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Speaker Presentations 2017 – Day 2

DAY 2

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Toshi Anders Hoo

Toshi Anders Hoo

Director - Emerging Media Lab, Institute for the Future

Toshi creates cutting edge experiential media projects with interactive and immersive technologies and provides media technology research, prototyping and consulting services.

Toshi Anders Hoo

Director - Emerging Media Lab, Institute for the Future


Daniel Berkman

Daniel Berkman

VR Composer, Institute for the Future

Berkman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, electronic musician, looper, producer, film and dance score composer, and innovator of electro-acoustic music, specializing in the Gravikord and Kora.

Daniel Berkman

VR Composer, Institute for the Future

[Performance] The Future of Embodied Computing

The world premier of Emergence 2.0 at the SingularityU Canada Summit. Watch what happens when you put a musician in a virtual space with unlimited instruments and capabilities.

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Ann Makosinski

Ann Makosinski

Student Inventor, Makotronic Enterprises Inc.

Ann Makosinski is a 19-year-old student inventor and speaker. Her first toy was a box of transistors, and from there her love of inventing grew.

Ann Makosinski

Student Inventor, Makotronic Enterprises Inc.

Art vs Science

An inspirational talk by a young innovator who proves you don’t need to be an expert to build something disruptive.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Why do we encourage our children to focus on logic and fact and preclude the importance that art plays in leading to success?
  • Develop understanding of the importance of art in the STEM conversation and how STEAM is now the prevailing conversation.

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Energy

Energy

Glen Murray

Glen Murray

Executive Director, Pembina Institute

Glen Murray is a former Canadian politician and urban issues advocate. After a long political career in Canada, Glen serves as the Executive Director of the Pembina Institute.

Glen Murray

Executive Director, Pembina Institute

Intro to the Energy Theme

A brief introduction to the Global Grand Challenge of Energy and what this segment will cover. As one of the most fundamental factors in human progress and a key driver of our economy, the Energy theme will take a deep look at global and national trends that will impact each of us in the near future.

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Ramez Naam

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems, Singularity University

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author.

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems, Singularity University

The Future of Energy

The exponential curve of energy technology and what that will mean to our economy and our world.

Key Takeaways:

  • The fossil fuel industry is being disrupted by innovation.
  • The price of solar, wind, batteries, and electric vehicles have all plunged rapidly and will continue to plunge.
  • The coal industry is the first of the three fossil fuel industries to be affected – with disruption and bankruptcies occurring already.
  • Oil is next on the horizon, with efficiency, automation, transport-as-a-service, and electrification all leading to peak oil demand in the next 10-20 years.
  • Declining oil demand will lead to low global oil prices, with enormous ramifications for oil-exporting nations (like Canada).
  • Businesses and nations who ignore the energy transition stand to suffer drastic economic losses. Those who embrace it stand poised to reap a share in a multi-trillion dollar new market.

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Sean Collins

Sean Collins

President, Terrapin Geothermics

Collins focuses on transforming the global energy system through his work with geothermal energy. He also co-founded Student Energy, a charitable organization with presence in more than 80 countries.

Sean Collins

President, Terrapin Geothermics

Living in a World of Energy Contradictions

This session will explore how far away we are from energy abundance and why the reality of today is as important as the vision of the future.

Key Takeaways:

  • Energy is the mother of all tradeoffs.
  • No decision in energy is purely black and white.
  • Energy is both intensely emotional and somewhat irrational.
  • With projects becoming more nuanced than ever, our attention spans have never been shorter.

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Josipa Petrunic

Josipa Petrunic

Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium

Josipa G. Petrunic leads several national transportation technology trials related to zero-emissions transportation and “smart vehicles” innovation.

Josipa Petrunic

Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium

The Path to Electric Transportation

One of the most impactful factors in energy transformation happens to also be one where Canada has some strategic choices to make.

Key Takeaways:

  • Standardization of charging infrastructure for high-powered on route and depot charging is a crucial step for ubiquitous transit electrification.
  • The integration of utilities with transit fleet managers in “energy systems teams” is needed to plan out transit electrification that utilizes energy storage with high-powered charging (the relationship between utilities and transit systems remains weak today, across Canada).
  • The integration of both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric transit vehicles is crucial for the full electrification of short-, medium-, and long-range routes across Canadian and global transit systems.
  • The integration of “first mile, last mile” small, electrified mobility pods as feeders into mass transit hubs is critical to the shift towards low carbon mobility overall.

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Tom Rand

Tom Rand

Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy.

Tom Rand

Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures

Investing in Our Cleantech Future

Why investing in cleantech is ultimately our path to success and a low-carbon economy.

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[Debate] What the Future of Energy Means for Canada

A strategic conversation and debate on how everything we know about energy is changing the future of Canada and impacting all of us.

Key Takeaways:

  • Canada is one of the world’s five biggest exporters of energy: oil, natural gas, electricity, uranium, coal.
  • Canadian living standards are largely underpinned by this industry, with energy accounting for roughly 40% of total exports annually.
  • It is critical for Canadians to understand the trajectory of disruption in all these commodities and figure out how to replace the economic activity and jobs they generate.

Speakers

Diane Francis

Diane Francis

Editor-at-Large, National Post

Diane Francis is a well-known journalist, author of 10 books, and Editor-at-Large at National Post.

Diane Francis

Editor-at-Large, National Post

Ramez Naam

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems, Singularity University

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author.

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems, Singularity University

Tom Rand

Tom Rand

Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy.

Tom Rand

Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures

Josipa Petrunic

Josipa Petrunic

Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium

Josipa G. Petrunic leads several national transportation technology trials related to zero-emissions transportation and “smart vehicles” innovation.

Josipa Petrunic

Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium

Sean Collins

Sean Collins

President, Terrapin Geothermics

Collins focuses on transforming the global energy system through his work with geothermal energy. He also co-founded Student Energy, a charitable organization with presence in more than 80 countries.

Sean Collins

President, Terrapin Geothermics

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Prosperity

Prosperity

Robert Greenhill

Robert Greenhill

Executive Chairman, Global Canada

With a strong interest in resolving the world's biggest issues, Robert Greenhill has combined a career in international business with a commitment to public policy. Robert Greenhill is Executive Chairman of the Global Canada Initiative.

Robert Greenhill

Executive Chairman, Global Canada

Intro to the Prosperity Theme

A brief introduction the Global Grand Challenge of Prosperity and what this segment will cover.

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Amin Toufani

Amin Toufani

CEO, T Labs

Amin is the CEO of T Labs. He was formerly the director of strategy and Vice President of Strategic Relations at Singularity University.

Amin Toufani

CEO, T Labs

Exonomics

The macro-economic trends of exponential technologies and their impact on financial markets, policy, and risk management.

Key Takeaways:

  • 20th century economic models were geared toward a zero-sum game – exponential economics is not and is creating more redistributed value.
  • Blockchain mechanism enables both trust and settlement of payments.
  • Exponential technologies give companies and people the ability to engage in nano-economic relationships.
  • Humanity needs to strengthen its adaptability skill set. The good news is that it’s coachable!
  • Corporations need a Chief Adaptability Officer to help the ride the exponential transformation.
John Hagel

John Hagel

Co-Chairman, Center for the Edge

Hagel is the Co-Chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, which conducts original research into emerging business opportunities that should be on the CEO agenda.

John Hagel

Co-Chairman, Center for the Edge

The BIG Shift

The forces that are creating mounting performance pressure on the global business landscape and what organizations need to do to effectively respond to them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Exponential technology is creating mounting performance pressure as well as expanding opportunity.
  • To harness the opportunity, we will have to shift from businesses driven by scalable efficiency to businesses driven by scalable learning.
  • AI/robots will take over virtually all of the work we do in scalable efficiency businesses but will hopefully be a catalyst to help us re-think work in ways that tap into our unique capabilities as humans.
  • There’s significant opportunity, but there are significant challenges for large, existing institutions – especially the powerful immune system and antibodies that exist within all of these institutions and that will mobilize to resist any efforts to transform.

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Machine Intelligence, From Research to Impact

A conversation about research, work, and opportunity in a world that is becoming increasingly automated and intelligent.

Key Takeaways:

  • A discussion and debate highlighting AI/machine learning, from the perspective of some of the policy and social decisions that we have to make as we move forward.
  • Examining these options, that will include regulations, ethics, and international agreements.
  • We may explore some of the fears around AI (i.e. the robots will kill us) but the conversation is likely to skew toward the optimistic and aim to be helpful food for thought.

Speakers

Amanda Lang

Amanda Lang

Business Journalist, Author

Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years. Lang was an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada, on Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang.

Amanda Lang

Business Journalist, Author

Cameron Schuler

Cameron Schuler

Executive Director, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, CEO & Co-Founder VibeDx Diagnostic Corp.

Cameron’s multifaceted career has covered finance, business & product development, consumer products, IT and general management from start-ups to mature companies.

Cameron Schuler

Executive Director, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, CEO & Co-Founder VibeDx Diagnostic Corp.

Ed Clark

Ed Clark

Advisor, Former President and CEO, TD Bank

Ed Clark is the former president and CEO of TD Bank Group who has been honored for his vision, integrity, and leadership.

Ed Clark

Advisor, Former President and CEO, TD Bank

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Raquel Urtasun

Raquel Urtasun

Urtasun holds a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision in the Department of Computer Science and uses deep learning to make machines perceive the world more accurately and efficiently.

Raquel Urtasun

Mobility Reimagined

New perspectives on the single most impactful innovation that will fundamentally change our cities and the way we live and work.

