STARCANADA 2017 Industry Presentation : Testing as a Path to Social Impact

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Testing as a Path to Social Impact

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PLATO Testing

This year, PLATO Testing is a Gold Level Sponsor for the STARCANADA 2017 conference. This is a great opportunity for the company and it provides a chance to spread the message about PLATO and its mission to another audience. Keith has told the PLATO birth story many times over the past few years but the one thing about it that never gets old or tiresome is the driving passion that started the program in the first place. How can the tech industry step-up and make a meaningful change for Indigenous people? How can reconciliation become more than just lip-service and become part of the day-to-day way of doing business in the Canadian tech community?  Talking about the core concept of “Work = Dignity” and how his company has made a change since its inception, Keith will demonstrate through example how software testing can be a path to social impact. After more than two years down this path, he has some very real stories of individual impact to share with the audience.

Keith Mcintosh

Keith Mcintosh

PLATO Testing

Keith McIntosh founded Professional Quality Assurance in 1997 to fill a need in the local market. Under his leadership, the company expanded across Canada. After the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Report, Keith founded PLATO Testing to confront underemployment in Indigenous communities and to address the growing tech talent shortage. The company currently employs fifty full-time Indigenous software-testers.