Janet Longmore

Janet Longmore is the founder and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust. An honours graduate of Smith School of Business, Queen's University (1979), she has dedicated her career, and applied her business skills, to the creation of innovative approaches to help people in marginalized communities acquire the skills necessary to enter the modern workforce and become self-reliant.

Under her leadership, DOT has developed an innovative and cost effective youth-led, peer-to-peer model that transforms young women and men as they use technology to become leaders of change in their communities. DOT's network of thousands of local young leaders has reached over a million people in the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

A passionate believer in the power and potential of youth and technology, Janet works tirelessly to promote respect for youth as an untapped source of creativity, energies and talent. An accomplished social entrepreneur and mentor, she is a role model for the many women leaders in the DOT network.

In guiding DOT's steady growth, Janet has forged long term partnerships with local organizations and multinationals, including Cisco Systems, IBM, The MasterCard Foundation, BlackBerry and agencies such as CIDA and USAID.

Janet is a frequent speaker at international conferences where she encourages new thinking about the enabling power of technology to transform people's lives. She has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Women of Influence by the Women's Executive Network, the CATA CanWIT Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011 and a TIAW World of Difference 100 Award winner in 2011. This year she was named by the World Economic Forum as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, only the second Canadian to receive the honour.