Five Upper Canada College students, along with math and computer science teacher Paul Miskew and information and communication technology integrator Ryan Archer, attended the CanInfra Challenge and Canadian Transformative Infrastructure Summit welcoming dinner at Toronto’s Globe and Mail Centre on May 28.
The two events focus on promoting a national conversation on infrastructure in Canada. The boys learned a lot about Canada’s current economic development and issues, while hearing some innovative and transformative ideas to build a better infrastructure.
“I really appreciate the idea of considering influences and benefits from different but important perspectives, such as environmental issues, revenue, government budget and sustainability of resources,” says student Billy Shi, who listened to presentations from 10 teams.
“My favorite project is Canada 2.0, which uses blockchain to digitalize our private information and facilitate our daily lives,” says student James Liao. “I feel this technology will be very useful in the future in terms of providing a platform for digital elections.”
The students listened to a keynote address from Minister of Finance Bill Morneau later at dinner. He provided the federal government’s perspective on challenges facing Canada as well as some potential solutions.
The boys broadened their horizons at the event and left the CanInfra Challenge agreeing with its slogan: “Canada is too big to think small.”