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Wednesday, November 1 • 15:00 - 16:30
201 – Teaching Kids to Code: Implications for Canada's Science Ecosystem/ Enseigner aux enfants comment codifier : conséquences pour l’écosystème des sciences au Canada
Panel Organizer: Tracey Ross, Actua

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Panel Organizer: Tracy Ross, Actua

In Budget 2017, the Federal government announced a new fund specifically designed to support the engagement of youth in digital literacy and coding skills, signalling a political recognition of the critical importance of these skills to Canada's innovation capacity.  What does this new program and policy mean for Canada's capacity to produce scientific knowledge? What are today's initiatives and what are the expected results? What are the challenges? Join speakers from leading organizations who are ramping up efforts to engage Canadians from all backgrounds in building digital literacy.

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Marlene Floyd

National Director, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
Marlene Floyd is National Director, Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Canada. She is a seasoned and charismatic strategic communications and government relations expert with more than 15 years experience defining and designing national outreach and communication strategies for government... Read More →

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Brian Aspinall

Teacher, Speaker Coder, Maker
Brian Aspinall is highly respected and considered one of the brightest STEM innovators in Canadian education. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking and has just completed his Master's Degree in Math... Read More →
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Jennifer Flanagan

Co-Founder, President and CEO, Actua
Jennifer Flanagan is the co-founder and President and CEO of Actua, a national charitable organization that engages Canadian youth in inspiring and innovative science and technology experiences. Through camps, classroom workshops, clubs, and community outreach, Actua's programs reach... Read More →
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Melissa Sariffodeen

Co-founder, Ladies Learning Code
Melissa is a social entrepreneur, leader and big thinker. As Co-Founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code and Canada Learning Code, Melissa has established a reputation as a fierce advocate for women and youth. She is dedicated to ensuring that they have the critical skills, confidence, and opportunities that they need to become passionate builders -- not just consumers -- of technology and to thrive in our increasingly digital world... Read More →

Wednesday November 1, 2017 15:00 - 16:30 EDT
GATINEAU – ROOM 205/207 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2