Tony Chapman, Conference Host

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Inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends, Tony Chapman spent three decades creating two internationally renowned advertising agencies and a research firm. Our host is the subject of four documentaries and has inspired audiences in China, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and North America. Come see a true master at work as he helps you get the most out of this year’s conference.  


At Disrupted, you and your team have the opportunity to hear from speakers who have considerably influenced and disrupted the corporate tech landscape. Whether you represent your workplace, or you’re attending with the whole staff, attending Disrupted is an incredible way to shake up the way you operate, act, and think at the office.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian: Privacy by Design

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One of the world’s leading and award-winning privacy experts, Dr. Ann Cavoukian believes privacy isn’t about hiding anything; it’s about taking charge of your personal information. If you want the strongest protection possible (and don’t we all?), don’t miss her talk.

Sponsored by Payworks


Valerie Chort: Creating Value for Stakeholders  

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A corporate citizenship expert who implements integrated strategies that align with business objectives, Valerie Chort helps create and protect social and environmental value for employees, clients, and shareholders alike. Hear her tell you how initiatives like these will impact the future of work.

Sponsored by RBC Future Launch


Heather Russek: Pushing the Boundaries of Policy Making

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An Author & Director at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E), Heather is a strategist and designer pushing the boundaries of policymaking. She experiments with innovation research methods at BII+E, including human-centered design, futures, and art-based practices.

Jessica Thornton: Advancing Innovation Policy

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Jessica the Lead Arthor of Turn & Face the Strange and the Director of Strategic Initiative at Evergreen. Jessica is a creative problem solver who uses human-centred design, strategic foresight, and design research methods to advance innovation policy. Jessica led the first two phases of the Employment in 2030 initiative, and continues to provide strategic guidance. Jessica holds an Honours BA in Anthropology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University.

Bruce Linton: The Highs and Lows of Leadership

Former CEO and founder of Canopy Growth Corp., Bruce Linton is busy reimaging the cannabis industry from the inside out. After creating a multibillion-dollar company where everyone from the PhDs to the cleaners earned equity while boosting small-town economics, Linton is ready to share his unique insights on how you can thrive within disruptive industries.

David Usher:                                  Reimagine AI

David Usher doesn’t just talk about creativity and artificial intelligence (AI); he lives it. Lead singer of Moist and founder of Reimagine AI, Usher will tell you why creativity and innovation are the only way forward and every organization’s best competitive advantage. Come see why he’s convinced creative success is a learnable skill everyone can master.

Darrell Reimer: Ethics and AI

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Darrell has 20+ years of experience driving innovation in technology, working across research, product delivery and client engagements. Currently Darrell is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM’s AI Engineering Research division focusing on what it takes to bring AI into business critical systems while minimizing any risk involved. In addition to his research role, Darrell commonly bridges the worlds of academic research and applied technologies for clients.


The Disrupted conference provides a rare opportunity for educators to come together to discuss the future of learning and work within the setting of a national conference, with break-out sessions designed specifically and exclusively for high school teachers. Internationally renowned speakers will present perspective-shifting ideas from the Main Stage in a room of over 500 business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and senior students.


Presented by Microsoft/Morning of January 31, 2020

We believe in empowering the potential within every single student, and now is the time to help unlock the limitless potential of our teachers and schools with better technology for better learning outcomes. Did you know 70 percent of teachers cited time constraints as their biggest hurdle to providing more personalized content to their students? This research revealed technology can help clear away those obstacles by freeing up as much as 30 percent of an educator’s time, so they're more free to respond to individual and group needs.  With tools, teachers can spend less time on administrative tasks and more time focusing on personalized learning for each student.  Learn about ways to transform your classroom time, and change how your students learn in today’s learning environments.


Dustin Jez, Co-Founder/CEO Fair Chance Learning

Screen Shot 2019-10-22 at 1.30.13 PMDustin focuses on educational leadership and professional development; in a modern contemporary learning environment.  He has worked extensively in developing professional development programming and instructional strategies for schools and school boards across Canada striving to successfully align technology with overall Board learning goals.  He is passionate about improving achievement outcomes for all students, professional development, leadership and meaningful technology integration.


Presented by Dell/Afternoon of January 31, 2020

Technology is transforming the way we live, work and learn at an ever-increasing pace.  It's also creating opportunities to interact and engage with the world in highly personalized ways.  How might we prepare students to thrive in this rapidly changing, personalized world? Transformation in the classroom starts with the learning model, where students and teachers are co-creators throughout the learning process.  Come and discover digital tools to support your student-centred classroom and increase engagement using:

  • collaborative platforms to support global competencies and workplace readiness
  • blended learning resources
  • innovative tools to promote creativity
  • and more!

Join us for a creative and interactive session that will provide you wit the ideas to share with your staff and students and make your student centre classroom unforgettable.  Tool time with Dell!


Adam Garry, Director of Education Strategy @ Dell


Screen Shot 2019-10-22 at 1.29.55 PMWith 15 years of consulting experience, Adam Garry helps schools pursue digital and student-led learning transformation as Director of Education Strategy at Dell. He has presented at such conferences as the International Society for Technology in Education, published articles on technology integration, and has co-authored two books, Teaching the iGeneration and Personalized Learning Through Voice and Choice. Adam was a Florida elementary teacher and holds a BA in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Teaching and Learning (Technology emphasis), and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University.

Katina Papulkas, Educational Strategist @ Dell


Screen Shot 2019-09-18 at 3.32.08 PMKatina Papulkas is an experienced educator with a background in teaching, online learning, educational leadership, assessment and educational technology. She was an elementary teacher, a central instructional leader who designed and implemented initiatives around the effective integration of technology into curriculum, and a middle school administrator at the Toronto District School Board. Most recently, she was the Director of Educational Partnerships at Television Ontario (TVO) where she focused on the design and development of digital learning resources. She is currently Education Strategist at Dell. Katina holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.


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