Toronto We Day 2018

On September 20th, I had the really cool opportunity to attend We Day 2018 thanks to Ryerson! We Day is an event that celebrates young people who are making a difference in the world. Toronto We Day packed the house in the Scotiabank Arena this year with thousands of passionate young people excited to listen to inspiring speakers and popular performers.

Ryerson, being one of the sponsors of We Day, had a special suite that essentially provided a VIP view of the whole thing. I was super lucky to get a ticket from Ryerson and experience the WE movement from this suite.

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Ryerson’s suite at the Scotia Bank Arena

Upon entering the Arena, I was pumped right away as I received the book WEconomy from one of the amazing We Day volunteers. The book is cowritten by the Kielburger brothers, co-founders of the WE Movement–including WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise, and We Day–and Holly Branson, Co-Chair of We Day UK. The book is all about creating purpose with profit within your career or company. Being a business student, this is a topic that really excites me, because as the book says “Get paid to change the world – who wouldn’t want to be the person doing that?”

the WEconomy book

I’m super stoked to learn more about how to achieve career success while also changing the world!

The speakers at We Day were all so amazing that it would be impossible for me to sum it all up here. However, to touch on a few, Adam DeVine (most well known from Pitch Perfect) talked about his own experience becoming a comedian. His journey started when he was hit by a cement truck when he was young and he ended up in a wheelchair. He found himself bored with so much time, so he started doing impressions on the phone and the radio. It started to stick, and eventually he started to walk again as well. This experience taught Adam that anything is possible.

March For Our Lives Co-Founder Adam Alhanti spoke about the importance of knowing your rights and encouraging young people to vote. This was a really impactful speech as a large number of the attendees would be of age to vote within the coming year.

Lilly Singh, aka Superwoman, spoke about the importance of sending girls to school and ending girl-on-girl hate. She launched her new #GirlLove jewellery for the first time at We Day. The audience was so inspired by her speech that everyone flocked to the merchandise booths to pick up a #GirlLove Rafiki for themselves.

The #GirlLove Rafikis on display for purchase with half of the Rafikis already purchased.

The Rafikis were going fast!

There were a lot of other A-list speakers including Nick Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adam Devine, Margaret Trudeau, Ally Brooke, Jacob Tremblay, and of course Craig and Marc Kielburger.

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During the lunch break, I enjoyed some complimentary food (thanks Ryerson) and browsed some of the booths downstairs. I naturally headed on over to the David’s Tea booth because I saw they were giving out free tea coupons. Once I got there, I realized they had a really cool initiative underway.

The sticky note wall at the David's Tea booth. Most people wrote "Friends and Family."

David’s Tea was asking attendees “what are you grateful for?” and allowing attendees to write it on a sticky note and attach it to their huge wall of sticky notes.

After wandering the booths a bit more, I came across the Ryerson booth and some familiar faces.

Emma with Ryerson's mascot Eggy at We Day

Of course had to take a picture with my favourite Ram!

I am a huge concert lover, so I had a great time watching the performances at We Day. My personal favourite performances were by the Arkells and Jessie Reyez.

The Arkells performing at We Day

The Arkells stealing the show!

So, if you are ever given the opportunity to attend We Day, I really recommend you take it as it is an experience like no other!

Thanks again to Ryerson for sending me!

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