Think Conference 2024

Saskatchewan Polytechnic presents THINK: The Future of Work, Technology and Learning 2024. This unique, one-day conference will help us prepare for the possibilities of our future.

We are excited to invite you to join us for the 5th annual one-day event, presented by Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The featured cutting-edge Keynote Speakers, and exciting roundtable discussions will be greatly thought-provoking.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Be sure to check this page daily for updates on our exciting program and guest speakers!


Conference Keynote Speakers

AI and the Future

Ramy Nassar
Ramy Nassar

Ramy Nassar (he/him) is the founder of 1000 Days Out and author of the upcoming AI Product Design Handbook. With nearly 25 years experience in technology and as former Head of Innovation for Mattel, he leads presentations and workshops focused on AI and emerging technology & disruption and strategic foresight with organizations around the world.

Ramy previously served as Head of Retail Innovation for Mattel, successfully launching and leading the organization’s first Innovation Lab. Ramy and his team pioneered over 15 AI-driven online & in-person retail experiences aimed at growing the Barbie and Hot Wheels brands. During his tenure, Ramy drove a cultural shift toward innovation-first mindsets through a range of internal keynote presentations, town halls, and interactive workshops.

Ramy continues to be called upon by F1000 organizations seeking his experience with respect to innovation, strategic foresight, and AI strategy. He has led AI-focused keynotes and workshops & strategic foresight and planning initiatives with organizations including TD Bank, Rio Tinto, Genome Canada, Interac, Apple, Air Canada, Facebook, New Balance, Telus, CIBC, and the Federal Government of Canada. Ramy teaches an AI + Design Thinking course at NTNU in Norway and in the Master’s of Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Ramy is an award-winning speaker & facilitator at international events including World Usability Congress, IxDA, FITC, AI Everything, AI Business Summit, and World Mobile Congress. He is fluent in English, French, and German.


AI and the Future of Learning

Heather Berlin
Heather Berlin

Heather Berlin is a neuroscientist, clinical psychologist, and associate clinical professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She explores the neural basis of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric and neurological conditions with the goal of developing novel treatments. She is also interested in the brain basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity. 

Berlin is a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a passionate science communicator. She hosts the new Nova series “Your Brain”, and has hosted series on PBS and Discovery Channel. She makes regular appearances on StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and has appeared on the BBC, History Channel, Netflix, and National Geographic. She co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway show, Off the Top, about the neuroscience of improvisation, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, Impulse Control.

Heather received her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and trained in clinical neuropsychology at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery. She was a visiting scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and a Visiting Professor at Vassar College, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology/University of Zurich, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 


AI and the Future of Work

Tom Wujec
Tom Wujec

Tom Wujec, a veteran innovator and former Chief Disruptor at Autodesk, is renowned for his expertise in innovation and the future of making. With three decades of experience, he has revolutionized how teams create breakthroughs and design products. His acclaimed Wicked Problem Solving™ toolkit, embraced by the Project Management Institute, exemplifies his commitment to fostering creative collaboration.

Tom's talks on innovation, backed by his extensive experience and global influence, have resonated with audiences worldwide. His latest book, "The Future of Making," explores the transformative impact of disruptive innovation on product development. With over 400 keynotes and workshops delivered globally, Tom continues to inspire organizations—from startups to Fortune 100 companies—to embrace change and drive innovation forward.


Round Table Discussion


Industry Leaders

Terry Peckham
Terry Peckham

Dr. Terry Peckham is the Director and Research Chair for the Digital Integration Centre of Excellence (DICE). His areas of expertise include the application of AI and Machine Learning to solve industrial problems. DICE is an NSERC funded Technology Access Centre that specializes in data stewardship. This involves the analysis, storage, transmission, security, and integrity of data across numerous industry verticals. DICE performs applied research with industry partners from across Canada with a regional focus in the prairies. DICE’s industry partners cover several sectors such as: mining, health, education, fashion, entertainment, automotive manufacturing, semi-conductor, aerospace, agriculture, and retail.

Dr. Peckham received his MSc from the University of Regina in data mining and his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in applied artificial intelligence. He currently serves on the Researcher Council for the Digital Research Alliance of Canada.


Jennifer Pederson
Jennifer Pederson

Jennifer's path to a career in IT leadership has been non-traditional. She started her career as a professional accountant and spent over a decade in progressively senior roles in Finance before transitioning into an operational role in Asset Management and then entering the world of IT as the  Director of Business Solutions. Jennifer provides leadership to the team at SaskPower with a very wide technology reach including and customer portal, geospatial technologies, custom development, COTS support, mobile development, and enterprise systems including outage management, distribution management system, distribution supervisory control and data acquisition as well as records management and workforce management.


