Monday, March 30
MaRS Discovery District
All paid MaRS conference passes
17% of our population — 6.5 million Canadians — are older than 65. And that number is growing rapidly.
Explore the innovations that are transforming aging and brain health with this half day of keynotes, demos, and pitches. Our presenters will introduce new approaches to geriatric care, detail advances in cell research that are changing the limits of human longevity, demonstrate digital therapeutics and more.
Experience interactive demos of technologies that improve cognitive strength through meditation, revolutionize mobility through robotics, as well as augment caregiving. Plus, health providers will share their unmet needs in a series of reverse pitches to an audience of innovators and entrepreneurs.
Professor and Canada Research Chair of Robots for Society, University of Toronto
Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng. is the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society. She is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at both the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and […]
National Executive Director of Innovation, Kaiser Permanente
Nick has been at the forefront of bringing innovation and design to healthcare providers, policy makers, and industry leaders as a way to solve our most intractable problems. Nick is the Executive Director of Innovation for Kaiser Permanente, the largest non-profit healthcare provider in the United States. He led the Innovation Hub at Johns Hopkins […]
Ariel Garten is a psychotherapist, neuroscientist, mom, former fashion designer, and the female founder and visionary of an amazing and highly successful tech start-up Muse. Muse tracks your brain during meditation to give you real-time feedback on your meditation, guiding you into the “zone” and solving the problem most of us have when starting a […]
Co-Founder and CEO, Trexo Robotics
Manmeet Maggu is Co-Founder and CEO of Trexo Robotics (YC2019). He founded Trexo after learning of his nephew’s diagnosis with cerebral palsy. Manmeet holds a Mechatronics Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. Previously, he has worked at Blackberry (RIM) and Qualcomm, among others, and brings […]
Co-Founder and CEO, Acorn Biolabs
Drew Taylor is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Acorn Biolabs. Biologist and former professional athlete, Drew has charted his path across molecular cell biology, science and baseball with steadfast passion over his career. Drew’s current mandate is to lead Acorn Biolabs to market to bring accessible, non-invasive and affordable live cell collection and preservation […]
Co-Founder and CEO, Steadiwear Inc
Mark Elias, the co-founder & CEO of Steadiwear Inc, has a background in vibration damping and entrepreneurship with previous experience in project controls with Turner construction management. Mark has managed Steadiwear’s R&D, manufacturing, clinical trials, IP & highly efficiently.
Future Strategist, SE Health
As a senior leader at SE Health (formerly Saint Elizabeth Health Care), Zayna works to create a better future for aging adults in their homes and communities. She is faculty at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine stream, and is adjunct faculty at the Health Sector Strategy stream at the Rotman School of Management. Previously, Zayna led […]
+ more speakers to be announced
8:00 a.m.: Registration, Networking
8:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks, Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS
8:45 a.m.: City of Toronto – Toronto Seniors Strategy 2.0
8:55 a.m.: Introduction Ying Tam, Managing Director, MaRS Health
9:00 a.m.: Opening Keynote, Nick Dawson, Executive Director of Innovation, Kaiser Permanente
9:30 a.m.: Venture Demo: Mark Elias, Co-Founder and CEO of Steadiwear
9:40 a.m.: Debate: Longevity Unlimited
Debate: Science says we might be able to put the brakes on human aging. Recent articles proclaim there is no limit to human lifespan citing breakthroughs in regenerative medicine and a concept called the “mortality plateau.” But can (or should) humans live to 150 or even longer? Join a debate and decide.
10:00 a.m.: Reverse Pitch: AgeWell, The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, and The Ontario Brain Institute
10:15 a.m.: Venture Pitches
10:45 a.m.: Demo Meditation Session: Interaxon
11:00 a.m.: Lightning Talk: The Bots Are Coming, Goldie Nejat, Robots for Cognitive Intervention
11:10 a.m.: Venture Demo: Manmeet Maggu Co-Founder and CEO of Trexo Robotics
11:45 a.m.: Reverse Pitch: SE Health & Mackenzie Health
12:00 p.m.: Venture Pitches
12:20 p.m.: Closing Keynote: The Future of Aging, Dr. Zayna Khayat, Future Strategist, SE Health
12:50 p.m.: Lunch & End