Did you get a chance to meet anyone from TRSM’s class of 2026?

On Wednesday, March 30th, middle school students from across the GTA took over the seventh floor of the Ted Rogers School of Management for the Investigate! Invent! Innovate! (I3) Showcase hosted by The Learning Partnership. The event gathered bright young inventors who showcased their many innovative products and prototypes, ranging from portable heat packs to an all-terrain scooter.

The event also presented an opportunity for the young inventors to learn more about TRSM and Ryerson’s entrepreneurial network. SAGE Canada and the Ted Rogers Outreach Program hosted an informational tour of the TRSM building and its business programs, while representatives from the DMZ hosted a speaker presentation on zone learning. The next three hours allowed groups within the schools to disperse as they presented their products to members of the Ryerson community.

The event created a huge buzz on campus and many student leaders and faculty members were left in awe. The creativity and intelligence that the young students showcased exceeded the typical expectations of a middle school student. A popular opinion expressed by many, including myself, was, “I don’t remember doing this back when I was younger” or “I didn’t do this when I was their age. Usually I just watched TV or was outside playing sports.”

As President of SAGE Canada, it was an honour to have contributed to the success of the I3 Showcase. Having the ability to gather young minds and connect them with current entrepreneurs and community leaders enhances the learning environment and helps to build a richer educational experience.

It’s important to recognize that innovative minds and passionate inventors can be found even within groups of people who are 13 years old or younger. Many initiatives are recognizing that innovative young minds can be nurtured through mentorship to create the next big idea or invention. Thus, the middle school students at the I3 event appreciated conversing with university students, who are the ideal role models to act as inspiring mentors for people their age.

Mentorship is key throughout a young person’s professional and personal development, as it affects how they build confidence when tackling activities and new challenges. Young students tend to feel more comfortable relying on university-level mentors, as the relatively small age gap promotes a welcoming yet professional environment.

Are you interested in becoming a mentor to some of Canada’s brightest young entrepreneurs? Visit the SAGE Canada website to learn more about how you can get involved.

Posted by Kathryn Gamis

Kathryn Gamis is a 3rd year Business Management student double-majoring in Marketing and Global Management Studies. Her multiple passions include entrepreneurship, digital marketing, keeping an active lifestyle and one-liner jokes. Outside of school, Kathryn is the President of SAGE Canada where she aims to inspire the creation of innovative ideas and empower the youth to discover their own passions. Follow Kathryn on Twitter (@KatGamis) and Instagram (@alittlebitofkat).

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