Nora Young Wednesday, June 14

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host and creator of Spark on CBC Radio, and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print. Along with Cathi Bond, she has been a hobby podcaster of The Sniffer since 2005. Her favourite technology is her bicycle. (text:

Nora Young on her book The Virtual Self:

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Byron Reese Thursday, June 15

Futurist | Technologist | former Chief Innovation Officer for a multi-billion dollar media company

An accomplished high-tech trailblazer, author, inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and eternal optimist, Byron Reese leaves audiences and readers with an infectious sense of possibility and wonder.

Byron shares his childhood dreams and vision for solving many of our worst global issues, and challenges us to consider the excuses we conjure to explain why others are achieving what we aren't. “The new challenge for humanity will not be how to chip away at the old problems,” says Byron, “but what to do in a world where we can do anything.”

Byron Reese employs his profound understanding of technical data to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges. He speaks with the unrivaled authority of a futurist pioneer and the wisdom of a life-long historian. (text: Premiere Speakers Bureau)

Byron Reese at TEDx Austin:

Michele Romanow Friday, June 16

Tech titan Michele Romanow (BSc'07 MBA '08) is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms and Snap By Groupon, which have saved millions of users hundreds of millions of dollars.

She is also the co-founder of, an online financial service for freelancers, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs. Ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list, Michele brings her youthful energy and incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage. (text:

Read more: Entrepreneur, Civil Grad and CBC Dragon, Michele Romanow

Michele Romanow – Speakers’ Spotlight Showcase:

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