Press release

Waterloo Region to Host True North Festival From June 1-7, 2020

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True North Festival is set to take place in Canada’s innovation capital – also known as Waterloo Region – from June 1 to 7, 2020. While True North was previously separated into a ticketed conference and a free community festival, these elements will come together in 2020 under the banner of True North Festival.

“Waterloo Region is a community with a rich history of entrepreneurial collaboration, a theme that lives on throughout the area to this day,” said Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech. “This rebranding more accurately reflects the collaborative efforts of Communitech and the community partners who are working behind the scenes to make True North bigger, and better, than ever before.”

In its third year, this week-long event series is where tech founders, creative thinkers, movers, shakers and policymakers come together to examine what it means to be human—and humane—in our tech-driven world.

Beginning on June 2, Communitech will host a number of conversational summits that take a deep-dive into topics such as corporate innovation; startup and scale-up strategies; the future of work; data and advanced technologies; as well as tech for good. These summits will take place at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Kitchener Public Library theatre. On June 3, attendees will gather at Centre in the Square for Communitech’s Centre Stage programming. In addition to presentations from world-class keynotes, the event will feature the announcement of the $1-million Leaders Prize winner.

In this new format, True North Festival has expanded to include events hosted by community partners at venues all centrally located along Waterloo Region’s recently launched ION light rail transit line. Fluxible, Canada’s user experience (UX) Conference, will take place June 1-7, with daily lunch-and-learns open to the community and festival attendees. In addition, Startup Open House on June 4 will open doors to some of Waterloo Region’s leading tech organizations, giving festival goers the opportunity to connect with leaders shaping the future of tech in Canada and beyond.

After-hours events are set to include concert series such as the Open Ears Festival and more.

Announcements with details on keynote speakers and additional programming will be made in early 2020 on Truenorthwaterloo.com.

About Communitech

Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1,400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players.

Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.

● Communitech is a place – the centre of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool tech and great companies.

● Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.

● Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to help companies go from a small startup to a global giant.