Elevate Festival kickoff
Join Elevate CEO Lisa Zarzeczny and Board Chair Razor Suleman as they welcome guests to Elevate Festival 2022. Don’t miss a special performance from Red Sky Performance, a leading company of Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.
Inclusion & wellness in Web3
Shira Lazar, CEO of What’s Trending, sits down with Krista Kim to answer a fundamental question in emerging tech: What does it mean to be a woman in Web3? A thought-provoking conversation about evolving our humanity as we evolve our tech, supporting mental health and what is on the horizon for a decentralized internet.
An AI-first approach to enable self-driving at scale
Since the first DARPA Grand Challenge in 2004, the self-driving industry has made meaningful progress but commercial deployment is still limited to simple and small operational domains. The traditional approach to engineering self-driving vehicles results in a software stack that does not take full advantage of the power of AI, and that requires complex and time consuming manual tuning. In this keynote, Waabi founder Raquel Urtasun unpacks the innovative AI-first approach needed to “drive” safely in the real world and bring the promise of self-driving closer to commercialization than ever before.
What it takes to be Canada’s next Unicorn
What does it take to be the next Canadian tech unicorn, and how can young immigrant founders be in the conversation. The Honourable Navdeep Bains and Martin Basiri tell us the steps we’re taking, the further steps needed and how we can better support the future of founders in Canada.
A Conversation with Emily Hampshire
Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) joins the Elevate Main Stage to talk about acting in a digital age. From the reach of streaming, to technological disruptions to the actors process, to fan engagement on social media, this is an in depth look at the current state of entertainment.
Reclaiming our spark: Indigenous investment and innovation
After 120 years of being landless, the Missanabie Cree have roared back in the 21st Century as economic leaders and innovators amongst their peer First Nations. Join their community elder and business manager to learn of their approach to success in investment and partnership development while maintaining their balance as a matrilineal culture.
The power of exponential innovation
In today’s modern world, technology and innovation are changing the very fabric of our lives. From advances in health care, information technology, to scientific discoveries, we are now seeing innovation happening in places we don’t even expect. As the progress continues, corporations and businesses need to rethink how technology can be used to engage society and set the stage for us all to thrive. Join Debbie Gamble of Interac Corp. and Vivek Wadhwa, world-renowned academic, entrepreneur, and author, as they discuss leveraging the role of innovation and how it can solve some of humanity’s biggest problems.
Reshaping the music industry through tech and innovation
An exclusive musical performance with Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk
Join us for an intimate acoustic session. This is a performance you don’t want to miss!
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Banking & competition
Join us for a sneak peek of new analysis exploring our banking system where policy wonk Vass Bednar will walk us through a new report examining competition and banking in Canada.
Scale Up Pitch Competition
Join today’s up and coming D2C brands who are making an impact as they compete in our pitch competition for a grand prize of $5,000! These founders will showcase how they’re scaling their impact-driven businesses to a panel of esteemed judges. The best pitch wins!!
Canada’s path to open banking
Canada has been on a long, four-year journey to implement open banking, but the target deadline for phase one is fast approaching. Delays risk falling further behind the rest of the world in competition and innovation. A poorly implemented system could leave financial disruptors and incumbents alike crying foul.
Hear from Canada’s open banking lead and members of the advisory committee and working groups on the plan to make open banking a reality across the country.
Kick off/obstacles to opportunities: How the movie theatre experience is forever changed
The pandemic has had a major impact on movie theaters. As the demand for streaming services accelerates, it’s time to embrace opportunities for the film industry to build, grow and sustain itself as a business. This means assessing the situation and developing innovative, creative solutions. Join this session to learn about the moviegoing experience of the future. “Obstacles are sometimes just opportunities waiting to be discovered” – Vince Guzzo, Dragon on Dragon’s Den.
Kickoff / The Ethical Challenges of AI
AI can do incredible things. But it also has its limitations and a myriad of ethical issues that arise from its use. When used correctly, it can help us solve grand challenges and uplift humanity. When abused or left unchecked, AI can widen inequity, create social problems, and lead us down a dystopian path. In this talk, Vivek Wadhwa, world-renowned academic, entrepreneur, and author breaks down the good the bad and the ugly of AI.
