The following industry leaders are set to participate in Tech and Tennis Day , taking place on Thursday August 8 during the 2019 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Aviva Centre in Toronto. Stay tuned to this page as we continue to revel more speakers!
*Speakers subject to change
Amber Mac – Television Tech Personality, Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker and Host
We are thrilled to have Amber back as our Host again in 2019! Amber’s passion for everything digital has allowed her to challenge traditional norms and carve out a successful career in technology. As a host for CityTV in Toronto, she showcased technology trends through a traditional medium. After departing CityTV, she pursued other opportunities in technology. Along with her brother, Amber started a digital agency called Konnekt and their clients include Tony Robbins, Microsoft Xbox, Ford Company, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services and many more leading brands.
Amber is a bestselling author, most recently co-writing a handbook for parenting in the digital age called “Outsmarting your Kids Online: A Safety Handbook for Overwhelmed Parents.” Amber also blogs and creates innovative digital content for her over 110K Twitter followers. In addition, she is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show and Sirius Radio. She was also recently hired to serve as an entrepreneur advisor on “Dream Funded: Let the Crowd Decide”, a new reality pilot created by Mark Burnett.
One of Amber Mac’s favourite quotes: “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough” – Mario Andretti
Marc Saltzman – Freelance Journalist and Broadcast, Technology expert
Marc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality.
His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends and social media, business tech, interactive entertainment, and future trends.
Along with his weekly syndicated column with Gannett and USAToday.com, Marc currently contributes to more than 30 prominent publications, including USA Today (the most read newspaper in the U.S.), Yahoo, Costco Connection (U.S. and Canada), MSN, Toronto Star, Metro, Media Planet, WatchMojo, Rogers Connected, Common Sense Media, and Homefront.
Christina Litz – Senior Marketing, Digital & Strategy Executive
Christina Litz was most recently the SVP, Marketing & Content at the CFL. She lead strategy and operations across marketing, content, broadcast, digital and events including the Grey Cup. Prior to the CFL, Christina was VP, Digital Content & Engagement for Corus Entertainment. She was recognized by Strategy Magazine for her launch of W Network¹s “Shop the Show” and the redesign of the Wnetwork.com earned Corus awards from the Canadian Online Publishing Association.
Prior to Corus, Christina was at Rogers Media where she led their digital pureplay business including iVillage.ca, Sweetspot and Branchez-Vous. A lawyer, Christina first stepped into the world of digital while doing Business Affairs at CHUM Radio & Television and later CTV where she supported the launch of MuchMusic¹s digital video player and negotiated CTV’s first iTunes deal. Following CTV, she led business development efforts for the TELUS Content team, helping secure and distribute content through all TELUS platforms. Christina is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law and briefly practiced law at Tory
Meghan Chayka – Founder Stathletes
Megan Chayka is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Stathletes, an analytics and insights business that provides industry leading data precision within the sport of hockey. She started the company along with her husband Neil Lane and brother John Chayka, who is the GM of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. The trio looked at hockey metrics from the perspective of a player and felt there was not enough information to tell a player how to get better, nor was there enough information for a general manager to properly evaluate a player. Thus, they created Stathletes and now boast many NHL teams, players, and agents as clients.
Meghan has won multiple awards for her work including ESPN’s Top 12 Under 40, Yahoo! Sports Unsung Heroes of 2015, She was named one of the top 100 people of power in 2019 by The Hockey News and Toronto Board of Trade Top Professional Under 40 in 2016. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In her own words: “Start-ups are more about the challenge of stretch goals and meeting milestones. It’s really fulfilling to see a product add value to the intended consumer. I love the never-ending workload and busy timeline, even if it gets a tiny bit crazy.”
Humza Teherany – Chief Technology and Digital Officer MLSE
Humza is the Chief Technology and Digital Officer at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Humza has over 20 years of experience in driving Technology and Business Strategy, while directly contributing to both top and bottom line results.
