Stay at the Chelsea Hotel.
Social to Cap off the Conference.
DECA Ryerson presents Edge Conference. Our theme this year is to celebrate diversity and embrace everybody’s competitive edge. Whether that is in business or everyday life, how do you stand out amongst the competition? Our 8th annual conference will take place from October 25th – October 27th at the Chelsea Hotel in Downtown Toronto. The highlight will be the case competition, taking place at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. This year’s delegate fee includes a two-night stay at the Chelsea Hotel, guest speakers, professional workshops, two catered dinners, swag bags and a social to cap off the conference.
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. DECA Ryerson encourages delegates to be diverse and think creatively as they shape their career.
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.
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)
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For any inquiries about the Edge Conference please contact Nick or Garrett and they will be able to assist you.