Why Smart People Dismiss Social Media, and Why They Shouldn't

Gary VaynerchukGary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the Chairman of VaynerX, a modern day communications parent company, as well as the CEO and Co-Founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company's 4 locations.

His fifth book "Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too" is available in stores now!

Gary rose to prominence in the late 90's after establishing one of the first ecommerce wine sites, WineLibrary helping his father grow the family business from 4 to 60MM in sales.

Gary is also one of the most sought after public speakers alive today. He is a venture capitalist, 5-time New York Times bestselling author, and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo and Uber. Gary has been named to both Crain's and Fortune's 40 Under 40 lists.

Gary is currently the subject of DailyVee, an online documentary series highlighting what it's like to be a CEO and public figure in today's digital world. He is also the host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show online.

Gary is also the host of a global top 10 business podcast, The Gary Vaynerchuk Audio Experience.

Gary's signature sneakers, The GaryVee 001 & 002 in collaboration with K-Swiss sold out on opening day.

He is the Co-Founder of VaynerSports, a full service athlete representation agency with more than 20 clients with his brother AJ.

Gary also appears with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Will.i.am on Apple's first original series "Planet of the Apps" out now.

May 30 | 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

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Location: Hall B

Speaker: Gary Vaynerchuk

Your Safety is Non-Negotiable: The Beverly Carter Story

Carl CarterCarl Carter, Jr.

Carl Carter, Jr., son of Beverly Carter, delivers a powerful presentation on REALTOR® safety that only someone with his background and experience could deliver. His story and presentation is an impactful combination of harrowing details involving his mother's story and practical industry anecdotes and takeaways. Carl's mission is to take his mother's experience and use it as inspiration to make positive changes in agents' lives and business. 



  • Educate the audience about the dangers of working in the real estate industry
  • Share Beverly Carter's tragic story while examining the best practiced uses in her situation, and also raise awareness of the ways she was deceived
  • Provide, though Beverly Carter's story, ways of helping others protect themselves
  • Empower agents through the following personal safety topics:
    • Verify the identity of their prospects and clients
    • Examine marketing for mixed messages
    • Build and maintain a "Buddy" system professionally and personally
    • Empower agents to be more diligent about trusting their instincts
    • Discuss ways that agents can keep safety at the forefront at their offices
    • Emphasize the importance of staying aware of your surroundings and understand bad people do not present themselves as such
    • Cultivate safer practices by promoting programs that encourage safe meeting places, and encourage the audience to ask others for feedback and to not become lazy about personal safety
    • Present important takeaways that encourage the audience to take precautions


May 29 | 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

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Location: Hall B

Speaker: Carl Carter, Jr.

Real Estate Next Next, Canada Edition

Rob HahnRob Hahn
John DiMicheleJohn DiMichele

The real estate industry is undergoing a sea change. Most of us can see what's next, but what about what's after that? Rob Hahn of 7DS Associates looks at major trends and issues that represent real estate's next next on brokerage, rise of institutional real estate, and the truth about the future consumer. If you're interested in where the puck is headed, and not where it is, this is the session for you.


May 29 | 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

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Location: Cohen Ballroom

Speaker: Rob Hahn
Introduction: John DiMichele

Toronto – the Accidental Metropolis: Remarkable Success, Uncertain Future

Joe BerridgeJoe Berridge

In the past decades, Toronto has risen from the second tier to become one of the world's leading cities. When nobody ever had a plan for such a remarkable ascendancy, how did this happen? Joe Berridge explores the keys drivers of success – immigration, education, the airport, the universities, culture, the financial services and tech sectors – fuelling the city's rise to the global top dozen. But governments, perhaps even the public at large, haven't caught up to this new reality. When, by mid-century, Toronto overtakes Los Angeles as the second largest urban region in North America, who's in charge?

