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What’s Now, What’s NEXT.

What’s Now, What’s NEXT highlights where Canada is now in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship, and predicts what the next 150 years will bring.

NEXT Canada asked alumni entrepreneurs and supporters across a range of industries to help create a vision of what the future could look like. Their answers give a glimpse into the future potential of a range of industries, and plot the development of what we can expect to see over the next 150 years.

NEXT Canada’s mission is to increase national prosperity by providing an ecosystem to support the country’s most exceptional entrepreneurs and innovators.

NEXT Canada is a national non-profit charity that grew out of The Next 36, a program founded in 2010 by a group of visionary business leaders and academics, and is modeled loosely after the successful Own the Podium program.

Our philosophy is to invest resources on exceptional individuals with the potential to build something with global impact.

We believe in founder development - a unique blend of mentorship, education and networking that inspires driven Canadians to disrupt industries and build globally relevant companies.

Next 36 is a program that accelerates the growth of Canada’s most talented young entrepreneurs. Each year we provide mentorship, capital, and unparalleled founder development to 36 students and recent grads to help them launch their startups.


Next Founders focuses on founder development for high growth ventures. We help scale both the founder and their business through customized education taught by some of the world’s top faculty and most successful entrepreneurs.


NextAI is a global innovation hub for artificial intelligence related venture creation and technology commercialization. We identify talented teams of builders, innovators, and game changers and leverage Canada’s leadership position in AI to provide them with the capital, mentorship, and network to create big impact.

NextAI Founding Partners

National Partners


2027
Go digital or die - tomorrow's winners in financial services are the institutions that reinvent themselves today.
CONTRIBUTOR: Anthony Vaz
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: CreditMobile
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
Artificial intelligence will democratize personalized access to many services including heatlh and financial.
CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Desmarais
TITLE: Senior Vice President
COMPANY: Power Corporation
NEXT Connection: Board Member

2042
All banking will be done on your mobile device, including loans, payments, day-to-day banking, mortgages, and even transfer of assets like stocks and your home. Your bank will be on your phone.
CONTRIBUTOR: Johnathan Holland
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Curexe
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2092
In 75 years, the sharing and collaborative economy will take over. Physical assets will no longer hold value and assets will be transferred from peer-to-peer as they are shared, instantly
CONTRIBUTOR: Johnathan Holland
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Curexe
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2117
Artificial intelligence will help individuals examine and correct biases in the fields of law, politics, HR, and compensation.
CONTRIBUTOR: Angus Galloway
TITLE: CTO
COMPANY: operant.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2117
Machine learning applications will reduce risk in financial management by curtailing fear and greed, the twin propellers of irrational market behaviour.
CONTRIBUTOR: John Stackhouse
TITLE: Senior Vice President
COMPANY: RBC
NEXT Connection: Partner and Donor

2167
One currency will be the norm.
CONTRIBUTOR: Taher Jafferjee
TITLE: Founder
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
Augmented reality will replace mobile phones and we'll experience it 99% of the time. Visual notifications tailored to our lifestyle, life-stage, family, needs, wants, and everything in between will be the new norm.
CONTRIBUTOR: Saroop Bharwani
TITLE: CEO and Founder
COMPANY: Senso.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
Artificial intelligence will be used to disrupt traditional platforms like search engines through the use of voice and contextual search.
CONTRIBUTOR: Jacqueline Cook
TITLE: VP of Growth
COMPANY: Vendasta
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
In the next 10 years, the biggest thing that will impact the construction industry is the generation shift of those in leadership roles. This will rapidly change the speed at which technology is embraced throughout all stages of construction and drive increases in productivity.
CONTRIBUTOR: Mallorie Brodie
TITLE: CEO and Co-founder
COMPANY: Bridgit
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2042
On-demand photography will skyrocket. Anyone, anywhere will be able to connect with a photographer for various shoots, from the hyper-local, one-off small business shoot, to worldwide marketing campaigns. We’ll also see 360-degree photography experience a boom.
CONTRIBUTOR: Andy Yang
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: 500px
NEXT Connection: Mentor

2092
In the next 75 years blockchain will disrupt multiple industries; from transportation to social networking. Online connections and followers will become a fundamental part of your life and trust will become the most important currency.
CONTRIBUTOR: Bryan Gold
TITLE: Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY: #paid
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

2117
In the short term, menial tasks in the advertising stack will be completely automated. Larger trends are shifting toward a new mode of advertising altogether through augmented reality, where ads are competing for our field of view.
CONTRIBUTOR: Mike Schmidt
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: Dovetale.com
NEXT Connection: Mentor and Advisor

