Think 2030

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About Think 2030

To reach the goals laid out by the UN in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it’s going to take innovative thinking and urgent action. It’s going to take people who think differently. People who make things happen. People like you. Think ahead and take action now. Join Elevate this October and THINK 2030.

Think 2030 is a virtual symposium that brings together industry leaders, policymakers, and startup disruptors to advance critical initiatives in Canada that help foster a new equitable, sustainable and healthy era. Think 2030 will consist of three wide-ranging streams designed to catalyze meaningful advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): Equality, Sustainability, and Well-Being. Daily programming will include a debate, two featured speaker sessions, three innovation sessions that dive into specific industries and solutions, and three breakout sessions that offer a deeper dive into the subject matter at hand.

Through participatory dialogue and debate that informs policy and action, Think 2030 will drive national awareness towards the UN SDGs, set tangible outcomes, and provide the role that Canadian industry leaders, students, and innovators can play in solving society’s greatest challenges.

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Think Equality

October 12th

The barriers to equity that Black, Indigenous and people of colour face are everywhere. But as a nation, we’ve been slow to initiate change. Think Equality will feature a nuanced, informed, and country-specific conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion.



Think Sustainability

October 13th

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change paints an alarming picture that climate change is already upon us. Swift and decisive action is needed now to put Canada on track to meet the targets of the 2030 agenda.



Think Well-being

October 14th

Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a resource that allows people to realize their aspirations, satisfy their needs and cope with the environment. To ensure healthy lives and well-being for all, we all have to take action.



FinTech For Good Innovation Stream

October 12, 13, 14, 3:00-3:30PM EST daily

The FinTech For Good Innovation Stream will feature daily sessions that offer thought provoking discussions, insights from industry experts and a unique look into emerging technologies and disruptors at the intersection of fintech, equality, sustainability and well-being. Join us everyday at 3:00PM EST, as we explore inclusion by design, emerging disruptive technologies, and digital ID in healthcare.


Schedule (On-Demand)


2021-10-12 10:00:00

Think Equality Kickoff

Tyrone Edwards
Anchor, eTalk

Randy Lennox
Executive Chair, Elevate

John Tory
Mayor, City of Toronto

Host Tyrone Edwards, Elevate Executive Chair Randy Lennox and Mayor of Toronto John Tory, welcome you to Think 2030!

2021-10-12 10:15:00

Think 2030 Equality Debate

Rudyard Griffiths
Canada’s Preeminent Moderator & Conversation Convener

John Sewell, Community Activist, Author, Former Mayor of Toronto, and
Co-ordinator, Toronto Police Accountability Coalition

Moderated by Rudyard Griffiths, Think 2030 presents:

Be it resolved. It's time to defund the police and reimagine public safety in our communities.

2021-10-12 11:30:00

Impact Spotlight: Global Good. Local Impact.

Sasha Krstic
President, Mastercard Canada

At Mastercard, our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, sustainable digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere. Join Sasha Krstic, President of Mastercard Canada, as she shares Mastercard's collective vision to connect everyone to Priceless Possibilities.

2021-10-12 12:00:00

Featured Session: Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance

Jesse Wente
Broadcaster, Indigenous Advocate & Pop Culture Philosopher

Part memoir and manifesto, “Unreconciled” is an authentic call to dismantle the concept of reconciliation and instead focus on building a new, respectful relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. The author, Jesse Wente, searches for answers by exploring his family’s history, including his grandmother’s experience in residential schools and his own challenges with racial profiling. This book takes on the difficult history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and gives a voice to those that have been portrayed, understood and seen different to what they truly are.

2021-10-12 14:00:00

Breakout Session: Gender Justice

Paulette Senior
CEO and President, Canadian Women’s Foundation

Fae Johnstone
Executive Director, Wisdom2Action

In this breakout session, we will be uncovering how to cultivate gender justice throughout our communities and institutions. In order to create safe and inclusive spaces, we must first educate ourselves on how race, sexual orientation and gender intersect and can greatly impact the mental wellness of all people.

