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NextAI Academic Director, Graham Taylor, gives an overview of NEXT Canada with a focus on the organization's third and newest program, NextAI. Footage provided by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
AI has reached the point where its impact is being felt across the Canadian economy, Gagne said. “We have the financial resources, combined with the technology, talent and good understanding of how...
Imagine: your boyfriend asks you to go shopping because it’s so enjoyable; there are no more dreadful checkout lines to wait in; same-day delivery is the standard; and you know exactly how...
Halifax-based Spring Loaded Technology announced the official launch of its Levitation bionic knee brace. At the same time, the Canadian government also announced a $2.46 million investment in the...
It may be a sci-fi fantasy today, but nearly a third of Canadians believe people will be asking Scotty to beam them up for real in the not-too-distant future. Twenty-nine per cent of respondents in...
Sensassure’s diaper sensor solution for incontinent seniors tracks if they’ve soiled themselves and instantaneously alerts nursing staff when changes are required. Sensassure helps restore dignity to those who suffer from incontinence by automating existing manual care processes, leading to timely changes that prevent skin infections from developing.Read more
Bridgit is bringing the flexibility of mobile devices to construction sites. Bridgit will eliminate many of the costly delays that result from miscommunication on site, by improving communication between contractors through trackable and tagged multimedia messages.Read more
SeamlessMD provides a cloud-based, patient engagement solution for guiding patients through surgery. Available on smartphones, tablets and computers, patients are supported through preparation and recovery with timely reminders, checklists, interactive care plans and self-management tools. Patient generated data is transformed into clinical intelligence for healthcare providers to improve the patient experience, drive better outcomes and lower costs. The company serves surgery...Read more
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Named as one of Canada's top 20 under 20, James has co-founded non-profit organizations that have helped raise over $1,000,000, pitched investment opportunities on behalf of the Canadian government to Global 1000 CEOs, and was a True Ventures Fellow who worked at Kiip in app partnerships. During his fellowship at TNBT, a program cofounded by Ryan ...Read more
Julie studied at OCAD University, receiving a Bachelor of Design, specialized in industrial and graphic design. Her passion for creating great products has led her to join the continuing studies department as teacher and mentor for her peers, and fellowship at MyPlanet, where she conducted stakeholder interviews, user research, observation, and sto ...Read more
Chenny is an UX strategist with a focus in human-computer interaction. She was the category winner for mobile design at the Canadian Regional Design Awards ('14). Other project mentions include the CEA Innovation Award ('12), and being a finalist in the CNET Best of CES Awards ('13). At her digital agency, Pixelbot (hellopixelbot.com), they notic ...Read more
Sameer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensassure, a company transforming incontinence management through sensor-based technology. Sameer was named as one of Canada’s 2011 Top 20 Under 20, and one of Edmonton’s 2013 Top 40 Under 40 young leaders for co-founding GEOMEER, a nationally registered charitable organization that has raised over $1,000,000 to ...Read more
Michael Cheng has been named Top 25 Under 25 and Student Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as a recipient of the Business Excellence Award. He has founded over 10 profitable business ventures across a number of industries, working with high profile clients including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Stanley, and more. Michael also started TEDxSFU, an in ...Read more
Cathy Han is a fourth year finance student at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Last year, Cathy had the pleasure of serving as President of Enterprize Canada, Western Canada’s largest student-organized conference and business plan competition dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs. Cathy has a passion for contributing to growing people and com ...Read more
Stephen's interest in entrepreneurship began at an early age: He started his first company at the age of 13. In 2007 Stephen was awarded a Canada´s Top 20 Under 20 award, and Loran Scholarship from the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, as he began studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In three years since starting at ...Read more
Michael received a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science and Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has published 104 peer reviewed publications, 8 patents and 2 book chapters. He is a Visiting Scientist at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada and is a Governor General Gold Medal winner, Vanier Canada ...Read more
Founder and CEO, Hubba
Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group
Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto
General Partner, Real Ventures
Co-Founder and CEO, Wave
Associate Director, BDC Capital
CEO and Co-Founder, Busbud
Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management
SVP Strategy and Corporate Development, Wave
President, NEXT Canada
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