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This event occurred on
June 10, 2016
Thunder Bay, Ontario


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
1 Paul Shaffer Drive
Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 6C9
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DJ Sures

As a visionary Canadian Roboticist, DJ Sures is making his mark. He has worked in the field of network and computer security, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Experience with Symantec, Cisco Systems, and NASA, all formed a solid base as he created his successful company EZ-Robot.

Emily Cross

Emily Cross just turned 16, and is one of twelve young scientists representing Team Canada, not once but two successive years at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She speaks to " have you ever been told you are not good enough" and lays out a great case for passion and determination being the ingredients to open the doors of your dreams.

Kacey Ronaldson

Kacey attended Columbia University where she received her M.Sc. and Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering. Her graduate studies were with Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, and she now works with “human on a chip models “ for drug screening and disease modelling. In addition to working with the Womensphere Foundation Kacey also spends time mentoring and inspiring young women to pursue STEM related fields.

Kevin Kuchta

Kevin is co owner of a software development company specializing in key performance indicators and systems. But since his age 19 he has been working with the disabled, and educational "best paths" to help them. He was a keynote speaker at the International Medical Informatics Conference In Dubai.

Leah Parsons

Leah is an award winning change maker, compassionate global steward who speaks from the heart about her daughter’s rape and subsequent suicide. She has appeared in news articles all over the world, been featured in documentaries, appeared on the Dr Phil show and has had personal meetings with heads of state. She continues to honour Rehtaeh by educating and keeping the conversation moving about sexualized violence, cyber-harassment and mental health.

Linda Lundstrom

Linda Lundstrom, small town girl who became a fashion icon, talks about the F word....failure. As a recipient of the Order of Ontario award and three honorary degrees, she chronicles her passions, and life lessons learned, each of which was a springboard to her next success.

Lora Northway

As an outstanding artist in her own right, Lora would willingly give up her own work, just to help others discover the healing properties of creative art. Lora was named one of this year’s Emerging Cultural Leaders by the Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO). The first-time award celebrates people who are “exceptional, emerging, creative champions.”

Omer Aziz

Omer is a professional engineer who crossed over to be Senior Director of HR with BlackBerry in the United Kingdom. His passion is exponential growth and how to achieve your “A” game. . He is currently the Senior Vice President of HR of a data analytics company.

Sebastien Gendron

‎Founder & CEO of Canadian Hyperloop Startup, Transpod Inc, Sebastien Gendron is a dynamic innovator. He has had a life long dream to create positive change, in the field of transportation.

Sherri Mason

Dr. Mason graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin before completing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Montana as a NASA Earth System Science scholar. Her research interests are focused upon plastic pollution within freshwater ecosystems. Dr. Mason is a pioneer in freshwater plastic pollutions research.

Shohini Ghose

A 2014 TED Fellow and a rising star in physics, Shohini’s research in quantum information and chaos theory has received worldwide attention. She is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Women In Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, and an Affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Shohini recently co-authored the first Canadian university textbook in introductory astronomy. Shohini has a passion for breaking down barriers to women in science, and was named “Woman Physicist of the Month” by the American Physical Society. Winner of several international awards and recently featured in W Network’s list “15 awe-inspiring Canadian women you need to know”. She makes science accessible and will enlighten us on how physics will help shape our future.

Tamara Bernard

Tamara is pursuing her masters degree in education at Lakehead University. Personally connected to her topic through her great grandmother, she has been speaking out about "Decolonization of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women", giving a voice to the voiceless.

Trina Diner

Trina obtained her masters in Management Science from the University of Waterloo and is the current Manager of Palliative Care and Telemedicine, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. As a pioneer focused on “change for the better” using technology, Trina passionately works with the terminally ill to help provide better quality medical care. She has been recognized as a hands-on expert in her field, as medicine and technology work together to the benefit and comfort of all patients regardless of age or situation.

Wali Shah

Wali was selected by Plan Canada as one of Canada's top 20 under 20. He is an advocate for Bullying Prevention, and Mental Wellness, and has walked the walk with United Way, and Bell Canada's lets talk. He is a gifted spoken word poet, on a mission to make a difference, connecting with youth and adults alike, with creativity and passion.

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