Hessie Jones

Hessie Jones

Venture Partner, Matr Ventures



Hessie is a Privacy Technologist, Venture Partner, Strategist, Tech Journalist and Author. She is currently a Venture Partner at MATR Ventures and COO, Beacon, a social enterprise start-up focusing on privacy solutions. She has 20 years of experience in start-up tech: data targeting, profile and behavioural analytics, AI tech and more recently data privacy and security. Hessie advocates for AI readiness, education, ethical distribution of AI and the right to self-determination and control of personal information in this era of transformation. As a seasoned digital strategist, she spent the last 18 years on the web at Yahoo! Aegis Media, in various enterprise FIs and start-ups.

Hessie is also a contributor at Forbes and GritDaily, a Co-founding member of MyData Canada, Women in AI Ethics Collective member, Board member with Technology for Good Canada, a Co-founding Member of Education Reform Collective (to combat Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canadian education) and a technology mentor and start-up advisor.



Human-Centric Design In An Increasingly Automated World

Technology is moving at a speed where the business is struggling to keep pace. It is obsoleting established norms in the process. The imminence of AI is creating an urgency to create policy to mitigate existing and future harms… and yet business is slow to adapt.

When the biggest companies that collect, aggregate and contextualize data fail to remedy or change the way they do things, more vulnerabilities are unleashed. Hessie will take you through her personal journey into this market and offer an alternative for business.



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