Sarah Baldeo – Keynote Speaker

Neuroscientist, Technologist, Author & Actress, Board Member & Investor, Senior Innovation Partner CGI, Ex-Deloitte Director

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Specialist Subjects

  • Business Transformation and the Impact of Change on Your Brain
  • Ageism And AI, How technology can drive inclusivity for all ages
  • Investing in Digital Transformation on any budget
  • Introducing Agile Methodology into Any Organization
  • Mindful DEI – Why Humans are naturally Biased
  • The Metaverse, Understanding Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for any Environment


  • English


Sarah Baldeo is an experienced neuroscientist, technologist, corporate strategist, author, actress and entrepreneur, closing on 20 years of leadership experience. She has successfully founded and exited two consulting firms, while helping three companies IPO. Presently CEO and Equity Partner at ID Quotient Advisory, a boutique Innovation Technology firm, Sarah has a wealth of experience in technology consulting having recently served as an Innovation Partner at CGI, and Executive Director at Deloitte.

A winner of the 2023 Global Business Elites Top 40 Under 40 Awards, Sarah is committed to sharing her knowledge and inspiring leaders to practice integrity and accountability.

Sarah is has held senior executive roles at Canada News Wire, Ceridian, FinancialForce, TransparentBusiness, Insurance Search Bureau, and Deloitte Canada. Sarah Baldeo holds an Executive MBA via University of Toronto, a neuroscience degree from York University, and certifications from Princeton, Ryerson, and University of Illinois.

Sarah served as Chair for the Professional Background Screening Association and was an anchor member for the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She also worked with the RBC Initiative, Women in Identity as a member and was part of the University of California Advisory Board for Leadership. Presently Sarah is a mentor via Women’s Infrastructure Network, on the CivicAction ELN Executive Committee, on the Advisory Board for Napice, a learning platform for engineers, and most recently was appointed to the Cyber Security Global Alliance Board of Directors and Senior Advisory Council.

You can find Sarah speaking at events like TED Conferences, ELEVATE Festival, CBC News, Build a Dream, Gaming Security Professionals of Canada, FEM for STEM, GirlStrong, Powerful Women in Cyber, WomenTech Global, Women in Cyber, Women Enterprise Organizations of Canada, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, University of Calgary Haskayne Business School and guest lecturing at University of Toronto Rotman Business School. With a strong creative side, Sarah has acted on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Fox, and appeared in national tv commercials for Autotrader and other large brands like BNN Bloomberg. A born and raised Torontonian, she is devoted to helping improve accessibility and equity within the global economy, and was nominated for the 2023 WXN Canadian DEI Awards, a winner of the 2021 University of Toronto Rotman Social Impact Award and is a 2021 WomenTech Global Award Finalist.

Popular Talks by Sarah Baldeo

Business Transformation and the Impact of Change on Your Brain

The 5th Industrial revolution is here – RPA, digitalization, and AI are driving the pace of change forward at rates previously unseen. Across industry lines business transformation has taken hold and within the workforce definitive lines have formed – those who can adapt and those who are struggling with adjustment. The best digital transformation plans have a structure that encapsulates Business Structure, Processes, Operations, IT, Security, and People – unfortunately most DX plans evaluate decisions segregated from the workforce impact. This presentation will focus on the neuroscience of change and how understanding these impacts can help you form a better Business Transformation Plan.

– Effective Change Management Practices
– Understanding the physiology of change on the brain
– How to bring your team on the transformation journey

Key Takeaways:
1) The 5th industrial revolution: AI, Blockchain, Robotics – what this means for the workforce
2) The neuroscience of change – the prefrontal cortex, the hippocampus, the amygdala all work together to tie decision making, memory and emotion together
3) We are wired to experience change as negative as a result of how new neural synapses formulate – make change a part of your process consistently and your teams will react positively.
4) Positive reinforcement and behavioural conditioning can minimize negative impacts to your teams.

Ageism And AI, How technology can drive inclusivity for all ages

Modernization and transformation are two key buzz words that have been en vogue long before Covid-19. As we consider artificial intelligence, neural networks, robotic process automation and deep learning – how do the approaches, methodologies, applications and solutions that we design created and launched in an inclusive way? Technology is often designed to automate – but user experiences can sometimes fall short of being accessible to users of all age groups. Beyond ageism in applications – we can also reflect upon how to adjust our organizational change management strategies to avoid using exclusionary jargon, or leverages lexicons that make it even more difficult for all age groups to participate in change.

– How to structure your organizational change in a way that includes users of all ages.
– Terms in AI and digital transformation that may be unfamiliar.
– Approaches to creating solutions that are accessible for all age groups.

Key Takeaways:
1) Accessibility and inclusive strategies to ensure digital transformation includes age groups across the board.
2) Different archetypes we can use in the framework for change that are designed for Gen X.
3) How Gen Z, Gen Y, Gen X all have similarities in processing change.
4) Generative design and advanced personalization – what do these concepts mean in UX Design and why do they matter in battling ageism.

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