The Social Impact Technology Summit

Register today for two days of interactive discussion, panels, and presentations to shape the priorities of our social impact tech ecosystem.

Whatever your perspective, you’ll find connections and opportunities to highlight local needs in:

  • Cross-Sector Partnerships
  • Social Finance
  • Sector Advocacy
  • Education
  • and more…

Have your say and ensure your voice is heard!

Attend in-person (Nov. 3rd), online (Nov. 4th), or both.

November 3rd is in-person at C-Space, where we will further develop conversations started in our webinars and expand to discuss bridging technological and social innovation with speakers such as Nishan Chelvachandran and Charles Buchanan. A delicious lunch will be provided as well as coffee and snacks.

Day one is all about beginning with the local context of social impact technological development in our own backyard with panel discussions with community partners and attendees.

On November 4th, we will convene virtually through a series of webinars, creating space to hear from leading thought experts and innovators such as David Ryan Polger and Afua Bruce.

Day two opens up conversations of global impact, inviting perspectives and collaborations from across the spectrum of social impact technologies and the communities that they affect with national and global partners.

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 2022 (in-person)*

– 1721 29 Ave SW Suite #125, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7

Introduction to the Centre9:00-9:30 am
Calgary’s Social Impact Technology Ecosystem9:45-10:30 am
Bridging Tech Innovation and Social Innovation10:45-11:45 am
Lunch12:00-1:00 pm
Tech Stewardship1:00-2:00 pm
Digital Transformation of Social Impact Organizations2:00-2:45 pm
Building Social Impact Tech: ‘Pathways to the Future’3:00-3:45 pm
Social4:00 pm

Friday, Nov. 4th, 2022 (online)

Afua Bruce & Amy Semple-Ward9:00-9:30 am
Turin Chowdhury9:30-10:00 am
Reid Blackman10:00-10:30 am
Break10:30-11:00 am
David Ryan Polger                                                                    11:00-11:30 am
Bianca Wylie11:30-12:00 pm
Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience12:00-12:30 pm

*All activities listed in local time (MDT UTC-6:00)


Technology has enabled many improvements to how we address questions of community prosperity and social good, the health, safety, sustainability, cultural vibrancy, and democratic vigour of communities and society at large. At the same time, it has brought risks, inequities and trajectories that have profound and, in some instances, deeply negative consequences, corrosive to social good. 

However, most technological innovation in Canada — even when it purports to be socially-purposed — happens in isolation from those who are on the ground working towards a better society. At the same time, much of what we conceive of as social innovation – applying new approaches, concepts and tools toward making our society a better place to live and flourish for all – is happening in isolation from the world of tech.

We aim to change that and to nurture dialogue, learning, and action where social innovation and digital technology innovation meet.

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Reid Blackman, Ph.D., is the author of “Ethical Machines: Your Concise Guide to Totally Unbiased, Transparent, and Respectful AI (Harvard Business Review Press), 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. His work, which includes advising and speaking to organizations including AWS, US Bank, the FBI, NASA, and the World Economic Forum, has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Learn more at

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. Afua has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, as well as an MBA.

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. Amy’s second book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere, was a Terry McAdam Book Award finalist.

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 All Tech Is Human, 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. 

The main throughline throughout David’s work is that we need a collaborative, multi-stakeholder, and multidisciplinary approach in order to build a tech future that is aligned with the public interest. 

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.

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.

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.

With more speakers to be announced!

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