Gina Uppal’s interest in social innovation sits at the intersection of youth development and education. She tackles this work with an equity lens developed through her academic background in the social determinants of health and social policy from Western University and American University (Washington, DC) where she studied as a Fulbright-Killam Fellow. Currently, Gina works for Studio Y at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. She supports program development and coaches young people aged 18-29 through a 8-month fellowship to develop you into the types of learners, leaders, and innovators our world needs to navigate 21st-century challenges. Prior to joining Studio Y, Gina coordinated the Scholars Electives program at Western University coaching high achieving students through their academic, career, and personal development. She also sits on the National Youth Advisory Board and is a researcher for Voices Against Violence, a national CIHR study which explores issues of inequality, exclusion and belonging, identity, health and wellbeing as they affect youth in Canada. Gina is recognized as an Ontario Nonprofit Network Connect the Sector Fellow (Toronto), StartingBloc Social Change Fellow (Los Angeles) and Western University President’s National Scholar & Health Sciences Young Alumni Award Recipient.