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TechAlliance Fireside Chat: Tackling Transformation

July 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm









One thing remains true in changing times — entrepreneurs are built to bounce back. So we’ve called on the technology and innovation leaders that know how to power through hardships and stay resilient in the face of uncertainty, to answer your many questions about what comes next.

Their response? “Ask us anything.”

Step into the minds of TechAlliance Board of Directors – disruptors, innovators and leaders that have built some of Southwestern Ontario’s most notable companies during Fireside Chats Summer Series, Wednesdays at 11:00 AM.

Tackling Transformation

Featuring TechAlliance Board Members:

Anna Foat | Director, Global Digital Transformation Office, Sun Life Financial

Michael Schmalz | President, Digital Extremes

Reinvent. Pivot. Transform. Whatever you call it, you know your next move can’t be the same one you always make.

Innovation leaders reframe challenges into new possibilities and turn adversity into evolution. Don’t let your digital transformation go unguided.

Have a question? Submit it to us in advance!


Anna Foat loves the power of possibility and the passion of entrepreneurs. She’s worked at a startup, grown with one of the most famous Canadian scale-ups and now works for a major financial services firm in Canada advising the chief transformation officer on digital transformation. She earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Waterloo and now teaches Design Thinking at Western.

Michael Schmalz is President of Digital Extremes, a top development studio in the interactive entertainment industry. Michael has over 10 years’ experience in the digital media industry, focusing his attention on innovation in the gaming sector. Prior to that, he practiced as a civil engineer. He holds several degrees including a PhD, MA and MESc from Western University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.


July 29
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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