Ascend Canada Annual Conference

September 20th – 22nd, 2022

United We Move Forward

Get ready for the Ascend Canada Annual Conference!

Celebrating our theme this year – United We Move Forward – we are bringing together our signature mix of leaders to bring insights on a variety of topics ranging from lessons from the various current events, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and more. We’ll also have exclusive networking opportunities throughout the three-day conference.

For a third year, we will be presenting the conference in a virtual format given there’s still such uncertainty surrounding large public events.

Our line-up of speakers over this 3-day professional development conference will inspire you to be a greater leader. Here’s a few who will be dropping by: Rizwan Khalfan (EVP, Chief Digital and Payments Officer, TD Bank Group), Christine Cruz-Clarke (CEO, Balzac’s), Sumeet Khana (VP, Microsoft, Samiha Sachedina)

  • Christine Cruz-Clarke (CEO, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters)
  • Naveed Irshad (President & CEO, Manulife Canada)
  • Sumeet Khanna (VP, Business Transformation & Strategic Initiatives, Microsoft Canada)
  • Samiha Sachedina (SVP & Chief Auditor, Sun Life Financial)
  • Reetu Gupta (Ambassadress & Principal, The Gupta Group & Easton’s Group of Hotels)
  • Jahanzaib Anssari (Co-founder & CEO of Knockri)
  • Rizwan Khalfan (EVP and Chief Digital Payments Officer, TD Bank Group)

*Note: spotlight speakers are subject to change as the roster represents the first iteration

  • How to set up Webex?
    • Webex links and access to Socio Event Platform will be provided to registered attendees starting week of September 14.
  • How to Register?
    • Registration through EventBrite – Link
  • What is included in my registration?
    • Registration includes full access to all programs offered.
  • Can I invite my friends (non-members) to the event?
    • Yes, the Ascend Annual Conference is open to everyone.
  • My company is a Ascend Sponsor, do I get a discount?
    • Yes, please ask your Ascend company representative for your Promo Code.
  • Why is there a fee?
    • Ticket sales support all conference activities such as speaker fees and web support services.
  • What is the cancellation policy?
    • Consistent with Ascend’s Canada policy. There will be no refunds offered for cancellations.
  • Due to company security policies, I can’t join a virtual platform using my computer. How do I participate?
    • Please consider joining the session through your personal devices, be it your phone, tablet, or non-work computer.
  • Is the Conference eligible for CPE?
    • Certificates of completion for CPE credit verification for CPA and certain other designation holders, upon request. For more information please email
  • How do I log into a virtual event on the day of the event?
    • Event links will be sent by September 14. On the day of the event, click the link to log into the event. You may be asked to input your name and email address to generate the attendee account.
  • Will the Ascend Annual Conference 2022 be recorded?
    • Access to recordings will be provided through the Socio Platform
  • What is the recommended attire for the Ascend Annual Conference?
    • Ascend Canada recommends dressing Business Casual for the event
  • I can’t attend the entire Ascent Annual Conference. Can I attend individual sessions?
    • Yes, your ticket provides full access to all programs. Feel free to attend any sessions that works for your schedule.
  • What do I need to do before the event?
    • Register for the event through EventBrite.
    • Sign in to the Webex event sessions through the individual event or through the Socio Event Platform
  • I have questions about the Ascend Annual Conference that aren’t answered here. Who can I contact?

Virtual Conference on Socio Events Platform supported by Zoom


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 to Thursday, September 22, 2022


12:00pm – 4:00pm EDT