Born and raised in Toronto, Chloe is currently studying Biochemistry and Management at McGill University. Her interest in health science has lent itself to her love for health policy, international relations, and diplomacy. In the past, she has been involved with numerous Model UN simulations, WHO simulations, and the G8 & G20 Youth Summits in (Paris 2011), and Washington D. C. (2012). She has continued to pursue her passion for reconciling social and economic issues by working with various charitable organizations on campus. In order to broaden the scope of her skills, she is also working with Junior Enterprise Desautels, a student run consulting service.
As president, Chloe is charged with coordinating and overseeing operations, furthering the organization’s mission, and communicating with our partner organization IDEA.
Vice-President Operations and Legal Counsel
Robert D. Onley,
Robert is a lawyer from Ottawa with a passion for public advocacy and Canadian foreign policy, currently working in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa.
As a Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, where he served as student body President in his graduating year, Robert has been a part of the Young Diplomats of Canada team for the past four years. Prior to this, Robert graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Specialist Degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto. He is currently a freelance blogger for the Times of Israel, with a large variety of op-eds published around the world.
As Vice-President Operations and Legal Counsel for YDC, Robert oversees the structural implementation of YDC's policies through corporate development, strategic partnership initiatives and long-term growth planning. Robert is a Co-Founder of YDC.
Vice-President External Affairs
Named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 young leaders, Jaxson is a project coordinator at Microsoft Canada and an undergraduate student at Huron University College at Western. Jaxson is a leader of the Young Diplomats of Canada, a federal non-profit that engages the country's top young professionals in global forums and opportunities. Jaxson co-founded and is the Chair of the Board of Student Voice Initiative, a federal non-profit which has successfully advocated for student leadership policies across the nation. Jaxson co-chairs the AstraZeneca Canada Young Health Program, a global community investment initiative which helps young Canadians in need deal with mental and physical health issues, and he co-founded The Globe and Mail Student Advisory Council, which informs and writes student-authored editorials for a national publication with a readership of more than 3.5 million. He has travelled to and conducted research in fifteen countries across four continents, including the UK, Belgium, Israel, Rwanda, and Ethiopia, and represented Canada at the United Nations in New York City as well as the G8 Youth Summit. Jaxson is a 3M National Student Fellow, an Ambassador of One Young World, and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.
Director of Sponsorship
Patrick Beatty is a Government Relations Advisor with Suncor Energy, Canada’s largest energy company. Originally from Ontario, Patrick moved to Alberta to take a Masters of Public Policy degree at the University of Calgary, which he completed last September. During his studies, Patrick was awarded the Jack and Eleanor Mintz Graduate Scholarship in Tax Policy. He has worked on many political campaigns and has served in the office of two federal parliamentarians including the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Patrick’s policy experience was tested last year when he was asked to help draft a policy platform for a major Canadian political party. He currently sits on several political boards, the Calgary Chamber’s Tax and Economic Affairs Committee, and the Canadian Chamber’s Energy and Environment Committee.
Director of Recruitment
Amy has always had an ardent interest in global issues. As an undergraduate student at McGill University, completing a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Management, she explores this interest through both field and case studies alike. She has participated in numerous organizations, conferences, and societies, including KIVA, the Investment Club, Horizon’s, and McGill Students for Greenpeace. Amy began her recruitment career as Head of Morning Panel for the World Affairs Conference, where she was responsible for the successful coordination of animated debates between political figures. She is a strong advocate for international experience, having travelled and studied in numerous countries across the globe. She has a particular interest in energy security and sustainable development.
As the Director of Recruitment, Amy is responsible for recruiting Canada’s most capable youth to represent our country at youth summits around the globe.
Graduated with B.A. Honours in Political Science and a Major in Economics from McGill in December 2013, Daniel is looking to keep building his passion for international relations as he transitions into Law School. In 2011, he was flown to Taipei to present, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, his research on the challenges and opportunities facing Canada-Taiwan relations. In 2012, he represented Canadian security interests at the G8/G20 Youth Summit in Washington D.C., and in 2013, he had the honour to intern at the Embassy of Canada to the United States of America. His undergrad also spanned a Model UN career, composed of successful competitions in the US, masterminding competitive simulations on both sides of the border, and two years of senior management roles on the Secretariat for McMUN, Canada’s largest student-run MUN competition and the third in North America. Amongst other things, Daniel is currently working at the International Economic Forum of the Americas HQ in Montréal, coordinating matters of speakers and hot topic content.
As Editorial Director, Daniel is charged with building the thought leadership component of YDC, the Young Diplomats Forum, where position papers, research papers, white papers, communiqués, interviews, and articulate opinion pieces will come together in a hub for young diplomats of Canada.
Colin hails from Alberta, and although a mountain man at heart, has an appetite for all things international. Splitting his degree between Marketing and International Business, Colin sharpened his talents as the VP of Outgoing Exchange with AIESEC, and the President of the University of Alberta Lacrosse Club. Most recently, he represented Canada on an Economic Trade Mission to Colombia & Panama and represented Canada as the Press Secretary at the Y8 Summit in London, England.
Currently, Colin works for Sticks & Stones Communication performing marketing strategy, visual design, videography, photography, and everything else needed for the Web 2.0 generation. Working with a number of businesses, educational institutions, and not-for-profits, he has a variety of work to his name. Entrepreneurial at heart, he particularly enjoys working with start-up companies, helping them expand their business and look globally. As the Creative Director, Colin creates visual marketing content, promotional materials, and monitors what brand message is communicated. He is to credit for the new, modern and sleek YDC logo and website.
Director of Communications
Olivia Labonté is passionate about economics and sustainable development. While pursuing her undergraduate studies in economics at the University of Ottawa, she was President of the Economics Student Association, a member of the Board of Politics and Economics at the University of Exeter and the Chair of the Economic Department Graduation Committee. She was the initiator of the Economic Department Mentoring Program aimed at creating partnerships between professional economists in the Ottawa region and graduating students. She also worked as a research assistant for the Index of Economic Wellbeing. In 2013, she was the "Volunteer of the Year Award" recipient at the University of Ottawa. Olivia currently lives in Montréal where she is pursuing a Masters of Business in Economics. In the past, she has worked for the Parliament of Canada, the Index of Economic Wellbeing and the International Air Transport Association Consulting department.
As Director of Communications, Olivia is responsible for managing YDC's internal and external communications.
Director of Strategy & Business Development
Growing up on three continents, Liz's love for travelling began at an early age. She's now a proud citizen of Canada and resides in Toronto. Liz pursued her passions at the University of Toronto, graduating with a double major in International Relations and Political Science, and a minor in African Studies. Soon after, she started working for Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner. Liz spent the past two years travelling with Free The Children's Co-Founder Craig Kielburger, to cities across North America, furthering the organization's mission of empowering youth to be world changers. Working with educators, youth, celebrities and C-level business leaders, Liz recognizes the importance of connecting people with their passions. As Director of Strategy & Business Development at YDC, Liz is responsible for creating and implementing the organization's strategic vision and providing opportunities for Canadian companies to invest in Canada's young leaders.