2021-10-12 14:00:00

Breakout Session: Unpacking Unconscious Bias

Dionne Sinclair
VP, Clinical Care & Chief Nurse Executive Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Uncovering the hidden prejudice that impacts the way we see, think, and do will be the main topic discussed in this breakout room. We will delve into the science behind unconscious bias, and open the dialogue on what equality and equity really means. While educating ourselves, we’ll talk about tips on how to effectively create long-lasting transformation not only within our own homes but throughout our communities and workplaces too.

2021-10-12 14:00:00

Breakout Session: Preserving Indigenous Culture

Ryan McMahon
Comedian, Writer & Podcaster

Nina Mapara
VP, Canada Region Counsel, Mastercard Canada

It is our responsibility as a nation to not only show allyship towards the Indigenous communities, but stand with them in preserving the strength and beauty of their culture. This breakout session will lead us in reflecting on why Indigenous storytelling is an integral part in the movement of reconciliation in Canada. And through our reflection, we will understand the importance of applying Indigenous natural law concepts to our own lives.

2021-10-12 15:00:00

FinTech For Good Innovation Stream: Inclusion by Design

Oscar Roque
VP, Strategy, Trends and Emerging Solutions, Interac

Rhiannon Rosalind
Founder & CEO, Conscious Economics

As technology and the services it enables advances, Canada’s new emerging digital economy will need to further incorporate equality and inclusiveness as the foundation of existing and future business models in order to succeed.

How might we build inclusion and equity into the products and services, as well as the organizations we create, to improve society’s challenges?

2021-10-12 16:00:00

Impact Spotlight: Challenge the Status Quo

Malcolm Fowler
Chief Strategic Partnership Officer, Moneris

Moneris knows how impactful it can be to challenge the status quo. When looking at the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, we recognize that it’s our own responsibility to learn and use our privilege to take action. The end goal is not perfection, but to learn and have open conversations with each other to make our workplace a more accepting space. Although we know that we have continued work to do, we stand proud in our belief that diversity is the center of our company’s values.

2021-10-12 16:15:00

Lifecycle and Sustainability of Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Kevin Barton
Senior VP, Elevate

Nicholas Davis
Executive Director, Equity and Inclusion, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

In this fireside chat, we will talk about current practices of coded inequity and what sustainability of D&I programs look like. But most importantly, we will discuss the underrepresented communities in tech & innovation and how we can change this for the better in the future.

2021-10-12 17:30:00

Doing Well, by Doing Good: a Conversation between Sasha Krstic and Tabatha Bull

Sasha Krstic
President, Mastercard Canada

Tabatha Bull
President & CEO, Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business

Join Mastercard for an exclusive fireside conversation between Sasha Krstic, President of Mastercard Canada, and Tabatha Bull, President and CEO at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, as they discuss the role individuals and businesses can play in advancing diversity, equality and inclusion.

2021-10-12 18:30:00

Featured Session: An Evening with Emmanuel Acho

Emmanuel Acho
Host, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Tyrone Edwards
Anchor, eTalk

Host Tyrone Edwards is joined by Emmanuel Acho for a powerful conversation inspired by his series "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" 

2021-10-13 09:30:00

Think Sustainability Kickoff

Sarain Fox
Artist, Indigenous Activist & Ambassador

Jade's HipHop Academy

Host Sarain Fox welcomes you to Day 2 of Think 2030, featuring a thought provoking performance from Jade's Hip Hop Academy, encouraging us to continue fighting for an equal, and sustainable future for youth around the world.

2021-10-13 10:45:00

Impact Spotlight: Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future

Nuha Siddiqui
CEO & Co-founder of erthos

Olugbenga Olubanjo
Founder & CEO, Reeddi

David Sinton
Professor and Canada Research Chair

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto

Ron Saporta
Chief Operating Officer, Property Services & Sustainability, University of Toronto

Alexander Ip
Co-founder, CERT Systems Inc

From the University of Toronto, research experts and start-up founders in fields like solar power, renewable electricity and sustainable packaging delve into the impact of business innovation. Speaking on relevant topics about what we can do to change our behaviour and adopt new technologies, how to commercialize institutional research and question if smaller start-ups are better equipped to create innovative solutions.

