2023 Festival Agenda

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05:00pm Main Stage

Time Icon 60 mins

Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Pitch Showcase

Come early and hear from unicorns in the making. Who knows, you might find your next investment.

05:00pm
06:00pm Main Stage

Time Icon 10 mins

Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Elevate Opening Night Kickoff

It all starts here. We’re kicking off Elevate Festival 2023 with an intimate evening of curated speakers and performances. Start your festival journey with transformative ideas that will bring you up close and personal with today’s top thought leaders and take you to the forefront of Canada’s tech and innovation industry.

06:00pm
06:10pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Opening Address: Mayor Olivia Chow

Mayor Olivia Chow shares her vision for the future of Toronto’s tech & innovation industries and the important role that local organizations play. 

06:10pm
06:15pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

What it Takes to Succeed

In sport and in business, there’s no shortage of ambition. Andre and John sit down to talk about the road from inspiration to success. From operating with a plan, to optimizing your network, and being unwavering in the pursuit of your goals. This deep dive into the strategy behind success will help you craft a competitive mindset and ensure you are on your way to your future aspirations.

06:15pm
06:35pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Beacons Of Hope: AI in Medicine

The past three years have seen major breakthroughs in the medical industry as the result of AI. We can now accurately predict how the genetics of patients, deleteriously alter gene expression and how molecules can provide therapeutic benefits. Join Brendan as he walks us through these recent breakthroughs, including an exclusive late-breaking innovation from his team. How can we expect this to alter the future of medicine?

06:35pm
06:45pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Generative AI: A New Computing Era

Generative AI has sparked the imagination of people globally and is rapidly being adopted by businesses. Join Sanja, as she discusses the utility and impact of generative AI in different application areas and describes NVIDIA’s contributions to its development.

06:45pm
07:00pm Main Stage

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Ontario’s Story: Where Innovation Thrives

Ontario is one of the most dynamic and highly sought-after regions in the world for tech innovation, research and investment. Home to an abundance of fast growing start-ups and leading research organizations, Ontario is also an international hub for highly skilled AI talent who help keep the province at the forefront of responsible AI research. Join the Hon. Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade as he shares how Ontario has become a global leader in homegrown tech and innovation, attracting billions in investments from world-renowned innovators and industry leaders to unlock the opportunities of tomorrow, today.

07:00pm
07:05pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Embedding Inclusion at the Heart of Innovation

In a time of increasingly rapid growth, how can we ensure we’re purposeful about embedding inclusivity into everything we do? Join TD’s Rizwan Khalfan and Janice Farrell Jones as they discuss the importance of inclusive innovation for our communities at large.

07:05pm

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The Future of Canada with Kids Help Phone, Elevate & MaRS

There is a youth mental health crisis in this country, now more than ever. Much of the same does not, and will not, work for the future. Kids Help Phone, Elevate and MaRS join forces to transform the e-mental health ecosystem for young people in Canada.  The innovation and startup community is essential to the transformation. The future of Canada depends on us succeeding.

07:20pm
07:30pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

In Conversation with The Hon. Chrystia Freeland & Lisa LaFlamme

In an exclusive sit down, the Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland sits down with Lisa LaFlamme to discuss issues that affect the Canadian tech and innovation sectors. From the economy, to the opportunities in front of Canadians, to global conditions shaping the world we live in, this wide ranging conversation will dig deep on where Canada is, and where it’s going.

07:30pm

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09:30am AI

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AI Stage Kickoff

Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), once merely theoretical, are now a household conversation and used widely in industries like tech, banking, healthcare, and entertainment. From advancements in disease detection and deep fakes, to driverless cars and ChatGPT, find out how the capabilities and ethics of this disruptive technology are leading us into the next decade. Join us as we kick off the AI Stage.

09:30am
09:30am FinTech

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Jane Mallett Theatre

FinTech Stage Kickoff

There is no question that money is a big business! FinTech is pushing the boundaries of business and technology in new and exciting ways. Don’t miss out on learning how to capitalize on these opportunities from experts, analysts, and entrepreneurs. Join us as we kick off the FinTech Stage!

09:30am
09:35am FinTech

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Jane Mallett Theatre

Byte Sized Progress: the Power of Digital Government Engagement

A new report from the Dais says that the Canadian federal government is facing delayed digital adoption, and concludes that our country suffers from a lack of basic digital infrastructure – which ultimately impacts the accessibility of digital services for citizens. Join us for a discussion about governments can continue to drive towards the goal of digital government by closing critical gaps in skills, culture and infrastructure, and how this in turn drives economic activity and empowerment.

09:35am
09:35am AI

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

Unlocking Potential: The Art of Prompt Engineering

Prompt engineering stands at the intersection of search and reasoning engines, a nexus where recent advancements like ChatGPT and Microsoft Bing have left an indelible mark. Join us as we dive into the principles of prompt engineering, including practical applications, key considerations, and the balance between search algorithms and human-like reasoning. As we look forward, we will examine how reasoning engines are laying the groundwork for more intuitive response systems and analyze the implications that are beginning to surface.

09:35am
09:45am AI

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Navigating the AI Revolution

Come on a journey with us as we demystify AI and put sustainability at the forefront of our exploration. This conversation will dive into how AI is poised to revolutionize productivity, job markets, and our ability to solve complex problems. However, the AI revolution also comes with its limitations, and as we enhance workload efficiencies and democratize access, we will also need to focus on its impact on our planet, and make a sustainable future a priority.

09:45am

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Unmasking Financial Inequality: Rethinking Credit Assessment and Policy Innovation

Prepare for a candid and open dialogue that exposes the financial inequality cast by conventional bank offerings. Daniel and Senator Deacon will share the merits of using unconventional data streams for credit assessment and the reasons why we need different prerequisites for borrowing in the financial landscape. Get ready for revelations about how simple changes to policy can allow for equitable opportunity.

09:55am

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Responsible AI: Making AI Systems & Products More Equitable

AI advances of today are creating an unprecedented convergence of technology, art, philosophy, ethics; providing an incredible opportunity to solve problems in a plethora of industries – computing, environment, medicine and more. In this talk, Komal delves into the socio-technical aspects of AI, and how Google is building AI to be more equitable for all – ranging from designing computer vision systems to recognize all skin tones, to measuring representation at scale in mainstream media, to addressing emergent challenges in generative media for marginalized groups.

