Enbridge Youth Leadership Award

The Enbridge Youth Leadership Award recognizes young people who are making a difference in our society. Five awards of $1000 each are presented during a special awards ceremony.

The Winners of the 2018 Leadership awards are:

  1. Areeb Asif;

  2. Amira Elwakeel;

  3. Cindy Zeng;

  4. Griffen Andersen; and

  5. Madison Giese

Congratulations to our future leaders!

Award criteria


The purpose of the Enbridge Famous 5 Youth Leadership Awards is to identify young people who are working to make a difference in our society, and reward the hard work, determination and leadership they demonstrate. 


Five awards of $1000 each. 


The program is open to all Canadian youth, ages 12–21.


Applicants must demonstrate leadership and ingenuity as trailblazers by undertaking community initiatives that have measurable results. Initiatives must align with one of the five attribute categories of the Famous Five as outlined below. Applications must expressly contain the following information:

1.      Description of the community initiative; 

2.     Background of applicant and role in launching community initiative;  

3.     Future aspirations and goals of applicant and community initiative;  

4.     Statement as to how the community initiative aligns with one of the five attribute categories of the Famous Five (statement must clearly identify which of the five attribute categories are applicable).

Submissions can come in any format that helps showcase the project - from essays and videos to photo galleries and slideshows. Any multimedia or non-written submissions must be supported by a brief printed summary that describes the vision and details of the project and how it aligns with one of the attributes of the Famous Five.

All submissions must contain the applicant’s full name, address, telephone number, email address and educational institution the applicant is attending (if applicable). 

Two short letters of reference from non-family members (a page or less) are also required to illustrate the character, personal traits and leadership of the applicant. Reference letters must speak to the community initiative. If possible, these references should also speak to the effectiveness of the initiative being submitted.

All submissions and supporting documents must be delivered by regular mail or courier or electronically as a PDF or downloadable file. URL links or shared folders will not be accepted and will be automatically disqualified.


Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and awards will be selected on the basis of content originality, sustainability, strength of references, and alignment with the values and beliefs of the Famous Five. Winners will be presented with their award on October 20, 2019 (date subject to change).


  1. Resourcefulness and Perseverance

Judge Emily Murphy (1868–1933) was a prominent suffragist who worked tirelessly to pass the Dower Act, giving women the right to one third of their marital estates. She was the first woman in the Commonwealth to be appointed magistrate in 1916.

2. Strategy and Bigger Picture

Henrietta Muir Edwards (1849–1931) advocated for public libraries, mothers' allowances, equal parent rights, divorce and penal reform. She founded the National Council of Women, Victorian Order of Nurses, and established the prototype for the YWCA.

 3. Revolutionary Thinking

Louise McKinney (1868–1931) was a dedicated organizer who took a stance against animal abuse, and eventually founded the SPCA. She also took a stance against the use of alcohol.

 4. Advocacy for Women and Children

Irene Parlby (1868–1965) rose from “farm to legislature.” She transformed the Women’s Auxiliary of the United Farmers of Alberta into the United Farm Women of Alberta. She was the first female cabinet minister in Alberta’s history, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta.

 5. Teaching and Education

Nellie McClung (1873–1951) was a suffragist, reformer, legislator, teacher, and the author of 15 books. She took part in a Mock Parliament that led to Manitoba women being the first to have the right to vote, followed closely by Saskatchewan and Alberta.


 September 30, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.


 All submissions must be sent to admin@famous5.ca or to:
Famous 5 Foundation
C/O Emily Varga
#210, 333 24 Ave SW
Calgary, AB
T2S 3E6

Please note that couriers will deliver to this address. Submissions must be postmarked September 30, 2019.


Famous 5 Foundation


E: admin@famous5.ca