Learn from inspiring minds with Gamechanger Sessions

CBC Toronto is a proud digital partner of Gamechanger Sessions, A free virtual livestream series sharing the wisdom of inspiring minds during challenging times.

A free virtual livestream series sharing the wisdom of inspiring minds during challenging times

Tune in every week in April and May for conversations with leaders from a variety of sectors (CBC)

Gamechanger Sessions is a free weekly livestream series created to help shine light and share the wisdom of brilliant minds and hearts during these uncertain times.

Gamechanger Sessions run throughout April and May, featuring conversations with speakers from a variety of industries and disciplines. Conversations are hosted by Candice Faktor, entrepreneur and founder of All events are free, but registration is required.

With no shortage of local talent on the roster, here are some upcoming talks to add to your (virtual) social calendar for the coming months:

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development - June 1

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (Gamechanger Sessions)

How will Canada innovate its way out of this pandemic? Join the conversation on June 1, 2020 with The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and host Candice Faktor.

The discussion will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on Canada's business and tech community, and how the government is gearing up for the road to recover.

Register for the free virtual session here.

Ariel Garten, creator of the award-winning Muse meditation headband (Gamechanger Sessions)

Ariel Garten - May 19

Ariel is the Toronto-based co-founder of InteraXon Brain Sensing Technology and creator of the award-winning Muse meditation headband. Ariel is a neuroscientist, innovator, and entrepreneur known for her work integrating art and science. A groundbreaking innovator in the world of wearable meditation tech, Ariel and the Muse team have been featured in CNN, Forbes, Fortune, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Muse is now used around the world in 5 languages, with over 5,000,000 sessions of meditation.

Ariel and Candice will discuss why mindfulness and meditation matter in leadership and how to find joy amidst chaos.

Register for the session here.

Named the '#1 Management Thinker in the World' Roger Martin will be in conversation with Candice Faktor on May 4, 2020 (Gamechanger Sessions)

Roger Martin - May 4

Professor Roger Martin is a writer, strategy advisor and in 2017 was named the #1 management thinker in world. He is also former Dean and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Candice and Roger will discuss what the current crisis reveals about our complex economic systems, and what we must change in a post-COVID-19 future.

Register for the session here.

Albert Wenger and Julie Hanna will be in conversation with Candice Faktor on Aprl 24 & 27, 2020 respectively (Gamechanger Sessions)

April 24 - Albert Wenger

Albert is the Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures — one of the world's top performing venture funds — where investments have included Etsy, Twilio and MongoDB, as well as Toronto startups Wattpad, Tucows and Figure 1. Albert is also author of World After Capital, a book about attention scarcity in a post-Industrial Age future.

Albert and Candice will discuss first principles, universal basic income, and innovation post COVID-19.

April 27 - Julie Hanna

A technologist, entrepreneur, investor and board director, Julie serves as Executive Chair of the Board of Kiva, and as a Venture Partner at Obvious Ventures. In 2015, Julie was appointed by President Obama as Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad. Julie is founder, CEO and founding head of products at five venture-backed tech companies, and is a frequent speaker and advocate for global entrepreneurship.

Candice and Julie will discuss finding calm during times of uncertainty and crisis.

In case you missed it: watch the Gamechanger Session with Margaret Atwood

One of the most influential literary voices of our time, and a futurist dubbed the "prophet of dystopia", Margaret Atwood is a Canadian icon -- and she has created an incredible invention for our social distancing times. On April 14, 2020, Candice and Margaret discussed the future post pandemic and insights on how to face uncertainty and change.


Stay tuned for updates regarding upcoming talks in May. For more information about Gamechanger Sessions, visit the website here.

Gamechanger Sessions is presented in partnership with CBC Toronto, Toronto Life, Elevate, TechTO, Talk Boutique, Artery, and York University Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

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