2027
Access to digital technologies will help individuals work smarter and learn faster. Technologies like artificial intelligence will make the degree obsolete in five years and life expectancy will be over 100 years.
CONTRIBUTOR: Dan Yang
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: neuralIR
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
Canadian post-secondary students will have more access to real-world learning opportunities in the form of co-op enabled programs.
CONTRIBUTOR: Stan Touhlov
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Discoverly
NEXT Connection: Next AI Participant

2027
Computer science, robotics and artificial intelligence will be considered essential skills and taught along with reading and writing.
CONTRIBUTOR: Alex Hong
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Robot Playtime
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2092
Artificial intelligence will become an integrated part of the education system, from admissions to curriculum.
CONTRIBUTOR: Emilie Cushman
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Kira Talent
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2117
In the next one hundred years, traditional classrooms will be a thing of the past and education will be personalized through the use of artificial intelligence. We'll begin to view curriculums as self-guided experiences that extend beyond classroom learning.
CONTRIBUTOR: Nadeem Nathoo
TITLE: Executive Director
COMPANY: TKS
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2167
Canadians will download everything they want to learn into their brains.
CONTRIBUTOR: Alex Hong
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Robot Playtime
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2167
College and university students will no longer be dependent on a campus to commute to as education will be conveniently accessible online
CONTRIBUTOR: Stan Touhlov
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Discoverly
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
Traditional electrical utility business models will be replaced by faster moving, more distributed and communicative networks.
CONTRIBUTOR: Tagg Jefferson
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: GridCure
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2092
Buildings will generate their own energy, resulting in people being more productive and healthy.
CONTRIBUTOR: Natalia Mykhaylova
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: WeavAir
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2092
We’ll harness gravitational energy to create a cleaner world with less disease, and solar roadways will allow us to eliminate the use of fossil fuels.
CONTRIBUTOR: Kyle Reid
TITLE: Founder and CEO
COMPANY: Open Oceans Apps Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

2027
The connected home and workplace becoming totally commonplace.
CONTRIBUTOR: Dan McCann
TITLE: President
COMPANY: Kodisoft Interactive Smart Tables
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni, Partner/Donor

2042
In the next 25 years, we'll see digital celebrities replace traditional celebrities in a deep and meaningful way.
CONTRIBUTOR: Bryan Gold
TITLE: Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY: #paid
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

2167
Immersive media such as virtual reality will become the primary source of entertainment and will seamlessly integrate into real world moments.
CONTRIBUTOR: Joshua Indig
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: New Reality
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2027
Screens will cease to exist outside of mobile form, and will probably take the form of wearables or bio-implants.
CONTRIBUTOR: Alan Daniels
TITLE: Engineering Lead
COMPANY: New Reality
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2027
Less food will be wasted in landfills and oceans and more will be preserved through technology.
CONTRIBUTOR: Krista Caldwell
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Deepnify
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2042
The buildings we live and work in will adjust to us and the environment. They will monitor both our environment and our body state via sensors and adapt surroundings in response. Cars will form a continuous adaptive sensor network that would inform us of the city state.
CONTRIBUTOR: Natalia Mykhaylova
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: WeavAIr
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2092
Cleantech will become the only economically viable option for all industries.
CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Helander
TITLE: President and CEO
COMPANY: OTI Lumionics Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Participant

2092
Nanobots will be used for nutrient delivery and will be engineered for optimal nourishment depending on life-stage, genetics and health conditions. Furthermore, home-harvesting of many foods will unlock a radically more local, wholesome and accessible way of producing and consuming a variety of ingredients.
CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Shenourda
TITLE: Co-Founder and VP Innovation
COMPANY: Wilder & Harrier
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2167
We will see an influx of non-terrestrial - in other words, generating power in outer space - and significantly improved renewable generation capabilities.
CONTRIBUTOR: Tagg Jefferson
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: GridCure
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni and Donor

2027
Canadians will likely be a different species living on a different planet.
CONTRIBUTOR: Shea Balish
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: REP.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2042
The distinction between humans and technology will melt away. Humans will augment their cognitive abilities with technology, eliminating communication barriers and challenging the current definition of the self.
CONTRIBUTOR: Richard Abrich
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Deep Diagnostics
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
Canadian food habits will be predicted, ordered and delivered to them through technology.
CONTRIBUTOR: Andy Yang
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: 500px
NEXT Connection: Mentor

