September 2019

A Canadian Spin on American Tech - Meet the Canadian leads of Silicon Valley's biggest companies

11:30am-1:30pm | Hilton Hotel - 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Join the Economic Club of Canada as we gather industry leaders to discuss Canada's thriving tech sector, best practices, challenges and trends.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to julia@economicclub.ca.
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Hannah Parish

General Manager of Ontario
Lyft Canada

Hannah Parish

Hannah Parish is the General Manager for Lyft, responsible for operations in Ontario. Parish is a 17+ year business and marketing veteran specializing in developing and rebuilding brands through consumer-focused new product innovation. Her previous accomplishments include launching the ARIV brand and eBikes in Europe for General Motors and launching Voltaren in Canada. She has held various other business and marketing leadership positions in the CPG and Bicycle industries. Parish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from McGill University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business. Parish lives in Toronto, Canada. Outside of mobility, she is passionate about Canadian sports, specifically cycling, and can often be found outside on her bike when not in the office. Her life’s goal is to get as many people as possible on bikes and out of their cars. She also strongly supports the advancement of women in business and sports and sits on the board of directors of Toronto’s chapter of Women in Transportation (WTS).

Paul Burns

Managing Director
Twitter Canada

Paul Burns

Paul Burns is the managing director of Twitter Canada. Based in Toronto, Paul is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the platform in Canada, working with top brand, agency and media partners to deliver premium content and advertising solution Prior to joining Twitter, Paul spent over a decade in the Canadian media and tech industries, including senior roles at Shaw Communications and Canwest Global Communications. Paul was also Canada's first managing director for Huge, a full service digital agency headquartered in Brooklyn. Paul currently serves on the board of Matthew House (a non profit home for refugees) and has also served as a board member for both the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB Canada) as well as the Banff World Media Festival.

Rola Dagher

Cisco Canada

Rola Dagher

Leadership is not simply a role that you fill; it is an action that you take each and every day. It is this philosophy that guides Cisco Canada President, Rola Dagher. Over her career of more than two decades, Dagher has worked with some of the brightest minds in the technology industry while honing her natural leadership style.

Dagher joined Cisco from Dell EMC where she held a variety of leadership roles in sales, channels, and IT. Prior to this, she also held various sales leadership roles at Bell Canada for 15 years.

Since taking on the role as President in 2017, Cisco Canada has quickly emerged as the company’s top globally performing region. Yet, Dagher will be the first to say that her success is a direct reflection of the dedication and drive of the entire Canadian operation. Dagher believes in diversity of thought and has made it her mission to empower and nurture employees, regardless of gender, culture, orientation or age.

Her commitment to empowering women is shown in her role as Americas President for Connected Women, a program that encourages more female participation in the high-technology industry. Dagher also advocates for immigrants and mental health awareness which truly defines her as a leader far beyond the technology sector.

Most recently, she was awarded the 2019 Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) Woman of the Year award as well as being selected as one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant winners for 2019 and CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel list. She was also named the “Lady of the Cedar” by the Lebanese Embassy and received a 2018 Leadership Award from the Lebanese Chamber Business of Commerce.

In addition to her role at Cisco, Dagher sits on the board of Cedars Cancer Foundation and is an advocate for pediatric and young adult cancer patients. She is also an active member of the 30% Club, promoting growth through diversity in the workplace. As an active member of the Business Council of Canada, Dagher accompanies her C-suite peers to shape public policy in the interests of a stronger Canada and a better world.

Yet, through all of her accomplishments, Dagher firmly believes that no one achieves greatness in a silo. As one of the few female leaders in technology, she believes that you have to “Learn it. Earn it. And return it.” And this process is one that she continues to work through at every stage of her career.

Takara Small

Journalist, Developer, Entrepreneur

Takara Small

Takara Small is Toronto-based technology journalist, developer and entrepreneur.
She currently appears on Metro Morning (Toronto's top-rated morning radio show) as a technology columnist and CBC Toronto tech expert on shows, like CBC News, The National and more. She was previously the host/producer for the Globe and Mail startup podcast 'I'll Go First' and contributing editor for Fortune magazine. Over the years her work has appeared in numerous outlets, which include the BBC, Toronto Star, Refinery29, Flare magazine, Mic, Refinery29 and others.
As a sought-after public speaker, she's often invited to share her thoughts about entrepreneurship and technology with global audiences around the world at events, such as Collission, Elevate, Social Media Week, Deloitte's DisruptionByDesign summit and more.
Meanwhile as the founder and executive director of VentureKids Canada, a Toronto-based nonprofit that provides free coding classes and startup workshops to youth living in low-income and underserved communities, she helps diversify Canada's growing technology sector.

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