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Wednesday, May 12th

9:00am – Welcome and Introduction

  • Kyle Burgis, Chair of the Newmarket Chamber Board of Directors

  • MC-Karen Dubeau, Innovation Ecosystem Development Advisor, Newmarket Chamber


9:10am – State of the Economy

  • Keynote: Sri Thanabalasingam, Senior Economist, TD Bank Group


9:40am – Manufacturing (20 min topic 10 min Q & A)


  • Darryl Sills: General Manager-Canadian Operations, Celestica
  • Tony Gareri: CEO, Roma Moulding
  • Jamie Davie, Director of Sales, Treefrog

As we move towards recovery in a post-COVID landscape, topics are emerging on what that future could entail for the Manufacturing Sector. What kind of automation will drive the future of this sector and how can companies ensure that operations are more resilient in the near future?

This panel will engage companies that have undertaken a transformative approach to their operations. Business leaders will provide practical insights on how to navigate challenges for transformation and share actionable strategies for growth. The conversation will be guided by manufacturing executives and digital infrastructure leaders to address actionable strategies for transformation and growth. 


10:10am – Energy (20 min topic 10 min Q & A)


  • Mac Van Wielingen, Founder and Chairman of Viewpoint Group
  • Rhona DelFrari, Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement, Cenovus Energy
  • Scott Dodd, Director of Business Development, Enbridge Inc.

Environmental concerns are at the forefront of any discussion on economic recovery. As climate issues and ESG initiatives dominate the public conversation and drive policy makers to look at solutions, Oil and Gas companies are adapting and investing in solutions towards a carbon neutral future. Thought leaders and C-suite executives will discuss movements to divest from oil and gas and how that affects a company from an investment perspective, explore ESG and new roles in companies in areas of sustainability, carbon capture innovation and adaption technology.


10:40am – Infrastructure (20 min topic 10 min Q & A)


  • Laura Bradley, General Manager, YorkNet
  • Tel Maulucci, President, SmartONE Solutions Inc.

As we navigate and prepare for an innovation driven economy, digital infrastructure will play a key role in ensuring resiliency for future businesses. This conversation will explore architectural innovation and evolution of cities driven by economic and social change.


Thursday, May 13th

9:00am – Welcome and Introduction

9:10am – Keynote: Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce  


9:40am – Innovation Panel (20 min topic 10 min Q & A)


  • Sean Stephens, CEO at Treefrog Inc.
  • Dan Ruby, Sector Manager, Automotive and Mobility Innovation, Ontario Centre of Innovation/Ontario Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (OCI/AVIN)
  • Balinder Rai, Business Development, Team Lead, Ontario Centre of Innovation 
  • Gunjan Syal, Chief Strategy Advisor & Founder, GoEmerald

As we have undergone radical change, the disruption over the past decade has itself been disrupted. Companies have been forced to adapt to innovation and technology, becoming more resilient for a post-COVID economy. This panel will convene institutions, business leaders and ecosystem partners to share knowledge and drive the conversation on opportunities that have emerged as a result of the pandemic. 

Speakers will share their journey and growth of their ideas and innovations focusing on Green Transition and Digital Transformation. 


10:10am – Agri-Food Panel (20 min topic, 10 min Q& A)


  • Brandon Hebor, Co-Founder, Boreal Greens Co.
  • Brett Willis, Founder and President, Green Enterprise Movement

The pandemic caused significant problems to the supply chain, and nowhere was it more apparent than in our food systems. As we look towards recovery, conversations are emerging on radical transformation driven by a demand for sustainable production and guaranteed food security. 

The panel discussion will highlight the initiatives being driven by industry as to what the future of our food systems may look like. The key areas of vertical farming, environmental sustainability and financing the future of the agri-sector will be guided by themes of innovation, adaptation and commercialization. 


10:40am – Tourism Panel (20 min topic 10 min Q & A)


  • Chuck Thibeault, Executive Director, Industry Development, Central Counties Tourism
  • Troy Young, CEO of Attractions Ontario
  • Lesley Boughen, Senior Tourism Manager, Oxford Properties Group

The tourism sector has faced by far, the greatest challenges during covid and businesses that span this sector and benefit from it, have been among the hardest hit. However, the future opportunities in a post-covid landscape will result in a very different experience through tourism. This panel will explore what a post-covid recovery would mean for businesses within the tourism sector. Panelists will cover a wide variety of topics including vaccine passports, consumer shifts in preference and emerging opportunities with the market. 


11:10am – Ecommerce and Retail (20 min topic 10 min Q & A)

Fireside Chat:

  • Karen Wong, Co-Founder & CEO, TakuLabs

Consumer behaviour has changed significantly as a result of covid, and some changes are there to last. Ecommerce, prior to Covid, was a growing sector however, covid forced everything to go remote. Customers have discovered the convenience of shopping from home and traditional retail has had to adapt in order to survive. However, ecommerce may not be the solution for every type of retail operation. This conversation will focus on providing answers to what "digital local shopping" looks like post-pandemic, the true benefits of real-time data and the costs of data silos in an omni-channel world.


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