Indigenous Inclusion: What's Missing in the Tech Sector?


Event Date
06/18/2019 - 18:00 - 06/18/2019 - 20:00 America/Vancouver


Ticket Price Amount

Join Wealthsimple, Toronto Talks Inclusion, and Crescendo to hear leaders in tech & business from Indigenous communities talk about creating inclusive workplaces, better hiring practices, and more.


6:00 - 6:30 p.m. : Networking 6:30 - 7:05 p.m. : Panel 7:05 - 7:15 p.m. : Q&A 7:15- 8:00 p.m. : Networking

Light refreshments and food will be served. Catering by Tea-n-Bannock: A Taste of First Nations Cuisine. For elevator access, please enter through the860 Richmond Street West entrance (left side of the building). There will be signage to direct you.

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Description of Panel

There is a startling under-representation of Indigenous peoples in our tech and business communities. Why is this? How can we fix it? What steps should be taken by companies? These questions and more will be answered by our panel of amazing leaders in tech/business from Indigenous communities. Our panellists will dig into how companies can recruit more Indigenous peoples, what they should do to create a more inclusive space for Indigenous peoples, and the Indigenous experience in the professional workplace.


Jace Meyer is a Metis speaker and BC trained teacher living in Ottawa, Ontario who currently works as the Lead for Indigenous entrepreneurs at Shopify. In her work she empowers indigenous entrepreneurs across the country by helping them bring their business online and providing support as they grow.

Jarret Leaman is a member of Magnetawan First Nation located in southern Ontario, and does extensive work to empower the Indigenous community. Jarret is the founder of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology, a board member for the Ontario Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a Community Council Member with Aboriginal Legal Services in the area of restorative justice, and is on the Board of Governors for OCAD University.

Krystal Abotossaway is from Aundeck Omni-Kaning First Nations and Chippewas of Rama First Nations and is an urban Ojibwe Anishinaabe Kwe. As the President of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada and Lead Strategic Diversity Advisor and Partner at TD Bank she works to advance the engagement of Indigenous people, disabled people, youth, and women across Canada.


Althea Wishloff (Gitxsan Nation) works at Panache Ventures, a seed-stage venturefund with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, and is responsible for managingToronto and KW deal flow. Prior to joining Panache, Althea’s experience spanned portfolio management, civic tech, fintech, and Indigenous engagement. She also worked alongside Sidewalk Labs andWaterfront Toronto in their development of Quayside, a waterfront “smart city” community.

Illustration by Sophie Berg



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