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Tuesday, May 29
 

7:30am EDT

8:30am EDT

Badge Pickup (Times vary by location)
Communitech Hub - 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
151 Charles Street West, Suite 100, Kitchener

Deloitte - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
195 Joseph Street, Kitchener

University of Waterloo - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo

Crowne Plaza Hotel - 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
105 King Street East, Kitchener

The Walper Hotel - 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
20 Queen Street South Kitchener

Tuesday May 29, 2018 8:30am - 9:00pm EDT
Various Locations

2:00pm EDT

Beyond Impact: True North @UWaterloo (Sold Out)
Registration begins at 1:30 PM

Designed for senior execs, founders, investors and entrepreneurs, Beyond Impact: True North @UWaterloo offers hands-on experiences, tours and interaction with top talent. Participants will connect with cutting-edge researchers and startups in areas including AI, quantum computing, autonomous vehicles and more. Attendees will learn about the University’s unique approach to entrepreneurship, commercialization and intellectual property, as well as its Global Entrepreneurship and Disruptive Innovation (GEDI) initiative, and world-renowned cooperative education program.

The program consists of two sessions and an interactive networking experience:

Interactive Student and Research Experience
Engineering 5 Sedra Student Design Centre
Interact with student design teams and lead researchers on disruptive technologies, including autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones and Waterloop, a student team finalist in Elon Musk’s SpaceX hyperloop challenge.

Beyond Impact: UWaterloo’s role in the innovation ecosystem
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre
This panel discussion will uncover what makes the University of Waterloo unique. Hear from its leaders, partners and alumni, and network with Waterloo tech startups and industry partners to share challenges and opportunities.
Attendance for this event is for True North attendees, by invitation only.

Please contact Jane Kolb for more information.

Jane Kolb
Community Relations & Events Specialist
University Relations
University of Waterloo
519-888-4567, ext. 33981


Tuesday May 29, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
University of Waterloo
  Invitation Only
  • Open To The Public SOLD OUT

3:00pm EDT

SOLD OUT - Smart Cities Discussion with the Region of Waterloo
As technologies advance, governments are looking for new and creative ways to leverage data to engage citizens and deliver services more efficiently. Recently, Waterloo Region selected healthy children and youth as its focus area for the Government of Canada’s 2018 Smart Cities Challenge. Waterloo Region is proposing to build Canada’s first real time children and youth dashboard, which will require data to be shared from multiple organizations in the public, private, and not-for profit sectors. In light of recent data breaches, many are skeptical of the promises of open data in addressing social and civic issues, especially when concerning children and youth. What if the data is hacked? How can data in the hands of government be trusted? How can we more effectively engage the tech sector in these kinds of civic discussions?
 
On May 29th, from 3pm-5pm, join like-minded peers and thought leaders in the smart cities space at an exclusive roundtable to debate these issues and more. Join representatives from the Region of Waterloo, UNICEF Canada and a local leading human-centred design consulting firm to discuss the use of technology to improve child and youth wellbeing, data sharing, privacy, human-technology interaction, and meaningful engagement and inclusion of the tech sector in civic issues.

For more information or to register for this event, please email jkolb@regionofwaterloo.ca.


  True North, Shoulder Events
  • Open To The Public Registration required - see event details

5:00pm EDT

Why Waterloo Region Tour
The Why Waterloo Tour is a choose-your-own-adventure tour of tech, science, music, art, food and drink in Waterloo Region. Join the tour at any of the event locations or the True North Bus Stations. Get on and off where you like, linger or wander. True North buses will be easy to recognize, and they will run continuously between the event locations from 5 to 8 pm.

Where are we going?

Vidyard
  • Vidyard is a fast-growing local tech company offering a video platform that helps businesses transform communications and drive more revenue through the strategic use of online video.
  • Join Vidyard, House of Friendship and Lutherwood for music, appetizers and a kombucha sampling bar from Kitchener’s Good Vibes Juice Company.

Catalyst 137
  • Stryve, BorgWarner, SnapPea, SigmaPoint, and BDC are all residents of Kitchener-Waterloo’s new IoT campus – Catalyst137. Catalyst137 is home to some of Canada’s brightest minds and is quickly becoming an ecosystem that fosters growth and innovation.
  • Pups and pints! Come on out for food, drinks and some furry friends from National Service Dogs.

Canadian Clay & Glass Museum
  • The Clay & Glass is the only Canadian art gallery exclusively dedicated to exhibiting and collecting ceramic, glass, enamel and stained glass works of art.
  • See clay come to life with a live wheel throwing demonstration. True North Badge Holders get 10% off the gift shop May 29-31!

Kitchener Public Library
  • Two blocks from the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener, the Kitchener Public Library is a stunning architectural gem.
  • Meet up in the library’s historical courtyard for beer, group ukulele lessons and a rocking jam session while up-leveling your selfies in front of a green screen! Sponsored by Overlap Associates, Kitchener ON.

Perimeter Institute
  • Perimeter Institute is a leading international centre for scientific research, training, and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics – from the quantum to the cosmos. Its mission is to advance our understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level, stimulating the breakthroughs that could transform our future.
  • Your visit will include exploring Perimeter’s 2,400-square-foot Power of Ideas exhibit full of hands-on experiences that share the process of science, touring Perimeter’s award-winning architecture, and watching a video on why today’s theoretical physics drives the talent and technologies of tomorrow.

Shopify
  • Shopify is the leading commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses worldwide. Whether you sell online, on social media, in store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered. The first Shopify store was our own, and it’s been our mission to make commerce better for everyone ever since.
  • Join us as we celebrate local entrepreneurs and businesses with food, drinks, and live music! We'll pay homage to our building's origins as the former Seagram's Distillery with a structured whisky tasting, taste natural, locally sourced ice cream, and have the opportunity to sample a variety of organic cold-pressed juices.


Tuesday May 29, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Various Locations
  True North Festival, Tour
  • Open To The Public Free public event

5:00pm EDT

7:00pm EDT

 
Wednesday, May 30
 

8:30am EDT

8:30am EDT

Badge Pickup (Times vary by location)
LOT42 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener

Communitech Hub - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
151 Charles Street West, Suite 100, Kitchener

Crowne Plaza Hotel - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
105 King Street East, Kitchener

The Walper Hotel - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
20 Queen Street South Kitchener

Wednesday May 30, 2018 8:30am - 9:00pm EDT
Various Locations

9:30am EDT

Conference Opening and Welcome
There's no better way to get the day started than with some awesome live entertainment! Details to be announced soon.

