On May 5, the CMDC 20/20 Vision Conference will bring together some of the world's most active innovators.

There has never been a better time to be in Marketing. It is fast and exhilarating - an explosion of consumer driven content on multiple platforms. We are in a space which needs visionary leaders to spark the creation of ideas and illuminate the paths ahead.

Seize the chance to connect to an inspired crowd of people like you on May 5, who want a provocative experience in this world of wonder.

Speaker Profiles

Mick Ebeling is CEO of Not Impossible Labs, an organization that develops creative solutions to address real-world problems. Not Impossible Labs was founded on Mick’s firm belief that nothing is impossible. With no technical background in ocular recognition technology, Ebeling created Not Impossible’s first project: The Eyewriter. An open source, low-cost, DIY device, The Eyewriter enables individuals with paralysis to create art using only the movement of their eyes. Time Magazine named The Eyewriter one of the "Top 50 Inventions of 2010," and the device is now part of MoMA's permanent collection.

Ebeling was recently honored as one of the Top 50 Most Creative People of 2014 and the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, Mick Ebeling is a film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur and public speaker.

Baratunde Thurston is a technology-loving comedian from the future who cares enough about the world to engage with it politically. His creative and inquisitive mind, forged by his mother’s lessons and polished by a philosophy degree from Harvard, have found expression in the pages of Fast Company, on the sound waves of NPR, and on the screens of networks such as CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera and roughly one bajillion podcast. He hosted TakePart Live on Pivot TV and shows on Discovery Science Channel, Yahoo, and AOL.

Baratunde, co-founded Cultivated Wit, a startup that exists at the intersection of comedy, creativity, and technology to make the world more fun. Fast Company listed him as one of the “100 Most Creative People In Business.

Amber Mac is an entrepreneur, television host, professional speaker, and bestselling author. She has keynoted more than 250 events across the USA and Canada, and as far away as Australia, in which she addresses the topic of business innovation and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. Amber Mac is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Sirius Radio.

Amber started her own agency called Konnekt. Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services, and many more leading organizations. Amber is also the author of social media business book, Power Friending, Globe & Mail national bestseller.

Aaron Dignan is a well-kept secret in the world of digital strategy. He has worked with many Fortune 100 leadership teams to help their organizations succeed in a world where digital forces are disrupting decades of tradition. In early 2007, he co-founded the internationally recognized digital strategy firm Undercurrent.

Undercurrent has established a reputation as a premier digital strategy firm grown by referral alone due to an extreme non-disclosure policy and a resistance to press. The shared vision for Undercurrent is to build an organization capable of solving the worlds most complex and challenging problems with a digital worldview. Dignan is the author of Game Frame: Using Games as a Strategy for Success, which was released in early 2011.

Derek Thompson is the senior editor for business and economic coverage for The Atlantic. He oversees The Atlantic business section online and writes the business column for the magazine. "[Thompson] writes and edits economic news that is readable, informative, and often entertaining," said the Huffington Post.

Thompson is also an adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School, where he teaches digital journalism. He has appeared on numerous lists, including Folio’s 15 Under 30 in Media. He appears frequently on television and radio, particularly CNBC and NPR.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. As an engaging public speaker, teacher and writer, Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. As an advisor, he helps startups recognize, evaluate, and navigate security and business risks. Over 200 of his articles on security, cloud computing and data centers have been published in print and syndicated worldwide. He holds 2 patents in networking and security.

As a bitcoin entrepreneur, Andreas has founded a number of bitcoin businesses and launched several community open-source projects. He serves as an advisor to several bitcoin and crypto-currency companies. He is a widely published author of articles and blog posts on bitcoin, is a permanent host on the popular Let’s Talk Bitcoin Podcast.

antonopoulos.com | @aantonop

Erin McPherson is Chief Content Officer at Maker Studios, driving the brand’s programming strategy - overseeing all aspects of original content, series development across platforms, strategic programming partnerships, talent relationships, and editorial content on Maker's proprietary platform Maker.tv.

Erin has spearhead multiple content and talent acquisitions and is a strong advocate for expanding and shepherding the Maker brand voice on a global level. Under Erin's leadership Maker now has over 270 shows in various stages of development and 40 active productions. Prior to Maker, Erin served as Vice President & Head of Video Programming and Originals at Yahoo where she led the company’s foray into original video, growing the original programming roster.

Erin practiced entertainment and media law, representing a wide number of individuals and companies, including Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto and others.

Sam Ashken is Head of Audience Intelligence at The Barbarian Group where he helps make data and creativity work together. Previously, he served as Planning Director at creative agency Albion London, where he turned web 2.0-styled mobile network GiffGaff into a $500M business. Prior to his time at Albion, he was employee #2 at digital strategy consultancy Hyper Happen working on clients such as Nokia, the BBC, Cadbury and Universal Pictures.

Sam is a regular contributor to PSFK and has written for Digiday. He first got hooked on the internet as a transformative technology while studying economic history at the London School of Economics.

Dave Shull is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at DISH, overseeing video content acquisition and packaging, product management, marketing and advertising sales to ensure the company’s continued development of superior entertainment experiences for its customers.

Before his time at DISH, Shull held various executive positions with high-tech companies involved in the enterprise software industry and as a principal at strategy consulting firm, the Parthenon Group. He is a former director of TU Media Corporation, a South Korean mobile broadcast video and service company owned by SK Telecom, and also served on the boards of the Documentary Channel and EchoStar Asian Operations.

Through his blog, Occam's Razor, and his best selling books, Web Analytics: An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0, Avinash Kaushik has become recognized as an authoritative voice on how executive teams can leverage digital platforms and data to out-innovate their competitors and achieve superior financial results. Avinash puts common sense frameworks around the often frenetic digital world, and combines that with the philosophy that investing in talented individuals is the key to long-term success.

Avinash has received rave reviews for bringing his energetic, inspiring, and practical insights to companies like P&G, Dell, Time Warner, Chase Bank, Hyatt, Porsche, and IBM. He has delivered keynotes at a variety of global conferences, including Search Engine Strategies, Ad-Tech, Monaco Media Forum, iCitizen, JMP Innovators' Summit, The Art of Marketing and Web 2.0.

Conference Details

VIP Dinner

Monday May 4th

Storys Building, 11 Duncan Street, Toronto



Speaker - Mick Ebeling, not impossible labs




20/20 Vision Conference

Tuesday May 5th

Tiff Lightbox, 2nd floor, 350 King St W, Toronto




8:30am – 4:00pm


4:00pm – 6:00pm

Please note that 20/20 Vision is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience*


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* Please note that 20/20 Vision is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organizers.

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