Toronto Girl Geek Dinners – January 14th

January TGGD – Innovation in Tough Times with Candice Faktor from TorStar Digital

Happy New Year to all you girls out there in geekland! We’re gearing up for our first dinner of 2009, and registration is now open on the TGGD wiki!
10th TGGD with Candice Faktor,
sponsored by FITC

Hot House Cafe
Church & Front Streets
Toronto, ON
Wednesday January 14th, 2009, 7 pm

Our speaker for the evening will be Candice Faktor, Managing Director, Corporate Development and Innovation, TorStar Digital. Candice will speak to us about the role and importance of innovation in a tough economy.

An innovator and strategist in the Canadian online media industry, Candice is passionate about where the web is headed.

Most recently, Candice was promoted to Managing Director, Corporate Development and Innovation where she is charged with fuelling innovation in the company and exploring acquisitions and partnerships to drive Torstar Digital’s growth and leadership in the industry. Prior to this, Candice held the role of GM, toronto.com, one of Torstar Digital’s most prominent and trafficked consumer websites.

Candice has also distinguished herself as founder of ourfaves.com, a site that harnesses the power of user-generated content, city search and social networking, allowing users to share and discover local favourites on a citywide scale. Since its launch in May 2007, traffic has grown tremendously and the site will launch in other cities across North America soon.

Candice was instrumental in the 2005 creation of Torstar Digital. She played a key role in the foundation of several start-up ventures and partnerships including Olive Canada Network, which has become one of Canada’s most successful premium online ad networks.

Before joining Torstar, Candice spent four years with the Monitor Group, a top tier strategy consulting firm, acting as consultant to a range of international organizations.

Candice has a genuine love for new technology and media and finds keeping up with where the web is heading fun. Candice is also passionate about enjoying the city, reading, movies, traveling to new countries, spending time with her family, friends and husband Corey, learning new things and giving back to the community.

As per last months’ dinner, we’d like the evening to be open and collaborative, with lots of time for group discussion – so bring your questions for Candice and each other, and please sign up on the wiki if you plan to attend!

We also have a very generous sponsorship provided by FITC conferences for those who work in the new media development and design field – free admission for all January TGGD attendees to FITC Toronto 2009 April 25-28, a $650 value

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