Krista Pawley



Systems change. The rapid expansion of technology. Privacy enhancing digital ID for everyone. Governance models in the digital age. Building an inclusive digital economy. Krista Pawley convenes the conversations that matter for communities across Canada and around the world.

A communications professional with more than 20 years of experience and a background that has taken her across sectors, industries, and timezones, Krista brings together diverse stakeholders in conversation and collaboration toward a better future.

Krista is the Founder of Imperative Impact and the co-Chair of Excite. Krista is the co-Founder of Wavemakers and one of the co-Founders of SingularityU Canada.

Krista has worked with global corporations, including the Government of Canada, Scotiabank, The MasterCard Foundation, and Aimia, among others. Now she designs experiences and reputation strategies for industry leaders to understand, prepare, and shape a more sustainable future.

Krista brings an informed perspective to every project she approaches, building and leading teams to support cross-sector communities interested in making an impact. Krista’s current and past clients include Catalytic Governance, CPA Canada, Ashoka Canada, TD Bank, ATB, Deloitte, and the DIACC.

Krista sits on the advisory boards for Equitas, Impact 2030 Canada, and the Future Cities Summit. She is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council Global Tech Centre and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader.


wednesday – 09:35am FinTech

Time Icon 20 mins

Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Jane Mallett Theatre

Byte Sized Progress: the Power of Digital Government Engagement

A new report from the Dais says that the Canadian federal government is facing delayed digital adoption, and concludes that our country suffers from a lack of basic digital infrastructure – which ultimately impacts the accessibility of digital services for citizens. Join us for a discussion about governments can continue to drive towards the goal of digital government by closing critical gaps in skills, culture and infrastructure, and how this in turn drives economic activity and empowerment.