April 23: Conference Program

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Breakfast, Registration and Beginner’s Welcome

Spark Toronto is a different conference! There will be HR, Change Management, Organizational Development and Agile practitioners from all over the world which might seem strange to those who are used to discipline-focused conferences! After grabbing some breakfast and registering, join us for a Beginner’s Welcome conversation!


8:45 am – 9:30am

The Experimentation Mindset – Doc Norton

In this keynote, Doc will show how he’s used an “experimentation mindset” to continually optimize, and cultivate a culture of learning and innovation at Groupon.

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Early Morning Sessions


11:00 am – 11:15 am – Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Late Morning Sessions


Beyond Empowerment
Doug Kirkpatrick

The Open Organization
Dr. Philip Foster

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Early Afternoon Sessions

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Late Afternoon Sessions

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Spark Award and Open Space

Open Space: We’ll have a market place wall for ideas people want to discuss during the open space. Everyone can add an idea or a topic they want to learn more about. Also, our speakers will be available to dive deeper into their session topics.

Spark Award: We’ll have an area dedicated to the Spark Award. The Spark Award gives you, the attendee, the opportunity to win your registration. It’s simple. First, take an idea from something you learned about at Spark and ‘spark a change’ in your organization. We’ll take your contact information and follow-up with you to see what you tried and what the outcome was. Winning criteria will be available at Spark.

5:00 pm – 6:00pm – Fun and Games

While we prepare for the evening reception and keynote by Jurgen Appelo, we’ll have some fun things to do! More details are coming soon!

6:30 – 9:00 pm – An Evening with Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen is named to Inc.com’s Top 50 Leadership and Management thinkers in the world! If you can’t make it to the conference, you’ll still have the opportunity to spend an evening with Jurgen! His topic will be Manage Yourself!