Decoding disruption at the Chamber’s sixth annual Business Summit

WHITBY, Ont., September 20, 2019 – The Whitby Chamber of Commerce is decoding the meaning of one of the latest business buzzwords: disruption. At the WCC’s sixth annual Business Summit, participants will be putting a focus on how disruptive thinking, technologies, creativity and innovation impact business success.

The event will showcase 22 local exhibitors as well as a jam-packed agenda of speakers, including Jason Reynar, Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Innisfil; Karolyn Hart, Founder and President of InspireHUB; and John Weigelt, Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Canada.

Capping off the day will be keynote speaker, Ryan Smolkin. After completing his studies, Smolkin established AmoebaCorp, an internationally recognized graphic design and branding company with clients including Nike, Molson, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Corus Entertainment, YTV, Sims Snowboards and Nelvana. Not long after selling AmoebaCorp, Smolkin began the development of the Smoke’s Poutinerie franchise, building an entirely new QSR experience and a whole new food category. With its headquarters in Pickering, ON, Smoke’s Poutinerie has more than 150 stores across North America and is working towards opening 1,300 restaurants in the next five years.

In addition to four stand-out speakers, guests will have the opportunity to learn from participants of the AI, Friend or Foe? panel featuring moderator Ali Hirji, Project Manager at Durham College’s AI Hub.

The Business Summit: Decoding Disruption 

Wednesday, October 2

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ajax Convention Centre
550 Beck Crescent
Ajax, ON L1Z 1C9

Tickets for this must-attend event can be purchased at Registration closes on Wednesday, September 25 at 5 p.m.


The Whitby Chamber of Commerce (WCC) is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1928 to unite local professionals with the purpose of advocating for their rights, compiling resources and doing business together. By connecting local businesses, the WCC fosters a thriving business community through connection, learning and leadership. Hosting more than 80 events throughout the year, the WCC provides its membership and the business community with the opportunity to celebrate local business, establish solid relationships, develop business leads, or simply unwind after hours.

For more information please contact:

Heather Bulman
Marketing and Communications Manager
Whitby Chamber of Commerce
209 Dundas St. E.,
Whitby, ON L1N 7H8
905-668-4506 ext. 230