Gabe Sawhney

Gabe Sawhney
  • Executive Director, Code for Canada

Gabe Sawhney is an experience designer, creative technologist and innovation strategist. He uses design and technology to address creative, civic and business challenges. He’s a pioneer in the Canadian civic tech community, helping co-found Civic Tech Toronto and launch Code for Canada.

Democracy According to Gabe Sawhney

Why did you get involved with DemocracyXChange?

The growth of the civic tech movement in Canada has demonstrated that people who have or are developing skills in design and technology are interested in applying those skills to improving the lives of their fellow residents. One of the civic tech community’s biggest challenges is a lack of common understanding about how government works; a civic education gap. DemocracyXChange presents great opportunities for the civic tech community to learn, engage and collaborate with leaders and practitioners to advance democratic participation and change.

Who should attend DemocracyXChange and why?

Anyone who’s concerned about the trust gap between residents and government — and who are ready to roll up their sleeves to do their part to closing it — should attend DemocracyXChange, to hear inspiring stories about what works, and to meet folks who can help them take action.

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