SingularityU (SU) Canada Chapters are championed by SU alumni to continue the conversation, through local meet-ups and other informal events. Below, find out everything you need to know about these volunteer-led SU Chapters, and how to join the Canadian, and global, conversation.
What are Chapters?
SingularityU (SU) Canada events such as Summits, Executive Programs, and custom programs connect groups large and small to collectively learn about and explore the world’s grand challenges. Yet we know that the conversation and connections need to continue beyond these events – that is where Chapters play an important role.
Through meetups and community events, SU Chapters facilitate vibrant local innovation ecosystems, whose participants focus on furthering the SU mission of leveraging exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges.
Who leads Chapters?
Each Chapter has a dedicated volunteer leadership team, led by a Chapter Ambassador. Teams receive support from SU to launch their Chapters, followed by ongoing assistance and coaching throughout the first few months of operations, including an ‘incubation period’ in the Chapter’s first 90 days.
Chapters are flourishing around the world – there are over 170 SU Chapters worldwide in over 70 countries, including Sri Lanka, Chile and Austria (view the full chapter roster). Currently, there are four Chapters in Canada: Ottawa, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver, all of which have been started by SU Canada alumni.
After attending the 2019 SU Canada Summit in Edmonton this past April, Matt Boudreau, Calgary Chapter Ambassador and his peers were inspired to kickstart Chapter representation in Alberta.
“In a city full of bright, entrepreneurial minds who strive to better the world around, there is much opportunity to harness the great things that are already happening and really get our city thinking exponentially on a global scale,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to bring exponential thinkers together from all industries and walks of life to form a community that will create an impact globally, and we are excited about what the city can and will accomplish with this community.”
Last month, SU Canada was pleased to announce the launch of the Calgary Chapter!
What do Chapters do?
Leadership teams convene local innovators in regular gatherings, both in person and virtually, that attract compelling speakers on a wide variety of topics. Chapter events and get-togethers connect like-minded individuals who are inspired to think BIG and explore how exponential technologies are impacting our world. Members hail from a wide range of industries and professions, from entrepreneurs and academics to policymakers.
Chapter events often feature local speakers, and at low costs of entry – never more than the price of three lattes!
A recent event held by the Ottawa Chapter in September explored how disruptive technologies will impact the way we work. Speakers included Tanya Woods, Managing Director, Canada, Chamber of Digital Commerce, and Stephen Harrington, Director, Deloitte. Through interactive and engaging sessions, the speakers covered topics such as: why gender data and analysis matter for the way we work, and how to get your team from where they are today to where they need to be, five years from now.
After the sessions, attendees had a chance to mingle with one another, building new connections and discussing what they learned.
SingularityU Canada works closely with the Chapters to amplify their stories. Keep an eye out for SU Canada social media posts on @SingularityUCan, and subscribe to our newsletter for news and updates about upcoming events.
How can you get involved?
Canada is a large country, home to a wealth of innovative thinkers and doers, and SU Canada encourages alumni from across the country to champion a chapter. Are you interested in starting a new chapter in your community? Put your city on the world stage and apply today.
If you are located in one of the cities that our four existing chapters live, we welcome you to join their exponential conversations!! Contact your local Chapter: