Courtesy CBC Saskatchewan From left: Travis Low, executive director of Parkinson Society Saskatchewan, with PR specialist Melissa Fiacco and comedian Jayden Pfeifer at the 2013 networking reception for CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40 project.

CBC’s Future 40 project is back for the second year and this time it’s partnered with Metro to show off Saskatchewan’s brightest young leaders on multiple platforms.

Nominations for the award are now open and will continue through March 14 until 40 people under the age of 40 are selected as the 2014 stars.

“Last year was really heartwarming,” said John Agnew, managing director of CBC Saskatchewan. “It was quite a tour de force of talent and achievement.”

Agnew added that the winners represent many walks of life from businesspeople and community activists to athletes and artists.

“It’s from every sort of aspect of human endeavor,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to acknowledge that there are a whole lot of really smart, energetic and imaginative people under 40 out there.”

With the province growing, said Agnew, the demographics are skewing younger. In 2013, CBC Saskatchewan received more than 300 entries.

Charlotte Empey, Metro Canada’s editor in chief, said she’s thrilled to take part in such an exciting initiative.

“When the media can come together and work cooperatively on projects like this, everybody wins,” said Empey.

She added that it’s so important to appreciate those who are making a difference in their generation across all sectors of the professional world.

“From my perspective the goal would be to recognize the remarkable young people in the province who are going to create tomorrow’s Saskatchewan,” said Empey.

Metro and CBC will announce the winners between March 17 and 20, during which time the public will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice award recipient.

For more information and to nominate an exceptional young person, head over to cbc.ca/saskatoon in Saskatoon and cbc.ca/sask in Regina and click the link for CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40. Stay tuned for next week, as Metro will catch up with a handful of the winners from last year’s contest.

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