2042
In twenty-five years, radically sustainable food systems will result in less waste and a more diversified list of proteins and ingredients including insects, plant-based proteins, algae and cell-cultured meats. The shape food will take and what we’ll use to make it will change dramatically.
CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Shenouda
TITLE: Co-founder, VP Innovation
COMPANY: Wilder & Harrier
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2092
Resources become more scarce and out of necessity our homes are powered using solar energy and completely off the grid. We grow our own vegetables using hydroponics and spawn fresh fish in tanks in our homes that we sell back to the sharing economy.
CONTRIBUTOR: Johnathan Holland
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Curexe
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
Early-stage AI will save millions of lives even before the software becomes intelligent enough to operate on its own.
CONTRIBUTOR: Shea Balish
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: REP.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
As the number of deaf and hearing-impaired people increases, so will the demand for an innovative solution. Technology-based solutions to common physical impairments will radically benefit the entire world, especially developing countries.
CONTRIBUTOR: Abdurakhman Smazov
TITLE: CTO
COMPANY: Orello
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
Blindness will be history. Visual impairments will no longer hold people back from day-to-day interactions. Innovations will allow all individuals to engage and work together without barriers.
CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Warshafsky
TITLE: Special Projects Manager
COMPANY: eSight
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
Virtual reality will become significantly more prevalent and a large percentage of the population will own VR equipment. These devices will also be utilized in hospitals and schools.
CONTRIBUTOR: Alan Daniels
TITLE: Engineering Lead
COMPANY: New Reality
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
Machine learning will allow for more humanized machines and lead to more interactions and applications in therapy and healthcare. Human brain computing capacity will also increase as a result.
CONTRIBUTOR: Alice Liang
TITLE: Head of Product
COMPANY: DreamHire.io
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
Engaging and managing patients before, during and after leaving the hospital via web and mobile technology will be the standard of care worldwide.
CONTRIBUTOR: Joshua Liu
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: SeamlessMD
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2042
Where the healthcare industry is concerned, we'll go from the sick care method that we have now (acting once people become sick) to a true health care method (keeping people healthy; preventative medicine).
CONTRIBUTOR: Andrea Palmer
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Awake Labs
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2042
Sensors will have a huge role in transforming the field of healthcare in the next 25 years. As sensors become increasingly cheaper, there will be a huge potential to capture all sorts of vitals and medical data that was previously unimaginable, resulting in a burst of data that will improve patient outcomes.
CONTRIBUTOR: Shaurya Gupta
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: MelyVora Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2092
Gene therapy will eliminate hereditary illnesses and hospitals will be fully automated
CONTRIBUTOR: Tim Kwok
TITLE: Mechanical Lead
COMPANY: Melyvora Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2092
Advancements in genetics fueled by AI will allow us to modify our skin and significantly delay or completely suppress aging skin. We will be able to naturally transform our hair and skin to directly address any concerns.
CONTRIBUTOR: Jimmy E. Chan
TITLE: Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY: Skinberry
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2167
Canadians will program our biochemistry like software; we'll be cured by computer programming rather than using assistive technology.
CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Warshafsky
TITLE: Special Projects Manager
COMPANY: eSight
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2167
The population of hearing impaired people will triple and access to hearing-related healthcare will be super accessible.
CONTRIBUTOR: Abdurakhman Smazov
TITLE: CTO
COMPANY: Orello
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
From educating children to doing chores, robots will be a daily part of family lives.
CONTRIBUTOR: Xiaochuan Chen
COMPANY: InspiRED Robotic
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
Through machine learning and artificial intelligence job searching and hiring will become automated while new employment structures and frameworks emerge.
CONTRIBUTOR: Chris Wang
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Neemo Tech Inc
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
More comprehensive data will improve connections between job seekers and employers. The workforce will become more efficient, fulfilled and happier about their work.
CONTRIBUTOR: Alice Liang
TITLE: Head of Product
COMPANY: DreamHire.io
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2042
Artificial intelligence will preemptively catch health risks like cardiac arrests and even monitor the health of employees to ensure they aren't being overworked.
CONTRIBUTOR: Tim Kwok
TITLE: Mechanical Lead
COMPANY: MelyVora Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2117
Machine learning and artificial intelligence will automate hiring and employment will shift to a project-based structure.
CONTRIBUTOR: Chris Wang
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Neemo Tech Inc
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2167
As artificial intelligence becomes more widely adopted, there will be a continuous increase in demand for knowledge based, creative workers and a decrease in manual labour.
CONTRIBUTOR: Alice Liang
TITLE: Head of Product
COMPANY: DreamHire.io
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2042
AI will lead us to have an increasingly self-driving legal system, improving transparency and access to justice.
CONTRIBUTOR: Benjamin Alarie
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Blue J Legal
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

