Come early and hear from unicorns in the making. Who knows, you might find your next investment.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Responsible AI: Building Products to Make AI Systems 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.
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.
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.
Reimagine AI: Harnessing AI to Alleviate Loneliness and Forge Connections
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.
The HR Tech Transformation: Navigating the Future of Human Resources
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raising the Recruiting Bar: The Winning Combination of Diversity, Talent, and Growth
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Investing in AI: Has the Ship Sailed?
Is it too late to ride the AI wave, or are there still untapped opportunities for savvy investors? We’ll explore the current state of AI investments and the telltale signs of a potential bubble. Delve into the crystal ball to envision the future of AI companies, analyzing promising sectors and emerging trends. Whether you’re a seasoned investor, a curious newcomer, or simply interested in the intersection of finance and technology, this talk will provide valuable insights to help you navigate the future of AI investments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Navigating the Road Ahead: Preparing Cities for Autonomous Vehicles
Explore the exciting preparations being made in Ontario and Toronto for the imminent arrival of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Learn about the innovative strategies, pilot projects, and regulatory adjustments that are shaping these regions into AV-ready pioneers. Discover how AVs are poised to transform the urban landscape and revolutionize transportation. This panel discussion provides valuable insights into the collaborative efforts of cities and provinces as they adapt their infrastructure and regulations to embrace the future of autonomous mobility.
Assistant Vice-President, Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)
Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Challenges in Cybersecurity Tech Adoption: Resources, Procurement Hurdles, Understanding of Technology
The Trust Trifecta
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.
(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.
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.
You and I Are Going To Live Forever
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Vice-President, Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)
Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI)
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.
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.
The Future of Food
Join Chef Susur Lee, culinary icon, for a delicious look at the future of the food industry.
Anatomy of an Attack: Decoding Cyber Threats for Enhanced Defense
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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!
Empowering Game Developers for Faster, Cost-Efficient Market Entry
Introducing “Parralez,” a game-changing company on a mission to revolutionize the game development industry. Join us for an illuminating talk as we explore how Parralez is streamlining the path for game developers to bring their creations to market faster and more affordable than ever before. Discover how they’re breaking down barriers and making game development accessible to bootstrap startups, leveling the playing field for small teams with big dreams.
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.
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!
Why DEI Strategies Affect Your Bottom Line
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.
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.
In Conversation with Minister Mary Ng
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.
Fundraising For Hardware
Are you a hardware startup developing deep tech solutions looking to fundraise? We’ll be joined by Yuri Navarro and Raymond Chik, experienced investors and founding members of VentureLab’s Hardware Investor Network, who will provide the investor’s perspective on what hardware investors are looking for when making investment decisions. This roundtable will include insights and analysis into the startup metrics that are important to hardware investors, hardware investment due diligence, funding resources for Canadian hardware startups and more.
Fundraising for Impact
Are you building an impact-driven startup and raising capital? From the climate crisis to equitable healthcare delivery, backing founders solving some of society’s greatest challenges is important. In this roundtable, we’ll cover topics including, what is an impact investor, what impact investors are looking for from founders to make an investment decision, how to pitch your mission-driven startup to investors and measuring impact.
Fundraising in a Challenging Time
In March 2023 Carbon Neutral Club, a business that is on a mission to bring climate action into the modern employee experience, closed a $1.4M CAD fundraising round from investors, including Good News Ventures. In this roundtable Mohan and Jack will share their fundraising story from the investor and founder perspectives. We’ll cover what it means to raise funding in 2023, the challenges facing startups and investors alike in the current economic climate and how both founders and investors support each other through a portfolio company relationship.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
Calling All Feminist Creators
Game Changers: Unveiling the Synergy Between Corporations and Esports Teams
The Future of Women in Tech
4-Day Work Week for Gender Equality, True Inclusion, and Well Being
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.
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.
Building a Company in 2023: Lessons Learned from a Startup Operations Turned VC
In this roundtable, Neil will share his learnings and insights on both sides of the investment landscape, as a startup operator and investor. We’ll dive into Neil’s time scaling startups to global success and some of the key decisions he had to make as an operator to ensure growth. He’ll also share how his time as an operator now informs how he makes investment decisions at Storytime Capital, what he’s looking for from startups and how Storytime uses that operator experience to support their portfolio companies.
