SingularityU Canada Summit 2019

Edmonton, Alberta. April 23rd & 24th

SingularityU Canada today announced the first cohort of speakers for The Summit 2019. “Following on from the success of our inaugural Summit in 2017, we are really hoping to expand the conversation by helping to share the best of Canadian and international technology, innovation, and the big ideas that are shaping our world today and in the future.” SingularityU Canada President & CEO Oren Berkovich.

Taking place in Edmonton, Alberta on April 23rd & 24th, the Summit 2019 will focus on the big questions surrounding Energy, Health, Citizenship, and Prosperity.  A dynamic and hands on  program will enable attendees to learn from cutting edge experts about the transformative impact that technologies like artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and digital medicine will have on our lives and our world.

The first cohort of speakers includes experts in Robotics, Blockchain, Future of Food, Exponential Health, Clean Tech, Cybersecurity and more; Dr. Irwin Adam (Future of Food), Dr. David Bray (Cybersecurity), Anne Connelly (Blockchain),  Dr. Philip Marc Edgcumbe (Exponential Medicine), Suzanne Gildert (AI and Robotics), Jane Kearns (Clean Tech), Jeffrey Rogers (Leadership and Innovation), Dr. Tiffany Vora (Exponential Health), Shawn Kanungo (Innovation), Pascal Finette (Corporate Innovation) and Matthew Spoke (Blockchain).

Summit attendees can listen to and participate in expert panel presentations and open discussions. Work and play with product demos that let you experience the future today. Meet like-minded forward-thinkers and join a growing network of thought leaders, trailblazing practitioners, and impact startups.

Join us in Edmonton for two days full of inspiring talks, thought-provoking panel discussions and stimulating workshops. Tickets can be purchased here.

For media enquiries with SingularityU Canada:
Aoife Gray
Marketing and Communications
P: 647-887-9129

For partnership opportunities with the SingularityU Summit:
Joanne Fedeyko
Partnership Development, SU Canada
P: 415-307-1382

About SingularityU Canada
SingularityU Canada is a not-for-profit organization committed to inspiring and enabling more Canadians to think BIG, take risks, and drive global impact. They are a grass-roots movement of passionate individuals and forward-thinking Canadian organizations that 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 which wishes to have strategic conversations about their collective future and ensure that Canada plays a global role in shaping the way we all live and work.

The SingularityU Canada Summit is the cornerstone of the pan-Canadian SingularityU Canada movement. The Summit convenes 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 SingularityU Canada Summit 2019 is made possible through the partnership and vision of our Summit Partners. We would like to thank our Strategic Partners: ATB Financial and Epcor, our Summit Builders: Deloitte, Suncor, and the City of Edmonton, Summit Supporters: The Canadian Medical Association, Capital Power, Chandos, and our Content Partners Compuvision.

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 (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better 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.

Notes to editors:

Irwin Adam Eydelnant
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. He is a thinker and maker who creates defining multi-sensorial food experiences including products, new technologies, immersive dining installations, and interactive workshops. As Founder and Creative Scientific Director of Future Food Studio, Dr. Irwin Adam leads multi-disciplinary teams in re-imagining how we interact with food at every scale. Major projects have included Museum of Ice Cream (NYC/LA), wndr Museum (Chicago), Food Loves Tech (NYC), and Sensorium (Toronto). Brand collaborations include Pepsico, Unilever, General Mills, Campbell’s, Kraft, & ABI InBev with projects in the US, Canada, Middle East, and Europe.
He holds a B.Eng. and M.Eng. (Chemical Engineering) from McGill University and a PhD (Biomedical Engineering) from the University of Toronto. Research publications and patents include natural compounds for anti-infective biomaterials, point-of-care diagnostics, miniature lasers, digital microfluidics, and tissue-engineering. His current research focuses on cross- modal personalized eating.
His work has been featured across media included Vice Munchies, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Popular Science, Today Show, National Geographic, Creator’s Project, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Gothamist, Eater, Refinery29, and Forbes.

David Bray
Dr. David A. Bray has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000-2005, time on the ground in Afghanistan in 2009, serving as the non-partisan Executive Director for a bipartisan National Commission on R&D, and providing leadership as a non-partisan federal agency Senior Executive. He was named one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World” under 40 by Business Insider. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. Since 2017, David has served as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition co-founded by Vint Cerf and focused on providing support and expertise for community-focused projects that measurably improve people’s lives using the Internet.
David’s passions include the Future of Work, Future of Governance, and the Future of Augmented living learning communities that maintain a human focus on collaboration, pluralism, and individual choices. He currently serves on advisory Boards and provides strategy to start-ups espousing human-centric principles regarding collaboration, technology, and decision-making in turbulent, challenging environments. He also serves on Oxford Social Data Science Advisory Board at the University of Oxford and is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Human-Machine Cognition.
Anne Connelly
Anne Connelly is passionate about harnessing blockchain and decentralized technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries. Anne is Faculty at Singularity University at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley & SingularityU Canada, teaching global leaders how exponential technologies can solve problems that impact over a billion people. She has been an active part of the global blockchain community since 2012, working with and advising notable companies including Jaxx, Ledger Labs, Bunz, and is currently the Vice Chair of the board of Blockchain Canada. She previously worked with Doctors Without Borders Canada in Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently serves on their board of directors. Anne has a Bachelor of Life Sciences from Queen’s University, an MBA from McMaster University, and a Fintech Certificate from MIT. She was honoured as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders Changing Canada and one of the Fifty Most Inspirational Women in Technology in Canada.

