Metaverse Toronto Summit Agenda
(formerly WEB3 Toronto)

2024 Agenda

IOT, People First Summit
IOT, PEOPLE FIRST SUMMIT / MAY 26 & MAY 28, 2021

Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. In November 2015, Canada captured global headlines with the unveiling of a diverse cabinet that “looks like Canada”. While this was a tremendous milestone, it is important that we do not rest on our laurels and continue to work towards diversity, equity, culture, and engagement at every level of the public sector.

Statistics Canada projects that by 2031 close to 1 in 3 Canadians (31.0%) will be members of a visible minority and almost 1 in 2 (44.2% to 49.7%) will be either an immigrant or a child of an immigrant by 2036. In 2016 the recruitment of people with disabilities to the federal public service decreased from 3.5% to 3.3%. Over the past decade, the overall proportion of women in the public service has increased by 18%, and the overall proportion of visible minority employees increased by 279%.

While we do see significant progress, much work remains to be done across every aspect of inherent diversity (ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, different abilities, etc.), especially as we increasingly step into the digital world and develop the future of work.

The 2021 People First Summit will bring together government leaders in talent and human capital, along with technology and solution providers to discuss the way forward for the public sector.

Why attend?

  • Be a part of productive conversations as leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead in the public sector
  • Connect with thought-leaders and technology providers from across Canada and the world
  • Discover some of the latest tools and techniques being used successfully through case studies
  • Build your own highly personalized agenda, as one ticket gives you access to content from four different summits!

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

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DAY 1 – MAY 26, 2021

DAY 2 – MAY 27, 2021

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “FazAhmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “FazAhmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

10:15

Shawn Slack, Chief Information Officer, City of Mississauga
ABC, Designation, Company name

10:00

More Challenging Climate Change and Extreme Weather Risk: Is Canada prepared?
ABC, Designation, Company name

10:30

Impact of infrastructure planning on smart city deployments
ABC, Designation, Company name

10:30

Digital Government: A Federal Government Perspective
ABC, Designation, Company name

11:00

Panel: Intelligent Urban Governance and Management
  • The five dimensions of urban governance, and where technology can unlock potential
  • “Intelligent” capabilities for Civic engagement in decision-making structures
  • Urban Living Labs – What are they and do they work?
ABC, Designation, Company name

11:00

Panel: Resilient Cities
  • Lessons Learnt
  • How to create intelligent and effective solutions?
  • What role can IoT play in rethinking the livable, sustainable, and resilient city of the future?
  • The COVID-19 Test
ABC, Designation, Company name

11:30

Smart Waste Management: Expectations vs. Reality
Rohit Shanker
, CEO & President, Inovex Inc.
Lindsay Kelly, Data & Analytics Team Lead, City of Vancouver
An Integrated and Architectural Approach to IoT
ABC, Designation, Company name

11:30

Panel: Building Intelligent Assets
  • How to Utilize Intelligent City-wide Infrastructure
  • Integration, connection, collaboration, learning
  • You have gathered the data, now what can you do with your Big Data?
  • Multi-use infrastructure planning
ABC, Designation, Company name

12:00

Panel: Does Size Matter? Developing Intelligent Smaller Municipalities
  • Regional collaboration and IoT Solutions to bring smaller communities together
  • Deurbanization and its impacts
  • Being prepared for De-Urbanization and Work From Home Culture
ABC, Designation, Company name

12:00

Panel: Data-Driven Planning
  • How can machine learning, AI, and Big Data improve planning?
  • Are projects scalable, transferable, repeatable?
  • Technology as an aid to planning
ABC, Designation, Company name

12:30

Panel: The 21st Century Workforce
  • How will increased working from home shape the urban future?
  • What are the impacts on mobility, retail, property, and municipal taxes?
ABC, Designation, Company name

12:30

Panel: The Modern Mobility Movement
  • Mobility as a catalyst to unlock and multiply gains from other smart city initiatives
  • What trends are we seeing in mobility? In urban mobility?
  • How can we leverage Big Data from our IoT mobility data?
  • The power of Smart Mapping and Geospatial Technology to address our transport needs
ABC, Designation, Company name

13:00

Panel: Data-Driven Governance – Information
  • What is data used for, and how does it benefit citizens?
  • How to enhance decision-making and citizen’s experience?
  • How can tech improve youth civic engagement?
ABC, Designation, Company name

13:00

Panel: What Does the Future Hold for Us?
  • Adapting Ecosystems, Organizations, and People
ABC, Designation, Company name

13:30

Panel: Data-Driven Governance – Privacy
  • How is data collected and managed?
  • What are the privacy concerns of digital identities?
  • How must we ensure that citizen data is protected?
Sylvia Kingsmill, Partner, Privacy, Regulatory & Information Management (PRIM), KPMG
Mike Shapiro
, Chief Privacy Officer, Country of Santa Clara
Moderator: Garry Scobie, Deputy CISO, The University of Edinburgh
ABC, Designation, Company name

13:30

Recruit like a Marketer
ABC, Designation, Company name

14:00

Leading a Respectful Workplace: diversity, inclusion, civility and respect in  workplace
ABC, Designation, Company name

14:00

IOT, PEOPLE FIRST SUMMIT / MAY 26 & MAY 28, 2021

Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. In November 2015, Canada captured global headlines with the unveiling of a diverse cabinet that “looks like Canada”. While this was a tremendous milestone, it is important that we do not rest on our laurels and continue to work towards diversity, equity, culture, and engagement at every level of the public sector.

