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!

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 and Education

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

Rupen Pandya
Rupen Pandya

Rupen Pandya became the President and Chief Executive Officer of SaskPower in 2022.

Before joining SaskPower, Mr. Pandya was the Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board for the Government of Saskatchewan.

He has 25 years of public service experience in Saskatchewan, including previous positions as the President and Chief Executive Officer of SaskBuilds, and Assistant Deputy Minister roles with the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration.

He holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Regina.

 

Tom Wolf
Tom Wolf

Tom Wolf is the co-founder of Sprayers101.com, 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.

 

Facilitator

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. 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

Mr. Steve McLellan is the former CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. Mr. McLellan has held several senior positions in the Saskatchewan business community including 26 years in tourism and hospitality. He has served on dozens of local, provincial, and national Board of Directors and was elected as Chair on many of them, including his current role as the Chair of the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina, and as a member of the Red Cross Saskatchewan Executive Cabinet.

Mr. McLellan is a recipient of the several medals including the Senate of Canada medal, Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Steve has been named by Sask Business magazine as one of Saskatchewan’s ‘Men of Influence’. In 2020, Mr. Mclellan received his ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a proud graduate of Saskatchewan Polytechnic and received the Alumni Partnership Award in 2015. In 2017 Steve was honoured to be a recipient of the Tourism Saskatchewan “Builder Award”. He is active with the Paul J. Hill School of Business ‘Leaders Council’ and finds being engaged with a business school and its students very enjoyable. As a lifelong resident of Saskatchewan, he understands and firmly believes in the potential that exists in the people and businesses within this province. Steve and his wife Heather have two wonderful children, Thomas and Erin. 

 

Program

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.

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