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Generation of Environmental Leaders Program

Generation of Environmental Leaders Program

Meet the 2024 GELP cohort!

The 2024 GELP cohort was selected for their bold solutions to support North American communities and preserve our shared waters, lands and air.

“We are impressed by the impactful and creative submissions from young leaders in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Each team presented very interesting solutions with a focus on supporting North American communities and demonstrated the drive and commitment of youth to act and provide tangible and impactful ideas to pressing environmental challenges,” said Jorge Daniel Taillant, CEC Executive Director.

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GELp Cohort 2024

Teams of the 2024 Generation of Environmental Leaders Program

Encore! Biomatériaux

 Alexandre Savard and Nicolas Jourdan-Gassin

Encore! Biomatériaux offers 100% compostable packaging made from recycled agri-food waste.

Education for the restoration and conservation of the Ciénega of Tamasopo Wetland, RAMSAR Site

 Ana Cristina Posadas García and Alejandra Abigail Berumen Rodriguez

Education for the restoration and conservation of the wetland Ciénega of Tamasopo: Located in the state of San Luis Potosí and catalogued as a RAMSAR site, the Ciénega is being threatened by agriculture and cattle ranching.

An Equitable Building Electrification Workforce Redevelopment Tool

 Jacob Nicholas Barnet and McKenna Dunbar

"Electrivive: An Equitable Building Electrification Workforce Redevelopment Tool" addresses the renewable energy skilled labor shortage by training incarcerated individuals in Virginia.

Meet the 2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

We would like to thank our multidisciplinary Evaluation Committee for volunteering their time and expertise to review the amazing solutions received this year!

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

Associate Professor - Concordia University
Co-Director - Quebec Youth Research Network Chair

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Steve DeRoy

CEO and Director - The Firelight Group

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Victoria Thân

Advisor - Quebec National Assembly

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Adriana Franco

Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences - National Autonomous University of Mexico

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Emiliano Reyes Galindo

Technical Advisor on climate change - German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Perseida Tenorio Toledo

2023 CEC Mexican Youth Innovation Challenge winner
Co-founder Escuela Itinerante de agua y artes

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Angela Kariuki

Programme Officer - United Nations Environment Programme

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Elaine Fiore

Environmental Educator and Founder - Food Conservation Alliance

2024 GELP Evaluation Committee

Jessica Li

Vice President - International Youth Conference


More information on the GELP

what we offer

Solutions will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Impact and Community Engagement (40%)
  • Feasibility (25%)
  • Alignment with the CEC’s strategic pillars and the program theme (15%)
  • Identification of problem/issue (10%)
  • Innovation (10%)

How to Apply

  • Open to participants aged 18-35 residing in Canada, Mexico, or the United States.
  • Teams such as, but not exclusively, youth-led organizations, youth-led associations, nongovernmental organizations, and not-for-profit youth-led organizations, teams of youth innovators, or entrepreneurs interested in building their businesses.
  • Demonstrate how your solution channels a strong impact on communities and facilitates substantial long-term sustainability.
  • Demonstrate how your solution addresses critical issues related to support North American communities and preserve our shared waters, lands and air.

The 2024 GELP call for solutions is now closed


Julie Amina Jacquemin
Lead, Outreach, Partnerships and Youth Engagement