Statistics Canada projects that by 2031 close to 1 in 3 Canadians (31.0%) will be members of a visible minority and almost 1 in 2 (44.2% to 49.7%) will be either an immigrant or a child of an immigrant by 2036. In 2016 the recruitment of people with disabilities to the federal public service decreased from 3.5% to 3.3%. Over the past decade, the overall proportion of women in the public service has increased by 18%, and the overall proportion of visible minority employees increased by 279%.

While we do see significant progress, much work remains to be done across every aspect of inherent diversity (ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, different abilities, etc.), especially as we increasingly step into the digital world and develop the future of work.

The 2021 People First Summit will bring together government leaders in talent and human capital, along with technology and solution providers to discuss the way forward for the public sector.

Why attend?

  • Be a part of productive conversations as leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead in the public sector
  • Connect with thought-leaders and technology providers from across Canada and the world
  • Discover some of the latest tools and techniques being used successfully through case studies
  • Build your own highly personalized agenda, as one ticket gives you access to content from four different summits!

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2024 | EST

8:00

Registration
Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events

9:55

Welcome Remarks

Hifazat ‘Faz’ Ahmad, President, Metaverse Canada

Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events

10:00

Fireside Chat with Paul Hsu
Speaker TBA

Paul Hsu, Founder and CEO, Decasonic

Ehsan Shariati, CTO, Functionland

10:30

Panel: Web 3, Metaverse and Future of Work
  • Discussing the way we collaborate
  • Exploring the opportunities
  • Web 3 applications and future
  • Understanding the hurdles
Saleha J. Khan Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Peel Regional Police
Cheryl Copage Gehue, Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Halifax Regional Municipality

Nikhil Raghuveera, Head of Strategy & Innovation, Celo Foundation

Siju Ramakrishnan, Product Leader, Metalynx

Raza Jafri, CEO, MetaWorldX

Paul Hsu, Founder and CEO, Decasonic

11:00

Panel: Web3 and Identity
  • Web 3 for digital identity: Boon or bane?
  • Can it be trusted with user data?
Speaker TBA

Marc Lijour, Co-Founder, DeFi Toronto

Larry Lau, Co-Founder, Run As You Are

Andrew Kiguel, CEO & CO-founder, Tokens.com

Sergio Pedemonte, Co-Founder, Ugly Bros

11:30

Panel: Metaverse and WEB 3: Next Frontier of Brand Building
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario
  • How to build your brand in the Metaverse
  • Finding new customers
  • AI-generated content
  • Personalized Customer Experiences

Nikhil Raghuveera, Head of Strategy & Innovation, Celo Foundation

Ehsan Shariati, CTO, Functionland

Reggie Tan, Founder, Story Mode Marketing Company Inc

Anna Bittner, Co-Founder & CMO, 5Goats.xyz

12:00

Keynote by J.C. Williams
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario

12:30

Keynote by Larry Lau, Co-Founder, Run As You Are
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario

13:00

Networking Break

13:30

Panel: Women of Web 3
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario
  • Building a trusted community
  • Turning passions into ventures

Anna Bittner, Co-Founder & CMO, 5Goats.xyz

Vandana Taxali, Blockchain Lawyer | Founder & CEO, Artcryption

Rebecca Kontosic, COO & Partnerships, Dark Capital

14:00

Panel: Web3 - The Legal Landscape
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario
  • Understanding the legal implications
  • How does regulatory compliance work?
  • Establishing smart contracts
  • Web 3 for digital identity: Boon or bane

Kerk Emery, Partner, Miller Thomson

Vandana Taxali, Blockchain Lawyer | Founder & CEO, Artcryption

14:30

Panel: NFT for Businesses
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario
  • Monetizing NFT for revenue generation
  • Defining business with innovation and differentiation

Sergio Pedemonte, Co-Founder, Ugly Bros

Vandana Taxali, Blockchain Lawyer | Founder & CEO, Artcryption

Marc Lijour, Co-Founder, DeFi Toronto

15:00

Closing Remarks
IOT, PEOPLE FIRST SUMMIT / MAY 26 & MAY 28, 2021

Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. In November 2015, Canada captured global headlines with the unveiling of a diverse cabinet that “looks like Canada”. While this was a tremendous milestone, it is important that we do not rest on our laurels and continue to work towards diversity, equity, culture, and engagement at every level of the public sector.

Statistics Canada projects that by 2031 close to 1 in 3 Canadians (31.0%) will be members of a visible minority and almost 1 in 2 (44.2% to 49.7%) will be either an immigrant or a child of an immigrant by 2036. In 2016 the recruitment of people with disabilities to the federal public service decreased from 3.5% to 3.3%. Over the past decade, the overall proportion of women in the public service has increased by 18%, and the overall proportion of visible minority employees increased by 279%.