2027
Owning assets will become obsolete and the rental market will continue to grow.
CONTRIBUTOR: Devashish Sharma
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: CoHo
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2167
We'll be able to think about our dream home, and visualize the closest matches which are available on the open market, and in our credit range. Brain embedded virtual reality will allow you and your family to collectively experience what it's like to live in that home for a few days, and assess whether it's worth buying.
CONTRIBUTOR: Saroop Bharwani
TITLE: Founder and CEO
COMPANY: Senso.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
Businesses will be even more consumer-focused and buyer-seller communication will become hyper - personalized without human sellers.
CONTRIBUTOR: Charlie Locke
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: shakespeare.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2027
The way we shop will be completely different. Retail experiences will live within chat platforms like the Chinese app, WeChat, that will see consumers chatting with bots to find and purchase items they like.
CONTRIBUTOR: Jaclyn Ling
TITLE: Co-Founder, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Kik
COMPANY: Blynk
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
Online shopping will become increasingly popular as virtual reality will start to be used to help people touch and feel the product at home.
CONTRIBUTOR: Shums Kassam
TITLE: Co-Founder, Technical Lead, Bots Platform, Kik
COMPANY: Blynk
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2042
Instant delivery is going to completely reshape how we purchase items, especially as consumers increasingly seek instant gratification.
CONTRIBUTOR: Tyler Handley
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: inkbox
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

2042
Consumers will continue to adopt new communications technologies and small, locally-owned businesses will adapt by moving their operations onto those same platforms
CONTRIBUTOR: Jason Fan
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: Coil Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2042
To combat a fall in foot traffic, companies will integrate technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality, to focus on data, analytics, and in-store engagement to make shopping more efficient and empowering.
CONTRIBUTOR: Margarita Quijano
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: VueTech Inc
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2042
Artificial intelligence will completely change the way we discover, interact with and develop beauty products. Consumers will be able to find products based on their unique skin and hair profiles, that work specifically for their genetic makeup.
CONTRIBUTOR: Jimmy E. Chan
TITLE: Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY: Skinberry
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

2092
What we wear will make us bionic. Actuating, sensing, changing and customizing as we move, feel and change states.
CONTRIBUTOR: Louis-Victor Jadavji
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Wiivv
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

2092
Consumers will not travel to a grocery store to buy dinner or to the pharmacy to fill their prescription; they'll expect that it will show up to their door after one quick click.
CONTRIBUTOR: Marie Chevrier
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: Sampler
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

2117
The purchasing of large items, like cars and homes, will no longer be an emotional decision based on the trust formed with a salesperson, but one that is automated and based on the buyer's access to previously unknown data. The buying process will be carried out by artificial intelligence.
CONTRIBUTOR: Charlie Locke
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: shakespeare.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

2117
We'll see real time service across industries, paying for only what you need and use when you use it.
CONTRIBUTOR: Matt Saunders
TITLE: President
COMPANY: Ryerson Futures Inc
NEXT Connection: Mentor

2027
Robots will learn to complete tasks without human involvement, becoming more efficient while costing less.
CONTRIBUTOR: James Schuback
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: Big Solve Robotics
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
The transportation industry has already begun to see the impact of technology. In ten years, individuality in vehicles will be obsolete, autonomous or self-driving vehicles will be the norm and electricity will be the main source of fuel.
CONTRIBUTOR: Zachary Lefevre
TITLE: President
COMPANY: Meo Electric
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

2027
There will be fully autonomous vehicles including auto, aircraft, spacecraft, watercraft, resulting in zero accidents allowing for vehicles without crash structure.
CONTRIBUTOR: Dave Pascoe
TITLE: Vice President of Engineering and R&D
COMPANY: Magna International
NEXT Connection: Partner and Donor

2027
The next one hundred and fifty years will see big changes to the way we move from A to B, including flying cars. We've already seen this in small scale with the ascent of drones from companies like China-based EHANG. The biggest barrier to flying cars will be defining the legal logistics, but I'm certain that eventually we'll get there.
CONTRIBUTOR: Christina Moro
TITLE: Master’s Candidate, Assistive Robotics
COMPANY: University of Toronto
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni
MORE PREDICTIONS - 10 YEARS

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Engaging and managing patients before, during and after leaving the hospital via web and mobile technology will be the standard of care worldwide.

