Technology is transforming our world - for better and worse.

Now more than ever, those of us involved in the creation and application of technology need to consider the social, ethical and environmental impacts of our work. Join a growing movement of tech stewards who believe better is possible.

Why the Tech Stewardship Practice Program?

Tech Stewardship is a professional identity, orientation and practice. As tech stewards, we continuously discuss, refine and imagine new ways to shape technology for the benefit of all.

  • Meaning

    TSP will help you build a meaningful career by better aligning your personal values with organizational and societal needs.

  • Credential

    Leading organizations are seeking employees who can navigate complexity. The TSP micro credential will help you stand out in your field.

  • Connections

    Build your professional network by connecting with peers at other organizations and leaders from the Tech Stewardship movement.

Program Overview

The program is for any professionals or post-secondary students who have an interest in helping bend the arc of technology towards benefit for all.

It consists of a series of simple, yet powerful, reflective exercises (practice cycles) that are designed to overlay your technical and innovation efforts.

It has been designed with plenty of flexibility, so it can easily fits in with your work, educational, and personal commitments.

Once you have completed this program to launch your practice, the Tech Stewardship Network offers various types of support for you to maintain your practice.

  • ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING
    Deepen understanding of our relationship with technology, challenge dangerously limited narratives and stereotypes.
    Estimated 4 hrs to complete 5 practice cycles

  • DELIBERATE VALUES
    Seek to understand how our values are shaping and being shaped by the technologies we build and scale.
    Estimated 4 hrs to complete 5 practice cycles

  • PRACTICE BEHAVIOURS
    Practice the daily behaviours that enable progress in all its forms - from incremental steps all the way to breakthroughs!
    Estimated 4 hrs to complete 4 practice cycles

Earn A Micro-Credential

What leaders are saying

“Too often technological development is focused on frivolous purposes when there is so much to be done to meet our sustainable development challenges.”

Mary Wells, Dean, Waterloo Engineering

“The creators and designers of technology have the right to interrogate the ethics of what they are developing. But our ethics only extend as far as our lines of inquiry. More responsible technology starts when we grant ourselves and each other the permission to inquire.”

Martin Ryan, Strategy & Stewardship, ServiceNow

“Diversity and inclusion is critical to both the means and ends of tech stewardship. To start we must combat the ‘myth of rationality’ in engineering and tech fields that has for too long created a headwind against substantive change.”

Marisa Sterling, P.Eng. – Past President, Professional Engineers Ontario

“To find regenerative paths forward, there is an opportunity to dance with different ways of knowing. Instead of choosing sides, we can enter a reflective space that welcomes a third presence where we combine insights from both.””

Melanie Goodchild – Co-Founder, Turtle Island Institute

September 1st – Fall program materials become available
September 30th – Deadline for fall program registration

The program is available free of charge to anyone over 18 years old.

We also provide a playbook if you’d like to extend the self-paced digital experience by self-organizing a cohort to complete the program together, or by integrating it into a course, training or program.

Interested in future editions of the program? See FAQ below

Funding Partners

Business + Higher Education Roundtable
Royal Bank of Canada - Future Launch

Facilitation Partners

Engineering Change Lab

Organizational Partners

Engineering Change Lab
Career Cycles / One Life Tools

Academic Partners

Facilitators

Mark Abbott (he/him)

Executive Director, Engineering Change Lab

Mark Abbott, P.Eng., MBA, currently serves as the Director of the Engineering Change Lab, which is in based in Toronto at the MaRS Discovery District, the world’s largest urban innovation hub. The Lab's mission is to act as a catalyst for evolving the engineering community to reach its full potential as stewards of technology for the benefit of all. Under his leadership these past seven years, over 150 organizations and 300+ individual leaders (CEOs, VPs, Deans, Directors) have collaborated using the Lab’s platform, advancing understanding and action to evolve engineering. Previously, Mark served as a member of the Executive Team at Engineers Without Borders Canada for several years. Before that, Mark spent fourteen years working for a heavy industrial consulting engineering firm based in Vancouver

