Sherry Shannon-Vanstone

President and CEO at Profound Impact Corporation

Bio Info

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone is a cryptographer, mathematician, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur, having had successful exits with start-ups in both Silicon Valley and the Toronto-Waterloo tech corridor. With a security and tech background, she is not only a female reference for business but also for science. Throughout her career, she has been a trailblazer in the fields of STEM, business and philanthropy as well as working as a cryptologic mathematician with the US Government. She holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and an honorary doctorate from Western University in Ontario.

As a tribute to her late husband, Scott A. Vanstone, Sherry founded Profound Impact in 2018 to connect great people to do great things. Profound Impact's data, AI and analytics-driven solutions help education, research and social impact organizations automate their processes, measure program impact, tell their story and inform strategy.

Sherry brings a wealth of experience in business startups, technology, systems security, philanthropy and leadership. She has made a major contribution to the advancement of all women, in particular young women, in the science, research and technology areas. If you book her, she will encourage all to take a more active role in the digital economy and will inspire individuals to have the courage to step out of their comfort zone. Book Sherry now!


Sherry Shannon-Vanstone speaks at Inspiring Future Women in Science

Though she grew up in a time when few women were encouraged to study science and mathematics, Sherry has thrived as a mathematician, inventor, entrepreneur, mentor and philanthropist. She shared her perspectives on being a woman in a male-dominated industry while speaking to 230 students at Perimeter Institute's Inspiring Future Women in Science day in March 2017.

Your Region This Week - Local Female Entrepreneur Receives 2020 WCT Award

Local female entrepreneur and CEO Sherry Shannon-Vanstone of Profound Impact Corporation is the recipient of the 2020 WCT Award for entrepreneurship. We spoke with Sherry about her award and what the future holds for her corporation.

Spring Convocation - Sherry Shannon-Vanstone - June 17, 2019

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone is Co-Founder, ex-President & CEO and Chairman of the Board of TrustPoint Innovation Technologies. The Waterloo-based Internet of Things security company was acquired by ETAS Canada in 2017. Shannon-Vanstone currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics’ Emmy Noether Council, which promotes girls and women in physics and mathematics.

Previous Interviews

Startup Canada Podcast

Startup Canada Podcast

Empowering Women in STEM with Sherry Shannon-Vanstone

Canada’s Podcast

Canada’s Podcast

Starting a Company to Influence Culture - Toronto - Canada’s Podcast

Accelerator Centre

Accelerator Centre

Supporting Women in STEM careers with Sherry Shannon-Vanstone

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