Cohen will appear on the Discovery main stage on May 15 to speak about the new digital age, and to kick off two days of ideas, innovation and what’s next. Cohen is at the centre of technology and how it is changing the world, especially for the five billion people expected to come online in the next decade. 

As the founder and director of Google Ideas at Google and now the president of Jigsaw (Google Ideas’ successor arm within Google holding company Alphabet Inc.), along with his role as Chief Advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Cohen is at the forefront of using technology to tackle some of our toughest global challenges. 

“Every year we aim to create a highly memorable experience for Discovery attendees,” says Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO. “We know that Jared Cohen will provide the engaging and thought-provoking keynote address that Canada’s innovation community has come to expect from our award-winning annual conference.” 

A leading advocate for public health and the environment for over 30 years, McCarthy will appear on the Discovery main stage on May 16. McCarthy will deliver an environmental message that conveys common sense strategies and sustainable solutions backed by science as well as address the dangers, challenges and opportunities that face our planet and its people, issuing an energizing call to action. 

McCarthy is well-known and celebrated for her work with the Obama White House as former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During that time she spearheaded historic progress on the Climate Action Plan to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals.

In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement, signed by 175 countries. 

McCarthy is currently serving as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard and as a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, emphasizing her career-long position that public health and the environment are critically interconnected.

“With a keen interest across sectors in cleantech, climate change and lowering greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario, Gina McCarthy will be speaking at Discovery at an ideal time,” says Dr. Corr. “Her direct and practical message of environmental protection based in science is an exciting addition to this year’s amazing line-up of speakers.”

Named Canada’s Best Trade Show and Exposition in 2010, 2011 and 2016, and celebrating 12 years of bold, new ideas, OCE’s Discovery is Canada’s premier innovation showcase. It brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in the areas of energy, fintech, the environment, advanced health, digital media, information and communication technologies and advanced manufacturing. The annual conference and showcase attracts more than 3,500 attendees and 500 exhibitors.

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