Bicentennial Student Sustainability Challenge

The Bicentennial Student Sustainability Challenge, impact200, is a hands-on learning opportunity for McGill students and recent alumni. With the help of experts, students and recent alumni will have the opportunity to turn ideas into projects that will make a meaningful impact on our campuses, our city, and the world. Visit the challenge platform to register.

How will it work?

During the Bicentennial celebrations, students and recent graduates will be invited to form teams and submit proposals for transformative projects to enhance the sustainability of our campuses, our city, and the world.

The Bicentennial Student Sustainability Challenge, impact200, will involve the creation of proposals, pitching, and mentorship. From initial submission of proposals, 30 teams will be selected as semi-finalists and invited to pitch their proposal. Ten (10) teams will be chosen as finalists and invited to develop their projects over the summer of 2021. Team-members may be eligible for a stipend to cover living expenses during the summer of 2021. Additionally, each team will receive up to 5,000$ to cover costs to develop final pitches. 

Winners will be announced in November 2021.

Who can participate?

  • Enrolled students
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Alumni who have graduated in Spring 2018 or later

How to apply

Eligible students or alumni must visit the impact200 website to register:

  • Create a profile to access the challenge section of the platform.
  • Create or join a team. The minimum number of team members allowed is three (3) and the maximum is six (6).
  • Submit a sustainability or climate change-related project. Ideas or projects must address one or multiple United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Become a mentor

Are you an expert in your field and have knowledge to share with our future leaders? We are looking for mentors to guide students throughout the impact200 challenge.

Why become a mentor?

  • Help our students develop brilliant ideas
  • Allow our students to become more familiar with the complex challenges our world faces
  • Encourage our students to become agents of change, and leaders in the sustainability movement

Time commitment

We anticipate that mentorship will require a commitment of approximately three (3) hours per month between August and mid-November 2020, with interaction through virtual meetings and/or emails.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please send an e-mail to bicentennial [at] with the following information:

  • Subject: impact200 Mentor
  • Your title
  • Your field(s) of expertise
  • The SDG(s) you feel comfortable mentoring in

Upcoming events

impact200: Official kick-off. Register here!

Join us for an educative and inspiring evening with special guests, as we kick-off McGill's first Bicentennial signature project, impact200!


The programming will include a young alumni panel discussion on "How to impact the future of sustainability" with:

  • Sana Badruddin | Environmental Review Officer, Infrastructure Canada ​
  • Charles Bernardi | Senior Sustainability Advisor, Desjardins​ Group
  • Karolane Caissy | Junior Consultant in the Climate change and sustainability, EY
  • Felix Giroux | MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics
  • Lauren Rathmell | Co-Founder, Lufa Farms​

Moderated by:
Chris Buddle | Professor and Associate Provost, McGill University

Keynote speakers:

  • Suzanne Fortier | Principal and Vice-Chancellor​, McGill University
  • Elena Bennett | Professor; Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Sustainability Science​, McGill University

The event will be broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube

Date: September 17

Launch Event: 5 - 6 PM EST


Student and Young Alumni Networking Event

The official launch will be followed by an online networking event. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the challenge, ask questions, hear from our inspiring special guests, and, if you take part in the networking event, to meet other challenge participants with similar interests. You may even decide to create a team with them! If you have not already, you can sign up here.

Date: September 17

Networking Event: 6 - 7 PM EST

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