Digital Main Street Forum – 2019

The Digital Main Street Forum aims to assist main street businesses in embracing digital technologies to build and grow their operations – from online marketing and leveraging data to better engage your clients, to adopting e-commerce to reach a broader customer base, the Digital Main Street Forum will help you navigate the “Why” and “How To” of embracing bricks and clicks for your business.

When: Friday May 10th, 2019

Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W (Council Chambers)

Register for this event (free)

DBSA exec team attend “Women in Data Science” conference

A great day of learning spent at the WiDS Toronto conference on Saturday March 23 with Prabhavi Vashisht and Michallia Marks. The sessions featured female data scientists who demonstrated the broad applications of data science and machine learning across different industries, and shared their career journeys through a panel discussion at the end of the day.

Women in Data Science Toronto Conference 2019

The 2nd annual Women in Data Science Toronto Conference coincides with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. The WiDS Toronto conference will demonstrate the broad applications of data science across different industries and shed light on the career journeys of women in data science. Everyone is invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers.

DBSA Hosts Annual TechWeek Conference!

TechWeek Fall 2017 features six great workshops:

  1. Sunday Oct 1, 2017: MS Excel Workshop – beginners (Register Now)
  2. Monday Oct 2, 2017: Shopify (Register Now)
  3. Tuesday Oct 3, 2017: Google AdWords & Analytics (Register Now)
  4. Tuesday Oct 3, 2017: MailChimp (Register Now)
  5. Wednesday Oct 4, 2017: Video Editing using Filmora (Register Now)
  6. Sunday Oct 15, 2017: MS Excel Workshop – intermediate (Register Now)

Digital Business Student Association

Mark your calendars! Last year DBSA held their first annual TechWeek conference. We are pleased to announce that due to the success of our previous conference, we are holding it again during the week of Oct 1st, 2017.

Day 1: MS Excel Workshop (delivered by: Microsoft Certified, Isabella Annouza, Microsoft Certified)

  • When: Sunday Oct 1, 2017 @ 9:00 – 3:30 PM (includes time for lunch break)
  • Where: Lakeshore campus, Room L3012
  • What: In this workshop, you will learn how to use Microsoft Excel by an MS Certified leader. There will be manuals available for students to borrow and share during the workshop, and the data files will be available on a shared drive that will be provided.
  • Register Now!

Day 2: Shopify: Hands-On Workshop (delivered by a team of Shopify Gurus). 

  • When: Monday Oct 2, 2017 @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM (includes time for Q&A)
  • Where: Lakeshore campus, Room L3012
  • What: A…

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Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations is back

Please see message below from The Impact Centre at the University of Toronto

A great opportunity to learn and network:

Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations (E100) is the best way to learn about building your own company. After six events over the 2016-17 year, the popular series is back on campus this September.

Over the course of three evenings this fall, you will

  • Meet young, diverse entrepreneurs who are creating cross-disciplinary technologies (not just software!), products, and business
  • Hear personal stories of ideas, challenges, opportunities, failure and success
  • Learn how to use your research and skills to impact the world
  • Ask questions and participate in a conversation on innovation in Canada

You don’t have to already have a business idea to attend—entrepreneurship skills are also valuable for job searching and in the workplace. Previous panelists include Heather Payne, founder of Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou, Leila Keshavjee, founder of Happy Pops, Ilana Ben-Ari, founder of Twenty One Toys, and Noureddin Chahrour, founder of Adrenalease.

We have a unique format: it will be live-only (no video streaming!) to ensure everyone can be as candid as possible and it will be an interactive atmosphere rather than a one-way lecture.

Webpage & registration:


All events are from 6 pm to 8 pm. The first hour is a moderated panel with audience participation while the second is unstructured conversations and networking (refreshments served!)

  • September 21 – Entrepreneur or employee? A conversation on the realities of working for yourself and working for others
  • September 28 – Social entrepreneurship: A conversation on harnessing the power of business for social good
  • October 5 – Is my idea any good? A conversation on conceiving, assessing, and pivoting business ideas


JJR Macleod Auditorium

Medical Sciences Building, Room 2158

1 King’s College Circle

University of Toronto


Cost: Free!

Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference

The Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference & Tradeshow has been designed to provide Toronto Area Entrepreneurs, whether budding or experienced, with the opportunity to expand their professional network, hear from experienced and successful entrepreneurs on tips and opportunities and learn what it takes to become successful and stay thriving.

Digifest 2017

This year’s Digifest is fast approaching. It will be taking place from April 27-29 at Corus Quay on Toronto’s waterfront.

The Business School will cover 50% of the price for five students.

Ticket type: Student – Full Conference Pass ($40). Provides access to all 3 days of the conference including Saturday’s Open to the Public Career Forum. You must present a valid Student ID to registration.

The cost to DBM students is $20 and the rest will be covered by the school. Check the link and email me at if you are interested:

Students who attend will be required to share their experience with us through a short blog post with pictures, to be posted on the DBSA’s website.

iTech Toronto

See below for a great conference opportunity:


iTech is Canada’s leading IT technology conference and exhibition focusing on Infrastructure, Cloud, Security, Data Centre and Mobility.

  • Discover new cutting edge products and services
  • Network and meet new people in the industry
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends
  • See technology in action through demonstrations
  • Local event right in your backyard!

Thursday November 17, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Registration is free before Nov 1, 2016

Conferences Fall 2016

Attention all semester 5 students:

We will be attending the following two conferences as part of the BUS 3003 course and LAW 3001 course. Students who choose to attend will receive 2 bonus marks, upon submission of proof of attending (group pictures at the conference or other material).

The following in-class meetings will be cancelled, so you can attend the following conferences:

  • Friday Oct 28 (LAW 3001) to attend FSOSS with Prof. Marcos Cavenaghi
  • Monday Oct 31 (BUS 3003) to attend CASCON with Prof. Hanadi Alnawab

FSOSS: Free Software and Open Source Symposium

  • Thursday Oct 27 – Friday Oct 28, Seneca@York Campus, Toronto
  • (Cost was covered by the Business School for students who registered before Friday Sept 30)

CASCON 2016: Cognitive Computing and Cyber Physical Systems