Find Your Pulse


Waterloo 2013 Executive Team


Veeral Desai

Co-Founder and Co-President

Hello! I’m Veeral and I am a grade 12 student at Cameron Heights C. I. At school I enjoy the sciences and mathematics. I keep myself occupied by participating in various school teams and clubs such as Model UN, Key Club, Student Council and Debate and by playing various sports such as Badminton, Track and Field and Soccer. 

I founded Project Pulse as way to not only help educate other students like me, who one day hope to enter the medical field, but to increase communication between these students and those in the field. My hope is that through Pulse, we can bridge the gap between the professionals, universities and high-school students, by providing everyone with a cost-efficient and informative conference where people can network and interact in a way that will promote the health sciences.

Mijia Murong

Co-Founder and Co-president


Hi. My name Is Mijia and I am a grade 12 student at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute. I am currently studying under the IB program, and my favorite subjects are math, English, and physics. I work as a tutor at a local Kumon center, and I enjoy volunteering at Kids Ability, the library, and The Renaissance School of the Arts. Some of my hobbies include swimming, piano, sketching, and reading; and I also take an avid interest in video editing and film making.
I have always been interested in the field of medicine; I want to be a doctor because it is the only profession that I have ever considered for myself. My decision to co-found Project Pulse was not only to further associate myself and others with the field of medicine, but more importantly to aid people like myself, who have never considered becoming anything but a medical professionals, determine if this is what they really want. I see project pulse as an opportunity to get to know the field by real stories of real people, rather than simply through books, TV shows, and magazine success stories.  


Bijal Desai

Creative and Financial Director


Bijal Desai is a grade 10 student at Cameron Heights C.I. enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program. Her favorite subjects in school include science, 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. She also enjoys running and playing soccer competitively. Her hobbies include drawing, painting and playing the guitar and piano. Bijal aspires to become a physician 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 2014 a great help to keen high school students entering the world of Health Sciences.

Divya Santhanam

Outreach Director

Hi! My name is Divya, and I am a Grade 11 student at the University of Toronto Schools. My favourite subjects in school are English, Math, and Biology. Outside of school, I play tennis, dance, and am a Research Institute Student at the Hospital for Sick Children. I also have a passion for DECA, a business competition for high school students. In addition, I love public speaking, and creative writing. Through my love for creative writing, I also had the opportunity to receive an award from the Governor General of Canada in 2011. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, and writing.

In the future, I aspire to enter the field of medicine, because from a young age, I have been fascinated by the complexity and mystery of the human body. I joined Project Pulse, because I believe that there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the medical profession, and I would like to both help others, and myself understand what it really means to be a physician. 

Zena Xing

Marketing Director


Zena Xing is a Grade 11 student currently enrolled in the IB program at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute. She first joined the Pulse team when she was asked to fulfill the role of Director of Corporate Relations for the budding idea. Zena is currently a Regional Ambassador for Science Expo Youth Empowerment Group and has taken various leadership roles in other organizations such as Ivy Society, DECA and her school's Student Activities Council. She greatly enjoys the various forms of arts and has taken upon herself a myriad of musical commitments such as piano and performing in her school ensembles. Zena is very interested in business and marketing which is why she agreed to become Director of Marketing for Pulse. She decided to become involved with the organization when she saw the need for greater outreach and awareness of medical career pathways for high school students. In wanting to see her peers do well, she will work diligently as a member of the Pulse team to enlighten students in the field of medicine and to ease the difficulty and frustration of choosing a career path. (Fix as you need to)

Ilir Lazoja

Logistics Manager

Hey, I'm Ilir and I am a grade 11 student at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Programme. I enjoy keeping myself active by working out, running and by playing sports. Sports I play are tennis and soccer. I am involved in many school sports teams such as cross-country running, tennis and track and field. My favorite subjects to study are the sciences and mathematics.
I always strive to be better in whatever I do. One thing I love doing is working with people and helping them as well as motivating people. This is one of the reasons why I seek to study the medical sciences. I hope Pulse will allow students with the same philosophy to explore the field of health sciences.

Clement(Cricket) Cheng 

Outreach Director

Hi! I’m Cricket and I serve as the outreach executive for the pilot Project Pulse conference. I’m in grade 11 at the University of Toronto Schools and I’m passionate about innovative ideas for solving the world’s challenges. This has led to my involvement in healthcare research, human rights conferences and social advocacy. At school, I co-lead the activism society, Student Council, environment and volunteer committees and other NGO organisations. When I’m older, I hope to work in global health as a physician, advocate and policymaker. I joined Project Pulse to help inform and inspire the next generation of medical professionals who will fight disease and seek new cures. I hope this conference will elucidate possible career paths for our attendees and connect them to the right people.