• June 19-20, 2019
    LOT42, Kitchener, Canada

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  • True North 2019 brings 2,500 of the brightest, boldest, carbon-based badasses to Canada’s hottest tech community. Join us, it all happens @LOT42. Roll up your sleeves. Help make Tech for Good the core of digital life, work and play. 

    Why Attend?

    “We can’t let the world be run by a few voices. We need many voices. Today we need to choose to help entrepreneurs. Today we need to choose to do good.” 

    “It is the place to start thinking differently.” 

    “This is about people and how tech impacts their lives.”

    “This place is electric.” 

    “Such high quality content and thought provoking speakers.” 

    Why Waterloo Region?

    For over 150 years, Waterloo Region has been the hub of innovation in Canada.

    From tanneries to distilleries, vacuum tube radios to the first smartphone – the world has been shaped by Canadian innovations built in Waterloo Region. We have one of the fastest-growing tech ecosystems in the world with market-defining companies like Vidyard, Shopify and North operating in a distinctly collaborative culture set in unique and transformed industrial spaces. Top-notch universities and research institutes play side-by-side with global enterprises, scaling companies  and a vibrant startup scene.

    Conference Location

    It all happens @LOT42

    LOT42 is a revitalized industrial campus with more than 17 acres of flexible space for limitless cultural, professional and community applications. The former steel production facility is the primary location for True North conference and workshop activity. And the perfect place to talk about transformation.

    If you’re driving to LOT42, you can get directions to 41 Ardelt Pl, Kitchener, here. Regular shuttles will also bring True North participants from select hotels to LOT42. Shuttle schedules and parking information will be available on the True North website prior to the event.

    2018 Recap

    2019 Speakers


    True North Festival

    This is how we do.

    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 the True North Festival. (+ more)

    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.

    Interested in having your business or organization involved in the True North Festival?
    We have a form for that – tell us more!


    Ticket prices are tiered, so people from organizations of all kinds and sizes can participate. (It’s a “nice Canadian” thing. Go with it.) Communitech members qualify for our Member Ticket Package – purchase 3 tickets at the Scale-up, Government, Academic, Investor or Corporate rate and receive an additional ticket free. Have a question about ticket pricing or group discounts? We’re here to help – truenorthtickets@communitech.ca

    Student, Startup,
    & Nonprofit
    (CDMN, RIC and TECNA and Google for Startups members)
    and Investor
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    Missed out on True North 2018? Did you join us and want to see one of our speakers again?

    Purchase a True North 2019 ticket today and get instant access to the True North 2018 Stage A Video Library with speakers including Ed Catmull, Bozoma Saint John, Sarah Lacy and more.


    Our partners make True North a reality. If you’re reading this and not yet a sponsor, there’s still time to be part of the True North movement.

    Download our 2019 True North Partner Prospectus or contact Janelle Chalouhi for more information. Our 2019 partners to date: