#THINK2015: Create possibilities

As the tracks for the connectivity railroad are laid, we need to create a tomorrow in which no one is left behind. How do we craft the frameworks, partnerships and infrastructure that are needed to help our research and innovation communities succeed? What creative steps can we take today to enable students for the connected workforce of tomorrow?

Join us on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 to meet those who are boldly implementing inspired ideas and find out how you can take action and be the champion of innovation in your organization.

Keynote Speakers

Alfredo Tan is Group Director of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook Canada, where he leads a team responsible for strategic marketing relationships with agencies and Fortune 500 companies across Canada. Prior to Facebook, Alfredo was responsible for a broad portfolio as a Senior Director at Yahoo! in charge of leading the Mobile, Business Development and Search Marketing teams. He also managed the Rogers Yahoo! Partnership across media, internet, and wireless.

Alfredo sits on the Advisory Board at the University of Waterloo and was recently awarded the Desmond Parker Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the University of Toronto for demonstrated excellence in both professional achievement and community service.

Dr. Dave Williams is the president and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre. As Southlake connects to our network this year, this marks the beginning of a massive York Region connectivity initiative: Dr. Williams has led Southlake to push the envelope in digital infrastructure, improving healthcare as e-health becomes even more important. Gain insight on how to meet the technology challenge that is shaping the future of Ontario’s hospitals.In matters of facing the next frontier, Dr. Williams draws from a wide range of experience — from being a NASA astronaut, conducting the first surgeries in space, to his profession as a scientist, to receiving the Order of Canada earlier this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from an extraordinary leader!

Sessions include:

  • Break+Remake Learning
    We know that our educations systems must change to prepare students for a future we can’t fathom. Get inspired by emergent examples of leaders using technology to enable self-directed, collaborative, participatory learning in our own backyard.
  • Bringing Research to the Crowd
    Research is bridging the gap between scientists, industry and the public to enable ever-faster solutions through scientific advancements. This session will look at how cloud-based resources are supporting Ontario’s research, education and innovation communities’ collaborations with the private sector and local practitioners.
  • From “MUSH” to “MashUp”
    How do we build connected communities? Meet an engaged university that’s seen beyond its campus to expand innovation into the region. Learn from these Ontario initiatives about how they worked together to link their citizens to the world.
  • And much more! View the agenda here.

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