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My YR – Marc Saltzman


Name: Marc Saltzman

Occupation: Tech Evangelist. Yes, as cheeky as that sounds, I do aim to preach about the benefits of technology, and how it can enhance and enrich your personal and professional lives. But per my bio below, I’m a technology columnist, author, radio and TV show host, and keynote speaker.

How long have you lived in YR? Twenty-one years. My wife Kellie and I moved to a home in the Region in the Spring of 2000, six months before we got married.

Why did you make YR home? My wife grew up in the Region, so she was familiar with all it had to offer, plus many of our friends were there, and were attracted to safe and spacious suburbs to grow our family.

What do you do for fun in YR? We love walking, plus there are some great trails for biking, too, plus some scenic ponds. The Region also has no shortage of great restaurants, patios, clubs and pubs. While we enjoy going into the city from time to time, you really don’t need to go south of Steeles Ave. to experience so much. Our kids are now older teens, but they worked and played in the Region growing up, including teaching dance, taking karate, and going to summer camp – all nearby.

What is one summer/winter event that you never miss in YR? It used to be Thornhill Village Festival – an annual Fall event we used to look forward to – so hoping it returns in some fashion, post-pandemic.

What are your favourite restaurants in YR? I love the diversity of York Region, which is also reflected in all the great restaurants here – from authentic Asian cuisine in Markham and north Indian food in Richmond Hill to Woodbridge’s outstanding Italian scene, Newmarket’s Main Street, and Thornhill’s delis and Mediterranean food. Hard to choose favourites, of course, but near us on Yonge St. I’d have to say El Bocho (Mexican), Philoxenia (Greek), and Terra and Octagon (steak house). Of course, there are many national or international chains, too, such as those that line East Beaver Creek area.

BIO: Marc Saltzman is a prolific tech expert with one simple goal: to break down geek speak into street speak. Marc is a freelance journalist for more than 20 publications (including USA TODAY, AARP, Costco Connection, and Yahoo), a 16-time author, radio and podcast personality, public speaker, and host of Tech Impact, which airs on Bloomberg Television and FOX Business in the United States. Marc specializes in consumer electronics, business and travel tech, interactive entertainment, automotive innovations, and future trends.

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