Our Speakers

Sam Lightstone is the founder of MakingItBigCareers.com as well as Program Director and Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM’s Software Group where he works on product strategy and R&D for one of the world’s largest software products. Sam is a sought after public speaker, author, and prolific inventor who has presented to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, industrial and scientific conferences, and major universities on topics related to careers, technology trends and emerging research needs. Sam has been quoted in eWeek, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, and the MIT Technology Review. His management career has spanned from small high-performance applied research teams up to large-scale projects with more than 200 staff across multiple geographies. Sam is the founder of the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on Self Managing Database Systems and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Autonomous and Autonomic Computing Systems. He is recipient of the IBM Outstanding Leadership Award and several corporate technical awards for outstanding technical achievement. Sam is inventor and co-inventor of more than 30 patents and patents pending and author of several books and scientific papers. He has a B.Sc. Eng. in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and an M.Math in Computer Science & Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Aitan Lerner obtained a four year B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from a Touro, a private University in New York City. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, earning his LL.B. In 1996. Since his call to the Bar in Ontario in 1998, Aitan Lerner has always maintained a criminal law practice. Aitan was the managing partner of a Toronto litigation firm until he set up his own Criminal Law Practice in 2002 so he may focus his practice exclusively in the area of criminal law.

Elisheva Berger, BScN, MScN, is Director of Care at SageCare, a residential care home for people with dementia in Toronto.  She is also a lecturer of Nursing at Seneca College School of Health Sciences.  Previously, Elisheva edited an online book for people with dementia, and was a lecturer at Humber College School of Health Sciences in the Nursing Department.  Elisheva was previously Assistant to the Vice President of Nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  For several years she worked in the Emergency Department of a downtown metropolitan teaching hospital. She has a baccalaureate in nursing from McMaster University School of Nursing, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and a Masters of Nursing Science from the University of Toronto. She is member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and was a member of its executive for several years.