Data & Advanced Technologies Stage

Enjoy a morning of (actually fun) networking, breakout-sessions and keynote discussions. You’ll come away with actionable items specifically designed to address concerns relevant to you, your business, industry and future.

Did you receive an invitation to this event? Well, thank your lucky stars - that means that the folks over at Communitech think that this immersive and thought-provoking session will help your business on its growth journey. Follow the link provided via email to register. Can't find your link? Email and we'd be happy to help you.
Want to attend but didn’t receive an invitation? Let us know - while there is limited space at this event, there’s always room for a few more.

*Please note: Your True North Centre Stage pass permits attendance to one of the following events: Tech For Good Stage, Data & Advanced Technologies Stage, Corporate Innovation Stage or the Start & Scale Stage.

Once your attendance is confirmed, your pass gets you:


Data & Advanced Technologies Stage

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Perimeter Institute 31 Caroline St N, Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5

Data is the new oil and the new asbestos. It represents both great opportunity and, potentially, great harm. But those who choose to ignore data do so at their own peril. Studies show that organizations that excel at extracting value from data outperform their peers in revenue growth and profitability. To remain competitive, every organization needs to explore how they can best leverage data to their advantage.

On this Stage, we will explore how to turn data-driven inspirations into action plans. You will learn how organizations currently use data to create their strategic advantage. And you will walk away armed with new skills and tools to start unlocking the value in your organization’s data.

True North Opening Night Reception

6 - 9 p.m. | Communitech Hub, 151 Charles St W #100, Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6

Let's kick things off with some fizz, clink, boom, pop - you know the drill. Time to party! True North Centre Stage pass holders can register to attend our exclusive True North Festival Opening Night Reception at the Communitech Hub in Downtown Kitchener. We’ll see you there, right?!  Register for this event when purchasing your True North Centre Stage pass.


Carole Cadwalladr, opening keynote

Carole Cadwalladr is a Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist and feature writer for The Observer - sister to British newspaper, The Guardian. In 2018, Carole worked with The New York Times to break a story that sent shockwaves around the world: that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting company, had illicitly harvested data from millions of Facebook accounts to influence political campaigns, including Donald Trump’s successful 2016 U.S. presidential bid. The story is featured in Netflix’s documentary, The Great Hack released at Sundance Festival in 2019.

Talia Sanhewe, host 

Talia Sanhewe is a dynamic and engaging international moderator and keynote speaker, whose work has seen her host tech and thought-leadership conferences across Europe, North America and Africa.

Talia has worked for CNN International (London), BBC World Service (London), CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa as a journalist, interviewing heads of state and captains of industry including hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa. As an award-winning reporter, Talia is the recipient won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award (South Africa) and has since 2010 been a Current Affairs jury judge for the International Emmy Awards (New York).

Talia holds a BA Film & Media degree from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and University of California, Los Angeles (USA).

Mystery guest, closing keynote

Nice try - but this secret is still very much under wraps. We know you want us to give you a hint or a teaser, but there’s a thing with his latest movie and… we may have just broken our NDA.

Mystery guest, closing keynote

Happy Hour

5 - 6 p.m. | Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7

After all those great keynotes, you’ll have lots to talk about! Stay for Happy Hour—the first drink is on us, the thought-provoking conversations are up to you.

Leaders’ Reception

6 - 9 p.m. | Communitech Hub, 151 Charles St W #100, Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6

Are you a C-suite leader in your organization? Are you a key leader moving your company closer to unicorn status? Invited guests at this event will gather for an exclusive evening of cocktails and conversations with 200 executives at the CEO-ish level (we see you managing partners, and we hear you). This event is a great opportunity to make connections in Waterloo Region’s tech-driven ecosystem.

Data & Advanced Technologies Stage pass fees

  • General admission pass: $499*
  • Startup, student and not-for-profit pass: $249*

* These are advance purchase rates; pass prices will go up May 11, 2020.



Exact times are subject to change but don’t worry, we’ll let you know by email.