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keeping pace with

innovation in toronto

March 1, 2018
WE Global Learning Centre
339 Queen Street East

Toronto has arrived


Did you ever wonder why Google is suddenly choosing to build it’s first smart city on our waterfront?  Or why Uber is piloting their driverless car program here this year?The reason is - Toronto has arrived.  And suddenly, we’re all just trying to keep pace.

No longer just a home of great talent feeding American markets, Toronto has become an internationally-recognized hotbed for innovation.  With support from an emerging venture capital scene and a long-thriving tech community, we’ve emerged as a worthy home for an entrepreneur to build a Global business.  Major Canadian companies and dynamic emerging startups alike are driving this transformation on the back of educational institutions that are re-imagining themselves as early-talent business incubators.  

So who stands to benefit?  What does this mean for the future of brands and businesses in Canada?  How do we need to think differently to keep pace and even thrive in a local climate that is beginning to feel like it’s built on “agile”.

At Ensemble, we’ve got your back; join a hand-selected group of thought leaders and subject matter experts who will get you up to speed, and give you the insights you need to get ahead.

peter aceto
Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Chief Strategy Officer, eQuoshift

Peter is a father, husband, lawyer and worked for over 2 decades as a banking executive transforming how banking is done in Canada and the US with his teammates at ING DIRECT / Tangerine Bank. 


He is the author of the bestselling book, Weology and is passionate about transforming the way think about leadership, innovation and diversity and is now focused on helping the innovation and startup community in his beloved home, Canada.

matt di paola
Managing Director, Innovation, Partner, Sid Lee

Matt has worked across the spectrum of communications services, and advises C-level clients on their digital transformation needs. 


Matt also runs an innovation supper club, is a mentor with CFC's ideaBOOST start-up accelerator and sits on the Advisory Boards for Dx3, Mediazoic & Spacefy.  In 2011, he was Executive Producer of the off broadway NYC play, "Quake" and wrote, directed & produced "The Grind" in 2001's Toronto Fringe Festival.

Alison Gibbins
Global Lead, RBC Technology Community Engagement, RBC

Alison Gibbins manages RBC’s support of technology groups and sharing of RBC’s expertise with the broader tech community.  Through FutureMakers Talks and the FutureMakers website, she enables peer-to-peer knowledge sharing by RBC’s technology and operations employees.  With a background in marketing, business strategy, and data insights, she also advises Canadian startups through programs such as Techstars, Startup Weekend, and MaRS.  Alison has worked across a variety of sectors including telecom, B2B services, healthcare, education, and entertainment/gaming.

conor holler
Manager, Digital Services, PwC

Conor is a digital strategy consultant at PwC. His work is focused on helping organizations identify the right problems and opportunities, developing solutions, and supporting implementation and transformation. Outside of consulting Conor produces digital media projects, and has collaborated with leading production companies, broadcasters, and distributors to create award-winning experiences for web, mobile, AR/VR, and film, TV, and radio.

Author, Host, Entrepreneur, AmberMac

Amber Mac is a Globe & Mail bestselling business author, an innovation keynote speaker, and freelance TV host for Bloomberg, BNN, Fast Company, and other outlets. She started her career in the start-up trenches in San Francisco and now runs her own digital agency with past clients including Google, GE, Microsoft, Scotiabank, Nintendo, The Munk Debates, and many other leading organizations.

Editor in Chief, BetaKit

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit, and founder of BetaKit Incorporated.

Formerly of BlackBerry, MobileSyrup, and a bunch of dead publications you might remember fondly, Douglas spends too much time on the Internet (it's his job).

VP Marketing & Creator elations, #paid

Richard is a seasoned, classically trained marketer who came from Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, before joining Google, where he work on Google’s publication for insights, trends, and research in advertising—Think with Google. He also teaches the digital marketing classes at tech schools—Brainstation, RED Academy, and Camp Tech. His work has been featured in AdWeek, DigiDay, Media in Canada, the American Marketing Association (AMA) blog, and DX3

VP of Business Development, Eighty-Eight

Fatima Zaidi has experience in business development, marketing, sales, and strategy. Prior to Eighty-Eight, she was Head of Business Development at Rent frock Repeat and was responsible for the overall management of all strategic business development, marketing, and customer relationship activities nationwide. Fatima is a commentator for Global News and was named one of Marketing Magazine‘s top 30 under 30 marketers and brand developers for 2016.





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