30 under 30 nominations

Corporate Knights’ 30 under 30 nominations for 2021

Know a youth leader in sustainability? Nominate them before June 1

For our 7th annual 30 under 30 issue, Corporate Knights invites you to nominate yourself or any young sustainability leaders you may know. We’ll be recognizing the top 30 individuals under 30 years old who demonstrate great leadership on sustainability issues in Canada.

Again this year, we will recognize in particular those whose work aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We’ll be announcing the winners in the Fall Issue of Corporate Knights magazine, published November 10, 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be confidentially contacted over the summer to verify information.

What kind of work qualifies you for Corporate Knights 30 under 30?

Leaders in sustainability could be young social entrepreneurs or business leaders, politicians or impactful bureaucrats, up-and-coming scientists or rising activists.

Our 2019  and 2020 30 Under 30 included Indigenous leaders, scientists, clean tech innovators, academics, educators, zero waste entrepreneurs, just to name a few. But don’t let that list limit who you nominate – as long as the nominee is working on making the planet a better place through a sustainability lens.

What’s the age cut off?

Anyone who is 29 or younger as of November 10, 2021. Younger teens and children are encouraged to apply, as well.

Which regions are eligible to join?

If you live in Canada (most of the time, anyway), you can be nominated. We aim for the final list to represent Canada’s geographic and racial diversity.

What do we mean by “sustainable”? Meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

In 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 sustainable development goals (also known as SDGs).  Purpose-driven companies and organizations around the globe have since been incorporating SDGs into their mandates. So, this year Corporate Knights is connecting the 30 under 30 to those UN SDGs.

To learn more about specific Sustainable Development Goals, visit the UN’s website.

    Full name of nominee

    Age of nominee (as of November 10, 2021)

    This person identifies as (gender)

    Nationality of nominee (include where they currently reside, if known)

    Occupation of nominee

    Why should this person be recognized? ~ 200 words

    What UN Sustainable Development Goal(s) does this person's work touch on and how? ~ 100 words

    Your full name (if different from nominee)

    Your Email

    Nominee Email (if known)

    Note: After you press submit the page will be cleared and you are free to nominate someone else. If you have any questions, email: sustainabilityleaders [at]