The Prime Minister’s Youth Council was established in 2016. It is a body of up to 30 young Canadians aged 16 to 24, who will provide non-partisan advice to Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities as well as climate change and clean growth, among others. Listening to the issues that matter most to young people is an important commitment of the Government of Canada and the Council’s perspectives will be one of many sources of relevant input that will go into Canadian policy-making processes.
The Faculty of Applied Science is proud to recognize two UBC Engineering students who have been announced as members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council: Macgregor Tebbutt (third year, mechanical engineering) and Justin Wong (fourth year, computer engineering).
Macgregor ‘Mac’ Tebbutt is from Penticton, British Columbia. He has been actively involved in the 4-H Club for 11 years, holding many executive positions. He has completed two years of Junior Leadership, has been 4-H BC Youth Ambassador for two years and has designed and implemented a Safety Checklist for 4-H Horse members. Mac has travelled across the province to promote agriculture and farm safety. He has organized yearly lesson plans, camp-outs, and clinics. He has taught public speaking and started a new 4-H club for rural youth in southern BC. Mac is a competitive rodeo athlete and a third-year engineering student at UBC-Okanagan.
Justin Charles Wong is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia and lives in West Vancouver. He is a fourth-generation Canadian who believes in diversity, perseverance, and that helping others should come naturally. He is an avid chess player, singer, fitness enthusiast, web designer, and independent developer of iOS applications. Justin also co-founded an app development team for his high school and produced an application that was well received by more than one thousand users and the West Vancouver Superintendent of Schools. He is passionate about positive youth mental health, access to transportation and education, as well as strategies to mitigate and prevent bullying.
Find out more at: The Prime Minister's Youth Council
Read more about Macgregor Tebbutt in this October 2016 article: Engineering undergrad nets only BC post on PM’s Youth Council.