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

Jennifer R. Jackson


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

Festival Director

Laura Miller

Senior Director Of Marketing

Usha Srinivasan

Chief of Staff

Andrew Budd

Director of Partnerships

Kari Suleman

CoFounder & Creative Director

James Prince

Director, Partner Success

Dre Stewart


Niloo Boroun

Lead, Inbound Delegations

Alana Picov

Creators Experience Lead

Misha Gallagher

Festival Events Manager, Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre)

Tiffany Gooch

PR and Media Partnerships Manager

Nicole Lafreniere

Manager, Legal and HR

Robert Lee

Sr. Finance Controller

Megan McCarthy

Senior Manager, Festival Operations

Alex Rayment

Manager - Partnership Success

Ruth Buder

Festival Events Manager, Elevate King West

Cameal Soverall

Senior Producer

Josh Lilien

Partnership Associate

Aedan Crooke

Associate Producer

Graham Farquhar

Digital Marketing Specialist

Daniella Bustamante

Senior Associate, Events

Erika Pugsley

Festival Events Manager, MaRS

Nick Zou

Wordpress Developer

Anwulika Oputa

Associate Producer, King West

Erin McTague

Operations Coordinator, Live Events

Meg Murray

Manager Partner success

Carissa Consoli

Manager, Startup Products

Steph Tonietto

Logistics Manager

Audrey Willsey

Executive Assistant

Georgia Perillo

Associate, Events

Tash Gilbert

Manager, Volunteer Program

Nina Boccia

Creative Director, Elevate Youth

Ivanna Hreshchuk

Graphic Designer

T’Mikah Fridal

Graphic Designer

Yara Shammas

Coordinator, Startup Open House

Dilini Nirasha

Jr. Graphic Designer

Patricia Navarro-Labastie

Associate, Volunteer Program

Evan Attard

Content Marketing Intern

Sohail Sayed

Software Engineering Intern

Ahmed Moselhi

Programming Intern

Stephanie Porfiris

Marketing Intern

Silen Naihin

Partnership Success Intern

Lauren Yoshida

Marketing Intern


Chief Barketing Officer