DOT Founder, President, and CEO Janet Longmore has been presented with the Meritorious Service Cross by His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Founder, President, and CEO Janet Longmore has been presented with the Meritorious Service Cross by His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
Created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Meritorious Service Cross recognizes remarkable contributions that are innovative, set an example for others to follow, improve the quality of life of a community, and bring considerable benefit or honour to Canada. The Meritorious Service Decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System and highlight remarkable achievements that are accomplished over a limited period of time.
Janet shares, "I am honoured to be presented with the Meritorious Service Cross. This decoration recognizes not only DOT’s work with thousands of young people in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but also the tremendous positive impact those youth have on the front lines of their communities as daring innovators, problem solvers, and job creators. Young people all over the world, including Canada, know their local communities, are role models for positive change, and are national assets that can create a ripple effect of transformation. Youth are a powerful force for change – I celebrate them."
Janet founded Digital Opportunity Trust from her home base in Ottawa in 2002. Now a global organization spanning seven countries, DOT is a leading innovator in international development that has reached more than 900,000 people in Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas through youth-led programs and a network of over 4,000 youth. DOT’s creative and passionate network of young people support each other to become confident and empowered leaders who are designing local solutions to local challenges, and turning those solutions into businesses, economic opportunities, and jobs.
A champion for technology-driven, community-owned, and youth-led solutions in rapidly developing regions of the world, Janet has innovated a model for development that taps into the talent, energy, and tech-savvy skills of young people. Working with the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Ashoka, she is a leader in promoting the power and potential of youth as change makers and problem solvers.
While guiding DOT’s steady growth, Janet has built long-term collaborations across private and public sectors, including a long-standing partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and partnerships with Cisco Systems, IBM, The MasterCard Foundation, and Google.
Janet is a frequent speaker at international conferences, where she inspires new thinking about social impact, innovation and entrepreneurship, and youth-led development. Janet is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals, and has been recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and as a Senior Ashoka Fellow; she is a recipient of Canada’s Sara Kirke Award for Woman Entrepreneurship (2011), and recognized as a Top 100 Trailblazer and Trendsetter by the Women’s Executive Network of Canada (2012).
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