10:05am
10:15am FinTech

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Jane Mallett Theatre

The Future of Crypto Exchanges in Canada

To protect Canadian investors following the collapse of numerous unregulated cryptocurrency players, in recent years, Canadian securities regulators have cracked down on unregistered crypto exchanges operating in the country. This panel discussion explores some of the pros and cons of Canada’s approach to regulating crypto exchanges, how it has helped shape the competitive landscape in the country’s crypto sector, and what the future might look like for crypto exchanges in Canada.

10:15am
10:15am Main Stage

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Main Stage Day 1 Kickoff

Join us at the Elevate Main Stage as we unite innovators for change. To unlock our full potential it’s going to take people who think differently. People who make things happen. People like you. Engage with world-class speakers who are ready to share ground breaking ideas and the latest innovations that will shape our future.

10:15am

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

Reimagine AI: Harnessing AI to Alleviate Loneliness and Forge Connections

In an increasingly digital world, loneliness has become a pressing societal issue. Join us for an enlightening talk that explores the potential of Virtual Beings and AI to combat isolation and foster genuine human connections. We’ll delve into the exciting world of virtual companions, from chatbots that lend a listening ear to AI-driven avatars that offer companionship.

10:25am

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Tell Your Story: Uplifting Black Women Founders

To succeed as a woman of colour in business it takes persistence and the ability to overcome obstacles and discrimination. It doesn’t have to be that way. Join Ayesha as she speaks to her mission of leveling the playing field and increasing representation of Black Women in business through the work of her company, Sweet July.

10:25am

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

The HR Tech Transformation: Leveraging Integrations for Growth

Tech is reshaping the way HR software companies grow. Join us for an insightful talk that explores the dynamic world of HR Tech integrations. From ecosystem partnerships to modern HR tech use cases, this talk offers valuable insights and strategies for HR tech leaders looking to harness the full potential of innovation.
10:30am

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Upper Mezzanine

Networking 101

Discover the art of meaningful networking and unleash the power of building authentic relationships online and off. From breaking the ice to cultivating lasting connections, this session equips you with the skills to navigate the professional world with confidence and create a robust network that opens doors to endless opportunities.

10:30am
10:40am FinTech

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Jane Mallett Theatre

Unlocking Canada’s Financial Future: Lessons Learned from Real-Time Rails Around the World

What would a real-time payment system unlock for Canadians and businesses? This discussion explores success stories of other countries that have embraced a real-time payment infrastructure, including the recent launch of FedNow in the US. Join us for a captivating discussion that explores international use cases of real time payment systems and the opportunities Canadians are waiting to benefit from.

10:40am
10:45am Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Static Disruption: The Future of The Entertainment Industry

In the past ten years, almost no industry has experienced the level of disruption the entertainment industry has. A once thriving industry is now struggling to rebuild itself after paradigm shifting innovations. But opportunities for growth still exist. Streaming and work stoppages are now driving a new demand for unscripted and international content. So what does that mean for the Canadian media industry? What behavioural trends are here to stay? And what does the next decade of entertainment look like? Brandon Katz will dive deep into what’s happening now, what’s emerging on the horizon and how it will affect the entertainment Canadians consume.

10:45am

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

Why Making Data Your Responsibility Benefits Your Organization & You

Discover TELUS’ first-of-its-kind Data Steward program, where team members across the business are trained to enable data innovation for their teams as part of their day-to-day roles. See how you can become a data influencer by supporting responsible data use and creating a competitive advantage for your organization. Today, the need for improved data skills and data stewardship is clear and the time to upskill is now!

10:45am

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

Cracking the Code: Ensuring Equity in AI

Artificial Intelligence has immense potential to improve our lives, but it also carries the risk of perpetuating bias and discrimination. Join us for an enlightening talk that delves deep into the intricate world of bias in AI algorithms and learn the best practices to mitigate bias, promote fairness, and ensure AI systems are equitable. Whether you’re a developer, data scientist, policymaker, or simply AI-curious, this talk will equip you with the knowledge and tools to lead the charge in beating bias and shaping a more inclusive AI-powered future.

10:45am
10:55am Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Everyday Trust: Exploring Digital Trust in Healthcare

The digital realm is brimming with potential, but its advancements come with countless challenges. While new products and services may stem from the potential of generative AI, our societal institutions struggle to keep up. Debbie Gamble, Chief Officer, Innovation Labs & News Ventures, Interac Corp. initiates a conversation with Zayna Khayat, Ph.D., health futurist at Deloitte Canada, inviting us to ponder the essence of trust in our digital engagements.

The conversation will also navigate the global trust crisis, emphasizing the importance of ethical standards and the need for regulatory modernization in healthcare. As we grapple with challenges, from misinformation to data security, how do we ensure trust remains the bedrock of our healthcare system?

Join us in exploring the bridge between familiarity and the unknown, with trust as its foundation, as Debbie and Zayna delve into the nuances of digital trust in healthcare and beyond.

10:55am

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Castle Point Numa Lounge

The Open Banking Ecosystem: Driving the Perfect Balance for Innovation

Open Banking ecosystem participants, including fintechs and banks, have the ability to significantly transform the financial landscape, providing new opportunities for competition, collaboration, innovation, and digitization. This panel, representing key Open Banking stakeholders, will explore the intersection of Open Banking and innovation and their roles in driving digital transformation within the financial sector.

11:00am

Time Icon 15 mins

Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

From Revolutionizing Recruitment To Conquering Investments

Jay Rosenzweig takes you on his journey from lawyer, talent strategist, humanitarian, advisor and investor in some of the world’s most innovative tech businesses. He discusses the interrelation between each of these seemingly disparate activities, and the incredible relationships made along the way.

11:00am
11:05am FinTech

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Jane Mallett Theatre

Why Building Honest Financial Products Matters

Consumers are voting with their wallets as they increasingly adopt more honest and flexible financial products. Join us as we explore the value of these payment methods and how transparent options like Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) can empower consumers to take control of their finances.

11:05am

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

Sustainable Semiconductor Solutions with AI

As AI processing demands soar to new heights, so does the importance of sustainable hardware solutions. Join us for a thought-provoking talk that explores the critical intersection of AI and semiconductor technology. Discover how the semiconductor industry is taking monumental strides to ensure efficient AI processing while minimizing environmental impact.

