Archit Jain & Lucy Lan
Archit Jain is a grade 12 student at Turner Fenton S.S., currently enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program. He has a passion for taking on leadership roles in the community, and is dedicated to giving back to society. Archit enjoys parting in sports, social gatherings, and debates, and is enthusiastic about fundraising for different committees. Some of his hobbies include playing basketball, travelling, and helping others.
Archit hopes that, through Project Pulse, he is able to give students an opportunity to explore the field of health sciences. He wants youth to be educated about the field and the numerous opportunities that revolve around it.
Archit wishes to pursue a career in health sciences and Project Pulse provides students across Ontario with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with this field at an early age. He believes Project Pulse gives youth a closer look at what may be their future.
Lucy Lan is a grade 12 student enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Bayview Secondary School. She spends her free time drawing portraits, and reading science articles she stumbles across. Her favourite school subjects are chemistry and biology. She pursued her love for these two sciences by studying aquifers with a U of T research team, and watching nature documentaries, which she promises are not completely boring. She aspires to be a paediatric surgeon because she taught a children's art class for two years and loves seeing kids smile. Lucy has worked on a wide range of Red Cross projects since 2012 and is a member of the Health Equipment Loan Program committee, the public relations officer for her school's Red Cross club, and the treasurer for her regional Red Cross youth group. She also competes in DECA and debate competitions. Lucy has extensive experience in event planning for youth organizations, and was the lead organizer of a fundraiser for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada and the York Region Children's Fund. Lucy hopes to use her experience to make Project Pulse Toronto 2015 the coolest coveted conference created.
Bijal Desai is a grade 12 student at Cameron Heights C.I. enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program. She is also currently the Organisation President of Project Pulse, and decided to participate in planning Project Pulse Toronto for another year.
Her favorite subjects in school include chemistry, biology, physics, math and art. She keeps herself involved in school by participating in various clubs such as DECA, Key Club, Agents for Change, Student Council and Debate. Bijal has participated in DEEP engineering academy, SHAD and Waterloo Unlimited. She also enjoys running and playing soccer competitively. Her hobbies include drawing, painting and playing the guitar and piano. Bijal aspires to become a dentist in the future.
For her, Project Pulse is an excellent way to broaden one's horizons in the world of Heath Sciences. It can help inform students, of the innumerable opportunities available, and can help increase connections between themselves and skilled professionals. Bijal hopes that she will make Project Pulse, the organization as a whole, a great help to keen high school students entering the world of Health Sciences.
Aashi Saraf & Sawmmiya Kirupaharan
University Panel Directors
Aashi Saraf is a highly motivated grade 12 International Baccalaureate student. Her favorite subjects include Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. She is involved in a multitude of activities at school including DECA, Key Club, Student Activities Council and is the Co-President for OSDU (Ontario Student’s Debate Union) chapter at school. She plays Badminton and is a part of a Bollywood Fusion dance group. Aashi worked as a Junior Developer at the Open Text Dev Camp for the summer of 2014 and an Engineering Assistant at Christie Digital in the summer of 2015. She enjoys volunteering at the local hospital, and her hobbies include dancing, computer programming, and reading.
Sawmmiya is a grade 11 International Baccalaureate student at Turner Fenton Secondary School. She has a strong passion for science, and participates in her school's science club and various science competitions. Outside of school, Sawmmiya spends her time taking vocal, violin and dance lessons. The volunteer work she has done with a local hospital and child care facility has sparked her interest in the field of health care. She is looking forward to working with the rest of the Project Pulse Toronto team to make this year's Project Pulse conference the best yet!
Nitish Dhingra & Chelsea Cao
Professional Panel Directors
Currently 17 years old, Nitish Dhingra is a senior student at Upper Canada College in Toronto. He was born in Saskatoon, SK, but moved to Toronto at the age of 7 and has been living there ever since. Apart from his deep passion for medicine, specifically with regards to cardiology and neurology, Nitish also has many other interests. Nitish enjoys debating, and recently represented Ontario at the Canadian National Debating Championships, placing amongst the top debaters in the country. Moreover, Nitish is also a fervent jazz aficionado who loves both playing and listening; he has been playing the trumpet for over 6 years now. He is also an avid hockey player, but enjoys most sports including football and basketball. Nitish will be one of the Professional Panel Directors for this year's Project Pulse and is very excited for the opportunity.
Inspired by the field of STEM since the age of three, Chelsea is a student who aspires to one day work in healthcare. Her passion is helping others, and she believes that today's world is an incredibly exciting place to be alive. In her spare time, Chelsea occupies herself with reading, blogging, and Photoshop. She is looking forward to the fruition of the Project Pulse team's hard work at this year's conference.
Aileen Liang & Richard Xie
External Relations Managers
Aileen Liang is a grade 12 International Baccalaureate student at Bayview Secondary School. She is thrilled for this opportunity to work with like-minded individuals as part of the Project Pulse Toronto Team. Passionate about the health sciences, Aileen volunteers at her regional hospital Mackenzie Health, interns at Rare Genomics Institute, and participates in Health Occupations Students of America conferences. As well, as a Canadian Red Cross volunteer, Aileen is especially interested in humanitarian issues. She is the president of Bayview's Red Cross chapter and a member of the Red Cross Regional Youth Action Group. Aileen is also actively involved in her community and especially enjoys working with children and adolescents. She has worked as a camp counselor in Quebec, a volunteer assistant at 360Kids, a committee leader for the 2014 York Region Community Cup, and a peer tutor for students at her school. In the future, Aileen hopes to become an optometrist and have the opportunity to work overseas as a Red Cross Emergency Response Delegate.