Our host for True North, Talia Sanhewe and Communitech CEO, Iain Klugman welcome you to Waterloo Region and True North 2018.

Speakers
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Special Guest

Stay tuned for who our special guest is!
avatar for Iain Klugman

Iain Klugman

President and CEO, Communitech
avatar for Talia Sanhewe

Talia Sanhewe

Founder, Television Producer, Reporter, Presenter, Talia Productions Ltd.
When it comes to delivering a keynote address, Talia Sanhewe is known for her wit, insight, humor and charisma. She delivers speeches that inspire, encourage and motivate. She draws reference from her life as a reporter, entrepreneur and successful business owner. Her message is clear... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

10:00am EDT

Ed Catmull: What Makes Creative People Tick?
In this talk, Pixar Animation Studios President and Co- founder Ed Catmull outlines practical, repeatable techniques and ideas on leading consistently creative organizations.

Catmull will address the hidden barriers to creativity and how to uncouple fear from failure. He will talk about the importance of hiring well to get your team right, but also establishing processes and communication structures that enable good people to make something great. And if you’ve ever created something big and amazing, you know there are always hiccups along the way, so Catmull will outline the art of preparing for unknown problems.

Speakers
avatar for Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull

President and Co-founder, Pixar Animation Studios
Fourteen consecutive #1 box office animated feature films don’t come from random inspiration or individual genius. Over more than 25 years, Dr. Ed Catmull and Pixar have built a culture of creative success from creative leadership and thoughtful management practices.With B.S. degrees... Read More →



Wednesday May 30, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

11:00am EDT

11:15am EDT

AI/Machine Learning Program
AI promises an exciting future. The upside is massive. It has the potential to help us solve the most obnoxious problems plaguing humanity. We could see giant leaps forward in medicine, manufacturing, transportation, biotech, agriculture, government, and on and on. No more crappy jobs. Maybe we’ll even get those flying cars we were promised.

But we have concerns.

It’s not killer robots that scare us, though that is terrifying. We’re afraid of AI nobody understands making life and death decisions for us. We’re afraid of economy-destroying, human value-displacing tech, controlled by a handful of people with all-too-human motives. We are afraid that, if there is a bug -- because there are always bugs -- we won’t be able patch it before it’s too late.

Can we take a minute to talk this through?

11:15 - Welcome - John Kelleher

11:20 - Marylin Ma: The True Story of AI is Still Being Written

Intelligence is a loaded word. It can represent different meanings to different people. Is our progress towards building intelligent robots as far along as we think? The answer depends on what you define as intelligent. This talk explores where AI development currently stands and ways we can direct our efforts in the near term to maximize benefit to mankind.

11:25 - Joseph Fung: Working Among the Machines
A whopping 80% of companies plan to use automated service technologies by 2020 — how do we do this in a way that machines help us, not replace us? AI and Machine Learning technology can be leveraged for continuous learning and developing a higher skill set to reach our full potential. Performing faster, more efficient, and better. The future of work requires changing the focus of your work.  Make AI work for (not against) you and become better at being human.

11:45 - Suzanne Gildert: Ultra-Human-Like Robots - Bringing Science Fiction to Life

Throughout the entirety of human history, we have always dreamed about - and been captivated by - the idea of creating machines that are like us. Human-like robots have appeared in endless science fiction movies, in both utopian and - more often - dystopian narratives.

Recent advancements in hardware technologies such as improved sensors, batteries, actuators and 3D printing are allowing us to realise the dream of building human-like robots. Meanwhile, advancements in machine learning and AI are enabling the minds of such robots to become increasingly human-like.

Over the next couple of decades we will have to begin considering the rights and responsibilities of highly intelligent, sentient robot life. In this talk, Suzanne Gildert, Founder and CEO of Sanctuary.ai and SingularityU Canada Faculty describes how machines that look, move, feel and think like us may soon emerge, and what the social, economic and ethical implications of these breakthroughs might be.

12:20 - Ali Asaria: The Role of Human Workers in a Post Automation, Post AI World
In this talk, Tulip CEO Ali Asaria will discuss how the rise of automation and AI will disrupt labour on scale and pace unlike any productive technology in history. He will discuss the challenges for the economy, but also the opportunities for humanity. Ali will also outline practical considerations for technologists and leaders to ensure that the use of automation and AI in the workforce helps human values rise to the top.

12:35 - Marcel O'Gorman: AI Beyond Ethics

Discussions about the ethics of Artificial Intelligence can only go so far, given that it is impossible to predict the outcomes of AI applications. O'Gorman will discuss why it is necessary to integrate other non-technical disciplines besides ethics at the R&D level of AI, not only to mitigate risk, but also to ensure that AI is applied in ways that have a positive impact on the human condition and on the planet that sustains us.

12:50  - Francois Gand: Unlocking Communication with AI

What happens when a human being loses the ability to communicate or even compute on a daily basis? What can AI do to assist? What are the benefits, implications and consequences of AI playing a stronger role in the healthcare industry?  This session will explore very concept of human limitations and where the machine potentially becomes essential to one's life.

12:55 - Closing Remarks - John Kelleher

Moderators
avatar for John Kelleher

John Kelleher

Partner, McKinsey & Company
John Kelleher is a partner at management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. He has successfully led multiple turnarounds across industries as a CEO, a private equity partner, and a board director/chair. His core strength is combining his private equity investing skills with his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ali Asaria

Ali Asaria

Founder and CEO, Tulip Retail
With his company’s retail enablement software, Ali Asaria helps his customers improve their bottom line, but that doesn’t seem to be the bottom line for him.Ali is the founder and former CEO of Well.ca, a leading online retailer of health, beauty and baby products. He is also... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Fung

Joseph Fung

Co-founder and CEO, Kiite
Joseph is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kiite, the world’s first Intelligent sales coach. A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Computer Engineering program, Joseph is a repeat Founder and CEO with multiple successful exits and speaks frequently on the topics of diversity and... Read More →
avatar for François Gand

François Gand

Founder and CEO, NURO
Francois Gand is a serial founder of successful companies (ADVIDEO, Infosoft Corporation, Magma Inc.) and a tech polymath who has helmed thousands of big data projects for some of the largest brands on the planet. His love for pushing technology to the next level has led him to architect... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Gildert

Suzanne Gildert

Founder and CEO, Sanctuary AI
Suzanne Gildert is founder and CEO of Sanctuary AI, a company with a mission to create ultra human-like robots – “synths” – that are indistinguishable from us physically, cognitively and emotionally. Sanctuary is structured to explore both cutting edge technology and the ethical issues that arise from creating human-like ma... Read More →
avatar for Marylin Ma

Marylin Ma

Co-founder, Quali AI
AI unlocks a new world of possibilities for robotic automation, and Marylin Ma is passionate about applying it to build solutions for enterprise. Ma is the co-founder of Quali AI, building powerful artificial intelligence that automates manual tasks in unstructured environments.Previously, Marylin built Navi, an NLP powered smart news feed that helped publishers engage millions of readers. She has advised more than 100 early stage tech startups in the Wate... Read More →
avatar for Marcel O’Gorman

Marcel O’Gorman

University Research Chair and Director of the Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo
Professor Marcel O’Gorman is a University Research Chair and Director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo. O’Gorman’s research and artistic practice explore the impacts of technology on the human condition. Beyond his multiple exhibitions and academic books, he has published articl... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 11:15am - 1:00pm EDT
Stage B @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

11:30am EDT

Mark McArdle: Hacking toasters, power plants and elections. A Waterloo perspective.
Speakers
avatar for Mark McArdle

Mark McArdle

Technology Executive
Mark McArdle is a senior technology executive and cybersecurity expert, with over two decades of leadership in Silicon Valley and Waterloo Region. Most recently, Mark was the Chief Technology Officer of eSentire, a cybersecurity company headquartered in Cambridge, ON. He is currently... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

11:30am EDT

Workshop: Creating a Tech For Good Declaration - Session #1
Here’s where we stop talking about how tech has gone wrong and start getting specific about how to do things right. The Declaration session is a hand-on workshop that will engage participants in exploring what Tech for Good really means.

In this workshop, we’ll work together to develop key attributes that organizations should follow as they align their organization toward Tech for Good. We’ll have some open, pointed discussions, hear from business leaders who have created organizations worth emulating and examine national and international data from research conducted by Deloitte and IPSOS.

The goal of the workshop is to produce something real. Something concrete. Ok, probably a PDF, but it will be a set of clear directives, a declaration from True North attendees as to guiding principles that all aspiring organizations can follow on their way to Tech for Good.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Castel

Marc Castel

Mentor, Volunteer, Investor, CEO, Fiix Software
Marc Castel’s passion for harnessing the true potential of business as a force for good has been shaped by over 30 years founding and running businesses that range from enterprise SaaS to medtech, manufacturing to astronomy and music to wine. His authentic and human approach to... Read More →
avatar for Marcel O’Gorman

Marcel O’Gorman

University Research Chair and Director of the Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo
Professor Marcel O’Gorman is a University Research Chair and Director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo. O’Gorman’s research and artistic practice explore the impacts of technology on the human condition. Beyond his multiple exhibitions and academic books, he has published articl... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 11:30am - 1:15pm EDT
Stage C@Lot42 41 Ardelt Place

11:45am EDT

Siyabulela Xuza: Powering Africa - Energy Solutions for a Billion People -
The convergence of the industrial internet of things, together with advances in energy storage are enabling a 21st century energy revolution. Africa is uniquely positioned to lead the sustainable energy age by providing an ideal test bed for these emerging technologies. Hear Siyabulela Xuza, the founder and Managing Director of Galactic Energy Ventures, tell the story of his quest to create an African tech renaissance with distributed energy.

Speakers
avatar for Siyabulela Xuza

Siyabulela Xuza

Rocket Scientist, Founder, Galactic Energy Ventures
“Work so hard that you don’t have to introduce yourself.” If you travel around startup offices, you’ve likely seen phrases on inspirational posters or t-shirts. There isn’t a better personification of True North headliner Siyabulela Xuza.Born and raised in South Africa... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

12:45pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

Digital Red Tape Program
We’ve all got a supercomputer in our pockets, yet so many business and government processes are impeded by entrenched, obsolete technologies and administrative models. At the same time, some tech has moved ahead of our society’s ability to integrate it with our values and ideals.

How is ‘fake news’ even a thing? Trust and truth are in short supply. Faith in institutions is low. Government can’t keep up, but where else do we look for solutions when market outcomes don’t reflect our values?

The good news is that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We don’t have a tech problem, we have an implementation problem. A people problem. We have the tech to energize old institutions and give them a much-needed shot of transparency. The truth still matters; big tech just needs a reminder. Let’s give it to them.

1:30 - Marianne Harrison: Welcome

1:35 - Scott Totzke: Breaking (and Strengthening) Digital Trust: Quantum’s Effect on Cybersecurity

The quantum race is on. Tech giants and nation-states are investing billions of dollars in developing the world’s first large-scale quantum computer with the expectation that they’ll be able to solve some of today’s most pressing problems.
But with great possibilities comes an even more significant threat: A powerful enough quantum computer can break the very foundation of digital trust that we rely on every day to securely connect; whether that’s between people or between devices, such as in the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected cars.
In this T-Minus 5 presentation, cybersecurity expert Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-founder of ISARA Corporation, explores quantum’s effect on current security measures, the quantum-safe solution that’s ready today and how Canada's Quantum Valley is leading the way to create technologies that will seamlessly transition and strengthen the security ecosystem before the threat is realized.

1:40 - Hillary Hartley: Tech for Public Good

Digital makes government more accessible, bends the cost curve and creates better outcomes for individuals, organizations and society at large. Join Ontario's first Chief Digital Officer, Hillary Hartley, as she shares her reflections on designing and delivering simpler, faster, better services with people, across a people-first public organization, serving an increasingly diverse and digital population of almost 14 million individuals across the province.

Key topics covered will include recruiting talented, creative technologists and designers to serve the public good, and introducing user-centred design practices, open standards and digital leadership skills to bring about positive change for the public sector and the people of Ontario.
 
2:00 - Ted Livingston and  Russell Verbeeten: How cryptocurrency can help our inequality problem, 
Moderated by Rita Trichur
In today’s digital world, we have an online economy where people provide value to each other, but they aren’t compensated for it. Ordinary folks generate thousands of likes, retweets and vast data troves from browsing and searching, and yet all the money goes to deep-pocketed third parties.

Decentralization can solve this problem because cryptocurrency is about more than the Bitcoin bubble. Cryptocurrency can facilitate the exchange of value in the digital world, while bringing together a broad group of participants to create an ecosystem of digital services that prioritizes consumer experience and choice. The session is a dialogue between Kik CEO Ted Livingston, who recently launch the cryptocurrency, Kin, and cryptocurrency expert, Russell Verbeeten.