Creating credit-building innovations
It’s time for a wake-up call about the financial inequality many Canadians face – driven partly by a lack of equal access to wealth-building tools. This panel of industry leaders will investigate how to minimize credit barriers for Canadians and the structural roadblocks preventing businesses from driving financial innovation.
What does the future hold for AI startups?
What does it mean to build and sell AI solutions in 2023? It’s been a few years since the boom, hype, failures, and successes have shown themselves in the AI ecosystem. So now, what does the future of AI hold?
Hear from AI founders and experts for a practical and futuristic discussion on what it takes to sell AI solutions and grow as a female founder in AI. What challenges do they face, and what have been their biggest successes? And what’s the best advice they have for the audience of startups, funders, and buyers who want to invest in AI.
Kickoff / Opening Ceremony
The future of space travel – Now!
Experiential and mind-expanding, join Chris Hadfield for an unforgettable talk as he takes us from launch to the space station to the moon and beyond. This journey will bring us back to earth to talk about the issues facing us now, how we’re going to solve them and how space is a big part of the solution. Chris is starting a conversation that will have attendees consider how their individual actions can change the world and our future. Get you questions ready!
In Conversation with Sandbox Studios’ Kiana ‘rookz’ Eastmond
The DMZ is inviting Kiana ‘rookz’ Eastmond to the ScaleUp stage to put a spotlight on the role community plays for underrepresented entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem. Real and unfiltered, rookz will speak to how founders can overcome adversity and leverage support networks – like the DMZ’s Black Innovation Programs – to pave their entrepreneurial journey and #CreateFate.
Making AI work: Lessons in enterprise AI adoption
An overview of key lessons in developing and deploying enterprise AI systems.
The convergence of atoms and bits
New opportunities are arising to bridge the gap between physical and digital experiences. Art has become digital via NFTs, social interactions are becoming digital via the metaverse, softwares and data are enabling new functions in every sector, and genetic code is being digitized to create new biological organisms. The future of humanity relies on technological advances that go beyond software (e.g. Facebook, Google, etc.) to bridge the worlds of atoms (physical) and bits (digital).
Where regulation & competition intersect
During this fireside chat, Anthony and Vass will discuss the relationships between regulation and competition, and how to think through competition issues in Canada.
Investing in women with renewed ambition
Meet the development bank which isn’t just talking the talk on backing women and BIPOC entrepreneurs. In a conversation led by Isabelle Hudon, you’ll hear what BDC is doing to connect with entrepreneurs, energize their growth and maximize their contribution to Canada’s economy. BDC will use this platform to make a major announcement highlighting the enormous potential of women-led businesses.
Scale Up Pitch Competition: Fireside Chat
Join emerging D2C companies and eCommerce North community members Fleur & Co., Healthy Genie and Glow Ritual as they talk about how to scale a D2C brand and share insights from their founder journeys.
The power of partnership: How to stay relevant
Corporations and start-ups are collaborating more frequently on innovation projects. Startup-corporation partnerships are vital to staying relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. In this session, corporate leaders will discuss how to establish a Startup-corporation partnership to improve the odds of success.
Bringing better data to the climate fight
Tackling climate change will require a revolution in foresight and that foresight will be data-driven. AI & ML models will require more and better data if we’re to be successful at climate mitigation and adaptation. This fireside chat will show us how better data will bring us closer to the fight against climate change.
Can alternative financing drive business?
Entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses often don’t have access to the same financial services offered to enterprise companies. This panel will explore the role alternative finance can play in making financing more equitable, and the challenges these companies face in scaling up.
Women driving innovation at BMO
BMO is on a long and evolving journey of digitization with an end goal of improving services to our customers and enabling our employees with powerful tools and processes. With customers as our constant focus, we’re levelling-up our systems and our employees to improve the banking experience for everyone. Join us to learn how we’re pushing innovation in a 200 year-old organization, not just in our technology but by embracing diversity in all its forms.
TKS Student Spotlight: Building the future with geometric deep learning
AI research has made tremendous strides in the past decade, toppling several unprecedented hurdles. But, progress towards solving our most pressing problems like climate change and cancer is still lagging behind. Join Arnav in exploring the emerging technological revolution at the forefront of machine learning working to accelerate that transition.
A conversation with Sinead Bovell and Sasha Krstic
Tech is rapidly changing the world of work and there is no turning back – how can young, diverse talent leverage these trends to build careers and success, even as automation drives a bulldozer of redundancy through traditional roles?
