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Kneev Sharma (he/him)
Kneev Sharma (he/him)

Kneev Sharma (he/him)

Ontario / British Columbia / Alberta (Currently in Sweden)

Kneev Sharma (he/him) is pursuing his passion for the natural environment by studying a dual degree Master's in innovative sustainable energy engineering in Europe. He is currently studying in Stockholm, Sweden, where he has access to beautiful archipelagos, rolling hills, and tremendous lakes. As a Calgary native, the Rockies and Stampede grounds are close to his heart. He is a veteran mental health advocate with experience spreading the mental health conversation amongst Canadian youth and beyond. Today, he hopes to continue that journey through the Jack Talks program!

Interest and Motivation to Become a Senior Speaker
The greatest appeal of the Senior Speaker pilot model for Kneev is the opportunity to participate in the Talk rework processes. As an active speaker, he has already participated in large events, adult Talks, and media conversations. Becoming a part of the growth process for the Talks program would allow him to contribute the learnings from his varied experience throughout the past few years as a speaker. Namely, as someone who joined the program before the pandemic and participated throughout the virtual transition, Kneev is well-positioned to provide actionable feedback. Importantly, he believes that he can represent a minority within the Talks speaker program as he was a member of two separate programs (Alberta and South West Ontario).

Training and Professional Development Interests
Kneev believes cultural competence is the most important professional development skill to advance. Diversity is the key to effective and efficient collaboration, especially on the societal scale. For this reason, it is essential to expand the boundaries of our worldview to incorporate more and more diverse ideals and practices. This is something that can be promoted individually, however, many communities are underrepresented in our day-to-day interactions. The goal of cultural competence development serves as the bridge by promoting underrepresented cultures on an equal plane. It allows for speakers to truly tailor their content for inclusivity.

Speaking Experience
As a seasoned speaker, Kneev has delivered Talks for over three years to various audiences such as adults. He has also supported internal and external media interviews with Jack.org. 

What are the story themes you speak to?
Anxiety Disorder; Depression; Discrimination; Grief and Loss; Mental Illness; Self-esteem and Self-image; Violence