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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has waded into the debate over the future of Canada’s television industry, using a high-profile speech to press for pick-and-pay options that would let viewers buy only the channels they choose.

In an election-style address to Conservative supporters marking the return of Parliament on Monday, Mr. Harper said his government is “helping families, and all consumers” by, among other things, “letting Canadians choose to pay for the TV channels they actually want.”

Read the full story: Globe and Mail

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 03:24


A leader in the consumer electronics industry for three decades, Gary Shapiro has observed and worked with some of the world’s most innovative companies in history. On Wednesday May 7th at Digital Media Summit 2014 in Toronto, he will share what he’s learned are some of the key strategies guiding business success and address the tech boom that’s currently underway.  

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and owning and producing the world’s largest annual innovation tradeshow, the International CES®.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology, consumer fair use rights, and opposing legislation like PIPA and SOPA, harmful to a robust Internet.

Shapiro has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. In 2012, and in prior years, Washington Life magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington.  

Shapiro authored CEA’s New York Times bestsellers “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (Harper Collins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Daily Caller and other publications, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. 

Find out the latest trends, issues and innovations in tech and leadership at Digital Media Summit (#DMS2014) – May 7, 2014 – in Toronto.

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Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 01:53



Social Media Sommelier Gary Vaynerchuk Talks Finding Your Social Voice & Building Your Digital Brand 

Gary Vaynerchuk has captured attention with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. A quintessential maven of modern-day marketing,he is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author as well as a self-trained wine and social media expert.

With an entrepreneurial spirit and a clear recognition of the emergence of e-commerce, he launched Winelibrary.comand helped grow his family business from $3 million to $45 million. Through his video blog - Wine Library TV - and his unconventional commentary on wine, he revolutionized the wine world and established himself as a true social media trailblazer, boasting more than 1 million followers on Twitter and hundreds of thousands of “Vayniacs” who monitor his every interaction. 

In a typical day, he will post 70 tweets, and in a typical week, he’ll post three essays on Medium – a year-old blogging and sharing platform – along with six YouTube videos and a dozen Facebook posts.

A business visionary, Gary started, a flash sale website which features one wine per day for 24 hours sold at a severely discounted price. He also started a monthly newsletter that gives readers access to the hundreds of wines he tastes and reviews each month off camera. With his brother AJ, he launched VaynerMedia, a new breed of agency that helps Fortune 500 companies like GE, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Coffee, and the NY Jets find their social voices and build their digital brands through micro content and other storytelling actions. 

Gary’s books - Crush It! Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion and The Thank You Economy - detail how to build your own personal brand and the effects of social media on business, becoming required reading for entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world. His latest, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really work, sharing hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition.

Discover the social guru’s tips on building your digital brand at Digital Media Summit (#DMS2014) – May 7, 2014 – in Toronto.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 4 December 2013 01:46



Former software entrepreneur John McAfee might be best known in Silicon Valley as the founder of McAfee Associates, a computer antivirus company he jump-started in 1987. He left the company in 1994.  

From his first job as a programmer for NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, McAfee has long been considered a legend in tech circles.  He founded Tribal Voice, which developed PowWow, one of the first instant messaging programs, and pioneered the first voice recognition software. In 2010, he started a new venture working towards producing commercial all natural antibiotics based on anti-quorum sensing technology.

He has since gone on to lead an infamous life of eccentricity and scrutiny. His latest venture – Future Tense Central – is a technology incubator developing a device to make virtual users anonymous and untraceable. Oriented around local, de-centralized networks – a parallel quasi-internet – the $100 gadget “D-Central” will enable encrypted connections and communications while thwarting surveillance programs.

Mythical or controversial, find out what’s next on the tech guru’s master agenda at Digital Media Summit (#DMS2014) – May 7, 2014 – in Toronto.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 5 December 2013 11:27


Digital Media Summit is pleased to announce Umang Shah, Director of Social Strategy for Walmart, will deliver a keynote address at #DMS2014 in Toronto next May.