2:20 - Craig Silverman: The Golden Age of Media Manipulation

Every digital product or service can be gamed or exploited, and this is especially true of today’s media and information.

Whether it’s Russian trolls trying to create division in a democracy, marketers scheming to get the best reviews for their product, or criminals using a self-publishing platform to launder money, our media environment is more open to manipulation than ever before.

Craig Silverman, the reporter who brought fake news to the world’s attention, exposes the secrets of how this manipulation is being done online, and why entrepreneurs and technologists must plan for how their products could be used and abused.

2:50 - Neil Desai and Jad Saliba: Coding Alone – The Erosion of Social Capital Online and How We Can Revive It

The Internet has been a force for so much good for so many.  But it has also been a conduit for crime and despair. Money misappropriated through cybercrime makes headlines. We’re starting to learn more about how our trust is eroding online. What about the loss of innocence, is that next?
Jad Saliba and Neil Desai of Magnet Forensics will highlight how the perverse use of online platforms, marketplaces and other technologies have inadvertently contributed to the harm of vulnerable populations like children, immigrants, seniors and those suffering from mental illness.  They will provide their analysis on the erosion of social capital online and how its destabilizing our fundamental democratic values, specifically the rule of law, leaving lawmakers with little choice in the future but to lay down innovation-stifling digital red tape.        

Not to worry, they are glass half-full types and have ideas as to how leaders of technology companies can contribute to safer communities online while building-up their own social capital.

3:10 - Marianne Harrison: Closing Remarks

Moderators
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Marianne Harrison

President and CEO, John Hancock
Marianne Harrison is President and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock, the U.S. division of Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corporation and one of the largest life insurers and fastest- growing asset managers in the United States. She also serves on the boards of directors for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Neil Desai

Neil Desai

Director, Corporate Affairs, Magnet Forensics
Neil Desai is an international development expert, academic and tech executive. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Development (Canada). He led a team providing strategic advice on policy, communications, grants totalling $3-billion annually, stakeholder... Read More →
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Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital Officer, Province of Ontario
Hillary Hartley’s mission is to deliver streamlined digital services for more than 14M users, or, as the Government of Ontario calls them, people and businesses.Previously, Hillary was the Deputy Executive Director of 18F, the U.S. government’s digital office, and a former Presidential... Read More →
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Ted Livingston

Founder and CEO, Kik
Ted Livingston is the founder and CEO of Kik, a chat network with millions of active users. Founded in 2009, Kik has raised $120.5 million from investors including Tencent and Union Square Ventures. The company recently launched a cryptocurrency called Kin and raised almost $100 million in a token distribution event. Ted maintains an active interest in the University of Waterloo’s Velocity Fund, a startup accelerator he conceived of and first funded... Read More →
avatar for Jad Saliba

Jad Saliba

Founder and CTO, Magnet Forensics
Jad Saliba is former digital forensics investigator who left policing to develop software solutions that dramatically improve digital investigations. Saliba is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Magnet Forensics, a provider of tools that police and security agencies around... Read More →
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Craig Silverman

Fake News Expert, Media Editor, Buzzfeed
Have you heard of fake news? When Craig Silverman first used the term in 2014, little did he know it would be an inescapable buzzword on the lips of the President and anyone else who read the news in 2016.Craig Silverman is an award-winning author and journalist and one of the world’s... Read More →
avatar for Scott Totzke

Scott Totzke

Co-Founder and CEO, ISARA Corporation
Scott Totzke is a senior information technology executive with global experience in telecommunications, security and privacy for government and enterprise markets. Totzke is Co-Founder and CEO of ISARA Corporation, a security solutions company specializing in “quantum-safe” cryptography for computer networks and applications.Prior to ISARA, Scott was Senior Vice President of Enterprise & Security at Huawei and Senior Vice President at BlackBerry, where he helped shape their security, regulato... Read More →
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Rita Trichur

Financial Services Editor, The Globe and Mail
Rita Trichur is an award-winning journalist, Financial Services Editor for The Globe and Mail and a Canadian business columnist for the Report on Business Magazine. As a reporter for the The Wall Street Journal in its Canada bureau, covered domestic banks and insurance companies from... Read More →
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Russell Verbeeten

Managing Director, Consensys Canada
As Managing Director for ConsenSys Canada, Russell Verbeeten is a foremost expert on blockchain and decentralized computing tech. ConsenSys is a global organization of technologists and entrepreneurs building applications based on Ethereum technology as well as offering labs, training and access to capital.With an under... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:15pm EDT
Stage B @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

1:45pm EDT

Michael Litt: Refactoring Bias
Tech startups don’t start up intending to create a brogrammer culture, but it seems to be a common occurrence in the market when a bunch of people get together and spend long hours building companies together. While working fast to push your company forward is always top of mind, creating an inclusive corporate culture is something that needs to be intentional from the start.
Vidyard’s Co-founder and CEO, Michael Litt, made a quick discovery when a female engineer pointed out that the company’s parental leave policy was, let’s say, optimized for a company where no one had kids. Since this discovery, Vidyard has put the focus back on making the company a more inclusive and diverse place, and it makes a positive impact on their products, too. Today, every aspect of the company, whether it’s the team building events, HR policies and programs, hiring practices, training and mentoring, all now reflect the needs of a modern, inclusive company. The changes were simple enough for anyone to implement.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Litt

Michael Litt

Co-founder and CEO, Vidyard
Michael Litt is another innovator who didn’t even make it out of university before starting his career as an entrepreneur. He created the technology behind the global video marketing platform, Vidyard as an undergrad at the University of Waterloo.After a successful a successful... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

1:45pm EDT

Workshop: Creating a Tech For Good Declaration - Session #2
Here’s where we stop talking about how tech has gone wrong and start getting specific about how to do things right. The Declaration session is a hand-on workshop that will engage participants in exploring what Tech for Good really means.

In this workshop, we’ll work together to develop key attributes that organizations should follow as they align their organization toward Tech for Good. We’ll have some open, pointed discussions, hear from business leaders who have created organizations worth emulating and examine national and international data from research conducted by Deloitte and IPSOS.

