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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Christian Cañas

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Christian Cañas is a graduate from the University of Calgary with a M.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering and has been involved in a few causes that help children and youth. Christian is a huge advocate for education and help others by volunteering with Brenda’s House, a homeless shelter run by the Children’s Cottage. On a regular basis, he helps the children with their math and science homework, using his extensive engineering knowledge.

In addition to his mentorship with Brenda’s House in Calgary, Christian started a Canadian Charity, Hope in the Dark, that helps underprivileged children and single mothers living in slums in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Since the organization started in January 2016, about 70 children attend a local center daily where over 22,000 meals have been served. He's developed a child sponsorship program, where Canadian families or individuals can sponsor children and support some of their most basic needs, giving them a vision for helping the next generation.

Through Christian’s work in Calgary and abroad he aims to build awareness around international poverty and to encourage Canadians to get involved in making the world a better place.