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Innovate or die - surviving the digital Tsunami

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Innovate or die - surviving the digital Tsunami

The first wave of digital disruption hit media businesses, retail, and many other services. The next wave may disrupt not only the fabric of society as we have understood and lived it for centuries, but also the nature of what it actually means to be human.

The event is hosted by Tom Barker, an internationally acclaimed thought leader. The evening starts with an introductory talk that reveals some unstoppable trends that most governments and businesses simply cannot respond to.

Our amazing panel of experts takes questions and reflects on what digital disruption means for our working lives, our families and society at large. Is it possible to future-proof yourself through innovation and re-invention?

Host for the evening

  • Tom Barker, President of Six Trends Inc. – digital transformation; Adjunct Professor OCAD University's Digital Futures Initiative

The panellists

  • Scot Bryson, President of Stone Canoe – digital agency and part of CHR Group
  • Mila Dechef-Tweddle, Senior Consultant, Nordcity – consulting in strategy, policy, and economic analysis
  • Lucie Lalumière, Vice-Chair of Interactive Ontario’s Board – trade organization for interactive digital content; Founder and Principal of Lalumiere Media – digital media & immersive technology
  • Ali Mazalek, Canada Research Chair, Digital Media & Innovation; Associate Professor, RTA School of Media, Ryerson University
  • Stephen Perelgut, Development Ecosystem Manager at IBM – innovation, digital cognition, distributed business

Supporting Gilda's Club Toronto

  • Pat Brown, CEO of Gilda's Club Toronto, will introduce the cancer support charity with a brief members' video

Blink & you'll miss it!

The barnstorming Blink Series of talks brings together cutting edge, creative thought-leaders to discuss today's ultrahot trending subjects. The fiercely relevant and engaging content is not to be missed. An intro talk sets the context for a mediated panel discussion, with questions and comments encouraged from an energetic audience. The talks are open to everybody and take place at the elegant downtown Spoke Club where there is a licenced bar.

Free event - tickets online only, not at the door. Seating is limited so book early. If you register we will keep you informed of our events - you can opt out at any time.

The series is a collaboration between The Spoke Club and Sixtrends Inc. and voluntary donations on the night are in support of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto cancer support, the nominated charity of Six Trends Inc.

Biographies of the host and panel

Tom Barker: Entrepreneur and innovator. President of Six Trends, he was Founding Chair of the Digital futures Initiative at OCAD University. Projects include the world’s first Bluetooth headset, the London Eye ferris wheel capsules, collaborations with the late architect Zaha Hadid, and a Turner Prize shortlisted interactive 3D digital artwork. His work has won awards from the 1851 Royal Commission, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and Saatchi and Saatchi media awards. Tom has published widely and made many media appearances including CNN, Channel4, ABC TV and radio. His book on mobile innovation Build Web Apps is due for publication by McGrawHill in 2018. Follow him on twitter: @sixtrends

Scot Bryson: Co-founded Stone Canoe 10 years ago, an award-winning digital advertising agency in Toronto. He managed growth of the agency to a team of almost 30 people, winning national clients in both Canada and the US. In 2013, he successfully sold the agency to the New York holding company The CHR Group. Scot has worked closely with agencies to develop relationships and a key understanding of media, data, and planning. Scot’s unique background gives him a solid understanding of both the creative side, and the media world.

Mila Dechef-Tweddle: Manager and senior consultant at Nordcity, responsible for leading and managing engagements such as industry profile and labour market information studies, policy assessments, economic and social impact studies, and strategic planning processes. Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm, providing public and private sector clients with solutions for strategy and business, economic analysis, policy, regulation and evaluation across four sectors: Arts, Culture and Heritage; Digital and Creative Media; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Innovation; Telecommunications and Spectrum.

Lucie Lalumière: Founder and Principal of Lalumiere Media, a consulting business specializing in digital media and emerging/immersive technologies. She serves on the boards of Interactive Ontario and the Haltech Innovation Centre. Prior to that, she held executive positions at MediaLinx Sympatico, CBC/Radio-Canada, Corus Entertainment, and supersonic MINDS. Lucie is the winner of the WIFT-T Digital Trailblazer Crystal Award. She holds a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems (Université de Sherbrooke), and an MBA (McGill University/NYU). Follow her on Twitter: @lucielalumiere

Ali Mazalek: Ali has a deep interest in how computational media can support new ways of thinking and learning. Her Synaesthetic Media Lab is a playground where physical materials, analog sensors, and digital media come together in novel ways to support creativity and discovery in science and art. Mazalek received MS and PhD degrees from the MIT Media Lab and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Stephen Perelgut: Development Ecosystem Manager at IBM. He joined IBM in 1992 and has held various senior positions including manager of special projects in IBM Canada Advanced Studies Group. He focuses on key university partnerships and bringing mutual value to the relationship through connecting roles in recruiting, sales, collaborative research and access to technology and people. Stephen currently works with mid-sized businesses that are interested in adapting to the rapidly evolving digital economy ... or that should be interested in making essential adjustments. He has a B.S in engineering sciences and a M.Sc. in Computer Science both from University of Toronto.



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