2021-10-13 11:30:00

Impact Spotlight: A Multi-Generational Approach to Sustainability

Kaitlin and Lauren Grierson
Co-founders, TreesCO2

John A. Cook, CIM, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Investor Engagement,
Team Co-Lead Mackenzie Greenchip

Fate Saghir
Head of Sustainable, Responsible & Impact Investing, Mackenzie Investments

2021-10-13 12:00:00

Featured Session: Reasons for Hope

Dr. Jane Goodall
Founder, Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

In this featured session, Dr. Jane Goodall, a well-known environmentalist and climate change activist, will cover the four main reasons for hope. Starting with the energy that comes from youth, the strength of the human brain, the resilience of nature and the power of social media.

2021-10-13 14:00:00

Breakout: Environmental Racism

“Thunder Woman” Nadia George
Actress, Media Personality and Public Educator

Dr. Sabaa Khan
Director-General, David Suzuki Foundation

Dr. Cheryl Teelucksingh
Full Professor & Department Chair, Sociology, Ryerson University

Theresa McClenaghan
Executive Director and Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association

Racism is entrenched in within our institutions and our society decades, but also paralells with the change in our environment. In this breakout session, we will be discussing how the effects of climate change are directly impacting the health and social inequalities of Black & Indigenous communities.

2021-10-13 14:00:00

Breakout Session: Responsible Consumption in Fashion

Kelly Drennan
Founding Executive Director, Fashion Takes Action

Stacey Fruitman
Founder, Style with Substance Ventures

We buy 60% more clothes today than 20 years ago, and we keep them for half as long. Over production and over consumption of fast fashion has had a huge negative impact on both people and planet. In this breakout, learn more about the role industry and consumers play in changing fashion, and how innovative technology is the key driver in making a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry.

2021-10-13 14:00:00

Breakout Session: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Nathan Gillet
Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

In this breakout session we will discuss the main takeaways from the most recent IPCC report and what we need to do in order to continue protecting the environment. We will learn more about how to reduce carbon emission and transition to clean energy, the role of nuclear power and what this means for us as individuals moving forward.

2021-10-13 15:00:00

FinTech For Good Innovation Stream: Disruptive Technologies

Christian Weedbrook
CEO & Founder, Xanadu

Jack Bruner
Co-Founder, Carbon Neutral Club

Karen Deng
Director, Innovation & Ecosystem Engagement, Interac

The focus of Interac is to create disruptive technologies in order to support sustainability and the protection of the environment. Seen as an innovator, we understand major market signals, research and trends in order to foster support for businesses. Companies across Canada are now recognizing that environmental sustainability is a must-have, and we are here to join with them in order to meet our climate goals.

2021-10-13 15:45:00

Impact Spotlight: Reaching Net Zero

Margaret Stuart
Country Manager, Salesforce Canada

Patrick Flynn
Vice President, Sustainability, Salesforce

It’s so important that all companies commit to curbing emissions and create a strong call to action for environmental justice. Although we are still discovering ways for tech to play an impactful role in climate action, Salesforce is an example how becoming net zero is attainable. And through their own success they are providing resources to businesses to meet their own sustainability goals.

2021-10-13 16:10:00

Featured Session: An Astronaut’s Guide to Sustainability

Chris Hadfield
Elevate Co-Chair & Astronaut

2021-10-14 09:30:00

Think Well-being Kickoff

Chloe Wilde
Reporter, eTalk

Host Chloe Wilde welcomes you to Day 3 of Think 2030.

