TIME & LIFE: Volume One

WHAT SIDE OF THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WILL YOU BE ON?


Highrise is proud to present the inaugural volume of Time & Life®; an invitation only black tie exchange about the future of Canada’s innovation economy.  Our 2019 analog event series is presented in association with Wipro.  

We are in the early stages of a new economic system that fundamentally thrives on the sharing and open distribution of physical, intellectual and artistic resources. The proliferation of closed and privately held intellectual property no longer provides the greatest value to any conceivable group of stakeholders. Political and economic power is rapidly shifting from century old centralized entities to more agile, adaptable and distributed socioeconomic frameworks. 

As Millennials contemplate being the first generation since the industrial revolution to have a lower standard of living than their parents, and Gen-X and late Boomers contemplate being less secure in retirement than their parents generation, the great inter-generational machine of wealth transfer that sustained increasing standards of living in western societies has decelerated and in many cases, reversed. Humankind is left increasingly burdened with neither the prospect of enterprise-driven progress nor the comfort of a social safety net; a future that unites free market capitalists and socialists in an ironic state of equal misfortune. 

Can the digital economy be reconstructed to serve the future of all of humanity; and not just a select few? Can we finally reconcile growth with equality; profits with people; privacy with security; economics with the environment?  

Time & Life® will challenge Canada’s most influential digital leaders to answer these questions as we propel them into a meaningful discussion aimed at breaking down the barriers of incumbency and committing to a more equal and enlightened society; a society built on the endless possibilities of technology-driven innovation.

A special thank you to our valued community and media partners: ZScaler, Avenai, Visur, DocuSign, Women in Energy, Canadian Blockchain Association for Women, Collisions YYC, The Toronto Sun, IT World Canada, and HotTopics.

The opening volume of Time & Life® will be hosted by Fawn Annan, Founder and CEO of IT World Canada; Adrienne Batra, Editor-in Chief at Toronto Sun; Damarys Zampini, CEO of Sustrategy, Founder of Women in Energy and Canadian Blockchain Association for Women & Brian Clendenin, Contributing Writer at IT World Canada.  Tickets are by invitation only and not transferable without prior consent from the organizer. Please arrive in your finest black-tie attire; ready to cross the digital divide.  

 

CHAPTER ONE
THE FUTURE OF URBAN INNOVATION


Urban Innovation has been the great driver of growth in the last eight decades, creating unprecedented prosperity in the western world, lifting billions out of poverty worldwide, and setting the stage for the emergence of new superpowers. It has also however been the single-largest contributor to pollution, environmental degradation and human exploitation. The rapidly changing nature of urban innovation contains within it existential threats to current economic systems, the fear of hollowed out urban cores as people retreat into virtual oases, the promise of a more sustainable economic model, and the allure of a more connected society through greater personalization, intimacy and purpose.

The Greater Toronto Area is the cusp of the single largest investment in urban infrastructure and connectivity in the history of Canada, encompassing Union Station West, the expansion of regional transit corridors, and smart cities ranging from the waterfront to suburbs that are cities in their own right. This event is a confluence of the leaders and decision makers in these initiatives, and a unique opportunity to help them influence the decisions that will shape our collective future.

CHAPTER TWO
THE FUTURE OF ENERGY


Calgary, the historical heart of the Canadian oil & gas industry, is at a once-in-an-epoch inflection point that will determine our destiny for this next millennium and beyond. Energy sources and technologies that have powered the creation of wealth and opportunity in Canada and beyond for multiple generations are now caught in an existential struggle between the past and the future. New energy alternatives promise a road to a utopian future but provide limited answers for the present. Utopian solutions offered by leading advocates are often not grounded in the reality of present day economies and communities.

The solution to this challenge lies in the same energy and pioneer spirit that hewed boreal forests into the world’s breadbasket and carved the Canadian energy economy out of the frozen tundra – the spirit of Calgary. When purposefully applied to solving this next challenge, this spirit of innovation can lead to a future that is both prosperous and equitable, and where economics and the environment are complementary objectives and not contradictory impulses as presented in popular politics and media folklore.

For us to compete, indeed, to survive, in the 21st century, all of us – oil & gas enterprises, governments, civic society organizations – must come together in a common purpose to define our common future. Failure is not an option, as the very survival of our way of life and our species is at stake.

THE CAST

FAWN ANNAN
Founder and CEO 
of IT World Canada

OLGA BABKOVA
Chief Enterprise Architect
at TC Energy

JOE BARADZIEJ
Area Director – Canada
at Zscaler

ADRIENNE BATRA
Editor-in-Chief
at The Toronto Sun

BRIAN CLENDENIN
Contributing Writer at
IT World Canada

RICHARD CORLEY
Partner and Head of Cleantech
Practice  at Goodmans LLP

IGGY DOMAGALSKI
CEO of Tundra Process Solutions

ELI FATHI
Founder and CEO
of Mindbridge

DAVID GOODIS
Assistant Privacy Commissioner
at Government of Ontario

SHAUN GUTHRIE
Senior Director of IT at Alberta
Urban Municipalities Association

MICHELLE HOLLAND
Chief Advocate for Toronto’s
Innovation Economy

ASHISH KHARE
GM & Global Head
IoT & Smart Cities
at Wipro Limited

MICHAEL KRYGIER
Head of Secure Digital
Transformation in Government 
at Google

ELAINE KUNDA
Founder and Managing Partner
of Disruption Ventures

MICHAEL LOUGHLEAN
Director of Innovation at
Suncor Energy 

DENISE MAN
Chief Digital Officer
at ATB Financial

JULIA MCELGUNN
Sustainability Advocate
at Vermilion Energy

SIMON O’BYRNE
SVP and Business Leader
at Stantec

DAN PARK
CEO of Clutch

JUSTIN RIEMER
Assistant Deputy Minister
Western Economic
Development, Alberta Region
at Government of Canada

MAYA ROY
CEO of YWCA Canada

SANDRA SCHILLO
Canada Research Chair in
Science and Society

SHAWN SLACK
Chief Information Officer at
City Of Mississauga

DEVON SMIBERT
Director of Cybersecurity
at WestJet

MARK SOMBACH
Manager of Digital
Technologies at Syncrude

BRIAN STEWART
Deputy CIO at
University of Alberta

PHIL VERSTER
President and CEO
of Metrolinx

HELEN WETHERLEY-KNIGHT
Chief Information Officer
at Calgary Drop in Centre

DR. RAYNIE WOOD
Dean of Information and
Communication Technologies
at SAIT

DAMARYS ZAMPINI
CEO of Sustrategy and Founder
of Women in Energy

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THE HANDSHAKE


Time & Life® is the only event series in North America that brings start-ups, enterprises, policy makers and venture capitalists together into a single room to examine and help solve the greatest issues facing humanity. 

Can innovation finally serve the greater good?  Our events are world-renowned for their uncompromising vision, challenging narrative and relentlessly independent focus. The content, speakers, audience and networking opportunities are quite simply unparalleled anywhere on the planet. 

Join us and find out.

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