassadors are supported and mentored by City of Richmond, School District, and David Suzuki Foundation staff to plan and deliver the annual REaDY Summit. This year grade 6 & 7 students from Richmond elementary schools have been invited to participate in REaDY through field trips arranged by their teachers. Green Ambassador volunteers will lead the event and learn valuable leadership, event planning, community convening, and technical skills. These same keen youth are also connected with many community activities throughout the year including waste diversion, composting, tap water promotion, and other environmental stewardship programs.
We hope to inspire and empower the future generation, as well as promote awareness of ecological and environmental sustainability. Workshops, exhibits, and guest speakers provide an opportunity to explore a wide range of topics.
The conference as a whole serves as an opportunity to share ideas and connect with others who share a similar passion in the community and beyond.
REaDY Summit is an Award-Winning Event!
In 2016, the REaDY Summit was honored to be the first place recipient of the 2016 Our Canada Project award, from Learning for A Sustainable Future in partnership with RBC (www.ourcanadaproject.ca)! A big thanks to all the student volunteers and organizers, and the City of Richmond, Richmond School District, and David Suzuki Foundation for making this special award possible!
See below to read about past years’ REaDY speakers!
REaDY Summit 2017 – David Issac, Abhayjeet Singh Sachal
For the 3rd year in a row, 2017 keynotes were inspirational youth, in keeping with the REaDY Summit ‘by-youth and for-youth’ legacy! David Isaac and Abhayjeet Singh Sachal, two youth environmental leaders, discussed their inspiring experiences in local environmental stewardship and leadership.
REaDY Summit 2016 – Kate Hodgson and Jay Matsushiba
Another year of outstanding youth environmental leaders and keynotes at REaDY Summit!
REaDY Summit 2015 – Tesicca Truong, Veronika Bylicki, Alice Xu
Meet our three 2015 keynote speakers – the first ever youth keynotes for REaDY Summit!
REaDY Summit 2014 – Dr. David Suzuki
The third REaDY Summit was hosted at R.A. McMath Secondary School.
We featured a welcoming ceremony by the Musqueam Nation and also had numerous workshops such as ‘Keep Cool!, A Live Musical Comedy Show on Climate Change’ by DreamRider Theatre and ‘Sense of Story, Sense of Place’ by Dr. Scott Sampson.
REaDY Summit 2013 – Sarika Cullis-Suzuki
The second REaDY Summit was hosted at Steveston-London Secondary School.
We were proud to have Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, the youngest daughter of David Suzuki and Tara Cullis, as our keynote speaker.
REaDY Summit 2012 – Peter Robinson
The first ever REaDY Summit was hosted at Steveston-London Secondary School.
We were proud to have Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, as our keynote speaker.
Photo Credit: Barry Brady