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Event overview

As part of the RBC Innovation Challenge, we will be presenting a series of panels with experts and innovators about trends, opportunities and challenges in specific sectors of the climate tech sphere.

Through exposure to the work and insights of subject matter experts in the climate field, this session will inspire students and provide ideas that will form the seed of projects. 

Moderated by Sandra Odendahl, SVP and Head, Sustainability and Diversity at BDC, this discussion will be driven by the question “How can we utilize technology and data to accelerate the climate goals of small and medium businesses?” 

About the RBC Innovation Challenge

The RBC Innovation Challenge is 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 .

Workshop 2: Accelerating the Climate Goals of Small & Medium-sized Enterprises



Sandra Odenahl 

SVP & Head of Sustainability and Diversity at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)


Ruby Bhasin 

Vice President, Relationship Management at RBCx


Jon Douglas 

Director, Global Sustainability, RBC Corporate Real Estate


Denise Gray 

Director, Climate Strategy & Product, Business Financial Services, RBC

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