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Thursday, May 31 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Tech for Good Program

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We’ve now reached the feel good part of the story. The dragons have been slayed, and peace has returned to the world. Ok, that’s not true, but there is good news.

There are engineers and entrepreneurs who are using their fancy credentials, big brains and creative energy to, you know, help people. Solve some important problems. Stop needless suffering. Maybe there were enough people working on tracking everything you do online so someone can sell you more stuff. Anyway, there are people who saw some real human problems and said, ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ Then they got to work. These are their stories.

10:45 - Carol Leaman: Welcome

10:50 - Mallory Greene: T-Minus 5
T MINUS-5 is a concise, powerful crystallization of one of the themes of True North 2018 from an individual at the leading edge of the discussion

10:55 - Loren Padelford: How Technology is making entrepreneurship accessible to everyone

Entrepreneurs are the engine that drives our economy and our society. But for the past 10 years entrepreneurship has been in decline. Today, technology is leading a resurgence in entrepreneurship by levelling the playing field, providing everyone the tools, access and economics once reserved only for the largest companies in the world.  For anyone who thought they couldn’t start their own business,  Shopify is bending the learning and cost curve down, making it easier than ever to start and grow you a business. From helping to source products, to setting up an online store to sell them, Shopify and technology has made the complex simple and cost effective.

11:15 - Anne Connelly and Sonny Kohli: Abundance for All: When and How? - Moderated by Krista Pawley 
Tech is changing every aspect of society, including how we tackle some of our most persistent problems: food security, water, shelter, access to energy, education, healthcare. How can we recognize the practical possibilities for revolutionary technologies to drive meaningful impacts for billions of people around the world?

Blockchain consultant Anne Connelly and Dr. Sonny Kohli, physician and founder of medtech innovator, Cloud DX, will explore the ways that transformational technologies can be used to tackle the world's biggest challenges today, and create abundance for all in the future. This inspiring discussion will be moderated by Krista Pawley from SingularityU.

11:45 - Richard Yim: The Battle of Tech for Social Good
When Demine Robotics CEO Richard Yim ventured into the world of landmine clearance, he met with some resistance to his tech solution for this global social problem. NGOs and governments are the main players in this space, and investment in technology is not their traditional choice for solving long-term core issues. Sometimes, donors also place restrictions on the use of their contributions, preferring solutions that produce quick, clear results.

Today, Demine Robotics is officially endorsed and supported by the governments of Cambodia and Canada as well as a number of landmine clearance NGOs. Richard will share his journey to change the hearts and minds of leaders in the NGO and government world.

12:00 - Closing Remarks

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Carol Leaman

CEO, Axonify Inc.
Carol Leaman is the CEO of Axonify Inc., a disruptor in the corporate learning space and innovator behind the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform. Axonify delivers a unique 3-minute a day learning experience that combines brain science, adaptive microlearning, gamification and predictive analytics to increase... Read More →

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Anne Connelly

Faculty, Singularity University
Anne Connelly is a volunteer, mentor and marketer who is passionate about harnessing blockchain and decentralized technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries. She has been an active part of the global blockchain community since 2012, working with notable companies... Read More →
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Mallory Greene

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Wealthsimple
Mallory Greene is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Wealthsimple. As one of the company’s earliest employees, she’s held various roles as the company has grown and evolved, including roles in marketing, recruiting HR, events, and public relations.She’s lead the development and launches of several company-wide programs and initiatives, m... Read More →
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Dr. Sonny Kohli

Physician, Faculty; Founder, McMaster University, Cloud DX
In 2010, while volunteering in post-earthquake Haiti, Dr. Sonny Kohli experienced first-hand the perils of inadequate health care faced by Earth’s most marginalized peoples. As a practicing Physician in Internal Medicine and Critical Care and is faculty at McMaster University... Read More →
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Loren Padelford

Vice President & GM, Shopify
Success is a choice we all make everyday, at least that’s Loren Padelford's opinion. Over the past four years Loren and Shopify have been at the nexus of entrepreneurship, commerce and technology, helping 600,000+ start-ups get off the ground, and Fortune 500 companies reinvent themselves, while at the same time growing Shopify into a $14B global commerce platform.With a BA in Psychology from the University of Gue... Read More →
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Krista Pawley

CMO and Impact Lead, SingularityU Canada
Krista Pawley is a master brand builder in the public, private and social-profit sectors. With over 20 years’ experience working in 50+ countries across five continents, Krista has held executive positions building, training and leading world-class teams within the Government of... Read More →
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Richard Yim

Founder, Demine Robotics
Every year, there are thousands of deaths from landmines still in the ground from past armed conflicts. Heavily mined regions are also unable to be farmed, stunting the economic growth of agricultural economies. Born in Cambodia before moving to Canada at age 13, Richard Yim put his... Read More →

Thursday May 31, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Stage B @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada