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Waterloo conference headlined by tech giants

BlackBerry's Thorsten Heins, author Seth Godin, Google's Patrick Pichette keynote Communitech

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Coming off the worldwide launch of the BB10, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins will share his insights with the Region that is home to Canada's top tech company during the Communitech Tech Leadership Conference on March 7th.

Heins will be in good company, as alongside him at the podium will include Seth Godin, best-selling author, businessman and marketing pioneer and author of 14 books. The lineup of keynote speakers and breakout sessions also includes Patrick Pichette, Sr. VP and CFO of Google, who will provide his perspectives based on nearly 20-years of experience in financial operations and management in the telecommunications sector.

"We're pumped about the calibre of speakers and the level of discussion that is going to take place at this year's Conference," says Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech, which hosts the annual conference. "This is the must-attend event of the year for the tech community in Southwestern Ontario."

Communitech's Tech Leadership Conference is the largest one-day gathering of tech professionals in Waterloo Region, bringing together an audience of more than 500 people drawn from private industry, startups, the investment community, the academic community and government to network, listen to leadership lessons, and share their own experiences.

The day features: a Tech Expo Showcase of companies; keynote speakers; networking by industry plus breakout sessions; and a closing reception. The lineup of breakout sessions and speakers includes:

Colin and Julie Angus: Dynamite Duo - Lessons in Teamwork

* This dynamic pair of adventurers, writers, film-makers and outdoors-people are best-selling authors who have collectively written five books, and their films have been aired on National Geographic Channel, CTV Travel and more.

Ali Asaria: A culture of Innovation and Disruption

* Ali is the founder of Well.ca which is Canada's largest online health, baby and beauty store. He asserts that we've become so lost in a culture of startups and venture capital, that we've forgotten the importance of real technological innovation and disruption, the topic he will address in his breakout session.

April Dunford: The Future of Marketing: What Startup Marketers can Teach Us

* April is the co-founder and Managing Director of RocketScope, a hybrid marketing accelerator and analyst firm focused on marketing best practices and strategy. April will take Tech Leadership attendees through the changing playing field of marketing, where the best marketing is no longer de facto done by the biggest teams.

Mike McCauley: 0 to Google in 18 months: The BufferBox Story

* Mike is co-founder of BufferBox, a network of automated package delivery lockers which allows consumers to ship parcels and online purchases directly to pick-up stations, solving the problem of failed deliveries by offering 24/7 pickup. Other startups can benefit from the BufferBox experience.

Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies supporting and building a Southwestern Ontario tech cluster of close to 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30B in revenue.

The Tech Leadership Conference will be held at Bingeman's Conference Centre in Kitchener beginning at 8am with breakfast, registration and the opening of the Tech Expo and closing at 4:40 pm following the program completion and reception.

To register, go to: http://www.techleadership.ca

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