Waiting out the future
We’re all players in building our future. What level are you playing? Easy mode – ruminating on the inevitable. Medium mode – trying to bring the future to the present with story and design. Advanced mode – keeping yourself alive long enough to find luck. Expert mode – convincing others that tomorrow is already here. Level up by joining this session led by Andrew Peek, CEO and Co-Founder of Delphia.
Using AI to build the metaverse
We can’t create the metaverse without AI. From simulating virtual worlds to neural graphics, AI is intrinsically linked in everything the metaverse is trying to be. What technical directions should we be investing in to create this new frontier. Join Sanja Fidler to find out.
The future of retail is collaboration, and it starts right here
Lee Jeyes, Head of Innovation at Walmart Canada’s Blue Labs, talks how a small team can make a big impact at a retail titan. Championing the importance of partnerships and collaboration, Elevate and Blue Labs will make a special announcement that you won’t want to miss.
Can Canadian crypto survive another winter?
Join this panel to get answers to the most pressing questions in crypto. Are plunging cryptocurrencies reshaping the lives of investors who had only known a bull market? Will the “crypto winter” be like the dot-com bust of the early 2000s? Is it too early to say if the turmoil is over?
TKS Student Spotlight: Bringing human longevity knowledge to the public with biosensors
Anupra will describe her mission to prevent age-related disease instead of just curing it, and allow people to understand their health at the cellular level. She’ll describe how she got started in the longevity space, and the sensor she’s building at the startup she co-founded (Biotein). She’ll also explain the importance of human longevity products on the public scale, and where she thinks the gaps are.
Industrial AI: Practical uses in manufacturing & robotics
Leading through uncertainty
Every company faces challenging times but what does it take to lead the company through them? Michele Romanow sits for an in depth interview to discuss leading through uncertainty, the AI revolution in venture capital, and what is on the horizon for Clearco.
Own it: Building An Empowered Culture
Get the practical advice on a lean approach to scaling your team and how through building a culture of trust and autonomy you can enable results and instill a healthy ownership mentality in you business culture. Successful scaling requires sharing of risk and requirements, so where should you start?
Building the Next 1 Million Homes
Building sustainable and affordable housing is the cornerstone of every healthy and prosperous community. Today, US and Canada face a housing supply crisis with a shortage of 9 million homes, while the construction industry faces one million labour shortages and remains one of the significant contributors to GHG emissions. In this talk, Promise Robotics’ co-founder will share the company’s foundational innovation in developing AI and industrial robotics to enable the construction industry to harness intelligent automation toward producing more affordable and sustainable housing at scale.
Ahead of the game – Evolving with the pace of innovation
Join Oscar Roque as he discusses how to innovate innovation, growing and evolving teams, the importance of staying ahead of the curve, and continuing to move and change. Together with Hayley Wickenheiser, he will explore new methodologies and approaches for success through leadership and good governance. Without good governance, bad things happen. Join them as they look at good governance in sport and how it translates to FinTech and beyond.
Sidewalk Toronto & the consequences of city data
Dive into what went wrong in the Sidewalk Labs tech-first community and why they abandoned it. Hear from experts as they explore their first impressions of what was propod why it was proposed. Learn how the proposal shifted over time and the backlash it faced. How can private companies and governments play a role in protecting the future of our IP and data? Join us and find out.
Mountain climbing: The challenges of scaling
For over 30 years, Beanfield and Evergreen have been expanding their roots and facilitating change in communities through connection, innovation and sustainable actions. Join Todd Hofley, VP, Policy and Communications at Beanfield, and Lois Lindsay, Chief Program Officer at Evergreen, as they discuss their unique perspectives on the successes and challenges they faced in scaling while staying aligned with their core company values. Come ready to ask questions as the second half of the session will be committed to some lively Q&A.
Hedgehogging & outfoxing: The psychology of leveraging uncertainty
Any early-stage scale-up is based on uncertainty – yours, your potential clients, and the market you are participating in. Your approach to uncertainty as a start-up or scale-up will make or break your success. Nick Van Weerdenburg talks about his 30 years of experience in innovation, technology and transformation, including almost 10 years as the founder and CEO of Rangle.io, an innovation, technology, and transformation consultancy.
