Media Executive, Futurist & Renowned Innovation Strategist

Kirstine Stewart

Consumer Trends. Global Outlook. Innovation. Science & Technology.

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Kirstine is presently the Chief Revenue Officer of Pex, a technology company backed by Tencent and Universal Music Group. She was formerly at the World Economic Forum, Kirstine headed the Future of Media, Entertainment, & Sport division as a member of the WEF Executive Committee, collaborating with C-level leaders from multinational enterprises like Facebook, Google, ByteDance, Publicis Groupe, P&G and more to address emerging issues such as digital disruption, the value in media, consumer privacy, and the future of work.

Prior to joining the WEF, she served as President and Chief Revenue Officer for TribalScale, a global innovation and digital transformation firm, after leaving her post as Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, an early-stage tech start-up and content publisher that ranked #1 in Deloitte’s Fast50 Tech Growth Companies in Canada. Kirstine initially entered the tech industry by as the Founding Head of Canada for Twitter where she initial entry into the country before taking on the role of VP Media for all of North America.

As a prolific broadcasting industry leader, she was credited with catapulting ratings and launching into the digital market as CBC’s Head of TV, Radio & Digital. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President to grow the subscriber base for Alliance Atlantis, a media company with a portfolio of Canadian lifestyle channels including HGTV, Food Network, BBC Canada, National Geographic, History, and many others.

As Head of Programming for Crown Media/Hallmark she opened five new international markets to position the portfolio for a profitable sale directly following her as General Manager and Head of Programming for Trio Newsworld International where she secured the $300M sales to NBCUniversal. Kirstine launched her media career with Paragon, a media licensing and distribution firm where she rose from her initial entry-level position to ultimately become president leading television content licensing and global distribution into emerging markets.

In 2016, Kirstine authored the bestseller, Our Turn, an internationally award-winning book on leadership published by Penguin RandomHouse. As a sought-after board member and corporate advisor, Kirstine serves as the World Economic Forum Advisor for Young Global Leader (YGL) and member of the board for Think Research, a publicly traded medical technology company and Rivalry a global Esports and Gaming company. Her leadership extends into non-profit advocacy as well, after serving as a member of the Founding Board for CILAR (Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism) and as a member of the board for the Center for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation.

She is also a Founding Member of Chief and Soho House as well as a Board Member of C-100, Top Canadian Technology/Business Leaders. Kirstine is internationally known as an industry leader having earned recognition including The Power 50: Canada’s Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business in 2016, Person of the Year by Playback Magazine in 2012, Woman of the Year by Canadian Women in Communications in 2010, CBC Media Player of the Year by Marketing Magazine in 2009, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2007, among others.

A native of Canada, Kirstine earned her bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto before completing executive leadership programs including the Global Leadership in the 21st Century through the Harvard Kennedy School, the Transformational Leadership program thr ough the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School , and Leading with Finance, Capital Markets and Valuation through the Harvard Business School.

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New technologies and innovations are changing everything around us every second of every day and the idea of success in the past is a completely different meaning for what success means today and tomorrow.
Kirstine Stewart is widely known as the bestselling author of Our Turn, the former VP of Twitter – Head of North America, and most recently the Head of Shaping the Future of Media at the World Economic Forum

In her talks, Kirstine helps organizations answer the following questions:
– How do some businesses stand out from their competitors?
– What makes some people more successful than others? Is it product? Is it price? Work ethic? And even if you have experienced success, how can you escape the complacency trap and keep reinventing yourself and your business?

Kirstine gets deep with audiences in helping them find their edge. Kirstine’s insightful keynotes help organizations navigate the challenges of emerging disruptions, technologies, and innovations and search for the opportunities that can be harnessed in the midst of chaos.

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Arlene Dickinson

“Read Our Turn and you’ll understand how Canada’s own Kirstine Stewart joined the ranks of other stand-out technology leaders like Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg. Kirstine’s career is inspiring, and the ideas and strategies she shares about how to lead in times when change is the only constant are common-sense, down-to-earth and yet revolutionary. This is a great read from a leader I respect and admire.”

George Stroumboulopoulos

Having spent nearly a decade working with Kirstine, I’ve seen these ideas in action and know they work! In Our Turn, she’s written a new blueprint for leadership and creativity. She has also delivered an honest look at how and why she has been so successful—and shows you practical ways that you can be successful, too.

Debbie Travis

I have known Kirstine for over twenty years as a colleague and a friend. In Our Turn, she has delivered a priceless read for any woman navigating the ins and outs of the working world. As I read, I made a list of every young and not so young woman I want to share it with, from my nieces to my employees to my girlfriends and my female peers. This is the time for all of us to speak up and share our vision for the working world of the future.


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