Richard Xie is a Grade 11 student currently enrolled at Richmond Hill High School. He is one of two External Relations Managers for Project Pulse. His favourite subjects in school include physical education, science, and economics. He is involved in many clubs such as, Stuco, Conference Council, DECA, HOSA, and more. Some of his hobbies include running, cycling, mountain biking, and badminton.
Richard has always been interested in the field of medicine, but recently his interest has progressed as a result of watching the popular TV show, Grey's Anatomy. He believes that Project Pulse will help people discover if the medical field is truly for them and inform them about the steps necessary to achieve their ultimate career goal.
Jody Mou & Kevin Randhawa
Currently an 11th grade student studying at University of Toronto Schools, Jody is an avid learner with a passion for biology, medicine, and creative design. Her interest in STEM has led her to participate in a wide range of activities such as the Canadian Biology Olympiad, Shad Valley, and Science Expo. Jody also enjoys volunteering at her local long-term care home, where she helps organize student-led initiatives as co-president of the youth council. When she isn’t poring over an interesting textbook or frantically finishing an essay, Jody can be found 3D modeling in Sketchup, designing the school yearbook, running track and field, or attempting to bake cookies (which she’s good at eating, but not making). A firm believer in following one’s passion, Jody is excited to join Project Pulse in helping more students discover and grow their interest in the field of Health Sciences.
Kevin Randhawa is a grade 12 IB student at Turner Fenton Secondary School. He is a highly motivated individual, a team player, and a firm believer in lifelong learning. He joined the Project Pulse team in hopes of exposing and educating high school students in the field of health. He was attracted to the philosophy of Project Pulse and felt obligated to join the movement. His favourite subjects range from neuroscience to the vastness of astronomy. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and also reading works of history, economics, and philosophy. As well, he is constantly awe-inspired by the depths of science. He believes the world can be a better place by using science as a driver. He hopes that the Project Pulse conference this fall will enlighten students on the field of medicine.
Adeolu Banjoko & Tanisha Trivedi
Adeolu Banjoko is a grade 12 AP student in Waterloo Ontario. She is extremely passionate about inspiring people through healthcare, which is a passion that was ignited during her volunteer trip overseas to Kenya recently. Since then, she has participated in the Shad Valley rogram, and planned various events and fundraisers as a part of multiple youth led organisations like Doing Wells and Seeds of Tomorrow! Adeolu can't wait to get involved in Project Pulse Finance this year!
Tanisha Trivedi is currently a grade 11 student in the International Baccalaureate program at Glenview park secondary school. From a very young age she has had a strong passion for medicine and she is determined to one day become a surgeon. She is a leader within her community and has strong interest in volunteer work. In her high school she is a member of the Me to We club, Glenview cares club, IB volunteer group, rugby team and the president of her schools DECA chapter. When she is not studying for countless tests she finds joy in volunteering at the Cambridge Memorial hospital, tutoring younger students and playing badminton. Through Project pulse Tanisha hopes to provide students with a better understanding of how to reach there future career goals within the field of medicine and answer any questions they might have in regards to this.
Suffia Malik is a Grade 11 student in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute and a gifted program alumni. Academically, the subjects she enjoys the most are physics, biology and business.
She has been a part of several student run organizations and is regularly involved in extracurricular activities. She is a Creative Diretor at Doing Wells Not-For-Profit, Secretary of her school's DECA chapter, a 2014 Project Pulse Ambassador, a 2015 SHAD Fellow and a member of her school's Multicultural Club, Debate Team, and Curling Team. She is a writer for a regional magazines and has forayed into the world of entrepreneurship with a Graphic Design and Freelance Writing company.
Suffia joined Project Pulse because she wanted to start her difference-making journey not after finishing years of education, but before then. Her love for medicine came from an early realization that regardless what profession she chose, she wanted to improve people's lives. She thought of Project Pulse as a way to guide those individuals who want to make a direct positive impact on the lives of human beings. By being a part of this organization, she is a part of a team hoping to inspire their own generation of world-changers while becoming ones themselves.
Ashlee Jiang is a Grade 10 student at PACE, The Academy for Gifted Children. She is extremely passionate about the sciences, particularly health sciences. Her favourite subjects in school include Science, Math and Computers. Her hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, volunteering for health-related organizations, playing badminton and tennis, and playing musical instruments such as the piano, guitar, and the flute. Ashlee is very involved in her school activities. She is currently a co-editor for the yearbook, and she volunteers to run extracurricular activities such as Origami Club. She is also a social ambassador for a Canada-wide writing contest, KidsWriteForKids. She has won many awards at Science Olympics and at math and art contests.
Ashlee wishes to pursue a career in the field of health sciences, and Project Pulse has helped to nurture her interest. She suggests that you attend Project Pulse, because it is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the health sciences and to communicate both with successful professionals and with others who are also interested in the field.