Through Partnerships with Innovation Hubs and Community Organizations From Victoria to Charlottetown, Inaugural SingularityU Canada Summit to Welcome Canadians in More than 30 Communities Across the Country
September 22, 2017, TORONTO – For the first time in Canada, leaders in technology, business and innovation will convene to explore the impact of exponential technologies on privacy, finance, healthcare, citizenship and the environment at the SingularityU Canada Summit on October 11 and 12. While the live Summit takes place at Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks, Canadians are invited to take part in twelve satellite events and additional livestream viewings that will bring the content to local communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
“There is so much incredible research and innovation happening in every corner of the country. The Summit and satellite events will highlight many of these breakthroughs and provide an opportunity to bridge the conversation between industries and communities,” says Oren Berkovich, CEO of SingularityU Canada Summit. “Our community partners are crucial to connect exponential ideas to changemakers in every city.”
SingularityU Canada Summit satellite events will be hosted at local technology hubs and leading organizations in more than a dozen cities across the country and will leverage the Summit livestream while running participant-driven activities and highlighting local innovations.
The satellite events will enable entrepreneurs, students, and local communities to contribute to the discussion and direction of exponential technologies in Canada. Events will focus on the future of energy, the environment, healthcare, citizenship, and prosperity for Canada and the world. Conversations are designed to spark a shift in the mindset of all Canadians and equip them to apply technology to solutions that can support the world and transform industry.
Livestream events will also be hosted across the country. The public will have the opportunity to take part in viewing parties alongside other local creators and disruptors in cities including Victoria, Fredericton, Halifax, St. John’s and more.
The Summit and satellite events will bring together industry professionals for positive change and create a platform to showcase made in Canada technologies and local thought leaders on the global stage.
ABOUT THE SINGULARITYU CANADA SUMMIT
SingularityU Canada Summit is the premier launch event of a new movement in Canada seeking to bring together the leading Canadian and International thought leaders to inspire Canadians to shape the Future of Canada and drive global impact. A forum for true debate and uncommon conversations about how technologies like artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and digital medicine will impact the way we live and work.
The inaugural SU Canada Summit will take place on October 11 – 12 at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, Ontario and will move to different cities every year.
Building the Canadian platform of Singularity University was made possible when a grassroots movement of Canadian SU alumni brought together a visionary group of founding members including ATB, BMO, CIBC, Canadian Medical Association, CN, Deloitte, FairVentures, Goodmans LLP, Google, the Government of Ontario, RBC, Rogers Communications, Scotiabank, Suncor, TMX and TD Bank Group. Together this initial group is on a mission to share SU’s exponential mindset and bold thinking with Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
The group is working closely with leading edge innovation hubs, academic institutions, and NGOs across the country to create a pan-Canadian network of partners who wish to come together and discuss Canada’s role in shaping our collective future.
ABOUT SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY
Singularity University is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis and has partnered with leading organizations including Google, Deloitte and UNICEF. To learn more, visit SU.org, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SingularityU, and download our SingularityU Hub mobile app from the App Store.
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QUOTES FROM SATELLITE EVENT HOSTS
“We are strategically and emotionally aligned with Singularity’s vision to empower ‘a global community with the mindset, skillset and network to create an abundant future’ and are confident this event will inspire our corporate innovation program and broader BC Tech community.”
Rocky Ozaki, VP Community, BC Tech
“Vancouver is budding with new technologies that have the potential to make an exponential impact. entrepreneurship@UBC is excited to collaborate with other community partners in Vancouver to host a satellite event that can impact more innovators, solving the world’s most compelling problems.”
Barry Yates, Managing Director, entrepreneurship@UBC
“At Wavefront we emphasise collaboration and community, and hosting this satellite event will enable us to bring together the tech community at large. As a national organization, we are very excited to be a part of the SingularityU Canada Summit, contributing to our goal to foster innovation and prosperity in Canada”
Michelle Sklar, VP of Marketing & Communications, Wavefront
“Our mountain communities are leading the charge with sustainable living in Canada.”
Jean-Marc La Flamme, Founder, Mountain CoLab, Startup Revelstoke & SeedUps Canada
“The SU Canada Summit is an opportunity to leverage global thought leadership and provoke conversations on topical issues affecting our future as a province and a nation.”
Kathy Knight, CEO, ICTAM
“The University of Toronto is proud to partner with MaRS Discovery District on a special livestream event of the first-ever SingularityU Canada Summit. Hearing insights directly from global technology thought leaders is of great importance to our university community, which is why we are offering our students, entrepreneurs, faculty and staff an opportunity to attend a satellite event featuring our very own UofT speakers and also livestreaming notable international speakers from the Summit,”
Vivek Goel, Vice President of Research and Innovation, University of Toronto
“With Toronto and Canada’s diverse talent and booming companies in areas like AI and blockchain we have the opportunity to not just create billion-dollar companies, but touch a billion lives. I’m excited to showcase the technologies and people that are making a difference and solving challenges in sectors ranging from healthcare to energy at MaRS.”
Salim Teja, President, MaRS Venture Services
“This event is sure to surface new big ideas, inspire big innovations, and lay the foundation for transformational changes. Improving the future of Canada is truly a national endeavour.”
Douglas Keefe, Interim CEO, Startup Zone
“At Sid Lee, we believe creativity is a source and a catalyst for building inspiring experiences. As we have seen with C2, Canada and Montreal, are hotbeds of innovation. By bringing the SingularityU Canada Summit experience to Montreal we are building on the conversations and inspiration that started at C2 and helping to grow Montreal’s dynamic innovation ecosystem.”
JF Bouchard, Chairman, Sid Lee and C2
“District 3’s mission to help people transform their dreams into reality and ideas into impact aligns perfectly with SingularityU Canada Summit’s mission to improve the future of Canada, and the world, by inspiring and enabling Canadians to take on the big ideas that address humanity’s greatest challenges. We are thrilled to be working with Sid Lee to bring the SingularityU Canada Summit experience to Montreal.”
Xavier-Henri Herve, Executive Director and Coach, District 3
“The city of Calgary is laser focused on building community, enhancing shared prosperity and building our foundation as Canada’s most enterprising city. The University of Calgary supports this through leadership on campus and off, focusing on innovation and connections for the betterment of our communities, our economy, and industry in general.”
Kim Neutens, Interim Executive Director, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Accelerate Okanagan, Revelstoke
BC Tech, Vancouver
Biomedical Zone, Toronto
District 3, Montreal
Entrepreneur First Network, St. John’s
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Calgary
Innovate Calgary, Calgary
Innovation Place Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Ivey School of Business, London
Memorial University, St. John’s
Norquest College, Edmonton
Planet Hatch, Fredericton
Ryerson University, Toronto
Startup Zone, Charlottetown
University of Alberta, Edmonton
University of Toronto, Toronto
Victoria Makerspace, Victoria