Building Canada’s digital advantage

Transforming digitally – at speed – is the key to our economic future. 

Canada has lagged behind in digitization and tech innovation – but we now have a once in a generation opportunity to change course.

CityAge, in partnership with Canada’s Digital Supercluster, is bringing together leaders who can shape Canada’s new role on the global stage in a world transformed.

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Speakers include:



10:00 AM PT Welcome by MC Naomi Parness, CityAge Anchor
10:05 AM PT Presentation by Jaana Remes (How COVID-19 unlocked new levels of productivity and digital innovation across global markets. What new opportunities are emerging? How do we seize them?) Jaana Remes, Economist & Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
10:20 AM PT Fireside Chat: How Canada can advance a digital competitiveness agenda? Chris Albinson, President & CEO of Communitech; Paul Vallée, Founder & CEO of Tahama; Moderator: Meagan Simpson, Associate Editor, BetaKit
10:45 AM PT Panel 1: Canada's digital advantage in resources and sustainability (A look at the digital investments underway among Canada’s natural resource and sustainability leaders, what’s planned, and how they can contribute to the nation’s sustainability goals) Darren Barker, SVP, Global Supply Chain and Chief Digital Officer, Canfor; Charles Nyabeze, VP Business Development, CEMI; Yvonne Coady, Professor, Computer Science, University of Victoria | Visiting Professor, Northeastern University Vancouver; Doug Brown, VP of Corporate Affairs at Teck Resources; Panel Host: Hayley Woodin, Executive Editor, Business in Vancouver
11:15 AM PT Panel 2: Canada's digital advantage in health and wellness (Canada’s major institutions are making major investments in digital health and wellness - we’ll look at how these new products can help Canadians lead better lives, as well as build new footholds in global markets) Diane McIntosh, Chief Neuroscience Officer, TELUS; Iain Begg, Managing Director, Innovation Partnerships, UBC; Fanny Sie, Head of AI, Roche; Marc Fiume, Co-Founder & CEO of DNAstack; Moderator: Tara Deschamps, Business Reporter, Canadian Press
11:45 AM PT The Path Forward: Building Canada's Digital Advantage Sue Paish, CEO of Digital Technology Supercluster
12:00 PM PT Closing

Specific areas of focus will be:

  • Launching a conversation on how to build Canada’s digital agenda
  • How Covid-19 reshaped the world’s digital landscape: what it means for our future and how we seize the global opportunities that have been unlocked
  • How digitization can drive our natural resource future as we meet the country’s sustainability goals
  • Investments into digital health and wellness that are helping Canadians lead better lives, as well as carving out a place in global markets
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