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UnITe joins the Ontario Higher Education Information Technology (OHEIT) conference, the University of Toronto’s TechKnowFile (TKF) conference and Ryerson University Cybersecurity Day (RUCD) into a three-day conference where IT professionals put partnership into practice.

Good things come in threes

Combining OHEIT, TKF and RUCD

Information Technology Services (ITS) at the University of Toronto (U of T) is excited to combine OHEIT with TKF*, which celebrates the IT community at U of T. Ryerson University (RU) is also partnering to present RUCD, which brings exceptional focus to the importance of cyber security. It’s all happening this spring in the heart of Toronto at U of T’s beautiful St. George campus.

*Please note: TKF is an internal U of T conference. External audience should register for OHEIT.RUCD.


High quality sessions by the community, for the community

Call for proposal submissions

The call for proposals is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted. The Program Committee will be meeting in the coming weeks and speakers will be notified in early April if they were accepted.

Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all motivated and committed volunteers… we want your help on-site at the event. Volunteers will assist with registration, session moderation, navigation (helping people locate various event spaces) and as support for sponsors and vendors at trade show. To get involved, email: by March 25. Please indicate your preferred area of interest and relevant details and experience.


UnITe 2019 is proud to welcome author, technical consultant, journalist and U of T alumnus Clive Thompson as this year’s keynote speaker.

Clive Thompson

Author, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Wired columnist, tech consultant for CBC’s Q radio program.

Clive Thompson, one of today’s most prominent technology writers, is a long-time contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a columnist for Wired and author of two books: Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (2014) and Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World (2019). He is also the technology consultant for CBC’s Q radio program.

A University of Toronto alumnus, Thompson is respected for his ability to go beyond the headlines to harness the insights of science, literature, history and philosophy. He writes not only about inventors, but also about how everyday people use technology — often quite unpredictably. His latest book, Coders, continues Thompson’s exploration into the intersections of technology and the human experience. It is an immersive anthropological look at computer programmers: where they come from, how they think, what makes for greatness in their world and what should give us pause.


Dr. Khan is an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a professor with the Faculty of Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Motivated by his experiences as a frontline healthcare worker during the 2003 Toronto SARS outbreak, Dr. Khan has been studying outbreaks over the past 15 years to lay the scientific foundation for a global early warning system for infectious diseases. To translate and disseminate scientific knowledge into timely action, Dr. Khan founded BlueDot, a digital health company that builds data-driven technologies to help governments protect their citizens, hospitals protect their staff and patients and businesses protect their employees and customers from dangerous infectious diseases. His research during public health emergencies has led him into numerous advisory roles from the White House to the World Health Organization.

Over the past year, Dr. Khan received a number of accolades for his work transcending clinical medicine, public health, big data and artificial intelligence, including the Governor General’s Innovation Award, the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award, a Techvibes Canadian Innovation Award and the University of Toronto’s President’s Impact Award.



Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at Ryerson University, author and former Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. In this role, she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University.

Dr. Cavoukian is the author of two books, The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust with Tyler Hamilton and Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World with Don Tapscott. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada.


Head of People Sustainability and SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, SAP SE

Judith has been at the forefront of the culture change movement in technology and entertainment – with a deep focus on analytics and strategies to identify and disrupt bias in social systems and corporate culture.

She joined SAP in 2018 as Head of People Sustainability and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Previously, she consulted with start-ups, venture capitalists and accelerators on embedding diversity and inclusion into the foundations of their organizational cultures. Her experience also includes roles as Global Head of Diversity for Dropbox and Diversity Programs Manager at Google. She was instrumental in implementing Google’s widely praised unconscious bias training program which was the first to call out hidden prejudices as a major contributor to the systemic lack of diversity in the tech industry.
Judith lives in San Francisco, CA.

Call for Proposal Submissions

The call for proposals is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted. The Program Committee will be meeting in the coming weeks and speakers will be notified in early April if they were accepted.

Sponsorship Opportunities

OHEIT 2019 is an experiential event and the sponsorship opportunities are no exception. Many unique touch points are open for sponsorship. We are also seeking exhibitors, cash donations, in-kind donations, goods/services and prize donations.

Please view the sponsorship package, detailing this unique opportunity to showcase products and services, engage with decision-makers and build meaningful partnerships.

Sponsor privileges

Association with Canada’s top-ranked university and the Times Higher Education 21st university in the world
Event website, signage and promotions via social media channels
Two passes to the event (extra passes at half price)

For more information, contact: Shannon Byck, conference and event officer.

Our Sponsors



For your convenience, we have a block of rooms at two hotels for those requiring guestrooms during the conference. Rates, booking details and deadlines noted below. Rooms are limited. Book today!