While we do see significant progress, much work remains to be done across every aspect of inherent diversity (ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, different abilities, etc.), especially as we increasingly step into the digital world and develop the future of work.

The 2021 People First Summit will bring together government leaders in talent and human capital, along with technology and solution providers to discuss the way forward for the public sector.

Why attend?

  • Be a part of productive conversations as leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead in the public sector
  • Connect with thought-leaders and technology providers from across Canada and the world
  • Discover some of the latest tools and techniques being used successfully through case studies
  • Build your own highly personalized agenda, as one ticket gives you access to content from four different summits!

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

9:55

Opening remarks by Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events; Welcome message by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2023 | EST

9:25

Day 1 Recap
Hifazat “Faz” Ahmad, CEO & President, IoT Events

Andres Florido, National Leader, Blockchain and Digital Assets, Deloitte Canada

9:30

Panel: Why Blockchain is important for businesses
  • Benefits and impact of Blockchain technology
  • Possibilities and obstacles in the current set up
Speaker TBA

Moderator: Soufia Trabelsi, Head of Gamefi, Ledgerlink Labs

Ehsan Shariati, CTO, Functionland

Mohamed El Kandri, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, IR4LAB

10:00

Panel: Security and Data Protection on Blockchain
  • Securing the blockchain
  • Using public and private key
Saleha J. Khan Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Peel Regional Police
Cheryl Copage Gehue, Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Halifax Regional Municipality

Moderator: Mohamed El Kandri, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, IR4LAB

Vandana Taxali, Blockchain Lawyer | Founder & CEO, Artcryption

Harrison Jordan, NFT Lawyer, Harrison Jordan Law Professional Corporation

Jonathan Bench, Attorney, Harris Bricken

10:30

Networking Break

11:00

Panel: Blockchain: The Chain of Applications
  • Tools for developing and organizing on Blockchain
  • Buying and selling on Blockchain
  • What major players do that others don’t
Speaker TBA

Moderator: Ehsan Shariati, CTO, Functionland

Pramod Gopalakrishna, Global Product Manager, EY

Tanya Lindsay, Co-Founder, Surge Distributed Protocols

11:30

Speaker TBA
Virtual: Keynote: Future Symbiosis of Creativity and Technology

Sami Tauber as VNCCII Avatar, Futurist

12:00

Speaker TBA
Networking Break

13:00

Panel: Peeling Metaverse layers
Sharon Fleming, Director, Calgary Transit, The City of Calgary
  • The idea behind Metaverse
  • Functionality, benefits and challenges and opportunities
  • The long term outlook of and in Metaverse

Moderator: Raza Jafri, CEO & Founder, MetaWorldX

Ganesh Verma, Founder & Director, Moogle Labs

Jason Yim, Founder & CEO, TriggerXR

Lorne Sugarman, CEO & Director, Metaverse Group

13:30

Virtual: Panel: Blockchain, Token and Metaverse
  • Understanding the difference and dependency
  • Realm of tokens in Metaverse in post-COVID scenario
  • Unleashing the VR marketplace
  • Major industry-wide switchover inevitable
Alexandra Cutean, Chief Research Officer, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Moderator: Melissa Li, Head of Community and Managing Partner, Dorm Room Fund

Zaf Chow, Director, Digital Strategy and Partnerships, Animoca Brands

Andrew Kiguel, CEO & Co-Founder, Tokens.com

Sara Guisto, Producer, Aww Inc.

Boris Pevzner, CEO and Co-Founder, LiveArt

14:00

Panel: Blockchain for Content Creators
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario
  • Blockchain & Social Media Alliance
  • Power Dynamics with Accountability
  • Getting the Well-Deserved Recognition

Marc Lijour, Co-Founder, DeFi Toronto

Aaron Wilcox, Independent Artist

Sergio Pedemonte, Co-Founder, Ugly Bros

14:30

Panel: Monetizing Metaverse
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario
  • Paid games
  • Becoming Real Estate agent of prime properties
  • Paid NFT Artist
  • Paid Marketing Services

Moderator: Nav Gupta, Founder, Chaarmi Worlds

Vandana Taxali, Blockchain Lawyer | Founder & CEO, Artcryption

Joseph Raczynski, Futurist, Thomson Rueters

Soufia Trabelsi, Head of Gamefi, Ledgerlink Labs

Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director (Partner), Canada Innovation & ESG Lead, Accenture

15:00

Panel: Building Future in Metaverse
Christina de Castell, Chief librarian & CEO, Vancouver Public Library
Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Library in Ontario
  • How will metaverse change our lives
  • Difference between now and future

Moderator: Anna Bittner, CEO & CMO, 5 Goats

Raza Jafri, CEO & Founder, MetaWorldX

Siju Ramakrishnan, Product Leader, Metalynx

Nav Gupta, Founder, Chaarmi Worlds

Melissa Li, Head of Community and Managing Partner, Dorm Room Fund

15:30

Closing Remarks