Day 01 | Day 02 | Day 03

8:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

Breakfast served at the venue

9:30 AM

Conference Opening Remarks

Preet Singh, Founder, DesignX Community
Christina Goldschmidt, VP & Head of Product Design, Etsy

10:00 AM

Decision Making in a Time of Uncertainty

Christina Goldschmidt, Etsy
Christina Goldschmidt, VP & Head of Product Design, Etsy

10:45 AM

Advancing Your Design Practice

Andy Vitale, Rocket Companies
Andy Vitale, Executive Vice President, Design, Rocket Companies

11:30 AM

Designing Your Team Before You Hire

Jessa Parette, Capital One
Jessa Parette, Senior Director of Research, Strategy & Design Systems, CapitalOne

12:00 PM

Lunch Break

Served at the venue

1:30 PM

DesignOps: The Stabilizing Force In Uncertain Times

Taylor Oliva, Instacart
Taylor Olivia, Design Planning and Development Lead, Instacart

2:15 PM

A lyrical approach to design leadership

Archana Thiagarajan, Adobe
Archana Thiagarajan, Senior Director of Design, Adobe

3:00 PM

Accessibility-driven design

Kate Kalcevich,  Fable

3:30 PM

Coffee & Donuts Break

Served at the venue

4:00 PM

Leadership Lessons from the Apollo Program

Bob Baxley, ThoughtSpot
Bob Baxley, Senior Vice-President, Design and Experience, ThoughtSpot

4:45 PM

State of Design Leadership

Panel Discussion w/ Jasmine Friedl, Amy Thibodeau, Lenny Laurier and Hector Crespo

6:30 PM

Evening Social

Concert Hall, 888 Yonge St, Toronto

Day 01 | Day 02 | Day 03

8:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

Breakfast served at the venue

9:30 AM

Conference Opening Remarks

Preet Singh and Brian Walker

10:00 AM

The Evolving Design Leader: Embracing your changing role as you advance in your career

Peter Merholz, Consultant and Author
Peter Merholz, Consultant & Author, Humanism at Scale

11:00 AM

Getting Loud: How Bias Impacts Voice

Eiko Kawano, Loblaw Digital
Eiko Kawano, Director of Product Design, Loblaw Digital

11:30 AM

Higher Expectations And More Opportunities For Design Leaders In 2023

Chris Avore, NorthWestern Mutual
Chris Avore, VP Design, Northwestern Mutual

12:00 PM

Beyond the Titles

Panel Discussion w/ Liam Nickerson, Leanne Paura, Tanner Christensen and
Leanne Waldal

1:00 PM

Lunch Break

Served at the venue

2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Organizing Team


After Party

Wealthsimple, 80 Spadina Ave. 4th Floor, Toronto

Day 01 | Day 02 | Day 03

9:00 AM

Workshop Begins

11:30 AM


1:30 PM

Workshop Ends



I do not manage or lead a team. Can I attend the Design Leadership Summit?

Though the content and programming of the summit is focused exclusively on folks currently managing and leading design and/or product teams, we will soon release some tickets for emerging leaders.

What is the cancellation policy, in case something comes up and I cannot attend anymore?

While the time is going to fly by fast, we do understand it’s tough to estimate your workload, schedule, and life in advance.
You can get a 100% refund if you cancel up to a month before the summit. You can also request a 50% refund up to two weeks before the summit.

Do you have any hotel recommendations?

We’re working on getting some preferred rates for hotels close to the summit venue. We’ll keep you posted.

What does the summit price include?

Your ticket includes the access to the conference, an invite to the summit app and slack group. You’ll also get access to the DLS official party, some way cool swag, and all the fun activities we have planned at the event.

How long should I stay in Toronto?

Our official programming covers two days: Dec. 6 & 7, 2022. We recommend coming to Toronto, by Dec 5th, so you do not miss on any part of our 2 day summit and the after party. If it’s your first time in the city, we recommend staying over the weekend, and explore Toronto with other design leaders attending the summit.

I need a visa in order to come to Canada for the Design Leadership Summit. Can you help with this?

Yes, we can write you a letter of recommendation for you to apply for a visa. Email your name, business address, and ticket order number. Please check with your local government office for any visas waiting periods.

I'd love to get more information about the summit. How can I do that?

You can sign up for our email list and be the first to know about tickets sales, agendas, and other Design Leadership Summit previews.

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