What I Learned From the Young Leaders Behind the SickKids Breakfast of Champions

It’s no secret that how we start our day can set us up for how we feel, act, and perform all day long.

To live a notable life, we need to be mindful of this and own it. That’s why I’m a big advocate of morning rituals. While I treat my morning routine like the law, meaning it doesn’t get broken, I discovered a way to make the morning even better.

Let me introduce you to the SickKids Breakfast of Champions.

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Now in its fifth year, the breakfast is absolutely incredible. Imagine over 250 driven millennials coming together to kick off their day in a positive way inside the chic Arcadian Court. A delicious breakfast was served by Oliver & Bonacini and tables of driven young professionals sat with a “Champion” who they had requested to learn from and be mentored by ahead of the event. In an era of personalization, this detail is key.

Champions included Jordan Banks, Managing Director of Facebook and Instagram Canada, Michael Apkon, President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children, fashion designer and serial entrepreneur Joe Mimran, Cheryl Hickey, host of ET Canada, and Jonathan Pushka, General Manager for Mercedes-Benz Canada, just to name a few.

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During the meal, Jordan Banks took the stage and shared some incredibly inspiring words. He urged our millennial generation to think about the impact of our social footprint and said that each one of us is capable of creating a positive spiral effect that can ignite positive change that is so much greater than just oneself.

When I asked Jordan for advice to share with other driven millennials, he said that one of the most important things that young people can do is to get involved in the community by finding a cause that they are passionate about.

“Not only will they be helping others, but this will also be a great opportunity for personal and professional growth,” he said.

sickkids breakfast of champions

I also chatted with the young leaders behind the Breakfast of Champions on how they felt about the event and what drives them and here’s what they had to say:

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of Breakfast of Champions and we would like to thank all of our supporters for helping us mark this exciting milestone. We raised over $200,000 for the Child-Bright Network at SickKids thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, including our title sponsor Canadian Tire and our breakfast sponsors UPS, Scotiabank and Mercedes-Benz.” – Simon Leith, Breakfast of Champions Co-Chair

“With the help of our champions and corporate partners, we’ve been able to raise awareness and funds to support various priority areas at SickKids.  This event started as an idea scribbled on the back of a napkin and it is so remarkable and humbling to see how much Breakfast of Champions has grown since then.” – Jonathan Tong, Breakfast of Champions Co-Chair

“The young professionals really value the opportunity to hear the champions’ stories and receive candid career advice from individuals who have succeeded in their respective fields. The champions also recognize the importance for young professionals to find a good mentor, and we have often heard stories of champions who have committed their time beyond the event and developed ongoing mentoring relationships with some of the young professionals at their table.” – David Leith, Breakfast of Champions Co-Chair

These three notable millennials are definitely living the words that Jordan Banks spoke of and so can you.

That’s how you live a Notable Life.

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