Tech Day at Queen’s Park – OCTOBER 30, 2018 TORONTO, ON

    Tech Day at Queen’s Park is an exciting event organized by North of 41 that demonstrates the power and passion of the tech industry’s grassroots network to lawmakers and staffers. Attendees will represent various areas of tech from across Ontario.

    The purpose of this event is to raise awareness amongst MPPs and Staffers about the issues that tech entrepreneurs and tech CEOs encounter on a regular basis.

    By being part of Tech Day at Queen’s Park, your company has the unique opportunity to contribute towards the awareness,understanding and solutions relating to matters you face that are important to business growth and job creation.

    Traditionally, there has been a large disconnect between the tech industry and law makers. Both groups have significant impact but their lines of communication are rarely open the way this day can enable. Tech Day will bridge that gap and facilitate both groups to educate each other about issues that affect each group regularly.

    Themes for 2018 Tech Day at Queen’s Park:
    1) Tech Jobs Agenda (Skills Development and Training)

    2) Leveraging Innovation across Multiple Industries

    3) Scaling up Businesses (Going Global and Investments)

    Event Detail

    Date: Tuesday, 30 October 2018
    from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Location: Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St W
    Toronto, ON M7A 1A5

    AGENDA

    Morning

    8:30 a.m. Registration – Sign in
    9:30 a.m. Meetings with M.P.P.’s and Staff (throughout the day)
    Choice of 3 Activities
    10:00 a.m. Question Period Registration and Attendance
    10:00 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: (Retraining and Reskilling)
    The Requirement for Life Long Learning in Ontario’s Tech Sector: What is Required to Compete Globally?
    In Ontario’s tech sector, there is a requirement for those in the industry and those who want to enter into the industry to embrace a mindset of “Life-Long Learning”. It is projected that in Canada, there will be a shortfall of 182,000 positions that will go unfilled in the tech sector by 2020. As a result, there is a need for reskilling of Ontario’s workforce as well as the need for accelerated training and micro credentialing. Both of these solutions are required if Ontario is to compete on a global scale.
    10:00 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: (Health Tech)
    How do we Leverage Technology Developed by Tech Entrepreneurs with the Current Needs of our Health Care System?
    It is important for Ontario’s health care system to incorporate technology as part of patient care. Tech entrepreneurs have developed software that allow medical care to be delivered in a cost effective and timely manner but there is a need for government to reduce red tape in order leverage the benefits that technology can provide. The continual deployment of tech in the Ontario health sector must involve those health care professionals (doctors, nurses and other stakeholders) in the discussion at an early stage if tangible results are to be realized.
    11:30 a.m. Lunch Break (Networking Amongst your Peers)

    Afternoon

    Choice of the Following:
    1:30 p.m. Meetings with MPPs and Staffers
    1:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: (Legal Tech)
    Unclogging Ontario’s Court System: How Does Government and the Tech Sector Leverage Technology to Provide Better Access to Justice?
    What role should technology play in helping to provide better access to justice in the provincial courts? Can technology in the area of ADR help to reduce the backlog of court cases? There is a need for government to reduce red tape in order leverage the benefits that technology can provide.
    3:00 p.m. Break Time
    3:30 p.m. Choice of:

    1) Executive Time (Check in with the Office)
    2) Continued Meetings with M.P.P’s/Staffers

    EVENING RECEPTION - Legislative Dining Room

    5:30 p.m. Reception Opens
    5:40 p.m. Opening Remarks
    5:50 p.m. Demo Tables – Open
    7:30 p.m. Program Ends

    Note: This reception is being sponsored by Coding for Veterans.  The goal of the program is to assist those leaving Canada’s military to transition into jobs in Ontario’s tech sector. More information can be found at: www.codingforveterans.com

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