SPEAKERS

Dave Rensin


David K. Rensin is the Senior Director of Engineering in the Office of the CFO. Dave provides guidance on the allocation of Google’s capital to its various businesses and long-term technical investments. Prior to that, Dave founded Customer Reliability Engineering (CRE) and also ran Google’s global network capacity planning.

Dave Rensin

Sr. Director of Engineering, Google

Tina Eskridge


Tina Eskridge serves as Senior Director of Marketing at Microsoft where she is responsible for driving all aspects of inclusion product and marketing strategy across Microsoft’s cloud platforms.

Tina Eskridge

Sr. Director of Marketing, Microsoft

Ravi Mehta


Ravi is a consumer technology and product leader who has scaled products that have impacted millions of people and scaled teams to meet the challenge. He was Chief Product Officer @ Tinder, Product Director @ Facebook, and VP of Consumer Product at TripAdvisor.

Ravi Mehta

Ex-Chief Product Officer, Tinder

Phil De Luna


Phil De Luna is currently a Program Director at the National Research Council of Canada where he leads a 7-year $57M collaborative research program to discover new technologies to decarbonize Canada. Prior to joining the NRC, Phil was a carbontech co-founder and finalist in the $20M Carbon XPRIZE.

Phil de Luna

Program Director, National Research Council of Canada

Henry Shi


On Forbes 30 Under 30, Henry Shi cofounded SnapTravel in 2016 to make booking the perfect hotel room as easy as chatting with a friend over FB Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS, Slack or Amazon Alexa. Shi has begun giving back and created two fellowships for students of Georgia Tech's online Master of Science.

Henry Shi

Co-founder, SnapTravel

Ella Hilal


Dr. Ella Hilal has more than 15 years of experience in data intelligence, machine learning, ambient intelligence, autonomous systems, and Internet of Things. She’s currently a Director of Data Science and Engineering at Shopify and an adjunct assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. She has a Doctorate degree in Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from the University of Waterloo.

Ella Hilal

Director of Data Science, Shopify

Pennie Santiago


Pennie is the Sr. Director of Finance IT Delivery at RBC, leading an international team of program directors, financial and intake specialists. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and has two bachelor’ degrees, one in mechanical engineering, and a second in computer programming.

Pennie Santiago

Sr. Director of Finance, RBC

Kathleen Garcia-Manjarres


Kathleen Garcia-Manjarres is a Growth Architect at BCG Digital Ventures (DV) in New York City– the corporate venture capital and incubation arm of the Boston Consulting Group. She is known for her multifaceted talents as she has boasted many titles: Forbes contributor, business entrepreneur, former management consultant, and former Canadian TV/film actress.

Kathleen Garcia-Manjarres

Growth Architect, BCG DV

Karl Moore


Prior to his academic career Dr. Moore worked for 11 years in sales and marketing management positions with IBM, and Hitachi. Before McGill he taught at Oxford University for 5 years, among other universities including Cambridge and Duke. For 8 years Karl has blogged for Forbes, with 150+ articles and 10 books, with +3,500 Google Scholar citations. He also hosts the CEO Series, a weekly column on the Globe and Mail, interviewing people including Justin Trudeau.

Karl Moore

Associate Professor, McGill U

Ravina Anand


Ravina Anand (BSc, MPPGA, MD Candidate) is a social entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of FLIK, the first female-identifying apprenticeship portal. By developing technology to solve social issues, Ravina aims to advance women’s economic participation.

Ravina Anand

Co-founder & COO, FLIK

Anna Pinol


Anna is the co-founder & CMO of Jupiter, a Y Combinator and Khosla backed startup revolutionizing in-home grocery delivery. Prior to moving to the US in 2017 to obtain her MBA from Stanford, Anna was one of the early employees at Amazon in Spain, where she managed growth for the Marketplace and FBA businesses.

Anna Pinol

Co-founder, Jupiter

Jonathan Javier


Jonathan Javier currently the CEO/Founder of Wonsulting, which mission is to “turn underdogs into winners” and leads Professional Development for Cisco’s Early Career Network. He's also worked in Strategy and Operations team at Snap, Google, and Cisco.

Jonathan Javier

CEO & Founder, Wonsulting

Jerry Lee


Jerry is currently a Sr. Strategy & Operations Manager at Google. After graduating, he was hired as the youngest analyst by being promoted multiple times in 2 years. Outside of work, he has partnered with 100+ organizations, amassing 38,000+ followers.

Jerry Lee

Sr. Strategy & Operations Manager, Google

Sarah Maston


Sarah is the founder of Project 15 from Microsoft (http://aka.ms/Project15) and the inventor of the Project Edison, a safety notification and response 3rd party solution accelerator for safe schools and workplaces, for which she won the Microsoft Polaris Award.