CONTRIBUTOR: Joshua Liu
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: SeamlessMD
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

The way we shop will be completely different. Retail experiences will live within chat platforms like the Chinese app, WeChat, that will see consumers chatting with bots to find and purchase items they like.

CONTRIBUTOR: Jaclyn Ling
TITLE: Co-Founder, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Kik
COMPANY: Blynk
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

Online shopping will become increasingly popular as virtual reality will start to be used to help people touch and feel the product at home.

CONTRIBUTOR: Shums Kassam
TITLE: Co-Founder, Technical Lead, Bots Platform, Kik
COMPANY: Blynk
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: BANKING

Go digital or die - tomorrow's winners in financial services are the institutions that reinvent themselves today.

CONTRIBUTOR: Anthony Vaz
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: CreditMobile
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: ROBOTICS

Robots will learn to complete tasks without human involvement, becoming more efficient while costing less.

CONTRIBUTOR: James Schuback
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: Big Solve Robotics
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Early-stage AI will save millions of lives even before the software becomes intelligent enough to operate on its own.

CONTRIBUTOR: Shea Balish
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: REP.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

As the number of deaf and hearing-impaired people increases, so will the demand for an innovative solution. Technology-based solutions to common physical impairments will radically benefit the entire world, especially developing countries.

CONTRIBUTOR: Abdurakhman Smazov
TITLE: CTO
COMPANY: Orello
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Blindness will be history. Visual impairments will no longer hold people back from day-to-day interactions. Innovations will allow all individuals to engage and work together without barriers.

CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Warshafsky
TITLE: Special Projects Manager
COMPANY: eSight
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Virtual reality will become significantly more prevalent and a large percentage of the population will own VR equipment. These devices will also be utilized in hospitals and schools.

CONTRIBUTOR: Alan Daniels
TITLE: Engineering Lead
COMPANY: New Reality
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Machine learning will allow for more humanized machines and lead to more interactions and applications in therapy and healthcare. Human brain computing capacity will also increase as a result.

CONTRIBUTOR: Alice Liang
TITLE: Head of Product
COMPANY: DreamHire.io
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HUMAN RESOURCES

Through machine learning and artificial intelligence job searching and hiring will become automated while new employment structures and frameworks emerge.

CONTRIBUTOR: Chris Wang
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Neemo Tech Inc
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: HUMAN RESOURCES

More comprehensive data will improve connections between job seekers and employers. The workforce will become more efficient, fulfilled and happier about their work.

CONTRIBUTOR: Alice Liang
TITLE: Head of Product
COMPANY: DreamHire.io
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: EDUCATION

Access to digital technologies will help individuals work smarter and learn faster. Technologies like artificial intelligence will make the degree obsolete in five years and life expectancy will be over 100 years.

CONTRIBUTOR: Dan Yang
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: neuralIR
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: EDUCATION

Canadian post-secondary students will have more access to real-world learning opportunities in the form of co-op enabled programs.

CONTRIBUTOR: Stan Touhlov
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Discoverly
NEXT Connection: Next AI Participant

INDUSTRY: EDUCATION

Computer science, robotics and artificial intelligence will be considered essential skills and taught along with reading and writing.

CONTRIBUTOR: Alex Hong
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Robot Playtime
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: COMMUNICATIONS

Augmented reality will replace mobile phones and we'll experience it 99% of the time. Visual notifications tailored to our lifestyle, life-stage, family, needs, wants, and everything in between will be the new norm.

CONTRIBUTOR: Saroop Bharwani
TITLE: CEO and Founder
COMPANY: Senso.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: ENERGY

Traditional electrical utility business models will be replaced by faster moving, more distributed and communicative networks.

CONTRIBUTOR: Tagg Jefferson
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: GridCure
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HOME

From educating children to doing chores, robots will be a daily part of family lives.

CONTRIBUTOR: Xiaochuan Chen
COMPANY: InspiRED Robotic
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: ENVIRONMENT

Less food will be wasted in landfills and oceans and more will be preserved through technology.

CONTRIBUTOR: Krista Caldwell
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Deepnify
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: FOOD

Canadian food habits will be predicted, ordered and delivered to them through technology.

