Top 30 Under 30

Youth Making a Difference in Alberta and the World

The Top 30 Under 30 is an annual award presented by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation to 30 outstanding young people, nominated by their community and selected by a committee of peers, for their commendable work in making the world a more just, fair, and sustainable place for all.

An Opportunity to Honour Deserving Young Adults

Every year, our selection committee chooses 30 outsanding individuals from a collection of nominations across Alberta and the world. These few selected are featured in the annual Top 30 Under 30 campaign, which offers readers the opportunity to learn about the contributions young people are making in their communities.

Among many other benefits, selected youth will be featured in the annual Top 30 Under 30 campaign and recognized at a public Top 30 Celebration event during International Development Week. ACGC continues to provide the opportunities for these young people to develop themselves as leaders in Alberta, Canada, and the world.

Attend the 2020 Top 30 Under 30 Celebration

Date & Location

Tuesday, February 4th 2020
Calgary Central Library, Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall


5:30-6:00 | Networking and refreshments
6:00-6:45 | Top 30 celebration and presentations
7:00-8:00 | Keynote address

ACGC is pleased to host Friba Rezayee as a keynote speaker at the Top 30 Under 30 Launch. She competed in judo at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games as one of Afghanistan’s first female Olympians, and is now an advocate for gender equality in the worlds of sport and international development


Nominate a Youth

Nominations for Top 30 open every October.  Check back in October 2020 to nominate a youth for the 2021 award.

While eligibility criteria remain the same, the questions posed to nominators change each year to align with the theme of Canada’s International Development Week. 

The selection committee selects the candidates based on overarching guiding questions, which includes as a basis:

  • Is the nominee a global citizen?
  • Is the nominee a leader or role model for others in their communit(ies)?
  • Is the nominee taking action on social justice issues?
  • Is the nominee making a contribution towards achieving the SDGs?
  • Using an intersectional lens, does the nominee reflect the rich diversity that is within our communit(ies)?