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


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