Event Highlights


Below is just a snippet of what to expect. We will be adding more details and speakers as we get closer to the event.

MC – Faizal Khamisa

Faizal Khamisa is a television anchor at Rogers Sportsnet, based in Toronto. It’s a fancy way of saying he gets to talk about sports for a living every day. Faizal attended the University of Western Ontario, and has an honours degree in Psychology. Following his undergrad, he went to the College of Sports media where he completed a Television and Radio Broadcasting Diploma, and was recruited to work at TheScore television network, where he got his start on national TV. You can see Faizal hosting Sportsnet Central, Tim and Sid, and various interviews with sports figures across the country. He was awarded the Rottman’s school of management top 5 under 25 in the Sports industry back in 2014. Faizal is also a cancer survivor, and works closely with kids diagnosed with the illness, following his battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 16 in 2005. As a result of the treatment, he had his right hip replaced in 2014, meaning you can definitely beat him in a race. He started a motivational speaking company in 2007, and has had the honour of speaking across the country sharing his story, and his message of positivity and perseverance. He recently shaved his head for cancer research on live TV, to raise money for Sick Kids hospital in Toronto. Faizal has an extensive sneaker collection, and secretly thinks Vancouver is the best city in Canada.

Featured Speaker #1 – Zain Verjee

Zain Verjee is one of the world’s most respected and recognized journalists, with 14 years of experience at CNN as an anchor, reporter and profound interviewer. Beyond the litany of countries she has covered for work, Zain invests her personal time and inquiry in understanding people around the world. Zain is now the co-founder & CEO of aKoma Media, an e-content and digital media network for African content creators, brands and audiences.

Featured Session #1 – Build Your Digital Muscle

We all know of Amazon as a global online retailer. But few in Canada realize they are also a global provider of emerging technologies such as machine learning & AI so organizations of all sizes can take advantage of these advanced techniques. Learn how Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) strategic focus compels them to obsess about their customer and how you can transform your business by leveraging the scale and flexibility of the same platform that powers Amazon Alexa.

Dragon’s Den Style Pitch Competition

The Ignite Entrepreneurship Showcase will exhibit startup successes in the Jamat. Listen to emerging entrepreneurs who will try to woo a panel of judges with their business vision – maybe you’ll hear an idea that catches your ear! A handful of startups will be pre-selected to compete based on applications. If you would like to apply or know someone who would be a good fit, contact us.

Alliance Events and Board Meetings

Board Meetings and events for the various Canadian Alliances have been scheduled on Friday, October 27, 2017. Over 25 Alliances representing 150+ Delegates from various industries including Hotels & Restaurants, Finance & Accounting, Retirement & Nursing Homes, Dental & Medical, Real Estate, Legal, IT and more. This is an opportunity for the Alliance members across Canada to meet with their respective Alliances and network with industry peers.

Stay tuned or contact your respective alliance for more details.

Coach’s Corner

A unique opportunity to have a one-on-one chat with someone who can help you set, measure or achieve your professional goals. Life coaches, executive coaches and industry professionals will all be available to assist you.  This is your opportunity to get face time with people who are in positions that you are aiming for or can help you get there!

Friday Evening Opening Reception

The Ignite Opening reception will be held on October 27, 2017 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in beautiful Downtown Vancouver. Come enjoy magnificent views, engaging conversation, and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Further details on timing will be announced when the full agenda is released. Be sure to subscribe for updates from our homepage.

Photo Booth

Get your headshot taken by one of our professional photographers. No matter if you’re an experienced professional, doctor, lawyer, actor, or entrepreneur, a professional photo for your website or LinkedIn page is a must.

And More…!

Breakout Sessions

Exhibits & Displays

Interactive Panel Sessions

Networking Breakfasts, Lunches & Breaks

Saturday Gala Reception & Dinner