LINXI MYTKOLLI, 24
HOMETOWN: TORONTO, ONTARIO / HURON-WENDAT AND PETUN FIRST NATIONS, THE SENECA, AND THE MISSISSAUGAS OF THE CREDIT RIVER
What does volunteering to build a greenhouse under Beijing’s extreme smog conditions have to do with a lizard species going 100% female due to estrogen levels caused by birth control waste?
Linxi Mytkolli will tell you that the link is found in an extreme environmental shift largely produced by unsustainable practices. Her pursuit of sustainability is driven by harmonizing healthcare practices with ecological health in the environment.
Linxi served as Executive Director of Actions for Healthcare, a youth-run not-for-profit in the Ottawa region. Here, she facilitated the recruitment, training and management of a team of over 120 youth volunteers.
It was in Ottawa where she led large teams to host an annual healthcare conference, raising awareness of the effectiveness of innovation in healthcare. Her experience includes sponsorship, vendor coordination, serving as a liaison between guests and speakers, and offering overall support for the events.
Linxi was able to organize Ottawa’s very first paper-free conference, as well as the city’s first gender-equal healthcare conference.
In working with academics, policy analysts and consultants, together they conducted a scoping review on the state of literature examining how diet and other lifestyle factors influence health outcomes in urbanized Ghana. Linxi identified policy priorities by effectively using the Health and Sustainable Communities Model from the World Health Organization.
She earned a research fellowship at the School of Cities, leading the environmental health team’s national research project that evaluates how urban health challenges facing Canada’s largest cities should help inform national targets for Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Linxi took her skills and conceived her passion for sustainable healthcare as the National Programs Manager of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. In her role at the Coalition, she was solely responsible for managing the delivery of the Green Hospital Scorecard program that was implemented countrywide.
This included planning and researching the national survey, logistics, and recruitment of more than 180 hospitals across the country, curating and managing the experience throughout the program. She connected and supported the community by hosting educational support webinars.
Linxi will continue to champion her passion for environmentally conscious healthcare initiatives and remains extremely intentional in inspiring other young members of the STEM community to close the gender gap and to drive sustainable change forward.