We're a group of volunteers working together to create a city that attracts and gives voice to the next generation by connecting people, places, communities and ideas.
Edmonton's NextGen Committee is a non-profit society in Alberta, which is led by a Board of Directors and a team of volunteers. Our vision is for Edmonton to be a vibrant city shaped by the lives and leadership of citizens ages 18 to 40. We strive to -
- Create and sustain a network of engaged citizens, ages 18 to 40
- Provide a platform for the sharing and advancement of new and emerging ideas
- Give voice to the interests and perspectives of a diverse demographic
Meet our Board of Directors
We have a dedicated Board of Directors that lead the vision for Edmonton's NextGen, while coordinating and organizing our initiatives, events, partners and volunteers. All of our board members have volunteered with NextGen for several years and bring a wealth of experience to the team -
- Jenny Albers｜President
- Anika Zepp｜Vice-President
- Trenton Broens｜Secretary
- Katie Hayes｜Treasurer
- Shaunaugh Whelan｜Pecha Kucha Nights Lead
- Vesna Kos｜Professional Development Lead
- Elizabeth Lo Presti｜MEAET Lead
- Aaron Budnick｜Communications Lead
The History of Edmonton's NextGen
NextGen started in 2005 as a task force created by Edmonton's City Council. Under the leadership of former City Councillors Kim Krushell and Michael Phair, the 15 person task force conducted public consultations with over 100 young community member to discover what young Edmontonians wanted to see for arts and culture, business opportunities, sports and recreation, education and employment. In the Spring of 2006, Edmonton's City Council enacted the task force's recommendations and Edmonton's NextGen committee was born under the City of Edmonton. From 2006 to 2020, Edmonton's NextGen operated as an administrative committee of the City of Edmonton.
Towards the end of 2020, NextGen's co-chairs met with the City of Edmonton where a mutual decision was made to move Edmonton's NextGen to the community, due to budget constraints and City priorities. As a result, Edmonton's NextGen's Committee started its new chapter as a non-profit society in Alberta in December 2020.
Want to Get Involved?
Interested in getting involved with Edmonton's NextGen? We are currently seeking new community partnerships and volunteers to help expand and grow our network. Please reach out to us at [email protected].