Track to the Future...

An evening with Natalie Panek & Jesse Hirsh


We invite you to join the City of St. Thomas, the St. Thomas Public Library and the Thames Valley District School Board in celebrating the launch of the Wellington Block Innovation Centre. Located in St. Thomas’ historic downtown area, the Innovation Centre will provide students and residents of the city access to a fully equipped makerspace, educational outreach, business incubation and support, as most importantly function as a creative community hub.

Track to the Future

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 6:30pm

80 Wilson Avenue

Saint Thomas, ON

From cyberspace to outer space, both Jesse Hirsh and Natalie Panek bring unique and out of the box thinking in their respective fields. Hosted at the St Thomas Elgin Memorial Centre, you’ll hear from both speakers followed by networking and an informal Q&A to end out the evening.

About Jesse Hirsh:

Jesse Hirsh is an internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster based in Toronto. An experienced innovator and collaborator, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology. He has a weekly nationally syndicated column on CBC radio explaining and analyzing the latest trends and developments in technology using language and examples that are meaningful and relevant to everyday life.

He owns and operates Metaviews Media Management Ltd. , which focuses on research and consulting around new media business models, big data, and the strategic use of social media. He is also a cofounder of the Academy of the Impossible a peer to peer lifelong learning facility. Essentially, Jesse wants to use technology as the catalyst for collaboration, education, and inspiring growing and flourishing communities and businesses.

About Natalie Panek:

Rocket scientist, explorer, and champion for women in engineering. Natalie Panek is an Engineer at MDA’s Robotics and Automation division, working on Canadian space robotics and other Canadian space exploration programs. Anything but typical, Natalie is on a mission to inspire the next generation of female game changers to dive head on into challenge and pursue careers in engineering and tech.

Natalie is the recipient of numerous awards, including being recognized as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30, and actively participates in a number of visionary initiatives aimed at transforming Canada’s technological future. http://thepanekroom.