2021-10-14 09:45:00

Think 2030 Fireside Chat

Rudyard Griffiths
Canada’s Preeminent Moderator & Conversation Convener

Taylor Owen
Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communication and

Director of the Center for Media, Technology and Democracy at McGill University

Moderated by Rudyard Griffiths, Think 2030 presents: Be it resolved...Social media is a force for good in the world.

2021-10-14 10:45:00

Impact Spotlight: Putting Me First, A Journey of Self-Care

Jully Black
Canadian artist and icon

2021-10-14 11:30:00

Impact Spotlight: Rewriting the Rules with Digital Care

Erica Spear
Senior Manager, Global Wellness, Human Resources, RBC

Matthew McEvoy
Senior VP and GM, North America, Togetherall

Dr. Joanna Henderson
Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child,

Youth & Family Mental Health, CAMH

When we think about our own well-being we should be focusing on the importance of digital care. We will discuss what digital care is, how to access it and why it’s a crucial for everyone to experience it especially as we slowly move back into a post-pandemic world.

2021-10-14 12:00:00

Featured Session: Radical Inclusivity

Jameela Jamil
Actress, Performer & Activist

Chloe Wilde
Reporter, ETALK

It is our duty to amplify the voices of our community, advocate for those who may be struggling and pass the mic to those that deserve to be heard. In this fireside chat, Jameela Jamil will speak on self-care and what “body neutrality” means to her.

2021-10-14 14:00:00

Breakout Session: Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Mental Health

Margaret Eaton
National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association

Access to proper mental health care is necessary in our society and so important to have widespread access for all. It is our duty to educate and prioritize mental health on a larger scale, especially as we deal with challenges like climate change and global pandemics.

2021-10-14 14:00:00

Breakout Session: Intersectionality of Food Security, Sustainability and Public Health

Josh Domingues
Founder & CEO of Flashfood

Gisèle Yasmeen
Executive Director, Food Secure Canada

Join us for this breakout session as we discuss what intersectionality of food security means, and why sustainability and public health are so important to maintain wellness within our own communities. When we educate ourselves on food justice, what it means and how we can take action, we will be equipped with the knowledge to advocate for food security for all.

2021-10-14 14:00:00

Breakout Session: Women & Pandemics - The Burden of Care

Dr. Mary Bartram
Director, Policy, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Sapna Mahajan
Director, Genomics and Society, Genome Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic affected the mental health of many, but impacted women in a critical way. With women experiencing an increased financial and emotional burden, many didn’t have access to necessary mental health resources. This breakout session will focus on best practices and real-life case studies to help us understand how to support transformative change for women.

2021-10-14 15:00:00

FinTech For Good Innovation Stream: Digital ID & Healthcare

Neil Butters
AVP, Digital ID and Innovation, Interac

Mike Cook, MBA
CEO North America, IDENTOS

Meagan Murdoch
Vice President, Financial and Professional Services, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Laurie Poole
Healthcare Executive/Registered Nurse

Digital ID in healthcare has blossomed over the past year and taught us that it can directly impact our own well-being. With vaccine passports implemented in Canada, digital ID has taken health online and made it more accessible for all. The long-term goal is to not only have a system that is faster, but also less expensive and secure for anyone that uses it.

2021-10-14 16:00:00

Featured Session: Choosing a Vibrant Future

Margaret Trudeau
Celebrated Canadian & Mental Health Advocate

Canadian icon, Margaret Trudeau, offers audiences with an inspirational approach on how to choose a healthy, happy, and secure future. By reflecting on the stories of her own life, Margaret, with her well-known empathetic and warm spirit, will guide listeners to learning more about how to make their later years meaningful.

2021-10-14 17:30:00

A Celebration Towards 2030

Jully Black
Canadian artist and icon

Singer, Song-Writer


Singer, Song-Writer

In partnership with RBC Emerging Artists, we're wrapping Think 2030 with a celebratory music performance. Join us in welcoming Canadian talent Liza, Mutari and Pisceze, and Canada's Queen of R&B Soul, the Juno award-winning artist, Jully Black.


Chris Hadfield

Elevate CoChair & Astronaut

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people — was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created”, by Bowie himself. Acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions, and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon, Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

In 1992, Colonel Hadfield was selected as a NASA Mission Specialist, and three years later he was aboard the Shuttle Atlantis, where he helped build the Mir space station. In 2001, on Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks and in 2013, he became Commander of the International Space Station for six months off planet.

A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

Colonel Hadfield is the author of three internationally bestselling books, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, and his children’s book, The Darkest Dark. Additionally, he released his musical album, Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can, in 2015. He is also featured on for his talk, What I Learned from Going Blind in Space.

Currently, Colonel Hadfield can be seen as the co-creator and host of the internationally acclaimed BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?, and he is co-hosting, with actor Will Smith, the National Geographic series One Strange Rock, directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Colonel Hadfield is also the producer of the celebrated Rare Earth series on YouTube, and the creator of the on-stage celebration Generator, which combines science, comedy, and music for sold-out audiences.

Additionally, Colonel Hadfield is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo.

Emmanuel Acho

#1 NYT Bestselling Author & Host of Uncomfortable Conversations

Emmanuel Acho is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and the Host/Producer of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”.  His groundbreaking online series to drive meaningful dialogue around racial insensitivity and ignorance launched in June 2020 with more than 80 million views to date. The series was recently nominated for a 2021 primetime Emmy award in the category of Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.

Emmanuel is a 2021 Sports Emmy winner, Fox Sports Analyst (Co-Host, FS1 “Speak for Yourself”) and television personality. He is a former NFL linebacker and has a master’s degree in Sports Psychology from the University of Texas.

Jameela Jamil

Actress, Performer and Activist

Jameela Jamil is a one-of-a-kind multi-hyphenate. In 2009, an English Teacher at the time, she was picked from obscurity to host the British breakfast TV program Freshly Squeezed where she went on to become a favourite weekend and weekday morning face for the station T4. In 2016, Jameela made her move to United States television where she was cast by Mike Schur to portray the role of Tahani on NBC’s critically acclaimed The Good Place. Currently, she is host of The Misery Index.

A passionate advocate for many causes, in 2018, Jameela launched a movement and social media platform @i_Weigh which encourages women to feel valuable and look beyond the flesh on their bones. The movement has been recognized by both media outlets and the movement’s hundreds of thousands of followers over the world.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Founder, Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In July 1 960, at the age of 26, she travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of the wild chimpanzees living in Gombe.

Equipped with a notebook, binoculars and a fascination with wildlife, Dr. Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through 60 years of ground-breaking work, she has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

Today there are 24 Jane Goodall Institutes working to support JGl’s core programmes including TACARE a community conservation programme, two sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees and Roots & Shoots, JGl’s environmental and humanitarian programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for their community, animals and the environment in more than 65 countries.

Dr. Goodall has received many awards and honorary degrees, has authored books for adults and children, and featured in numerous documentaries and films.

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Margaret Trudeau

Celebrated Canadian & Mental Health Advocate

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bipolar disorder, Trudeau tirelessly shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.

A bestselling author, Trudeau is the author of four books, including her Changing My Mind, which charts her life’s ups and downs, and her latest title, The Time of Your Life, which offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure, and satisfying future.

Trudeau recently took her story to the stage, co-writing and starring in her own one-woman-show, A Woman of a Certain Age. Part exploration of mental illness and part tell-all, Trudeau shares her compelling story as one of the world’s most fascinating figures, chronicling her courageous public and private journeys. The show premiered on the renowned Second City stage in Chicago, and has since traveled to Montreal and Toronto as part of the Just for Laughs festival. It also made its New York off-Broadway debut with Audible Inc., the audio content division of Amazon, at the Minetta Lane Theatre. The live recording of this performance will be available via in 2020.

Trudeau sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute as a community advocate. She is also the former honorary president of WaterAid, a charitable Canadian non-governmental agency that helps communities in developing countries build sustainable water-supply and sanitation services.

Trudeau is the proud mother to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Jesse Wente

Broadcaster, Indigenous Advocate & Pop Culture Philosopher

Well known as a film critic and broadcaster in Toronto and across Canada, Jesse was the first nationally syndicated Indigenous columnist for the CBC, covering film and pop culture for 20 local CBC Radio programs. He has also been a regular guest on CBC Newsworld’s News Morning and Weekend Edition, as well as Q.

Jesse is Ojibwe, and his family comes from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario. Jesse is Chair of the board of directors for the Canada Council for the Arts.

His first book is published Sept 2021, titled Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance, and he’s been co-producing his first film, a screen adaptation of Thomas King’s best-selling book, The Inconvenient Indian. 

His experience also includes that of being named the first Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. He is an advocate for Aboriginal Arts, most notably on screen. He draws attention to the imagery used by Hollywood in portrayals of indigenous peoples and stresses the need for a culture to have influence on their own depiction. His pieces on The Revenant, Beyonce and sports mascots were among the most shared on 

In his previous role as the Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Jesse oversaw New Releases, series and TIFF Cinematheque programming and scheduling. Some of his contributions to TIFF Bell Lightbox in programming included retrospectives on Roman Polanski, Paul Verhoeven, Ousmane Sembène, Oscar Micheaux, Studio Ghibli and Robert Altman. His first major curatorial project at TIFF Bell Lightbox was the landmark film programme First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition and its accompanying gallery exhibition, Home on Native Land. In the summer of 2013 he curated TOGA! The Reinvention of American Comedy, which brought cast and crew members of Animal House together for an onstage reunion.

In 2014, Jesse co-organized the Canadian premiere of the immensely popular travelling exhibition Stanley Kubrick. Prior to his appointment as Director of Film Programmes, Jesse served as one of the Canadian features programmers for the Toronto International Film Festival, and also programmed for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival. Jesse has been featured in documentaries such Reel Injun, Nightmare Factory and Why Horror? Jesse served as president of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest Indigenous Performing Arts Company for a decade.

An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art, he has spoken at the International Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, the Cultural Summit of the Americas, and numerous Universities and Colleges.

In 2017, Jesse was named the inaugural recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival’s Reel Activist Award, and in 2018 he received the Association of Ontario Health Centres’ Media Award.

Mayor John Tory


Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his life giving back to the city he loves, through his tireless work in public, private sector and philanthropic roles.

Elected as the 65th Mayor of Toronto in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, John Tory is making the city more liveable, affordable and functional.

He has improved the way people move around this city, fighting traffic congestion and speeding up major construction projects; introducing free transit for kids 12 and under and discounted transit for low income residents; championing a transit network expansion plan that includes the Relief Line, SmartTrack, the Eglinton East and Eglinton West LRT, Bloor Danforth Subway Extension to Scarborough and the Waterfront Transit Network; and securing $9 billion in transit investments from other levels of government – the single biggest infrastructure investment in this city’s history.

He has kept taxes low, while investing in priority services including affordable housing and poverty reduction, and modernizing the government services on which people rely.

Under his leadership, Toronto has attracted jobs and investment and emerged as an undisputed centre of innovation and opportunity on the world stage.

Mayor Tory and his wife Barbara have been married for 41 years and have four children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Sabaa Khan

Director-General (Québec & Atlantic), David Suzuki Foundation

Dr. Sabaa Khan is an international environmental and trade lawyer and Director-General for Québec & Atlantic Canada at the David Suzuki Foundation. She also leads the Foundation’s Climate Solutions portfolio. A member of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the IUCN and the Barreau du Québec, Dr. Khan has held a number of expert appointments, including on the NAFTA Advisory Council on the Environment (Government of Canada), the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the UN Expert Group on LIRA Guidance (UNEP) and the Centre for Climate Change, Energy & Environmental Law (Finland). Her analyses on international law, trade and environment linkages, human rights, and global governance have been widely published, including by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the United Nations University – Institute for Sustainability and Peace, the Leiden Journal of International Law and Cambridge University Press.  Dr. Khan is also a pianist and member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada.

Oscar Roque

VP, Strategy, Trends and Emerging Solutions, Interac

Oscar leads the Strategy, Trends & Emerging Solutions group at Interac Corp. He leads enterprise strategy, innovation partnerships, and is responsible for identifying and exploring new technologies and opportunities in areas including consumer-directed finance, digital payments and value exchange, blockchain and fintech.

He has over 15 years of experience in bringing to market new innovations and leading strategy, product management and delivery teams across multiple industries such as financial services, banking, telecommunications and technology services. Oscar has spoken at numerous high-profile international conferences including Collision, Elevate, IBM Think and SIBOS.

He is also a contributor and frequent participant on various industry panels and thought leadership platforms. He can speak to Interac’s forward-thinking approach to research and development as it relates to social innovation, as well as provide deep knowledge of existing digital payment and financial technology infrastructure.

Rudyard Griffiths


Rudyard is the organiser and moderator of the Munk Debates, the world’s preeminent public debating forum.  Griffiths is a public commentator on Canadian cultural issues, national politics and international affairs and is an advisor to various not-for-profit foundations and organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

He is the author Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto, which became Globe and Mail best book of the year, and has edited various essays on Canadian and international political and historical themes. His television and media commentary includes roles as Anchor of Bloomberg North for Bloomberg TV Canada, the bi-monthly Next Debate interview and podcast series for The Globe and Mail, and as co-anchor of NATIONAL AFFAIRS on CTV News Channel. Griffiths first joined CTV as co-host of Squeeze Play, BNN’s daily business and politics show.

Rudyard Griffiths was the co-founder of the Dominion Institute; a national charity created to promote history and civics education in Canadian high schools.  The Dominion Institute and the Historica Foundation merged to create Historica Canada where he remained a board member of the combined organization until 2012. He is a founding director and member of the executive committee of the board of the Global Centre for Pluralism; an international initiative of the Aga Khan IV and the Government of Canada.

His contributions have also included roles as a member of the advisory boards of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (Canada), the U.K. based Ditchley Foundation, as board member of the Stratford Shakespearian Festival, and the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson’s Canadian Institute for Citizenship.

In 2006, Rudyard was recognised by The Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40. He studied history and political science at Trinity College, University of Toronto and completed a masters of philosophy at Cambridge University.

Sasha Krstic

PRESIDENT, MasterCard Canada

Sasha Krstic is president of Mastercard in Canada. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s Canadian operations, and leads the regional strategy to continue growing Mastercard’s brand and business in Canada.

Since joining Mastercard in 2004, Sasha has held leadership roles in key regions across the globe. Most recently, she was executive vice president of Services for Asia-Pacific, and from 2016-2018, she was the head of the Nordic and Baltic division, where she oversaw eight diverse markets and was responsible for developing and executing Mastercard’s strategy to grow the business and deliver innovative payment experiences for consumers and merchants.

  • Sasha began her Mastercard career in Canada and is excited to bring her global experience and perspective back home. During her 11 years in the Toronto office, she held three key positions:
  • Senior Vice President and Group Head, Global Products and Solutions, overseeing the development of innovative products and services to benefit Canadian consumers, merchants and business partners;
  • Senior Vice President and Group Head, Issuer Relationship Management, working closely with financial institutions across the country, deepening relationships and strategically growing Mastercard’s market position;
  • Client Business Leader, Advisors

Sasha graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and has an International Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is passionate about bringing the best out of colleagues, partners and customers; advancing opportunities for women; and most importantly, of living and leading with authenticity.

Ryan McMahon

Comedian, Writer, Podcaster

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe creative who jokes, talks, yells and writes for a living. McMahon is originally from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory and was born and raised in Fort Frances, ON. He splits his time between Toronto and Winnipeg.

McMahon is one of the most sought after Indigenous creatives in North America.

Over the course of his career, Ryan has established himself as a sharp and prolific comedic voice, a trusted Indigenous journalist and media maker, a writer with a sharp pen and a critical lens, and a vital and critical cultural thought leader in North America. 

Ryan’s body of work is irreverent, boundary-pushing, and forward-looking as it investigates the good, the bad and the ugly between the collision of Indian Country and the mainstream.

“Thunder Woman” Nadia George

Actress, Media Personality and Public Educator

Kaqtikew E’pit ( Thunder Woman) better known by her christian name, Nadia George, is Mi’kmaw First Nation Bear clan with Canadian descent. Nadia is an award winning Actor, Media Personality, and Public Educator based in Toronto, with over a decade of professional experience in Social Services. 

Nadia has gained recognition for her community work which focuses on uplifting young voices, addressing stigmas around contemporary Indigenous identity, and advocating for the equity of Indigenous Communities and People in Canada.

Nadia is very passionate about her work, believing education and awareness is where change will start.


Chloe Wilde

Reporter, ETALK

Tyrone Edwards

Anchor, ETALK

Sarain Fox

Artist, Indigenous Activist & Ambassador






Frequently Asked Questions

Think 2030 brings together industry leaders, policymakers and startup disruptors to advance critical initiatives in Canada that help foster a new equitable, sustainable and healthy era.

Think 2030 is the intersection where like-minded individuals come together to make change using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as their roadmap and technology, innovation and culture as their tools.

Through participatory dialogue and debate that informs policy and action, Think 2030 drives national awareness towards the UN SDGs and the role Canadian innovators can play in solving society’s greatest challenges.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
10:00 am - 7:30 pm EDT (Tuesday, October 12, 2021)
9:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT (Wednesday, October 13 & Thursday, October 14, 2021)
  • Drive awareness of the United National Sustainable Development goals while providing specific Canadian context
  • Showcase innovative solutions and technologies that are making progress towards the goals
  • Facilitate connection between the public and private sector to set annual outcomes that make meaningful progress towards 2030 in Canada
  • Provide tangible ways people can make a difference in their personal lives, their work and their communities

Subject to change.

Think Equality - Tuesday, October 12

The barriers to equity that Black, Indigenous and people of colour face are everywhere. But as a nation, we’ve been slow to initiate change. Think Equality will feature a nuanced, informed, and country-specific conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Think Sustainability - Wednesday, October 13

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change paints an alarming picture that climate change is already upon us. Think Sustainability will feature examples of swift and decisive action needed now to put Canada on track to meet the targets of the 2030 agenda.

Think Well-being - Thursday, October 14

Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a resource that allows people to realize their aspirations, satisfy their needs and cope with their environment. Think Well-being will explore actions we can take to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all.

The full event schedule will be released on October 8, 2021.
The list of confirmed featured speakers can be found here. The full event schedule including the roster of speakers will be available on October 8, 2021.

Debate Sessions

Each day will kick off with a 60 minute debate that highlights a key area of focus for the day and prompts critical thinking from the audience.

Featured Sessions

Two daily featured sessions of 45-60 minutes, including panel or Q&A discussions will anchor the day's programming.

Innovation Sessions

Three daily innovation sessions of 30 minutes each will offer a deeper dive into specific industries under the overarching theme of the day, presented and co-created with one of our partners.

Breakout Sessions

Choose one of three 50-min breakout sessions each day that offer a deeper dive into the subject matter at-hand.

Think 2030 tickets range in cost from $49 CAD (Digital Experience Super Early Bird) to $89 CAD (Digital Experience Regular).
  • Access to Think 2030 Digital Platform
  • Digital Access to Debates & Featured Sessions
  • Digital Access to Innovation Sessions
  • Digital Access to Breakout Sessions (as a Viewer)
  • Personalized Schedule Builder
  • Searchable Attendee List
  • Digital Networking Lounges
  • Digital Partner Booths
This event will be online only.
Once you register, you will receive an email with your login information to the Think 2030 event platform.

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