IgniteDigital Conference 2021

Start Date:
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Start Time:
7am PT | 10am ET
End Date:
Sunday, November 28, 2021

The IgniteDigital Conference is back for it's 9th year on November 27-28, 2021!

Launched in 2012, Ignite has brought the Ismaili community together to BUILD strategic partnerships, GROW networks and SHARE valuable experiences. It has since grown to become a highly anticipated annual forum for entrepreneurs, professionals, and youth to leverage the community’s diverse social, intellectual, and economic strengths.

Join your peers virtually for 2 days - jam-packed with some hot topics, best practices, latest trends, practical solutions, strategy and networking. Be part of IgniteDigital Conference 2021 and discover how to thrive and succeed in the rapidly evolving post-pandemic world and see why people keep coming year after year to this must-attend event.


The Theme

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the way we work, live and engage with one another. It has also forced us to shift our thinking and reimagine the way we do things. This year our theme is “Fast Forward. Reimagining the Future: Emerging Stronger”, which is befitting to address the unchartered waters we all found ourselves since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this year's conference, we will discuss the post-COVID world, ways to prepare for the new normal and understand what lies ahead from the future of work to ways we can live our lives and thrive going fast forward.


The Content

This year's IgniteDigital Conference tracks are designed to help gain clarity and vision for our future. All our tracks will support attendees to deepen their knowledge and provide them with tools to navigate the post pandemic world. You will walk away with practical and meaningful information that will help you make better business, professional and personal decisions. We have 3 tracks for you to choose from:

  • Economic Recovery – As our economy continues to adjust to the unprecedented contraction in global economic activity suffered in early 2020 due to the pandemic, we are well on our way to recovery. This year we have a dedicated track on Economic Recovery and a lineup of exciting speakers presenting topics such as The State of the Global Economy, Business Succession and Economic Recovery in the AKDN.
  • Change Drivers – One of the key conference goals is to shed light on the evolution of the workplace and the opportunity to embrace new tech for change. This track will have a lineup of some exciting sessions including the Future of Work, the Future of Healthcare, Climate Change, Changemaking Through Art and The Housing Crises.
  • Mixed Track – This year we have also included a track with a variety of sessions including Women’s Entrepreneurship, Allyship, Building Resilience, and Bridging the Inequity Gaps and created by COVID-19 to name a few.

​The Speakers

We have brought together over 50 amazing speakers for this year’s IgniteDigital conference and are pleased to introduce our confirmed Speakers on our landing page at ignitedigitalconference.ca.


The Experience

You might be wondering, is this going to be yet another video conference? Not at all! This year’s IgniteDigital Conference will be held on an entirely new interactive digital platform Vfairs, designed to educate, motivate and connect you from anywhere on your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop. No downloads (or dress-code) required! This state-of-the-art conference platform will let you interact with attendees and sponsors, collect documents, revisit recorded sessions, get on the leader board by taking part in fun activities and more.  

Limited tickets are available and can be purchased directly at ignitedigitalconference.ca

Opportunities for Growth in Professional Services

Thursday, January 7, 2021
5pm PT | 8pm ET

Traditionally, professional services have been offered in a rigid, hierarchal team structure, servicing a broad spectrum of clients face-to-face. The pandemic has imposed limits on face time, multiple client challenges, and access to capital.

The professional services sector is brainstorming and developing solutions to this prevalent issue, including building and embracing virtual relations, enabling and assisting clients to modernize, and integrating into the digital economy.

Join a webinar featuring Ashiana Jivraj, who volunteered as an analyst for the Covid Economic Response Team (focusing on strategies for professional services), along with moderator Alim Somani, who is the Managing Director of Digital Practice at Hatch as well as the lead for Alliances Canada. They will discuss broad suggestions on how professional services can pivot and shift to upgrade their skillset, allowing them to prepare for the future.

Key Webinar Takeaways:

  1. Be agile: consistently upgrade your skillset to manage any emergency situation, and for the future in general.
  2. Diversify your talent and cash flow.
  3. Be willing to challenge yourself and “self-disrupt”: ideally, your most stable business today should not be your only stable business moving forward.

Managing Mental Health and Burnout in the Workplace

Thursday, January 27, 2022
5pm PT | 8pm ET

Did you know that 40% of Canadians reported that their mental health has deteriorated during the pandemic?

Drug claim data has shown a 24.9% increase in ADHD drugs since the beginning of the pandemic, and a 12.3% increase in claimants taking depression medication and EFAP usage increased by 9%.

HR Alliance Canada presents a session exploring strategies companies are utilizing to manage mental health and reduce burnout in the workplace.

Tune in to the webinar on Thursday, January 27 at 5pm PT│6pm MT │8pm ET, exclusively on IgniteExchange.

Register today.

Volunteer Opportunity: Project Coordinator, Digital Transformation Initiative

The Digital Transformation Initiative is focused on providing businesses with access to relevant and best in class knowledge and resources as it pertains to digital transformation so that they can pivot and/or strategically build for the future.

We are currently recruiting for a Project Coordinator who will work with the National Digital Transformation team and specifically the Content Leads to deliver key initiatives.

Please see the posting on the Opportunities To Serve for more information and to apply.