Olivia Labonté

Executive Director
Young Diplomats of Canada
Toronto, ON

Olivia Labonté is an economist with a passion for global youth advocacy and sustainable cities. She has advised and worked with a number of local and international institutions, including the OECD and IMF, among others. She is the Executive Director of the national non-profit Young Diplomats of Canada and is a Risk Management Assessor for the City of Toronto. She was also elected through the United Nations to sit on UN-Habitat's Youth Advisory Board representing the North American region. Olivia represents Canada on numerous occasions and has spoken at several global summits, including the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat 3) and the G20/Y20 as well as the World Bank Annual Meetings. She also co-authored the academic article "Urban TechSector Growth Drives Economic Resilience: Examining Resilience in the Toronto Tech Ecosystem" in the International Economic Development Council Journal. She was a member of the Standing Committee of the World Urban Campaign and is the Vice-Chair of the Congress for New Urbanism (Ontario), both focused on advocating for green, safe, healthy and inclusive city-building. Olivia holds a Masters (M.Sc) in Applied Economics from the University of Montreal (HEC).