Jaxson is the co-founder and Executive Director of Young Diplomats of Canada, a national non-partisan, non-profit organization that engages the country's top young professionals in global governance summits. He most recently was an Associate at Prospect Madison, a cross-sector leadership advisory firm aimed at enhancing collaboration across the business, government and non-profit sectors to address society’s most pressing issues. Jaxson was named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 young leaders, and is an advisor to Venture for Canada and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.
Previously, Jaxson worked as a project coordinator in business planning operations with Microsoft and co-chaired a corporate social responsibility board with AstraZeneca Canada. He assisted in the operations and research of international projects with TakingITGlobal and in digital media for the Living Arts Centre. In public education, he served as chief student representative to the Ontario Ministry of Education, co-founded Student Voice Initiative, and was a 3M National Student Fellow. Jaxson represented Canada at the United Nations Headquarters and the Global Forum on Youth Policies in Azerbaijan, served on delegations to Nunavut & Rwanda, and coordinated Canadian youth delegations to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.
Jaxson has spoken at TEDxEdmonton, the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, Microsoft's New York City offices, and the Summit for the Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health, and been published in The Globe and Mail, University Affairs, TeachThought, and Dell Education. Jaxson studied liberal arts and specialized in global development at Huron University College, Western University, and was a coordinator for the Public Humanities program and commissioner of the University Students' Council. He began university at the Bader International Study Centre, participating in field studies across the UK and continental Europe.
In 2014, our team at TEDxEdmonton had the pleasure of seeing one of Canada's most outstanding emerging leaders, Jaxson Khan, speak to a crowd of over 400 people. One of the youngest speakers in our event's history, Jaxson delivered, speaking with poise and passion, showing us why our country's future is in good hands. Emerson Csorba, Chair
Queen's Conference on Philanthropy
Jaxson contributed significantly as a panelist at QCOP, using his experience in a variety of endeavours, and interacted well with the other panelists to bring a meaningful discussion to the delegates.Heather Evans, Conference Co-Chair
McMaster Student Leadership Conference
Jaxson spoke at the McMaster Student Leadership Conference in January 2014. His delivery was engaging and fresh and rather than speaking "down" to students, he spoke "with" them. The global experiences he shared left students inspired and with the motivation to "care to catalyze change in their community". Thank you Jaxson for exciting our students to reach out and change the world that they live in. Anna D'Angela, McMaster Students Union
Appleby College Global Leadership Seminar
Jaxson spoke with a select group of grade 12 students pursuing the Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership about the power of youth to affect real and meaningful change in their communities. Drawing from his own experiences, he offered practical strategies for implementing plans of action and tips for overcoming roadblocks along the way. Jaxson was a dynamic speaker and strong facilitator who engaged his audience and strived to connect with each individual in the room. Rob McGuiness, Assistant Head of School, Global Education, Appleby College
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