May 29 – 31, 2018

#truenorth18

The Speakers

Ed Catmull

Co-founder and President of Pixar Animation Studios.

He built one of the most innovative and emulated companies on Earth and revolutionized the world of animation. A world-renowned leader of creative organizations, Ed Catmull is also president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and author of Creativity, Inc.


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Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull

Co-founder and President of Pixar Animation Studios

What Makes Creative People Tick? Ed Catmull outlines techniques and ideas on leading creative organizations.
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Rana el Kaliouby

CEO & Co-founder @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, analyzed from 75 countries, and amounting to more than 50 billion
emotion data points.


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Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby

CEO @Affectiva

What if our high-tech devices could decipher and respond to our emotions?
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Sarah Lacy

Journalist and Serial Entrepreneur

Sarah has been covering technology news and entrepreneurship for over 15 years, with stints at BusinessWeek and TechCrunch before founding the investigative tech news site Pando.com while on maternity leave in 2011. In 2017, she launched her second startup, ChairmanMom.com, aimed helping professional moms empower other working moms.


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Sarah Lacy

Reinventing the Rules

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Sarah Lacy

Journalist & Serial Entrepreneur

Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital Officer, Province of Ontario

Hillary is the Chief Digital Officer for the province of Ontario. As the Deputy Minister for Digital Government, she leads the Ontario Digital Service, a team of designers, developers, and product specialists tasked with making government digital services easy for the people of Ontario. Previously, Hillary was the Deputy Executive Director of 18F, the U.S. government’s digital office, and a former Presidential Innovation Fellow.


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Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital Officer for the province of Ontario and former Deputy Director of 18F

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Hillary Hartley

CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

Linda Hasenfratz

CEO of Linamar Corporation

Linda Hasenfratz is the CEO of Linamar Corporation, a diversified global manufacturing company of highly engineered products powering vehicles, motion, work and lives. Since her tenure as the CEO started, Hasenfratz has grown the company from an $800 million enterprise to a $6 billion company.


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Linda Hasenfratz

CEO of Linamar Corporation

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Linda Hasenfratz

CEO of Linamar Corporation

Loren Padelford

VP and GM of Shopify Plus

Loren Padelford wears many hats within Shopify. In his role as VP & GM of Shopify Plus, he oversees Shopify’s commerce solution for high-growth, high-volume merchants like Kylie Jenner, Rebecca Minkoff, GE, FashionNova, RedBull and Nestle. Loren is also responsible for leading the Shopify’s Retail go to market-team focused on the development and distribution of technology that continues to redefine the in-store experience for both retailers and consumers.


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Loren Padelford

The Democratization of Success: How Technology is Levelling the Playing Field of Entrepreneurship

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Loren Padelford

VP & GM of Shopify Plus

Talia Sanhewe

Managing Director, Talia Productions (PTY) Ltd

Talia Sanhewe is known for her wit, insight, humour and charisma. She delivers speeches that inspire, encourage and motivate. She draws reference from her life as a reporter, entrepreneur and successful business owner.


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Talia Sanhewe

Our host and master of ceremonies

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Talia Sanhewe

Managing Director, Talia Productions (PTY) Ltd