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About

About SingularityU Canada

SingularityU Canada is a not-for-profit organisation committed to inspiring and enabling more Canadians to think BIG, take risks, and drive global impact. We are a grassroots movement of passionate individuals and forward thinking Canadian organisations who came together to catalyse a pan-Canadian community of thinkers and doers. SingularityU Canada was born of uncommon partnerships across communities, governments, and sectors, each of whom wish to have strategic conversations about our collective future and ensure that Canada plays a global role in shaping the way we all live and work.

About SingularityU

Singularity University (“SU”) 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. A certified benefit corporation, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. SU is partnered with leading organizations such as Google, Deloitte, Genentech, and UNICEF.

Faculty

Dr. Irwin Adam

Dr. Irwin Adam

Future of Food Faculty

Dr. Irwin Adam is a creative scientist and food futurist who combines a background in engineering, biology, and technology with his passions for eating and design in the exploration of global eating futures.

Dr. Irwin Adam

Future of Food Faculty

Anuj Chandarana

Anuj Chandarana

Future of Work Faculty

Anuj has been with Google, in data-based HR teams, for 10 years and recently joined the Google Canada management team, leading HR for Sales.

Anuj Chandarana

Future of Work Faculty

Anne Connelly

Anne Connelly

Blockchain Faculty

Anne Connelly is passionate about harnessing blockchain and decentralized technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries.

Anne Connelly

Blockchain Faculty

Neil Desai

Neil Desai

Governance and Security Faculty

As Vice-President at Magnet Forensics, Neil leads strategic engagement with leaders from policing, national security and government agencies to support their digital transformations in the realm of cyber-investigations.

Neil Desai

Governance and Security Faculty

Philip Marc Edgcumbe

Philip Marc Edgcumbe

Medicine Faculty

Philip Edgcumbe (PhD) is a Canadian scientist, biomedical engineer, medical innovator, doctor in training (MDPhD) and entrepreneur.

Philip Marc Edgcumbe

Medicine Faculty

Rodolphe el-Khoury

Rodolphe el-Khoury

Social Machines for Smart Cities Faculty

Rodolphe el-Khoury (Rudy) is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Trained as both a historian and a designer, he divides his time between scholarship, research, and practice.

Rodolphe el-Khoury

Social Machines for Smart Cities Faculty

Ryan Gariepy

Ryan Gariepy

Robotics Faculty

Ryan is the CTO of Clearpath. He drives research and development of the OTTO industrial self driving vehicle software and guides the continued expansion of Clearpath’s world-leading efforts in supporting robotics researchers.

Ryan Gariepy

Robotics Faculty

Dr. Suzanne Gildert

Dr. Suzanne Gildert

AI Faculty / Robotics Faculty

Suzanne Gildert is founder and CEO of Sanctuary AI, a company with a mission to create ultra human-like robots – “synths” – that are indistinguishable from us physically, cognitively and emotionally.

Dr. Suzanne Gildert

AI Faculty / Robotics Faculty

Dr. Cynthia Goh

Dr. Cynthia Goh

Nanotech Faculty

M. Cynthia Goh is Professor of Chemistry, cross-appointed to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Institute of Medical Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Dr. Cynthia Goh

Nanotech Faculty

Allyson Hewitt

Allyson Hewitt

Social Impact Faculty

Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact.

Allyson Hewitt

Social Impact Faculty

Jane Kearns

Jane Kearns

Cleantech Faculty

Jane is a senior advisor with MaRS Cleantech. She is a recognized leader in sustainable innovation and has extensive experience growing successful companies at the intersection of business and sustainability.

Jane Kearns

Cleantech Faculty

Dr. Sonny Kohli

Dr. Sonny Kohli

Medicine Faculty

Dr. Sonny Kohli is a practising Canadian Internist and Critical care physician, and faculty at McMaster University.

Dr. Sonny Kohli

Medicine Faculty

Matthew Spoke

Matthew Spoke

Blockchain Faculty

Matthew Spoke is the Founder of Aion, a world-leading blockchain protocol designed to solve the most prevalent challenges limiting blockchains mainstream adoption: Scalability, Interoperability and Governance.

Matthew Spoke

Blockchain Faculty

Team

Oren Berkovich

Oren Berkovich

Co-Founder & CEO

Oren Berkovich

Co-Founder & CEO

Krista Pawley

Krista Pawley

CMO & Impact

Krista Pawley

CMO & Impact

Fiona Haller

Fiona Haller

Head of Operations

Fiona Haller

Head of Operations

Andrea Sampson

Andrea Sampson

Head of Faculty

Andrea Sampson

Head of Faculty

Nick Kindler

Nick Kindler

Head of Programming

Nick Kindler

Head of Programming

Kunaal Arora

Kunaal Arora

Digital

Kunaal Arora

Digital

Amanda Lane

Amanda Lane

Social

Amanda Lane

Social

Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace

Communications

Amy Wallace

Communications

Sarah Wensley

Sarah Wensley

Special Projects

Sarah Wensley

Special Projects

Hannah Cowan

Hannah Cowan

Communications

Hannah Cowan

Communications

Luvy Hardy

Luvy Hardy

Communications and Community

Luvy Hardy

Communications and Community

Exponential Tech

Exponential technologies are the key to unlocking global solutions. They transform the way we live, rapidly accelerate, disrupt major industries, and create new possibilites for humanity. Their effects are being felt today but the next wave of exponential development and advancements will be more dramatic and pervasive. We believe that the solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges lie in the intersection of these exponential technologies.

Exponential technologies include artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR), data science, digital biology and biotech, medicine, nanotech and digital fabrication, networks and computing systems, robotics, and robocars. These rich and diverse technologies are constantly mutating and evolving to take us in new directions with infinite potential.

Global Grand Challenges

Based on the foundations set by SingularityU, at SingularityU Canada we believe that leveraging the convergence of exponential technologies will set us on the path to solve our global grand challenges and shift from an era of scarcity to abundance. There are twelve global grand challenges (GGCs) that are interrelated and interdependent.

In addressing each GGC, we solve for the following three perspectives:

  • Ensuring basic needs are met for all people
  • Sustaining and improving quality of life
  • Mitigating future risks

Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth’s ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.

Ample, accessible and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.

Consumption of sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active lives for all people at all times.

Secure, safe, and sustainable shelter for residence, recreation, and industry for all people at all times.

Safe and equitable use, and stewardship of, space resources and technologies for the benefit of humanity and our future as a multi-planetary species.

Ample and safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times.

Effective and efficient disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and rehabilitation that saves lives and livelihoods, minimizes economic loss, and builds resilience both globally and locally.

Equitable participation of all people in formal and societal governance that is in accordance with principles of justice and individual rights, free from discrimination and identity-based prejudices, and able to meet the needs of an exponentially changing world.

Optimal physical and mental health, including access to cost-effective prevention, early diagnosis, and personalized therapy for individuals and communities.

Access to information and experiences that build knowledge and skills for all people at all stages of their lives for personal fulfillment and benefit to society.

Equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfillment where all people are free from poverty and able to thrive.

Safety of all people from physical and psychological harm, including in virtual worlds; and protection of physical, financial, digital systems.