Lauren Howe was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2017 at the conclusion of the pageant held at The John Bassett Theatre – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto. She bested 64 other candidates for the crown. She will travel to Las Vegas in November to compete at the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant.
Lauren is a recent Industrial Engineering graduate who is working as a project manager, actress, model, sports host and entrepreneur. As a self-proclaimed “geek”, Lauren is passionate about using digital tools to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems facing both businesses and people in need. She aims to encourage young women to explore STEM-related fields and provide them with the technical knowledge they need for success and creating lasting change in their communities. Lauren is a health and fitness advocate who enjoys photography, film-making, hiking, scuba diving, snowboarding and surfing in her spare time.
While studying 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.
The rest of the top 5 include Marta Stepien (1st Runner Up), Meral Özerdinç (2nd Runner Up), Diana Lai (3rd Runner Up) and Kathryn Kohut (4th Runner Up).
Other awards given during the evening include:
Best Hair: Sasha Lombardi
Miss Photogenic: Lauren Howe
Miss Congeniality: Chanelle Preradovich