Event Participants

Special National Child Day Greetings

The Honourable Marci Ien

Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

​The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

​Leadership Spotlight

Kayla Alexander

Professional basketball player, Olympian and current member of the Canadian Senior Women's National Team

​Opening Remarks

Sara Austin

Founder and CEO, Children First Canada


Arjun Ram

CBC Kids News contributor

​Blessing / Cultural Ceremony

Elder Claudette Commanda

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, QC, and Chancellor of the University of Ottawa

​Keynote & Special Guest

Carey Newman

Indigenous Artist, Master Carver, Creator of the Witness Blanket

Adelyn Newman-Ting

Indigenous Child Author


Jason Wilkins


DJ Lincoln Baio

Sponsor Spotlight

Portrait of Jill Schnarr

Jill Schnarr

Chief Communications Officer, TELUS