Andre De Grasse, Michele Romanow, George Sully, and others join 2022 Elevate Festival

By: Elevate Content Team, July 06 2022

Elevate Festival, the country’s largest Canadian-led and -founded technology and arts festival, welcomes the addition of 10x Olympic and World Championship Sprint Medalist, Andre De Grasse; CEO and Co-Founder of Clearco, Michele Romanow; Footwear Designer and Founder of Black Designers of Canada, George Sully, and others to this year’s festival taking place in Toronto, Canada from September 20-22, 2022. Elevate Festival is also unveiling this year’s stage content, which will tackle today’s most pressing and trending topics, from digital wellness in web3 to audience engagement in the streaming space to data governance, through to responsible consumption and construction of sustainable smart cities.

“I often imagine what the future might look like. Will a cure for cancer exist? Will we stop climate change? I imagine these things not for myself but for the younger generation, including my kids. What inspires me most about Elevate Festival are the conversations that are shaping what tomorrow will look like; I encourage young people to engage in these conversations, become active members of this growing community, and leave empowered to dream big.” 

Andre De Grasse, 10x Olympic and World Championship Sprint Medalist
Andre De Grasse to headline 2022 Elevate Festival with more speakers to come (CNW Group/Elevate)
Andre De Grasse to headline 2022 Elevate Festival with more speakers to come.

Organized and operated by Elevate, Canada’s not-for-profit organization at the intersection of technology, arts, and social innovation, Elevate Festival is creating a unique space that aims to bridge the gap between technology and the arts. With three stages located in Toronto’s downtown core and over a number of content themes to choose from, pass holders will enjoy sessions with thought leaders in sustainability, the future of work, the metaverse, artificial intelligence (AI), retail, fintech, women in tech, and beyond.

“This month has marked a clear return of in-person events for Toronto, and the city is more alive than ever without any signs of slowing down. As people from around the world and across industries reunite, Elevate Festival will bring a surge of electricity to the heart of Toronto. Beyond a singular tech focus, Elevate Festival reimagines the well-known conference format by fusing the high-energy of an arts festival, presenting the best of both worlds. This talented community has so much to offer and we’re providing attendees with a wide spectrum of opportunities to learn, network, and grow.”

Lisa Zarzeczny, Co-Founder and CEO of Elevate

Throughout the day, attendees will move through panels, fireside chats, and pitch competitions, experience endless networking opportunities, explore an NFT Art Gallery, and more before the festival transforms into evening Block Parties with performances by award-winning artists.

Additional speakers joining already announced headliners Tennis Champion and Entrepreneur, Venus Williams; Creator of the Mars House and Founder of the Techism Movement, Krista Kim; Founder and CEO of Waabi, Raquel Urtasun; Astronaut, Author, and Elevate Co-Chair, Chris Hadfield; City of Toronto Mayor John Tory; Elevate Co-Founder and CEO, Lisa Zarzeczny, include:

  • Andre De Grasse, Ten-Time Olympic and World Championship Sprint Medalist
  • James Ehrlich, Founder, RegenVillages
  • Zabeen Hirji, Executive Advisor Future of Work, Deloitte
  • Qasim Mohammad, Director, Wittington Ventures
  • Michele Romanow, CEO and Co-Founder, Clearco & former CBC Dragon
  • Jay Rosenzweig, CEO, Rosenzweig & Company
  • Douglas Soltys, Editor-in-Chief, BetaKit
  • George Sully, Footwear Designer and Founder of Black Designers of Canada
  • Minda Zetlin, Columnist, Inc. Magazine & Author, Career Self-Care

Elevate Festival is made possible by the City of Toronto, Interac Corp., Province of Ontario, Mastercard Canada, TD Bank Group, AIR MILES® Reward Program, Bank of Montreal, Beanfield, Dropbox, OLG, Symcor, and others. This year’s festival will also see collaboration with BetaKit, Corporate Knights, and TechTO as Programming partners across a number of festival stages.

This article was originally published via Cision and lightly edited for context.