The goal of the workshop is to produce something real. Something concrete. Ok, probably a PDF, but it will be a set of clear directives, a declaration from True North attendees as to guiding principles that all aspiring organizations can follow on their way to Tech for Good.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Castel

Marc Castel

Mentor, Volunteer, Investor, CEO, Fiix Software
Marc Castel’s passion for harnessing the true potential of business as a force for good has been shaped by over 30 years founding and running businesses that range from enterprise SaaS to medtech, manufacturing to astronomy and music to wine. His authentic and human approach to... Read More →
avatar for Marcel O’Gorman

Marcel O’Gorman

University Research Chair and Director of the Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo
Professor Marcel O’Gorman is a University Research Chair and Director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo. O’Gorman’s research and artistic practice explore the impacts of technology on the human condition. Beyond his multiple exhibitions and academic books, he has published articl... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Stage C@Lot42 41 Ardelt Place

2:00pm EDT

Sarah Lacy: Detoxing the bro economy
It isn’t your imagination and it isn’t just the media harping on it: Tech has become more toxic, more unethical, and more unapologetic of these things in the unicorn, bro era. In this keynote, renowned sunlight and shade-thrower Sarah Lacy will explain three major cultural headwinds that created this toxic stew, and three ways we can make sure the next generation of startups can do way better, without sacrificing returns.
 
Lacy is an award winning investigative journalist and a serial entrepreneur. She is the founder of Pando.com, a site that became known for exposing dangers of the bro economy years before it became a mainstream media story. Her new company, Chairman Mom, is a subscription-based platform with the goal of making working motherhood a badass aspirational brand.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lacy

Sarah Lacy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief and CEO, PandoMedia
Sarah Lacy is a journalist and serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. She has been covering technology news and entrepreneurship for over fifteen years, with stints at BusinessWeek and TechCrunch before founding the investigative tech news site Pando.com while on maternity leave in... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

3:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Rana el Kaliouby: Emotion AI – What it is and why it matters
It’s natural for people to interact with technology (or animals, plants, inanimate objects) the way we interact with other humans. It’s our way: perceptual, conversational, emotional, social, relational. As more and more advanced AI systems and robots interact with humans, they will require social and emotional intelligence, not just computing power. Any AI system that interacts with humans will have to meet us on these terms. Look us in the face.

This session will include a live demo of Affectiva’s Emotion Recognition technology as well as the massive data sets and core technology that enables the recognition of facial expressions. Affectiva co-founder and CEO, Dr. Rana el Kaliouby will discuss use cases for this eye-popping tech, from advertising research, recruitment, mental health and education to the future of mobility and autonomous vehicles. Oh yeah, the moral and ethical implications of this technology will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby

CEO, Affectiva
Rana el Kaliouby is co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, the pioneer in Emotion AI, the next frontier of Artificial Intelligence.She invented the company’s award-winning, emotion recognition technology that is built on a science platform using deep learning and the world’s largest emotion data repository of nearly 4.5 million faces... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

3:45pm EDT

Building an Equitable Tech Community
As tech companies grow and create wealth in their communities, how can we ensure that we mitigate any potential negative effects of that growth? This is a moderated discussion is about transit and transportation, housing and affordability, culture and fun, and community building. Participants from Waterloo Region government, arts communities, social services sectors, education, business and tech will chart a path toward managing economic growth with clear plan. Seize this opportunity to have your voice heard!

Wednesday May 30, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Stage B @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

4:30pm EDT

Closing Remarks - Day 1
Wrap up of the day with our host Talia Sanhewe.

Speakers
avatar for Talia Sanhewe

Talia Sanhewe

Founder, Television Producer, Reporter, Presenter, Talia Productions Ltd.
When it comes to delivering a keynote address, Talia Sanhewe is known for her wit, insight, humor and charisma. She delivers speeches that inspire, encourage and motivate. She draws reference from her life as a reporter, entrepreneur and successful business owner. Her message is clear... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 4:30pm - 4:35pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

4:35pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wind down the day with some refreshments and great conversations.

Wednesday May 30, 2018 4:35pm - 5:35pm EDT
Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario

5:00pm EDT

 
Thursday, May 31
 

8:30am EDT

8:30am EDT

Corridor Demo Day (Invitation Only)
On Thursday, May 31, more than 50 of the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor's best and most investment worthy seed to series-A ready startups will be pitching in Waterloo in a no-frills, fast-paced, investor-only event.

The purpose is to create efficiency for both start-ups and investors. Companies will make three-minute pitches with time allotted for 1:1 discussion and follow-up throughout the event.

This event is limited to investors who are prepared to fund seed or series-A rounds.

Thursday May 31, 2018 8:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Tannery Event Centre
  Invitation Only, Demo Day
  • Open To The Public Registration Required

8:30am EDT

Badge Pickup (Lot42 Only)
LOT42 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener

Thursday May 31, 2018 8:30am - 3:30pm EDT
Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario

9:15am EDT

Opening Remarks and Tech for Good Declaration
Our host for True North, Talia Sanhewe kicks off day two of True North 2018.  The Right Honourable David Johnston speaks about the Tech for Good declaration.

Speakers
avatar for The Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C.

The Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C.

Chair, Rideau Hall Foundation
The Right Honourable David Johnston was Canada’s 28th governor general. During his mandate, he established the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), a registered charity that supports and amplifies the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour and inspire Canadians... Read More →
avatar for Talia Sanhewe

Talia Sanhewe

Founder, Television Producer, Reporter, Presenter, Talia Productions Ltd.
When it comes to delivering a keynote address, Talia Sanhewe is known for her wit, insight, humor and charisma. She delivers speeches that inspire, encourage and motivate. She draws reference from her life as a reporter, entrepreneur and successful business owner. Her message is clear... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 9:15am - 9:30am EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

9:30am EDT

Bozoma Saint John
No matter where in the Fortune 500 she holds an executive position, Bozoma Saint John quickly rises the ranks as a “badass” executive, creating breakthrough marketing campaigns and earning a multitude of awards and honours. At the age of five Boz moved from Ghana to the U.S. and later attended Wesleyan University. Since then, she has become one of the tech industry’s brightest stars, with successful stints at PepsiCo, Beats, Apple and currently, Uber.

While Bozoma continues to make her mark with marketing, she has become an outspoken proponent of inclusion and diversity in the tech industry. As Chief Brand Officer at Uber she brings her unique backstory and bold personality to one of the most storied companies in Silicon Valley.

