Shawn Kanungo

Shawn Kanungo

Strategy in a World of Disruption

Shawn Kanungo is a strategist who operates at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years of working at Deloitte — as an innovation strategist, he shows organizations how to disrupt before they are disrupted.

At Deloitte, Shawn’s mandate was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation. Now, as General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, he is focused on applying exponential technologies and new business models to mature businesses.

Shawn has worked hand-to-hand with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation, and he has adopted the concepts of behavioural economics, user-centered design, crowd-sourcing, artificial intelligence, drones, and film to help leaders and teams best position themselves to keep up, and keep ahead, with the rapid state of change.

Shawn’s work and interviews have been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV. In 2016, he was recognized as Avenue Magazine‘s “Top 40 Under 40”. He spoke at TEDx in 2017, and was named to Inc‘s “100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers” in 2018. His podcast, The Remix with Shawn & Wang, can be currently found on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.


Strategy in a World of Disruption

The business world has fundamentally changed. Competition today is unforgiving and ruthless – no one is spared. On the flip side, customer expectations and behaviours have changed more in the last 10 years than in the last 100 years combined.

Disruptive innovation is forcing everyone to reimagine their entire organizations. How do we survive? How do we disrupt ourselves before someone else does? How do we deliver better experiences to our clients? Today, we need to be bold, brave and experimental.

In this awe-inspiring talk, Shawn Kanungo provides a bold roadmap for the future. He explores how we can take unexpected approaches to innovation to remain competitive and relevant.

Disruption DNA

Disruptors see the world differently. They bring unique viewpoints, technologies, talent and ideas from all over the world. Building a Disruption DNA within organizations requires us to abandon the set of ideas and practices that may have made us once successful.

To build both mindset and muscle around disruption, individuals and teams need to take control of their own destiny. It requires us to make bold decisions in a world of uncertainty. How do we reinvent ourselves? How do we start building our Disruption DNA? This is not a genetic predisposition; this is a muscle that innovators build by continuously thinking and acting differently.

In this high-energy and inspiring keynote, Shawn Kanungo will outline the blueprint on how organizations can enable themselves to not only become immune to disruption, but to be disruptive themselves.

Creating the Future, Together

Today, we are undergoing a paradigm shift. The world is becoming more dynamic, intertwined and unpredictable. Organizations must develop an ecosystem approach to innovation, leveraging talent both inside and outside of the company, to navigate the future.

Shawn Kanungo provides a bold, unique and contrarian view of the near term-future. He outlines some of the disruptive forces (AI, Digital Business Models, etc.) that are impacting every industry. He then explores how organizations can become more adaptable, experimental and collaborative.

Weaving together storytelling, humor, inspiration and actionable takeaways, audiences will walk away with a roadmap on how organizations can create a brighter future, together.

Fearless Government

For decades, we have designed the public sector to be operationally excellent. Today, the game has changed. We are now looking for government to be fearless and an enabler for radical change.

From leveraging automation, ecosystem partnerships and the crowd, Shawn Kanungo paints a vision of how governments can be a catalyst for others to help them drive innovation. He will also help to make sense of the rapidly changing demographic, societal, economic, and technological trends shaping the future of government.

Sharing insights from leading organizations and his own experiences on the ground floor of driving transformation in government – Kanungo reveals the technologies, citizen expectations and service delivery models that will drive the revolution.