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.

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Experimental: Why Build a Culture of Experimentation

Competition is for losers. Today, our competitive global market is unforgiving and ruthless –no one is spared.

Consumer expectations and behaviours, shaped by new market entrants, have also changed more in the last 10 years than in the last 100 years combined.

Disruptive innovation is forcing firms to reimagine their customer experiences, channel strategies and business models.

How do we survive? Today, we need to be bold, brave and experimental. We can only keep up if we foster a relentless culture that promotes human-centered design and rapid experimentation. This is our only competitive advantage.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn why this is the greatest (and scariest) time to be in business.
  • Learn why taking a human-centered approach helps build culture, but also de-risks projects by saving time and money.
  • Explore how the leading companies have embraced the power of competition and experimentation.
  • Learn from Shawn’s experience on the battleground of building culture with clients and internally.
  • Obtain methods and tools for transforming your organization’s culture.

The 0 to 100 Effect: How to Navigate through Disruption

Since the dawn of civilization, when converging technologies go from scarcity to abundance, the world fundamentally changes.

We always see an explosion in new challenges, new behaviours and new opportunities. The only difference is that today, technologies are on an exponential scale.

From doctors to AI-assisted health, banks to blockchain, retail to Amazon’s Alexa, we will see the most chaotic era of commerce era.

To navigate through disruptive time, we need relentless leaders to make digital part of their core business.

In this session, you will:

  • Understand how the convergence of exponential technologies are disrupting every industry.
  • Learn why timing is the most critical aspect when it comes to dealing with disruption.
  • Learn the secrets of how game-changing organizations exploit new problems.
  • Learn how organizations successfully experiment with technologies and business models at the edges.

We Are on the Brink of a Revolution: The Future of Government

For decades, we have designed our organizations and governments to be operationally excellent. Today, the game has changed. We are now looking beyond efficiency, and focusing on revolution.

Shawn Kanungo provides a bold roadmap for the future, and paints a vision of government in 2020. He will help to make sense of the rapidly changing demographic, societal, economic, and technological trends shaping the future of government.

Kanungo’s Deloitte team launched the Gov2020 website two years. Packed with 194 trends and 39 drivers, the site is a treasure trove of analysis, video and creative visualizations about the future.

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

What you will learn:

  • Learn which current and emerging technologies are driving the world for both private and public sector organizations.
  • Develop the ability to identify the driving forces of predictable change.
  • Drive growth strategies from within government.