11:05am

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

Raising the Recruiting Bar: The Winning Combination of Diversity, Talent, and Growth

In today’s business, the significance of a robust recruitment team cannot be overstated. This talk delves into the multifaceted aspects of building a best-in-class recruitment team and the role this plays in diversifying your workforce. Join us as we dive into how to diversify your workforce the right way, nurture your team, retain talent, and drive growth.
11:15am

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Reclaiming the Indigenous Economy Through Fashion and Commerce

Join Anishinaabe founder of aaniin retail, Chelsee Pettit, as she walks us through the journey of her start up brand to show how building community, preserving language and connecting with customers is helping drive collaboration with businesses from across Turtle Island.

11:15am
11:20am FinTech

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Jane Mallett Theatre

Shining the Spotlight on Small Businesses: Leveraging Tech to Help you Grow

According to Statistics Canada’s latest data, small businesses make up 98 percent of all businesses and employ 8.2 million Canadians. Yet, according to research from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Canada’s banks aren’t serving small businesses well: little access to credit, high fees, few tools to effectively manage cash, and poor customer service. Listen to experts explain why our financial sector falls short and how other countries are leveraging tech innovation to help their small businesses grow.

11:20am
11:25am Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

How Generative AI Will Spark Innovation Across Industries in Canada

We are currently witnessing one of the most significant shifts in technological history with the emergence of generative AI. This is truly unprecedented, and it’s creating opportunities for businesses to transform their operations and disrupt industries. Whether it’s faster customer service, new healthcare breakthroughs, climate innovations or more efficient supply chains, the top question we’re getting at Google Cloud is ‘how do I get started?’ Sam will show you how industries across Canada and around the world are adopting this new technology responsibly to drive value for their customers.

11:25am
11:30am AI

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This Changes Everything: Generative AI and the Next Competitive Advantage

Generative AI is no longer a future concept but a present reality. This presentation navigates the transformative impact of AI on businesses, exploring why technological disruption can be difficult to see, and what you’ll need to turn AI Readiness and experimentation into competitive advantage. Join us as we explore real-life applications, challenges, and practical advice to help prepare you for responsible and effective AI adoption.

11:30am
11:45am Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Chris Hadfield at the Speed of Light

Things in space are changing rapidly. From the James Webb Telescope’s discoveries about the universe to rovers landing at the Moon’s South Pole, humanity is stretching ever-further into the unknown. But what does it mean for us all? Where is our exploration taking us, what are we finding, and where are we headed next? With images, videos and a lifetime of experience, Commander Chris Hadfield will take the audience on an insightful journey from Earth to the edge of what we understand, and back again for Q&A. Don’t miss it!

11:45am

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The Road to Inclusive Banking

Through this insightful narrative, you’ll uncover how a truly inclusive approach can align with ethical values and propel financial institutions toward newfound dimensions of growth and prosperity. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on how products can be structured within the compliance of Islamic banking to build a more inclusive financial future!

11:45am
11:50am AI

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Navigating the AI Frontier: Regulation and Responsible AI Adoption

As AI becomes increasingly accessible to the general public, the need for robust regulations and responsible practices becomes paramount. In this talk, we’ll delve into the evolving regulatory landscape surrounding AI, exploring the policies designed to ensure that AI development and usage prioritize societal well-being. We’ll discuss guidelines for individuals and organizations to create AI applications that do not harm society at large, emphasizing ethical considerations and responsible AI deployment.

11:50am
12:00pm FinTech

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Embedded Finance – Reimagining Financial Services Delivery

The way financial services are delivered to consumers has barely evolved over the past decade. Embedded finance has the opportunity to create a better financial services experience for all, by putting the consumer’s needs and preferences front and center. Innovative financial technology companies are leading the way by building, enabling and utilizing embedded experiences that serve consumers the right product and service at the right time through the consumer’s preferred channel.

12:00pm
12:15pm AI

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Is it Too Late to Ride the AI Wave, or Are There Still Untapped Opportunities for Savvy Investors and Enterprises?

Is it too late to ride the AI wave, or are there still untapped opportunities for savvy investors and enterprises? We’ll explore the current state of AI from a product and investment lens. Delve into the crystal ball to envision the future of AI, emerging trends and weighing the risks of new capabilities like GenAI. Whether you’re a seasoned innovator or a curious newcomer this talk will provide valuable insights to help you navigate the future of AI.

12:15pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Upper Mezzanine

Get Hired

Attendees will learn how to leverage their unique strengths, skills, and experiences, creating a compelling personal brand and resume that catches the attention of employers. This session empowers candidates to navigate the competitive job market with ease and secure the opportunities they’ve always dreamed of.

12:30pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Castle Point Numa Lounge

The Buy Canadian Opportunity: How to Spur Growth by Embracing Emerging Tech

Today, more than one third of Canadian businesses are using AI, but this is less than half of the level in the US. How do we accelerate adoption of Canadian tech in Canada? This session will address how companies should approach AI-based tech collaboration. Join us to hear several successful case studies addressing barriers to adoption and learn how to improve the odds of success.

01:00pm
01:15pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

The Future of the Creator Economy: What’s Next for Creators in the Age of AI?

Humans are innately curious, which coupled with creativity have helped push the boundaries of what’s possible throughout history. Additionally, technological innovation has unlocked new creative possibilities. This has never been more clear within the creator economy. From short form content, to long form, to podcasts and livestreams, digital creators have long embraced the various creative outputs and formats available. Now, with the acceleration of AI across all industries, questions are emerging on how creators will meet this moment. In this fireside chat, you’ll hear about the future of the creator economy, the next chapter of content creation on YouTube, and the influence of generative AI on the creative process.

01:15pm

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Future Societies Stage Kickoff

Our future society is no longer a science fiction movie, it’s at our doorsteps. Our world is constantly evolving, from smart cities, agri-tech, electric vehicles, wearable technology and more. Join us as we kick off the Future Societies Stage.

01:30pm

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Secure & Protect Stage Kickoff

The faster technology advances, so do the threats against it. It’s more crucial than ever to secure and protect your personal, company and client data. We’re hosting a wide range of discussions with leading security experts about privacy, trust, and levelling up security systems against cyber threats. Join us as we kick off the Secure & Protect Stage!

01:30pm

Time Icon 15 mins

Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

Aspiration to Promotion: 5 Key Strategies for Professional Growth

Navigating career milestones and promotions can seem complex, but Dominique offers strategic insights to achieve your goals. Drawing from her career experience and successes, including a 27% increase in women’s promotions at Wealthsimple, Dominique shares actionable strategies to openly communicate your goals, master key competencies, and advocate for advancement.

