Waterloo Region, April 20, 2018— Communitech is pleased to announce the addition of three new speakers to the True North conference May 29-31, 2018, including Uber’s Chief Brand Officer, Bozoma Saint John, Oscar award-winning producer and director, Spike Jonze (Her), and Emmy Award-winning writer, Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror).


As Chief Brand Officer, Saint John brought her unique backstory and bold personality to Uber, where she has worked to change both the culture and perception of the ride-sharing company. She’ll take the stage on May 31st to speak to her own experiences with diversity and inclusion, as well as on her role within Uber.


Jonze and Brooker will headline “Stranger than Fiction,” a tech-meets-entertainment panel moderated by Canadian lawyer and author Mark Sakamoto (winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2018), where they’ll bring their unique perspectives on technology, fiction and entertainment to the stage.


To inspire more creative perspectives on how tech affects humanity, True North has also launched a short story contest, inviting submissions for a near-future fiction of 1,000 words or less on the theme We shall arrive soon. Details on the contest and submission process are available here.


True North is a three-day conversation about AI, diversity, fake news and other issues at the intersection of society and technology. It is an opportunity to reconsider tech’s purpose, to imagine and re-imagine technology’s impact, and to examine the values that guide innovation.


For speaker updates, ticket sales, event schedule and more information please visit www.truenorthwaterloo.com.


For more information, please contact:


Samantha Clark

Public Relations Manager, Communitech




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 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players.


Communitech is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.


  • Communitech is a place – the center 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 go from a small startup to a global giant.