Food security: Bringing the conversation home
Join UN Goodwill Ambassador Sabrina Dhowre Elba to find out why Global Food Security is an issue that affects all Canadians, and how technology is changing the fight against hunger in Africa.
Protect by design – Avoiding data breaches from the ground up
When creating a product, developers consider many things, but one of the most critical components should be security. With the number of data breaches and attacks increasing rapidly, developers should focus on building products in a way that reduces the chances of data breaches and limits vulnerabilities in the system. This session will focus on building privacy and security into your design and the key elements of Canada’s changing privacy landscape.
Digital transformation beyond technology and disruption
Digital transformation (DX) is an all-encompassing process including the people, values, optimization and rapid adaption leveraging technologies, data and intelligence. Join us to learn DX fundamentals and the broader impact.
Defining a new category: Challenges, opportunities and why it’s good for Canada
It’s time to start carving out a new way of approaching a traditional concept – find out why ‘old’ systems and industries need disruption, and how Canadians can benefit. In this fireside chat, Mike Katchen, Co-Founder and CEO of Wealthsimple and Anshul Ruparell, Co-Founder and CEO of Properly talk about what it means to build a customer-obsessed business from day 1, and how to do it. Some of the greatest companies were built during the hardest times – why is that? And how can companies build, grow and uncover the opportunities that exist amidst times of uncertainty? Join us for an optimistic outlook on the future of Canadian industries and business ecosystem, and a refreshed perspective about what industries of tomorrow will look like, and how legacy industries can and should adapt with consumer needs and wants.
Kick off / Bringing convenience to Canadians: How to stay nimble in a competitive industry
DoorDash is committed to convenience and communities – not only providing users everyday essentials at the touch of a button, but also empowering local communities. Hear from Shilpa Arora, General Manager at DoorDash Canada, about the company’s Canadian launch, and their growth beyond food over years of operation. Discover how retail is evolving through this fascinating case study of one of the world’s most used apps.
Facing our futures
Many governments and organizations have been caught out with escalating challenges in water-energy-food nexus, waste, data and algorithms and the intensifying climate crises. At the root of this is lack of long-range planning, futures thinking, and a poverty of imagination. Nikolas will outline how we can form capabilities that upgrade our strategic planning to give us competitive advantages and create resiliency in our ever-changing world.
An entrepreneurial journey: The beauty of “no”
Learn how being told “No” can lead to information and ultimately, opportunity by hearing about Troy’s Entrepreneurship Journey from Dartmouth to Pro Hockey to Venture to Grata. For Troy, being secure in yourself is the first step to success.
Sneak Peak: Fire Ant 2022
Exclusive launch of the 2022 Fire Ant Canadian commerce startup map
TKS Student Spotlight: Securing autonomy over our health with a point-of-care micronutrient biosensor
The way we care for our health is reactive, not proactive. We wait until we get sick before we do something, without a way to measure our health outcomes on a regular basis. Micronutrients affect every aspect of our health, with deficiency being one of the leading indirect causes of diseases like heart failure, cancer, and autoimmune conditions. 2 billion of us are at risk, but we wouldn’t even know it. Tracking micronutrients is a complex process, and the way to assess levels is by visiting the doctor in person and getting a lab test, a tedious process that produces static data. By creating a POC device that you can put beside your bed and measure your micronutrients, we can finally take ownership of our health. Imagine if we can crack our current health outcomes anytime we want, noticing when something’s off before it’s too late.
Winning strategy: How the Toronto Raptors approach data & research
Turning Canada into a global consumer brand powerhouse
Canada gives the world some of the most iconic consumer brands. From different aspects of the retail industry, this is a discussion on how we can continue fostering Canada’s retail ecosystem at home and abroad.
The streaming wars: The future of entertainment
Scale Up pitch competition finalists
Elevate Open House Showcase Feat. CIBC, Korbit & KPMG
Korbit Presents: How To Train Your Teams in Software, Data Science and AI Skills
Does your team deliver software and data projects? Are you ready to empower and elevate your team to their maximum potential? If the answer is yes, then now is the time to start training them with a personalized AI teacher.
KPMG Presents: Crypto, collaboration, virtual community
Our innovation journey at KPMG in Canada
Join KPMG Partner, Kareem Sadek, as he guides you through KPMG in Canada’s innovation journey over the last few years including how the organization acquired an NFT, added cryptoassets to the corporate treasury and launched a metaverse collaboration hub in conjunction with KPMG in the US.
