Ken Dryden's We are Canada showcases young Canadians who are shaping the future of Canada

March 31, 2017, Toronto

Six-Part Series Narrated by Sarah Polley
Launches Sunday, April 9 on CBC


Project includes the #WeAreTheChange digital contest, created in collaboration with Ryerson University’s Transmedia Zone and the Faculty of Communication and Design

Created and Produced by Ken Dryden In collaboration with White Pine Pictures

WE ARE CANADA, a six-part documentary series that celebrates the next generation of passionate Canadian changemakers, premieres Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC, with new episodes airing each Sunday at the same time until May 14. A French-language version of the series will air on ICI Radio-Canada Télé and ICI RDI this summer (details to be confirmed in a separate French-language release).

Conceived and produced in collaboration with Ken Dryden, who serves as one of the executive producers on the project, the one-hour series profiles a new generation of Canadian innovators whose work is shaping and defining the future of the country in inspiring and imaginative ways.

“The innovation, vision, and leadership, delivered with passion by the 18 creative, compassionate, and determined young Canadians in WE ARE CANADA makes me proud, hopeful, and confident in Canada’s future,” saidKen Dryden, Creator/Executive Producer of We Are Canada

“To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we wanted to look forward and envision the possibilities for Canada, through the inspiring stories of young people making a difference now,” said Peter Raymont, President of White Pine Pictures

Narrated by Sarah Polley and featuring 18 stories selected from across the country, the series celebrates the accomplishments of young Canadians who are groundbreakers, creators and visionaries, making new discoveries and connections across many disciplines, including science, technology, politics, business and the arts. Each one-hour episode profiles three young innovators.

The #WeAreTheChange digital contest for WE ARE CANADA, created in collaboration withRyerson University’s Transmedia Zone and the Faculty of Communication and Design, gives young changemakers the opportunity to participate in an innovative social media campaign that promotes emerging talent and shares their visions for the future of Canada. Ten changemakers with the strongest ideas will be selected, and a Virtual Studio at Ryerson will produce a short video about their ideas. Canadians will then get to vote on their favourite video, and White Pine Pictures will tell that changemaker's story in a professional video which will be published on the WE ARE CANADA website.

Episode descriptions for the series are as follows:

Episode One: Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Mayaan Ziv, a 25-year-old fashion photographer turned accessibility advocate and app developer from Toronto. Born with muscular dystrophy, Mayaan plans to map the world with her app Access Now; Andrew Hall and Jeremy Bryant, 26-year-old cousins from Calgary who founded MealShare. For every meal ordered at a participating restaurant, a dollar is donated that buys lunch for a hungry child. And Edmonton-based Dr. Shawna Pandya, a 32-year-old neurosurgeon, Team Canada athlete and astronaut-candidate for Canada’s Space Agency who is volunteering for a test flight at the National Research Centre for the space company Final Frontier, testing their new space suit.

Episode Two: Sunday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Former Olympic athlete-hopeful, Crystal Phillips, 29, of Calgary, founder of the Branch Out Foundation (BOF), an institute that investigates a new branch of medicine blending holistic and conventional approaches to health; 33-year-old Charles DeGuire, from Montreal, created a robotic arm dubbed JACO – an intuitive, flexible design that attaches to a wheelchair and becomes an extension of the person using it; and Toronto-based Nadia Hamilton, 29, president and founder of Magnusmode, the company behind the groundbreaking digital life skills app for youth and adults with cognitive special needs.

Episode Three: Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Waterloo’s Maya Burhanpurkar, 17, a brilliant young scientist, inventor, award-winning filmmaker, STEM champion and explorer with multiple ground-breaking discoveries in medicine and physics; Khalil Baker, 34, of Vancouver, founder of Taking Root, a Canadian non-profit organization that develops social reforestation projects in collaboration with small-scale farmers in Nicaragua; and Toronto-based PhD Dan Werb, 36, an award-winning epidemiologist and journalist with expertise in HIV, addictions, and drug policy.

Episode Four: Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

Founded by serial entrepreneur Mohamed Hage, 34, Lufa Farms built the world’s first commercial, economically sustainable rooftop greenhouse in Montreal; Alexander Josephson, 33, co-founded PARTISANS, a Toronto architecture and design firm held together by individuals with the drive to make the world a better place; and marine ecologist, biologist, and explorer Maeva Gauthier, 36, founder of the Fish Eye Project in Victoria, BC, which uses technology to connect children and adults with the world’s oceans.

Episode Five: Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Using music to spark tough conversations on depression and suicide among youth, Winnipeg’sRobb Nash, 35, engages young people to inspire hope and encourage positive life choices;Caro Loutfi, 27, of Montreal, founder of Apathy is Boring, Canada’s only non-partisan, national organization that is for youth by youth; and Gabriel Lopez, 33, of Montreal, founder of an educational platform aiming to reverse dropout rates through experiential learning – one student, one community at a time.

Episode Six: Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Adam Gobi, 33, from St. John’s, Newfoundland creates leading-edge subsea cameras and robotics for scientists, filmmakers and explorers to allow them to examine the previously unseen depths of the ocean; 36-year-old Jane Rabinowicz from Montreal, whose mission is to conserve and advance seed biodiversity, keep seed in the public domain, breed new varieties of grain, and promote ecological seed production; and Director of the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg, Ry Moran, 38, who has created a permanent archive for all curated materials related to Canada's Residential School system gathered during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

White Pine Pictures received funding for WE ARE CANADA from the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, as part of the country’s 150th anniversary celebrations taking place throughout all of 2017.

Visit 2017guide.cbc.ca/item/we-are-canada for more details.

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Government of Canada

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Ryerson

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Transmedia Zone: http://transmediazone.ca/
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About White Pine Pictures

White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media production company based in Toronto, Canada. Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, two Oscar-shortlisted features: A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. White Pine is also the producer of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 episodes), and Cracked (21 episodes) created for the CBC and sold worldwide including France, Germany, and the USA. www.whitepinepictures.com

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

About The Transmedia Zone at Ryerson University

Located in Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design, in the heart of downtown Toronto, The Transmedia Zone is an incubator for innovation and creative experimentation in media and storytelling. With a focus on emerging platforms and processes, the Transmedia Zone supports projects from students as well as industry members. We put a priority on collaborative cross-disciplinary work, with teams sharing expertise and experience as they take their projects from concept to prototype, and beyond.

About FCAD

The Faculty of Communications and Design, is home to Canada's nine leading schools in media and the creative industries. For seven decades, our unique programs have been at the heart of the evolution of cultural industries. We offer a premier education, while allowing our students and faculty the freedom to question social norms and to become leaders in the creative fields. We take of challenges beyond the imagined and immerse ourselves in worlds that explore design and storytelling.

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