The Innovation Cluster Presents Electric City Talks with Saadia Muzaffar: Success, Solidarity, & The Future We Want

The Innovation Cluster, in partnership with RBC, is excited to welcome internationally recognized Canadian tech entrepreneur Saadia Muzaffar to deliver a one-of-a-kind virtual Electric City Talks keynote on Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. Electric City Talks is a free of charge, high-energy speaker series that ignites conversation to expand knowledge and innovation.

Saadia Muzaffar is an author, co-founder of Tech Reset Canada and founder of TechGirls Canada (TGC). TGC is a not-for-profit organization committed to conducting research and co-designing solutions that address barriers for diversity and equity in science and technology sectors by championing women of all abilities. In 2017, she was featured in Canada 150 Women, a book about 150 of the most influential and groundbreaking women in Canada, alongside Former Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell and more.

“Canada is home to 1.4 million women entrepreneurs with businesses that generate $117 billion in economic activity a year,” says Scott Mancini, Commercial Vice President at RBC. “RBC is proud to support the Electric City Talks International Women’s Day event, so aspiring women entrepreneurs see and hear from women who have broken barriers, such as tech entrepreneur Saadia Muzaffar.”

“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,” says Muzaffar. “Women know these odds in our bones because we feel them in too many boardrooms, banks, media advertisements, and venture competitions. 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.”

The Innovation Cluster is launching this event as the first cohort of its Women Breaking Barriers program wraps up. Ten female-led companies were selected to participate in the fast-tracked accelerator for STEM and social innovation. By the end of February, each participant will have pitched to the local angel investors that make up the Peterborough Region Angel Network

“Inspired by the Women Breaking Barriers program and the incredible female founders in our region, this event will host important conversations to continue to move the dial forward,” says Rosalea Terry, Women Breaking Barriers lead, Senior Innovation Specialist and Marketing Manager with the Innovation Cluster. “Saadia is sure to impress and give actionable steps to create change.”

Saadia’s work has been featured in CNNMoney, BBC World, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine.

This presentation will provide a space for students, entrepreneurs, business leaders and community members alike to engage in critical discussion that inspires and ignites change. Following the keynote, audience members will be able to take part in a Q&A.

This virtual event will be hosted via Zoom and will be free of charge to reduce barriers to entry.