Innovation Unplugged – Bridging the Digital Education & Skills Divide


7:45 – 8:30 am   BREAKFAST & Registration & Networking
8:30 – 8:35 am Summit Opening

Maureen Ford & Stephen Abouldahab, ICTC, Masters of Ceremonies (MCs)

8:35 – 8:45 am Opening Prayer & Address

Perry McLeod-Shabogesic of the “Crane Clan”, Ojibway Anishinabe from N’biising First Nation, Manager of Cultural Services for the “Niinjaansinaanik Child & Family Services in Dokis First Nation

8:45 – 9:05 am Summit Welcome

Namir Anani, President and CEO – ICTC

9:05 – 10:10 am Keynote Speaker
Cheryl Cran, Future of Work Expert & Founder of NextMapping
10:10 – 10:20 am Networking Break
10:20 – 11:20 am Panel 1 – Inclusive Innovation

How do we engage underrepresented youth audiences as part of the digital-based skills economy?

•       Shane Schick, Editor-In-Chief at B2B News Network (Moderator)

•       Soumen Roy, Executive Director & Country Head, Canada, Tata Consultancy Services

•       Patricia Chabbert, Indigenous & Business Relations Manager, Canadore College

•       Colette Lacroix, Industry Executive Higher Education and Research Canada, IBM Canada

11:20– 11:30 am Introduction to the Leadership Tables Discussions
11:30 am-12:00 pm Leadership Tables Discussions (Theme #1)
12:00 – 1:00 pm Networking Luncheon
1:00 – 1:05 pm Welcome back!
1:05  – 1:20 pm Introduction to the Digital Literacy Roadmap
1:20pm – 2:20 pm Panel 2 – Next Generation Education

What’s next for education to prepare for tomorrow’s unknowns?
How do we build our next generation of students and educators for a digital skills economy?

•       Prieeyya Kaur Kesh, Founder, Our Wave Hub (Moderator)

•       Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, President & CEO, Let’s Talk Science

•       Denise Amyot, President & CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada

•       Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister – Educational Services, Anglophone Sector, New Brunswick Education and Early Childhood Development

2:20 – 2:30 pm Networking Break
2:30 – 3:30pm Panel 3 – The Future of Work

What does the future workforce look like and what do the skills look like?
How do we connect the dots for the future workforce?

•       Kathy Knight, the President & CEO of the ICT Association of Manitoba (Moderator)

•       Benoit Tessier, Director General, Skills & Economic Strategy Tables, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)

•       Doug Currie, Vice President VP, Public Affairs & Government Relations, Nelson Education

•       Daniela Pico, Manager Strategic Partnerships, Riipen

3:30 – 4:15 pm Leadership Tables Discussions (Theme 2 & 3)
4:15 – 4:25 pm Concluding Remarks
4:25 – 4:30 pm Closing Ceremony – Perry McLeod-Shabogesic
4:30 – 6:00 pm Networking Reception
6:00 pm Summit Adjourns

Panelists & Speakers

Stephen Abouldahab
Regional Education Coordinator – Central Canada,


Denise Amyot
President and CEO,
Colleges and Institutes Canada


Patty Chabbert
Manager of Indigenous and Business Relations,
First Peoples Centre at Canadore College


Cheryl Cran
Leadership and Communications Expert, Consultant, Best Selling Author,
Founder of


Doug W. Currie
Vice President of Government Relations,


Prieeyya Kaur Kesh
Founder & CEO,
Our Wave Hub


Kathy Knight
Information and Communication Technologies Association


Colette Lacroix
Industry Executive for Higher Education,
IBM Public Sector Canada


Perry McLeod-Shabogesic of the “Crane Clan,” Ojibway Anishinabe from N’biising First Nation
Manager of Cultural Services,
Niinjaansinaanik Child & Family Services based in Dokis First Nation


Daniela Pico
Manager of Strategic Partnerships,


Soumen Roy
Country Head, Canada
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)


Shane Schick
B2B News Network


Bonnie Schmidt, C.M., Ph.D.
President and Founder,
Let’s Talk Science


Benoit Tessier
Director General of Skills Policy and Economic Strategy Tables,
Science and Economic Development Canada


Chris Treadwell
Assistant Deputy Minister,
New Brunswick’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Education