The Innovators 2016 - Gallery

Thank you to everyone for attending, to our sponsors, and to Marc Saltzman, Martin Cooper and Aaron Zifkin for an informative and entertaining discussion.

View the photo gallery from 2016 below

The Innovators 2016 Gallery

Thank you to Leif Norman and Jason Halstead


ICTAM’s signature event, The Innovators, returns for its 5th incredible year! Join us April 21, 2016 as we continue to showcase leaders who are inventing the future.  We’re delighted to have as our featured guests Martin Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone and Aaron Zifkin, Country Manager for Airbnb Canada.  Joining Martin and Aaron for a robust conversation on innovation and how technology is shaping businesses now and in the future is technology columnist and author, Marc Saltzman. 

If you're unfamiliar with The Innovators, click here to see a gallery from 2015 featuring Peter Aceto, President & CEO of Tangerine!


About our guests:

Martin Cooper

Martin Cooper, Inventor of the Mobile Phone
Martin Cooper has contributed to the technology of in the wireless communications industry for over 60 years as an inventor, entrepreneur and executive. He contributed to every significant advancement in Wireless communications from the first car phones to the radio pager. He conceived and demonstrated the first portable cellular phone in 1973.

And, he has a Winnipeg connection. In 1929, Martin, who was 1-year old at the time, moved with his parents from Chicago to Winnipeg. Here they purchased a home and grocery store on Redwood and Charles (near Main Street) where they lived for the next ten years. He has many fond memories of growing up in Winnipeg and is excited to be returning for this engagement.  We are delighted to bring him home to celebrate his tremendous accomplishments and are looking forward hearing him share his story, insights and future predictions on technology.


Aaron Zifkin

Aaron Zifkin, Country Manager, Canada, Airbnb
Aaron Zifkin is the Canadian Country Manager for Airbnb. Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

Prior to joining Airbnb, Aaron was the Senior Vice President of Global Development at Artez Interactive, the world-leader in multi-channel fundraising and Vice President at Succession Capital/Alphaform. Aaron honed his business acumen as one the co-founders of the Kawartha Lakes Ski School, one of Ontario’s largest waterski and wakeboarding schools which he helped to build from the ground up.


About our MC/Interviewer:

Marc Saltzman

Marc Saltzman, Technology Specialist
Marc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality.

His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends, small-to-midsized business technology and interactive entertainment.

Marc writes and hosts "Gear Guide," a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters, IMAX theatres and various sister chains; is a frequent guest on CTV's Canada AM morning show, CHCH, Global TV, CityTV and CP24; along with his weekly syndicated columns with Gannett, Marc currently contributes to more than 40 prominent publications and has published 16 books and Marc also writes and hosts three radio shows, branded as "Tech Talk".



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