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2017 Speakers

Our diverse lineup of 2017 SMWi Toronto speakers inspired, informed and entertained our audiences.

Claudia Oshry

@GirlWithNoJob - Social Media's Leading Millennial Influencer


Kirstine Stewart

Bestselling Author & Chief Strategy Officer for Diply


Bruce Croxon

Co-host of BNN's The Disruptors & Managing partner at Round13 Capital


Matt Galloway

CBC Toronto media personality & Metro Morning host Matt Galloway


Gregory Galant

Cofounder & CEO, The Shorty Awards


David Beebe

Emmy-winning Producer + Brand Storyteller


Michael Landsberg

TV/Radio Host, Sports Journalist & Mental Health Spokesperson


Michelle Pinchev

Social Media Strategist, Pinch Social & Executive Producer, Toronto Social Media Week


Dean Elkholy

Co-Founder, Diply


Taylor Ablitt

Co-founder & CEO, Diply


Krista Webster

President & CEO at Veritas Communications


Saif Ajani

Co-founder, Keyhole


Sean Stanleigh

Managing Editor Globe Edge Content Studio


Kayley Reed

Founder, Wear Your Label


Kenzie Brenna

Creator / Actor / Influencer


Chris Tait

Partner & award-winning Creative Director, Resonator


Casie Stewart

Award-winning Canadian Lifestyle Blogger & Influencer


Dan Fricker

Head of Social Media at Shopify


Stewart Reynolds

Brittlestar


Lauren O'Neil

Journalist & TV Host


Jordan Sheridan

General Manager of Microsoft


Laura Pearce

Head of Consumer Marketing at Twitter Canada


Jesse Hayman

Director of Development & Communications at Jack.org


Alyson Gausby

Head of Research at Twitter Canada


Heather Bell

Account Director at IZEA


Ashley Froese

Branding Lawyer, Principal at Froese Law


Mark Swierszcz

Manager at YouTube Space


Gabriel Obadia

Program Strategist at YouTube Space


Amanda Hadi

Digital Engagement Producer at TIFF


Hannah Martin

Lead Digital Engagement Producer at TIFF


Chris Stefanyk

Head of Wattpad Brand Partnerships


Elle Bulger

Director, SMWi Toronto & Pinch Social


Michael Shostak

Senior VP, Chief Marketing Officer at Economical Insurance


Sharon Alderson

VP, Executive Client Services at Creative Niche


Jenna Jacobson

Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Media Lab


Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski

President, Founder of rock-it promotions


Jeremy Singer

Content Marketer, Social Strategist


Veronica Watson

Brand Strategist at Twitter Canada


Matthew Tierney

Managing Editor of Team Content, Toronto Raptors


Sal Patel

Digital Engagement Lead at TIFF


Savannah Jones

Content Creator on YouTube


Blake Carter

Morning Show Host, 93.5FM The Move


Cameron Williamson

Director of Entertainment, Digital Content & Publishing for Rogers Media


Christine Faulhaber

Founder, Faulhaber Communications


Rashel Hariri

Digital Social Media Manager, McDonald's Canada


Mark Rouse

Partner at IQ Partners Inc.


Cheli Nolan

Talent Acquisition Specialist at Wattpad


David Schifman

Client Partner at Facebook


Sunta Sem

Leading Growth at Pela Case, Merchant in Residence at Demac Media


Zabrina Hossain

Product Manager, Channels at Shopify


Ali Ruffo

Digital & Social Marketing Manager at Kimberly-Clark


Pat Perdue

CEO of Socialicity Media, Host of Customer Experience Podcast


Mark Macdonald

Head of Content Marketing at Shopify


Joe Teo

CEO at HeyOrca


Melanie Reiffenstein

Senior Marketing Manager, Influence Marketing at Rogers


Maia Kotlus-Gates

Strategist at Niche


Kevin Callahan

Business Development at Twitter Canada


Hannah Sung

Video & Podcast Producer at the Globe and Mail


Shari Walczak

Co-Founder, Strategy Director at The Garden


Shane Ogilvie

Co-Founder, Creative Director at The Garden


Kat Spargalo

Creative Strategist at Abacus Agency


2016 Speakers

Our diverse lineup of 2016 SMWi Toronto speakers inspired, informed and entertained our audiences.

Norm Kelly

Councillor, City of Toronto Ward 40


Jesse Brown

Digital Media Expert | Disruptive Journalist | Futurist


Shelby Walsh

President and Head of Research, Trend Hunter


Craig Silverman

Editor, BuzzFeed Canada


Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Social Media Editor, BuzzFeed Canada


Sean Stanleigh

Managing Editor, Globe Edge Content Studio The Globe and Mail


Amber Naslund

‎SVP Marketing, Sysomos


Sam Fiorella

Partner & CX Strategist, Sensei Marketing Inc.


Martin Waxman

President, Martin Waxman & Communications Chair, PRSA Counselors Academy


Dan Fricker

Social Media Lead at Shopify & Instructor at University of Toronto


Tucker Schreiber

Growth, Shopify


Casie Stewart

Director, Speaker, Social & Digital Pioneer


Michelle Pinchev

Founder & Lead Strategist, Pinch Social


Craig Follett

Co-founder & CEO, Universe


Kendra Nicholson

Fairy Beer Mother / Community Manager, Steam Whistle Brewing


Deborah Weinstein

President, Strategic Objectives


Cassandra Jowett

Senior Content Marketing Manager, Influitive


Michelina Teti

North America Social Media Manager - Brand + Community, lululemon athletica


Erica Edwards

Marketing Manager, Uber Canada


Dhanukshi Jayawickreme

Sr Manager, Global Digital Strategy and Delivery, Scotiabank


Armida Ascano

VP of Research Strategy, Trend Hunter


Ama Scriver

Freelance Writer / Body Image Activist


Andrew Gurza

Founder / Co-Director, Deliciously Disabled Consulting


Paul Moran

Director of Digital Media, Indie88


Jamie Michaels

Head of Brand Strategy, Twitter Canada


Jane Lee

Entrepreneur in Residence, Shopify


Eli Singer

Chief Marketing Officer, Engagement Lab


Derek Kent

Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee


Sophia Jurksztowicz

Host, NHL on Sportsnet


Asif Hossain

Digital Content Manager, Canadian Olympic Committee


Matthew Iaboni

Digital Manager, MLSE (Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies)


Jay Satur

Social Media Manager, Anomaly


Amanda Hadi

Social Media Officer, AGO


Jill Andrew, PhD(c.)

Award-Winning Columnist. Body Image Advocate, Co-Founder, Body Confidence Canada Awards


Aisha Fairclough

Co-Founder, Fat In the City.com and the Body Confidence Canada Awards


Daniel Reyes

Founder, DoTheDaniel.com


Veronica Watson MacDonell

Associate Brand Strategist, Twitter Canada


Donna Papacosta

Co-author,The Business of Podcasting. Communicator, speaker, podcaster.


Jeremy Singer

Digital Producer, Entertainment Tonight Canada


Nelson Campana

Social Media Creative Producer, MLSE


Lindsay Lynch

Head of TV, Entertainment & Music, Twitter Canada


Stewart Reynolds

Brittlestar from Vine


Thomas Butta

Chief Marketing Officer, Sprinklr


Marissa Nelson

Senior Managing Director, Ontario Region, CBC


Ivan Tsarynny

CEO and Co-Founder, PostBeyond


Mama Bee

``Super Mom``, EhBeeFamily


Carolyn Ellis

Visual Facilitator, Leadership Trainer and Organizational Consultant


Paul Gray

Director, Platform Services at Kik


David Suydam

CEO and Founder at Architech


Alan K'necht

Search Engine Specialist, Freelance Writer & Consultant


Jeffrey Potvin

CEO + Founder, Hardboot Communications Inc.


Erin Bury

Managing Director at 88 Creative


Peter Armstrong

Manager, Digital Content, Accessible Media Inc.


Adam Sanders

Social PR Director, Strategic Objectives


Robin Hassan

Senior Marketing Communications & Emerging Media Strategy Executive


Danielle Finestone

Marketing Coordinator/Media Buyer at Sony Music Entertainment, Founder, TO Foodies


Tyler Handley

Co-founder at inkbox


Heather Anne Carson

Co-founder of Repable


Marie Chevrier

Founder of Sampler


Brittany Hopkins

Jewellery Designer, Shop Owner, Anice Jewellery


Jenna Jacobson

Social Media Researcher and PhD Candidate


Yanal Dhailieh

Founder, Peace Collective


Jaya Kahlon

Owner, Smoke + Ash


Kayleigh Dunn

Brand Lead of Digital and Social Strategy, Playtex Baby Canada,


Matt Tierney

Toronto Raptors Community Manager at MLSE


Andrew Stewart

Director, Content Strategy at Publicis


Andrea Chiu

Social Media Manager at BMO


Min Ryuck

Manager, Marketing Communications at Telus


Gloria Chik

Creator and Editor, URBANBLOC