Philip Edgcumbe
Dr. Philip Edgcumbe (PhD) is a Canadian scientist, biomedical engineer, medical innovator, doctor in training (MDPhD) and entrepreneur. By connecting medicine, biomedical research, and entrepreneurship, Philip is striving to positively impact the health of a billion people.
In 2017, Philip led a team which developed a crowdsourcing competition to End Alzheimer’s, raised $25 million USD to run the competition, and was selected as the top priority XPRIZE for launch in 2018. He has invented, patented and licensed a medical device and was part of two biomedical start-up companies. In 2014 Philip was the recipient the Outstanding Young Scientist award at the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) international conference. In 2016 he spent the summer in Silicon Valley at Singularity University where he applied exponential technologies to medical innovation. In 2017, he received the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award. Philip speaks internationally on the topic of Disruptive Technology and the Future of Healthcare.

Suzanne Gildert
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. Sanctuary is structured to explore both cutting edge technology and the ethical issues that arise from creating human-like machines. The company strives to create a micro-society in which synths can develop and be granted a safe haven as they transition into full acceptance by our wider society. Suzanne earned a PhD in Physics and Electronics at the University of Birmingham, UK, with postdoctoral research on superconducting microprocessors. Suzanne continued to refine her skills in electronics by hand building more than 30 robots over the subsequent years. After leading a group working on quantum machine learning applications at D-Wave Systems, she realised that bringing together classical robot control and cutting-edge machine learning algorithms could potentially help us achieve human-like intelligence in machines within our lifetimes.

Jane Kearns
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. She co-founded, grew and profitably sold a full-service renewable energy company, and leverages over 20 years of experience in venture capital, cleantech and sustainability to help build businesses that matter.
Throughout her career she has worked directly with entrepreneurs and executives on project and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and business development. She helped launch Columbia Business School’s first environmental finance course, which continues to be taught in the school’s MBA and EMBA programs, as well the School of International and Public Affairs. Jane is a co-founder of the CanadaCleantech Alliance, a board director at the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and sits on advisory boards for StandUp Ventures, the MaRS Catalyst Fund, Shell’s Quest Climate Grant and the Pembina Institute’s UnGALA. She has advised the Canadian government on clean technology policy. Jane holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Jeffrey Rogers
Jeffrey Rogers is a facilitator, speaker, and program designer who creates interactive educational experiences driven by storytelling, engagement, and play. He’s an academically trained social scientist (UC Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin) with a knack for future-thinking and a deep belief in the transformative potential of exponential technologies as tools to de-risk experimentation, accelerate learning, and create change.
Jeffrey speaks frequently across the US and abroad on exponential thinking and leads workshops on creative problem solving and storytelling. He’s connected dots, ideas, and people as a moderator recently for the SU Executive Program and Exponential Tech and Strategy programs for Oracle, Google, Roche, NBC, Aegon and other global brands.
Prior to joining SU, Jeffrey spent a decade building learning and development solutions across sectors and designing and delivering award-winning educational and training programs. He currently serves as Singularity University’s Director of Faculty & Facilitator Development, working closely with our faculty to discover their unique strengths as communicators and teachers and to co-create rave-worthy, learner-centered experiences at SU and on the web worldwide.

Tiffany Vora
Dr. Tiffany Vora is an educator, writer, research scientist, and entrepreneur who is excited to bring her diversity of experience to Singularity University as Faculty Director and Vice Chair of Medicine and Digital Biology.
After earning undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry at New York University, Tiffany worked on cutting-edge drug-discovery technologies at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her PhD research in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, which was funded through NASA, brought her into the emerging fields of genomics, systems biology, and computational biology. It was during this time that Tiffany developed an interest in the cultural shifts that accompany new technologies and new ways of thinking. She translated this interest into a global perspective by joining the American University of Cairo as a Visiting Assistant Professor, where she spearheaded curriculum development for core classes in scientific thinking as well as computational biology classes for non-programmers.
Upon her return to the United States, Tiffany founded Bayana Science, an editing, writing, and consulting company dedicated to excellence in science communication. Tiffany also served as an instructor for the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University. She has contributed to literally thousands of grant proposals, research articles, presentations, textbooks, and other works spanning medicine, computer science, applied physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, and the life sciences; her biology expertise encompasses fields as diverse as the microbiome, ancient molecules, biophysics, environmental monitoring, tissue engineering, biohacking, and the quantitative analysis of large biological datasets.

Shawn Kanungo
Shawn Kanungo is a disruption strategist. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years working at Deloitte. Shawn’s mandate at the firm was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation.
Shawn is a practitioner who has worked hand-to-hand with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation. He has adopted the concepts of voice technology, behavioural economics, user-centered design, crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence, drones and film to help create world class client experiences.
In 2018, Shawn became the Founder & CEO of Silver, a technology company focused on creating the next-generation of voice products and services for businesses. He also a Partner with Queen & Rook, helping organizations adopt exponential technologies to scale.
His work and interviews have been featured in Forbes, The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV. In 2016, he was recognized as Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. In 2018, he was named to Inc’s 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers.

Pascal Finette
Pascal is Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation and Co-Founder at radical Ventures. His work focuses on the intersection of technology, global impact, and culture; inspiring, educating and empowering entrepreneurs, corporate irritants and change makers to tackle the most intractable problems of our time.
He has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes it can profoundly impact the betterment of humankind. He got started on the net before there was a web browser, founded a series of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, and invested into early-stage tech startups. Pascal led Mozilla’s Open Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, and headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair. As Principal at, he invested into social impact organizations around the globe. Further, he founded the nonprofit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by tens of thousands of change-makers globally. He’s the author of the published book “The Heretic – Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs”.
Pascal frequently speaks and writes about the magic and potential which happens at the intersection of technology, culture & global impact. He is also a trained Co-Active executive coach working with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. Most of all – Pascal loves to work with changemakers who want to, and can, make things better.