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Olympian Keely Shaw will take the podium as guest speaker at this year’s Cambrian Student Innovation Challenge – Powered by RBC Future Launch

Posted on Tuesday April 6, 2021

SUDBURY – Cambrian College is pleased to announce that Canadian silver medalist para-athlete Keely Shaw will be this year’s guest speaker at the 2021 Student Innovation Challenge.

“Booking Keely as our guest speaker means the 2021 Student Innovation Challenge is going to be over the top,” says Mike Commito, Director of Cambrian R&D, the college’s Applied Research division. “This whole event is designed around motivation, overcoming challenges and finding success. Keely Shaw perfectly models these attributes and is the ideal person to share her story with our students.”

About Keely:

Keely is a Paralympic hopeful who found cycling after a fall from her horse in 2009, which resulted in paralysis of the left side of her body. She bought her first road bike in 2016 as a graduation present to herself after finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan, and entered her first road race in the spring of 2017. Keely made a quick jump to the national team, earning multiple national and international medals, including a silver medal in 2019 at her first-ever World Para Cycling Track Championships.

The Cambrian College Student Innovation Challenge - Powered by RBC Future Launch, is an annual competition open exclusively to all Cambrian College students as an avenue for promoting innovation and entrepreneurialism on campus.

There are $6500 in cash prizes to be won.

This year’s event is being held virtually, April 29. Registrations are being accepted.

“There’s still time and we’re really hoping to have a record crowd this year,” explains Commito. “We’re excited to have Keely speak with our students and once again we’re so happy to have RBC Future Launch sponsoring this great event.”

Students wishing to register can visit

The Cambrian Student Innovation Challenge is proudly sponsored by: RBC Future Launch, XPS Consulting, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, Ontario Power Generation, The Workshop, Sofvie, HLS Hard-Line Solutions, Netspectrum and Milman Industries.

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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit

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