Ted Graham

One of Canada’s Pre-Eminent Innovation and Technology Speakers

Head of Open Innovation at General Motors & Author “The Uber of Everything”

Ted Graham is the Head of Open Innovation at GM. He works with outside partners to solve important issues that will shape the future of transportation. Previously, he was the Innovation Leader at PwC Canada where he helped to turn ideas into invoices. He is also founder of the South Core Innovation Hub, a collaborative group of innovation leaders from Toronto’s unique waterfront area. Member organizations include large banks, startups, public transportation – all of whom are looking to make a substantial impact on their communities.


Prior to PwC Ted was a McKinsey strategy consultant with a focus on understanding and leveraging people networks to influence the spread of ideas.


Ted often speaks to audiences about the five things he learned about disruptive innovation as an UberX driver and how to apply some of these lessons across a multitude of industries on the cusp of disruption. His first hand account was initially released as a widely read LinkedIn influencer post, then a CBC Metro Morning interview and is now part of his book called “The Uber of Everything” released this past year.

In unrelated news, Ted once achieved the status of a world-ranked competitive Rock Paper Scissors player.


What  Does Impactful Corporate Innovation Leadership Look Like?

Innovation is essential to all organizations, yet so few people understand the leadership approach to enabling it. Although innovation systems are not a “one size fits all” deal,  in this keynote, Ted Graham presents the importance of innovation leadership to aid your organization in achieving its goals. Graham will also explore the “Three Horizons of Growth” to help audience members understand how to think outside their day to day and be prepared for multiple  future scenarios. 

    1. What is our existing business today and how do we grow it?
    2. What adjacent areas can we move into?
    3. What industries  are we not touching?

Fostering An Innovation Community Outside of Your Organization for Rapid Impact

 Drawing on his depth of experience leading innovation with some of the world’s top companies –  including GM, PwC and McKinsey. Ted shares impactful insights, stories and cases to help business leaders understand how to create innovative communities. In this keynote, Ted will talk about the importance of incorporating members of the organization’s community for rapid impact, illustrating how to leverage a company’s advantages to come up with the next big idea and addressing the disconnect between desired outcomes and actions.

Future of Mobility- 2025

An inside view on what it might mean for industries from automotive to retail and everything in between. 

Follow Ted Graham on a journey into the world in 2025. In this keynote, Ted helps audiences understand mobility; it impacts people, culture, industries and the workforce. He addresses how these changes impact your audience members and where the opportunities exist. On this exclusive journey, you’ll learn expert opinions on how to adapt to the rapidly changing technologies.

Melissa Sariffodeen
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