Schedule

Our lineup of incredible thinkers and builders will challenge consensus thinking on topics like AI, education and digital detox.

Here are the highlights of the 2019 program (*subject to change). Full schedule details will be available on the True North event app in late May.  For now, subscribe and stay updated on the latest True North Conference and Festival news.

Featured Tracks

Living Digital

From your toothbrush in the morning, to your ride home at night, tech is everywhere. And it’s so great that we have gadgets, scads of information and binge watching! Right? Yes. Sort of. Technology can help make us safer and healthier.

Age of Re-Learning

Fast, faster, fastest: that’s the pace of change in technology. It’s hard to keep up to all the new products, services and opportunities. It’s hard to know what star to harness. How to “level up.” Because really, everything could be radically different next week.

Building Bridges, Not Walls

True North examines our responsibilities and interdependencies as creators of tech and as global citizens. What futures we can imagine, and how to choose (or invent) the right path. Our obligations to the planet, to the village, to each other.

Schedule Highlights

Living Digital

Age of Re-Learning

Building Bridges, Not Walls

Wednesday
June 19

  • Thomas Friedman

    Thank You for Being Late

    Stage A

  • Roy Gori

    Transforming to Make Decisions Easier, and Lives Better

    Stage A

  • Lisa de Wilde

    TVO: Transforming Digital Learning

    Stage A

  • Duane Brown

    Being Digitally Exhausted

    Stage B

  • Mohamed Musbah

    Fairness in AI

    Stage B

  • Debbie Gamble

    Trust: The Currency of the Digital Future

    Stage B

  • Roger Melko

    Rethinking Quantum Industrialization

    Stage B

  • Workshop

    Deloitte – The Tech for Good Ethos Studio

    Stage C

  • Ann Cavoukian

    Privacy By Design

    Stage A

  • Antonio Zappulla

    Fighting Human Trafficking with Data

    Stage A

  • Balaji Gopalan

    Potential of Digital Healthcare vs Risks Managing Data Privacy

    Stage B

  • Workshop

    Manulife – Future of Work & Learning

    Stage C

  • The Rise of Social Enterprise – SHAD Panel

    Stage B

  • Peter BenHur Nyeko

    Disruptive Innovation

    Stage B

  • Project Ploughshares

    It’s Time to Talk About Killer Robots

    Stage B

  • Workshop

    WLU – Bridging the Talent Gap Through Inclusion and Diversity

    Stage C

  • David Stein

    Leaders Prize Announcement

    Stage A

  • Kara Swisher

    Stage A

  • Happy Hour

    Sponsored by OpenText

  • True North Festival 

    Campfire Night – featuring Great Lake Swimmers & more!

    UpTown Waterloo

  • Thursday
    June 20

  • Megan Smith

    7 Billion Colleagues

    Stage A

  • Aaron Snow, Hillary Hartley, Megan Smith

    Will Digital Save Democracy

    Stage A

  • Workshop

    University of Waterloo – All Hands on Deck for a Security Incident

    Stage C

  • Tobi Lütke moderated by Rosemary Barton

    The Future of Commerce

    Stage A

  • Sarah Prevette

    The future is here: the Education Revolution

    Stage B

  • Hamoon Ekhtiari

    Becoming FutureFit: Unlocking Human Potential in the Age of AI

    Stage B

  • Rizwan Khalfan

    Era of Empowerment + Data Democratization

    Stage A

  • William Zhou

    Humans in the Future of Work

    Stage B

  • Cynthia Goh

    Access to Light

    Stage A

  • Caitlin MacGregor

    Prepare for a Future of Continuous Workplace Learning and Unconventional Career Paths

    Stage B

  • Workshop

    TD – Waterloo Region: Canada’s First Carbon-neutral Region?

    Stage C

  • Komal Singh

    Recoding Representation

    Stage A

  • Tech in the #METOO panel

    Stage A

  • Matthew Chandy

    Smart Cities WR

    Stage A

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee

    Stage A

  • Closing Reception

    Sponsored by Lazaridis Institute

  • True North Festival

    Free concert featuring Frank Walker & more!

    Karl Zehr Square, Kitchener