Melinda Jacobs is an initiator, advocate and explorer. Originally from Fredericton, NB, Melinda founded two youth organizations to increase civic participation and local entrepreneurial initiatives. Her passion for new challenges led her to Denmark as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, and to Bangladesh, where she spent four months surveying microfinance field sites for a local NGO. Melinda has served as the head of the Trinity College student body, and spent the summer of 2011 working for Social Capital Partners. Melinda recently led a team to produce a documentary on Taiwanese electoral politics. A former nationally ranked synchronized swimmer, she coaches for Toronto Synchro’s Athletes with Disabilities program. Melinda is a 2007 W. Garfield Weston Loran Scholar and a National Laureate of the Millennium Scholarship. Most recently, Melinda was awarded a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award for her contributions at the University of Toronto, where she recently graduated with High Distinction.