Sarah Maston

Senior IoT Solution Architect, Microsoft

Joshua Mendoza


Josh Mendoza graduated from Stanford in 2015, where he studied Product Design Engineering. Post-graduation, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer on Microsoft HoloLens, a mixed reality headset. He also founded and serves as the Executive Director for Destined for X, a nonprofit which empowers underrepresented and underprivileged high school students to pursue careers in tech. Josh is currently working at Apple as a Product Design Engineer.

Joshua Mendoza

Founder, Destined for X

Jonathan Kwan


With 20 years of experience as a career coach and management consultant, Jon is also a trusted career advisor to the world’s top universities (e.g. Cambridge, INSEAD, NUS). Currently based in Singapore, he’s fascinated by the idea of applying Design Thinking principles to individuals in their careers.

Jonathan Kwan

Managing Director, Kwantum Leap Group

Sam Yuan


Sam Yuan is a UX researcher, strategist, and a coach. Before dedicating her focus to UX research at Shopify, she was a UX designer and a Human Factors Engineer. In the true fashion of being her authentic self, Sam followed her passion for research and design across the Pacific Ocean and trekked from Aviation to the Tech industry.

Sam Yuan

Sr. UX Researcher, Shopify

Xiaopu Fung


A digital design leader who cares deeply about diversity and inclusion, Xiaopu directs a design and research lab at the Ontario Digital Service, leading and inspiring agile, human-centred design practices in the public service.

Xiaopu Fung

Lab Leader, Ontario Digital Services

Claudel Kamgang


Previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company and a banker at J.P. Morgan, Claudel Kamgang is a LinkedIn Product Manager and host of The Atalaku Effect podcast. He holds a BSc and MSc from the University Paris Diderot, and a MBA from the Wharton School (UPenn).

Claudel Kamgang

Product Manager, Linkedin

Ruben Huidobro


Ruben is a Senior UX Researcher at Shopify. He works in the Multi Channel team, focused on designing and building solutions for selling and promoting products in different sales and marketing channels. He has over a decade of experience in the UX field, from design to research.

Ruben Huidobro

Sr. UX Researcher, Shopify

Eric Windeler


Eric started Jack.org with his wife Sandra Hanington and their closest friends in May 2010 after losing their son Jack to suicide. Eric works tirelessly to inspire discussion about mental health, especially among young people. Eric's efforts have recieved numerous awards such as the QE Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Meritorious Service Cross from the office of the Governor General and was selected as one of the 150 CAMH Difference Makers for mental health in Canada.

Eric Windeler

Founder & Executive Director, Jack.org

Jason Ezard


While Jason was still in university, he began creating and selling system solutions to private businesses. Jason joined SOTI as a Cloud Services Manager in 2012. Throughout his continued tenure at SOTI, he has built highly successful teams related to Cloud Management, Development, Compliance and Security.

Jason Ezard

Sr. Manager, SOTI

Chris Schmidt


Chris is the Co-Founder/CEO at Pluto Ventures, a venture-backed artificial intelligence company. He started his first company at the age of ten and had built six (one exit) by the time he was 25.

Chris Schmidt

Co-Founder/CEO, Pluto Ventures

Riya Karumanchi


Riya is a 16-year-old student from Toronto, ON. She is an entrepreneur and CEO of SmartCane and is passionate about harnessing tech to better people’s lives. Riya is an Innovator at TKS, an ML developer & is very honoured to be featured on Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 & Time Magazine's list for young inventors changing the world.

Riya Karumanchi

CEO, SmartCane

Jeff Chan


Jeff Chan is the Senior Manager of Consumer Trends & Marketing Innovation at TD. Jeff studied Computer Science at the University of Windsor and has 14 years of digital marketing and product strategy experience across online retail, financial services and startups.

Jeff Chan

Sr. Manager of Consumer Trends & Marketing Innovation, TD

Guenia Izquierdo


Guenia is a UofT Computer Science graduate and has worked as a Software Engineer and a Data Engineer in previous roles. At Flipp, she is currently the Engineering Manager for the Data Pipeline team, building the backbone of the platform used by Analysts and Data Scientists.

Guenia Izquierdo

Engineering Manager, Flipp

Martha Nino


Martha Nino is a Sr. Marketing Manager at Adobe. Her path to tech was unconventional but yet she’s had a 20+ year career in technology with top companies in the Silicon Valley within the software, hardware and mobile space. She believes in the power of storytelling and has been featured on Guy Kawasaki’s podcast, Remarkable People.

Martha Nino

Sr. Marketing Manager, Adobe

Daisuke Nakahara


With 15+ years of experience as a Windows developer, Daisuke Nakahara focuses on building IoT solutions from the device point of view. His expertise includes architecting and designing IoT solutions, building devices, and writing device code.

Daisuke Nakahara

IoT Solution Architect, Microsoft

Eric Rafat


Eric Rafat is a passionate founder with a wealth of expertise and experience in startups, growth hacking, building high-performing teams, and product development. He believes in the power of entrepreneurship to create opportunities for all. He is a top ranked tennis player and always up for conversation about business, marketing, and tennis. Connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-rafat/.
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Eric Rafat

CEO/Founder, FoundersBeta

Alyssia Jovellanos


Alyssia is a Program Manager at Microsoft, and an international quant champ. She finished 3rd place world wide at the International Quant Championship. She’s previously worked at Google, studied at MILA and spoke about her work at Google, Microsoft, and Grace Hopper events.

Alyssia Jovellanos

Product Manager, Microsoft

Sima Umathay


Sima is a Principal Program Manager at Splunk with a proven track record in delivering Enterprise, SaaS, Mobile Apps, and IoT products. She’s an expert in all things product, having led multiple product launches from inception to adoption in a variety of domains.

Sima Umathay

Principal Program Manager, Splunk

Supreet Takkar


Supreet did her Master’s from Simon Fraser University in Computing Science with Big Data Specialization and has been working with RBC as a Data Scientist. At RBC, her role requires her to apply Machine Learning techniques on Big Data.

Supreet Takkar

Data Scientist, RBC

Megha Sharma


Megha is a Technical Lead at RBC Ventures where she drives product delivery, technical leadership and product strategy. She graduated from Computer Engineering at Ryerson University, and previously worked as a software engineer at TD. She’s passionate about delivering innovative solutions.
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Megha Sharma

Technology Lead, RBC

Chris Hoquis


Chris is a knowledge enthusiast, has 13+ years of experience in tech and is a lead instructor at the University of Manitoba. His passion for meeting people with similar interests turned into U LEARNT, and Saber Blitz (launching Summer 2020) that will connect Global Experts and people to learn new skills through one-day sessions.

Chris Hoquis

Saber Blitz

Marianne Bell


Marianne co-founded Toxon Technologies, a sports tech company focused on building technology products and solutions for archery applications. As CEO, she oversees Toxon’s product development, business strategy and financing. She previously worked at BlackBerry, where she was focused on Process Development for software.

Marianne Bell

CEO, Toxon Technologies

Howard Tam


Howard is a backend engineer at Tally, working on scaling services for financial automation. Previously, he worked on CryptoKitties at Dapper Labs, and had graduated from Electrical Engineering at University of Oxford. He is passionate about frontier & deep technologies.

Howard Tam

Software Engineer, Tally

Katherine Carras


Katherine is a Product Designer at Palantir Technologies, designing security tooling for the Foundry platform. She graduated from Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and interned at Shopify. Katherine also mentors aspiring Product Designers from the University of Waterloo.

Katherine Carras

Product Designer, Palantir

Tracy Cai


Tracy is a UX Designer at LinkedIn, designing tools and experiences for companies/schools to represent themselves on the platform. Tracy is a Graphic Design graduate from OCAD University. During school, she ventured into different parts of design, such as motion graphics and packaging design, before pivoting to UX design.

Tracy Cai

UX Designer, Linkedin

Kristina Stephan


Kristina is an experienced Campus Recruitment specialist, passionate about technology, lifelong learning, and the future of work. Prior to her current role as a Sr. Technology Campus Recruiter at BMO, Kristina has also held roles recruiting top technology & innovation talent at global companies such as Deloitte, and Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Kristina Stephan

Technical Recruiter, BMO

Carolynn Choi


Carolynn is invested in fostering authentic relationships with early career talent from start to finish. As a university technical recruiter at Square, Carolynn hires interns and new grads across multiple offices and executes programming to grow the employer brand among students.

Carolynn Choi

Technical Recruiter, Square

Jonathan Ng


Jonathan is a Product Manager at Waymo working on perception and weather, carrying previous product management experience from Nest and Yahoo within their APM cohort. Jonathan also had a plethora of internship experiences at firms such as Google and Microsoft.

Jonathan Ng

Product Manager, Waymo

Armando Saldana


Armando Saldana Jr, is a Recruiter at Uber Technologies who sits on the Core Business team, responsible for recruiting across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Uber, he worked at the George Washington University, the Walt Disney Company, and the United States Government.

Armando Saldana

Recruiter, Uber

Michelle Reyes


As the Campus Manager for Geotab, Michelle manages the recruitment process and overall student experience. Prior to Geotab, Michelle brings experience from post-secondary education in career development, managing work-integrated learning programs and creating career programming for students.

Michelle Reyes

Campus Manager, Geotab

Dominique Pirolo


Dominique is a Senior Talent Attraction Partner at SAP. She’s a certified professional coach from Concordia University in Career Development. She is involved in various projects which include The Business Women Network Group at SAP and “Empowering Women” at TedMontreal Women.

Dominique Pirolo

Sr. Talent Attraction, SAP

... And more to come.

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