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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.


High quality sessions by the community, for the community

Call for proposal submissions

To submit a speaking/presentation proposal please fill out the form. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2019.

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 artist, author and innovator Douglas Coupland as this year’s keynote speaker.


Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. He expresses what he sees in both low and high culture, technology and its impact on human evolution and our existence. He became the voice of a generation with his 1991 novel, Generation X, and since then has published more than a dozen novels and short story collections as well as several works of nonfiction, including a 2010 biography of Marshall McLuhan. He has written and performed for England’s Royal Shakespeare Company and created a 13-episode TV series based on his novel, jPod.

Coupland is a contributor to the New York Times, e-flux, DISonline, Artsy, Vice online and has a column with the FT Weekend Magazine in London.

He is also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and of the Order of British Columbia, a Chevlier de l’Order des Arts et des Lettres and receiver of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

Read more on Douglas Coupland.



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.

On stage

Douglas will present to the audience on May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle in Toronto
(located on the U of T campus).


Following the presentation will be a Q&A session. Questions are to be submitted and reviewed prior to the event.
Please submit your question(s) for consideration before April 8 to:

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.


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 5.

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 5.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. How many sessions will there be at the conference?

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.