Limitless Conference – July 21 Event Details


Finally! Here are more event details about Limitless!!

*Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment* Conference registration is free for Columbia College students and includes catered breakfast and lunch, and entry to all panels, workshops, and keynotes.

WHAT: Limitless 2018: Imagining Brighter Futures, a student conference at Columbia College
WHEN: Saturday, July 21 / 9:30 am – 3 pm
WHERE: Columbia College

Keynote Speakers: Hasan Alam and Dr. Maryam Sadeghi

Hasan Alam


Hasan Alam is an activist and lawyer that specializes in employment and labour law. He is a child of Pakistani migrants and resides here on the occupied territories of the Coast Salish People. He received his degree in Law from the University of Calgary in 2011 and was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2012. Prior to law school, he worked in Cairo, Egypt for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

His role at CIDA involved working with local NGOs around issues of human rights, gender equality, and labour rights. Hasan articled at the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, through which he gained experience in poverty and human rights law. He also had the opportunity to facilitate public legal education workshops across British Columbia, which focused on marginalized communities learning more about their rights.

Hasan currently works as a Staff Lawyer at the BC Government and Service Employees Union, where, he advocates on behalf of workers and represents them in labour arbitrations and mediations. He is also the supervising lawyer for the Abbotsford Community Services Migrant Worker and Poverty Law Clinics. These programs are aimed at providing pro bono legal advice to individuals who are either temporary foreign workers in the lower mainland or cannot afford legal services otherwise. Hasan is also a founding member of Critical Muslim Voices, an organization dedicated to advocating against Islamophobia in Canada and creating spaces for dialogue and community activism. He currently sits on the boards of the BC Civil Liberties Association and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.

Dr. Maryam Sadeghi

Maryam SadeghiMaryam Sadeghi, the CEO and Co-Founder of MetaOptima Technology, completed her PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in the Medical Image Analysis lab.

In 2012, she co-founded MetaOptima Technology in Vancouver, Canada, where MoleScope and DermEngine were developed for intelligent skin analytics, imaging, and management. The company was one of ten that were shortlisted for the 2013 BCIC New Ventures Competition, and won a $40,000 Wavefront Wireless prize package. In 2014, Dr. Sadeghi also won the Venture Prize from Coast Capital Savings.

From 2013-2015, Dr. Sadeghi was director of the Digital Health Hub (Innovation Boulevard), where she was actively involved in R&D and commercialization activities. She also worked closely with the Gerontology Research Center (GRC) at SFU on innovative health solutions for senior care and independent living.

In 2016, Dr. Sadeghi made the Business In Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 Awards List for her innovative work and successful commercialization of DermEngine (an intelligent dermatology platform) and MoleScope (a mobile dermoscope). Recently, Maryam was appointed as a MITACS Research Council member, was credited as one of BC’s most influential women in BC Business Magazine, and her company was listed as a “Ready To Rocket” business in the area of digital health.

Since its development, MetaOptima has become one of the fastest growing digital health technology companies in Canada, and continues to strive to empower physicians and patients for better care outcomes.

Workshop Facilitators:

Karen Atwal (Work and Volunteer Experience Workshop)
Manjot Bains (Developing a Small Business Workshop)
Sophie Baker (Self-Care: Success After Graduation Workshop)
Rose Black (Your Leadership Style Workshop)
Gabrielle Flores-Santiago (Work and Volunteer Experience Workshop)
Simran Sarwara (Unlearning Empowerment in South Asian Diaspora Workshop)
Abeer Yusuf (Building Your Brand Workshop)

Workshop facilitator bios coming soon!

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