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Digital Divides: Youth and Digital Skills

Young people grew up with digital technologies and have relatively greater internet adoption. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for reliable internet access increased as schools transitioned online. Despite living parts of their personal and professional lives online, there remain disparities between access to devices and internet connectivity among Canadian youth especially among low-income communities.

How can Canada improve access to the internet and digital learning devices among youth coming out of the pandemic? How can digital spaces better aid youth learning and development? What digital skills are necessary to maximize benefit from e-learning opportunities? 

Join us to discuss how Canada can better support our public internet infrastructure for the marginalized communities who rely on them and for everyone.

When

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

9:00 AM (PT)

Online event

After registration, you will receive the information to log-in to the conversation one day before the event.

Accessibility

All our workshops will have closed captioning in English. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact leadershiplab@ryerson.ca.

Other considerations

This session will be recorded and will be shared with registrants after the event with the event transcript.

Guest speakers

Ken Sanderson

Executive Director, Teach For Canada

Ken Sanderson is Anishinaabe, and a member of Pinaymootang First Nation. He has dedicated his career to enhancing opportunities for Indigenous communities. Ken has 20 years of experience in executive leadership, organizational development, and growth management. He has worked with the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, and Broadband Communications North, and is currently the executive director of Teach For Canada. He sits as a board member for the Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association, and council member for Ka Ni Kanichihk.

Howard Moriah

Director of Operations, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough

 

Howard Moriah has been working at the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (BCGES) for the past 10 years, serving in the capacity of Senior Manager of Youth & Community Outreach Services and currently as Director of Operations.​

 

In his capacity as Director of Operations, he not only leads the development of programs and services for Children & Early Teens and Youth Service initiatives, but he also oversees the departments of Equity, Diversity & Social Impact, Stewardship & Sustainability, and the implementation of BGCES’s Strategic Plan, as well as the overall physical operations of program sites.

 

Howard is invested in the development of community and currently serves on the steering committee with Scarborough Civic Action Network (SCAN), the Coalition Against Streaming in Education (CASE) and most recently as board member of St. Stephen’s Community Apartments Corporation.

 

Over the past 20 years, Howard has worked with youth in a variety of settings both in Canada and the United States.

Kate Arthur

CEO and Founder, Kids Code Jeunesse

 

Kate Arthur is the founder and CEO of Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ), a national charity that introduces computational thinking, coding, artificial intelligence and ethics to communities across Canada. KCJ’s #kids2030 initiative will educate 1,000,000 kids and 50,000 educators on artificial intelligence, ethics, and using technology to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Global Goals by 2030. 

 

Kate was raised and educated in the U.K., Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and Canada, and has witnessed the powers of an educated country and an uneducated one. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), and is currently completing her eMBA at McGill and HEC universities (Montreal, Canada). 

 

Kate actively speaks at international conferences and contributes to policy discussions to make sure youth are included in discussions and decisions on AI. She is the recipient of many leadership awards, including 100 Entrepreneures Qui Changent Le Monde (Femmessor, 2020), Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (WXN Network, 2020), Empowerment Leader of the Year Award (WCT, 2020), Visa Entrepreneur / Innovation Leader of the Year Award (Canadian Fintech & AI Awards, 2019), and Woman of Merit: Education (YWCA, 2020).

Simona Ramkisson

Manager of Community Development, Wikimedia Foundation

Reading List

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