CIBC Presents: CIBC as your Tech Employer of Choice!
Chein La, VP Frontline Technology, will discuss why CIBC is a great place to work along with the exciting opportunities within Technology! Learn about how the work we do and how you can grow your career at CIBC!
BMO Empowering Women; In the Workplace and Marketplace
From employee wellness to equal employment opportunities, BMO has a long-standing commitment to empowering women so they can maximize their potential at work and in their personal lives. That commitment extends beyond our walls to support woman entrepreneurs, investors and customers to strengthen and support the communities we serve. Join us to learn how BMO helps women grow and succeed in this rapidly-changing world.
Raising capital & building a venture scale AI company
AI Founders are in the right place at the right time – and Sanjana Basu will explain why. Take a deep dive into what investors are looking for in early-stage companies and founders, and which key factors will lead new ventues to success. Find inspiration in case studies of success in the field and discover the key learnings, skills and strategies required to build a venture scale AI company.
What it takes to win
Andre De Grasse knows a few things about winning and what it takes to succeed. Hear his key insights into leadership, overcoming adversity and taking your shot when the moment arrives. Moderated by Kayla Grey (TSN), this Q&A will have you motivated to win.
Transforming the future of retail through innovation
We talk a lot about “out of the box” thinking, but how do you know when you’re outside the box? Innovation is integral to forward-moving and future-thinking organizations, especially in the retail sector. Join John Bayliss, Walmart Canada’s EVP & Chief Transformation Officer and Suzanne Knight, VP, Transformation Services for an intimate discussion that investigates what exactly it means to innovate, tapping into their industry experience and perspective on the future of retail and how it will be powered by innovation.
The importance of data in the application of AI in healthcare
Busting myths: Tips for raising growth capital
Are you an entrepreneur looking to scaleup? Join two BDC experts sharing insights and best practices to use when looking to fund your growth and come out with tangible takeaways to move forward.
Reshaping society with technology
In 2018, legendary venture capitalist Vinod Khosla released a landmark paper, “Reinventing Societal Infrastructure with Technology”, a call to tackle the largest problems society faces. How far have we come in innovation for food, health, housing and transportation since then? And how much further do we have to go?
Scaling in a volatile economy – Signals to watch
Wondering how to scale a high-growth software company in volatile market conditions? Join this session to dive into the details. Learn what metrics and indicators to watch closely, and where to focus your attention as a CEO navigating difficult markets. Zak Hemraj, CEO and Co-Founder of Loopio, will share where he focuses his time, what data he looks at and how he gets a pulse of company health when its needed most.
Designing in the dark with George Sully
Experience an introspective fireside chat with celebrated Canadian designer George Sully, exploring his incredible career in the fashion industry while navigating the roadblocks he faced as a Black creative. Learn through the lens of his journey of finding the passion to create, overcoming the politics of the industry, and influencing where the world of fashion is moving.
Elevate Open House Showcase Feat. EllisDon, Mackenzie Investments & Walmart
EllisDon Presents: The world of construction technology
Brandon Milner, EllisDon VP of Digital Product Design, gives a high-level introduction to the world of construction technology. The Software, the hardware, and the roles of GCs and VCs. Construction is a market with the greatest growth potential, come and hear why.
Mackenzie Investments Presents: Purpose is personal – Live your purpose at Mackenzie
Purpose might be personal, but companies play a critical role in how we express it. At Mackenzie we recognize that our purpose is defined by our clients, our communities and our people. As a leading investment management firm, Mackenzie Investments prioritizes making a difference in the lives of Canadians. To do that requires passionate, innovative, and committed people, who choose to make a difference in the world. Learn more about how you can live your purpose with Mackenzie.
Walmart Presents: 5 futures for food and technology
Michon Williams, VP of Technology (Product Management & Service Delivery) at Walmart Canada, will share insights into five futures for food and technology. From sustainable food supply chains to regenerative agriculture, come hear how technology will shape the future of the industry.
