Product Leader / CEO Dynamics: How to Build Great Executive Relationships and Make the Jump to CEO

  • 30 Nov 2023
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Hybrid: In-person @ Intelliware (200 Adelaide W, Toronto, ON) or Online via Zoom


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At its best, the relationship between CEO and Product Leader is a close one. In this event, we'll explore what CEOs and Product Leaders can learn from each other, how the role differs, how a great CEO/Product Leader partnership works, and how to make the jump from Product Leader to CEO. This jump entails an elevation in responsibilities, vision, and influence. For those aspiring to make this significant transition, our upcoming event is an unmissable opportunity to gain insights from those who have successfully navigated this path.

During this session, we will explore:

  • Key distinctions in the roles and expectations of a Product Leader compared to those of a CEO.
  • Strategies for transitioning from product-centric leadership to broader organizational leadership.
  • Navigating the complexities of corporate governance and stakeholder management as a CEO.
  • Maintaining a customer-focused mindset while managing diverse business operations.
  • The attributes and competencies that companies seek in candidates for their top executive role.
  • Essential leadership skills and experiences to develop for those aspiring to become a CEO from a product leadership background.
  • And much more


  • Carlo Chiarello, CEO Intellitix, CEO CrowdBlink - LinkedIn

  • Carrie Lysenko, CEO, Zoocasa - LinkedIn

  • MODERATOR - Aneta Filiciak, Leadership & Agile Coach, Agile by Design & Former CEO, 500px - LinkedIn

For the full speaker bios, scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Event Tickets

This event is open to everyone! TPMA is now free to join, and membership is required to attend.

In person attendance will cost $10 to cover costs and online participation is free. Zoom details will be sent in a reminder before the event.

Your event ticket includes a drink and a selection of light eats.

Event Location

Hybrid: In-person @ Intelliware (200 Adelaide W, Toronto, ON) or Online via Zoom

The event space is on the second-floor. For accessibility concerns, please contact us at

Intelliware is a business and technology consulting company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Intelliware is a leader in Agile software development practices which ensures the delivery of timely, high-quality solutions for clients. Intelliware is engaged as a delivery partner by a wide range of national and global organizations in sectors that span Financial Services, Healthcare, ICT, Retail, Manufacturing, and Government. For over 32 years, Intelliware has provided custom software development and digital engineering solutions that enable organizations to solve complex challenges and accelerate their business goals. 

Event Agenda:

  • 5:30 - 6:00pm: Networking (in-person only)
  • 6:00 - 7:15pm: Hybrid program (all speakers in-person) Note: this is the only online portion of the event
  • 7:15 - 8:00pm: Networking + Group Topic Discussions, (in-person only)

Speaker Bios

Carlo Chiarello, CEO Intellitix, CEO CrowdBlink - LinkedIn

Carlo is currently the CEO and President of  Intellitix - an Event Intelligence Platform.   Weathering the devastating Covid-19 hit on the event industry, they are in the process of launching the newest mobile focused platform into the North American and EU markets.

In his previous position, as Chief Executive Office of the Lazaridis Institute, Chiarello successfully launched the inaugural cohort in the first National Scale Up Program in 2016, created and commenced execution of the institute roadmap and was the visionary behind several partnerships in the first year. Some of the companies chosen in the first cohort, such as DOZR and StackAdapt are great examples of companies now at the next level from Canada. 

Prior to the Lazaridis Institute, he was the Chief Product Officer/COO at Powermat Technologies Ltd (Israel/New York), where he helped introduce a cloud based Mobile Engagement IOT platform able to monetize via advertising, couponing and pay to charge strategies (wireless charging your mobile phone in public areas).   In less than 12 months  recorded over 150M charging minutes on an estimated user base of over 1 million users in the USA.

Mr. Chiarello worked for over a decade in several executive roles (Product Management and Business)  scaling BlackBerry as a global smartphone pioneer – most recently as the Executive Vice President of the BlackBerry Handset Division. During his time with the company,  he launched over 50 smartphones  globally, while helping to scale the company into a multi-billion dollar business for Canada.

His first Product Management roles were  with Nortel and Innovance in Ottawa,  bringing some of the first highly integrated Network Management systems for high capacity fiber optics to the market.

Carlo Chiarello's  career journey underscores his adaptability and his ability to drive innovation in diverse sectors.

Carrie Lysenko, CEO, Zoocasa - LinkedIn

Carrie is the Chief Executive Officer at Zoocasa, a wholly owned subsidiary of eXp World Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: EXPI). She leads platform integration and lead generation capabilities across Zoocasa in North America for the fastest growing real estate brokerage in the world.

A passionate people, product and business leader; Lysenko brings more than 20 years of technical product, business and marketing leadership to the work. Prior to joining Zoocasa, she was the vice president of product and growth at VerticalScope (TSX: FORA) and was integral to the online expansion efforts at Pelmorex Media’s The Weather Network for over 14 years as the Head of Digital.

She was recognized as one of the Top 50 Executives in Canada in 2021 by the Globe and Mail for her work within the Zoocasa team. She helped to lead this award winning proptech company to their recognition as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Canada, as well as the Americas by Globe & Mail and the Financial Times four years in a row. In 2022, Carrie helped to lead the acquisition of Zoocasa Realty Inc by eXp in July of that year. Today, Carrie is focused on growing the Zoocasa platform and impact in residential real estate as a lead portal across North America.

Aneta Filiciak, Leadership & Agile Coach, Agile by Design & Former CEO, 500px - LinkedIn

Aneta Filiciak has a diverse professional background, which includes serving as the CEO of 500px, a global community and social platform for photographers, before transitioning into her current role as a Leadership & Agile Coach at Agile by Design (AbD). At AbD, she empowers leaders and organizations with the essential tools and mindset required to thrive in an ever-evolving world marked by change and complexity.

Aneta’s professional journey in the world of product management began during her time at 500px, where in one of her early roles as a product manager, she spearheaded the creation of a new product that ignited a profound transformation within the company. Her vision and dedication to innovation led to the product’s rapid success, resulting in the creation of a thriving business unit, for which she oversaw the strategy, operations and product management functions. Leveraging her experience and mindset to lead the organization to even greater heights, she assumed the role of CEO, with her tenure marked by her commitment to innovation, customer-centricity, and building high-performing teams.

With firsthand leadership experience, product development expertise, a background in scaleup operations, and a proven track record of agility, Aneta transitioned into her role as a Leadership & Agile Coach at AbD. Here, she provides active consulting and coaching to her clients, equipping them with mindset and tools to rapidly adapt to changes and operate with greater agility. Working with all levels of an organization, from C-level executives to small teams, her focus is on fostering an environment where innovation, adaptability, and collaboration are not just buzzwords but a way of life.

She serves on the Board of Directors for Shelter Movers (a non-profit organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to individuals and families fleeing abuse) and Stocksy United (co-op stock media agency specializing in conceptual and authentic imagery).

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