Each spring, post-secondary students design and pitch their best ideas to inspire action

Students can design a future for both wildlife and people

While Canada is home to much of the world’s last remaining intact ecosystems, it needs your help. Canadian wildlife are facing serious threats, including climate change and habitat loss. WWF-Canada is calling on Canadians to take hands-on action to help steward, protect and restore nature in communities where they live, learn and work.

Young professionals like you have important voices and perspectives. Do you have ideas that will mobilize Canadians to take action for nature? We’re calling on post-secondary students to come design and pitch their best ideas to inspire action at Designing Change for a Living Planet.


Drawing inspiration from the everyday and your unique academic background, as a participant you will have the opportunity to:

  • Represent your campus
  • Gain skills and experiences in leadership
  • Connect with post-secondary students and staff from other Canadian colleges, universities and CEGEPs schools
  • Develop new contacts with professionals from various industries
  • Present your concept to WWF-Canada staff and a panel of expert judges

Why participate

Build your resume with professional skills

Develop the skillsets employers are looking for: critical and analytical thinking, problem solving and strategic planning, and time management. Throughout the event, students will practice thought leadership, pitching and presenting, and collaboration.

Have a voice and contribute to change

Come together with students from different academic programs and campuses to share perspectives on how environmental sustainability can be practiced and conservation action taken. Working with an interdisciplinary team, multi-faceted and creative solutions can be born.

Build your network of professional contacts

Networking is one of the most effective ways to find a job and meet the right people. Take the opportunity to get in front of industry professionals from diverse sectors at Designing Change for a Living Planet and widen your professional network.

Living Planet Leader

Designing Change for a Living Planet provides unique opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and experience teamwork. Participants can use this opportunity to complete their Living Planet Leader category for Leadership and Teamwork.


WWF’s Designing Change For a Living Planet 2018 was an incredible event put on by caring and dedicated volunteers that consisted of WWF-Canada staff, academic institutions and other organizations. This event challenges individuals to not only think outside the box and disrupt the norm but to redefine societal norms as they currently exist for a better future.

Rob Monico
Office of Sustainability, Fleming College

Had a great time collaborating with peers interested in sustainability. We took a holistic look at an important issue and delivered recommendations to industry leaders that were well received. Thank you so much for the opportunity to collaborate for a better world!

Devon Fernandes
Community Psychology, MA, Wilfrid Laurier University


I highly recommend this challenge to all students as it is a great opportunity to practice design thinking, ideation, collaboration and presentation skills. It is also an incredible feeling to be a part of WWF and work for a solution that might change the world!

Ezgi Cokuysal
User Experience Design, Humber College