CONTRIBUTOR: Andy Yang
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: 500px
NEXT Connection: Mentor

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

Businesses will be even more consumer-focused and buyer-seller communication will become hyper - personalized without human sellers.

CONTRIBUTOR: Charlie Locke
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: shakespeare.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: REAL ESTATE

Owning assets will become obsolete and the rental market will continue to grow.

CONTRIBUTOR: Devashish Sharma
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: CoHo
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT

The connected home and workplace becoming totally commonplace.

CONTRIBUTOR: Dan McCann
TITLE: President
COMPANY: Kodisoft Interactive Smart Tables
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni, Partner/Donor

INDUSTRY: COMMUNICATIONS

Artificial intelligence will be used to disrupt traditional platforms like search engines through the use of voice and contextual search.

CONTRIBUTOR: Jacqueline Cook
TITLE: VP of Growth
COMPANY: Vendasta
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: BANKING

Artificial intelligence will democratize personalized access to many services including heatlh and financial.

CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Desmarais
TITLE: Senior Vice President
COMPANY: Power Corporation
NEXT Connection: Board Member

INDUSTRY: COMMUNICATIONS

In the next 10 years, the biggest thing that will impact the construction industry is the generation shift of those in leadership roles. This will rapidly change the speed at which technology is embraced throughout all stages of construction and drive increases in productivity.

CONTRIBUTOR: Mallorie Brodie
TITLE: CEO and Co-founder
COMPANY: Bridgit
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni
MORE PREDICTIONS - 25 YEARS

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Where the healthcare industry is concerned, we'll go from the sick care method that we have now (acting once people become sick) to a true health care method (keeping people healthy; preventative medicine).

CONTRIBUTOR: Andrea Palmer
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Awake Labs
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: LAW

AI will lead us to have an increasingly self-driving legal system, improving transparency and access to justice.

CONTRIBUTOR: Benjamin Alarie
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Blue J Legal
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

INDUSTRY: BANKING

All banking will be done on your mobile device, including loans, payments, day-to-day banking, mortgages, and even transfer of assets like stocks and your home. Your bank will be on your phone.

CONTRIBUTOR: Johnathan Holland
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Curexe
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HUMAN RESOURCES

Artificial intelligence will preemptively catch health risks like cardiac arrests and even monitor the health of employees to ensure they aren't being overworked.

CONTRIBUTOR: Tim Kwok
TITLE: Mechanical Lead
COMPANY: MelyVora Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Sensors will have a huge role in transforming the field of healthcare in the next 25 years. As sensors become increasingly cheaper, there will be a huge potential to capture all sorts of vitals and medical data that was previously unimaginable, resulting in a burst of data that will improve patient outcomes.

CONTRIBUTOR: Shaurya Gupta
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: MelyVora Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: COMMUNICATIONS

On-demand photography will skyrocket. Anyone, anywhere will be able to connect with a photographer for various shoots, from the hyper-local, one-off small business shoot, to worldwide marketing campaigns. We’ll also see 360-degree photography experience a boom.

CONTRIBUTOR: Andy Yang
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: 500px
NEXT Connection: Mentor

INDUSTRY: ENVIRONMENT

The buildings we live and work in will adjust to us and the environment. They will monitor both our environment and our body state via sensors and adapt surroundings in response. Cars will form a continuous adaptive sensor network that would inform us of the city state.

CONTRIBUTOR: Natalia Mykhaylova
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: WeavAIr
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

Instant delivery is going to completely reshape how we purchase items, especially as consumers increasingly seek instant gratification.

CONTRIBUTOR: Tyler Handley
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: inkbox
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

Consumers will continue to adopt new communications technologies and small, locally-owned businesses will adapt by moving their operations onto those same platforms

CONTRIBUTOR: Jason Fan
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: Coil Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

To combat a fall in foot traffic, companies will integrate technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality, to focus on data, analytics, and in-store engagement to make shopping more efficient and empowering.

CONTRIBUTOR: Margarita Quijano
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: VueTech Inc
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

Artificial intelligence will completely change the way we discover, interact with and develop beauty products. Consumers will be able to find products based on their unique skin and hair profiles, that work specifically for their genetic makeup.

CONTRIBUTOR: Jimmy E. Chan
TITLE: Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY: Skinberry
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT

In the next 25 years, we'll see digital celebrities replace traditional celebrities in a deep and meaningful way.

