Ottawa is primarily a high school and university chapter of Sustainable Youth Canada. Currently, it directs various activities of the Greater Ottawa Region to:
  • Establish and maintain the SYC Canadian Sustainable Youth Registry for Ottawa to connect passionate youth with sustainability opportunities in the region.
  • Lead local initiatives in Ottawa to create awareness for energy management and environmental sustainability.
  • Co-operate with local organizations to bridge the gap between partner organizations seeking help and volunteers seeking opportunities to get involved with sustainability.
We are always looking for new members to volunteer with us, so if you are interested in getting involved, please apply here. We look forward to having you join us!
What's Happening in SYC Ottawa?


SYC Ottawa is a founding region of Sustainable Youth Canada. In the past year, excellent ideas and initiatives were brought into session with the Ottawa chapter of Sustainable Youth Canada. Some of these initiatives included targeting our own Amazing Green Race initiative, similar to that held in Mississauga by the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance (PEYA). Another exciting initiative included assessing the implementation of a course module into a geography affiliated course, called environmental leadership. SYC Ottawa has also connected youth with environmental leadership opportunities within their communities through monthly newsletters, beach cleanups, and partnered conferences. 


Particularly, SYC Ottawa's School Sustainability Plan was a great success. This idea was executed in partnership with a local environmental organization called the Ottawa Biosphere Eco City, and was implemented in a number of high schools throughout Ottawa. The initiative itself involved a brainstorming session to come up with potential ideas through which sustainability could be targeted, and also aimed at the completion of these ideas. As stated previously, this project was implemented in a number of schools, with Lisgar Collegiate Institute and Colonel By Secondary School included.

Steering Committee



Claire Liu


Lili Simon

Execs At Large: 

Gerald Liu, Maggie Yang and Luca Cianciaruso


Freeman Jiang

Membership Chair: 

Meriam Zeghal

Marketing Chair: 

Thenuka Sivagnanakurukkal

Media Chair: 

Mindy Baroody

Initiatives Chair: 

Austin Zhu and Sally Gai

External Events Chair: 

Rebecca Janacek and Angela Chen

Outreach Chair:

Frances Hallen and Amy Zhang


The current Director and Steering Committee Executives are listed above. If joining this committee executive board interests you, and you are willing to commit the time to making SYC a success in Ottawa, please apply here. If you have any questions about this region, please don't hesistate to contact us, or send the regional director an e-mail at: