Lot42, 41 Ardelt Pl, Kitchener, ON N2C 2C8, Canada

What is Qwoted?

Qwoted is a free expert network: we help reporters connect with experts & we help those same experts build relationships with top reporters.

Event Date Wed Jun 19 EDT - Thu Jun 20 EDT (over 2 years ago)
Location Lot42
41 Ardelt Pl, Kitchener, ON N2C 2C8, Canada
Region Americas

What is True North?
Technology is inevitable. But what does it mean to be human in a tech-driven world? As we speed towards an unknown future, there are fundamental, difficult and sometimes scary issues that will divide and unite us.

True North is a two-day conversation about the intersection of humans and technology. It’s an opportunity to imagine and re-imagine the impact of technology — the good and the bad. To examine the values that guide technology innovation. And to redefine tech as a force for good. Join us for provocative and positive viewpoints, transformative workshops and vibrant social mash-ups.


2019 Speakers

Kara Swisher
Executive Editor, Recode

Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Inventor of the World Wide Web

Thomas L. Friedman
Bestselling Author & New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist

Aaron Snow
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Digital Service

Ann Cavoukian
Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence

Antonio Zappulla
Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Balaji Gopalan
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MedStack

Branka Marijan
Program Officer, Project Ploughshares

Caitlin MacGregor
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Plum

Catherine McIntyre
Reporter, The Logic

Catrena Norris Carter
National Coordinator, Selma’s Bridge Crossing Jubilee

Cynthia Goh
Professor, Impact Centre, University of Toronto

David Stein
Managing Partner, Leaders Fund

Debbie Gamble
Chief Officer of Innovation Labs and New Ventures, Interac

Duane Brown
Founder & Head of Strategy, Take Some Risk Inc.

Hamoon Ekhtiari
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Audacious Futures

Hillary Hartley
Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister, Ministry of Government & Consumer Services

Hongwei Liu
Chief Executive Officer, MappedIn

Jade Choy
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, EPOCH

Jen Wang
Product Manager, thredUP

Kelsey Leonard
Water Scholar

Kris Braun
Vice President Engineering, Bonfire

Krystyn Harrison
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Prosper

Komal Singh
Engineering Program Manager, Google & Creator of Kids STEM Bestseller “Ara the Star Engineer”

Lisa de Wilde
Chief Executive Officer, TVO

Liu Yang
Director of Product Management, Bonfire

Liz O’Sullivan
Vice President of Commercial Operations, at a confidential AI explainability startup

Lyndsey Butcher
Executive Director, SHORE Centre

Matthew Chandy
Smart Waterloo Region Lead

Megan Smith
Chief Executive Officer, shift7, 3rd US CTO

Meghan Wahab
Product Designer, Bonfire

Mohamed Musbah
Director of Product, Microsoft Research

Monika Jaroszonek
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RATIO.CITY

Oshoma Momoh
Chief Technical Advisor, MaRS

Patrick Myles
Chief Executive Officer, Huron Digital Pathology

Peter BenHur Nyeko
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Mandulis Energy

Rakhi Tripathi
Associate Professor, FORE School of Management

Rosemary Barton
Co-host, CBC’s The National

Rizwan Khalfan
Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Payments Officer, TD Bank Group

Roger Melko
Associate Faculty, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo

Roy Gori
President & Chief Executive Officer, Manulife

Saad Biag
Shad Canada

Sarah Doyle
Director of Policy and Research, Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Sarah Prevette
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Future Design School

Shak Lakhani
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Avro Life Science

Sue Britton
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, FinTech Growth Syndicate

Talia Sanhewe
International Moderator, Keynote Speaker, Talia Productions

Tobi Lütke
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Shopify

Travis Ratnam
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Knowledgehook

William Zhou
Chief Executive Officer, Chalk

Sponsors & Partners

2019 Partners

• Manulife
• TD

• Laurier

• Deloitte
• University of Waterloo

• 100CN
• The Globe and Mail
• Interac
• Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
• Region of Waterloo

• Cowan
• North
• Shopify
• Sun Life

• The City of Waterloo
• Thomson Reuters
• Widyard
• WSIB Ontario

• Kitchener Events

• Accelerator Centre
• Carfax
• Cambridge Canada
• CBC Kitchener-Waterloo
• Europro
• Fibernetics
• Explore Waterloo Region
• Google
• Lazaridis Institute
• Mars
• MultiVision
• OpenText
• Oracle NetSuite
• PostMedia
• Rogers
• 140
• The Logic
• Thinktum