Kirstine Stewart

The new digital economy is uniquely suited for women leaders to rise like never before.

Twitter’s Former VP, North American Media Partnerships

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Kirstine Stewart | Twitter’s Former VP, North American Media Partnerships
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One of Canada’s most high-profile women in business, Kirstine Stewart has worked as Twitter’s Managing Director, Head of Twitter Canada, and Twitter’s VP, North American Media Partnerships. A powerful speaker, Stewart talks about how modern workplaces need a new kind of leader—one who values partnership, collaboration, and empathy. And, she shares her story of success in the business world, as a leader and as a woman.

As Managing Director and Head of Twitter Canada, Kirstine Stewart was responsible for building the Canadian market. And as Twitter’s VP, North American Media Partnerships, she was charged with developing deals with TV, sports, and music partners across the continent. In her new position as Chief Strategy Officer of Diply—a top lifestyle and entertainment media company with more than one billion monthly global content views—Stewart will lead expansion efforts with content creators, accelerate content and video distribution efforts, and create innovative new opportunities to excite brand advertisers. She was previously Executive Vice-President of CBC English Services, where she commissioned the greatest number of Canadian content hours the CBC has ever had in prime time. She helped lead it to some of its biggest ratings in history, all while maintaining and strengthening its public broadcasting mandate. Her book Our Turn: Time for a New Kind of Leader, on women leaders in a time of new opportunities, was published in the fall of 2015 from Random House and became a Canadian bestseller.


“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.”

— Arlene Dickinson

Stewart was named Canadian Women in Communications 2010 Woman of the Year; has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women; is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, selected to advise the World Economic Forum; and in 2006, was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. She has also been named one of Canada’s Top 25 by Women of Influence magazine and Playback’s 2011 Person of the Year.


Stewart is a founding board member of Culture Days and sits on the boards of the Banff Television and Film Festival White Knights, and Amfar. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Global Leadership in the 21st Century program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Speech Topics

Digital Change Adapting to the Socially Connected World

New media is inspiring new business models. And today’s leaders must be flexible and responsive to what’s here, and what’s on the horizon. Kirstine Stewart forged new digital ground as one of Twitter’s most valuable assets. First, she helped build the Canadian market during a massive global expansion strategy. Then, heading up US Media in NYC, she brought tremendous energy and perspective to an already innovative field, partnering with content creators and rights holders (such as media outlets and sports leagues) around major events like the Super Bowl and the 2016 US election. In both Canada and the US, she helped ensure that digital (think: that little hashtag at the bottom of your TV screen!) couldn’t be ignored. And she did this in her 40s, shattering the myth that social media—hubs like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Periscope, and more—are purely millennial domains.


In this talk, Stewart gives a customizable, up-to-the-minute account of digital culture—and business. Whether offering insight into new methods of branding, how to disrupt, thrive alongside, and even revive traditional media, or speculating on the future of content consumption across channels, she’s a formidable keynote speaker with her fingers on the pulse of the shifting face of the digital landscape. From her time heading up Twitter, she can also easily adapt her talks to cover the news: how politics, activism, and security have all been radically transformed by what’s become an essential part of our lives. 


Learn how the hub of instant communication and social media deals with change—and what you need to know to stay relevant, ethical, and profitable today.

Modern Leaders Partnership, Collaboration, and Empathy
The old ideas of hierarchy in business are quickly becoming outmoded. Instead of a pyramid, the power structure of most innovative companies looks much more like a plateau. Leaders need to understand that partnership, information sharing, and collaboration are the new watchwords of good business. Kirstine Stewart knows the value of this style of leadership, first-hand. 
Gender & Sexuality
Our Turn The Role of Women as Leaders

Traditional leadership traits almost universally stem from the masculine point of view. But that’s changing very quickly, especially as more women than ever before enter the corporate and political realms. Kirstine Stewart shows us that it has never been a better time to be a driven woman, ready to subvert stereotypes and take your rightful place as a leader.