Founder & CEO, Urban Living Futures Inc
Upon her return to Toronto in 2016 and building on sustainability, smart city and innovation experience from a 20+ year career in North America, Europe and Asia, Mikele launched the UPPlift Urban Pilot Platform, a digital market identifying emergent smart city innovations and matching them with pilot hosts. In its inaugural year, “UPPlift: Toronto” attracted over 50 innovator applications. After vetting, 20 were selected resulting in 9 pilot opportunities with a major developer and city authority. Innovations include Artificial Intelligence driven waste sorting; urban ground-covering made from repurposed automotive waste; and solar powered smart benches that provide phone charging, wifi access and environmental monitoring.