Eldon Holder is the Chairman of the Young Leaders Advisory Council and a bilingual Certified Human Resource Consultant. He is an award-winning HR professional who develops workforce planning policies, and talent management strategies for the private, public, and non-profit sectors. By night, he volunteers as the Director of Youth
Engagement for Black History Ottawa, and advocates for the national recognition of the UN Decade for people of African Descent. Eldon is passionate about fighting apathy while addressing the needs of underserved youth through mentorship and volunteerism.

With an academic background in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Ottawa, he’s often called upon to build specialized leadership teams from across the province; while bridging the generational workforce gap. Eldon plans community job fairs, hosts employment workshops, and develops customized talent acquisition frameworks for clients in the National Capital Region.

In 2016, he founded the Young Leaders Fund and was selected to be the One Young World Ambassador for Canada. In this capacity, he serves as a mentor for leaders from 196 countries, empowering them to make lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues such as poverty, climate change, and employment equity. When he’s not traveling, he is probably playing dominoes with his family, running, or giving you a little two step on the dancefloor.

Favourite YLAC Memory: Wow! There are so many. Our group has come so far in such a short time, the one lasting memory that sticks with me is the day that six strangers sat around a table at the University of Ottawa brainstorming the brainchild that has now become SMART START. The image of 40 sticky notes on a chalkboard will always be a reminder that anything is possible when the right people come together with open minds and hearts. #UBUNTU