Marc Saltzman, Technology Specialist

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, small-to-midsized business technology and interactive entertainment.

Marc writes and hosts “Gear Guide,” a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters, IMAX theatres and various sister chains; is a frequent guest on CTV’s Canada AM morning show, CHCH, Global TV, CityTV and CP24; along with his weekly syndicated columns with Gannett, Marc currently contributes to more than 40 prominent publications and has published 16 books and Marc also writes and hosts three radio shows, branded as “Tech Talk”.

Marc Saltzman



Dave Wilkin, Co-Founder of Ten Thousand Coffees

Co-Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, helping organizations match and build relationships between colleagues to drive high performing and happy teams. An international speaker and expert in millennials, innovation, mentoring, and networking.

Through partnerships with leading education institutions across North America, Wilkin and his team are innovating the student to work transition by helping students match with upper years and alumni for valuable career and education conversations, all over coffee (or tea)!

Dave Wilkin


Ilana Ben-Ari, Design Thinker and Founder of Twenty One Toys

Ilana Ben-Ari is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of Twenty One Toys. The company’s first product is The Empathy Toy, a 3-D abstract puzzle that was originally designed with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to bridge the communication gap between visually impaired students and their sighted classmates. It is now used as a tool for empathic learning and creative education for people of varying ages and abilities. Already in thousands of schools, homes and offices worldwide, it was featured in TIME as one of six new technologies shaping classrooms and offices of the future. Her new product, The Failure Toy, will be released soon.

Ilana has won multiple awards, including C2MTL’s emerging entrepreneur award. She has spoken at TEDx and at conferences around the world, and has been featured in the Guardian and the Independent, among others. She has been working at the in-tersection of design and social innovation for a decade at studios in Montreal, Hel-sinki, London, and most recently, Toronto.

Ilana Ben-Ari

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Sidneyeve Matrix, Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar

Sidneyeve Matrix teaches mass communications and digital culture trends in the faculty of Arts and Science and for the Queen’s School of Business executive Education Program. Sidneyeve has several teaching awards and nominations, and is an Educator in Residence at the Centre for Teaching and Learning. An educational researcher, she has published in EDUCAUSE Review, eLearning Papers, Issues and Trends in Educational Technology, and The Journal of Pedagogic Development. Her educational technology initiatives and research have been featured in University Affairs Magazine, Macleans Magazine, Yahoo!, MSN.ca, Canada.com, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. This summer Sidneyeve is working with 700 awesome Queen’s Students in her online courses in digital media culture and commerce.

Sidneyeve Matrix