Virtual conference will bring together Black tech professionals from around the world

Dr. Claudette Knight and Sabry Tozin

CBC Toronto is sponsoring the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN)’s global tech summit, BFUTR 2020. The event will take place virtually on October 22 and 23, 2020 and is expected to attract 10,000 virtual attendees.

Founded in 2018, BPTN was created as a way to build community and connect Black professionals with tech organizations seeking diverse talent. The network now includes more than 10,000 members across Canada and the United States. The inaugural BFUTR Summit took place in Toronto in 2019. With more than 1,200 attendees and more than 30 speakers, it was the largest gathering of Black tech professionals in Canada.

Though the pandemic means an in-person gathering won’t take place this year, the 2020 BFUTR summit will be delivered virtually in 3D, featuring more than 100 speakers in tech and business and an estimated 10,000 attendees.

Summit attendees will have the opportunity to hear from tech and business leaders, participate in personalized job interviews with HR representatives from companies looking to hire, network with professionals from around the world and more.

Among the BFUTR Summit Speakers will be Dr. Claudette Knight and Sabry Tozin.

Dr. Knight is CIBC’s Vice President of Talent Development and has over twenty years of experience in the Financial Services Industry. She has a doctorate in the field of Business Administration with a focus on gender and leadership; and keeps current with transformational leadership research.

Sabry Tozin is  the Vice President of Enterprise Productivity Engineering at LinkedIn. In this capacity, Sabry leads the organization that powers the productivity of LinkedIn employees through innovative, scalable, and secure information technology solutions. Before joining LinkedIn, Sabry held engineering leadership roles at Netflix, and IGN Entertainment. He’s a seasoned technology leader with over 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley.