Ritu Bhasin - Keynote Speaker
Bhasin Consulting Inc.

Ritu Bhasin didn’t always feel empowered to be an unapologetic, fiercely authentic leader. While she was highly successful and living the “corporate dream” in her early career, Ritu had a startling realization: the person she was in her day-to-day life bore little resemblance to her true self. Because of her experiences with racism and bullying, she found herself minimizing racial, religious, gender, and class-based aspects of her identity to “fit in” among circles where she felt she didn’t belong. And in doing this, she was profoundly unhappy.
After much soul-searching, Ritu decided to transform her life. She completed her MBA, left her corporate job, launched her own business, became a mindfulness practitioner and teacher, and dedicated her life to helping others become more empowered and inclusive. Most importantly, she committed to living as authentically as possible in all that she did going forward.
In 2010, Ritu launched bhasin consulting inc., a diversity and inclusion-focused consulting firm, and has since gained a global reputation for her work in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and women’s advancement. Through her work, Ritu is committed to disrupting the status quo to build a world in which each of us celebrates our own differences and the differences of others. She has delivered talks to thousands, inspiring leaders to be more inclusive, and encouraging those who have experienced oppression to be more empowered. Ritu has won numerous awards for her work, including the City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations.
Ritu lives in Toronto, Canada, but travels all over the world to eat, swim, hike, dance, and work. Her first book, The Authenticity Principle, was released in October 2017.

Bianca Bosker - Keynote Speaker
Cork Dork

BIANCA BOSKER is obsessed with obsession. It’s inspired her award-winning stories for outlets like The New Yorker and The Atlantic, as well as her New York Times bestseller Cork Dork, which traces her journey from tech reporter to sommelier. Now, she speaks to why we obsess over products and experiences, and how tuning-in to all five senses—a mindset she calls sensefulness—can both enrich our lives and inspire obsession in others.
Bianca Bosker traded her career as The Huffington Post’s Executive Tech Editor for a job as “cellar rat,” and embarked on an unprecedented journey through the wine world to probe, firsthand, the importance of our “forgotten” senses. Inspired by sommeliers who hone their senses the way Olympians train their bodies, she plunged inside neuroscientists’ labs, underground blind tasting groups, Michelin-starred restaurants, and mass-market wine factories as she trained to become a “somm” and uncover the rewards of a more flavorful life. The result is the instant bestseller Cork Dork—an unvarnished, no-BS investigation hailed by NPR and the NYT as one of the best books of the year, and praised as the “Kitchen Confidential of wine.” To famed writer Jay McInerney, “Cork Dork is a brilliant feat of screwball participatory journalism and Bianca Bosker is a gonzo nerd prodigy.”

Chris Barth - Keynote Speaker
Lead Strategist
Contagious Magazine

As the lead strategist for Contagious North America, Chris Barth oversees a wide variety of projects for brands and agencies, including trend briefings, research reports, creative capabilities training, innovation workshops and collaborative strategic initiatives. He speaks regularly at industry events like SXSW, Advertising Week, and Contagious Live events, and is currently co-authoring The Contagious Commandments, to be published by Portfolio Penguin in 2018. Prior to joining Contagious in 2013, Chris worked as a staff writer on the business and investing team at Forbes, an editorial producer at Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and a consultant at Arcadia Solutions.

Paul Sonnier - Keynote Speaker
The Fourth Wave:
Digital Health

Paul Sonnier is an author, speaker, technologist, and social entrepreneur, who has spent nearly a decade educating global stakeholders on digital health and its escalating impact on health, healthcare, living, and society. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and corporate events, publishes a newsletter, and is the founder of the Digital Health group on LinkedIn, a global community comprised of more than 60,000 members.
In 2017, Mr. Sonnier assumed the role of contributing editor at Innovation & Tech Today, a national print and digital magazine showcasing the latest cutting edge, innovative technologies, and those individuals driving the industry forward.

Maayan Ziv

Maayan Ziv is an activist, a photographer and an entrepreneur. From a young age, Maayan challenged norms and worked within her community to increase awareness of disability issues and improve accessibility.
Living with Muscular Dystrophy, Maayan is a passionate and relentless advocate for creating a more accessible world. In 2015, Maayan founded AccessNow, a digital platform that is mobilizing communities by mapping the accessibility of places worldwide. She is a regular in the media on topics such as disability, diversity and inclusion. In 2016, Maayan received the City of Toronto Access Award, the Startup Canada National Resilient Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award in recognition of her innovative solutions and commitment to improving the lives of people of all abilities. Most recently Maayan has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential women.
Maayan also acts as an advisor to the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada and sits on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts and a Master’s degree in Digital Media at Ryerson University

Jamie Wolfond
Good Thing

Jamie Wolfond is a Canadian designer based in Toronto and New York. Jamie’s work explores the ways in which manufacturing can influence the design process. Often centered around one material or production method, the objects Jamie designs expose new applications for pre-existing manufacturing techniques.
In 2014, Jamie Wolfond founded Good Thing, the New York and Toronto based manufacturer of furniture, lighting and everyday objects.

Andrew Muroff
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew is a hands-on entrepreneur that has led public and private technology companies since 1995. To Strainprint, he brings deep corporate and financial experience, broad expertise across regulated cannabis markets in Canada and the U.S., and a passion to help people. He is a published legal author with graduate degrees in Business and Law and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Hailing from “South Detroit” – a.k.a. Windsor, Ontario – Andrew and his wife of 20 years have 2 amazing kids with whom they explore the world. In his spare time, he builds custom electric guitars and regularly performs in a number of rock and roll outfits.

Jess Davis
Folk Rebellion

Jess Davis is a social entrepreneur, mindfulness leader, writer, and brand consultant. She’s the visionary founder of Folk Rebellion – a movement where she promotes the more mindful use of technology, building a healthier future for all.
As a formerly plugged-in digital strategist and award-winning brand consultant, her fast tech-based career allowed her a unique perspective from the inside – out.
After 10+ years of helping clients find their digital voices, Jess looked up and realized she had in fact, helped create a society that was no longer present or connected at all. After much soul searching, research, and family-imposed vacations offline, she discovered her calling – to user her megaphone to inspire folks (and herself) to return to living in ‘real-life’…all while balancing their digital one. Powered by community engagement and key partnerships like Lululemon, she’s recently launched a media component, the Dispatch.

Danielle Krysa
The Jealous Curator

Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est. 2009). Danielle has curated shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. In 2014 she published two books, titled “Creative Block” and “Collage”. Her third book, “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk” was released in October 2016, and she is currently working on a new book due out Fall 2018. Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.

David Stover
Bureo Inc.

David Stover is a Co-Founder of Bureo Inc, an emerging company focused on developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution. An avid surfer and environmental enthusiast, David left behind a career in corporate finance when his global travels led him to the issues facing our ocean today. Currently residing in Ventura California, David splits time between Chile and the US and is actively involved in the global fight to prevent ocean plastic pollution.

Terence Donnelly
Hill Street Beverage Co.

Terry is the CEO of Hill Street Beverage Co., the only company in North America exclusively focused on the production of world class, award winning alcohol-free wine and beer. Their products have won three golds, two silvers and a bronze for their beer at the world championships, and recently won the first double gold medal ever awarded to an alcohol free wine at the San Francisco International Wine Challenge, the largest wine competition in the world.
Prior to Hill Street, Terry was the Canadian CMO for MDC Partners (NASD:MDCA), and a member of the global marketing team. He was responsible for overseeing 16 marketing agencies in Canada, which was like herding cats on the best of days. MDC clients included Google, Samsung, Budweiser, Mastercard, Microsoft, Rogers, and 1500 others. MDC owned agencies include KBS, Bruce Mau, Gale Partners, Veritas PR, Crispin Porter, 72andSunny, Anomaly, Doner, and 60+ others.