Electric City Talks: Success, Solidarity, & The Future We Want

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Electric City Talks is a Speaker Series to Charge Innovation in Peterborough and the Kawarthas!

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The Innovation Cluster has partnered with RBC to welcome internationally recognized speaker Saadia Muzaffar, who is a tech entrepreneur, author, and passionate advocate of responsible innovation, decent work for everyone, and prosperity of immigrant talent in STEM. She is the founder of Tech Girls Canada , co-founder of Tech Reset Canada and was featured in Canada 150 Women, a book about the most influential and groundbreaking women in Canada.

We are excited to invite YOU to Electric City Talks in celebration of International Women's Day, where Saadia will inspire you with her talk on Redefining Term Sheets: Success, Solidarity, & The Future We Want. You won't want to miss this!

About Saadia Muzaffar's Talk

We know that it is impossible to explain how women only get 2.2% of funding for their ventures while we constitute a majority of the population, without acknowledging long standing structural and systemic bias. Women know these odds in our bones because we feel them in too many boardrooms, banks, media advertisements, and venture competitions - yet women are the fastest growing demographic in new businesses. So this International Women's Day, let's skip the statistics and talk about how we can pave the way to build our own success stories on our own terms, and also make sure that we hold the door open for future people like us. In the throes of a global pandemic that is setting back women most severely, this conversation about our collective ambition and its responsibility and inspiration is as urgent as it is necessary.

You will leave this event fresh with the knowledge to succeed in the boardrooms, competitions, and everyday life.

  • Network with like-minded people and expand your knowledge
  • Learn strategies to obtain funding
  • Create success for yourself AND others
  • Explore STEM and innovation

The virtual event is taking place on Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Zoom login information will be provided upon registration.

  • 7pm Event Start
  • 7:45 PM - Q+A

Join us and recharge with the best in tech and innovation. Expand your knowledge and network with global disruptors to blaze new trails.

Do you have a question you would like to ask Saadia during the Q&A? Submit your questions to

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Saadia Muzaffar

Saadia Muzaffar is a tech entrepreneur, author, and passionate advocate of responsible innovation, decent work for everyone, and prosperity of immigrant talent in STEM. In 2017, she was featured in Canada 150 Women, a book about 150 of the most influential and groundbreaking women in Canada.

She is founder of TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering, and math - and co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, a group of business people, technologists, and other residents advocating for innovation that is focused on maximizing the public good. She serves on the board of Women's Shelters Canada, and is an ambassador for GEM, a mentorship program for high school girls facing socio-economic barriers. She is on the steering committee of Toronto Open Smart Cities Forum, part of Canada Beyond 150: Policy for a diverse and inclusive future initiative, and is an advisor to Government of Canada's Economic Strategy table for Access to Skilled Talent. She is delighted to serve on the advisory board for the University of Guelph’s Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI)

Her work on modern leadership explores big ideas and impactful strategies that address growing challenges for business leaders in today's connected & vigilant markets; and has been featured in CNNMoney, BBC World, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine.

Saadia is also a Pushcart Prize nominated short fiction writer. In February 2018, her work joined that of Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale), Gabby Rivera (America), Hope Larson (Batgirl), and Amy Chu (Wonder Woman) in Dark Horse Comics' anthology featuring comic and prose stories. in 2017, Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups. You can find her contribution to Some Thoughts; a thought-provoking 2019 book on modern day city-building, here.

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