Sean Silcoff, is an award-winning business writer with The Globe and Mail and co-author of Losing the Signal, the critically acclaimed, best-selling story about the rise and fall of BlackBerry. During his 21-year career in journalism and communications, he has covered just about every area of business, from agriculture to the credit crisis, oys to airplane manufacturing and startups to steel. He previously worked at the National Post as well as Canadian Business Magazine, where he oversaw publication of the inaugural edition of the Rich 100, the magazine’s annual survey of Canada’s wealthiest people. Sean has won two National Newspaper Awards, the Montreal Economic Institute Economic Education Prize and the Hon. Edward Goff Penney Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists. He led the Globe and Mail’s coverage of the fall of BlackBerry. Sean has a business degree from Queen’s University and a journalism degree from Carleton University. He lives in Chelsea, Qc. near Ottawa with his wife and three children.
Sean’s talk can be tailored to a range of audiences to explore the following additional themes:
-how Canada’s tech sector is shaking off the ghosts of failed giants (Nortel, BlackBerry) past and now boasts some of the world’s most exciting startups – but how there is a growing recognition that they could face threats from sophisticated global players once they become “large enough to matter” and must work to protect the markets they have won.