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November 9th, Drake Hotel, Toronto

 Digital First Canada is proud to be a part of BUFFER FESTIVAL. Join some of Canada’s top Creators, Industry Experts and Policy Makers as they discuss the Canadian Creator Economy

DFC Summit Nov 9th at The Drake Hotel: Toronto $99

Who Should Attend



Canadian Digital Creators interested in learning from their peers, hearing from industry experts and networking.



Professionals who work within the Canadian Creator Economy and want to connect with Canadian Creators


Policy Makers

Government, Funders and Policy Makers that want to grow their understanding of Canada's Digital Creators


9:30 - 10:00 Doors Open


10:00 - 10:15 - Opening Remarks
10:15 - 10:45 - 30 Minutes With YouTube

Andrew Peterson: Head of YouTube Canada

10:45 - 11:30 - Canadian Policy Discussion

Presented by FASKEN

Moderator: Jay Kerr-Wilson – Fasken

Panelists: Jeanette Patell – YouTube Canada, Steve de Eyre – TikTok Canada,


What is the status of Bill C-11? Should Creators be worried? How can creators protect their businesses? What is Online Harms? How can Creators be heard at the CRTC? Jay, Steve and Jeanette will unwrap it all.


11:30 - 12:15 - Opportunities and challenges for digital creators in 2024

Presented by The Canada Media Fund

Moderator: Florence Girot – Canada Media Fund

Panelists: Fred Bastien – Creator, Carley Thorne – Creator, Chris Rizzi – Rizzi and Rizzi


The competition for audience attention is intense. Even against major players, such as Netflix, digital creators are gaining more eyeballs month after month. But what opportunities and challenges may arise for digital creators in 2024? Join us with Carley Thorne, Fred Bastien and Chris Rizzi for an insightful panel discussion that will extend the themes addressed in Perspectives, the new publication of the CMF’s Foresight and Innovation team.


12:15 - 12:45 - Lunch

Network over a catered Lunch

12:45 - 1:15 - Predicting The Next 5 Years

Moderator: Mariah Owen – Creator

Panelists: Adam Rumenak – Aux Mode, Corrado Coia – Digital Consultant


We will achieve the impossible. We will with 100% accuracy predict what the next five years holds for Digital Creators and the Media Industry.


1:15 - 1:45 - Elevating Your Small Business

Moderator: Scott Benzie – Digital First Canada

Panelists: Caitlin Campbell – Creator, Vanessa Brousseau – Creator, Corey McMullan – Creator


All Creators are a small business, but what happens when your content creation enhances your other small business. Uncover the wins and pitfalls of using content to grow another business.


1:45 - 2:15 - 30 Minutes With TikTok

Gave Lindo- Head Of Content Programming TikTok

2:15 -2:30 - Break

Networking Break

2:30 - 3:00 - ``That's Not Art`` - Filmmaker Panel

Marie Stella – Creator, Tope Babalola – Creator, Zach Ramelan – Creator

3:00 - 3:30 - Bridging the gap: How MADE | NOUS celebrates Canadian creativity in a digital age

Presented in Partnership with The Canada Media Fund

Panelists: Liz Duff – Creator, Haley Robinson – Creator, Andrian Makhnachov – Creator


Since 2018, MADE | NOUS has been celebrating the work of Canadians in film, television, video games and digital entertainment. In 2023, continuing that mission means understanding the critical role that online creators play in shaping conversations about culture and entertainment. That’s why the MADE | NOUS campaign launched its latest initiative by searching coast to coast to coast for passionate digital creators who could help bridge the gap between big screens and small ones, and shine a light on the richness of Canadian content for a wider audience. 


3:30 - 4:00 - Going Global, What is CANCON online?

Moderator: Fred Bastien- Creator

Panelists: Morghan Fortier – Skyship, Matt Colbo – Creator, JJ McCullough – Creator


What does it mean to be a “Canadian Creator”. Where are the most profitable audiences? Who qualifies as Canadian? Join 4 Creators from different parts of the country as they discuss what it means to “Canada” online, and does it mean anything at all?


4:00 - 4:30 - In Conversation with WatchMojo

Ashkan Karbasfrooshan – CEO WatchMojo

4:30 - 5:30 - Happy Hour

Networking but the fun kind.







Head Of YouTube: Canada

Head of Canada Government Affairs & Public Policy at YouTube

Head of Content Programming at TikTok

Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs · TikTok Canada

CEO: WatchMojo

CEO: SkyShip Entertainment



Partner - Fasken

CEO: Aux Mode

Entrepreneur and Content Consultant

Canada Media Fund

Co-Founder: Rizzi and Rizzi

Predict, Discuss & Invent The Canadian Creator Economy