01:30pm

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Navigating the Future of Advertising: Building Trust and Shopability

In this session, our expert panelists will explore the future of advertising, focusing on redefining the customer experience, building trust, and optimizing shopability. Learn how to democratize advertising by tailoring content to individual preferences and needs, enhancing user engagement and making shopping experiences more seamless. We will also explore the nuances of audience targeting, and the evolving role of influencers in shaping brand narratives. Join us as we redefine advertising’s future—one click, one customer, one trust-building moment at a time!

01:35pm
01:35pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

When Investor Met Founder

There are few relationships more important in business than the one between Investor and Founder. How do you know when you’ve found the right fit? How does one complement the other? Join Katelin, Grant, and Sunil as they discuss investor founder relations. Get a first hand look of a relationship done right as they spotlight their work on global reforestation through their company, Mast.

01:35pm

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Cybersecurity Threats with Emerging Technologies: Bots, Malware, Disinformation, AI

The nexus between cybersecurity and emerging technologies is at the forefront of global concerns. Join us for an enlightening exploration of the shifting landscape where traditional threats meet cutting-edge innovations. From the proliferation of malicious bots to the relentless evolution of malware, and the insidious spread of disinformation campaigns to the profound impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), this session delves deep into the heart of modern cybersecurity challenges.

01:35pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

What I Have Learned in Scaling Engineering Teams

Bohdan will provide a summary of key insights and themes he has observed in scaling engineering organizations across several domains – from engineering teams of 5 to 500 people in size.  Bohdan will touch on process evolution, organizational values, strategic alignment, as well as the need for transparent communication channels within the engineering team and between stakeholders.

01:45pm

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Navigating the Road Ahead: Preparing Cities for Autonomous Vehicles

Delve into the ongoing preparations in Ontario and Toronto for the advent of autonomous vehicles (AVs), recognizing both the promising opportunities and advantages, along with the associated risks and challenges. Learn about the innovative strategies, pilot projects, and regulatory adjustments that are shaping these regions into AV-ready pioneers. This panel discussion provides insights into the collaborative efforts of cities and provinces as they adapt their infrastructure and regulations for the future of autonomous mobility.

01:55pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Work-Life Balance is a Myth: It’s Time to Bloom Instead

The rising rate of employee burnout, stress, and unhappiness are clear signs of trouble. By choice or out of necessity, the manner in which many workers make a living is undergoing a fundamental change. And to make a living is to accept that there is a congenital bond between work and life, between what people do and how they live. For people to succeed, they must reach fulfillment through the integration of work and life. After all, people bring their work into their lives and their lives into their work; an improved work-life leadership model is vital. It’s time to bloom, not balance.

01:55pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

How to be an Exceptional Software Engineer

Using her almost 2 decades of industry experience, Katrin will give a candid talk about ups and downs of the profession, importance of being strategic regarding your professional and personal growth, and her tips and tricks on how to stay sane while riding the career roller coaster.

02:00pm

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Banding Together to Bring an Industry Approach to Combatting Financial Crime

To proactively thwart financial crime as a nation, we need a concerted effort. In this discussion, we explore an industry-wide approach to tackling cyber crime. Join us as we share strategies and technologies to strengthen Canada’s cyber security.

02:00pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Knowing Your Worth: BIPOC Contributions To Canada’s Economic Output

BIPOC and female entrepreneurs face immense challenges when starting their businesses. Wes Hall’s core philosophy is that serving the under-served and putting people first yields the greatest long-term dividends. Join Wes for an illuminating talk about how investing in BIPOC and women investors, and building inclusive teams adds billions of dollars to Canadian economic output and puts businesses on the path to success.

02:05pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

Philosophies of a Tech Engineer: Navigating the Career Maze

From a childhood passion for coding to an accidental career in tech, leading with childlike curiosity is what has lead to Rohan’s exceptional career as an Engineer. While shedding light on a atypical career paths, Rohan will share his experiences in building teams and emphasize the importance of pursuing interesting problems and solving customer issues. Gain insights into unconventional career trajectories and discover what to look for when seeking high-performing, enjoyable workplaces.

02:15pm

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Human Connection – The Next Frontier

Get ready to embark on an electrifying journey into the future of human connection! 100 years ago no one could’ve pictured a world of Zoom, Google, or MS Teams Calls – yet today that is the lynchpin of how we communicate across time zones. It’s time to bust the myth of disconnection and explore how avatars, AR, and VR foster collaboration and connectivity. Join us as we dive into the neuroscience of how the human brain has changed since online meetings and how it will continue to change further through metaverse interactions.

02:15pm

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Challenges in Cybersecurity Tech Adoption: Resources, Procurement Hurdles, Understanding of Technology

In an increasingly digital world, the importance of cybersecurity has never been more critical. Yet, the adoption of cutting-edge cybersecurity technology comes with its own set of challenges. Join us for a comprehensive panel discussion that addresses the complexities organizations face when integrating cybersecurity solutions into their operations.
02:20pm

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Global Responses, Disaster Relief, and Climate Change Solutions

Join us for a compelling discussion that delves deep into the pressing global issues of climate change, disaster relief, and climate adaptation investments, in the context of humanitarian aid and social justice work. As our world faces increasing environmental and societal challenges, this session will foster a vital conversation about our collective response to these crises. Featuring leaders from the emergency response INGO CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and the science-based environmental nonprofit David Suzuki Foundation, our guests will discuss the urgent need for both local and global climate adaptation and mitigation investments and solution-oriented tactics, to offset the adverse impact of natural disasters and build more resilient communities. Be part of this critical conversation as we assess our role as a global society in charting a path towards a more secure, humane and sustainable world for all.

02:25pm
02:25pm Main Stage

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

The Power of Significance

We all want to be successful, but what we should be striving for is significance. How can young leaders tie these two concepts together? Jack imparts lessons learned from his journey from being the youngest Division 1 NCAA Coach to being one of the most admired sports media personalities in Canada. Inspirational (and funny), Jack will show you how a well rounded life comes from the pursuit of significance.

02:25pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Castle Point Numa Lounge

(No) People Problems: How Founders Can Craft Great Places to Work

Founders: Do you dream of creating a team like no other? One where ambition is high, drama is low, hiring is easy, and everyone is locked in with the mission? Designed for leaders of companies 5-50, this masterclass is for those who aspire to build not only a top product but a top place to work. Not sure where to start? The team at Bright + Early, who have helped hundreds of top tech companies build and scale their people, will walk you through each step of designing a progressive people plan customized to your organization’s values and stage.

02:30pm

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Location Icon Meridian Hall - Upper Mezzanine

Angel Investors

If you’ve been wondering, “Where do I start?” This workshop has got you covered with invaluable funding tips and tricks. Learn the ins and outs of approaching angel investors, crafting a compelling pitch, and showcasing your business’s potential for growth.

02:30pm
02:35pm Main Stage

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The Trust Trifecta

Over the past several decades, we have become a more untrustworthy society. Misinformation has lead to mistrust amongst our institutions and leaders. Businesses have an opportunity to step up and intervene – in a new kind of leadership, where trust is at the core. Accompanied by a harp, join Dr. Anand in this immersive, multi-sensory keynote performance as she reveals insights into the impact of the intersection of these notions and when met in this specific order – how we can all benefit from the outcomes.
02:35pm

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Navigating Algorithmic Integrity in the World of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

The concept of algorithmic integrity has emerged as a critical compass to ensure that the promises of these transformative technologies align with ethical principles and societal values. This talk gets to the heart of algorithmic integrity in the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

02:40pm

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The Future Dinner Plate

We have the power to reduce emissions using sustainable alternatives produced with the circular economy in mind. Conventional approaches to growing, processing, and packaging food are harming our planet. But how do we coordinate efforts to make change? This panel explores various solutions — from sustainable dairy to reusable takeout containers — that help mitigate the impacts food production and convenience have on our climate. We’ll examine the transformative ability of technology, address barriers to adoption, and discuss how advancements in the lab can shape our food choices for good.

02:40pm
02:50pm Main Stage

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You and I Are Going To Live Forever

Can we live healthier lives? Can the body’s age actually reverse itself? Can we live forever? These questions aren’t science fiction. They’re the basis for Bryan’s journey to the bleeding edge of medical innovation. Join Bryan for a look at the future of fitness, diet and medical tech from his front row seat as the world’s most measured human.
02:50pm

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Gaps in Public Cyber Policy: Are We Keeping Up?

Everyone can relate to the impact of cyber crime, and the daunting question of “how do we combat the threats?” This fireside chat gets to the heart of the matter as we unravel the changing nature of cyber threats in Canada. Charles and Carole explore where Canada stands in keeping up with the ever-imposing threats and call for a unified approach to cybersecurity across every governmental level.

02:50pm

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From Trust to Transformation: Developing a Data Culture for Innovation

In this informative session, hear about the ROI on building a data culture founded on sustainable data strategies and find out how to do it from Canada’s leading experts at TELUS. While technological tools and innovative applications may capture the spotlight in organizational technology strategy especially in this age of GenAI, it is ultimately people who determine success. Developing an organizational data culture is of utmost importance: enabling teams to embrace technology and make better decisions faster. It also fosters collaboration among business units and trust with customers and shareholders.

02:55pm
03:05pm Main Stage

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Moneris and You: A Celebration

It’s time to celebrate! Join us on the main stage as we toast the Canadian Startup Ecosystem. Moneris is on a mission to help Canadian founders thrive. Join Duri and get a glimpse into what’s happening right now, and what’s to come in the future.

03:05pm

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Forging a Stronger Future: Inclusivity in Cybersecurity Talent Recruitment & Retention

Discover the significance of diverse viewpoints in the Canadian Cyber Tech Industry as we uncover the factors driving talent shortages and the challenges HR and leadership encounter when it comes to securing and retaining top-tier talent. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how these vital elements shape product innovation, contribute to a robust cybersecurity landscape, and lead the way toward a stronger, more inclusive future for Canadian Tech.

03:10pm
03:15pm Main Stage

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Revolutionizing The Road: Incredible Innovation in Electric Vehicles

 The automotive industry is undergoing a monumental transformation, driven by groundbreaking advancements in electric propulsion, battery technology, and sustainable mobility solutions. Discover how electric vehicles are not just changing the way we drive but also reshaping the global automotive landscape. From cutting-edge battery breakthroughs to the integration of AI and connectivity, our panelists will unveil the remarkable innovations that promise to make EVs more accessible, efficient, and sustainable than ever before. Whether you’re an automotive enthusiast, a sustainability advocate, or simply curious about the future of transportation, this panel discussion will provide valuable insights into the incredible innovation happening in the world of electric vehicles.

03:15pm

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Fostering Innovation in Municipalities: Insights from Innovative Cities

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion exploring the innovative strategies and challenges cities face in fostering clean technology innovation. In an era where cities worldwide are taking bold steps towards sustainability and technological advancement, this session provides valuable insights into the impact of programs promoting innovation in clean technologies. Discover how innovation challenges invigorate advancement within cities, their benefits to urban environments, their value to participants, and their role in shaping Smart Cities in Canada and beyond. Attend this discussion to gain deeper insights into the future of clean technologies in urban ecosystems.

03:15pm

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Social Media: The Path Forward

Over just two decades, social media has evolved into the primary channel for personal connections and content consumption, yet it presents a challenging landscape for enterprises and governments. In this keynote, Neil highlights the significant risks it poses, from eroding credibility due to missteps to enabling widespread disinformation and becoming a common channel for cybercrime. Join Neil’s talk–calling for a path forward that combines better technology and robust public policy to secure and protect individuals and organizations.

03:35pm
03:35pm Main Stage

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The Future of Food

Join Chef Susur Lee, culinary icon, for a delicious look at the future of the food industry. 

03:35pm

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What Does the Future Hold for Quantum Computing, and How Do We Program the Quantum Computers of the Future?

Toronto-based Xanadu is on a mission to make quantum computers useful and available to people everywhere. Get these questions answered, and learn about Xanadu’s achievements and roadmap to a quantum future.

03:40pm

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Anatomy of an Attack: Decoding Cyber Threats for Enhanced Defense

It was 10:04pm when Toronto businessman Bill Daniels received a text on his personal phone. The text had one statement: All your files are encrypted and stolen by Ragnarok. If you asked Bill to describe the rest of his year, he sums it up in two words: defeated and devasted. Over 50% of the 5 billion internet users have already been compromised. Join this intriguing conversation to discover what happens when a company gets hacked and learn 5 key actions you can take to protect your systems and people.

03:50pm

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Sustainable Strategies for Climate Transformation

AI can make significant progress on the most complicated environmental and social problems faced by humans. Join us to learn the importance of AI expertise in enabling businesses to make data- driven decision for sustainability planning that will carry them into the future.

03:55pm

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Elevate Happy Hour

The networking’s not over yet. As the Main Stage wraps up, stick around for Elevate Festival Happy Hour. The DJs are taking over and the bars are open. 

