A dozen innovators to watch at an upcoming Victoria business conference

Plus, an Indigenous software development agency takes home a national prize.


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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Digest, brought to you by Switchboard PR. In this issue, read our picks for who to watch at the upcoming Rising Economy conference, and details on Animikii’s national innovation award. Have a great day. We’ll see you again on Thursday.

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A dozen innovators to watch at this month's Rising Economy 2022 conference

Rising Economy 2022 calls itself a conference about the “future of where we live and work.” With that billing, it would be fair for guests to expect an event full of the world’s top innovators and boundary-pushers – the people with the knowledge and insights to peer toward the horizon and help navigate an ever-changing path forward. And based on our review and assessment of the line-up, attendees will not be disappointed.

Now in its third year, Rising Economy brings together leading thinkers from the business, government, and non-profit sectors to engage in conversations about how the Greater Victoria region and the world can meet the challenges of the 21st century. It aims to achieve this through a number of in-person and online events and by curating an A-list of keynotes and panellists.

Still thinking about if you should attend? We’ll make it easier for you to decide. We explored the speaker's list in full and want to highlight a dozen innovators worth watching. Here they are.

Jennifer Gardy, deputy director of surveillance, data, and epidemiology, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Watch her in: Keynote: Open Source Outbreak: Public Health Innovation in the 21st Century

Handol Kim, co-founder and CEO, Variational AI.

Carol Anne Hilton, CEO and founder, Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics

  • Watch her in: Fireside: How to Build a $100 Billion Indigenous Economy

Scott Beatty, CEO, MarineLabs

Jill Earthy, CEO, InBC

Raghwa Gopal, president and CEO, Innovate BC

Matthew Lehner, co-founder and CTO, One Feather

  • Watch him in: Innovate BC Showcase: Mission-Driven Entrepreneurship for a Better World

Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

  • Watch her in: Panel: The Pacific Swell: The Rise of B.C.'s Blue Economy

Sam Mod, partner, Ernst & Young

Nathan Nankivell, executive lead of digital research infrastructure, Research Universities' Council of BC

  • Watch him in: Panel: Is Higher Education Preparing Us for an Uncertain Future?

Gerri Sinclair, B.C. innovation commissioner, Province of British Columbia

Stephanie Willerth, co-founder and CEO, Axolotl Biosciences

(Note: Rising Economy is an Overstory Media Group partner. However, it has no editorial input into our stories.)


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📰 More Victoria innovation news

🦅 Indigenous innovation: Pow Wow Pitch, a non-profit organization supporting and celebrating Indigenous entrepreneurs, announced nine award winners from across Canada at its second annual Indigenous Entrepreneurship Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate excellence and outstanding impact in Indigenous entrepreneurship. Taking home the Mastercard Gamechanger Award was Victoria’s Animikii, a software development company. For a peek into Animikii’s unique approach, read Pathfinding: A Different Approach to Software Development

🏆 ICYMI: To bring the tech community together and take a moment to celebrate the people and organizations growing Victoria’s tech industry, VIATEC – the city’s main tech industry association – is hosting the Victoria Tech Community Awards on December 8. The nomination deadline for 13 different awards is November 10. Submit your nomination.

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Rising Economy 2022: Defining the future of where we live

Explore world-changing ideas, cut through the noise, and gain clarity. Leading thinkers discuss critical topics, from economic shifts to housing and the climate emergency.

Details at OurRisingEconomy.com.

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