A Canadian export, Shawna Pandya is passionate about technology, innovation and social development, and has channeled that passion to co-found CiviGuard, Inc., a start-up that leverages smartphones for emergency response. As CMO for CiviGuard, Ms. Pandya handles the formation of new alliances, partnerships and the development of CiviTriage, a smartphone-based patient-triage-and-tracking system. The company arose from Singularity University’s first-ever challenge to positively impact 1 billion people in 10 years using accelerating technologies in the summer of 2009. Ms. Pandya comes from a long history of public service and innovation, having previously served as VP Research for Edmonton’s SHINE inner-city free clinic for high-risk youth, research associate with the Crew Medical Support Office at the European Astronaut Center in Germany, Director of Research & Projects for SEDS-Canada, a national organization promoting space exploration/development and Founder/Director of Step-Up, an anti-bullying initiative for school-aged children. In addition to medicine (MD Candidate '12, University of Alberta), Ms. Pandya holds backgrounds in entrepreneurship/innovation (Graduate Studies Program, Singularity University, ’09), space studies (MSc Space Studies, International Space University, '07), and Neuroscience (BSc Hons, University of Alberta, ‘06). Her published works include papers on telemedicine for the developing world, on neuroArm, the world’s first intra-operative, MR-compatible image-guided robotic arm for neurosurgery and a book chapter on space technology spin-offs for medical benefit. For her work, she has received many accolades and awards, including being named a finalist for the 2009 ASTech “Leader of Tomorrow” award for leadership and innovation in science, technology and entrepreneurship in Alberta.