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The Maclean's Ideas Summit is back to explore AI, breakthroughs & societal shifts in Canada

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Mark your calendars! The Maclean's Ideas Summit is back for its third iteration on Wednesday, February 28th. Join influential thinkers and leaders for an evening of compelling conversation about Canada's most pressing issues. This year, StartWell’s Event Studio on West Queen West along with Maclean's Magazine's partners Uber Canada, Microsoft Canada, Amazon Canada, and Fitzrovia – will set the stage for an intellectual journey. Engage with accomplished speakers as they delve into hot-button topics like artificial intelligence, groundbreaking innovations, and the ever-evolving social landscape of Canada.

Maclean’s First Person Fireside Chat: Canada’s AI Future

John Weigelt, the national technology officer at Microsoft Canada will kick things off with a short Fireside Chat about Canada’s AI future. How will AI improve the lives of Canadians in the year ahead? And what are the risks citizens should prepare for when it comes to this brand new technology.

Keynote Address: The Future of the City

Mayor Olivia Chow will kick-off the 2024 Maclean’s Ideas Summit with a warm welcome and keynote address on the future of Toronto. Topline issues include what we can expect from our city in 2024, and whether or not we should feel optimistic about what comes next.
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A Marquee Panel

For the evening’s main event, five (5) visionary thinkers across five unique industries will step onto the Ideas Summit stage for a dynamic conversation about the future state of Canada. In conversation with Maclean’s publisher Jason Maghanoy, the panel will aim to generate both curiosity and understanding on topics such as the future of urban mobility, AI’s impact on cities, public health preparedness, and the future of Canadian culture.

Featured Speakers

Clement Virgo, a leading Canadian film director
Phil De Luna, chief carbon scientist and head of engineering, Deep Sky
Laura Miller, public policy and communications leader, Uber Canada
Dr. Teresa M. Chan, founding dean of TMU's School of Medicine and vice-president, medical affairs
Magda Grace, head of Prime Video, Canada, Australia and New Zealand


Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm ET
Location: StartWell - The Event Studio, 230 Niagara Street
What: Thought leadership followed by a networking afterparty; Wine and canapés will be served.
Cost: General Admission is $50 per person, (plus service charges and HST)

About Maclean’s:
Canada's best-known and most beloved national magazine, Maclean’s covers politics, culture, trends, ideas, and personalities with a focus on blockbuster longform feature storytelling. Through its irresistible monthly print edition, eye-catching online stories, social channels, and in its newsletter and live events, Maclean's helps readers understand their country and their world. At the 2023 National Magazine Awards, Maclean’s was named Best Magazine: News, Business and General Interest. Maclean's is published by SJC Media, Canada’s largest publisher of trusted brands with a reach touching more than 23 million Canadians. Visit

For media inquiries, and more information about the Maclean’s Ideas Summit, please contact:
Marta Tsimicalis
Director of Communications, SJC

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