Our Story

Our Story

Our Mission is to unite the world’s innovators to solve society’s biggest challenges. As Canada’s leading tech and innovation festival, Elevate attracts the biggest and brightest leaders shaping the world today. Hosted in the heart of Toronto from September 20-26, 2019, the festival features world-class speakers, interactive experiences, & can’t-miss socials. Made in Canada, we invite a worldwide audience to collaborate with Canada’s thriving innovation ecosystem.

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Our Values

  1. Diversity is our Strength We believe our ecosystem is made stronger by including the voices of everyone.
  2. Disrupt Together We believe that radical collaboration creates the greatest value.
  3. It’s Our Time We believe the world needs more Canada.


Working at Elevate isn’t a job. It’s a journey. Everyone who works at Elevate is on a mission: to show the world that Canada is a global leader in tech and innovation. With over 10,000 expected attendees, 300 speakers, and over 100 different venues in 2019, we depend on the strength of the team to pull off Canada’s Tech Week.

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Volunteering is a fundamental building block of society. It brings together people from all different parts of society with similar aspirations. Join the Elevate Volunteer Crew to learn from the best global leaders in tech, make meaningful connections with leaders and change makers in the industry and work shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other highly qualified, passionate, and motivated volunteers.

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Our Founders Board

Chris Hadfield

Elevate CoChair & Astronaut

Helene Hadfield

Elevate CoChair

Razor Suleman

CEO & CoFounder

Mike Williams

General Manager of Economic Development & Culture

Rizwan Khalfan

EVP, Chief Digital & Payments Officer

Lisa Zarzeczny

Senior Director of Operations

Garrick Tiplady

Managing Director

Kari Suleman

CoFounder & Creative Director

Our Team

Razor Suleman

CEO & CoFounder

Lisa Zarzeczny

Senior Director of Operations

Sal Naran

Chief Technology Officer

Greg Wamsley

Senior Director of Events

Kari Suleman

CoFounder & Creative Director

Lianne Hannaway

Head of Finance

Andrew Budd

Director of Partnerships

Daniella Bustamante

Manager, Live Events

Emily Campbell

Digital Designer

Misha Gallagher

Festival Events Manager

Olusola Haruna


Josh Lilien

Partnership Associate

Dennis Ly

Content Producer

Elyse Maxwell

Manager, Marketing Operations

Megan McCarthy

Director, Festival Operations

Erika Pugsley

Festival Events Manager

Alex Rayment

Manager - Partnership Success

Audrey Willsey

Executive Assistant

Nick Zou

Wordpress Developer


Chief Barketing Officer