Introducing True North TV

While we won't have a chance to get together IRL this year, we are ready to share with you virtually. Introducing: True North TV.

Picture this: the magic of True North, the best of Waterloo Region, but in your living room. Or office. Or wherever you want to engage with us. All you have to do is join in, sit back and explore what it means to be human (and humane) in a tech-driven world while staying (virtually) six feet apart from your peers.

Hosted by Iain Klugman, Communitech’s straight-shooting and inquisitive President and CEO, True North TV will consist of conversational episodes with a variety of guest experts and entertainers. Hosted on Communitech’s YouTube channel, each episode will bring fresh insight and candid conversations on timely issues–such as the pervasiveness and importance of Tech For Good throughout our generation’s greatest health care crisis.

Broadcasting from 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.

Episode 9: Lean back with Ash Maurya

This week’s episode is one you must lean in to. Ash Maurya, best known for creating the Lean Canvas - a tool that’s had an anything but lean impact on the way modern companies approach innovation - sits down with our CEO @iainklugman for a next level discussion on business transformation. What steps can you take to make your business more impactful and innovative? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

This episode is brought to you by @TD_Canada.

Episode 8: Getting cultured with Patty McCord

This episode of #TrueNorth TV features the illustrious and inspiring Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, who joins our CEO Iain Klugman for a candid discussion on what should be the most important word in every entrepreneur and business leader’s repertoire: CULTURE. Patty and her team at Netflix were responsible for developing the “Netflix Culture Deck”, arguably one of the most important documents to ever come out of Silicon Valley. Don’t believe us? Ask Sheryl Sandberg. On this episode, Patty and Iain discuss why culture is above all when it comes to successful business - especially in tech.

Episode 7: It’s time to talk about Canadian Intellectual Property with Noel Courage

The core value of any tech company lies in its proprietary tech, which is, in essence, its intellectual property. Have you protected your business by properly patenting your IP?

Join us for a special episode of #TrueNorthTV as Noel Courage, one of Canada’s leading experts on all things IP and partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP, discusses new government implementations supporting the innovation sector, #COVID19 patent pools and how to best navigate the fundamentals of IP.

Episode 6: Delivering accessible digital services during a pandemic with Hillary Hartley

Join Communitech CEO Iain Klugman as he chats with the one, the only, Ontario’s first Chief Digital Officer - Hillary Hartley! Hillary will talk about what the future holds for accessible services for communities and businesses in Ontario, and she’ll share some wild insights into what digital transformations have launched forward at the Ontario Digital Service as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is a must-watch, must-tell-all-your-friends episode - brought to you by our friends at TD.

Episode 5: Talking about money, honey with economist Josh Lerner

On this episode of True North TV, our CEO Iain Klugman is joined by the always-engaging Josh Lerner - Harvard Business School Professor and American economist. Iain and Josh dive in headfirst to discuss how policy impacts innovation, venture capital and private equity. Join us and get ready to talk about money, honey!

Episode 4: An interview with ex-Amazon VP, Tim Bray

On this episode of True North TV, our CEO Iain Klugman had the opportunity to interview Tim Bray, a Canadian whose pioneering work in the field of internet search made him a rockstar in the software development world. Recently, Tim made international headlines when he quit a well-paying job at Amazon over the company’s treatment of workplace whistleblowers – and published a blog post about it on his way out. #TechForGood is more than a mantra for Tim, but you’ll have to tune in to find out why.

Episode 3: Chief Bryan Larkin on remodeling the police service

This week’s episode brings a number of hot topics to the table as Bryan Larkin, Chief of the Waterloo Region Police Service, joins Communitech CEO Iain Klugman for a candid discussion.

Missed an episode of #TrueNorthTV? Check out past episodes featuring John Seely Brown and Laura Mae Lindo on Communitech’s YouTube channel - and make sure to subscribe so you’re notified when the next episode airs!

Episode 2: Putting theory into practice with MPP Laura Mae Lindo

For our second episode, we’ll be joined by Kitchener Centre MPP and eternal optimist, Laura Mae Lindo. A knowledgeable advocate for the rights of women and girls, Laura Mae is a respected ally to marginalized community members, and, most importantly, a courageous public speaker on issues often left unaddressed in the mainstream. The Official Opposition Critic for Anti-Racism, and Citizenship and Immigration, Laura Mae was appointed as Chair of Official Opposition’s first Black Caucus, to collaborate with Black communities and allies to address systemic anti-Black racism in Ontario. In this episode of True North TV, Laura Mae will shed light on how her commitment to building inclusive communities both within and outside of educational environments is grounded in her knowledge of how to put anti-oppression theories into practice.

Join us on #TrueNorthTV as we discuss #TechForGood and subscribe to the Communitech YouTube channel to be notified when the next episode airs.

John Seely Brown

Episode 1: Talking the importance of connection with John Seely Brown

We’re kicking off True North TV with one of the people responsible for the devices you’re watching this on today - John Seely Brown. Today, he runs Deloitte’s Center for the Edge which helps companies discover emerging opportunities on the edge of business and technology. But he’s best known for his role as Chief Scientist at the famed Xerox PARC in Palo Alto where the first mouse and graphical user interface (GUI) were created. That’s right, there was a time before icons and emojis (and it wasn’t pretty).

We wanted to have John Seely Brown on the show because he's not just a scientist. He's not just a computer geek. He's been focused on the social side of tech and that’s what True North is all about–what happens at the intersection of technology and humanity.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of our upcoming guests

Alex Benay

Michael Litt

John Baker