Mastering Cashflow and Activity Prioritization for Early-Stage Startups
Equip your startup with the knowledge to sidestep common pitfalls and thrive in a competitive landscape.
A significant portion of early-stage startups die due to poor cash flow management and poor prioritization. This roundtable will deep dive into these challenges and engage you in a candid discussion about how you can stay on top of our spending and pinpoint key activities that drive you towards vital fundraising or revenue milestones.
Silver Lining Optimism
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catalyzing Growth: Discover the Power of Corporate Partnerships in Scaling Startups
Hear how three founders from the eCommerce North program have successfully navigated the challenges of scaling their startups. They will share their learnings from collaborating with larger corporations. Each with a unique story, they share their entrepreneurial journey and the pivotal points that have impacted them along the way.
Content, Coaching + Community – The 3 Cs of Off-the-Job Career Advancement in Product Management
As a product manager, much of your career advancement will happen on the job as you master skills, deliver results and make connections. But to reach your fullest potential, on the job excellence is necessary but not sufficient. In this talk, Isaac talks about three essential ways to build your profile, network and domain knowledge within the product world while you’re not on the clock.As a product manager, much of your career advancement will happen on the job as you master skills, deliver results and make connections. But to reach your fullest potential, on the job excellence is necessary but not sufficient. In this talk, Isaac talks about three essential ways to build your profile, network and domain knowledge within the product world while you’re not on the clock.
Indigenous Entrepreneurship & Economic Reconciliation
Indigenous peoples in Canada represent one of the nation’s fast-growing, and youngest, populations and contributed almost $50 billion to Canada’s economy in 2020. If governments and corporations made changes to their policies and business practices, to be more inclusive by removing barriers and roadblocks, that number could double. In this conversation Sasha Krstic, Jenn Harper and Carol Anne Hilton discuss the current status of economic reconciliation in Canada. How Indigenous businesses can better adapt to technologies? And what lessons can we learn from the global ecosystem that will ultimately help create an environment in which Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive?
The Art of Falling in Love with the Problem
In the world of innovation and entrepreneurship, it’s easy to become entranced by the allure of solutions. Yet, the most successful inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs know that profound innovation doesn’t start with solutions. It starts with problems. This compelling panel takes you on a journey beyond the allure of immediate solutions and into the true essence of problem-solving, where deep understanding and intimate familiarity with problems spark ground-breaking ideas.
Building a Diverse and Inclusive Product Team
We build technology products to help meet the needs of people, to solve real problems for people. If we want to build globally successful and sustainable companies, we better make sure that the people building those products represent the diversity of the markets we serve. Building a diverse and inclusive team is critical for all leaders in technology. This talk will cover some basic steps to help leaders ensure their culture and hiring practices are supporting this and help employees and candidates to understand if their organization is actually serious about its diversity efforts.
Noura Sakkijha: The Modern CEO
There has never been a more complicated time to run a company. From building sustainable practices to supporting employees to navigating uncertainty, the modern CEO has to think holistically. Join Noura as she takes a deep dive into what it means to run a business in 2023. From finding the right investors to an innovative approach around parental leave to building a welcoming community with your customers – Noura will discuss what you should be doing to get to the top while being mindful and true to your values.
The Importance of Leveraging Your Ecosystem
Grants, funding, and incubators are part of an array of resources that play a pivotal role in nurturing and accelerating startups. This panel will shed light on the extensive and important nature of an ecosystem and the opportunities that help drive innovation, growth, and market expansion.
Avoiding the Landfill: Where Profitability and Sustainability Meet
The idea of a sustainable company is attractive but how do you build one while ensuring profitability? Join us as we showcase two profitable business models built for the conscientious consumer with environmental health at the forefront of their mission. From combating 58% Canada’s annual food waste to working with the largest baby gear brands and mass retailers to divert baby gear returns away from landfills and into the homes of parents across North America, these two companies have taken sustainability and profitability to a new level.
Setbacks to Success
A session embracing setbacks as stepping stones to success. In this judgment-free zone, we’ll explore the journey of failures and how they pave the way for growth and achievement. Join us as we learn from real-life stories of resilience and perseverance, where individuals turned their mistakes into beautiful opportunities.