CONTRIBUTOR: Bryan Gold
TITLE: Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY: #paid
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni
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INDUSTRY: ENVIRONMENT

Nanobots will be used for nutrient delivery and will be engineered for optimal nourishment depending on life-stage, genetics and health conditions. Furthermore, home-harvesting of many foods will unlock a radically more local, wholesome and accessible way of producing and consuming a variety of ingredients.

CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Shenourda
TITLE: Co-Founder and VP Innovation
COMPANY: Wilder & Harrier
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: BANKING

In 75 years, the sharing and collaborative economy will take over. Physical assets will no longer hold value and assets will be transferred from peer-to-peer as they are shared, instantly.

CONTRIBUTOR: Johnathan Holland
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Curexe
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Gene therapy will eliminate hereditary illnesses and hospitals will be fully automated

CONTRIBUTOR: Tim Kwok
TITLE: Mechanical Lead
COMPANY: Melyvora Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: COMMUNICATIONS

In the next 75 years blockchain will disrupt multiple industries; from transportation to social networking. Online connections and followers will become a fundamental part of your life and trust will become the most important currency.

CONTRIBUTOR: Bryan Gold
TITLE: Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY: #paid
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

INDUSTRY: FOOD

Resources become more scarce and out of necessity our homes are powered using solar energy and completely off the grid. We grow our own vegetables using hydroponics and spawn fresh fish in tanks in our homes that we sell back to the sharing economy.

CONTRIBUTOR: Johnathan Holland
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Curexe
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: ENERGY

We’ll harness gravitational energy to create a cleaner world with less disease, and solar roadways will allow us to eliminate the use of fossil fuels.

CONTRIBUTOR: Kyle Reid
TITLE: Founder and CEO
COMPANY: Open Oceans Apps Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

INDUSTRY: ENVIRONMENT

Cleantech will become the only economically viable option for all industries.

CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Helander
TITLE: President and CEO
COMPANY: OTI Lumionics Inc.
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Participant

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

What we wear will make us bionic. Actuating, sensing, changing and customizing as we move, feel and change states.

CONTRIBUTOR: Louis-Victor Jadavji
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Wiivv
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Advancements in genetics fueled by AI will allow us to modify our skin and significantly delay or completely suppress aging skin. We will be able to naturally transform our hair and skin to directly address any concerns.

CONTRIBUTOR: Jimmy E. Chan
TITLE: Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY: Skinberry
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT

Immersive media such as virtual reality will become the primary source of entertainment and will seamlessly integrate into real world moments.

CONTRIBUTOR: Joshua Indig
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: New Reality
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

Consumers will not travel to a grocery store to buy dinner or to the pharmacy to fill their prescription; they'll expect that it will show up to their door after one quick click.

CONTRIBUTOR: Marie Chevrier
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: Sampler
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni

INDUSTRY: EDUCATION

Artificial intelligence will become an integrated part of the education system, from admissions to curriculum.

CONTRIBUTOR: Emilie Cushman
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Kira Talent
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni
MORE PREDICTIONS - 100 YEARS

INDUSTRY: BANKING

Artificial intelligence will help individuals examine and correct biases in the fields of law, politics, HR, and compensation.

CONTRIBUTOR: Angus Galloway
TITLE: CTO
COMPANY: operant.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: HUMAN RESOURCES

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will automate hiring and employment will shift to a project-based structure.

CONTRIBUTOR: Chris Wang
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Neemo Tech Inc
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: COMMUNICATIONS

In the short term, menial tasks in the advertising stack will be completely automated. Larger trends are shifting toward a new mode of advertising altogether through augmented reality, where ads are competing for our field of view.

CONTRIBUTOR: Mike Schmidt
TITLE: Founder
COMPANY: Dovetale.com
NEXT Connection: Mentor and Advisor

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

The purchasing of large items, like cars and homes, will no longer be an emotional decision based on the trust formed with a salesperson, but one that is automated and based on the buyer's access to previously unknown data. The buying process will be carried out by artificial intelligence.

CONTRIBUTOR: Charlie Locke
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: shakespeare.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: TRANSPORTATION

There will be fully autonomous vehicles including auto, aircraft, spacecraft, watercraft, resulting in zero accidents allowing for vehicles without crash structure.

CONTRIBUTOR: Dave Pascoe
TITLE: Vice President of Engineering and R&D
COMPANY: Magna International
NEXT Connection: Partner and Donor

INDUSTRY: BANKING

Machine learning applications will reduce risk in financial management by curtailing fear and greed, the twin propellers of irrational market behaviour.

