Mike McAvoy
CEO Onion, Inc.

Talks The Value of Satire in Media

As President and CEO of Onion, Inc., McAvoy is responsible for the strategy and operations that have transformed The Onion into a formidable digital property. McAvoy spearheaded the creation of The Onion’s in-house creative services department, Onion Labs. Bringing together the best comedy writers and marketing talent to create advertising content worthy of the Onion name, Onion Labs has already produced native advertising programs and executed various creative projects for brands including HP, 7-Eleven, Adobe, Clorox, Home Depot, Microsoft, Lenovo, and YouTube.

In 2015, McAvoy initiated the launch of Onion Studios, a dynamic digital video network featuring the best programming from Onion, Inc.’s iconic properties, as well as original series produced by the company’s world-renowned creative staff.

Lisa Kimmel
President and CEO, Edelman Canada

Talks Public Trust in Crisis: 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer

As President and CEO of Edelman Canada, Lisa provides senior counsel to clients and is responsible for Canadian strategy development and execution. She has led the region’s strategic evolution to a best-in-class communications marketing firm – the biggest evolution in the firm’s history.

Lisa’s fresh, collaborative and authentic approach has not only resulted in award-winning programs for clients but has fostered a Canada-wide culture based on innovation, teamwork and integrity. Edelman Canada has been recognized as one of the Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces in Canada and Best Workplaces for Women for six consecutive years. Lisa has been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada Hall of Fame.

Dr. R. David Edelman
Chief Cyber Diplomat

Talks A.I., Big Data, Self-driving Cars, & Drones

An expert on some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today— from cybersecurity and privacy threats to artificial intelligence (A.I.) and automation — Edelman’s insights have helped shape international policy at the highest levels including the Obama Administration.

Edelman joins us from the MIT, where he leads the Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security. His insights and analysis have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, WIRED, Forbes, Fortune, and many more!

Craig Kielburger
Co-Founder, We Charity, Me to WE, WE Day

Talks How Purpose Leads To Profit

Social Entrepreneur. Humanitarian. New York Times Best-Selling Author. Co-founder of the WE organization, which includes WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise and WE Day. Since the age of 12, Craig has been inspiring people to make a difference and helping them connect with their purpose.

His incredible life journey starts in his parents’ living room, and takes him to slums around the world, to Oprah’s couch, to building a global organization that has helped millions lift themselves out of poverty. A powerful, internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author.

Angela Wang
Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group Beijing

Talks How China Is Changing The Future Of Shopping

Angela is a Partner and Managing Director in the Beijing office of The Boston Consulting Group. She has 15 years of management consulting experience, focusing on Consumer Goods and Retail. She has experiences from more than 70 consumer goods and retail projects in Greater China and other global markets.

Angela is a topic expert in Digital. She is a core member of BCG's partnership with Alibaba, in which role, she has been a co-author of many highly influential reports, including most recently "The New China Playbook". She is also a core member of BCG's Marketing and Sales Practice where she led and contributed to many digital related projects in China including digital marketing, precision advertising, return on marketing investment, digital marketing organization.

Kathy English
Public editor of The Toronto Star

Talks Trust & Transparency in Journalism.

Kathy English is the public editor of the Toronto Star, a role in which she has served since 2007. Previous to this, she reported and edited for six Canadian daily newspapers including the Star and the Globe and Mail.

She served on the faculty of Ryerson School of Journalism from 1989-1999. After departing Ryerson, she launched websites for two Canadian media companies, SunMedia (Lifewise.ca) and Transcontinental Media (Mochasofa.ca) and also directed the launch of the San Francisco-based parenting website, BabyCenter Canada.

She is an executive board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. As well, she is a member of the professional advisory boards of Ryerson School of Journalism and the Sheridan College journalism program. She serves on the board of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation and on the advisory board of Informed Opinions, an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of women in media. In past, she served on the boards of the National Newspaper Awards and the Association of News Ombudsmen.

Nick Manning
Co-founder, Manning Gottleib, former CSO Ebiquity

Talks Profit Ability. The Business case for Advertising

thinktv presents Nick Manning, a veteran of the advertising industry specialising in all aspects of media. Manning spent 27 years in the media agency world and was the founder of Manning Gottlieb OMD, now the largest UK agency in the Omnicom group. He recently stepped down from Ebiquity, where he spent 10 years helping build the company from revenues of $15M to $100M.

Leanne Gibson
Managing Director, Twitter Canada

Talks Leading with Purpose in uncertain times

Leanne Gibson is the Managing Director for Twitter Canada, and has been the Head of Agency Development for the past year working with Canada’s top advertising, digital and creative agencies. She joined Twitter Canada after spending the last six years at AOL Canada as Head of Ad Products and Business Operations. Leanne’s career started in publishing with a focus on sales and marketing at the Financial Post and Quebecor before moving into digital media. She has spent the last 17 years in digital media with stops along the way at Excite Canada and Yahoo! Canada where she spent seven years in sales and business development.

Anita McOuat
Partner, PwC

Talks Media and Entertainment Outlook 2018-2021

Anita is a partner at PwC, specializing in Entertainment, Media & Technology. She works with companies focused in broadcasting, television and film production, programmatic advertising, sports and music. Anita is an editor and contributing author of PwC’s annual Entertainment and Media Outlook publication. Anita is a member of the board the Ontario Media Development Corporation, where she also sits on the Audit and Governance committees. She is a director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, where she is the Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair, and is on the board of the Canadian Club of Toronto.

Olivier Staub
Filmmaker, Photographer, Mile Inn

Talks Creative Collective

Olivier Staub is an international award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose career has led him on a successful journey through global mandates and remote places. He has worked around the world for clients such as Cirque du Soleil, Pantene, Molson, Doctors Without Borders, Coke, Renault, Gillette and many others. Recognized as one of the most active and rewarded actual Canadian artists; he is passionate and driven by highly creative projects and cumulates majors advertising campaigns. Recipient of multiple exceptional awards such as Cannes lions, D&AD, OneShow and Sharks, he also shot one of the ten most awarded film in the world in 2016 “37 Days.” A tireless traveller, Olivier approaches advertising with a unique style, telling stories with humans, landscapes, light and textures. His genuine cinematography is always at the heart of the picture, catalyzing emotions.

Today, Olivier is a founding partner and creative steward of Mile Inn, an innovative production collective that includes film, photography, virtual reality, experiential, original music and more.

Nick Dean

Talks Navigating The New Market of Cannabis

Mr. Dean is the President and CEO of Emblem, one of Canada’s leading licensed producers of Cannabis. Within the vastly-growing medical and recreational cannabis industry, Emblem is uniquely positioned to excel across three strategic verticals; product innovation, brand differentiation and distribution to both patients and adult-use consumers.

Prior to joining Emblem, Nick was the President & CEO of KBS Canada, a fully integrated and award-winning creative advertising agency with offices in Toronto and Montreal. From 2010 to 2017, he led the company through two mergers and a number of substantial client wins, resulting in significant bottom and top-line growth.

Mr. Dean earned his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and holds his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Toronto chapter and is a mentor for Futurpreneur Canada.

Dave Lafond
President, No Fixed Address

Talks Navigating The New Market of Cannabis

Dave Lafond is the President and Co-Founder of one of Canada's fastest growing independent agencies "No Fixed Address". Prior to starting NFA Dave was the President of Cossette in English Canada and prior to that President of BBDO/Proximity. Dave is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business HBA program and a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO) since 2011.

Ron Lund
President & CEO, the Association of Canadian Advertisers

Talks Industry perspectives on the future of Marketing food and beverages

As President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Advertisers, Ron Lund is responsible for the strategy and leadership that makes ACA an essential investment for client marketers.

Under Ron's management, ACA has been at the forefront in addressing government and industry issues affecting marketers. Ron has also overseen the development of numerous best practice studies for Canadian marketers.

Prior to joining ACA, Ron was President at several Weston Foods companies and held various marketing position at tier-one packaged goods companies, as well as the agencies FCB and Grey Advertising.

Ron serves on the Boards of the World Federation of Advertisers, Advertising Standards Canada and Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada.

Shane Cameron
Chief Innovation Officer, OMD Canada

Talks The Unreachables: Capturing the MGXes by looking beyond incumbent tools

During his decade and a half in the business, Shane has worked on the creative agency side, at one of the first, high volume, e-commerce companies in the world, as well as having helped bring a start-up to being publicly traded on the NASDAQ. This cross-section of experience and contribution has led to his commentary being featured in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and Strategy Magazine. With a dedication towards designing innovative communication platforms, Shane works with client and OMD Canada teams to help responsibly transform how brands go to market in the complex landscape we all operate.

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