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Thursday, May 31 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Diversity/Inclusion Program

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As you read this, there’s a middle-aged white dude on a stage in front of a big screen somewhere, announcing the next product that’s going to change the world. (Spoiler: It won’t change the world for most people).

Humanity is a glorious scatter plot of gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and life experience. So, let’s define the problem. Too often, when tech companies look out at the world to decide what they are going to disrupt next, they see it from the perspective of that guy on the stage. Most of humanity is left out. Almost all of it is left out.

The good thing is that all of us are still here, ready to share our experiences and perspectives. Ready to make better tech. Ready to solve better problems. Make some room.

12:30 - The Honourable Bardish ChaggerWelcome

12:35 - Mary Pat Hinton: Go all in and commit

There are five areas Mary Pat Hinton focuses on during the hiring process. The result is that Emmetros has attracted and retained a diverse team of difference makers, which is almost 100% led by women. She calls them “Commitment & the 4 Ins.”

12:40 - SHAD Network: Deep Inclusion Panel - Moderated by Tim Jackson
Everybody’s talking about inclusion – and that’s a good thing. But if inclusion is going to be about more than photo-ops and catchphrases, we have to be real about the challenges of genuine, deep inclusion. Meaningful gender, economic, regional and philosophical diversity are easy to talk about but tough to achieve in any organization – even in entrepreneurial settings where diversity is widely known to be an engine for creativity.

SHAD is an enrichment and entrepreneurship program for high school aged youth established in 1980 and based in Waterloo, Ontario. This fireside chat session, facilitated by entrepreneur and business leader Tim Jackson, will include four SHAD Fellows - Alex Bouchard, Yesenia Cheekinew, Joseph Tafese and Steven Wang - whose stories show why it’s critical to get inclusion right.

1:10 - Michael Denham: Diversity - The best strategy for building world-class businesses
Fostering diversity is not only the right thing to do morally, it is also the best thing to do from a business perspective. There is overwhelming evidence that embracing diversity correlates with higher revenues, profits and market value.

Join Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC – the only Canadian bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs – as he speaks about why we need to decisively incorporate diversity and inclusion in our businesses for the benefit of our entrepreneurs and our economy. He will highlight inspiring stories showcasing diversity, as well as what BDC is doing to foster a diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial landscape in Canada.

1:25 - Jeannette Stock and Taylor Bond: Taking Pride in Canadian Tech: LGBTQ+ Inclusion as a Global Opportunity
Canada has an opportunity to become a world leader in LGBTQ+ inclusion in tech, and make that part of our unfair advantage.  If founders and leaders make decisions with LGBTQ+ folks in mind and at the table, we’ll build better products, better teams and better companies. We also can be an example to the rest of the world in yet another way. But first, we’ve got to do the work.
Join Jeanette Stock and Taylor Bond, who lead Venture Out, an organization that connects LGBTQ+ people in tech to career opportunities, role models and each other. They’ll share lessons learned from building LGBTQ+ communities in tech and their hopes for the future of inclusion in tech.

1:40 - Mallorie Brodie (T-Minus 5): Bringing Modern Tech to Traditional Industries
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.

1:45 - The Honourable Bardish Chagger: Closing remarks

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The Honourable Bardish Chagger

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Government of Canada
The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, was appointed Minister of Small Business and Tourism on November 4, 2015 and became Canada’s first female house leader on August 19, 2016. A natural leader and organizer, Ms. Chagger is devoted to inclusion and community... Read More →

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Taylor Bond

Vice President, Venture Out
Taylor is the VP & Chair of Venture Out, an organization building an LGBTQA+ tech and entrepreneurship community, with the goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive future. He is also the VP of Client Experience at MindSea, a Canadian app development company, where he oversees... Read More →
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Alex Bouchard

Student Leader, SHAD
Alex is a proud francophone who was involved with the Fédération de la Jeunesse Canadienne Française. She also founded the University of British Columbia Parks Canada Club while attending university, inspiring youth to get outdoors and live an active lifestyle. She attended SHAD... Read More →
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Mallorie Brodie

CEO and Co-founder, Bridgit
Mallorie Brodie is the CEO and Co-founder of Bridgit, a construction management platform launched in March 2014. Mallorie holds an Honours degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and has almost 10 years of entrepreneurial experience. She holds various entrepreneurial awards... Read More →
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Yesenia Cheekinew

Student Leader
Yesenia is dedicated to spreading the word and fighting for the rights of Indigenous people across Northern Ontario and the nation. An alumna of Minerva’s Learning to Lead™ program, she attended SHAD at Lakehead University in 2017.
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Michael Denham

President and CEO, BDC
Michael Denham brings nearly 30 years of management experience to BDC, having led large organizations with a pan-Canadian presence. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BDC, a B-Corp bank that provides financing and advisory services to new ventures in Canada.Based in Montreal since 2001, Michael has held executive roles at AquaTerra Corporat... Read More →
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Mary Pat Hinton

CEO and co-founder, Emmetros Limited
Mary Pat Hinton knows that weaving together unique perspectives results in effective, multi-faceted, and beautiful solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. As CEO and Co-Founder of Emmetros Limited, a company dedicated to making it easier for people with cognitive impairments to live with independence and dignity, Mary Pat has woven her lifelong volunteerism and advocacy into the culture at Emmetros... Read More →
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Tim Jackson

President and CEO, SHAD
Tim joined SHAD in July 2016 after serving as an Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and business leader. He has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for t... Read More →
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Jeanette Stock

Co-Founder, Venture Out
Jeanette Stock is the co-founder of Venture Out, which connects LGBTQA+ professionals in tech and entrepreneurship to career opportunities, role models and each other. She supports the volunteer team behind Venture Out as a member of the board of directors for Start Proud, Venture... Read More →
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Joseph Tafese

Software Engineering Student, University of Waterloo
Joseph attended SHAD in 2017 and received the Dave Black Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. After moving to Canada from Kenya, Joseph decided to invest the only thing he had – time – on the inner-city children with whom he lived. He became a Sunday school... Read More →
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Steven Wang

Founder and Chairperson, Yiqiao
Steven is the founder and chairperson of Yiqiao, a platform that cultivates top graduates and young professionals to serve in the social sector in China. He was part of the founding staff of the Yenching Academy at Peking University. Steven completed a Master of Public Policy degree... Read More →

Thursday May 31, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm EDT
Stage B @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada