Photo: Marc Goodman will be a featured presenter at Discovery 2017, being held May 15-16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Written by Flo Ranger

On Day 1 of Discovery, the global strategist and Founder of the Future Crimes Institute will deliver a presentation entitled Lessons in Innovation from the Criminal Underground and the Future of Financial Crime at the Discovery Theatre.

The New York Times best-selling author of Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It frequently advises industry leaders, security executives and global policymakers on transnational cyber risk and intelligence and has operated in more than 70 countries around the world.

Goodman is currently the Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University.

“With our increasing global interest in cybersecurity, the fintech space and the implications of cybercrime for business, we have a lot to learn about where the future is headed from someone with Marc’s background and expertise,” says Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO. “As cybersecurity makes advances, so will cybercrime and Marc’s extensive experience and research in this area makes him an ideal addition to Discovery 2017.”

The keynote panel on Day 1 will delve into Technology of the Future and features high-profile executives from diverse industries, including Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corporation; P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins, Chair of the Board, OpenText Corporation; Mark Henderson, Chairman, Ericsson Canada Inc.; and Dr. Dana (Keoki) Jackson, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin.

Start-ups and young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn from some of Ontario’s leading investors and entrepreneurs during the two investor panels presented in the Meet an Investor/Ask an Expert Zone on both May 15 and 16.

Our panel on Day 1, Scaleups: How Ontario Entrepreneurs are Scaling Up and Attracting International Attention will inform and inspire entrepreneurs on ways to build, market and scale their successful start-ups.

The Social Enterprise Zone generates visibility for companies to help Ontario become a global leader in social enterprise. During the first day of Discovery, the Social Enterprise Zone will be hosting a panel on New Frontiers of Impact Investing.

Along with its Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition, the Accessibility Innovation Showcase is hosting a panel discussion on May 15 on Championing Accessibility in Businesses featuring industry leaders with an innovative commitment to accessibility and building business.

As part of the TargetGHG showcase, Gina McCarthy, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, will deliver a keynote address on “The Future of the Planet, Climate Change and Business Case for Sustainability.” The showcase will also feature a dedicated area of the show floor bringing together companies currently working to reduce GHG emissions in Ontario through OCE’s TargetGHG program. The zone will include a mix of companies including large industrial players set to transform their industries by deploying new GHG emissions reduction technologies and the Ontario start-ups and SMEs that are set to provide these game-changing solutions to the world.

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.