Net zero homes are still in the early phase of market adoption, but they are becoming more widespread. It is important for REALTORS® to understand the key differences between this new generation of housing and homes of the past, what matters to net zero home buyers, and how these homes can impact their bottom line.


May 29 | 10:30 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

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Location: Hall B

Speaker: Joe Berridge

WomanUP!® How Empowering Women in Brokerage Leadership Benefits Us All

Tami BonnellTami Bonnell
Sherry ChrisSherry Chris
Sara SutachanSara Sutachan
Debra TrappenDebra Trappen

Meet four women who play different roles as they lead the conversations and do the work to bring the WomanUP!® Movement across the globe. Join Tami Bonnell, Sherry Chris, Sara Sutachan, and Debra Trappen as they discuss the why behind the movement, who is welcome (this may surprise you), what inspires them to do the work, and how you can be part of the solution!


May 30 | 12:20 P.M. – 12:50 P.M.

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Location: Hall B

Tami Bonnell
Sherry Chris
Sara Sutachan
Debra Trappen

REALTOR® Self Protection & Strategies to Avoid Violence

Rob AndressRob Andress

Have you ever experienced a fearful situation doing your job?

A recent survey we completed doing training sessions across Ontario shows 55% of Ontario Realtors have experienced a fearful situation…violence against Realtors is on the rise. 

This highly specialized training has been developed for Realtors. It shows why Realtors are being targeted by criminals. And it's not only female Realtors who need to be concerned; 31% of all violent attacks occur against males, and males are at a 37% higher risk of being seriously injured or killed in a street attack. 

This session covers all areas of the potential risk Realtors face in doing their jobs, from inside their own office to attending listings and offer presentations to open houses. We look at the risk you face in parking lots, elevators, and even in dealing with clients you know. We discuss how to park your car when you arrive at house showings and the importance of using Space Management as a shield for your protection inside and outside of properties.

This is a high reality discussion where you will find out just how unprepared you are to deal with a violent incident if it happens to you. Please don't think it will never happen to you. We've met Realtors who have been choked and thrown into walls, Realtors who have been targeted for attack, and yes, even one who experienced a level 3 sexual assault. We know of Realtors who have been kidnapped, robbed, beaten with baseball bats, pepper sprayed and even murdered. We will discuss the false sense of security you have in 911, the reality of why your phone will fail you in an emergency, and how Realtor Safety Apps do nothing but expose you to higher violence. 

Attacks on Realtors are on the rise; don't wait until it happens to you. Learn the reality of what you face in a high violence attack and know that you are not capable of dealing with it without proper training and education. Violence doesn't care who you are, it doesn't care what you do for a living, or how busy you are. This highly specialized training is designed for one thing: for you to get home to your family.



May 29 | 3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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Location: Hall B

Tech It Out: The Smart Home is Here!

Marc SaltzmanMarc Saltzman

If you thought your smartphone was the only gadget with brains in your home, wait 'til you get a load of your next washing machine (that texts you when the load is done), LED lights (that turn off when you leave the room), smart thermostats (that know if someone is home or not), and water sensors (that alert you to a leak in your basement). With double-digit growth year over year, "smart home" tech is where it's at, and so tech evangelist Marc Saltzman walks you through what's making your clients' homes safer, more energy efficient, and easier to maintain – all of which is voice controlled. 

Mark will also be at the Innovation Hub on the Trade Show floor to answer all your smart home and tech questions. With him will be representatives from some exciting technology companies, including Samsung, House of Marley, Arcade 1Up, Nintendo and ASUS. Catch them at Booths 1148–1255.


May 29 | 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

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Location: Trade Show Stage

Speaker: Marc Saltzman

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Mark will also be at the Innovation Hub on the Trade Show floor to answer all your smart home and tech questions. With him will be representatives from some exciting technology companies, including Samsung, House of Marley, Arcade 1Up, Nintendo and ASUS. Catch them at Booths 1148–1255.


May 30 | 8:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

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Location: Hall B