Sarah Baldeo – Keynote Speaker

Neuroscientist, Technologist, Author & Actress, Board Member & Investor, Senior Innovation Partner CGI, Ex-Deloitte Director

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Next Frontier of AI: Metacognitive Intelligence
  • Quantum Computing
  • AI & Deep Fakes
  • Neurotechnology – The Next Step
  • AI 101
  • Business Transformation and the Impact of Change on Your Brain
  • Ageism And AI, How technology can drive inclusivity for all ages
  • Investing in Digital Transformation on any budget
  • Introducing Agile Methodology into Any Organization
  • Mindful DEI – Why Humans are naturally Biased
  • The Metaverse, Understanding Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for any Environment


  • English


Sarah Baldeo is an experienced neuroscientist, technologist, corporate strategist and entrepreneur, closing on 20 years of leadership experience. In 2023 Sarah graced more than 50 stages, and gave 24 keynotes, was featured on 960AM radio, and most recently nominated for the DMZ 2024 Women of the Year Award & the Top 25 Women of Influence Award. You may have even seen her on TV during the Wimbledon Open Commercials!

Sarah has successfully founded and exited two consulting firms, while helping three companies IPO. Most recently a Partner at CGI, specializing in Innovation Technology, Sarah worked as part of the leadership team to consult with clients on innovation, technology and specializing in digital and cloud transformation. CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world, recognized by Forbes in 2022 as one of the World’s Best Consulting Firms. A winner of the 2023 Global Business Elites Top 40 Under 40 Awards, Sarah is committed to sharing her knowledge and inspiring leaders to practice integrity and accountability. She has architected applications for the likes of Uber and Google in biometrics and top Banks on digital identity.

Sarah is currently CEO at IDQ Advisory Group, a boutique IT firm founded in 2010, and has held senior executive roles at Canada News Wire, Ceridian, FinancialForce TransparentBusiness, Insurance Search Bureau, and Deloitte Canada. Sarah holds an Executive MBA via University of Toronto, a neuroscience degree from York University, an certifications from Princeton, Ryerson, and University of Illinois.

Sarah served as Chair for the Professional Background Screening Association and was an anchor member for the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She also worked with the RBC Initiative, Women in Identity as a member was part of the University of California Advisory Board for Leadership. Presently Sarah is a mentor via Women’s Infrastructure Network, on the CivicAction ELN Executive Committee, on the Advisory Board for Napice, a learning platform for engineers, and most recently was appointed to the Cyber Security Global Alliance Board of Directors and Senior Advisory Council.

You can find Sarah speaking at events like TED Conferences, ELEVATE Festival, CBC News, Build a Dream, Gaming Security Professionals of Canada, FEM for STEM, GirlStrong, Powerful Women in Cyber, WomenTech Global, Women in Cyber, Women Enterprise Organizations of Canada, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, University of Calgary Haskayne Business School and guest lecturing at University of Toronto Rotman Business School.

With a strong creative side, Sarah has acted on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Fox, and appeared in national tv commercials for Autotrader and other large brands like BNN Bloomberg. A born and raised Torontonian, she is devoted to helping improve accessibility and equity within the global economy, and was nominated for the 2023 WXN Canadian DEI Awards, a winner of the 2021 University of Toronto Rotman Social Impact Award and is a 2021 WomenTech Global Award Finalist. Sarah’s upcoming book “The Resilience Equation” is represented by Transatlantic Agency, and is slated to be released in 2024/2025.

Popular Talks by Sarah Baldeo

The Next Frontier of AI: Metacognitive Intelligence

An overview of Artificial General intelligence and the current landscape of sentient AI, how it’s tested, the results of tests and where self-aware AI is beginning to evolve. The keynote covers the implications for responsible AI and safety as well as concerns around bias in algorithms.

Quantum Computing

What is Quantum Computing? Some experts claim that it will take decades for quantum computers to be real but in late 2024 a 50-Qubit computer is slated to be released. How will quantum computers change our public key infrastructure, how we store data, and how we encrypt sensitive information. What are the risk mitigation approaches we can take in cybersecurity and fraud prevention.

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