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A speaker series helping global innovators rethink, refresh and reinvent success
- in business and in life

Behind every highly successful leader is a great comeback story: one that builds grit, resilience and character.

#DMZChats gives the tech community an opportunity to dive into the minds of Canada’s most influential leaders through candid discussions about embracing ambiguity and leading through uncertainty.

The series engages experts that have “been there, done that” in the business world, and who can offer entrepreneurs and other rising tech innovators tactical advice from first-hand experience - whether it’s related to business or even personal growth.

Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming leaders joining us for #DMZChats:

Upcoming Chats:

Past speakers

Mudassir Sheikha

Co-Founder & CEO, Careem

Janet Bannister

Managing Partner, Real Ventures

Jamie Rosenblatt

Principal, Golden Ventures

Michael Serbines

Founder & CEO, League Inc.

Paul Parisi

Head, Silicon Valley Bank Canada

Jack Dorsey

Co-Founder & CEO, Twitter and Square

John Tory

Mayor, City of Toronto

Carrie Oehm

Social Media Manager, The Gist

Jordi Vilà Sánchez

Manager, Serge Ibaka

Arlene Dickinson

General Partner, District Ventures Capital

Raphael Faeh

Head of Product and Channels, Underknown Dig

Shauna Rempel

National Managing Editor for Social and Distribution, Global News

Farhan Mohamed

Editor-in-Chief & Partner, Daily Hive

Chris Bassett

Managing Editor, Global News

Marissa Roberto

Host of Digital SportsCentre, TSN

Marc Dinsdale

Head of Media Partnerships, Facebook

Dhanung Bulsara

Digital Host, blogTO

Brandon Gonez

Reporter/Anchor, CP24

Lola Plaku

CEO, Lola Media Group

Moe Alayan

Founder, Hot Freestyles

Cyrus Gorjiour

Co-Founder & CEO, Goalcast

Jocelyn Mercer

Co-CEO, CMO, How to Cake It Inc.

Ashkan Karbasfrooshan

CEO, WatchMojo

Anthony Reyes

Director, Artist Services, Warner Music Canada

Ashkan Rahim

Marketing Manager, theScore

Monika Jaroszonek


Alexandra McCalla

Co-Founder, AirMatrix

Alwar Pillai

CEO, Fable Tech Labs

Mark Saunders

Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service

Althea Wishloff

Analyst, Panache Ventures

Snita Balsara

VC, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund & StandUp Ventures

Erin Elofson

Head of Canada, Australia and New Zealand at Pinterest

Sabrina Geremia

VP & Country Director at Google Canada

Kyle Norton

Head of Retail Sales, Shopify