Curiosity on Stage Evening Edition: Innovation and the future of Diabetes, A perspective from an Entrepreneur and Diabetes dad

Hours and Location

Curiosity on Stage Evening Edition: Innovation and the future of Diabetes, A perspective from an Entrepreneur and Diabetes dad

Canada Science and Technology Museum
DateNov 25, 2021
Time7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blood glucose test strips and a digital blood glucose monitor lay on a white surface. An insulin needle lies in the centre with a couple drops of blood lying under the needle tip.
Virtual (Zoom)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee Description
FREE. Registration required.
Recommended for participants ages 15+
Language Comments
Please note that this presentation will be in English, with simultaneous captioning and translation into French, and a bilingual Q & A.

Diabetes has been around for thousands of years. A century ago, a diabetes diagnosis was a death sentence. With the discovery of insulin, millions of lives have been saved and improved. Let’s commemorate the 100th anniversary since the discovery of insulin through an insightful, thought-provoking, and interesting perspective on this Canadian gift to humanity and the innovations around the corner.

As part of our “Medical Innovation” theme, join the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Ingenium Foundation for a lively discussion exploring leading innovations in medicine, and what it means for individuals and Canadian society. The session will end with a question-and-answer period.

Join the conversation! Share your thoughts using the hashtag #CuriosityOnStage

Our speaker:

A man wearing a white, blue, and red striped, collared shirt smiles while leaning against a white wall.

Ron Shlien

Ron is an accomplished entrepreneur who, as a teenager, conceived of and built the world’s most innovative educational franchise system – The Mad Science Group. Mad Science has supported more than 75,000 people with career-oriented employment, inspired more than 80 million children, and delivered more than 10 million live, in-person activities in over 200 markets and in 29 countries. While his entire career has largely been devoted to this one enterprise, Ron has, over time, become a business professional whose strategic skillset has led him to many other mission-driven ventures, including investment and Government work.

As a strategic advisor and serial investor, Ron has collaborated, supported and invested alongside extraordinary leaders in the EV, Technology, Biotech, Fintech, Renewable Energy, Data and Cannabis sectors. Recently, he joined Creative Destruction Lab as a mentor in the Artificial Intelligence Stream. CDL is a non-profit organization that delivers an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies.

Ron recently completed a year-long engagement with the Federal Government as Canada’s first Entrepreneur in Residence. This senior, strategic role injected entrepreneurial thinking into government and delivered meaningful impact to Canadians. He is also the recipient of many awards and recognitions including the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding contributions to Canada by her Excellency, The Governor General.

In 2012, Ron’s son William was diagnosed with Type1 Diabetes and has since invested significantly to help those, particularly children living with this chronic condition benefit from a less complex, more normal life. He continues to be a longstanding Montreal native along with his wife Shari and three children Aiden, William and Kate.

Maturity comments: Please note that discussion topics are intended for mature audiences. Recommended for participants ages 15 and up.

Co-hosted by the Ingenium Foundation.