Donovan Taplin

Member of the Prime Minister's Youth Council in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Donovan is a storyteller at heart. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from Memorial University and will commence a Master of Professional Communication degree at Ryerson University in the Fall of 2017.

After travelling to the Arctic and Antarctic with Students on Ice, creating a keynote presentation program, helping found a community radio station, and participating as a delegate at the United Nations Earth Summit, Donovan was offered both of Canada’s largest merit scholarships: the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Community Leadership and a Loran Award. CBC Gen Why Magazine named Donovan one of "12 Young Leaders Changing Canada."

Since this time Donovan has occupied various roles including as an Ambassador for Memorial University and the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation; a representative on the Public Relations Committee of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador and spokesperson for Municipal Awareness Day; and a keynote speaker or facilitator for organizations like RESULTS Canada, RADHOC Youth Leadership, and TEDxYouth@St.John’s. With the Young Diplomats of Canada Donovan worked as the Co-Lead of the Sustainable Development Portfolio for negotiations taking place during the Y7 Summit in Tokyo, Japan, the official counterpart summit to the 42nd Annual G7 Summit.

At the age of 19, Donovan became the youngest person elected to a municipal council in Newfoundland and Labrador. From 2013 to 2017, as a Councillor for the Town of Wabana, Bell Island, Donovan sat on committees responsible for finance, development, and recreation. He secured support for mental health outreach, for Wabana to join the provincial movement to ban single-use plastic bags, and introduced a Proclamation to establish the Town's first ever Pride Week.

In 2014 Donovan was appointed by the 12th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador to serve on the province's Youth Advisory Committee. In 2016 he was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council

  • Education
    • Memorial University of Newfoundland