Agenda

Monday, October 22

8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast (8 AM - 8:45 AM)

8:45 AM

Official Opening

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Join Our Master of Ceremonies, Adam Nanjee and 2018 CIX Co-Chairs as we officially open 2018 CIX.



Featuring:


Justin Jackson
Senior Analyst
Fenox Venture Capital
Startup World Cup

Michael Katchen
Co-founder and CEO
Wealthsimple

Adam Nanjee, MC
CIX Host and Board Member

Alison Nankivell
Vice President Fund Investments and Global Scaling
BDC Capital

9:00 AM

CIX 2018 Innovator of the Year Keynote and Award Presentation

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Featuring:


Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Government of Canada

Stuart Lombard
Founder and CEO
Ecobee

9:30 AM

Meeting Exchanges #1

Trinity V

Meeting Exchanges are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading funders/advisors/corporates from Canada and globally. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership. Book your meetings now through CIXchange. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.


Featuring:


Eric Bukovinsky
Partner
Yaletown Partners
Intelligent Industry, AI/ML, Digital Operations, IIoT, Smart Cities

Jennifer Couldrey
Executive Director
The Upside Foundation
Early-stage, high growth Canadian companies looking to make an impact.

Eric In
Principal
CIC Capital Canada
Early stage, tech (ICT, healthcare, other technologies) . Pre series A, Series A. Investment $500k to $7m (first investment is usually $1-3m depending on maturity). All Canada.

Matthew Leibowitz
General Partner
Plaza Ventures
Growth stage, all Canada

Amy Olah
Executive Director
CIBC Innovation Banking
Seed to late stage, all verticals, B2B, all Canada

Hamilton Petropoulos
Associate
Generation Ventures
Early-Stage B2B ICT companies located in the 401 Corridor (Waterloo, Toronto, Montreal, etc.)

Sunil Sharma
Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator
Techstars
Pre-Seed to Seed, All Tech, Global

Robert Simon
Senior Managing Partner, IT Venture Fund
BDC Capital
Emerging and mid-stage Internet, mobile and enterprise companies. Series A or B.

Sean Simpson
Investment Manager
GM Ventures
Series A, B, C companies from all over the world working on problems related to automotive/transportation

Craig Strong
Partner
Round13 Capital
Later early-stage ($50K+ MRR), any vertical, anywhere in Canada

Alex Tong
Venture Investor
Information Venture Partners
Early Stage, FinTech, Canada, U.S., B2B, Cybersecurity, Financial Software

Sharon Zohar
Founder/CEO
The Big Push
Early stage, women-led, all Canada

How Human-like Robots Will Impact Life, Work and Society

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Throughout human history, we have always dreamed about - and been captivated by - the idea of creating machines that are like us. Recent advancements in hardware technologies such as improved sensors, batteries, actuators and 3D printing are allowing us to realise the dream of building human-like robots. Meanwhile, advancements in machine learning and AI are enabling the minds of such robots to become increasingly human-like. This talk will describe how machines that look, move, and think like us may soon emerge, and what the social, economic and ethical implications of these breakthroughs might be.

 



Featuring:


Suzanne Gildert
Founder and CEO
Sanctuary.ai

10:00 AM

Investment and Partnership Strategies of the Tech Giants

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The world’s biggest tech companies are constantly changing the game with disruptive technologies that become tomorrow’s industry standard. Increasingly, partnering with startups is an important innovation strategy for the tech giants. This panel will investigate what they are looking for in startups: What kinds of companies are they interested in working with? What are the pain points they are hoping to solve? And how can startups be better partners?


Moderating:


Rick Nathan
Managing Director
Kensingston Capital Partners


Featuring:


Deborah Conway
Business Development Specialist
Samsung NEXT

Robert Keith
Principal
Salesforce Ventures

Samir Kumar
Managing Director
M12

Elana Lian
Investment Director
Intel Capital

Rich Osborn
Managing Partner
Telus Ventures

Bringing Cryptocurrency to the Masses

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Whether it’s bitcoin, ether, litecoin, or one of the many other options to choose from, cryptocurrency is a hot commodity right now. These forward-thinking companies have taken advantage of the cryptocurrency boom, helping people buy, trade, store, sell and spend their cryptocurrency. But with volatile markets and bans by Canadian banks, what are the challenges in this nascent industry? And where will the most exciting opportunities be in the future?

