Inventor. Artist. Speaker.
Alex is a 22-year-old serial inventor, artist, and public speaker. He was awarded as the Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
At age 12, his chance encounter with a visually impaired woman inspired him to develop the iAid, a novel navigation device for the blind. His work on the iAid has taken him from visually impaired communities to winning second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Organization of American States named the iAid one of the "Top 50 Ideas Worldwide for Technology in Health, Energy, and Medicine". A minor planet was named after Alex by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, with iAid exhibiting at the Ontario Science Centre.
Alex’s latest project had him teaming up with GM/Chevrolet to create a new technology ("Call me Out") to stop teens from texting and driving. The technology debuted at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.
Alex was recognised as one of “Canada’s Future Leaders under 25” by Maclean’s magazine, and is a face of Mead/Five Star’s digital campaign around creativity in education. Alex met Sir John Major and Prince Harry at 10 Downing Street around incubating leadership.
Alex is a highly sought-after speaker and media presence. He frequently speaks internationally on the topics of leadership and disability. Alex spoke on the national tour of WE Day to over 160,000 youth about the importance of creativity in stadium-sized venues. He has shared stages with world-renowned activists including Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Magic Johnson, Katie Couric, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Alex recently gave two TEDx talks in Monte Carlo and Frankfurt.
Alex harnesses his talents outside of science to tackle problems in unconventional ways. In his spare time, he is an avid artist who was first inspired after painting a portrait of Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl. He competed for Team Canada in the International Children’s Winter Games in Giant Slalom and Ski Cross.
Featured by CBS, CBC, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, CTV Canada AM, etc.
Upcoming events have been postponed due to COVID-19. Rescheduled dates will be announced shortly.
Heroes Euro-Mediterranean Co-Innovation Festival
Thrival Innovation Festival Pittsburgh, USA
Queen's Conference on Philanthropy
WE Day National Tour
Across North America
Weston Family Innovation Centre
He's thoughtful, very intelligent, and someone who cares about people.
Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Chief Science Officer - Ontario Science Centre
Alex is an incredible young innovator. He's got it all. I think that it will be very exciting to see what he does next.
Nancy Lockhart, Director Loblaws Companies
I can't wait to use iAid. I think that it will improve my life. We should encourage this product to be in the market.
Tarek Abderrazik, visually impaired user
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