• Summit features announcement of the XPRIZE Alzheimer’s competition, led by Canadian visioneer from B.C;
  • Open call to host 2018 Summit and first-ever SingularityU Canada Executive Program announced

Toronto, October 13, 2017 – More than 6,000 Canadian changemakers across the country participated in the first-ever SingularityU Canada Summit. Hosted at the Evergreen Brick Works and livestreamed to 42 communities across the country, the Summit featured Canadian and international innovators, who are tackling the world’s biggest challenges.

“In launching the SingularityU Canada Summit this year, we sought to capitalize on Canada’s opportunity to become a driver of impact and embrace the accelerating technological advances that are transforming our world,” said Oren Berkovich, CEO, SingularityU Canada Summit. “With our diversity and drive for innovation and impact, Canada is uniquely positioned to take on the world’s biggest challenges. We have the talent, the passion, and the skills to lead and it is time the world knew.”

As evidence of Canada’s ability to lead the world, Summit keynote Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Co-Founder of Singularity University and Founder of the XPRIZE, took to the stage to announce that the 2017 X PRIZE would be a call to tackle Alzheimer’s. Further, he announced that Canadian Visioneer and UBC MD/PhD student, Philip Edgcumbe, would lead the team.

Building on the energy of the Summit and the desire of participants to continue the conversation Summit organizers announced both a the first Canadian SingularityU Executive Program and an open call for cities to host the next Summit.

About Philip Edgecumbe and the 2017 XPRIZE

Based in Vancouver, Edgcumbe is a graduate of the Singularity University Global Solutions Program (GSP) in 2016. Edgcumbe’s workcombines the power of medicine, biomedical research, and entrepreneurship to eradicate Alzheimer’s. Launching next year, the XPrize has already committed $25 million to detect triggers marking the early onset of the disease. Today, more than 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s.

About the SingularityU Canada Executive Program – a three-day course for senior leaders in business, government, and nonprofits, as well as scientists, educators, and other leaders who want to shape Canada’s future. The Executive Program will enable leaders from across Canada to explore exponential technologies, the global grand challenges, and the possibility to create an abundant future for all Canadians and the world.

About the Open Call to Host the 2018 SingularityU Canada SummitBuilding on SingularityU Canada Summit’s commitment to creating an inclusive pan-Canadian community, cities across Canada are invited to step up and make their pitch to host the 2018 SingularityU Canada Summit. This is a chance for cities to highlight innovation and impact in their communities

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 took place on October 11 – 12 in Toronto, Ontario and will move to different host cities each 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.


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 headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis with program funding from leading organizations including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF. To learn more, visit SU.org, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SingularityU, and download the SingularityU Hub mobile app.

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