Humza’s organization at MLSE is responsible for digital strategy, technology, IT, mobile apps, data science and innovation – including our esports team, Raptors Uprising Gaming Club. Prior to MLSE, Humza was at Compass Group North America where he built a technology and digital strategy company called Compass Digital Labs. Compass Digital Labs helped to drive billions of dollars of incremental revenue and market differentiation across retail and hospitality sectors across the United States and Canada. Humza has also worked at Allstream, where he led Business Transformation and IT Enterprise Architecture. He has also held various technical and management roles at Bell Canada.
A frequent keynote speaker at various North American conferences focused on technology, innovation and driving business results, Humza has built strong technology and business partnerships with top organizations around the globe. This network allows him to innovate creatively and quickly, accelerating business objectives.
Humza has an undergraduate degree from York University and holds various professional training accreditations from both the Schulich School of Business and the Niagara Institute, he also serves as the President of the CIO Association of Canada.
Lara Skripitsky – Vice President and Chief Technology Officer , Mcdonald’s Canada
Lara is a digital storyteller and change agent with over 20 years experience leading organizational and technology transformation at a number of Canada’s leading companies including Rogers Communications, General Mills, Torstar and Johnson & Johnson.
Currently Lara is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at McDonald’s Canada, where she leads the transformation of the Canadian business through technology. Her team is focused on leveraging technology to drive business results with a mandate that covers the digital marketing space as well as the omni-channel restaurant experience, encompassing everything from CRM, marketing technology, mobile, kiosk, in-store technology and more.
Lara holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours from Queens University as well as an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. She is a self-professed digital nerd and Netflix junkie – and her favourite McDonald’s meal is McNuggets and a Chocolate Shake.
Caren Morrison – Head of Infrastructure, Investor & Treasury Services, RBC
Caren Morrison is the Head of Technical Infrastructure for Investor & Treasury Services at RBC. In this role, she is responsible for a team of global professionals that provide technology infrastructure services to Investor customers. Caren leads the budget & control for the overall IT process of hardware/software/networks/operation services for the technology infrastructure platform which supports over 100 applications across Canada, Europe, Malaysia and Australia. Caren has held various roles leading technology transformation across many RBC teams including Mobile and Online Banking as well as Insurance.
In her spare time, Caren is focussed on creating a Sustainable Leadership and Development program to increase female recruitment into technology and ensure a focus on recruting and retaining young talent. Caren was a founding member of the RBC Kids can code program, and a member of the Technology and Operations Diversity Leadership Counsel’s with a focus on Indigenous Inclusion. When not at work, Caren enjoys spending time with her family, and running a hockey school and clinics in Ontario and has recently returned from Iqaluit where she helped run a technology and hockey camp.
Caren attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she studied economics and served as the varsity rowing coach for 2 years. She has also studied Advanced Strategic Leadership at the University of Toronto, as well as Business management at both Schulich school of business and Queens University.
Anthony Miranda – VP Information Technology, Toronto Blue Jays
Anthony Miranda starts his 21st season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019 after joining the organization in 1998 as a Systems Analyst. He has held various roles within IT over the years with increasing responsibility culminating in his latest promotion to VP, Technology in Feb 2018. Anthony and his team are responsible for all Blue Jays technology as it relates to both business operations and fan facing interactions.
Systems include: data warehouse, IPTV, fan loyalty platform, stadium access control, player payroll, merchandising point of sale system, video board and production environment. Technology initiatives currently being undertaken include Dunedin Florida training facility and stadium renovations. Replacement of digital signage system and display screens throughout Rogers Centre. Completing feasibility study to replace the main video board, sound system and control room.
CHRISTOPHER DOYLE – HEAD OF SPORTS / DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS – TWITTER
A top content & marketing strategist with more than 17 years experience working at some of Canada’s leading media brands, Christopher Doyle is currently Director of Media & Content Partnerships for Twitter Canada. Follow him @chrisdoyle.