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We’re happy to announce that Connect will be coming to Toronto this fall. The event will be held on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24.

Connect Toronto will take place in the Centre for Social Innovation’s newest building at 192 Spadina Avenue.

The program has been developed by Hacks/Hackers Toronto in collaboration with CSI, Canadian Film Centre’s IDEABOOST business accelerator and startup community, and the University of Ottawa’s Digital Journalism Program, as well as the Canadian journalism-innovation community at large.

Registration is now open. Click the Register Now link to secure your spot.


Amanda Shendruk
Ana Serrano
Barnabe Geis
Celeste Côté

David Weisz
Jessica Murphy
Matt Frehner
Pippin Lee
Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Event producers: Phillip Smith, Ashley McCorriston, and Burt Herman.


Jeanette Ageson, Chief Revenue Officer, The Tyee
Chantal Braganza, Managing Editor, Ethnic Aisle
Jesse Brown, Founder, CANADALAND
Marie-Espérance Cerda, Video Journalist / VR Creator, The Canadian Press
Robert Cribb, Foreign Affairs & Investigative Reporter, Toronto Star
Stephen Daze, Founder, Agawa Entrepreneurship Group
Angus Frame, VP Strategy at Tribal Scale, past VP Digital with the Globe & Mail
Ian Gill, President, Discourse Media
Jeff Gingras, Digital Stragegy, NOW Magazine
Rob Kenedi, Entrepreneur in Residence, The Working Group
Alice Klein, CEO, NOW Magazine
Justin Ling, Editor/Ottawa Bureau Chief, Vice News
Andrew Lundy, Vice President, Digital at The Canadian Press
Jane Lytvynenko, Editor & Reporter, CANADALAND
Asmaa Malik, Associate director, Ryerson Journalism Research Centre
Andrea Nemtin, President & CEO, Inspirit Foundation
Valérie Ouellet, Journaliste, Radio-Canada
Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre; Founder, CFC Media Lab
Nael Shiab, Data Journalist, L’actualité
Craig Silverman, Editor, BuzzFeed Canada; Founder, Emergent.info,
Robert Steiner, Director, Fellowships in Global Journalism, Munk School of Global Affairs
Richard Switzer, Senior Strategist, The Working Group
Terra Tailleur, Assistant Professor, Digital Journalism, University of King’s College
Fred Vallance-Jones, Associate Professor, School of Journalism, King’s College
Kathy Vey, Executive Producer Digital, TVO
Lindsey Wiebe, Online Engagement Manager, Rogers Media
Cynthia Young, Head of Audience, Globe & Mail
…And more to announce in the coming days.


Please note: Some schedule details may change to best accommodate all guests. 

Friday, September 23, 2:30 – 9:00PM
14:30   Early registration
15:00   Three “Conversations that matter” for Canadian media: Funding, Audience, Collaboration
18:00   Registration, welcome reception (light food & drinks provided), meet Hacks/Hackers Canada, choreographed networking
19:45   Demo party: explore an ecosystem of Canadian media startups, news-impacting technologies, and home-grown newsroom innovations

Saturday, September 24, 9:00AM – 5:30PM
09:00   Breakfast & registration / “Brain Date” sign-up
09:45   Welcome, Introductions, How to “win” the day
10:25   Bootcamp sessions: Product development, immersive design, new ventures, robot journalism, and more.
11:40   Live “Ask My Anything” with Ian Gill, President, Discourse Media and author of No News is Bad News: Canada’s Media Collapse—and What Comes Next (Greystone, 2016)
12:15   Lunch sessions (full lunch provided): Your opportunity to attend partner led sessions including Google News Lab, CFC IDEABoost, University of Ottawa’s Digital Journalism School, CSI Solutions Media Accelerator, King’s College School of Journalism, Munk School of Global Affairs Fellowships in Global Journalism, and more.
13:35   Post-lunch choreographed networking
14:00   Lean Canvas workshop OR Brain Dates (1-on-1 mentoring with industry veterans)
15:30   Coffee break & snacks
15:45   Lean Canvas pitch prep with pitch mentors
16:00   Lean Canvas pitches & feedback
17:00   Closing talk: Drunken Walk of the Entrepreneur
18:00   Post-event networking & drinks (optional, off site)



Founding partner
Connect is made possible through a founding partnership withGoogle News Lab.

Connect Toronto Convening Partners
Connect Toronto would not be possible without the early organizational support provided by our convening partners: CFC IDEABoost, University of Ottawa’s Digital Journalism School, and CSI’s Solutions Media Accelerator.

Supporting partners
We’re also happy to have the support of King’s College School of Journalism, Munk School of Global Affairs Fellowships in Global Journalism, The Canadian Association of Journalists, The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Working Group, and Toronto’s startup scene on one piece of paper, The Sheet.

Series partners
Last but not least, we are grateful to have amazing international industry partners helping to make the entire Connect a success, including Betabook, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, Matter Ventures, Medill University’s Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, Wantoo, and The Public Society.

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