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2021-2022 High School Big Data Challenge


Clean and Affordable Energy for People and Communities


After a record-breaking number of students taking part in this year’s High School Big Data Challenge, experts have selected 21 finalist teams to compete at our finale event: High School Big Data Day. Below you will find the project reports as well as 10-minute video presentations for each finalist team. We encourage you to view these to see the work of the brightest high school students in Canada as they compete for monetary and scholarly prizes, which include the opportunity to attain publication opportunities and cash awards.

A Message From Our Keynote Speaker - Ontario Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Event Schedule

Our Panelists

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, CM, FRSC

Let’s Talk Science

President & Founder 

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and President of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started while completing her PhD in Physiology at Western University. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship roles by supporting their learning and engagement through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Well over 9 million children, youth and educators have been impacted by Let’s Talk Science since its inception.

Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch

STEM Fellowship

President & Founder

Sacha Noukhovitch is the Founder and President of the STEM Fellowship – a charity organization that equips the next generation of change-makers in STEM with indispensable skills in data science and scholarly writing through peer mentorship and experiential learning. He is also an Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Science Publishing STEM Fellowship Journal – the national scholarly publication of original student research as well as a practicing educator implementing data science education at Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto.

Wayne Groszko, Ph.D.

Nova Scotia Community College, Canada

Applied Energy Research Scientist

Dr. Groszko works on practical applied research projects in the sustainable energy space with industry partners and a team of researchers, focusing on solar energy, energy storage, energy management and energy data analytics.


Sarah Schoonover
Solution Architect at Infor    
Dr. Mark Ebden

Research Analyst, The Hospital for Sick Children

Justin Wang

Product Manager, Senior at Infor

Javad YaAli

ML Scientist at 1QBit

Dr. Clara Santato

Professor at Polytechnique Montreal



Saarthak Sangamnerkar

Machine Learning Engineer at SAP Canada


Hana Gabrielle Bidon
Program Analyst at Wells Fargo.
Faraz Zaidi, Ph.D.

Advisor Health Analytics and Adjunct Professor

Rayshoun Chambers

Executive Vice President, Learning and Development at Blockchain Chamber of Commerce

Philippa Ngaju

Specialist, Health Innovation at the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, University of Calgary

Tugce Vural, Ph.D.

Decision Scientist in Applied Innovation, Infor

Dr. Orion Penner
Senior Data Scientist at Digital Science  
Ph. D., Luis V. Montiel

Principal Scientist, Infor


Dr. Ehsan SadrFaridpour
Senior Data Scientist at Infor    
Gerrard Marra, P.Eng

Senior Specialist – Engineering at 3M Canada Company


Using Genetic Algorithms to Optimize Energy Harvesting Relative to Budgets and Geolocation

Andrei Dumitrache and Alex Rodriguez-Perez

Salmon Arm Secondary, Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada

 A Novel Method for Predicting Photovoltaic Potential in Canada

Abel Diress, Bilal Shaikh, and Ria Patel  Merivale Secondary School, Nepean, Ontario, Canada

Investigating Existing Wind Turbine Fleet and Modeling Optimal geographic Locations for Future Wind Farms in Southern Ontario

Andrew kang, Liam Morrison, Henry Sun, and Andy Tang

Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Exploring the Efficiency of Clean Energy Allocation and Generation in Indian Regions

Amy Li and Eva Wu

Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Pumped Hydro Stations – An analysis into increasing the reliability and
large-scale dependence on renewable energy sources

Aveer Singh and Ana Dolghiu

Mentor College, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Investigating the Impact of Location and Remoteness on Access to Clean Energy in Indigenous Communities Across Canada

Ayesha Siddique, Saima Siddique, Brinly Yuen, and Fakaiha Zaheed

Glenview Park Secondary School, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Renewable Energy Generation in Remote Communities

Cheryl Chen, Anubha Joshi, and Selina Ou

Earl of March Secondary School, Kanata, Ontario, Canada

Investigating Correlation between Investment in Renewable Energy and CO2 Emissions

CHEUNG Tsz Hong, CHUNG Chun Wang, LEUNG Chun Long, and YIP Yan Yu Julian

Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School, Hong Kong

The Hurdles of EV Adoption: Simulating Charging Times using Big Data

Evan Skrukwa and Rahul Ravikumar

Westmount Charter School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Variation of Renewable Energy in the Contextof Global Economic and Social Well-Being

Ziheng [Henry] Wei, Zirui [Raymond] Wei, and Jason Huang

Crescent Schools, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Proposal For Clean Energy in Red Deer, Alberta Based Off an Examination into the Viability of Specific Renewable Energy Solutions

Isaac Bahler and Samantha Chong

Lindsay Thurber Composite High School, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Investigating the Correlations Between International Wealth Inequalities and Renewable Energy

Jadelyn Tran, Favour Atewologun, Shawn Wang, and Raymond Lin

Webber Academy, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Utilizing Solar Energy to Design a Sustainable House In Cape Town, South Africa

Keira Duggan, Isabella Golda, Gabrielle Murray, and Isabella Stringer

Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The Impact of Manufacturing Emissions in the Automobile Industry on Global Sustainability

Mohammed Talha Tahseen, Rafat Hossain, Zuhair Qureshi, and Dennis Lu

Victoria Park Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Treatise on the Impacts of The Transportation Sector on the Environment

Rory Kellway, Luca Pizzuti, Patrick Ross, and Patrick 

Neil McNeil High School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Better understand the steps toward sustainability by contrasting Texas and California

Richard Li, Tianyi Xu, Charlie Meng, and Ricky Shao

Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Nuclear Power’s Effect on Alberta’s Electricity Rates

Rong Liu

Sir John A Macdonald Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Analyze Decline of Solar Energy Adoption in North Carolina and Recommended Growth Path

Rohith Madhuker

Enloe High School, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

How does climate change have an impact on the effectiveness of hydropower in Brazil?

Jessica Li, Rachna Venkatesh, Shahd Alsafadi, and Somana Debnath

Glenforest Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

The Ability of a Country to Produce Solar Power

Shirley Yu

Colligwood School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Analyzing the Socioeconomic Distribution of Solar Rooftop Adoption in California

Tenzin Migmar, Minkila Bara, and Bhavini Patel

Runnymede Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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