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A Discussion on "The Future of Commerce"

7:25-7:59am check-in and coffee; 8:00am sharp to 9:00am discussion and Q&A

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Speaker Series

Date: Thursday November 16, 2017 | 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Speaker(s): Harley Finkelstein, COO, Shopify
Kathryn Hume, Vice President – Product and Strategy,
Sean Silcoff, Business Reporter, The Globe and Mail, Author
Devin Wenig, President and CEO, eBay Inc.
Topic: “The Future of Commerce”

Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Toronto, ON

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7:25-7:59 AM - Check-in and light breakfast

8:00 AM sharp - Welcoming remarks from Tiff Macklem, Dean and Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

8:03-8:15 AM - Short Keynote on "AI’s Role in the Future of Commerce" by Kathryn Hume, Vice President – Product and Strategy,

8:15-8:45 AM - Fireside Chat on "The Future of Commerce" between Harley Finkelstein, COO, Shopify and Devin Wenig, President and CEO, eBay Inc., led by Sean Silcoff, Business Reporter, The Globe and Mail and Author

8:45-8:59 AM - Audience Questions

8:59 AM - Closing Remarks


Harley Finkelstein is the Chief Operating Officer at Shopify and has been with the company since 2010. Prior to his current role, Harley founded numerous startups and e-commerce companies. He currently serves on the board of the C100 and is an advisor to Felicis Ventures. Harley was inducted into the Order of Ottawa in 2016, received the Canadian Angel Investor of the Year Award in 2017 and was recently named one of Canada's Top 40 under 40. Harley holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Concordia University and J/D//M.B.A. joint degree in Law and Business from the University of Ottawa.

Kathryn Hume is Vice President Product & Strategy for, a SaaS startup applying AI to drive growth and customer satisfaction for large enterprises. Kathryn is also a Venture Partner at ffVC, a seed- and early-stage technology venture capital firm, where she advises early-stage artificial intelligence companies and sources deal flow. As the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Fast Forward Labs, Kathryn led Fortune 500 companies to accelerate their machine learning and data science capabilities. Prior to that, she was a Principal Consultant in Intapp's Risk Practice, focused on data privacy, security, and compliance. A widely respected speaker and writer on AI, Kathryn excels at communicating how AI and machine learning technologies work in plain language. Kathryn has given lectures and taught courses on the intersections of technology, ethics, law, society at Harvard Business School, Stanford, the MIT Media Lab, and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She speaks seven languages, and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University and a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Sean Silcoff joined The Globe and Mail in January 2012, following an 18-year-career in journalism and communications. He previously worked as a columnist and Montreal correspondent for the National Post and as a staff writer at Canadian Business, where he was project co-ordinator of the magazine's inaugural Rich 100 list. He is the winner of two National Newspaper Awards and is the co-author of Losing the Signal; the Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry. Sean has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University and earned a Master's degree in Journalism at Carleton University.

Devin Wenig is eBay’s President and CEO. He is the 3rd CEO in the company’s history. A purpose-driven global technology leader, Devin became CEO in July 2015, after overseeing eBay's Marketplaces business as its President for nearly four years.  Under his leadership, eBay has grown annual Gross Merchandise Volume from $60.3 billion in 2011 to $84 billion in 2016. During this period, eBay added 69 million active buyers, to a total of 167 million. During his tenure at eBay, Devin has led a transformation of the business, including a technology and data-led re-platforming using structured data to catalog eBay’s vast inventory; investing in artificial intelligence capabilities; activating a sharpened and more clearly differentiated brand; redesigning eBay’s mobile experiences; and expanding global reach both geographically and by category. Devin joined eBay in September 2011 after more than 18 years at global technology/media company Thomson Reuters, where he was CEO of Thomson Reuters Markets. In that role, he led the global media and financial services businesses -- which provide technology, news, and data to corporations, media, and consumers. He is a sports fan, runner, amateur coder, and art enthusiast. He is passionate about using technology to make a positive impact on communities around the world. Devin received a B.A. from Union College, and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School. In addition to the eBay Board, he is a member of the Business Council, and a trustee of the Paley Media Center.  

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