Create: Now Summit

Join us for a two day summit where creative entrepreneurs come together to celebrate the maker movement. Expert professionals in the industry will share their knowledge in a series of talks scheduled across two days. You don’t want to miss it!

Hart House at University of Toronto

Hart House was one of the earliest and still is one of the most beautiful student centres in the world. An historic site, Hart House has been referred to as “the finest example of Beaux Arts Gothic Revival in Canada.” Standing northwest of Queen’s Park, this distinguished building is the visual icon of the University of Toronto.

Hart House has accommodated royalty, heads of state, celebrity galas, conferences, tradeshows, performances, dinners and meetings for nearly one hundred years. Every room is accessible.

Craft Ontario

Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We are grateful to be able to host our mixer party there!

What’s the mixer party? It’s an opportunity to mingle, get know and be inspired by attendees and speakers. Join us on Queen St.

Join us for 2 days full of inspiration, creativity and knowledge.

MAY 18, 2018


D A Y  1

S U M M I T  +  P A R T Y

Learn from our expert speakers, meet & mingle with them and your peers at our mixer party.


D A Y  2


Last day of the summit. Catch the last couple of lectures and enjoy concluding keynote.


Our speakers are some of the most inspiriting experts in our community, more to come! Speaker list may be subject to change. 

Danielle Suppa

Owner & Creative Director @ SOUVENIR Studios

TORONTO, ON. Danielle is a designer, creative director & consultant. She is also the owner & creative director of SOUVENIR.

    Geninne Zlatkis

    Owner at Geninne.

    SANTA FE, NM. Geninne is a passionately curious artist/crafter, living with her husband Manolo, 2 sons & cute dog named Zorro


      Co-Founder at Bookhou

      TORONTO, ONTARIO. Arounna runs Bookhou, a multidisciplinary studio specializing in textiles and wood, with her husband John.

      Elsie Goodwin

      Owner at Reform Fibers

      CALIFORNIA. Elsie Goodwin is a Fiber Artist with 20 years experience in the crafting world. She specializes in Macrame.

        Erin Klassen

        Founder at With/out Pretend

        TORONTO, ONTARIO. Erin Klassen runs the indie publishing venture With/out Pretend. Erin also works at Etsy Canada.

          Joel Gregorio

          Principal & Creative Director at Sovereign State

          TORONTO, ONTARIO. Joel is the Founder and Creative Director at Sovereign State. Joel is also the founder of State Goods.

            LIA GRIFFITH

            Founder & creative director at Lia Griffith

            PORTLAND, OREGON. Lia Griffith is an internationally renowned DIY designer, crafter, photographer, stylist and big dreamer.


            Owner at Kiriki Press & Noble Crafthouse

            TORONTO, ONTARIO. Michelle is the owner of Kiriki Press, a indie design company producing handcrafted embroidery kits.

              RIA CHAN

              Founder at Craftsposure

              SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Ria is the founder of Craftsposure; a community of creative entrepreneurs.


              Schedule may be subject to change.

              9 - 10:15AM
              Event registration & Breakfast

              Come early, register and enjoy a continental breakfast.

              Lia's belief that everyone has the potential to be creative forms the basis for her inspirational approach to nurturing the creative spirit. From her own work as a maker to her role as an educator, she proves that creativity is accessible to everyone.

              LIA GRIFFITH

              Elsie discusses her background in the fashion industry and how it's led to her work as a fibre artist. She will talk about balancing between taking advantage of trends in the market place and navigating her way to making her work stand out. You also have a choice to do an embroidery workshop with Michelle Galletta.

              Elsie Goodwin

              Join us for lunch for a selection of food, non-alcoholic drinks and dessert!

              As opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups increase in today’s culture, the battle for mind space intensifies. Having a strong clear brand, powerfully connects your prospective clients to your product and/or service. Clarity, differentiation, and a compelling brand story is only the starting point of a consumers expectation. Join Joel in this brand building session.

              JOEL GREGORIO

              Join us for an evening of connecting and dancing with colleagues and experts over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The mixer will take place at Craft Ontario located at 1106 Queen St West.

              11:30 - 12:30 PM
              Embroidery - beginner/intermediate

              Learn a variety of stitches on a custom sampler. This class is designed to demystify embroidery, teaching not only fun and interesting stitches, but the tips and tricks that will allow you to take your needlework to the next level.


              Needle punching is the technique of looping yarn, floss or ribbon in the format of a pattern through fabric. The looping gives the pattern a rug like appearance. Join Arounna in creating your own design using a punch needle, you will learn the basic fundamentals of this fun and addictive technique. This traditional technique of rug hooking is fun and quick way to create an image that can be used for wall hangings, pillows and rugs. All materials included and no experience needed.


              Every successful business needs a compelling story. Ria will lead you through how she has used her narrative to increase her presences in the online marketplace using social media.

              RIA CHAN

              Join us for lunch for a selection of food, non-alcoholic drinks and dessert!

              Being a creative entrepreneur can be incredibly stressful when you're constantly switching gears between "inspiring artist" and "confident marketer." It can be lonely spending hours of your energy working on a creative business, in your living room, hoping that you'll find a community of customers who value what you do. How can we find balance? Remain inspired? Keep the joy in our work? And maybe most crucially, how do we stay focused and courageous during the lulls and valleys inevitable in every maker's journey? Erin Klassen, the founder of With/out Pretend publishing, believes that the best ideas are made better when they're shared. In this hands-on workshop, she'll demonstrate the power of letting go of unrealistic expectations and the value of letting others into the making process. Limited spots available. Office hours are also available during this time if you are not able to get into Erin's workshop.

              Erin Klassen

              Geninne will talk about her creative journey in creating her immensely popular artwork and about the opportunities and challenges she has experienced in working with partners in licensing her work.

              Geninne Zlatkis

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              • All lectures & selected workshops for both days
              • Two Breakfasts
              • Two Lunches
              • Snacks
              • Tote bag
              • Non-alcoholic drinks
              • Ticket to the Friday night mixer
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              • All lectures & selected workshops for both days
              • Two Breakfasts
              • Two Lunches
              • Snacks
              • Tote bag
              • Non-alcoholic drinks
              • Ticket to the Friday night mixer
              sold out
              FROM THE CREATORS

              Learn more about how Create: Now came to be.

              When I was starting out with my business I had to figure out a lot of things on my own, but there is so many opportunities now to help each other as a community, sharing ideas and resources and inspiration and I want Create: Now to be part of that learning experience.
              AROUNNAFounder @ Bookhou
              I want to make Create: Now a place where creative entrepreneurs feel empowered and are able to connect with the best thinkers, makers and leaders in the industry. There’s always something new to learn!
              MELISSAFounder @Makeology

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