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Tennis Canada – Toronto, June 8, 2017 – The tech world is teaming up with tennis at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank this summer as the first-ever Tech and Tennis Day presented by ESET lands at Aviva Centre in Toronto on August 10, 2017. Set to feature a morning of tech talk followed by third-round action courtesy of the best women’s tennis players in the world, Tech and Tennis Day will bring together some of the top names from the technology, media, and sports fields to discuss the role of technology in sports.  

“For the inaugural Tech and Tennis Day presented by ESET, we are excited to bring some of the brightest women tech leaders together with the world’s best women’s tennis players for a day of learning and networking,” said Costa Kladianos, director of information technology, Tennis Canada. “From our amazing keynote speakers to the industry leaders on our panels discussing hot tech topics like engagement, analytics, and tech security, this day will have something for every tech, digital, and marketing professional.”

Taking place in the 125th anniversary year of the women’s Rogers Cup tournament, the conference will include discussions on women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and feature several accomplished female speakers. Hosted by popular TV host Amber Mac, keynote speakers include Michele Romanow from Dragon’s Den, chief strategy officer at Diply, Kirstine Stewart, and renowned MBA professor and tech venture capitalist Chris Haroun.

There will also be several panelists to discuss topics like the use of analytics in sports and other industries, and the role of technology in engaging customers and clients.

“At ESET, we believe in a culture of continuous IT innovation where great ideas are shared freely and openly,” said Iva Peric-Lightfoot, country manager, ESET Canada. “That’s why we are so thrilled to be able to bring Tech and Tennis Day presented by ESET to life in partnership with Tennis Canada. We are proud to be a part of this event, which will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to hear and discuss innovative ideas related to analytics, cybersecurity and customer engagement, while also celebrating women in STEM fields.”

In addition to the conference, Tech and Tennis Day will expand to the tennis court as astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar will be conducting the coin toss on Centre Court for the 1 p.m. match.

The day’s current list of panelists and speakers includes:

  • Michele Romanow, Dragon’s Den, co-founder of Buytopia
  • Kirstine Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer at Diply, best-selling author of “Our Turn”
  • Chris Haroun, Tech Venture Capitalist
  • Megan Chayka, Founder, Stathletes
  • John McCauley, Managing Director, GJM Media
  • Anthony Miranda, IT Director, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Erin Mclean, Vice-President, Marketing, Herjavec Group
  • Tricia Gellman, Chief Marketing Officer, Salesforce
  • Amber Mac, Host, App Central, BNN
  • Alexis Dorais-Joncas, Security Intelligence Team Lead, ESET
  • Marc Saltzman, Technology Expert, Host, Tech Talk and Gear Guide

Click here for bios on each participant.   
        
Individual passes to Tech and Tennis Day presented by ESET cost $150 and include the conference and a Centre Court ticket for the August 10 day session of Rogers Cup. Companies can also purchase tables for their employees and clients for $1,500. For more details, please visit rogerscup.com/rogers-cup-tech-day.

About Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a Tennis Canada owned and operated world-class tournament celebrating its 125th anniversary of the women’s event from August 5-13, 2017 at Aviva Centre in Toronto and its 137th anniversary of the men’s event from August 4-13, 2017 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. As a WTA Premier 5 tournament, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, and US Open Series event, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will showcase the world’s best players. Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is the third-oldest title in tennis, behind only Wimbledon and the US Open. For more information and tickets visit www.rogerscup.com.

About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 10 professional ITF-sanctioned events and financially supports 12 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates national junior training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada, please visit our website at www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contacts: 
Nicole Watts
Manager, Communications and Media Relations, Tennis Canada
nwatts@tenniscanada.com or 416-665-9777 ext. 4092
Caroline Anderson
Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations, Tennis Canada
canderson@tenniscanada.com or 416-665-9777 ext. 4545