Kirstine Stewart

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

President and Chief Revenue Officer at TribalScale | Former Head of Twitter Canada

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Kirstine Stewart | President and Chief Revenue Officer at TribalScale | Former Head of Twitter Canada
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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.

Now, Kirstine Stewart has taken on the role of President and Chief Revenue Officer of TribalScale, an ambitious (and booming) start-up which aims to provide digital strategy and product development around the globe. The company has created mobile apps for media companies such as ABC News, as well as “skills” for Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, working on behalf of clients like CBC and the PGA Tour. With Stewart at the helm, TribalScale is primed to further expand internationally, answering what Stewart sees as a widespread need for advancement in automation and A.I. technologies. On top of that, Stewart’s appointment to TribalScale effectively combats the tech sector’s renowned boy’s club mentality, showing that women can and do lead in the industry. 


Prior to that she was the Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, a content platform with over 1 billion monthly views and 34 million monthly unique US visitors and is ranked (by Alexa) as the #16 US website by traffic—one below Instagram. Until the fall 2016, Stewart was the Vice-President of Media at Twitter, overseeing North American media partnerships across all verticals, including television, sports, gaming, news and music. She previously served as Managing Director for Twitter Canada, leading Canadian operations as well as advertising business and partnerships. Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the Executive Vice-President of CBC’s English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw the network’s English-language radio, television and digital programming and operations. Earlier, she was Senior Vice-President of programming for Alliance Atlantis, overseeing HGTV, Food Network, National Geographic, BBC Canada and others.


“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 is also author of the national bestselling business book Our Turn. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century programme at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as the Transition to Leadership Programme Young Global Voices at the Oxford Saïd Business School. She is also an alumna of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an integral part of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, she was named to the Maclean’s list of the most powerful Canadians (just two places behind Justin Trudeau), to Toronto Life’s list of the most influential Torontonians and to Canadian Business’s 2015 list of the top 50 most powerful business people in Canada. She sits on the board of and is a member of the DMZ Advisory Council at Ryerson 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.