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September 12 @ 10:30am – 5:00pm

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St E

Impressive keynotes, inspirational talks and curated high-value networking, followed by our Elevate Celebrate opening party.

Theme: Global ideas live here.

Featured Speakers


10:00 am Doors Open
10:30am-12:00pmElevate Toronto - Festival Overview
Farah Nasser, Global News Anchor
The Elevate Toronto Story
Razor Suleman, CEO, Elevate Toronto
The Importance of Diversity
Siri Agrell, City of Toronto
Women in Tech - Moving the Dial
Jodi Kovitz, Acetech & Move the Dial
In Conversation, Hosted by Farah Nasser
Amanda Crew, Star of HBO's Award Winning series Silicon Valley
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch Break
1:00 pm - 2:30 pmBuilding Global Communities
Julie Hanna, Executive Chair, Kiva & Past Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship
Global Citizens Live Here
Raquel Urtasun, Head of Uber ATG Toronto
3 founders vie for a chance to receive $20,000 in funding for their idea. The audience will make the choice!
Michele Romanow
Julie Hanna
Bruce Croxon
Adil Dhalia
Wayne Purboo
Michael Hyatt

Maayan Ziv, Access Now
Teriq Fancy, Rumie
Andrea Palmer, Awake Labs
2:30 pm - 3:30 pmConversation Break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmCanada's Commitment to Innovation
Salim Teja, President of MaRS Venture Services
Innovation @ the City of Toronto
Paula Kwan, Director of Civic Innovation, City of Toronto
Toronto IS Global - Innovation Lives Here
Mayor John Tory
Using Digital For Good
Brent Reynolds
Elevate Talent
Valerie Swatkow, EVP, Cossette
How Canada Can Win!
Tony Lacavera, Founder and Chairman at Globalive Holdings
Toronto's Tech Landscape
Alex Norman, TechTO
Exponential Thinking Required
Salim Ismail, Chairman, ExO Works and Founding Executive Director, Singularity University
Global Ideas Live Here
Razor Suleman
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmFireside Chat hosted by Bilal Khan
Vinod Khosla, Partner, Khosla Ventures
5:00 pm - 7:30 pmElevate Celebrate
A cocktail party/reception with music, light apps, drinks and lots of networking and socializing

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