04:00pm

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Demystifying AI for Business Owners & Content Creators

AI is the latest technology trend and for business owners and content creators, it’s an exciting time. In this masterclass, hosted by tech expert and media entrepreneur Amber Mac, learn the ABCs of brand and business building and hear from industry experts who will share their latest tips, techniques, and tools using AI. You’ll leave this masterclass with a blueprint to help you adapt in our fast future and adopt this emerging technology, so you can grow your brand and business in new, successful, and productive ways.

04:00pm

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Cyber Resilience: Fueling a New Era of Security Leadership and Well-Being

In the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, resilience is your competitive advantage. Beyond the intricate technical solutions lies a profound truth: it’s all about the people. It’s imperative to safeguard our cybersecurity defenders from relentless burnout, foster strategic alliance that fortify our defences & ignite a transformation where business leaders emerge as the vanguards of security.

04:10pm

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A Journey from Obama Portraits to Scooty

Hear about a fateful visit to the Obama portraits at the Smithsonian that sparked the lightbulb moment and creation of Scooty. A Canadian immigrant story of resilience, taking on a complex problem, scoring major partners, and using grit to launch a micromobility company. Join us as Shoaib shares key lessons he’s learned on this incredible journey of creativity, resilience and vision.

04:10pm

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Healing the Future: How Hospitals and Startups can Unite for Innovation

This talk delves into the realm of emerging deep tech innovations in healthcare, showcasing startups driving transformative change. While startups pioneer groundbreaking solutions, their effective integration into hospitals remains a challenge. We explore strategies for startups to collaborate with hospitals, ensuring safe and impactful technology adoption. Furthermore, we examine how hospitals can foster innovation by engaging with startups. This discussion offers key insights into the dynamic relationship between startups and healthcare institutions, inspiring a future of advanced, patient-centred healthcare.

04:15pm

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Elevate Goes Late: The Next Millennium

Dive into another realm and party like it’s the year 3000.

Celebrate & network into the night at Elevate Goes Late events as you soak up the city vibes, live music, and street eats in Toronto’s historic Design Exchange. For Ages 19+

07:00pm

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09:30am Game On

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Game On Stage Kickoff

Gaming is reaching new realms, do you have what it takes to compete? Join us as we explore new trends in gaming, lottery, AR/VR, eSports, and the competition for consolidation. Hear about where the gaming industry is now, where it’s headed, and who’s taking us there. Join us as we kick off the Game On Stage!

09:30am
09:30am Work Shift

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Work Shift Stage Kickoff

From hybrid offices to quiet quitting, there has been a distinct shift in the way we work and what matters to both companies and employees alike. Join us as we kick off the Work Shift Stage where we’ll hear from industry leaders on how they are redefining the employee experience, advancing DEI practices, and designing a work culture that well… works!

09:30am
09:35am Game On

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Radically Underhyped: AI in Gaming

In a world where AI is reshaping industries, gaming has remained a hidden treasure trove. What does the future of building and developing games look like when you really harness the power of AI? Join us in envisioning the future of game development, where AI reigns supreme and explore how large language models are poised to transform not only how we build games but also how we experience them.

09:35am
09:35am Work Shift

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Distributed Work isn’t Anti-Office: How Atlassian Modernized its Real Estate Approach

Many organizations are grappling with a big line item on their balance sheets – real estate. While trying to figure out how to make the best use of that investment, many leaders end up falling into one of two camps: mandating office attendance, or closing their offices altogether. Atlassian’s Annie Dean has proven that a happy medium exists – and can make financial sense. Atlassian allows employees to choose where they work, and maintains 11 global, well-attended offices. This keynote will share pragmatic guidance on how leaders can apply three new real estate metrics to assess their own office ROI and drive operational efficiency, while still providing employees with a cost-efficient place to collaborate and connect.

09:35am
09:50am Game On

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From Bleachers to Bitstreams: Unveiling the Sports Experience Revolution

Join us as we unravel the dynamic shift from stadium seating to multidimensional engagement in sports. Discover how fantasy sports, betting and immersive tech revolutions fuel sports fandom and redefines fan engagement. Unveil virtual reality strides in the NBA, experiencing the court like never before, and witness the seamless blend of real and digital in NHL augmented reality. Be part of the game-changing conversation shaping sports engagement today and tomorrow. Get ready to redefine your sports experience!

09:50am

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Why DEI Strategies Affect Your Bottom Line

Explore the compelling link between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies and an organization’s bottom line. Join us to understand the role of DEI officers and why they are crucial in today’s business landscape. Hear the profound impact of DEI initiatives on not just a company’s culture, but also its financial prosperity.
09:50am
10:15am Work Shift

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Unlocking Leadership: Becoming an Engaged and Informative Leader Amidst Hidden Hurdles

In this no-holds-barred exploration of the vulnerabilities that founders often face, Mandy fearlessly sinks into the unspoken challenges that often hinder leaders from achieving the remarkable success they aspire to. Her talk is a wake-up call, a revelation of the hard truths surrounding leadership and self-awareness. Don’t miss this talk, offering invaluable insights that can reshape your leadership journey.

10:15am

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Main Stage Day 2 Kickoff and Meditation

 Join us at the Main Stage as we celebrate successes, challenge barriers, and cultivate a more sustainable and equitable future for women+ in tech. Women are making contributions that are changing tech and innovation industries worldwide. But for every success story, there are countless statistics reflecting the challenges, bias, and discrimination women continue to face. We’re going to talk about it all.

10:15am

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Unreal Engine: Transforming Industries Beyond Gaming

Discover the boundless impact of Unreal Engine’s real-time technology on industries beyond gaming, from film and automotive to fashion and architecture. In this keynote, we will explore how visualization and interactivity are transforming design processes, team collaboration, and customer engagement. Uncover the Education team’s mission to empower creators, unlock hidden talent pools, and integrate diverse perspectives into mesmerizing virtual worlds. Experience the future of creativity and innovation, where Unreal Engine reshapes the landscape of possibilities.

10:15am

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AI-Powered Careers: Game-Changing Tools to Accelerate Your Career

In an age where technology is pervasive in most aspects of our lives, why should our career pursuits be any different? Dive into the exciting world of AI-powered career tools with Drew Lindsay, and discover how to supercharge your job search and professional growth. From resume optimizers that make you irresistible to recruiters, to platforms that match your unique skills with the perfect job, Drew unveils the game-changing arsenal at your fingertips. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a fresh grad, get ready to transform your career trajectory. Plus, who doesn’t love a good tech joke or two? Join us for insights, laughter, and the future of job hunting!

