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 entire staff, attending Disrupted is an incredible way to shake up the way you operate, act and think at the office.


TonyTony Chapman – Conference Host

The media has labelled Tony Chapman a Branding Guru and Master Strategist.  Audiences consistently rank him 9+ and describe his talks as highly relevant, provocative, engaging, and electrifying. 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.





Speaker - David UsherDavid Usher – Creativity Inspires Innovation

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





Speaker - Bruce Linton DPBruce Linton – The Highs and Lows of Leadership

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





Speaker Ann CavourkianDr. Ann Cavoukian – Privacy by Design – Sponsored by Payworks 

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. She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence and is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University. Appointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada in 1997, Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner.




Armughan Ahmad from KPMG HeadshotArmughan Ahmad – The Future of Work in an AI World

Armughan is a President & Managing Partner, Digital at KPMG. He leads the firm’s digital transformation solutions go to market serving large enterprise, commercial and public sector clients. KPMG is bridging the consulting services with mainstream and exponential technologies to deliver business function level customer experiences. He is a technology executive with 20+ years of international experience helping clients undergo digital transformations. He has built globally diverse teams that digitally re-engineer business functions using mainstream and exponential technologies



Darrell Reimer 2Darrell Reimer – Ethics and AI

Darrell has 20+ years of experience driving innovation in technology working across research, product delivery and client engagement. 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.




LindaLinda Nazareth – Work is not a Place

Linda is an economist, a futurist and a respected authority on the future of work.  As a newspaper columnist and an author, she knows how to frame things in ways that both educate and entertain and as the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at think-tank the Macdonald Laurier Institute she knows what she is talking about.




HeatherHeather Russek (co-speaker) – Turn and Face the Strange

Heather, an author and director at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation+ Entrepreneurship (BII+E), is a strategist and designer pushing the boundaries of policymaking. She experiments with innovation research methods at BEII+, including human-centered design and futures, and art-based practices. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, an MBA from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University.




JessicaJessica Thornton (co-speaker) – Turn and Face the Strange

Jessica is a creative problem solver who uses human-centered design, strategic foresight and design research methods to advance innovation policy at BII+E. Currently, she is responsible for leading several major projects, including Employment in 2030 ad Digitally Lit. Jessica holds an Honours BA in Anthropology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University.





Panel - Valerie ChortValerie Chort, Panel Moderator, Harnessing Tech for Social Good

A corporate citizenship expert who implements integrated strategies that align with business objective, Valier Chort helps create and protect social and environmental value for employees, clients and shareholders alike. Through her varied career in government, consulting and industry, Valerie has worked with national and international businesses, governments and non-government organizations to create opportunity by proactively managing environmental and social risks, and implement programs that deliver both shareholder and stakeholder value, across all industry sectors.




Jane MJane McDonald, Panelist, Harnessing Tech for Social Good

Jane McDonald is the President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an independent think tank championing sustainable solutions to 21st century problems. She studied economics and literature at McGill University and received an international MBA from York University and the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales in Paris.





Carolyn DCarolyn DuBois, Panelist, Harnessing Tech for Social Good

Carolyn is the Director of the Water Program at The Gordon Foundation where she works with partners across sectors in Canada. This work focuses on improving freshwater stewardship through citizen engagement in decision-making and the use of the best available evidence. Carolyn is a passionate advocate for open data and leads the development and growth of DataStream, an online system that provides access to information about water quality.

Carolyn holds a BSc in Biology from Mount Allison University and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.




Chelsea LChelsea Lobson, Panelist, Harnessing Tech for Social Good

Chelsea Lobson is Lake Winnipeg Foundation’s Program Manager responsible for the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network. In this role she works collaboratively with scientists, watershed groups and citizen volunteers. Chelsea received her Master’s of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba. 





Margaux Miller with Start Graphic 2Margaux Miller, Panel Moderator, Success on a Human Scale

Margaux is the co-host of the START Podcast. She is also Program Director, Tech Manitoba and has spent her career providing various levels of leadership in marketing, sales, event execution, and community relations. Prior to joining Tech Manitoba, Margaux facilitated the integration of a Winnipeg tech startup post acquisition. She is community-minded and has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations. In 2017, Margaux’s community involvement was honoured with the Future Leader of Manitoba award.





Wade BWade Barnes, Panelist, Success on a Human Scale

Wade Barnes offers unique and compelling insights on the topic of digital transformation in agriculture. As co-founder and CEO of Farmers Edge, a leading digital agriculture company, Wade heads the company’s vision, global strategy and development. Driving a global business suits his entrepreneurial spirit, but driving a tractor on his own farm helps him stay rooted to the needs of farmers. He has built Farmers Edge from a two person operation specializing in agronomy services to the established digital agriculture enterprise it is today. 




Screen Shot 2019-12-20 at 11.48.58 AMCarly Shuler, Panelist, Success on a Human Scale

Carly Shuler is the co-founder and CEO of Hoot Reading, a cutting-edge, award-winning, international EdTech start-up. She holds a Mater’s degree in Technology, Innovation and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied how media and technology can be used to educate children effectively.




Screen Shot 2019-12-20 at 11.49.27 AMJay Myers, Panelist, Success on a Human Scale

Jay Myers is the co-founder and VP Growth of Bold Commerce, one of the fastest growing tech companies in Manitoba. With over 90,000 customers, Bold has become a leading commerce app provider to many of the largest brands in the world and is ranked on of Canada’s Top Medium Sized Employers. Bold has grown from a basement to over 350 employees, inspired by an unwavering commitment to customer care and energized by a culture of continuous innovation.




Chuck LChuck Lowen, Panelist, Success on a Human Scale

Chuck Loewen is the Founder of Online Business Systems, a company he envisioned where business and technology professionals would have fulfilling careers and be treated like friends, and clients would be treated with the utmost respect and see real value. Chuck holds the positions of President and CEO of Online Business Systems, a leading business and IT consulting firm in Canada and the U.S. Chuck is responsible for Online’s corporate strategy, overseeing day-to-day operations, and is very involved in building long-term relationships with clients and partners.


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.

Checkout Adam on the MainStage, Thursday, January 30 at 1:25pm for the Esports and #GirlsWhoGame keynote.

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.

Checkout Katina on the MainStage, Thursday, January 30 at 1:25pm for the Esports and #GirlsWhoGame keynote.