The official launch of the RBC Innovation Challenge, in partnership with the University of Toronto.

About this event

Join us for the launch of the inaugural RBC Innovation Challenge – an annual, university-wide competition that invites multi-disciplinary student teams to think big and focus on technology projects with the potential for global impact.

The Challenge, supported by University of Toronto Entrepreneurship (UTE), will be open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the university and may identify a different theme each year. The theme for the inaugural RBC Innovation Challenge is Tech for a Greener Future.

When: Tuesday, October 11, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: Hybrid – ONRamp, Unit 150, 100 College Street, Toronto and Online
(select “in-person” or “virtual” ticket type at registration)

In-person attendees: Please note the Innovation Hub has a capacity of 80 guests. Seating will be provided be on a first-come, first-serve basis and registration does not guarantee a spot. Doors will be closed once the room reaches capacity.

Agenda | Oct 11

1:30 pm
Opening remarks and greetings from U of T and RBC

1:40 pm
Presentation of RBC Scholarships for Diversity & Innovation in Technology

1:55 pm
Official launch of Tech for a Greener Future: RBC Innovation Challenge

2:00 pm
Overview of RBC Climate Plan

2:10 pm
Disruptors Panel – Inspiration: Challenges, Trends and Opportunities for a Greener Future

2:50 pm
Next steps: How to participate in the Challenge

2:55 pm
Closing remarks

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ideation and Team Formation Session

Disruptors Panel


Colin Guldimann 

Economist, RBC


Mark Beckles 

Vice President, Social Impact & Innovation, RBC


Christine Gabardo 

Co-Founder and Director of Technology, CERT Systems


Alanna La Rose 

Manager, Strategic Partnerships, RBC 


Krishna Ruthnum 

Director of Climate Strategy & Governance, RBC


Prof. David Sinton 

Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics & Energy, Academic Director, Climate Positive Energy


Prof. Murray Thomson 

Vice-President and Co-founder, Aurora Hydrogen

Click here to watch the live stream starting at 1:30.

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