CONTRIBUTOR: John Stackhouse
TITLE: Senior Vice President
COMPANY: RBC
NEXT Connection: Partner and Donor

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

We'll see real time service across industries, paying for only what you need and use when you use it.

CONTRIBUTOR: Matt Saunders
TITLE: President
COMPANY: Ryerson Futures Inc
NEXT Connection: Mentor
MORE PREDICTIONS - 150 YEARS

INDUSTRY: BANKING

One currency will be the norm.

CONTRIBUTOR: Taher Jafferjee
TITLE: Founder
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

Canadians will program our biochemistry like software; we'll be cured by computer programming rather than using assistive technology.

CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Warshafsky
TITLE: Special Projects Manager
COMPANY: eSight
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HEALTH

The population of hearing impaired people will triple and access to hearing-related healthcare will be super accessible.

CONTRIBUTOR: Abdurakhman Smazov
TITLE: CTO
COMPANY: Orello
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: HUMAN RESOURCES

As artificial intelligence becomes more widely adopted, there will be a continuous increase in demand for knowledge based, creative workers and a decrease in manual labour.

CONTRIBUTOR: Alice Liang
TITLE: Head of Product
COMPANY: DreamHire.io
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni

INDUSTRY: EDUCATION

Canadians will download everything they want to learn into their brains.

CONTRIBUTOR: Alex Hong
TITLE: Co-Founder
COMPANY: Robot Playtime
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant

INDUSTRY: EDUCATION

College and university students will no longer be dependent on a campus to commute to as education will be conveniently accessible online

CONTRIBUTOR: Stan Touhlov
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Discoverly
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: ENVIRONMENT

We will see an influx of non-terrestrial - in other words, generating power in outer space - and significantly improved renewable generation capabilities.

CONTRIBUTOR: Tagg Jefferson
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: GridCure
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni and Donor

INDUSTRY: FAMILY

Canadians will likely be a different species living on a different planet.

CONTRIBUTOR: Shea Balish
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: REP.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: FAMILY

The distinction between humans and technology will melt away. Humans will augment their cognitive abilities with technology, eliminating communication barriers and challenging the current definition of the self.

CONTRIBUTOR: Richard Abrich
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Deep Diagnostics
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: REAL ESTATE

We'll be able to think about our dream home, and visualize the closest matches which are available on the open market, and in our credit range. Brain embedded virtual reality will allow you and your family to collectively experience what it's like to live in that home for a few days, and assess whether it's worth buying.

CONTRIBUTOR: Saroop Bharwani
TITLE: Founder and CEO
COMPANY: Senso.ai
NEXT Connection: NextAI Participant

INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT

Screens will cease to exist outside of mobile form, and will probably take the form of wearables or bio-implants.

CONTRIBUTOR: Alan Daniels
TITLE: Engineering Lead
COMPANY: New Reality
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Participant
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INDUSTRY: HEALTH

"Where the healthcare industry is concerned, we'll go from the sick care method that we have now (acting once people become sick) to a true health care method (keeping people healthy; preventative medicine)."

CONTRIBUTOR: Andrea Palmer
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Awake Labs
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni
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INDUSTRY: HEALTH

"Engaging and managing patients before, during and after leaving the hospital via web and mobile technology will be the standard of care worldwide."

CONTRIBUTOR: Joshua Liu
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: SeamlessMD
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni
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INDUSTRY: ENVIRONMENT

"Nanobots will be used for nutrient delivery and will be engineered for optimal nourishment depending on life-stage, genetics and health conditions. (Furthermore), home-harvesting of many foods will unlock a radically more local, wholesome and accessible way of producing and consuming a variety of ingredients."

CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Shenourda
TITLE: Co-Founder and VP Innovation
COMPANY: Wilder & Harrier
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni
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INDUSTRY: LAW

"AI will lead us to have an increasingly self-driving legal system, improving transparency and access to justice."

CONTRIBUTOR: Benjamin Alarie
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Blue J Legal
NEXT Connection: Next Founder Alumni
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INDUSTRY: RETAIL

"The way we shop will be completely different. Retail experiences will live within chat platforms like the Chinese app, WeChat, that will see consumers chatting with bots to find and purchase items they like."

CONTRIBUTOR: Jaclyn Ling
TITLE: Co-Founder, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Kik
COMPANY: Blynk
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni
CONTRIBUTOR: Shums Kassam
TITLE: Co-Founder, Technical Lead, Bots Platform, Kik
COMPANY: Blynk
NEXT Connection: Next 36 Alumni