Role: Alumni Associate
Sites: CDL-Estonia, CDL-Toronto
Streams: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Society
From NASA’s Canadarm to the BlackBerry to CERN, as a Waterloo engineer, Benjamin Sanders has contributed to some of Canada’s most advanced technology both at home and abroad.
As a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Ben has also helped launch three venture-backed tech startups: Presto.com (YC S10, IPO ’22), Clear.co (ex-unicorn), ProofGov.com (TechStars ’19, acquired ’22).
And as a government geek, he’s helped advance policy within three government space agencies, two divisions of the UN, the Canadian Urban Institute, Banff Forum, Action Canada, and the Yukon Government.
Ben lives together with his family in an off-grid home (100% solar) near Whitehorse, Yukon.