Ren Guidolin graduated in 2020 with a Bachelors of Environmental Studies (Graduating on the Dean’s Honour Roll) in Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Ren was a recipient of the Golden Key Award in his first year of Post Secondary study, and one of the youngest recipients of the Brampton Board of Trade's Top 40 under 40 Award. Winning this award at only 19 years old.
Early in Ren’s time at University, York had gone on strike. Instead of stressing about the uncertainty surrounding the strike, Ren decided to open a socially responsible apparel line, using it to better understand the conscious buying habits of Canadians, as well as a way to learn more about the supply chain for socially responsible and sustainable production.
On top of this Ren is an active member of his community and has volunteered his skills toward assisting some of the best youth-led not-for-profit organizations in the GTA, including HXOUSE, Return the Love CS, Access Innovations, and HOPCP. He also co-founded an activist group called ICONIC that consisted of 4 youth of colour (Jamaican, Indian, and Filipino) to make the City of Brampton to recognize that youth age 15-24 needs a place to thrive. This lead to Ren delegating to the City of Brampton to hold a vote regarding the allocation of 6 million dollars, allowing The City Clerk time to do additional research on a possible community youth hub in the City of Brampton.
At barely 20 years old Ren was personally invited by the Minister of Diversity & Inclusion, MP Chagger, to attend the Black History Gala in Ottawa to meet other Impact Makers from across Canada. Ren was a member of MP Ruby Sahota's Youth Council for 3 years and a member of First Work's Youth Council for 1 year.
Ren, like most youth felt that as a youth, he had little impact, it was only through his many activities that he learned that youth can have impact through voting. Ren has made it a mission to encourage more young people to be engaged in their community.
Currently, Ren has been awarded an opportunity to train as a web developer, is studying for his LSAT, and thinking of possibly running for a leadership position in the near future. Ren believes that youth will thrive if given the resources and opportunities to do so, he looks forward to being part of CACD's Board of Directors as a youth representing other youth in our community