Maj Dafinone (she/her)

Manager, Partner Solutions Group, MaRS Discovery District

Maj currently serves as a manager within the Partners Solutions Group at MaRS Discovery District. She has worked globally in engineering and business development roles spanning multiple sectors including chemicals, oil & gas and cleantech. Prior to joining MaRS Discovery District, Maj worked with Bain & Company, Bloom Energy and Bayer Material Science. During her time at MaRS, she has been involved with developing partnerships, and helping corporate, government and institutional partners with innovation adoption. Maj has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master’s Degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.

Tech Stewardship Network

A Diverse Group Of Leaders

Throughout the program, we will introduce you to a diverse group of Tech Stewards with different professional backgrounds working in different sectors (industry, academia, government, professional associations, and civil society) - but all unified in their goal of helping shape technology for the benefit of all!

12hrs | Online | Self Paced | Free

Fall program registration closes September 30th, 2022

FAQ

  • What is Tech Stewardship?

    Tech Stewardship is a professional identity, orientation and practice. As tech stewards, we continuously discuss, refine and imagine new ways to shape technology for the benefit of all.

  • Is this just about digital and cutting edge tech?

    No! The program will support anyone involved in the creation and application of physical, digital, biological technology in all stages of development. From traditional tech in well established sectors like mining, to leveraging AI to develop a dating app, all they way to the design of gene editing technologies in healthcare and everything in-between.

  • Is this just for engineers and technical folks?

    No. The program is open to anyone. It has been designed with a focus on engineering, computer science, technologists, business, etc... It's also great for professions like architecture and city planning, where training and work already includes a significant amount of technical and social integration. Those from non-technical backgrounds interested in tech creation like arts, humanities and social sciences, are welcome too.

  • Who developed these concepts and who is behind this program?

    Starting in 2015, a coalition of diverse engineers, technologists and creators began meeting around the question: how can we ensure technology is beneficial for all? So far, over 350 leaders from 150 organizations have contributed deeply to shaping our response. This program is the next step in that journey, and is being supported by the Facilitation, Organizational, and Academic partners whose logos are listed above.

  • What will the program look like / how will it be delivered?

    The program has been designed as a light and flexible overlay to existing work and education activities. Our recommended "ideal" pacing for the entire program is 12 hours over 12 weeks, which allows time for reflection and adsorption of the key concepts. The recommended minimum time to complete the program is 5 weeks. Although it is possible to go through all of the materials in one sitting, we suggest spreading out the practice behaviour portion of the program to ensure maximum benefit.

  • How long / how much effort will the program take?

    The program has been designed as a light and flexible overlay to the existing work and/pr education activities. It is estimated to require 12hours of effort. The recommended minimum time to complete the program is 5 weeks because, although it is technically possible to go through all of the materials in one sitting, we suggest that you take one week for each of the four behaviour during the practice behaiviour portion of the program to ensure maximum benefit. Our recommended "ideal" pacing for the entire program is 12 weeks, which allows time for reflection and adsorption of the key concepts associated with each of the 14 practice cycles.

  • How will this program help me to get a job / advance my career?

    More and more leaders are looking for Tech Stewardship - whether they use the specific term or not. At the same time, leaders are engaging directly in the growing Tech Stewardship movement; you will have an opportunity to connect with some of them during the program. We also provide strategies to leverage the micro-credential you earn in the program to support continued connections once you're done.

  • How will I be evaluated?

    The program consists of a series of reflective questions that don't have right or wrong answers. Therefore, we won't be evaluating the substance of your responses, rather simply that you've taken the reflection process seriously.

  • Is this program available in French?

    Not yet - but we're working on it! Our goal is to have a full French version as soon as possible. Please let us know if you're waiting for a French version and we'll let you know as soon as it's ready.