June 19-20, 2019 - Waterloo Region, Canada

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June 19-20, 2019 - Waterloo Region, Canada

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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.

More than 50 speakers and leaders

Ed Catmull, Sarah Lacy, Ted Livingston, Robyn Doolittle. Just a few of the 50+ speakers to take the True North stage.

2000+ people working for change

Changing tech for good is easier when your friends help. We welcomed more than 2,000 attendees at True North 2018.

Showcased Waterloo Region with over 30 events

The True North Festival is a one of a kind celebration of Waterloo Region in three jam-packed nights.

Created the first draft of the Tech For Good Declaration

True North Tech for Good Declaration sessions were hands-on workshops that explored what Tech for Good really means.

A few of our 2018 speakers

Bozoma Saint John
Bozoma Saint John

Chief Brand Officer, Uber

Ed Catmull
Ed Catmull

Co-founder and President, Pixar Animation Studios

Rana el Kaliouby
Rana el Kaliouby

CEO, Affectiva

Siyabulela Xuza
Siyabulela Xuza

Rocket Scientist and founder, Galactic Energy Ventures

Craig Silverman
Craig Silverman

Media Editor, Buzzfeed

Charlie Brooker
Charlie Brooker

Writer, producer and broadcaster

Linda Hasenfratz
Linda Hasenfratz

CEO, Linamar Corporation

Carol Leaman
Carol Leaman

CEO, Axonify Inc.

Looking back at True North 2018

True North Festival

Waterloo Region is about building cool things together. That’s what we do here. For us, working, playing, helping, giving, celebrating, are all part of the ethos. Maybe we need a word for it, but it’s all at #TNDTK. For True North attendees, it’s like having a savvy local guide to show you all the hidden gems in a new town.
For Waterloo Region’s locals, it’s a way to rediscover the community you thought you knew, and show our international guests what makes this place so extraordinary: You!
With our top-notch universities, research institutes and collaborative culture, our startup scene is one of the fastest-growing tech ecosystems in the world. But it’s people that make Waterloo Region our world-class home.

Tiered Pricing

Ticket prices are tiered, so people from organizations of all kinds and sizes can participate. (It’s a “nice Canadian” thing. Go with it.)
Have a question about ticket pricing or group discounts? We’re here to help – truenorthinfo@communitech.ca.

Startups, Community Builders and Students

Who can buy these tickets?
  • Startup: Work for a company with fewer than 20 employees? You qualify.
  • Community Builder: People active in community improvement groups such as not-for-profits, the arts and community building agencies.
  • Students: For students enrolled in college or university with valid email address and ID (and have finished that paper that's due Friday).

Scale-ups, Government and Academics

Who can buy these tickets?
  • Scale-ups: Growth-stage company with 20-499 employees.
  • Government: Government employees with valid government email address.
  • Academics Employees of academic institutions with school, college or university email address.


Who can buy these tickets?
  • Employed by a company with 500+ employees? This is for you.

2018 partners

Region of Waterloo
Canadian Tire
Corporation of the City of Cambridge
City of Waterloo
CPA Canada
Thomson Reuters
City of Kitchener
Waterloo EDC
Business Council of Canada
Business Events Toronto
Canada Business Events
Waterloo Region Tourism
Vision Travel
Google Developers
BridgePoint Effect
Rideau Hall Foundation
We’d like to thank our partners for their tremendous support of True North. For participating in the conversation. And for helping to envision technology as a force for good. We couldn’t do this without you! If you’re reading this and not yet a sponsor, there’s still time to be part of the True North movement. Please contact Janelle Chalouhi for more information.


Get full access to the True North conference and associated events with your ticket purchase. You’ll be able to hear about every uncomfortable issue (in a good way), every motivating topic, and jump into the hands-on workshop that will help us chart our tech future. Have a question about pricing? We’re here to help – truenorthinfo@communitech.ca.