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Agenda - It Starts With Us

Friday, October 14 | Biosciences Complex Auditorium, Queen’s University Campus

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jean-Baptiste Litrico, Director, Centre for Social Impact

Wanda Costen, Dean, Smith School of Business


Keynote Address

Desirée Bombenon, EMBA'22 CEO & Chief Disruption Officer, SureCall Contact Centres Ltd.; Diversity Board Council Member, Womens’ Executive Network; Chair, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: Adé Adéyemí, MBA'23, President, Women in Leadership (WIL) Club

6:45pm-8:00pm Networking Event
Saturday, October 15 | Goodes Hall, Queen’s University Campus

Session #1: Indigenization

Lindsay (Kawennenhá:wi) Brant, PhD’23 Candidate, Adjunct Professor, Indigenous Curriculum and Ways of Knowing, Smith School of Business

Shyra Barberstock, MA’17, President and CEO, Okwaho Equal Source Inc.; PhD Candidate, Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University

Moderator: Audrey Marie-Nely, MMIE ’23, Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur Canada


Session #2: CleanTech

Jane Savage, BASc, President, J.E. Savage and Associates

Dr. Warren Mabee, Associate Dean (Policy Studies), Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University

Sebastian Alamillo-Falkenberg, Entrepreneur in Residence, KPM-Accelerate

Ross Belot, Energy and Climate Consultant, Poet

Moderator: Lisa Anchalia, MBA'23, Forté Fellow, Vice President of Consulting Club

10:45am-11:00am Break

Session #3: Tech for Good

Dr. Kathryn Brohman, Associate Professor & Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Digital Technology, Program Director, Master of Digital Product Management

Morgan Lehtinen, BScH’16, PhD’22 Candidate, Director of Commercialization, Reaction (RXN) HUB

Dr. Anh Tran Ly, Co-Founder, CO2L TECH; Entrepreneur-in-incubator, Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre

Moderator: Ashton Seebaran, Comm’25, Treasurer of ComSoc, Venture Manager of inQUbate

11:45am-12:15pm Student Awards Ceremony
12:15pm-12:45pm Lunch

Session #4: Accessibility

Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Vice-President, Research and International Affairs and Chief Accessibility Officer, CNIB

Dr. Tim Ross, Scientist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Assistant Professor (Status), University of Toronto

Leah Riddell, Owner, SignAble Vi5ion Inc.

Moderator: Deepak Naithani, MMIE ’23, Senior Purchasing Manager, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi


Session #5: Social Impact Leadership

Hakeem Subair, MMIE’17, CEO, 1 Million Teachers

Ruvimbo Chimutsa, MMIE’20, President and Founder, The Grace and Nelly Project Inc.

Ampai Thammachack, Founder and CEO, Step Above Stigma; Co-Founder and Co-President, Glass Slipper Organization; L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth, 2022

Moderator: Maddy Spriet, Comm’24, D&R Sobey’s Scholar, EDI intern for the Centre for Social Impact


Closing Remarks:

Jean-Baptiste Litrico, Director, Centre for Social Impact