Moderating:


Alexandra Posadzki
Financial Services Reporter
The Globe and Mail


Featuring:


Kyle Collier
Co-founder and CEO
Phaze

Zach Justein
Chief Corporate Development Officer
Paycase

Ben Roberts
Co-Founder & CEO
Citizen Hex

Som Seif
Founder and CEO
Purpose Investments

Rocket Pitches

Trinity IV

Hear from founders of highly ranked Canadian early stage companies as they each present for 4-5 minutes. Fast-paced and exciting!

Moderating:


Alan Lysne
COO & Managing Partner
Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups


Featuring:


David Bloom
Founder & CEO
LevelJump Software Corp.

Simon Foster
Founder & CEO
Chatter Research

Steve Hulford
CEO & Publisher
Backyard Media Inc.

Jordan Kennie
CEO
Stash Energy Inc

Veronika Litinski
CEO
Pillcheck

Gary Saarenvirta
Founder & CEO
Daisy Intelligence

Quin Sandler
CEO
Plantiga Technologies Inc.

Jordan Wimmer
Founder
Thrive Savings

10:30 AM

Opportunities in Blockchain

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It’s the word on everybody’s lips, but where are the real opportunities when it comes to blockchain technology? From banking to security to retail to supply chain management, dozens of industries are on the cusp of being massively disrupted by blockchain. We take a look at the Canadian companies who are employing blockchain in innovative ways that are impacting industries now.

Moderating:


Vanessa Grant
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


Featuring:


Kesem Frank
Co-Founder
Mavennet

Rhea Mehta
Co-Founder & CEO
Bowhead Health

Melissa Quinn
Director, Corporate Strategy
RightMesh

11:00 AM

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #1

Sponsored by

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Investors wait for this all year! 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Make sure you take the time to meet these founders throughout the day and at their tables located in the CIX Top 20 lounge in Trinity II & III.  


Featuring:


Nouman Ahmad
CEO & Co-Founder
Validere

Andrew Graham
CEO
Borrowell

Dale Hopkins
CTO
Vendasta

Humera Malik
Founder and CEO
Canvass Analytics

Latif Nanji
Co-Founder & CEO
Roadmunk

Expert Commentators:


Adam Felesky, Expert Commentator
CEO
Portag3 Ventures

Peggy Van De Plassche, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner
Roar Ventures

Sean Wise, Expert Commentator
Associate Professor
Ryerson University

David Wismer, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
BMO Capital Markets

12:00 PM

Lunch

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12:15 PM

Lunch and Learn: Two Innovation Programs are Colliding, Come Hear About How You Can Benefit

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A PERFECT FUNDING STORM! Innovative Solutions Canada – a new SBIR-like program by the Government of Canada – has launched. Through this small business innovation program, 20 federal departments must spend a combined $100M by launching challenges for Canadian SMEs to solve. Innovators who apply can have their proofs of concept funded up to $150K. And if the departments like what they see, they could receive up to $1M in funding to develop a prototype! Innovators keep the IP and departments get their hands on cutting-edge products/services. Budget 2018 announced that the Build in Canada Innovation Program is merging into Innovative Solutions Canada. Come learn more about what that means for Canadian Innovators!


Featuring:


Éric-Aimé Patry
Manager of Outreach and Engagement, Build in Canada Innovation Program, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Government of Canada

1:00 PM

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #2

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Investors wait for this all year! 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Make sure you take the time to meet these founders throughout the day and at their tables located in the CIX Top 20 lounge in Trinity II & III.  


Featuring:


Tony Chahine
CEO
Myant

Deepak Dutt
CEO
Zighra

Melissa Kargiannakis
Founder & CEO
skritswap

Andrew Peek
Co-Founder & COO
Delphia

Jason Smith
CEO
Klue

Expert Commentators:


Michael Cotton, Expert Commentator
Director, Zone Startups Sports + