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Darin Graham
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Darin Graham

Darin Graham is a true leader in international information communications technology and is uniquely familiar with the interactive domain of industry, government and academia. As President of Innovative Minds (previously Innovation Initiators) – one of his many ongoing activities – Darin is helping to grow the receptor capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to enable them to develop and adopt new technologies to create next generation products and services. Darin is a champion of collaboration and has personally worked with a variety of unique groups to to further engage industry with academic and research institutions to enhance technology-based applied outcomes, facilitating economic growth through increasing knowledge and helping develop human capital.

Darin has over 20 years of experience leading innovative initiatives that take creative ideas to the marketplace. He brings extensive international experience in leading R&D programs and helping build innovation ecosystems in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. A champion of collaboration, he has worked closely with a variety of unique groups to engage industry with academic and research institutions to enhance technology-based applied outcomes, facilitating economic growth through increasing knowledge and helping develop human capital.

Recently as a member of the founding team, Darin helped lead the creation and formation of the Vector Institute – the premier artificial intelligence (AI) research institute in Canada. He has held the primary leadership position in a number of organizations, including ORION (Ontario’s Research and Innovation Optical Network), NZi3 (New Zealand’s ICT Innovation Institute), and CITO (Communications and Information Technology Ontario, an Ontario Centre of Excellence)

Jesse Hirsh
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Jesse Hirsh

Jesse Hirsh has 25 years experience as a technology researcher, ethicist, broadcaster, and futurist.  His company Metaviews works with organizations to help them use technology strategically and responsibly. He has an MA from Ryerson University in algorithmic media, and his current work focuses on the governance and ethics of artificial intelligence, data protection, and privacy. As the “futurist in residence” for the award-winning data and technology creative agency FCB/SIX, Jesse is engaged in the future of advertising, marketing, and automated communications. He’s also a member of the Advisory Council for the Certificate in Machine Learning at York University’s School of Continuing Studies. Appearing regularly on radio and television, Jesse explains technology in a way that empowers audiences and informs public policy.

Markus Van Kempen
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Markus Van Kempen

Markus is a Venture Capitalist within IBM Corporate Strategy at CHQ. He is responsible for working across IBM to design, develop and support PoC proposals with IBM teams and customers. Markus specializes in the Internet of Things projects and also brings 15+ years of consulting and implementation experience in SAP and Mobile on global projects, as well as skills as a software engineer. He has a keen interest in debating and predicting The Next Big Thing in technology. 

Dinaro Ly
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Dinaro Ly

Dinaro has 10+ years of experience in marketing, business development and partnerships spanning across B2B and B2C segments in the retail, financial services, and startup space. He was director of market development and partnerships for digital payments at MasterCard Canada, where he was responsible for driving digital adoption and strategic alliances with large-scale retailers, FI’s and payment service providers. Prior to MasterCard, Dinaro led business development and partnerships at RedFlagDeals.com, a loyalty and deal content venture (acquired by The Yellow Pages Group). Prior to RedFlagDeals, he had broad oversight and accountability for Dell Canada’s, SMB digital marketing portfolio.

He currently sits on the board of ACT Canada and Blockchain Canada on behalf of MaRS to continue to build relationships with financial institutions and the venture community with the goal of supporting programs related to innovation, payments, commerce, cryptocurrencies and Blockchain.

Dr. Thomas Sull
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Dr. Thomas Sull

Dr. Thomas Sull is an emergency room physician currently practicing at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed residency training at McMaster University. Previous administrative roles include Vice President and President of the Professional Staff Association at Mackenzie Health. During his undergraduate years, he participated in a significant amount of science research leading to a primary authorship in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.