Western Staff and Leaders' ConferenceWestern University

Jesse Brown

jesse brownThe Next Canada: Disruptive Innovation

Wed. Feb. 21, 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Social Science Centre (SSC), room 2050

From business to government to education, disruption is coming.  Uber, AirBnB, online shopping, the "Internet of Things", are all disrupting long standing industries and ways of living our daily life. Canadian journalist and digital media expert, Jesse Brown, is no stranger to disruption. Known for his work as a rebel journalist and media critic, Jesse is also an entrepreneur who runs the crowd-funded news site Canadaland (and it’s companion #1 podcast) that has disrupted the way Canadian media works. Using examples from a variety of fields, Jesse will discuss an environment that rewards experimentation in a country that is traditionally “wait and see."  How will we fare in a time of rapid change?


Jesse Brown launched his career at CBC Radio, creating and hosting two national programs. He has contributed to such publications as The Guardian, The Toronto Star, Slate, Business Insider, and Vice, and his commentary has been broadcast on the BBC and on NPR. He has won the National Magazine Award for Humour and the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting. At Canadaland, Jesse pioneered a new business model for news, while gaining exposure for uncovering scandals like that of Jian Gomeshi in 2014. Jesse is also a co-founder of Bitstrips, makers of Bitmoji, a cartooning app acquired by Snapchat and used by millions.