10:30am
10:30am Main Stage

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In Conversation with Minister Mary Ng

Join Minister Mary Ng for an in depth conversation on the state of business and economic development in Canada.

10:30am

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Know Your Worth

Congratulations on landing the job! Now it’s time to learn how to negotiate like a pro. In this workshop, you’ll gain invaluable insights into the art of negotiation, empowering you to ask for the salary, benefits, and terms that align with your true worth.

10:30am
10:35am Game On

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Elevating Esports: Inside the Journey and Careers of Pro Gamers

Join us for an enlightening session that demystifies the esports career path, shedding light on what it truly means to be an athlete in this dynamic and rapidly-growing industry. We’ll delve into the unique journey of esports players, exploring how they are scouted, trained, and what sets them apart in the competitive world of gaming. Discover the challenges and triumphs of esports athletes as they navigate a career that blurs the lines between traditional sports and digital competition.

10:35am
10:35am Work Shift

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Why the Future of Work Isn’t Working and What To Do About It

The sinking feeling that work isn’t quite…working? That’s not just you. Many organizations are trying to plug modern workplace holes with the latest buzzy tool: ChatGPT, no-meeting-Fridays, trivia. There’s a lot of noise. World experts on management, Melissa and Johnathan Nightingale, will help you skip the dystopian version and get to a Future of Work that actually works.

10:35am

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Accessible Technology in the Workplace

Technology is not sustainable if it’s not inclusive. How do we ensure that we are building technologies and workplace cultures that champion and enable the use and development of accessible technology for all?
Hear from Bert Floyd, Senior Manager, Service Design at TD Bank Group (TD), about TD’s inclusive innovation and the tools that are available to all employees at the Bank.

10:45am
10:50am Work Shift

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Hiring to Grow Your Business

Join us in this engaging talk as we unravel the potential that resides within your organization. Discover the keys to unlocking your employees’ capabilities, driving profitability, and shaping a future where your talent is your greatest asset. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to gain actionable insights to transform your business.

10:50am
10:50am Main Stage

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Building an Empire: Scaling to Success

Joanna Griffiths shares key takeaways from scaling Knix into one of the most successful and prolific mission-driven brands of the digital era. Joanna’s deep experience and personalized approach to this talk will touch not only on mindset, but also how to allow yourself to change your mind. Her story and journey is guaranteed to make you laugh (and maybe make you cry).

10:50am

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The Flywheel Effect of Women in Sport: Engagement, Expansion, Empowerment

Delve into the pivotal role of women in sport as we unravels how participation goes beyond physical activity. Join us as we explore how sports contributes to mental health, longevity, friendships, and professional success for women. Prepare to be inspired by the exploration of how women’s presence in sport accelerates empowerment, unity, and lasting change!

10:55am

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How Sampler Digitized a 200-Year Old Industry and Made it Data-Driven

Join Marie Chevrier, the Founder of Sampler, as she walks you through her initial “Ah-Ha” moment and her journey since the launch of Sampler in 2013. Sampler is the leader in data-driven product sampling. They work with brands like Unilever, L’Oreal, Kroger, Target etc.. and they’ve recently been making big moves in data/AI via the acquisition of AdMass and Abeo in 2023. This session is bound to inspire entrepreneurs entering difficult spaces and looking to build a market from scratch.

11:00am
11:00am Work Shift

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Going Beyond Compensation

The past few years have witnessed a transformation in the public discourse around compensation. Pay equity and pay transparency legislation has exploded across the globe, as companies pursue a more distributed and hybrid workforce than ever before. Join Lisa as she explores the dynamic interplay between accelerating trends reshaping the way organizations must approach rewarding their employees. This keynote will provide attendees with a roadmap for navigating these transformative changes in the employee rewards landscape so that organizations of all sizes can position themselves for success in a rapidly evolving business environment.

11:00am
11:05am Game On

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Game Changers: Unveiling the Synergy Between Corporations and Esports Teams

Dive into the thrilling world of esports and explore the symbiotic relationship between corporations and esports teams. This talk will unravel the intricacies of sponsoring esports teams, from initiation to execution, shedding light on the benefits for corporations in this booming industry. Whether you’re a corporation seeking to venture into esports or an esports enthusiast curious about the business behind the games, this session promises invaluable insights into the business of esports sponsorships.
11:05am
11:15am Main Stage

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Calling All Feminist Creators

Hate, harassment, and abuse are on the rise in digital spaces, and women, girls, and Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people bear the brunt. Those who are racialized, young, and part of the 2SLGBTIQIA+ community get targeted every day. Recourse and regulation lags behind and people get silenced out of digital life. What can we do in this climate? We can lift the voices for change. Hannah Sung joins us to talk about the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s new Feminist Creator Prize, the first of its kind in Canada, supporting diverse feminist content creators promoting gender justice, safety, and freedom from harm.
11:15am

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4-Day Work Week for Gender Equality, True Inclusion, and Well Being

The adoption of a 4-day work week is emerging as a transformative approach in the quest for gender equality, true inclusion, and employee well being. Hear different perspectives on the practicalities and advantages of transitioning to a 4-day work week within a corporate framework.
11:15am

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Success in Data & AI: Mastering the Art of Adaptability

In a space moving as fast as artificial intelligence (AI), it feels near impossible to stay on top of the latest developments. To build a successful career in AI, one must constantly adapt: recognizing and honing the skills that matter, setting aside those that don’t, and getting used to the discomfort of “not quite” as a way of being. In this talk, Kathryn shares her personal — and relatively atypical — journey in data & AI. From being a literature PhD, to building product teams in ML startups, to leading software development and AI research teams at RBC, Kathryn’s career has been at its core an exercise in adaptability. Join this session and learn the traits that are shared by the highest performers in AI across various roles and hear tips for newcomers to the field.

11:15am
11:25am Main Stage

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The Future of Women in Tech

Women are making contributions that are changing tech and innovation industries worldwide. But for every success story, there are countless statistics reflecting the challenges, bias, and discrimination women continue to face. Join us for an in depth conversation as we celebrate successes, challenge barriers, and cultivate a more sustainable and equitable future for women in tech.

