True North Festival, June 1-7

True North Festival is a community-wide celebration of arts, culture, business and more.

Join in! Take in brain-busting tech talks, music and sound events, and the best of Waterloo Region eats and entertainment.

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Communitech’s True North Centre Stage, June 2-3

True North Centre Stage offers two days of keynotes and exclusive networking receptions.

Come together to examine the opportunities, strange new challenges and what it means to be human (and humane) in our tech-driven world.

Make the True North Centre Stage part of your Festival experience! Get your True North Centre Stage pass now.

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Carole Cadwalladr

Keynote speaker

Carole Cadwalladr

  • Cambridge Analytica’s least favourite person
  • Investigative journalist and features writer, Guardian and Observer
  • Winner: Polk Award and Orwell Prize
  • Finalist: Pulitzer Prize – National Reporting

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Talia Sanhewe

Host

Talia Sanhewe

  • Reporter, entrepreneur, successful business owner and third-time True North host!
  • Dynamic and engaging international moderator and keynote speaker
  • Winner, Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award (South Africa)

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Featured speakers:

Liu Yang and Meghan Wahab

Take responsibility to help users achieve full potential and reduce job displacement 

Armen Bakirtzian

CEO & Co-founder

Intellijoint Surgical 

Martin Basiri

CEO & Co-founder

ApplyBoard 

Alex Benay

Partner, Digital and Government Solutions

KPMG in Canada 

Duane Brown

Digitally Exhausted: Saying No to the 24/7 Digital Lifestyle 

Mohamed Musbah

Building literate, responsible machines 

Jeff Ward

CEO & Founder

Animikii 

Why attend?

True North Festival has something for everyone.

  • Communitech's Centre Stage feeds your mind.
  • Business events and workshops build your skills.
  • Arts, culture, music activities and delicious food feed your body and soul.
     

Plan your visit

True North takes place in Canada’s innovation capital, Waterloo Region.

The birthplace of search, smartphones and the blue bin, it’s where quantum computing, AI, fintech, blockchain and robots are part of the daily vernacular. It’s one of the world’s hottest places to start and grow a tech business. And it’s one of the most dynamic, energetic innovation ecosystems in the world.

True North events are happening all over the Region—in unique buildings, transformed industrial spaces and on vibrant streets.

You’ll cruise along on the ION - the Region’s new light rail transit system.