Press release

True North 2019 Announces ‘Bridges, Not Walls’ Theme

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Communitech will examine our interconnected roles as citizens,
neighbours, tech creators and users at the second-annual True North
conference, happening June 19-20, 2019.

The second announced theme, ‘Bridges, Not Walls’, will look at ways
technology can be used to impact digital democracy, create new medical
technologies, and connect global citizens. The program will include a
smart city plan that puts people ahead of tech, the ongoing fight
against killer robots, the rise of social enterprise and ideas for
strengthening democracy with tech.

Bridges, Not Walls speakers include:

  • Kara Swisher, Editor-at-large of Recode, host of the Recode
    Decode podcast and executive producer of the Code Conference. As
    Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist, Swisher shines
    a light on the Web’s major players and the Internet policy issues that
    both unite and divide us.
  • Tobi Lütke, Founder and CEO of Shopify. Lutke has changed the
    way ecommerce works. He’s an advocate for computer literacy and
    education as the great leveller. Plus, he has big ideas for bringing
    commercialization opportunities to the developing world.
  • Balaji Gopalan, Co-Founder and CEO, MedStack. We give away all
    of our demographic information without knowing it. How about our DNA?
    Gopalan is working on a platform to protect our most sensitive
    personal information: our health.
  • Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister,
    Consumer Services, Province of Ontario. Hartley focuses on the
    end-to-end customer experience of government to deliver simpler,
    faster, better government services for the people and businesses of
    Ontario. She’s an expert in helping state and local governments
    embrace new technologies necessary for government modernization.
  • Komal Singh, Engineering Program Manager, Google. During her
    day job, Singh works on tech that impacts billions of people around
    the globe. As her side hustle, she wrote the bestseller “Ara The Star
    Engineer” to inspire kids and minorities to explore the magic of STEM
    by featuring real-life engineering leaders.
  • Maria Cynthia Goh, Professor, Impact Centre, University of
    Toronto. Goh is a professor of chemistry whose research impacts on
    nanotechnology, biomaterials and biodiagnostics. Having co-founded
    eight companies with her students, she specializes in transforming
    scientific discoveries into real technology that impacts people and

The True North conference takes place June 19 and 20 at the LOT42 Global
Flex Campus in Kitchener. More than 2,500 attendees will come together
to hear from leading thinkers on topics like quantum computing, AI, data
privacy and digital addiction.

Ticket prices for True North increase May 1, 2019. For more about living
digital and True North, please visit

About Communitech

Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to
making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was
crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today,
Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community
of more than 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global

Communitech is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and
helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.

  • Communitech is a place – the center of gravity for entrepreneurs and
    innovators. A clubhouse for building cool tech and great companies.
  • Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with
    access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow
    and innovate.
  • Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making
    sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to go from a small
    startup to a global giant.