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FutureMakers Talks: A Taste of Innovation

January 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$7 - $15

BetaKit readers can get in FREE using the promo code “BetaKitPROMO”.

A new year brings a fresh perspective and an appetite for change, so what better time to learn about the innovators who are developing new solutions to improve our lives? Food is being broken down to its genetics, startups are challenging the status quo of healthcare, large enterprises are learning how to foster innovative cultures, and improved access to technological education is shifting our workforce.

Join FutureMakers as we kick off 2019 with a Taste of Innovation on Monday, January 28th. Learn how Toronto’s leaders are reimagining industries like healthcare, banking, education, and food.


  • 5:30pm: Innovation Lab Tour (based on ticket purchase)
  • 6:00pm: Doors Open
  • 6:30pm: Talks Begin
  • 8:15pm: Open Networking

The evening will feature talks from Various Toronto Tech experts:

  • Alexander Peh, VP Innovation at RBC
  • Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code and Canada Learning Code
  • Veronika Litinsky, CEO of GeneYouIn Inc.
  • Isabella Grandic, Innovator, The Knowledge Society

Limited Supply: Get an exclusive tour of one of RBC’s Toronto Innovation Labs!

Located in the office tower at WaterPark Place, see first-hand RBC’s Innovation Lab and hear about their initiatives.

Select the “Ticket + RBC Innovation Tour” ticket to secure your spot.

Speaker’s Biography

Alexander Peh, VP Innovation at RBC

Alexander is a passionate, technology-focused leader with international experience in the Payments, Digital Commerce, Software Development and Media industries. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, educated in Melbourne, Australia and with stints in Africa, South-East Asia, and Europe, Alexander currently serves as Vice President of Innovation & Enterprise Architecture at RBC. Prior to joining RBC, he led Market Development & Mobile for PayPal Inc. based in North America and EMEA. An active startup advisor, FinTech investor, and entrepreneur mentor, he sits on a range of Advisory Boards including TechToronto, Symend Inc, One More Story Games, Singularity University Canada, and the Canadian FinTech & AI Awards.

Reporting to The EVP of Innovation & Technology, his Group’s mandate is to be a hub within RBC that partners, experiments, builds, and delivers next-generation technology solutions across the Enterprise and lines of business

Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code & Canada Learning Code

Melissa Sariffodeen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ladies Learning Code and Canada Learning Code. She is a celebrated digital literacy advocate who is dedicated to ensuring that women and youth have the critical skills, confidence, and opportunities that they need to thrive in our increasingly digital world. She is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She taught herself how to build websites from scratch using HTML when she was 11 years old and has been coding ever since.

Veronika Litinsky, CEO of GeneYouIn Inc.

Veronika is a chemist by training and first approached the health sector through cancer research in Lawrence Livermore Labs in Berkeley. Subsequent worked in capital markets and invested in innovative companies in San Francisco, where she deepened her understanding of the healthcare industry’s core driving forces.

Healthcare is a service-based business, one that requires seamless interactions between clinicians, payers, and patients. Technology is a prime enabler. She is a builder of technologies for health services and worked with many start-ups while leading the Health practice at MaRS.

Currently, she is a CEO at GeneYouIn Inc., a personalized medicine company. While bringing to market its genomics-guided medication management service, PillCheck, Veronika leverages the very best of science and entrepreneurial cultures for the new era of data-powered decision making.

Isabella Grandic, Innovator, The Knowledge Society (TKS)

Isabella, 15 years old, is on a mission to disrupt the archaic process of food production, specifically food from animals. She has been researching cellular agriculture and discovering new processes for lab-grown meat and lab brewed milk and eggs that is expected to eventually be accessible globally. Her research is currently centred around lab-grown meat using stem cells and genetically engineering yeast to synthesize milk and egg proteins. With her combined knowledge in IoT, AI and CRISPR, Isabella hopes to make synthetic animal products available to everyone by 2025. Isabella was recently nominated for North America’s “Top Innovators To Watch” and is being recognized by incredibly bright minds in the field of life sciences. She is part of The Knowledge Society (TKS) a program working on shaping young people to solve the world’s biggest problems.

FutureMakers Talks

The FutureMakers Talks series is an on-going meetup and learn tech community event presented by RBC. The talks are designed to bring tech enthusiasts, practitioners and experts in the tech community under one roof to share knowledge and discuss major tech advances. The series will feature stimulating discussions on machine learning, digital payments, digital design, cybersecurity and more.

*** If cost is prohibiting you from attending our event, please contact RBC at futuremakers@rbc.com and we will ensure you have access to attend. ***


January 28, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$7 - $15