11:25am
11:25am Game On

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Forging Legends: The Future of Esports at Riot Games

In the rapidly evolving landscape of sports and entertainment, the world of esports stands as a shining beacon of innovation, captivating the hearts and minds of millions of enthusiasts worldwide. At Riot Games, we are on a mission to create not just champions, but legends within this dynamic ecosystem. With a growing audience that is young, connected, social, deeply engaged in gaming, and voraciously consuming gaming content on streaming platforms, we find ourselves at the forefront of an esports revolution.

11:25am

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Tech Rehab: It’s Time for a Cleanse

Isolation, burnout, and job insecurity are harsh realities faced by tech workers today and have a profound impact on the industry. This talk will dissect C-suite perceptions of tech culture, and underscore why ERGs, DEI initiatives, and wellness programs are workplace requirements and not nice-to-haves. Join Nova and Chivon as they explore strategies for coping, thriving, and rehabilitating from techs fast changing norms.

11:40am

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Silver Lining Optimism

Join Lisa and Farah as they discuss the power of Silver Lining Optimism and embracing change in our ever-evolving world. Sharing highlights from their distinguished careers, LaFlamme and Mohamed will explore themes of embracing the unknown, empowering women and girls, and how looking to the people and stories that inspire us can keep us growing and changing for the better.
11:45am
11:50am Game On

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Level Up Your Content: Behind the Scenes of Crafting Engaging Gaming Content

In the dynamic and ever-expanding world of gaming, content creators play a pivotal role in shaping the industry’s narrative and culture. Join us for a session that delves into the art and science of content creation for the gaming space. We’ll explore strategies for capturing the hearts of your community, from designing captivating Let’s Play videos and tutorials to creating compelling narratives and engaging livestreams. Learn how to harness the power of social media, branding, and collaboration to boost your presence in the gaming community.

11:50am
12:00pm Work Shift

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Pay Transparency: Building Lasting Companies and Fueling Performance

In March 2023, Michel Falcon did something that his entrepreneurial peers told him not to do; he shared a document with his dozens of restaurant employees revealing what everyone earned, including his pay. During this presentation, Michel will share why full transparency is at the core of every lasting company, how it fuels performance, and the value his company, Brasa Peruvian Kitchen, has experienced. Join Michel’s presentation to learn how there is a great benefit on the other side of risk.

12:00pm

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Mindfulness & Money

Join us as we break down barriers for women in tech and learn how to elevate your financial confidence. Together we will dive into solutions to support diverse women and their advancement into more senior roles while highlighting the importance of having women in the tech ecosystem.This session will also help you bolster your financial confidence by exploring the connection between money, self-esteem, relationships, conscious consumerism and the establishment of financial objectives.

12:30pm

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Community Partnership as a Force for Good

In this Masterclass, Mastercard in Canada will focus on the critical role of making a difference for entrepreneurs who encounter additional challenges, especially those from diverse backgrounds – including Indigenous communities and newcomers. We’ll explore the power of community partnerships and engagement to contribute to a stronger, more inclusive, and more equitable Canada. Hear from industry leaders who are driving change with impactful strategies and providing actionable insights to help create a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

01:00pm
01:30pm Scale Up

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Scale Up Stage Kickoff

As the startup landscape continues to experience volatility, and support for the ecosystem crumbles overnight, great companies are left fighting to survive. Learn from expert startup founders who have led, scaled, and navigated through black swan events to see how you can lay a strong foundation that weathers the storm. Join us as we kick off the Scale Up Stage!

01:30pm
01:30pm Main Stage

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THIS JUST IN: Risk, Turbulence and Reinvention

Reading the news in 2023 can be a daunting experience. With so many businesses facing challenges and going into bankruptcy, it can be triggering for those who are looking to take the risk of growing a business. In a fireside chat ripped from the headlines, Dianne Buckner and Arlene Dickinson will look at the current big news stories and interpret how they are affecting startups and entrepreneurs. They will address how those challenges can be navigated and how to not find your business in the news.

01:30pm

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Creator Summit Stage Kickoff

The entertainment landscape is shifting and evolving as a result of technology. Content is evolving, independent musicians are finding digital communities, and streaming is changing the way we tell stories. It’s time for an immersion into the intersection of arts and technology and the ways they’re shaping the future of entertainment. Join us as we kick off the Creator Summit Stage!

01:30pm

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Why FinTech Agility Matters

The pace at which technology is evolving is constant. Companies need to be agile in their approach and execution regardless of their size. For FinTech companies it’s essential to respond quickly to the changing payments landscape to help businesses across Canada thrive. Join Jo-Anne Sanders as she discusses Moneris’ agile journey, and how it can lead to making a positive impact on the success of Canadian small businesses.

01:30pm
01:35pm Scale Up

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From Startup to Scale Up: How to Grow and Succeed

Join us for an enlightening discussion with seasoned entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated the transformation from startup to scale up. Learn invaluable insights into the multifaceted challenges and opportunities that arise when scaling a company, focusing on: growth strategies, strategic hiring, and securing crucial investments.

01:35pm

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Building Authentic Connections Through Storytelling

In today’s digital landscape, authentic storytelling is a valuable way to build genuine connections with your audience. How you tell these stories makes a difference. Sarain will focus on how companies can create equitable practices when working on building relationships with BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other diverse talent. It’s time to stand out from the crowd and build authentic brand connections with your talent.

01:35pm

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Breaking into Product

From skills acquisition to effective networking to building a standout product management portfolio, Helen demystifies the process of entering the tech world as a PM. Whether you’re a non-technical career switcher or recent graduate, this discussion will empower you to take the first steps towards achieving your goals in the ever-evolving tech industry.

01:45pm

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Building Worlds and Breaking Barriers

Get a front row seat to the products and technologies that are breaking down barriers to create opportunities for equity and education. Maxine and Fiona embark on a wide ranging conversation and dig deep on key questions like: How is the metaverse providing more access to training and leveling the playing field? How can we build more technologies that remove barriers to entry? And how do we move more women from cutting edge to the bleeding edge of technology? Energizing and optimistic, Maxine and Fiona share practical takeaways and personal anecdotes from a life lived in the tech industry.

01:50pm

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Hacking the Creator Economy: Crafting Lasting Impact Through Influencer Collaboration

Join us as we unveil the strategies and secrets behind “Hacking the Creator Economy.” Discover how brands can forge authentic partnerships with influencers to create enduring marketing campaigns that resonate deeply with their target audience. Learn how to navigate the dynamic landscape of influencer marketing, turning short-lived trends into lasting impacts. Join the revolution and empower your brand to thrive in the creator-driven era.