Troon Technologies celebrates the official launch of The Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology, a not for profit foundation that aims to better the underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the technology and innovation sectors in Canada.
Troon Technologies is a custom software development firm with a strong belief in social entrepreneurship and a passion to create positive social change. As a distributed company, Troon enjoys a partnership that spans across North American and into Pakistan. A part of their company vision is to help underprivileged and or underrepresented people realize their potential in technology. It is with this in mind that the Troon Academy was created – an experiential learning centre that offers apprenticeships, lodging and flexible curriculum to underprivileged peoples in Pakistan.
Now, on the eve of National Indigenous Peoples Day, serendipitous timing sees Troon launching the Centre For Indigenous Innovation in Technology. CIIT, an initiative spearheaded by Jarret Leaman (Business Development and Philanthropy Director, Troon Technologies) looks to expand on the Troon Academy concept while applying a Canadian Indigenous lens.
CIIT will offer software engineering training & apprenticeship, a technology fellowship program and a Collaborative Innovation Network all of which will be designed with Indigenous culture and peoples in mind. Participants will receive: housing stipend, salary, full stack technology, leadership and project management training, workspace and equipment. The Centre plans to set up base in Toronto but then hopes to expand to other populous Canadian cities as well as create satellite programs where programming will be delivered on reserve.
Jarret, is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Magnetawan First Nation and is a recent recipient of Canada’s Sovereign Medal for volunteers honouring his contributions to the Indigenous and LGBTQ2S communities. Early on as part of the Troon team, Jarret recognized a gap in Indigenous representation within the technology sector. In fact, Indigenous Peoples (3.9% of the population) represent just 1.4% of individuals with a post-secondary STEM credential. As a passionate advocate and participant in Reconciliation, Jarret was motivated to change this and CIIT was born.
Reconciliation is the only way we can move forward as a country and as a culture… what I love about CIIT is we are bringing people together to figure out how to solve a problem, through technology – Jarret Leaman
For more information on how you can join Troon and CIIT in contributing to the growth of the Indigenous technology sector and economic reconciliation in Canada contact Jarret Leaman at Jarret@CIIT.io.