A future without the human-machine language barrier
Until recently, conventional wisdom held that AI was better than humans at data-driven decision-making tasks, but still inferior to human cognitive and creative abilities. Now, AI is catching up with the next frontier of technology: Natural Language Processing (NLP). Considered the greatest feat of artificial intelligence, implementing natural language as a computational system will enable AI to process language like humans do to enable a world of possibilities. From transforming the way customers communicate with brands to content moderation in social media and gaming, Aidan will share the ways NLP is having a broad and positive impact on life as we know it. Learn about where NLP currently stands and what needs to happen to unlock sweeping adoption of NLP that is safe, intuitive and accessible for all.
Pitching to a VC: What you need to know
Starting a business is exciting, and growing is rewarding, but committing to growth often requires outside capital. Join this session to learn what investors are looking for from start ups and how important it is to demonstrate your ability to generate a return. In this discussion, Mark Ghermezian, Founder and General Partner of m]x[v Ventures, will share best practices for effectively communicating your business story to investors, including showing your GTM strategy and providing why they should invest in your team. In addition, learn what not to do during a pitch meeting that would steer investors away from pulling out their check books.
Bootstrapping from 0 to 50 million using the power of conversational marketing
Join Aaron Spivak as he tackles Innovation through iteration, leveraging community and using the jobs-to-be-done model to generate millions in new revenue.
Disruptors live at Elevate
Disruptors, an RBC podcast, is an ongoing series co-hosted by SVP John Stackhouse about reimagining Canada’s economy in a time of unprecedented change. It features thought-provoking conversations with Canadian business and innovation leaders about planting the seeds of a new economy.
On this special “live” podcast episode, John Stackhouse will be joined by John Ruffolo. After a bike accident that nearly cost Ruffolo his life, he and Stackhouse will talk about resiliency. Personal resiliency, recognizing resilient companies and founders, and how Canada can lead.
Making an impact with unexpected retail solutions
With new growth comes new challenges – and the world of retail is rapidly growing. Take part in this discussion around solving today’s retail problems and what we can expect in the future. From AI shaping the future of the merchant and consumer experience, to revolutionizing antiquated supply chain processes, explore the solutions of the future in the world of retail.
Elevate Open House Showcase: #YRTech: Discover Your Next Career Opportunity
If you’re looking for your next career opportunity, why not look in a place that’s just as amazing to live as it is to work? York Region provides plenty of opportunities to work for companies shaping the future while letting you live the lifestyle you want. You’ll hear from:
- York Region
- GM Canadian Technical Centre
- Opus One Solutions
- Mircom Group of Companies
Angel Investing with the Firehood
The Firehood is actively investing $100K through an intensive pitch competition for all women entrepreneurs attending Elevate. Participate in an active, crowdsourced endorsement of the Final 3 women entrepreneurs before the Final Investment is announced on stage before Venus Williams steps on stage.
Using AI to power Canadian small businesses and the community forward
Over the past decade, Toronto has rapidly transformed into North America’s third largest and fastest growing innovation ecosystem, with artificial intelligence powering an increasingly large proportion of that growth. As Intuit opens its newest global talent hub in the center of the city, David Marquis, Vice President and Canada Country Manager at Intuit, will speak to the company’s unique AI strategy, and how investing in the city of Toronto will help Intuit’s world-class global organization accelerate its progress with AI, data and analytics innovation.
The AI of baby cries & baby sighs
Tracking a baby’s development is complicated as we struggle to understand how a child tries to communicate. This fireside will identify the current problems with measuring child development and show current breakthroughs in AI are changing the game. How can AI track development and allow parents the power to shape their child’s brain? Get a first-hand look at the future of your child’s language and growth.
Zero to $10 billion in 10 years
Last year you could raise money with just a good story. Now, investors are looking for proof that you have product market fit. Join Michael Ho as he walks through how a company scaled year-by-year from zero to $10 billion in revenue and how it’ll help you prove to investors you’re ready to scale. This talk provides the framework for product market fit and will tell you what you need to wow investors.
In conversation with humanitarian and activist Chantal Kreviazuk
Join Canadian signer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk for a glimpse into her humanitarian work, how the crisis in Ukraine is personal, and how she manages to balance it all. Kreviazuk, who is both Ukrainian and Metis, will share her thoughts on the path towards reconciliation in Canada, and what we can do as individuals to affect global change.
