Inventor. Artist. Speaker.
Alex is a 21-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 in June 2017.
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.
He is a highly sought-after speaker and media presence. 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 was recognised as one of “Canada’s Future Leaders under 25” by Maclean’s magazine, and is a face of Mead/Five Star’s 2017 digital campaign around creativity in education.
Before the end of the year, Alex will hold talks in Monte Carlo, Pittsburgh, Frankfurt, and London around the themes of disability and leadership. Alex met Sir John Major KG, CH, PC and Prince Harry at 10 Downing Street around incubating leadership in July 2017.
Alex’s latest project has him teaming up with McCann Erickson (the team behind #FearlessGirl) and 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 recently gave two TEDx talks in Monte Carlo and Frankfurt.
He harnesses his talents outside of science to tackle problems in unconventional ways. In his spare time, Alex is an avid artist who was first inspired after painting a portrait of Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl. Alex competed for Team Canada in the 2011 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.
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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