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November 4 – 6, 2019 | Toronto, Canada

Design Leadership Summit 2019

Presented by

A 3-day conference for folks leading and managing design teams.

November 4 – 6, 2019 | Toronto, Canada

Design Leadership Summit 2019

Presented by

Learn from
the best


Jared Spool

No title needed. Seriously.


Daniela Jorge

VP, Global Design & User Research


Peter Merholz

Co-Founder, Adaptive path & author

Khan Academy

Michael Chanover

Vice President, Design


Kaaren Hanson

EVP, Experience Design

Fidelity Investments

Jen Cardello

VP, Head of UX Research & Insights


Jasmine Friedl

Director of Design


Elizabeth M.

Senior UX Manager


Chetana Deorah

Prev. Director of Design

Leadership Cohorts

You’ll get to learn a lot about the different facets of design leadership at the summit, but we want to ensure that your learning does not stop there.


Dan Winterberg

Director of Design

Design Ops

Dave Malouf

Educator, Design ops leader


Jenna Bilotta

Director of Design


Anne Purves

Director of Design Operations


Shipra Kayan

PREV. UX Director


Tanner C.

Product Design


Pradeep Nayar

VP of Global Digital Product Design


Davis Neable

UX Director

MONDAY, Nov. 4

Conference Day 1
Studio Tours & Social


Conference Day 2
After Party






November 4 & 5, we have two full days of talks featuring best-in-class design leaders who’ve led design at some of the fastest-growing tech companies and helped transform design and product at large traditional organizations.
On November 6th, we have tailored workshops for leaders at all stages & roles — for those newly stepping into a leadership role, learning to manage expectations and sell the value of design, and/or amplifying and scaling a design org.



Isabel Bader Theatre

Our summit venue is located on University of Toronto’s downtown campus and is an annual home to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Isabel Bader Theatre is a modern building built for learning and entertaining and we’re stoked to be hosting Design Leadership Summit here.



About Us

DesignX is one of the fastest growing design communities across North America. We intend to bring together all design disciplines at the intersection of business, design and technology. Beyond our local initiatives of organizing bi-monthly events, workshops and webinars, we also run a Global Design Leadership Community.


I do not manage or lead a team. Can I attend the Design Leadership Summit?

The content and programming of the summit is focused exclusively on folks currently managing and leading design and/or product teams. We will be releasing a small block of tickets for future leaders (currently ICs). Stay tuned.

What does the summit price include?

Your ticket includes not only access to the conference, but breakfast, lunch, and two snacks on both days. You’ll also get access to the DLS official party, some way cool swag, and all the fun activities we have planned at the event.

What is the cancellation policy, in case something comes up and I cannot attend anymore?

While the time is going to fly by fast, we do understand it’s tough to estimate your workload, schedule, and life in advance.
You can get a 100% refund if you cancel up to a month before the summit. You can also request a 50% refund up to two weeks before the summit.

Do you have any hotel recommendations?

Downtown Toronto has a lot of hotel options, for different neighborhoods, budgets, and preferences. We’ve also partnered with Marriott’s Westin Harbour Castle (a 4-star hotel right on the Ontario Lake) and located close to CN tower and other tourist attractions, to get you exclusive discounted prices. Email us and we can pass on the details to you.

How long should I stay in Toronto

The conference is on Nov. 4 & Nov. 5, i.e. Monday & Tuesday. We recommend coming to Toronto, latest by Nov. 3rd, so you can be part of the opening keynote at the summit on Nov 4th. We’ll also have an after-party on Nov. 5th and all workshops will be planned for Nov 6th.

I need a visa in order to come to Toronto for the Design Leadership Summit. Can you help with this?

Yes, we can write you a letter of recommendation for you to apply for a visa. Email events@designx.community your name, business address, and ticket order number. Please check with your local government office for any visas waiting periods. If for some reason you cannot obtain a visa, we will refund your ticket.

I'd love to get more information about the summit. How can I do that?

You can sign up for our email list and be the first to know about tickets sales, agendas, and other Design Leadership Summit previews.

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