• June 19-20, 2019
    Waterloo Region, 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. Roll up your sleeves. Help make Tech for Good the core of digital life, work and play. 

    Why Attend?

    “So many other conferences are in cookie cutter conference centres with cookie cutter agendas. This whole experience was unique, dynamic, exciting, relevant and social.” 

    “First time I’ve had to wait in line to use the women’s washroom while attending a STEM event. Greatest percentage of women I’ve seen at this type of conference.” 

    “My favourite thing was the overwhelming feeling of inclusivity. Everyone was welcome and there was something for everyone.”

    “I hope we find a way to use tech to be kind to ourselves.” 

    “Fake news isn’t a tech problem. It’s a human, psychological, anthropological problem that AI and algorithms can’t fix.” 

    Why Waterloo Region?

    For over 150 years, Waterloo 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. 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.

    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.


    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 – truenorthtickets@communitech.ca

    Student, Startup,
    & Nonprofit
    (Google for Startups, CDMN, RIC and TECNA members)
    and Investor
    Nov 1 – Jan 31
    Nov 1 – Jan 31
    Nov 1 – Jan 31
    Nov 1 – Jan 31
    Feb 1 – Apr 30
    Feb 1 – Apr 30
    Feb 1 – Apr 30
    Feb 1 – Apr 30
    May 1 – June 19
    May 1 – June 19
    May 1 – June 19
    May 1 – June 19

    *Some ticket prices will increase on February 1, 2019 and then again on May 1, 2019. 

    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 St. 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: