Main Stage

Uniting the world's innovators

Tues, Sept 24 & Wed, Sept 25

Event Details

Main Stage

where

Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre)

1 Front St E, Toronto

An exhibition of the most influential leaders, companies, and brands in tech and innovation. The Elevate Main Stage features a full day of talks from world-class thought leaders, networking with industry champions, and live pitching from startups competing to become the next big thing. Main Stage is the best of the global innovation ecosystem. Then on Wed, Sept 25, it’s Main Stage: ScaleUp.

Main Stage Speakers

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Schedule

Mon, Sept 23

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Tues, Sept 24

09:30am

09:30am - 09:45am

Opening Performance in Collaboration with Director X

Join us for the opening of the Elevate Main Stage!

09:45am

09:45am - 10:00am

Elevate Announcement with Razor Suleman and Friends

Join us to celebrate 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

10:00am

10:00am - 10:10am

Welcome to Elevate with Mayor John Tory

Mayor John Tory welcomes guest to the world's fastest growing technology festival.

10:35am

10:35am - 10:55am

UN Goal #5: Gender Equality with Jodi Kovitz of #movethedial

We're celebrating 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

10:55am

10:55am - 11:25am

How We Got to the Moon with Commander Chris Hadfield

This year’s theme is Moonshots, celebrating 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

11:25am

11:25am - 11:50am

In Conversation with Chris Hadfield moderated by Jennifer R. Jackson of Capital One Canada

Following his keynote, Jennifer R. Jackson will lead a Q&A with Elevate Cochair and Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

12:50pm

12:50pm - 01:20pm

Using Social Influence for Good with Akon moderated by Tyrone Edwards of etalk

We're celebrating 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

01:20pm

01:20pm - 01:35pm

This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World with Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter

The pursuit of wealth has produced innovation and prosperity. It also established an implicit belief that the rational choice in any decision is whichever option makes the most money. Profits have soared, but so have carbon emissions, substance addiction, and social disconnection. We've allowed a singular notion of value to take us terrifyingly off course. Is a not-terrible ending to this even possible? Yes! By assigning rational value to other values besides money – things like community, purpose, and sustainability – we can refocus our energies to build a society that’s generous, fair, and ready for the future, with 21st century organizations leading the way.

01:35pm

01:35pm - 01:55pm

In Conversation with Bill Morneau

This year we're celebrating 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

01:55pm

01:55pm - 02:15pm

Canada’s Competitiveness on the Global Stage with Mary Ann Yule of HP Canada

Canada is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the world, but when it comes to business, Canada is not exactly first on the podium. Join me in a thought-provoking session on how diversity and equality can inform our competitive spirit and propel Canada on the world stage.

02:15pm

02:15pm - 02:30pm

Moonshots and their Discontents: Bold Bets in a Time of Techlash with Garrick Tiplady of Facebook & Instagram Canada

This year’s theme is Moonshots, celebrating 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

02:30pm

02:30pm - 02:55pm

Building the City of the Future with Dan Doctoroff of Sidewalk Labs moderated by Amanda Lang of BNN Bloomberg

This year’s theme is Moonshots, celebrating 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

02:55pm

02:55pm - 03:25pm

Leading the Video Revolution with Anjali Sud of Vimeo moderated by Samantha Barry of Glamour

Video is rapidly transforming the way we share stories and connect with our audiences, employees and customers. As CEO of Vimeo, Anjali Sud is at the helm of the industry’s leading professional video platform and has a strong vision for the company’s future: harness powerful technology that democratizes creation so everyone, everywhere can succeed with video. In this conversation, Anjali will discuss her career ascent, the challenges of leading in an ever-evolving industry, and the opportunities ahead in a video-first world.

03:25pm

03:25pm - 04:00pm

Elevating Cannabis on a Global Stage with Martha Stewart and Mark Zekulin of Canopy Growth moderated by Farah Nasser of Global News

This year’s theme is Moonshots, celebrating 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

07:00pm

07:00pm - 08:30pm

“Separate Ticket Required” In Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama

In Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama moderated by Claudette McGowan

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Wed, Sept 25

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Thurs, Sept 26

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