Digital Youth Advisory Committee

Who we are

Digital Youth Advisory Committee:

The Digital Youth Advisory Committee (Digital YAC) is made up of 14 youth between the ages of 16-20, who are interested in digital government. The Digital YAC was established with the goal of addressing the growing desire to include the perspectives of young Canadians in the design and development of products and services.

Introduction to the Digital Youth Advisory Committee - Transcript

The Digital Youth Advisory Committee is a group of volunteers interested in digital government. We provide our perspectives on government products, services and projects to make sure they are up to our standards. This month, we are launching our new website. Check it out to find out more about the work we are doing and how to get involved.



What we do

The Digital YAC is a safe space where partner organizations can bring a preliminary product or idea to build, reframe and refine.

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders! The Digital YAC has diverse knowledge and skills. We look forward to sharing our perspectives on your programs and initiatives.

The Digital YAC can help you build a more robust product, incorporating the perspectives of the next generation.

Becoming a member

  • Who can apply

    To be eligible for the Digital Youth Advisory Committee, youth must be:

    • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • between the ages of 16 and 25
    • able to volunteer a minimum of 5 hours per month
    • if accepted, able to attend, in person or virtually, pre-set weekday meetings between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    • if accepted, able to meet government security clearance requirements

    *You do not have to be bilingual.

    Please note that to ensure the safety and privacy of all youth under the age of 18 participating, applications and participation must be with parental/guardian permission and involvement in accordance with the Privacy Act as described in Personal Information Bank PSU 919 in Info Source.

  • Why participate

    The Digital Youth Advisory Committee offers youth with an interest in government an opportunity to integrate a youth perspective into future government initiatives. Reasons for participating include:

    • learning more abouthow the Government of Canada works
    • shaping the future of digital services and programs for Canadians
    • helping government incorporate a youth perspective
    • developing leadership skills
  • When do applications open?

    Applications open on a yearly basis.

    Please note online applications are now closed. Stay tuned for our 2019-20 recruitment launching in summer 2019.

    The online application process is quick and easy. Applications will receive a confirmation email once their application is submitted.

  • How are youth selected

    Youth are selected using a name-blind approach. The objective is to remove any identifying applicant information, to select only based on statement of interest submissions, relevant experience, and recommendations from two references.

    Youth applicants whose applications move into the final stages of the selection process will be contacted by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, using the email provided during the application process.

Meet the members

Ethan Li

Ethan Li is an undergraduate student currently studying biomedical science at uOttawa. He enjoys playing piano, and currently coaches badminton for Special Olympics Ontario.

Hannah Lecuyer

Hannah Lecuyer is a high school student who plays tennis and golf in her spare time. She is interested in reading, science, and math.

Indumini Jayakody

Indumini is currently in first year at the niversity of Ottawa doing an Honours Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences. She loves neuroscience and is excited to explore the effects of technology on the government and globalization.

Jose Jimenez

Jose Jimenez is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University. As an immigrant, Jose has an interest in world issues and the influence of technology on globalization.

Kaylin Laflamme

Kaylin Laflamme hails originally from Kapuskasing, Ontario, but is currently in Ottawa to pursue an undergraduate degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management. Her career interests centre on politics and advocacy.

Terrence Ju

Terrence Ju is a Colonel By student who very much enjoys hanging out with friends, reading and playing sports. He is interested in the world of technology and is excited at the prospect of improving Canada’s digital policy.

Colin Peters

Colin Peters is in the Software Engineering Co-op program at uOttawa. In his free time he enjoys competitive table-top gaming, programming and spending time at the cottage.

William Wang

Hey! My name is William but you can call me Will. I'm a senior at Colonel By Secondary School. I like long distance running and skiing in my spare time and volunteer for several charitable organizations. This summer, I had the privilege to attend SHAD Valley, an award winning entrepreneurship program that empowers high school students to reach their full potential. As an active citizen in my community who cares deeply about other individuals as well as our country’s future, I hope to play a role in the decisions we make about technology.

Jason Tao

Jason Tao - I am a Grade 12 student in the IB diploma program at Colonel By Secondary School. I am apart of my school’s announcement team. My favourite thing to do is soccer, which I’ve played provincially and am currently the captain of my regional team. Other hobbies of mine include video editing, running, piano and Latin dance. Currently, I am organizing the first ever high school hackathon in Ottawa with a few friends.

Sam Mitchell

Sam Mitchell - Working on his Honours Bachelor of Computer Science degree at Carleton University in the first cohort of the Carleton and Shopify Industrial Applications Internship Option, Sam brings forward a great interest in improving digital communications and experiences, as well as three years of experience in the software development industry. Sam has worked on both back-end and front-end computer applications and hopes to use his past experience to make an impact on enhancing usability and communicability of current and new computer applications. On his spare time, Sam likes to check out the latest front-end technologies and practice wildlife photography.

Kevin Li

Kevin Li is a first-generation Canadian who was born in Montréal, Québéc and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He is currently an IB candidate at Colonel By Secondary School and is passionate about artificial intelligence and its social impacts. Kevin is a SHAD Fellow and an intern at the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa currently researching machine learning.

Sally Gai

Sally Gai is currently a grade twelve student at Lisgar Collegiate Institute. Sally is particularly passionate about promoting youth engagement in Ottawa as an active Teen Advisory Group member for the library, and she also possesses immense interest in politics, economics and development; Sally aspires to make a difference in her community, notably demonstrated within her role as Regional City Coordinator for Helping Hands - Driven by Youth and as Initiatives Chair for Sustainable Youth Canada. Through participation in the Digital Youth Advisory Committee, she hopes to further develop her leadership skills while offering the government a distinct youth perspective.

Angela Chen

Angela Chen is a grade 11 student from Ottawa in her first year of IB at Colonel By Secondary School. From a young age, Angela has been interested in politics and governance and hopes to pursue a career in law in the future. At school, she is an active member of DECA, mock trial, debate and band but can be found running, playing hockey or watching Chinese dramas in her free time. Angela is excited to be working with the Digital Youth Advisory committee and cannot wait to see what lies ahead!

Ashwin Boni Bangari

Ashwin Boni Bangari - I am a Grade 11 student at Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School in Barrhaven, and a proud Roboraven, on the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team 4783. We participate in multiple outreach programs, including a kick-off event for the FIRST Lego League robotics competition. Last year, I was also the Master of Ceremonies and a mentor for FLL. Currently, I am preparing for the VEX robotics competition. Besides robotics, I am also an avid guitar player, with an interest in both classical and acoustic styles. I also enjoy teaching karate and working as a swimming instructor/lifeguard for the City of Ottawa.

Activities and events

  • February 2019: Public Sector Network Digital Roadshow

    • In February 2019, the Digital YAC participated in the Public Sector Network Digital Roadshow
  • Winter 2019: Website and branding reboot

    • In winter 2019, the Digital YAC collaborated with internal TBS teams to create a new website.
  • Fall 2018: Feedback and design

    • In fall 2018, returning Digital YAC members met to discuss lessons learned from 2017-18 and designed a new operating model.
  • December 2017: Workplace strategies and the Prime Minister’s Youth Council

    • In December 2017, the committee worked with the Prime Minister’s Youth Council to further refine a product they created called the 5 Digital YAC Workplace Strategies of the Future. Key discussion points included providing adequate digital tools in the workplace, fostering an inclusive environment in terms of language and accessibility.
  • November 2017: Heritage Canada and Nunavut Sivunkisavut

    • In November 2017, Heritage Canada met with the Digital YAC to get feedback on their Youth Take Charge initiative and the annual Winterlude event.
      The Digital YAC also met with a local group of Inuit students from Nunavut Sivunkisavut (NS). Together, the two groups participated in workshops designed to inform a Girls in IT initiative lead by TBS.
  • October 2017: Youth Website and Women in IT

    • In October 2018, the Digital YAC met with PCO to discuss the redesign of the website. They tested a prototype platform and gave their feedback on the different themes and advised on content for the website.
      In the second session, PBS asked the Digital YAC to contribute to the development of the Women in Information Technology [WiT] initiative. They brainstormed on strategies to increase the number of young women interested in Information Technology (IT).
  • September 2017: PitchFest

    • In September 2018, The Digital YAC hosted its first “PitchFest” event. This event, which included Transport Canada, PCO, TBS and Heritage Canada, gave departments a chance to present their digital initiatives to the Digital YAC. From this selection of initiatives, the Digital YAC picked projects which they worked on for the year.
  • August 2017: Cracking the Code to government

    • In August 2017, the Digital YAC consulted with People and Business Services division (PBS) on the decrease of youth joining the federal public service. They found that the existing application process for students was burdensome and confusing. The feedback from the Digital YAC fed into the development of a new approach to the national recruitment campaign of Computer Systems (CS) professionals called “Cracking the Code”.

Contact us:

  • Follow our activities on twitter @TBS_Canada with the hashtags: #DigitalYAC #CCJNumérique

Work with us:

  • Our goal is to make user centered digital government a reality. Are you interested in having our perspectives on a new idea or want to work with us on a project? We are always looking for ways to improve and future proof government policy and service delivery!
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