In conversation with humanitarian and activist
AR shopping: Elevating commerce through augmented reality
Through AR, shoppers can visualize, try on, and experience products before buying them — helping to increase conversions and reduce returns, benefiting shoppers & businesses alike. In this Q&A session, learn more about trends and advancements in AR shopping — and why 3 out of 4 shoppers think AR is the future of shopping and will continue to use AR to buy brands.
The power of quantum computing
Turns out, supercomputers aren’t that super. Quantum computers have shown the potential to surpass the computational power of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Rafal Janik, dives into the possibilities of building quantum computers that work using particles of light and the implications of this for the future of scalable quantum computers with commercial value, open-source software, and cloud computing.
Scaling soft skills
Following his career in the NFL, Ryan Nece started several new career ventures. He is now the Managing Director Next Play Capital, a venture capital fund that sits at the intersection of tech and sports. Learn about Ryan’s journey as a venture capitalist and gain insight into how you can be supportive of diversity in the venture capital world.
The future of retail shopping
With the hyper-popularity of online shopping, especially within the last few years, how will live shopping thrive moving forward? In this panel featuring experts from different realms of the retail ecosystem, examine where the fate of brick and mortar stores lie, and trends to look out for in 2023.
Competition drives innovation: Canada’s path to prosperity
For a country full of talented innovators and entrepreneurs, Canada has a competition problem. Serial founder Anthony Lacavera has taken on some of the country’s biggest companies, successfully launching a truly independent wireless carrier. This talk will discuss the importance of competition in economic prosperity — not only how it can lower pricing, but how it impacts innovation and catalyzes R&D investment. From telecommunications to financial services, to transportation, and everything in between, competition is a true driver of innovation. Find out what Canadian leaders and innovators can do to truly compete and win in today’s global economy.
Making it rain: Investing in women with the Firehood
Baseline to boardroom: A conversation with Venus Williams
From baseline to boardroom, hear the inside story of Venus Williams’ journey from a championship tennis career, to a growing business empire. Moderator Vanessa Craft will uncover what Venus thinks about sustainability, building corporate culture, and the future for women entrepreneurs. This is the headliner on centre court. Don’t miss it.
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Kickoff / Reigniting teams after burnout
We are wired for connection; however, we have never been this disconnected in the history of our world. Dr. Jody Carrington is here to discuss how to reignite passion in yourself, your team, and your clients with inspirational and tangible strategies. It’s time to reconnect, because when we are acknowledged, we will rise.
Kick off / “Insider secrets” to how hackers are getting in, and why
Before a targeted attack, hackers harvest as much information as they possibly can on their victim. This session will showcase how hackers are using what you post online against you. Together, we will learn how to me more vigilant over our data and stay safe.
OneEleven Showcase: Canada’s next unicorns
OneEleven is a highly curated accelerator community of Canada’s top scaling companies – hear from 6 of our 39 member companies, who’ve cumulatively raised $600M+ to date.
Kick off / Leading the pack: How to bring your brand into gaming & esports
The world of gaming and esports may seem like uncharted territories for brands who identify as traditional or non-endemic. In this in-depth examination of gaming in the marketing and branding space, explore how these brands can enter the industry successfully. Take a deep dive into the 5 crucial questions that every brand leader should understand in order to leap forward into this growing industry.
Jodi Kovitz in Conversation: Where’s the Dial Now?
Jodi Kovitz blazed a remarkable trail for Canadian women with her #movethedial initiative. She engaged thousands of women and allies on her mission to advance the participation and leadership of women in tech. With the onset of the pandemic, everything changed profoundly.
Join Jodi in a coversation moderated by Firehood Co-Founders, Claudette McGowan and Danielle Graham. Learn more about Jodi’s journey in one of the most insightful #movethedial stories ever shared.
Kick off / Climate change: Can tech save us in spite of politics?
When you mix technology and politics, things can get complicated. Tech moves rapidly, breaking down barriers to build rapid change, while politics often operate in compromise and incremental reform. To meet the challenge of climate change, tech workers and politicians are going to have to work together. Hear from two veterans of the climate struggle who know the inner workings of the political and technological worlds, and how they can best co-exist.