As Director of Social Strategy for Walmart, Umang Shah is responsible for managing, protecting and improving the reputation of the world’s largest retailer through social channels. His strategies have taken a data-driven approach to tell the company’s story in a more compelling and relevant way, resulting in increased engagement and audience growth. As he tells it, he measures what consumers feel, not what they buy. Prior to Walmart, Shah led Social Media efforts for Microsoft, focused on Small and Medium Businesses; launched innovative Digital and Customer Marketing programs for Xerox, BEA Systems, and VMware; and founded Cubed Consulting, providing integrated marketing services to startups and emerging businesses.

On Wednesday May 7, at Digital Media Summit 2014, Shah will give the audience of branding, marketing, and social media executives unique insights into his strategy for building a voice for the company with its customers and stakeholders using real-time data and building engagement through earned content. 

Save big with our super early bird rate by registering now while quantities last. Passes can be transferred to a colleague if you are unable to attend last minute. Group discounts are also available.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 2 October 2013 02:00
Industry leaders and specialists from YouTube/Google, LinkedIn, Engauge, HUGE Inc., Fizz, MediaUK, tasti Dlite, Blitzmetrics, DEI Worldwide, ComScore, and Social Media Explorer join an incredible line up of speakers for Digital Media Summit 2013.
With presentations addressing the future of social media, word of mouth marketing, opportunities through digital transformation, rewarding brand loyalty through social technologies, connections between the physical and digital world, top digital trends as well as “why” people use social networks, they are: 
James Cridland
Radio Futurologist | Managing Director
Ipsa Desai
Strategic Partnerships
BJ Emerson
VP of Technology
tasti Dlite
Jason Falls
Author “No Bullshit Social Media” & CEO
Social Media Explorer
Gary Fearnall
Director of Marketing Solutions
David Reis
Founder & CEO
DEI Worldwide
Bryan Segal
VP of Canada
Aaron Shapiro
Nicola Smith
VP of Innovation
Ted Wright
Founder & CEO
Dennis Yu

…as well as previously announced keynote speakers: Cindy Gallop, Ryan Holiday, Erik Qualman and Don Tapscott




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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 04:34

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(October 3, 2012) – After a successful launch earlier this year, the Digital Media Summit returns March 19-20, 2013 to Toronto’s Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. The two-day conference will unite the worlds of social media and interactive marketing to bring digital branding to the forefront and examine successful engagement strategies for brands, business, and media. With thought-provoking discussions, presentations by prominent figures in the industry and an opportune networking environment, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with some of the brightest minds in the digital and social arena.

Leading the line-up of programming for Digital Media Summit 2013 are keynotes by:

Erik Qualman
Called a Digital Dale Carnegie, Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business. Socialnomics made Amazon’s #1 Best Selling List for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany. His latest book Digital Leader helped earned him the selection as the 2nd “Most Likeable Author in the World” behind Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. For the past 18 years Qualman has helped grow the digital capabilities of many companies including Cadillac, EarthLink, EF Education, Yahoo, Travelzoo and AT&T. He is the founder and owner of, which PC Magazine ranks as a Top 10 Social Media Blog.
Follow Erik @equalman

Don Tapscott
A thought leader on the strategic value and impact of information technology, Don Tapscott has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books including the international bestseller Wikinomics and its successor, Macrowikinomics, as well as the generation-defining Grown Up Digital. He’s an entrepreneur, an internationally sought consultant, the chairman of the innovation think tank Moxie Insight and an adjunct professor of Management at the University of Toronto’s Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. On top of that, he’s currently heading up four multi-million dollar research programs.
Follow Don @DTapscott

Cindy Gallop
An international business and brand innovator, Cindy Gallop operates at the cutting edge of digital as a web entrepreneur and digital media consultant. Her 30 years of experience in brand building, marketing and entrepreneurialism kicked off with Bartle Bogle Hegarty (whose US office she opened in 1998), has linked her to global brands such as Coca-Cola, Ray-Ban, Polaroid, Johnnie Walker, Unilever and Levi’s, and earned her the title of Advertising Woman of the Year in 2003. She is the founder of IfWeRanTheWorld, a web platform designed to turn good intentions into collective action, one microaction at a time, and MakeLoveNotPorn. Cindy acts as board advisor to a number of tech startups and consults for companies around the world, describing her consultancy approach as ‘I like to blow s*** up. I am the Michael Bay of business.”
Follow Cindy @cindygallop

Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and self-proclaimed “Media Manipulator”.   As the Director of Marketing at American Apparel, his work in advertising is internationally recognized with many of his strategies often used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Forbes.  After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under the strategist Robert Greene, he went on to advise many best-selling authors and multi-platinum musicians.  Currently contributing to the New York Observer and Fast Company, his controversial first book, Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, quickly became a Wall Street Journal bestseller after Ryan stepped forward to discuss some of his PR tactics for notorious clients such as Tucker Max and Dov Charney and outward manipulation of the media.
Follow Ryan @RyanHoliday

Registration for Digital Media Summit 2013 is now open.  To secure your place, visit and take advantage of early pricing, available for a limited time only.

Additional details and speakers will be revealed as the programming schedule develops.  To stay up to date with news and announcements, visit or follow us @2013DMS.


About Digital Media Summit
Digital Media Summit is a two-day social media and interactive marketing conference bringing together top executives and visionaries to examine the transformation of business with the growth and innovation of cross-media content. Join professionals from all around the world as they gather to discuss the business of content – from mobile to gaming and social media. With keynotes from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Arianna Huffington, and many more, the inaugural Digital Media Summit attracted more than 500 speakers and attendees from around the world.

For further information, please contact:
Digital Media Summit | Bessie Bullard
T: 905.858.3298 | E:

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 6 November 2012 05:09

TORONTO – December 5, 2011Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of thirteen books, will deliver the closing keynote at the inaugural Digital Media Summit being held March 21-22, 2012, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.


Named to the TIME 100 – the magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people – as well as Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Financial Times’ 50 People Who Shaped the Decade, and Newsweek’s Top Ten Thought-Leaders of the Decade, Huffington’s career took flight in May 2005 when she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. Almost six years to the day, after a merger with AOL in February and a reported 1.5 million Canadian visitors to the site in March, she unveiled the first international edition in Toronto – HuffPost Canada.


On Thursday, March 22, 2012, the influential leader in new media will present “The Brave New World of ‘New Media’: How Social Media Has Revolutionized the Communications Landscape” as part of the Digital Media Summit. Huffington will address the latest online and social media trends, legacy media vs. digital media, the advent of the citizen journalist, and the rise of self-expression as the new entertainment.


The Digital Media Summit will feature two days of motivating keynotes from industry leaders, stimulating discussions on branding, social media, interactive marketing and multi-platform content integration as well as interviews and presentations by cutting-edge innovators and prominent media authorities. Joining Ms. Huffington will be:


  • Justin Baird – Innovationist, Google
  • Dallas Lawrence – Chief Global Digital Strategist, Burson Marsteller
  • Michael Tchong – Founder, Ubercool
  • Jeff Mancini – Senior Director, Digital Strategy, Interbrand
  • Rob Harles – Global Head, Social Media, Bloomberg (NY)
  • Katrina Klier – Sr. Director, Worldwide Digital Engagement, Microsoft Corporation
  • Beth LaPierre – Chief Listening Officer, Kodak Company
  • Hardie Tankersley – VP, Social Media and Innovation, Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Shawn DuBravac – Chief Economist & Director of Research, CEA (Consumer Electronics Association)
  • Jeff Roberto – Director, Consumer Marketing, Shazam
  • Jason Tafler – Chief Digital Officer, Rogers Media Inc.
  • Elizabeth Pizzinato – VP, Brand Communications, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts


For complete program details and to register, visit


For media information and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Planet3 Communications Ltd. • Laura McLean/Joanne Smale
T: 647.346.4101, E:


Bessie Bullard – Communications Director

T: 905.858.4747 E:

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 6 November 2012 05:09