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Workshops

Lisa Kay Solomon

Lisa Kay Solomon

Chair, Transformational Practices, Singularity University

Lisa Kay Solomon is a well-known thought leader in design innovation with a focus on helping leaders learn how to be more creative, flexible and resilient in the face of constant change.

Lisa Kay Solomon

Chair, Transformational Practices, Singularity University

Leading in Exponential Times Masterclass Workshop

What are the critical skills leaders must learn to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world? How can you create strategic advantage for your organization, while also building the inclusive, equitable, and abundant future we all want to live in?

We believe that all leaders need to be Futurists, Innovators, Technologists and Impact-Drivers, and that these leadership practices can be taught and learned. By understanding, practicing and modeling these transformational practices, you can improve your own capacity to anticipate change and make proactive choices that lead to more positive and preferred futures for your organization, community and the world.

Join Lisa Kay Solomon, Chair of the Transformational Practices at Singularity University for a curated masterclass of the leadership skillsets, mindets and practices of exponential leaders.

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Patrick van der Pijl

Patrick van der Pijl

CEO, Business Models Inc.

Patrick van der Pijl is an entrepreneur, speaker, design thinker and business model strategist. Patrick is producer of the bestselling book Business Model Generation which sold over a million copies in 37 languages.

Patrick van der Pijl

CEO, Business Models Inc.

Leading as Technologist: Exploring Exponential Business Models

Explore the power of technology to ignite, amplify and scale value across sectors, geographies and companies with Patrick van der Pijl, CEO of Business Models Inc., and coauthor of Design A Better Business, and special guest from Canada’s own exponential business WE.org.

Questions we’ll explore:

  • What it means to design an exponential business model? Become familiar with the business model canvas and the 10 exponential design principles.
  • What you can learn from successful exponential business models that are profitable and create lasting positive impact in the world?
  • What are exponential features of the WE.org business model?
  • How can you transform a linear business model into an exponential business model?
  • How is technology changing how businesses can deliver value for their customers and partners and/or dramatically reduce the cost of their delivery mechanisms and back-end infrastructure?
  • How can leaders of startups and fast-growing businesses scale business model knowledge as a strategic discipline throughout their organizations?

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Larry Keeley

Larry Keeley

Innovation Guru, President, Co-Founder at Doblin Group

Larry is a director of Deloitte Consulting LLP and President and Co-Founder of its innovation practice, Doblin.

Larry Keeley

Innovation Guru, President, Co-Founder at Doblin Group

Leading as Innovator: Applying Successful Practices of Innovation

Learn best practices around the discipline of innovation with Larry Keeley, Founder of Doblin Innovation and author of Ten Types of Innovation.

Questions we’ll explore:

  • What are the practices of successful innovators and innovative companies?
  • Why do most innovation efforts fail?
  • What are the different types of innovation companies can choose to innovate around?
  • What are some useful strategies innovators can start immediately?

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Alex Ryan

Alex Ryan

VP Systems Innovation & Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

Alex brings together diverse groups to collaborate and innovate to strategically approach the world’s most complex and important challenges.

Alex Ryan

VP Systems Innovation & Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

Leading as Impact-Driver: Designing Solutions for Greater Good

A social lab revolution is happening globally, and with over 30 active labs, Canada is a leader in this space. Social innovation labs create inclusive containers for society to re-imagine itself, and generate the breakthrough innovations that bring new imaginaries to life. In this session you will hear stories from one of Canada’s leading social innovation labs, the MaRS Solutions Lab. You will also hear from an expert panel about the social lab experience: a global perspective by Jesper Christiansen from Nesta; a client perspective by Tracey Cook from the City of Toronto; and an innovator’s perspective by Adam Blinick from Uber.

Questions we’ll explore:

  • What is the ecosystem of social labs across Canada?
  • How does a society re-imagine itself and generate breakthrough innovations that support all of society?
  • How can you create conditions that support generative and high impact outcomes for all levels of society?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of leaders across sectors?

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Q&A with Peter Diamandis and Salim Ismail

Peter H. Diamandis

Peter H. Diamandis

Co-Founder, Singularity University

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is a Co-Founder of Singularity University and Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation.

Peter H. Diamandis

Co-Founder, Singularity University

Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail

Core Faculty, Moderator

Salim Ismail is the bestselling author of Exponential Organizations and a highly sought-after technology strategist.

Salim Ismail

Core Faculty, Moderator

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Divya Chander, MD, PhD

Divya Chander, MD, PhD

Medicine Faculty, Singularity University

Dr. Chander is an accomplished physician and neuroscientist who has a passion for space exploration.

Divya Chander, MD, PhD

Medicine Faculty, Singularity University

What Does Consciousness Mean?

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Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail

Core Faculty, Moderator

Salim Ismail is the bestselling author of Exponential Organizations and a highly sought-after technology strategist.

Salim Ismail

Core Faculty, Moderator

Meaning of Life

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