Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is a leading international social enterprise headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with local operations around the globe. Harnessing the power of youth, we transform young people (DOT Interns) into leaders of change as they facilitate technology, business, and entrepreneurial learning experiences to people in their own communities. Our unique youth-led programs empower people living in communities that are developing, in transition, or under stress with the confidence to use technology for entrepreneurial, community, educational, and personal development. Launched in 2002, DOT has mobilized the talent and energy of over 4,000 Interns worldwide - a powerful force for change. The impact of DOT's programs has reached 1 million people in communities and schools around the world helping them to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and technology and business skills that will last a lifetime.
Janet Longmore founded Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) in 2001 and serves as President and CEO. A determined leader and inspiring role model, she has dedicated her career to the creation of new approaches and sustainable solutions that have successfully helped youth, particularly young women, in less fortunate societies improve their lives. She has earned an international reputation as an innovative social entrepreneur.
An honours graduate of Queen’s University School of Business, Janet has taught business theory in Europe; she has led the largest agency for at-risk youth in the USA; she is a sought after speaker on international development topics; and she is a former member of the Strategy Council of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development.
Under her leadership and vision, DOT has risen to the forefront of social enterprise as an international leader and innovator in enabling people to access and apply information and communications technologies to create education, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities. DOT is working with youth, women and marginalized communities in 12 countries through subsidiaries that operate under the DOT banner in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. Through DOT thousands of young people have become leaders of economic and education change in their societies. In guiding DOT’s steady growth, Janet has forged long term partnerships with local organizations and multinationals, including Cisco Systems, IBM, The MasterCard Foundation and agencies such as CIDA and USAID.
A promoter of female leadership, she is a role model and mentor to the many female DOT country directors as well as to the hundreds of female youth leaders within the DOT network.
Her international leadership is not going unnoticed. In 2010 Janet Longmore was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network. She was awarded the CATA CanWIT Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011 and was a TIAW World of Difference 100 Award winner in 2011.