Justin Cournoyer

April 29, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Shopify Toronto

part of a series on Risk

About the speaker

Justin’s childhood was all about the rosy cheeks, dirty hands and sun-bleached hair that comes from spending every day outside in a small, one time logging community in Eastern Ontario called Actinolite.

Justin’s first cooking job was at a casual family restaurant in Ontario. After high school, he made the leap to formal cuisine followed with stint of travel to sharpen his taste for simple, flavourful, thoughtful food. In 2000, he returned to Canada, and spent a combined four years under chef Susur Lee, finding his place among the city’s young and dynamic chef community.

All this experience has laddered up to Justin’s ultimate destination — a restaurant of his own that he had envisioned from the time he was 18 years old. The place would be infused with childhood memories, senses and a connection with the land in the creation of the food. The man may have left Actinolite, but Actinolite never quite left him.

Additional details

PLEASE NOTE - NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS Moving forward, we are opening registration two weeks prior to event day. All registrations will go straight to waitlist, and tickets will be randomly assigned one week before event day. We’re hoping that this will avoid any website issues, and also open up registration for CMTO events to a wider audience.


April’s theme, RISK, was chosen by our Munich chapter and illustrated by Andreas Preis.

Venue & Food Partner

Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, using enterprise-level technology made available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 243,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Red Bull, LA Lakers, the New York Stock Exchange, GoldieBlox, and many more.

Illustration Partner

VisualTalks present information your audience needs, in the way they can process it best. VisualTalks are whiteboard illustrations (or graphic recordings) to enhance understanding and retention, increase participant engagement and create concise and beautiful summaries of information.

We listen carefully, process what we hear, and draw it on the spot. We capture it truthfully, and present it in a way that facilitates further thought and discussion.

Printing Partner

Nola Grimes Originally from Newfoundland, Nola brought her passion for art and creativity to the printing industry over 20 years ago and has been managing all types of print projects for a diverse group of clients ever since. She enjoys working with designers and being part of the creative process.

Over the years, Nola has built relationships with a network of suppliers and can produce everything from small postcard orders to catalogs and signage. Whether the project is simple, with a tight budget or more complex, with embossing and other special effects, Nola can help you meet your objectives and treats every order with equal care.