Shihong Tan
Shihong Tan

Shihong is the Vice President Technology North America located in Saskatoon Canada, and oversees BHP’s Potash, Exploration and Legacy / Closed-Mine digital interests throughout the region. 

Current priorities for Shihong and his team include: delivery of systems, digital-twin products and services, required to complete BHP’s US$10.6B investment in a new future-ready Potash mining operation; strategic investments in geoscientific data, platforms, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, to accelerate exploration and discovery of resources, and; delivery and operation of environmental and safety systems and services that protect the land and communities surrounding BHP’s non-operating mine sites.

Before his current role and since joining BHP from Australia in 2017, Shihong led strategic and technical global teams including Data Strategy and Enterprise Architecture. Prior to BHP, Shihong was a Director in Deloitte Australia’s consulting practice, focusing on technology strategy projects across mining, oil & gas and financial industries.

Shihong holds a degree with Honors in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Western Australia.


Tom Wolf
Tom Wolf

Tom Wolf is the CEO of Agrimetrix Research & Training and the co-founder of, the world’s number one website on pesticide spray application.

As a researcher and teacher for the past 35 years, Dr. Wolf has worked to advance agricultural spraying practices. His contributions include the introduction of low-drift nozzles and sustainable waste disposal techniques like biobeds to Canadian farmers, as well as refining spray drift risk assessment models to meet the standards of North American regulators.

Dr. Wolf currently directs a consulting firm specializing in emerging technologies such as spray drones and spot sprayers. His clientele ranges from primary producers to established corporations and emerging startups, offering insights to address the evolving needs of the North American agricultural sector.

A columnist for the national magazine Farming for Tomorrow, and a past contributor to the Western Producer, Dr. Wolf also shares his knowledge of the spray industry through numerous public presentations and workshops within Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK.

Dr. Wolf is a Fellow and Past President of the Canadian Weed Science Society and has won awards for excellence in extension and scientific writing. He has been named Distinguished Agrologist by the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrology.



Cari Bode
Cari Bode

Cari Bode is the Sales Administration Manager and a partner at South Country Equipment Ltd., a John Deere equipment dealership with eight locations in southern Saskatchewan. She has over two decades of experience working in the agricultural industry. Cari currently serves as Vice Chair on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Board of Directors. Her other work in the community includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce.

An avid runner, Cari has volunteered extensively in the local running community and currently serves as Past President of Run Regina/Queen City Marathon Inc. She was the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Health and Wellness (2020) and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (2023).

Cari has received diplomas from the University of Regina Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Business Administration and holds a Pro.Dir.Gov designation.

She lives in Regina with her husband, Chris, and has two grown children.


Conference Emcee

Steve McLellan
Steve McLellan

Steve McLellan had a long and successful career in the private business, tourism, and chambers of commerce worlds, culminating with his 15 years as CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. His work took his across this country many times, plus trips to China, Mongolia, Bangladesh, USA and most importantly all across Saskatchewan. Steve has spoken at literally hundreds of conferences and events over his 40-year career.

He is a proud recipient of many awards plus three Canadian medals and an Honorary Degree from his alma mater, Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Throughout his working life he has been a volunteer for local and national organizations and served as Chair for many.

He has two grown children and lives in Regina with his wife Heather who are both avid lovers of the outdoors. 



Walks First Dance Group
Walks First Dance Troupe

Opening performance by the acclaimed Walks First Dance Troupe.



This not-to-be-missed program includes Keynote Speakers who will address the Future of Work, the Future of Technology, and the Future of Learning.


Welcome Remarks - Steve McLellan


Honour Song and Welcome Performance - Walks First Dance Troupe


Greetings from Lisa Lambert, MLA for Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood, on behalf of the Minister of Advanced Education


Welcome from the President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Dr. Larry Rosia


Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Gold Sponsor - June Verhelst, Graham


Keynote: AI and the Future of Education - Dr. Ramy Nassar




Introduction of Round Table Event by Silver Sponsor - McKercher LLP


Round Table Event: The Impact of AI on Industry
Facilitator: Cari Bode, Vice Chair, Sask Polytech Board of Directors
Panel: Terry Peckham, Sask Polytech; Jennifer Pederson, SaskPower; Tom Wolf, Agrimetrix and; Shihong Tan, BHP


Movement Break


Lunch Buffet 


Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Gold Sponsor - June Verhelst, Graham


Keynote: AI and the Future of Learning - Heather Berlin




Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Gold Sponsor - June Verhelst, Graham


Keynote: AI and The Future of Work - Tom Wujec


Event Closing Remarks & Adjournment - Steve McLellan


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