Digital-first culture at BMO: Re-imagining work & work spaces
BMO is on a purpose-led journey – Ambition 2025 – to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life and one of the key pillars of this journey is Digital-First. At BMO, Digital isn’t just a channel – it is the way we operate every part of the business, driving efficiencies for our customers and providing a key vector to ensure that the employee experience at BMO is always top of mind. Digital-First is an effort that has transformed every aspect about working at BMO from Business Strategy, Talent Planning, Learning and Innovation, Employee Experience, Work Environment, and Diversity and Inclusion. In short, Digital is what drives how we are shifting to the future of work.
4 steps to securing the metaverse
What is Metaverse to you? Understand the building blocks of the Metaverse through real-world scenarios and examples. Explore security risks within the Metaverse ecosystem (e.g, cybersecurity aspects like phishing, deep fakes and identity fraud, stealing crypto and Metaverse assets, supply chain attacks, etc.), as well as social risks.
Game ON! Standing out in a hyper-competitive market
From draw-based lotteries to mobile gaming, the world of gaming is changing rapidly. It’s unlikely the gaming companies of tomorrow will look like the gaming companies of today.
Join Dave Pridmore, Chief Digital Strategy Officer at OLG and Albert Lai, Founder/CEO of Big Viking Games as they talk about innovation in gaming and how to partner with startups and founders to grow and scale the gaming ecosystem in Ontario.
Women investing in women for climate solutions
A new generation of women entrepreneurs and investors are joining forces to develop climate solutions. Climate entrepreneur Tatiana Estevez is harvesting water from fog and clouds. Her company was recently funded by The Firehood, a dynamic group of ten women angel investors.
Building a human-centered future of work
It’s no secret that technology is the key to the new world of work. And yet, fear still exists around technology taking human jobs. What if we adopt the mindset of collaborating with technology rather than resisting it? With a human-centric approach to work, we can leverage technology to not only harness people’s talents and experiences but advance them to improve how we live and work. As the rise of stakeholder capitalism drives social impact agendas for organizations, it’s time to shift into a world of work that prioritizes purpose and human-first leadership.
esports, gaming and Gen Z: A cultural ‘evolution’ for the 21st century
Being a “fan” of something has evolved way past buying merch or following a social media account. esports and gaming sit at the very heart of a generational evolution in consumer behaviour, centred on authenticity and interactivity. Join Chris Overholt of OverActive Media as he shares his views on esports and gaming’s gateway to a real connection with the challenge of a new consumer generation.
Women in leadership & technology: A cybersecurity perspective
Get to know some of the industry’s greatest leaders, what it takes to work in cybersecurity, challenges and learnings.
An inside look at the future of esports
In an industry where standards and expectations rapidly change, how can anyone predict the future? In this in-depth panel discussion, learn from the greatest leaders in esports on where the industry is moving, what to expect in the next five years, and how gamers and brands alike can thrive in this new space.
Our Four-day future? The case for working a shorter week
Want to work smarter than rather than longer? So do businesses across the globe. Learn about 4-day-week global pilot programs (60 companies in North America, over 180 globally participating this year), and why business owners are advocating for the 100-80-100 model. A 4-day-week offers companies a competitive edge in the post-pandemic world of work and improves productivity, well-being, engagement, recruitment, gender equality, sustainability, and innovation. But don’t take our word for it, Joe O’Connor, CEO of 4 Day Week Global, will dive into early research data that illustrates just how promising the 4-day week is for today’s workforce in not only North America but across the globe.
Industry Showcase: Accelerating pace through disruption
Large incumbents are at risk of becoming obsolete, the pace of change across industries is only accelerating and will continue to do so. Large organizations need to adapt to survive and stay ahead of the competition, keeping up with adapting desirability from the market, viability of new business models, and feasibility in the face of emerging technologies. Disruptive innovation can be directed and harnessed to create value and build invincible, future-proofed companies.
Ask Me Anything with BDC Capital’s own Michelle Scarborough
Join BDC Capital’s WIT Venture Fund Managing Partner and her guests for an inspirational conversation about the state of women in technology, access to capital, the strides we have made as an ecosystem and what’s to come
Reversing the irreversible – a plan to regenerate Canada
Reversing climate change and biodiversity loss is impossible without hope. With the CEO of WWF Canada, Megan Leslie, discover how technology and nature combined forces are giving hope to individuals, communities and businesses who are leading change in the fight to preserve the planet. Learn how technology and innovation are disrupting traditional conservation approaches and unlocking new advancements in sustainable practices, providing fresh hope for the future of our planet.