Lauren Howe

Lauren Howe
Height: 5’9
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Languages: English
Occupation: Technology Consultant

Lauren is an engineering graduate, boxer, photographer, sports host, fitness advocate and self-proclaimed “geek” among other things. Currently working as a technology consultant, Lauren is passionate about using digital tools to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems facing both businesses and people in need. In particular, she want to educate young women on STEM-related topics and equip them with the skills they need to solve problems and be leaders in their own communities.

Having graduated from the Industrial Engineering program at the University of Toronto, she realized how creative ideas combined with science and technology have the power to shape the world we live in. For example, she traveled to high density, low-income neighbourhoods of Mumbai with an organization to help design and implement sanitation facilities that use waste recycling technologies to create grey water and biogas.

Having been a provincial field hockey athlete, sports and fitness have always been central to her life. While in her final two years of University, she worked as the In-Arena Host for the Toronto Maple Leafs. This involved her speaking to a live audience of 20,000 individuals at each and every home game, regularly interviewing athletes, alumni and special guests and some of the best fans in the NHL and filming different segments across North America with some of the best fans in the NHL. She has also hosted for the IIHF World Juniors, the 2016 Toronto Pan Am Games and the 2017 Grey Cup. After graduating, she worked in Sales Strategy at adidas Group Canada. Across all these experiences, she began to see the direct impact of how sport has the power to change lives. Lauren strives to continue this mission through her continued involvement in the industry as a host, filmmaker and volunteer.

Having traveled to all seven continents by the time she was 19 (including Antarctica!), Lauren has always had a natural inclination to want to learn about different cultures. She has volunteered with multiple not-for-profit organizations internationally, including Ghana, India, Peru and Nicaragua and has photographed the Norwegian Arctic under the mentorship of a National Geographic photographer. Using the reporting skills she has developed throughout her life, Lauren aspires next to create short documentaries that will help amplify the voices and stories of individuals whose voices are not heard as loudly as the rest of the world.

Lauren’s public speaking skills, education, humanitarian nature, ambition and determination compliments her pageant experience as Miss Teen Canada 2011, 4th Runner Up at Miss Teen World 2012 and 2st runner up at Miss Universe Canada 2014. Lauren is determined to make Canada proud of the Miss Universe Stage.

Q&A

What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I am naturally curious person loves to seek out adventure, find “hidden gems” and learn about new people and their cultures. My mother always raised me to venture off the beaten path, especially when it comes to travel, and do whatever it is the locals do!

When I am in the city, I enjoy training through different types of sports and programs, but specifically I love to box. It requires high levels both physical and mental effort since you need to keep your focus at all times. That forces you to stay in the moment and remove all the other distractions from your life. Although boxing training is great, it is extremely important to me that we are teaching women the skills they need in order to properly defend themselves in case they are ever faced with a dangerous situation.

In addition, I also love cooking, photography, scuba diving, surfing, coding, design and learning about ways business and technology can be used to maximize helping those in need.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.) 

I was mostly involved in athletics growing up, but did play piano for over ten years. While at University, I began taking acting courses outside of school and fell in love with the art right away. That on-camera work helped build skills I needed for my job with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I was involved in a little bit of everything growing up including softball, soccer, track and field, cross country running, gymnastics, horseback riding (very briefly!) and volleyball. Eventually, I found my true passion for field hockey. This led to some of the most memorable experiences including having played for Field Hockey Ontario, the McGill University team and representing Canada at a tournament at Sydney Olympic Stadium.

Staying fit and active is an extremely important part of my life. While I enjoy consistently changing up my training program to include new challenges, boxing has consistently been one of my favourite workouts as well as surfing, which is a little more difficult to come across in Toronto!

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

Aside from any of my family members, I would easily say my mentors. I cannot stress enough importance in having wonderful mentors in your life, both professionally and personally. These individuals have not only been inspiring role models, but they also challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and set goals to levels that would previously have seemed unattainable.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)? 

Graduating from the Industrial Engineering program at University of Toronto and getting the offer for the Toronto Maple Leafs In-Arena Host position stand out as two proud moments of my life. I am especially proud of how I was able to balance both roles at the same time.

Both of these accomplishments involved overcoming a challenge that would have seemed impossible at times. In University, there were times early on where I thought about changing programs, but persevered and held true to my original goal. When the Leafs position was made aware to me, I felt unqualified and scared. I was up against candidates with years of broadcasting experience and graduates from professional programs. By silencing these fears and focusing on my own performance, I landed what was a dream job for a born-and-raised Leafs fan and am forever grateful to those who made it possible.

The underlying theme that I want young women to know is that you should never take yourself out of the running for something you want in life because of doubt or fear.

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you? 

I love sharks. As a child, was obsessed with them. As I grew older, I just wanted people disbelieve the Jaws-like man-eater perception and to understand how vital they are to our ecosystem. I’ve been on about seven different dives with sharks and continue to do these whenever possible. The next step is now bringing cameras down to capture these experiences!

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal? 

Currently, I aspire to run my own company and transition into being a venture capitalist. Having come from a technical degree in order to better understand the engineering process, I am now working as a technology consultant to build my business acumen while also taking online courses. These skills will help best prepare me for when I either decide to hit the ground running with my own business idea or carefully select a specialization for a Masters Degree.

I have always been fascinated by film and storytelling as well. In order to help develop these skills, I co-produce and host short digital videos surrounding sports and training. The dream is to produce, direct and film my own documentary one-day that would have a lasting impact on this world. Rob Stewart, a Canadian documentary filmmaker, is someone I looked up to greatly and I would be honoured to follow in his footsteps.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

It is difficult to define my “dream job” for me because I enjoy getting involved in areas that are new, exciting, innovative and groundbreaking. Industries are constantly undergoing a shifting landscape, especially with technology growing at the current rate that it is. In that sense, my “dream job” would be founding a company that not only disrupts a status quo, but also betters the lives of the individuals. For example, Zipline is a company that uses drone to help deliver medical supplies to rural parts of Africa.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I grew up with a very small, tight-knit family. As an only child with a single mother, we have always had a very close relationship. She has been a driving factor in my life and has helped shape some of the most important values in my life including prioritizing education, making large challenges feel attainable and that you always need to help the people around you. The rest of my family, my grandmother, uncle and aunt, have all had the same effect of being incredibly supportive of my goals, dreams and ambitions.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had. 

All the hosting opportunities I have worked have been the most unique and fun jobs I have had. As fun at it was, it was still a very professional job that needed to be taken seriously. Often, I would be incredibly focused on executing a specific promotion or live interview and it wasn’t until it was over that I had to think to myself… “did that just happen? Did I just interview my childhood hockey hero Mats Sundin?” Surreal doesn’t begin to describe what that emotion was. I have been very fortunate to have these opportunities.

List any volunteering you have done.

  • Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Foundation: This was our main foundation in which I participated in and hosted at various events that helped raise funds for various projects. One project involved the development of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. This is a space where sport is
  • Free The Children: I traveled to Udaipur, India to build a school in a rural community and have spoken at two separate We Day events.

Additional Volunteer experience includes:

  • Disaster Volunteers of Ghana
  • Earthquake Relief in Peru
  • Easter Seals Ontario
  • Michael Landsberg’s Sick Not Weak Program
  • SOS Children’s Villages
  • Operation Smile
  • Sick Kids Hospital
  • Josephs Hospital

What is your most unusual talent?

I am scary good at unintended puns and have a tendency to sometimes break out into random accents. It’s probably not quite a talent, but definitely unusual.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

Goodness! This is a difficult choice to choose from. Although this isn’t a single place, having swum in both the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans was an exceptional experience.

Both the Arctic and the Antarctica trips were boating expeditions that my mother and I both went on. In the Arctic, we traveled around Svalbard, which is a Norwegian island within the Arctic Circle. In Antarctica, we traveled around the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, the Antarctic Peninsula and through the infamous Drake Passage. These locations are some of the most untouched parts of the world. The ability to interact with animals that have never been hurt by man before takes your breath away. I was fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of a National Geographic photographer and realized that film and photography can help tell a story to share the important of why we need to be working to protect the planet we live on.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

I would love the answer to this question! I believe success happens when preparation meets opportunity. The currently opportunities in which I am a part of, and are pursuing, will help with the preparation portion of this formula. What will change is the unpredictable nature of opportunity, and this is exciting! Ten years from now, I will be proud of my accomplishments if I have started a company of my own, found a career I am passionate about, filmed a social-issues based documentary and created a program that helps empower young women in science and technology.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

I entered Miss Teen Canada originally looking for scholarship opportunities. After my first competition, any type of stereotype surrounding this world was shattered. The group of women there were inspiring, passionate, accomplished and ambitious. It is extremely important that people question stereotypes and take the chance to know what each and everyone one of these contestants is about. To compete for Miss Universe Canada takes hard work, discipline and determination and each and everyone of these women have an incredible story to share.

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