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Women Driving the Smart Mobility Revolution

April 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Award-winning founders, innovators and researchers. Leaders driving global innovation collaboration to improve our world. World-leading experts in self-driving cars, AI, 5G and robotics.

Welcome to Women Driving the Smart Mobility Revolution, an International Women’s Week event hosted by Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa and Women in Automotive Tech (Silicon Valley), in partnership with MDK Business Law

Join us for inspiration and actionable insight from women leading in smart mobility who are:

  • Championing groundbreaking innovations, strategies and investments
  • Leading courageously during challenging times…launching new startups, research networks, global collaborations, smart city and climate change solutions
  • Driving diversity, inclusion and equity in the global CAV landscape by empowering women leaders from every walk of life

These leaders will:

  • Share their expertise and stimulate provocative dialogue on the current state of smart mobility; key opportunities, challenges, big ideas and seismic events (including the pandemic), evolving markets and investment trends
  • Explore the key needs, priorities and gaps facing this sector; this includes the need to build a strong, diverse and inclusive pipeline of current and future women leaders for this sector spanning technology, business, investment and policy
  • Discuss strategies to attract, develop and retain more women from every walk of life in smart mobility, and increase the overall competitiveness of this sector


12:00PM: Welcome: Rebecca Thompson, Senior Manager, Area X.O; Event MC: 5 minutes

12:05PM: Opening Remarks: Michelle Gee, Executive Director, Women in Automotive Tech (Silicon Valley) and Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa: 5 minutes

12:10PMFacilitated Virtual Networking Session

  • Join us to meet fellow members of our local, national and global smart mobility community virtually one-on-one, and in small groups
  • Meet participants from Canada, the US and around the world brought together by Area X.O and Women in Automotive Tech (Silicon Valley) via the Hopin platform
  • All virtual networking rooms will be led by a table captain
  • This is your opportunity to build new relationships, acquire personal insight and guidance, meet prospective mentors, customers, investors, partners and talent, and support fellow women leaders in this field

1PM: Keynote Fireside Chat

  • Introduction by Naomi Morisawa De Koven, Managing Lawyer, MDK Business Law
  • Richa Sahay, Climate Action Team Leader, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations; Former Lead, Automotive, Supply Chain and Logistics Industries, World Economic Forum (NYC)
  • Manjula Selvaraja, National Tech Journalist and Columnist, CBC (Toronto)
  • Rachael Patraw, Business Operations Specialist, Area X.O; Special remarks

1:50PM: Break

1:55PM: Driving the Safe, Secure and Impactful Implementation of Smart Mobility Innovations through Policy Leadership

2:35PM: Break

2:40PMFeuling Smart Mobility Technology and Innovation

3:20PM: Break

3:25PM: Evolving Smart Mobility Investment Landscape and Global Markets

  • Dr. Yvonne Lutsch, Investment Principal, Robert Bosch Venture Capital
  • Additional speakers to be announced

4:05PM: Break

4:10PM: Building More Diverse and Inclusive Smart Mobility Industry

5PM: Concluding remarks

Join us to drive the future of the smart mobility industry. 


April 6, 2022
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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