Takara Small is a Toronto-based tech entrepreneur, journalist and developer. She is a technology columnist on Metro Morning (Toronto’s top-rated morning radio show) and the founder and executive director of VentureKids Canada, a Toronto-based nonprofit that provides free coding classes and startup workshops to youth living in low-income and underserved communities. Since launching, the organization has worked with community-focused groups like Toronto Public Library (Canada’s largest public library system and Venture13 (one of Canada’s growing rural-based startup incubators) to create inclusive opportunities for diverse students from across the city of Toronto and the province. In addition to her work on CBC Radio she is also the host/producer of the Globe and Mail’s technology podcast “I’ll Go First”, which in 2018 was named one of the best technology podcasts in the country by Apple Canada.

This session will also include the presentation of the OPLA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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