Speakers
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Bozoma Saint John

Chief Brand Officer, Uber
No matter where in the Fortune 500 she holds an executive position, Bozoma Saint John quickly rises the ranks as a “badass” executive, creating breakthrough marketing campaigns and earning a multitude of awards and honours. At the age of five Boz moved from Ghana to the U.S. and... Read More →
avatar for Talia Sanhewe

Talia Sanhewe

Founder, Television Producer, Reporter, Presenter, Talia Productions Ltd.
When it comes to delivering a keynote address, Talia Sanhewe is known for her wit, insight, humor and charisma. She delivers speeches that inspire, encourage and motivate. She draws reference from her life as a reporter, entrepreneur and successful business owner. Her message is clear... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

10:30am EDT

10:45am EDT

Tech for Good Program
We’ve now reached the feel good part of the story. The dragons have been slayed, and peace has returned to the world. Ok, that’s not true, but there is good news.

There are engineers and entrepreneurs who are using their fancy credentials, big brains and creative energy to, you know, help people. Solve some important problems. Stop needless suffering. Maybe there were enough people working on tracking everything you do online so someone can sell you more stuff. Anyway, there are people who saw some real human problems and said, ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ Then they got to work. These are their stories.

10:45 - Carol Leaman: Welcome

10:50 - Mallory Greene: T-Minus 5
T MINUS-5 is a concise, powerful crystallization of one of the themes of True North 2018 from an individual at the leading edge of the discussion

10:55 - Loren Padelford: How Technology is making entrepreneurship accessible to everyone

Entrepreneurs are the engine that drives our economy and our society. But for the past 10 years entrepreneurship has been in decline. Today, technology is leading a resurgence in entrepreneurship by levelling the playing field, providing everyone the tools, access and economics once reserved only for the largest companies in the world.  For anyone who thought they couldn’t start their own business,  Shopify is bending the learning and cost curve down, making it easier than ever to start and grow you a business. From helping to source products, to setting up an online store to sell them, Shopify and technology has made the complex simple and cost effective.

11:15 - Anne Connelly and Sonny Kohli: Abundance for All: When and How? - Moderated by Krista Pawley 
Tech is changing every aspect of society, including how we tackle some of our most persistent problems: food security, water, shelter, access to energy, education, healthcare. How can we recognize the practical possibilities for revolutionary technologies to drive meaningful impacts for billions of people around the world?

Blockchain consultant Anne Connelly and Dr. Sonny Kohli, physician and founder of medtech innovator, Cloud DX, will explore the ways that transformational technologies can be used to tackle the world's biggest challenges today, and create abundance for all in the future. This inspiring discussion will be moderated by Krista Pawley from SingularityU.

11:45 - Richard Yim: The Battle of Tech for Social Good
When Demine Robotics CEO Richard Yim ventured into the world of landmine clearance, he met with some resistance to his tech solution for this global social problem. NGOs and governments are the main players in this space, and investment in technology is not their traditional choice for solving long-term core issues. Sometimes, donors also place restrictions on the use of their contributions, preferring solutions that produce quick, clear results.

Today, Demine Robotics is officially endorsed and supported by the governments of Cambodia and Canada as well as a number of landmine clearance NGOs. Richard will share his journey to change the hearts and minds of leaders in the NGO and government world.

12:00 - Closing Remarks

Moderators
avatar for Carol Leaman

Carol Leaman

CEO, Axonify Inc.
Carol Leaman is the CEO of Axonify Inc., a disruptor in the corporate learning space and innovator behind the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform. Axonify delivers a unique 3-minute a day learning experience that combines brain science, adaptive microlearning, gamification and predictive analytics to increase... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne Connelly

Anne Connelly

Faculty, Singularity University
Anne Connelly is a volunteer, mentor and marketer who is passionate about harnessing blockchain and decentralized technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries. She has been an active part of the global blockchain community since 2012, working with notable companies... Read More →
avatar for Mallory Greene

Mallory Greene

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Wealthsimple
Mallory Greene is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Wealthsimple. As one of the company’s earliest employees, she’s held various roles as the company has grown and evolved, including roles in marketing, recruiting HR, events, and public relations.She’s lead the development and launches of several company-wide programs and initiatives, m... Read More →
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Dr. Sonny Kohli

Physician, Faculty; Founder, McMaster University, Cloud DX
In 2010, while volunteering in post-earthquake Haiti, Dr. Sonny Kohli experienced first-hand the perils of inadequate health care faced by Earth’s most marginalized peoples. As a practicing Physician in Internal Medicine and Critical Care and is faculty at McMaster University... Read More →
avatar for Loren Padelford

Loren Padelford

Vice President & GM, Shopify
Success is a choice we all make everyday, at least that’s Loren Padelford's opinion. Over the past four years Loren and Shopify have been at the nexus of entrepreneurship, commerce and technology, helping 600,000+ start-ups get off the ground, and Fortune 500 companies reinvent themselves, while at the same time growing Shopify into a $14B global commerce platform.With a BA in Psychology from the University of Gue... Read More →
avatar for Krista Pawley

Krista Pawley

CMO and Impact Lead, SingularityU Canada
Krista Pawley is a master brand builder in the public, private and social-profit sectors. With over 20 years’ experience working in 50+ countries across five continents, Krista has held executive positions building, training and leading world-class teams within the Government of... Read More →
avatar for Richard Yim

Richard Yim

Founder, Demine Robotics
Every year, there are thousands of deaths from landmines still in the ground from past armed conflicts. Heavily mined regions are also unable to be farmed, stunting the economic growth of agricultural economies. Born in Cambodia before moving to Canada at age 13, Richard Yim put his... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Stage B @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

11:00am EDT

Linda Hasenfratz: Women in STEM
The U.S. and Canadian economies need more entrepreneurs and more leaders to create businesses based on exciting advances in technology. To leverage the widest possible range of ideas and creativity, we must tap into the entire population in all its diversity.   Great progress has been made in that regard in the U.S. and Canada with women’s representation in STEM having dramatically improved over the past 25 years.  Now we must continue that momentum.
Join Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz, Canadian Chair of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders as she explores issues of diversity, inclusion and the future role of women at the highest levels of the public and private sectors. She will discuss the Council’s work particularly as pertains to further increasing the number of women in STEM, a key area of recommendation of the Council.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Hasenfratz

Linda Hasenfratz

CEO, Linamar Corporation
How do you establish credibility when taking over your father’s $800M manufacturing business? If you are Linda Hasenfratz, you start as a machine operator, work your way up to CEO, then increase the size of the business by more than 750%.In addition to the practical skills gained... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

11:30am EDT

Catherine Bracy: Building an Equitable Tech Sector: Lessons from Silicon Valley
The news is full of stories about the impact tech companies have on the economies of the communities where they're based. From building teams that are representative of the local community to building platforms that create true economic benefit for more people, the tech sector is facing many challenges in building equitable businesses. Nowhere is this challenge more stark than in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. In this session we'll discuss the civic and economic context in which the tech industry is growing, how the sector is creating (or not) broadbased opportunity for more local residents, and what other cities can learn from our mistakes.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Bracy

Catherine Bracy

Co-Founder and Executive Director, TechEquity Collaborative
Catherine Bracy is a civic technologist and community organizer whose work focuses on the intersection of technology and political and economic inequality. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the TechEquity Collaborative, an organization in Oakland, CA, USA that seeks... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

12:00pm EDT

Robyn Doolittle: Investigative journalism in the digital age
Robyn Doolittle will discuss her award-winning Unfounded series published in the Globe and Mail — an investigation that has sparked unprecedented policy and social change. Doolittle spent 20 months uncovering how police services handle sexual assault cases through more than 250 freedom of information requests and hundreds of interviews. What she uncovered was that Canadian law enforcement has been disproportionately dismissing rape cases as baseless. Part of what made the series so compelling is that the Globe built a national database that enabled anyone in the country to look up the rate of dismissed cases for their own local police service.

Speakers
avatar for Robyn Doolittle

Robyn Doolittle

Journalist and Author, Globe and Mail
Robyn Doolittle is an award-winning journalist and author. She joined the Globe and Mail’s investigative team in April 2014 after spending nearly a decade reporting for the Toronto Star. Doolittle’s probe of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s troubled personal life won the 2014... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

12:00pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Diversity/Inclusion Program
As you read this, there’s a middle-aged white dude on a stage in front of a big screen somewhere, announcing the next product that’s going to change the world. (Spoiler: It won’t change the world for most people).

Humanity is a glorious scatter plot of gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and life experience. So, let’s define the problem. Too often, when tech companies look out at the world to decide what they are going to disrupt next, they see it from the perspective of that guy on the stage. Most of humanity is left out. Almost all of it is left out.

The good thing is that all of us are still here, ready to share our experiences and perspectives. Ready to make better tech. Ready to solve better problems. Make some room.

12:30 - The Honourable Bardish ChaggerWelcome

12:35 - Mary Pat Hinton: Go all in and commit

There are five areas Mary Pat Hinton focuses on during the hiring process. The result is that Emmetros has attracted and retained a diverse team of difference makers, which is almost 100% led by women. She calls them “Commitment & the 4 Ins.”

12:40 - SHAD Network: Deep Inclusion Panel - Moderated by Tim Jackson
Everybody’s talking about inclusion – and that’s a good thing. But if inclusion is going to be about more than photo-ops and catchphrases, we have to be real about the challenges of genuine, deep inclusion. Meaningful gender, economic, regional and philosophical diversity are easy to talk about but tough to achieve in any organization – even in entrepreneurial settings where diversity is widely known to be an engine for creativity.

SHAD is an enrichment and entrepreneurship program for high school aged youth established in 1980 and based in Waterloo, Ontario. This fireside chat session, facilitated by entrepreneur and business leader Tim Jackson, will include four SHAD Fellows - Alex Bouchard, Yesenia Cheekinew, Joseph Tafese and Steven Wang - whose stories show why it’s critical to get inclusion right.

1:10 - Michael Denham: Diversity - The best strategy for building world-class businesses
Fostering diversity is not only the right thing to do morally, it is also the best thing to do from a business perspective. There is overwhelming evidence that embracing diversity correlates with higher revenues, profits and market value.

Join Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC – the only Canadian bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs – as he speaks about why we need to decisively incorporate diversity and inclusion in our businesses for the benefit of our entrepreneurs and our economy. He will highlight inspiring stories showcasing diversity, as well as what BDC is doing to foster a diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial landscape in Canada.

1:25 - Jeannette Stock and Taylor Bond: Taking Pride in Canadian Tech: LGBTQ+ Inclusion as a Global Opportunity
Canada has an opportunity to become a world leader in LGBTQ+ inclusion in tech, and make that part of our unfair advantage.  If founders and leaders make decisions with LGBTQ+ folks in mind and at the table, we’ll build better products, better teams and better companies. We also can be an example to the rest of the world in yet another way. But first, we’ve got to do the work.
Join Jeanette Stock and Taylor Bond, who lead Venture Out, an organization that connects LGBTQ+ people in tech to career opportunities, role models and each other. They’ll share lessons learned from building LGBTQ+ communities in tech and their hopes for the future of inclusion in tech.

1:40 - Mallorie Brodie (T-Minus 5): Bringing Modern Tech to Traditional Industries
T MINUS-5 is a concise, powerful crystallization of one of the themes of True North 2018 from an individual at the leading edge of the discussion.

1:45 - The Honourable Bardish Chagger: Closing remarks

Moderators
avatar for The Honourable Bardish Chagger

The Honourable Bardish Chagger

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Government of Canada
The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, was appointed Minister of Small Business and Tourism on November 4, 2015 and became Canada’s first female house leader on August 19, 2016. A natural leader and organizer, Ms. Chagger is devoted to inclusion and community... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Bond

Taylor Bond

Vice President, Venture Out
Taylor is the VP & Chair of Venture Out, an organization building an LGBTQA+ tech and entrepreneurship community, with the goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive future. He is also the VP of Client Experience at MindSea, a Canadian app development company, where he oversees... Read More →
avatar for Alex Bouchard

Alex Bouchard

Student Leader, SHAD
Alex is a proud francophone who was involved with the Fédération de la Jeunesse Canadienne Française. She also founded the University of British Columbia Parks Canada Club while attending university, inspiring youth to get outdoors and live an active lifestyle. She attended SHAD... Read More →
avatar for Mallorie Brodie

Mallorie Brodie

CEO and Co-founder, Bridgit
Mallorie Brodie is the CEO and Co-founder of Bridgit, a construction management platform launched in March 2014. Mallorie holds an Honours degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and has almost 10 years of entrepreneurial experience. She holds various entrepreneurial awards... Read More →
avatar for Yesenia Cheekinew

Yesenia Cheekinew

Student Leader
Yesenia is dedicated to spreading the word and fighting for the rights of Indigenous people across Northern Ontario and the nation. An alumna of Minerva’s Learning to Lead™ program, she attended SHAD at Lakehead University in 2017.
avatar for Michael Denham

Michael Denham

President and CEO, BDC
Michael Denham brings nearly 30 years of management experience to BDC, having led large organizations with a pan-Canadian presence. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BDC, a B-Corp bank that provides financing and advisory services to new ventures in Canada.Based in Montreal since 2001, Michael has held executive roles at AquaTerra Corporat... Read More →
avatar for Mary Pat Hinton

Mary Pat Hinton

CEO and co-founder, Emmetros Limited
Mary Pat Hinton knows that weaving together unique perspectives results in effective, multi-faceted, and beautiful solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. As CEO and Co-Founder of Emmetros Limited, a company dedicated to making it easier for people with cognitive impairments to live with independence and dignity, Mary Pat has woven her lifelong volunteerism and advocacy into the culture at Emmetros... Read More →
avatar for Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson

President and CEO, SHAD
Tim joined SHAD in July 2016 after serving as an Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and business leader. He has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for t... Read More →
avatar for Jeanette Stock

Jeanette Stock

Co-Founder, Venture Out
Jeanette Stock is the co-founder of Venture Out, which connects LGBTQA+ professionals in tech and entrepreneurship to career opportunities, role models and each other. She supports the volunteer team behind Venture Out as a member of the board of directors for Start Proud, Venture... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Tafese

Joseph Tafese

Software Engineering Student, University of Waterloo
Joseph attended SHAD in 2017 and received the Dave Black Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. After moving to Canada from Kenya, Joseph decided to invest the only thing he had – time – on the inner-city children with whom he lived. He became a Sunday school... Read More →
avatar for Steven Wang

Steven Wang

Founder and Chairperson, Yiqiao
Steven is the founder and chairperson of Yiqiao, a platform that cultivates top graduates and young professionals to serve in the social sector in China. He was part of the founding staff of the Yenching Academy at Peking University. Steven completed a Master of Public Policy degree... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm EDT
Stage B @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

12:45pm EDT

1:45pm EDT

Facts Are Still Facts
Beyond the post-truth culture war where the veracity of a story depends on what side you’re on, there’s still an audience for traditional, fact-checked news and investigative reporting. But with the news audience’s attention scattered across traditional news organizations, social media, blogs and niche websites, there’s a lot of room for misinformation and deliberate hoaxes to spread.

This session will explore the toolkit for building a trustworthy and sustainable news ecosystem in an age when false content gets more shares and ad dollars have disappeared from traditional news outlets. Can fake-news purveyors be held publicly accountable through legal or regulatory means? Could a certification system be implemented for news outlets and their sources?

Globe & Mail CEO & Publisher, Phillip Crawley and Ground CEO Harleen Kaur will discuss the roles that media companies, journalists, governments and technologists can play in ensuring that news still serves the fact-based community.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Crawley

Phillip Crawley

Publisher & CEO, The Globe and Mail
Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s largest national newspapers. He oversees the strategy and operations of The Globe and Mail newspaper, web sites including globeandmail.com, reportonbusiness.com and globeinvestor.com, and magazines including... Read More →
avatar for Mathew Ingram

Mathew Ingram

Chief Digital Writer, Columbia Journalism Review
Mathew Ingram is the chief digital writer at the Columbia Journalism Review. He has written about the intersection between media and technology since the earliest days of the commercial internet.Previously, he was a senior writer with Fortune magazine where he wrote about the evolution... Read More →
avatar for Harleen Kaur

Harleen Kaur

CEO and Co-Founder, Ground
Harleen Kaur is the founder and CEO of Ground, a decentralized news system that fills the information gap between social media and traditional news media. Ground checks possible fake news by engaging users on the ground in addition to using AI technology and human verification. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Talia Sanhewe

Talia Sanhewe

Founder, Television Producer, Reporter, Presenter, Talia Productions Ltd.
When it comes to delivering a keynote address, Talia Sanhewe is known for her wit, insight, humor and charisma. She delivers speeches that inspire, encourage and motivate. She draws reference from her life as a reporter, entrepreneur and successful business owner. Her message is clear... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

2:15pm EDT

Stranger than Fiction: The Future of Entertainment & Tech
A lot of the tech we use everyday was fiction before it was fact: satellite communication, cell phones, electronic newspapers and robots all appeared in science fiction stories before they became commonplace in our lives. Writers and filmmakers have typically imagined the future created by tech as being either utopian or dystopian. During periods of rapid tech advancement -- the industrial revolution, the nuclear age, the Internet age -- storytellers seem to create more of the darker stuff. Change is scary.

At the same time, real-world tech is fuelling increasing concerns about privacy, democracy and even human survival. Is the entertainment industry leading us to a dystopian view of the future of tech, or merely holding up a mirror to reflect a reality that’s already unfolding? Does the drama inherent in apocalyptic visions, the projection of our existing fears, just make for more compelling content right now? Or will these visions and fears provide an impetus to create the future of tech as a force for good?

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker

Writer, Producer and Broadcaster
Though he hates the word ‘satirist’, Charlie Brooker has made a career of examining the bizarre and maddening soap opera that is pop culture and politics, and giving us a space to laugh about it. Brooker is a writer, reviewer, columnist and presenter. He is also the creator and... Read More →
avatar for Kate Darling

Kate Darling

Robot ethicist, MIT Media Lab
A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Darling explores the emotional connection between people... Read More →
avatar for Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze

Writer and director, Her, Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are
Academy Award winning filmmaker (must always start with a grandiose descriptor), Spike Jonze crosses boundaries between many mediums: feature films (Her, Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are – it’s always cool to leave one out, and not the one you’d expect), television... Read More →
avatar for Mark Sakamoto

Mark Sakamoto

Executive Vice President, Think Research
A lawyer by training, Mark Sakamoto has enjoyed a rich and varied career, having worked at a national law firm and served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader. He is an author, entrepreneur and investor in digital health and digital media.Mark is the Executive... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

3:15pm EDT

Closing Remarks
Iain Klugman and Talia Sanhewe close out True North 2018.

Speakers
avatar for Iain Klugman

Iain Klugman

President and CEO, Communitech
avatar for Talia Sanhewe

Talia Sanhewe

Founder, Television Producer, Reporter, Presenter, Talia Productions Ltd.
When it comes to delivering a keynote address, Talia Sanhewe is known for her wit, insight, humor and charisma. She delivers speeches that inspire, encourage and motivate. She draws reference from her life as a reporter, entrepreneur and successful business owner. Her message is clear... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 3:15pm - 3:20pm EDT
Stage A @Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

3:30pm EDT

Happy Hour
Wind down the day with some refreshments and great conversations.

Thursday May 31, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, Ontario

5:00pm EDT

 
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