Kayla Cornale was born in Burlington, Ontario and attended Assumption Catholic Secondary School. While in high school, she invented “Sounds into Syllables”, a teaching system for children, primarily those with autism, which applies the musical component of ‘pitch’ to the process of learning language. Cornale was one of 19 Canadian students invited to represent Canada at the 2005 and 2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fairs where she placed first in the Behavioural and Social Sciences category in 2006. She was awarded a Top 20 Under 20 Award in 2006 and was highlighted on CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute featuring humanitarians from across the world. Cornale attended Stanford University where she majored in biological sciences. She was the Para-Athletics Coordinator for Athletics Ontario and currently works as Para Athletics Talent and Development Lead for Athletics Canada.