Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.
While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.
This week: Solange Tuyishime, Tanya Woods and Shane Roberts
Elevate International, Kind Village and the United Nations Association in Canada, National Capital Region
This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Join us as we highlight and reflect on the importance of this milestone in human history with a special Curiosity on Stage where we will discuss the importance of science and technology for a sustainable world and learn about the role technology played in bringing forth the cornerstone of modern human rights.
Presented in partnership with our friends from Kind Village.
Solange Tuyishime is the founder of Elevate Women, was born and raised in East Africa before escaping war and genocide at the age of 13. Since then, she has dedicated her life to unifying women across Canada and the world, while shining a spotlight on issues affecting women and children. Solange is currently the UNICEF Canada Ambassador, advocating for children’s right to quality education and clean water.
She is the founder of Naylah’s Legacy, a non-profit organization in memory of her daughter to help pre-mature babies and their mothers. More recently, Solange founded Elevate Women, which promotes female empowerment through elevation of leadership, economic growth and community building.
She was crowned Miss Canada International in 2006, Miss Galaxy Canada in 2011 and Mrs. Canada in 2017.
Shane Roberts is a futurist, former intelligence analyst and life-long educational activist dedicated to engaging the public and expert communities in shaping prospects for a better future. Shane left the federal public service in 2013, after serving a decade as a futurist for emergency preparedness and national security, but has continued this work. Since starting in strategic foresight, he has given over 75 seminars in Canada, the USA and Europe to spies, scientists, scholars, and specialists representing governments, universities, and think-tanks from over 40 countries, as well as students and public audiences aged from 8 to 80.
Shane continues to give talks to the intelligence community, experts, NGOs, and the public on global trends, natural and human-made risks to global security broadly defined, and the work of the United Nations.
Before his work as a futures studies, Shane was in foreign intelligence for two decades - half of that time supporting the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat in its work for the Prime Minister and upper echelons of government. An award-winning analyst, Shane participated in the production of strategic intelligence assessments on diplomatic, economic, military, and scientific and technological issues in world affairs, including tracking 20 conflicts on five continents.
Shane is a member of several non-governmental organizations involved in science and global affairs: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the America Geophysical Union, the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, the Canadian Pugwash Group (as a member of its Board of Directors), and the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-C). In UNA-Canada for over three decades, he has served as a Branch President, VP, Treasurer, newsletter editor, and on the national Board of Directors.
Tanya Woods is the CEO & Chief Impact Officer of Kind Village, an award winning online community of citizens, professionals, businesses and community organizations working together to address local issues and create positive change. Kind Village’s giving platform harnesses the power of leading and experimental technologies to improve civic engagement, philanthropy and social impact ecosystems in local communities around the world.
For the last 15 years, Tanya has worked at the intersection of new technologies, media, policy and law and has successfully advocated for positive systemic ecosystem improvements in Canada and abroad, including the prioritization and enhancement of digital skills training for women. Today, she focuses her efforts on projects that embrace advanced technologies including AI, data analytics and blockchain, and that empower people to make a social impact to enhance their local communities. Tanya is a 4 time founder and has designed large-scale social impact projects with national museums, multinational corporations, international conferences, local businesses, charities and nonprofits, post-secondary schools and government. With her complementary background as a former trade negotiator, technology lawyer and policy strategist.
Tanya is considered to be a social impact thought leader and has been recognized as a Civic Leader by the Obama Foundation, a Leading Woman in Technology by the Government of Canada, as a Trailblazer by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and as a Top 40 Under 40 in Canada’s Capital (Ottawa). Tanya is a published author on impact investment and frequent public speaker in Canada and abroad at industry conferences and government meetings addressing social impact, technology and policy topics. Tanya studied communications and media (BA) and law at the University of Ottawa (LL.B., LL.M). She also studied law at The London School of Economics and American University Washington College of Law (LLM).