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In-Person 2 Day event.
Case Competition.
Guest Speakers. 
Professional Workshops.
Delegate bags.

Ted Rogers ACE presents Elevate Conference. Our theme this year "Elevate" represents "elevating" delegates in the business world and the building blocks for success. Our 11th annual conference will take place from November 12th - November 13th. Get ready for two days filled with top notch industry professionals, innovative workshops, compelling speakers, giveaway prizes and case competitions!

Every delegate will have the opportunity to showcase what separates them from the pack and learn about how industry leaders before them have done such. Ted Rogers ACE encourages delegates to be diverse and think creatively as they shape their career.


SPEAKERs & Workshops

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Chris Hoquis

Founder of

Rally the Locals


Chris' entrepreneurship journey

Chris Hoquis is an Information Technology professional with over 10 years of experience who has achieved personal success through his involvement with case competitions. He has been a JDC West Co-Captain at the University of Winnipeg, a judge for Canada-wide case competitions, and a mentor to students for soft/technical skills development. Chris is also a Lead Instructor at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches various topics such as project management, Canadian business, and business analysis. He is the founder of Saber Blitz, an e-learning company that connects experts with individuals who want to learn skills through live online classes. Additionally, Chris is a TEDx speaker, university instructor, and founder of "Rally of the Locals," who specializes in IT/MIS with almost 20 years of experience. At the Elevate Conference, he shares his journey of entrepreneurship and advice on building a career with passion and purpose.

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Ilana Gershon


Daily Practices

Ilana brings her 15 years of expertise as a healthy habits coach and busy mom to the table. In this workshop we explored simple, daily practices including journaling, meditation, a breathing exercise. Participants will leave feeling empowered and inspired to add these practices into their everday life so they can show up as their most confident and supported self.

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TOny Bagnato


Mastering the Art of Virtual Networking

Tony Bagnato is an accomplished Financial Services Executive with over 30 years experience leading teams, developing leaders, serving customers and driving differentiated results. In 2019, Tony started his own leadership consulting firm, The Confidence Advantage Inc., with the goal of "empowering leaders to be the best version of themselves".

Having an active and engaged network is a key to success in life and business. The pandemic has changed a lot of things including how we interact with people, network and build relationships.  While "how" we network may have changed the process and purpose has not. The "Mastering the Art of Virtual Networking" workshop will provide you with a framework and key skills to help you confidently engage new connections and differentiate yourself in the virtual world.

Panel Speakers


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Nunzio presta

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Nadia Barbosa

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Micheal van

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Kristina demollari

Our 4 amazing panelists come to you with various backgrounds from entrepreneurship to accounting. Each panelist will walk the partici[amts through the challenges they faced through their professional jounry, how they overcame those challenges, and how they got to where they are now despite all the obstacles they faced. In this panel, participants will get to learn some tips on how to elevate themselves in their professional and personal journey, as well as how they can apply these tips in their daily lives to help participants be their best selves. 





CEO and Co-Founder of Brizi

Brizi, is a sponsorship platform that lets fans tap into nearby cameras in sports stadiums and arenas, to capture group memories and share them at scale. Anna was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2018. Prior to Brizi, Anna worked in enterprise sales operations in the financial services and education sectors at Microsoft, and worked in business innovation at Apple, Lexus / Toyota, BMO Financial, and Genentech / Hoffmann La-Roche.

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Karen Rowe

CFO of

CIBC Mellon

Karen has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles providing financial, strategic and operational management. Prior to joining CIBC Mellon, Karen served as Managing Director, Head of Investment Finance for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

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Anna Klimbovskaia

COO & Co-Founder of


Diversio is a technology company that leverages data to analyze, improve, and track diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She led RBC’s thought leadership on the Future of Work and developed RBCUpSkill, a digital tool helping Canadians build resiliency in an age of AI and workplace automation.


Alexander Michael Gittens

Alexander Michael Gittens is an acclaimed strategist who has provided billions of dollars worth of solutions to over 400 businesses worldwide. A recent TEDx speaker, Alexander has delivered inspirational speeches to thousands of ambitious people in the USA, Canada, and Europe. As an acclaimed thought-leader, thousands worldwide have been empowered by Alexander’s articles. He received several awards for leadership and community dedication, including an exclusive Citizenship Award from the Federal Government of Canada.


David Schlanger

Associate Professor

Ryerson University

David Schlanger has enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as a professor and as an administrator at the Ted Rogers School of Management. A tenured business faculty member since 1984, David is known for is innovative approach curriculum, development and delivery.


Kevin Peesker


Microsoft Canada

Kevin Peesker is President of Microsoft Canada responsible for leading a world class team who delivers transformative outcomes for Canadians. Through Microsoft's partner ecosystem, citizenship efforts and employee engagement programs, Kevin's objective is to empower every person and organization across Canada to achieve more. 


Hamza Khan


Splash Effect and SkillsCamp

Hamza Khan is a multi-award winning marketer & entrepreneur. He’s the co-founder of both Splash Effect, a boutique marketing & creative agency, as well as SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company. Hamza has spoken at more than 50 events (including 2 TEDx events) across 20 cities and 8 countries, to more than 15,000 people. He is a faculty member at Seneca College and Ryerson University, teaching courses on digital marketing and social media. Through his consulting, writing, teaching and speaking, Hamza empowers people and businesses to transform ideas into reality.




PWC Associate and SOS National Ambassador

Alice works as a Senior Associate in Audit at PwC Canada. Outside of her full-time job, she is the national ambassador for SOS Children's Villages Canada and she also sits on the non-profit board for three local hospitals in Toronto.  She has now raised over $11,600.00 for children in need. Alice is the reigning Miss Global International 2019. 





Communication Expert

Following a successful career as a stock analyst on Bay Street, Ron Tsang became a professional speaker who teaches leadership communication and is the incoming President of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). Has an Amazon bestselling book, "From Presentation to Standing Ovation: 15 Actionable Ideas to Achieve Massive Influence,". Some of his clients include RBC, TD, CIBC, Manulife, Honda, Shopify, and SickKids Foundation.




Financial Services


Is an accomplished Financial Services Executive with over 30 years experience leading teams, serving customers and driving differentiated results. Tony has a passion for coaching and mentoring.  He is actively involved with DECA U as a keynote speaker, competition judge and workshop facilitator focused on helping grow and develop Canada’s future business leaders.



Business Conference

I learned how important communication is with a teammate when it comes down to cutting a case with Karim Eletry. Conference was super fun! I think a lot of people are going to say "expand my case competition skills" and "network" which is true, but I think what I learned is how to improve my critical thinking. DECA really pushed me to be creative and open minded when solving problems. It's a super useful skill to have, especially when doing a work term.

- Nicole Petroff, 2018

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