Holiday Inn Downtown
30 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON M5B 2E9
Book by telephone: 1-855-914-9610
The name of the group is UnITe 2019 and the code is U1T.
For your convenience you can book online.

Reduced rate of $179 plus taxes per night.

This reduced rate will be available until April 16.

The Anndore House
15 Charles St E.
Toronto, ON M4Y 1S1
Book by telephone: 416-924-1222
The name of the group is University of Toronto UnITe 2019.
For your convenience you can book online.

Reduced rate of $259 plus taxes per night.

This reduced rate will be available until April 16.

Travel discounts

We have arranged the following travel discounts for you to take advantage of.


See our complete schedule or download a copy for your convenience.


  1. If I want to attend all UnITe events (educational sessions, meals and social events), do I need to register for both OHEIT/RUCD and TKF?

    No. You only need to register for OHEIT/RUCD.

  2. What is the difference between OHEIT/RUCD and TKF?

    Registrants of the OHEIT/RUCD conference will have access to more social and networking events as well as extra meal options.

    The annual OHEIT conference brings together people from all across Ontario to network, discuss and share innovative ideas and knowledge on recent trends and developments in IT communications, solutions, management and leadership. This year, Ryerson is partnering with the University of Toronto (U of T) to host Ryerson University Cybersecurity Day (RUCD) − showcasing cybersecurity progress and hot topics to colleagues from across the province.

    TKF is an annual internal event hosted by Information Technology Services at U of T for IT professionals, faculty and administrative staff. It is an opportunity to share ideas and collaborate, facilitating ongoing discussion between the higher education community.

    View the specific schedule for each event here. Program is listed here.

  3. Is TKF an internal U of T conference?

    Yes, TKF is an internal conference hosted annually by U of T’s ITS team. Its intended audience is U of T staff and faculty. However, external audience who register for OHEIT.RUCD may also attend TKF. Please note: external audiences should only register for OHEIT.RUCD.

  4. If I normally attend RUCD at Ryerson University, which stream should I register for?

    To attend RUCD, you should register for OHEIT/RUCD.

  5. Can registrants of OHEIT/RUCD and TKF attend tracks, key note speakers and educational sessions at both events?

    Yes, all presentations are available to both sets of registrants.

  6. Do OHEIT/RUCD and TKF speakers/presenters have to register for the event?

    Speakers and presenters are required to register for the event (for OHEIT.RUCD or TKF [internal U of T employee conference]).

  7. What is the price to attend OHEIT/RUCD?

    If you register before Monday, April 1, you will receive the early bird rate of $350 per ticket. After April 1, registration will be $400.

  8. Is TKF complimentary for U of T staff and faculty?

    Yes, the TKF portion of the conference is complimentary for U of T staff and faculty. Please note: you still need to register for the event.

  9. How can I pay for my OHEIT/RUCD registration?

    Only credit card payment is accepted.

  10. Why is the OHEIT conference (UnITe 2019) being combined with TKF and RUCD this year?

    This year, OHEIT/TKF/RUCD 2019 offers triple the access, exposure and networking opportunities to the IT community. In fact, with the integration of these three events, we anticipate the largest attendance in the history of the OHEIT event.

  11. Who will attend UnITe 2019?

    More than a thousand IT professionals from across Ontario — including chief information officers, technical specialists, directors and managers — are expected to attend.

  12. How many sessions will there be at the OHEIT/RUCD conference?

    There will be approximately 60 high-quality sessions by the community, for the community.

  13. What are the sponsorship opportunities for this event?

    This will be a unique opportunity to showcase products and services, engage with decision-makers and build meaningful partnerships. This three-day event is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees.
    Other benefits include:

    • Association with Canada’s top-ranked university and the Times Higher Education 21st university in the world
    • Event website, signage and promotions via social media channels
    • Two passes to the event (extra passes at half price)

    To learn more about becoming a sponsor, visit sponsorship page.

  14. What are the general benefits for attendees?

    • To attend one of the largest and most respected professional networking events for the higher education IT community.
    • Learn about the latest trends in technologies and services affecting Ontario’s higher education sector.
    • Engage with an audience of more than 1,000, including including chief information officers, directors and managers.
    • See keynote speakers, including artist, author and innovator Douglas Coupland.
    • Choose from 60 high-quality sessions.
    • Attend Ryerson University Cybersecurity Day (RUCD) and learn about the latest news and trends in the growing field of cyber security.
    • Enjoy the best of culture, dining and activities − including planned OHEIT social events − available at your doorstep in this picturesque U of T campus location.