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April 30, 2024

A View from the Centre: A Retrospective with Tim Lipp

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Tim Lipp (CSIT)

Peter Love (Centre for Community Energy Transformation)

March 28th, 2024

What We're Getting Wrong About Doing Good 

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Joni Avram (Cause & Effect)

Geoff Zakaib (Civic Tech YYC)

February 28, 2024

Enhancing Data in the Non-Profit Sector 

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Geoff Zakaib (Civic Tech YYC)

Jody Wolfe (PolicyWise)

Jacqueline Musabende (ImagineCanada

Resource Document

November 23, 2023

Inclusivity in Innovation 

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Sydney Harder (Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation MRU)

Adaeze Hubbard (Innovate Calgary)

Yinyu Liang (IncluCity Calgary)

November 22, 2023

The UnSilicon Valley: Bridging the Social-Tech Innovation Chasm

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

James Stauch (Institute for Community Prosperity MRU)

Megan Davidson (CSIT)

Jillian Mah (HelpSeeker Technologies

October 5, 2023

Unleashing the Power of Open Data

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Geoff Zakaib (Civic Tech YYC)

Jorge Luna (YYC DataPost)

Lee Stevens (Vibrant Communities Calgary)

September 21, 2023

Revolutionizing Agriculture: Exploring Agtech and Sustainable Practices

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Ryan Wright (Nuleaf)

Carlos Santos (Nuleaf)

August 31, 2023

Ensuring Digital Access To Emerging Technologies

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Amy Van Es (Gooder)

Anne Lousie (Digital Diversity Solutions)

June 15th, 2023

Bridging the Gap: Building a Community Information Exchange in Calgary

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Geoff Zakaib (Centre for Social Impact Tech)

Richard Mugford (Distress Centre Calgary)

May 24th, 2023

TechStewardship for the Energy Transition: Embracing Both/AndOpportunities for an Inclusive, Sustainable, and Innovative Energy Future

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Mark Abbott (Engineering Change Lab)

Victor del Valle (Energy Futures Lab)

May 16th, 2023

Equity in tech: Fireside chat with ChicGeek and CybHer

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Kylie Woods (ChicGeek)

Nicole Ranieri & Jessica Lee (CybHer)

May 3rd, 2023

Good Tech Fest

Hosted by Centre for Social Impact Technology

Charles Buchanan (Technology Helps)

Renee Black (GoodBot)

Katie Gibson (Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience)

Mina Demian (Platform Calgary)

April 17th, 2023

Digital Divides: Bridging, leaping, exploring

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Imran Mohiuddin (Cybera)

Dr. Katharina Koch (Canadian Northern Corridor Program)

February 22nd, 2023

Nonprofit/Tech Startup Partnerships: when, how, and why to partner for success

Co-hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology & CCVO

Leonard Nooy (Structured Abstraction)

Doug Watson (Volunteer Connector)

February 9th, 2023


Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

Crystal Chokshi (Mount Royal University)

Sahr Saffa (C-Tribe Festival)

October 11th, 2023

Social Impact Tech: What is it, and Why should we Care?!

September 27th, 2023

Ethical AI: Towards Tech-Enabled Social Transformation

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact Technology

James Stauch (Institute for Community Prosperity)

Dr. Stella George (Athabasca University)

May 17th, 2023

Amplifying Our Impact: Interlacing Social Innovation & Digital Tech

Hosted by the Institute for Community Prosperity

Dr. Alina Turner (Helpseeker)

Dr. Terry Rock (Platform Calgary)

Uriel Karerwa (IncluCity Calgary)

Michelle Baldwin (SuperBenefit/Community Foundations Canada)

Social Impact Tech Summit

November 3rd & 4th, 2022

Social Impact Tech Summit – Day 1 (Nov. 3) Panel Session Audio

Introduction: James Stauch (Institute for Community Prosperity) & Geoff Zakaib (Data for Good)

Opening Remarks: Mayor Jyoti Gondek

Session 1 – ‘Calgary’s Social Impact Technology Ecosystem’ 

Panelists: Charles Buchanan – Technology Helps, Beth Gignac – Headversity

Moderator: Geoff Zakaib

Session 2 – ‘Bridging Tech Innovation and Social Innovation’ 

Panelists: Mina Demian – Platform Calgary, Jillian Mah – Help Seeker, Geoff Zakaib – Data for Good, Nishan Chelvachandran – Iron Lakes/RSA Canada

Presenter: Future of Good

Moderator: Thi Dao – Partnerships & Account Manager – Future of Good

Session 3 – ‘Tech Stewardship Workshop’ 

Presenter: Tech Stewardship

Facilitator: Mark Abbott –  Director – Engineering Change Lab

Session 4 – ‘Digital Transformation of Social Impact Organizations’ 

Panelists: Karen Ball – CCVO, Robbie Babins-Wagner – Calgary Counselling Centre, Uriel Karerwa – IncluCity

Presenter: The City of Calgary

Moderator: Erin Ruttan – Project Manager, Digital Equity

Session 5 – ‘Building Social Impact Tech: Pathways to the future’

Facilitator: Mina Demian – Platform Calgary

Social Impact Tech Summit – Day 2 – Webinar 1

Afua Bruce is a leading public interest technologist who has spent her career working at the intersection of technology, policy, and society. Her career has spanned the government, non-profit, private, and academic sectors, as she has held senior science and technology positions at DataKind, the White House, the FBI, and IBM.

Amy Sample Ward believes that technology should be accessible and accountable to everyone, especially communities historically and systemically excluded from the digital world. They are the CEO of NTEN, a nonprofit creating a world where missions and movements are more successful through the skillful and equitable use of technology. Their second book – Social Change Anytime Everywhere – was a Terry McAdam Book Award finalist.

The Tech That Comes Next

Introduction: Karen Benzies (UCalgary Social Innovation)

Social Impact Tech Summit – Day 2 – Webinar 2

Dr. Turin‘s primary research interests are challenges in access to care and unmet needs faced by the socially vulnerable population of the society, including new immigrants, refugees, and ethnic communities. He leads his program of research through the approach of Community Based Participatory Research and Integrated Knowledge Translation where efforts for Meaningful Community Engagement is at the core. Dr. Turin has been highly productive and has published more than 280 scholarly / academic publications including research manuscripts, conference proceedings, and book/book-chapters. He draws upon the background as a clinician with a diverse set of research methodological skills and multidisciplinary experience and has been involved in research collaborations both nationally and internationally. Dr. Turin supervises graduate and undergraduate students on topics directly related to his research program. 

Introduction: Yasaman Amannejad (Mount Royal University)

Social Impact Tech Summit – Day 2 – Webinar 3

Reid Blackman is the author of ‘Ethical Machines: Your Concise Guide to Totally Unbiased, Transparent, and Respectful AI’. He is the Founder and CEO of Virtue, an AI ethical risk consultancy, and volunteer Chief Ethics Officer for the non-profit Government Blockchain Association. He has also been a member of EY’s AI Advisory Board, a Senior Advisor to the Deloitte AI Institute, and a professor of philosophy at Colgate University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ethical Machines

Introduction: Alina Turner (Helpseeker)

Social Impact Tech Summit – Day 2 – Webinar 4

David Ryan Polgar is a pioneering tech ethicist, Responsible Tech advocate, and expert on ways to improve social media and our information ecosystem. David is the founder of All Tech is Human, an organization committed to building the Responsible Tech pipeline by making it more diverse, multidisciplinary, and aligned with the public interest. As the leader of ATIH, he has spearheaded the development of three recent reports: Guide to Responsible Tech: How to Get Involved & Build a Better Tech Future, The Business Case for AI Ethics: Moving from Theory to Action, and Improving Social Media: The People, Organizations and Ideas for a Better Tech Future.

All Tech is Human

Introduction: Jasmine Palardy (SAIT SADT)

Social Impact Tech Summit – Day 2 – Webinar 5

Bianca Wylie is a writer with a dual background in technology and public engagement.  She is a partner at Digital Public and a co-founder of Tech Reset Canada. She worked for several years in the tech sector in operations, infrastructure, corporate training, and product management. Then, as a professional facilitator, she spent several years co-designing, delivering and supporting public consultation processes for various governments and government agencies. She is currently a member of the advisory boards for the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC), The Computational Democracy Project and the Minderoo Tech & Policy Lab and is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Social Impact Tech Summit – Day 2 – Webinar 6

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre advances community change efforts by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum and a co-founding partner of the Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience (CCNDR).   Liz is passionate about the power of communities getting to impact on complex issues.


Canadian Centre for Non-profit Digital Resilience

Introduction: Carille Mendoza (Helpseeker)

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