Panel discussion about food systems

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SDG Training at ITHCT2017

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SDGs Training & Community Engagement

The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in September 2015 by 193 countries, gives us a 15 year way forward to create actions and collaborations to preserve our planet, design social programs to increase equity, food for all, build safe and healthy communities and reduce the effects of climate change. These universal SDGs goals is part of the Agenda 2030 framework, to guide UN nation members work during the next 15 years when implementing actions. To accomplish the SDGs, the first step is to learn what they are and create ways to implement them.

Date Friday July 21, 2017

Time 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Venue Ryerson University Room LIB 72, 245 Church ST, ON M5B 1H2 Toronto

Event organized for IEEE ITHC2017 in collaboration with

The training event is co-located in collaboration with the International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC), sponsored by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is hosted by the Toronto Section.

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The Agenda —

  • Coffee, Registration 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    • Coffee, Registration 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    • Opening remarks & Introductions

      • Melinda Rooke & Joan Kerr

     Ravi Karkara, Main Guest Speaker

      • Morgan Solar – A Canadian Case History, Nicolaus Morgan


    Local Leaders’ Presentations & Discussions

  • Melinda Rooke, SDGs Champion, UN-NYC Policy Strategy Group Committee

      • Joan Kerr, Founder, Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (fbsc),

      • IEEE Humanitarian Initiatives Committee (HIC), IHTC2017 Organizing Committee

      • Sawsan Abdul-Majid, Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology (ANCWT)

      • Aparna Venkatachalam, CDN Business Compact Network

      • Khairoon Abbas, Development/Communications Specialist

      • Kaileigh Nicols/Faith, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)

    • Final Q/A with Panel of Speakers Conclusion, Thanks, Photo Opportunities, and Networking



WOWEM: Rises

March 12, 2015 by  
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In 2004, the WOWEM Project envisioned a civil society that cared about how Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs) could be used to promote equity, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.  A way to gage the specific struggles of women and how the community could respond through tecnological collaboration, empowerment and support with practical experience and hence woman’s intuitiveness and exceptional wisdom.

It gives us great pleasure in viewing this video, take a look.

It started in 2004 with a challenge!  How do we 1) find out how women faired in the IT world, and 2) what supports are needed to develop any skills, networks or marketplace to excel.  A simple ‘fact finding’ initiative.

The WOWEM Impact

Over 60 organizations across the globe shared, supported and offer wisdom to the members, resulting in achieving the United Nations Civil Society Award for the World Summit Awards Program.  The recognition for the ‘best in e-content & Creativity’

WSIS 2014

WSA Team

WSA Team

WSIS in Paris

Joan Kerr with Fadi Chehadi at WSIS 2014

Joan Kerr with Dorothy Gordon, Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT


Glenn McKnight appointed to PIR Advisory Committee

February 23, 2015 by  
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Glenn has been choosen as one on the advisory committee for Public Interest Registry who owns .ORG and the new .NGO gTld’s. This is a volunteer posting to assist PIR in their planning and implementation
PIR is located in Reston, Virginia

Durham DIY Showcase

February 23, 2015 by  
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Durham DIY Showcase
The Annual Durham DIY Showcase 2015 held on the 15th of February in Oshawa at UOIT commenced on one of the coldest days of the year , but it quickly heated up through the spirited interaction of thirty-six exhibitors sharing their passion to share their knowledge and excitement of all things STEM to young children.
The event sponsored by IEEE Toronto Section and the IEEE Canada Foundation was coordinated by the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities and the University of Ontario . Sponsorship for the event came from the IEEE Toronto section IEEE and the special grants from the IEEE Canadian Foundation. The prime objective of the day long event was to ignite and inspire children to take interest in topics such as Wearable Technology, Open Hardware, Humanitarian DIY and much much more.
The vision of the free event started with a journey of discovery after participating in various Maker Faires and Maker Spaces and realizing that these events failed to connect the engineering professional to the excitement of the maker/hacker community. The culture shift from nerdism to educating the public on the importance of the engineering profession became a major core goal of the event . We have succeed making the event fun, engaging and educational All done as a free event to the public and the exhibitors. If your student branch or section is interested in learning more contact Glenn McKnight. Email

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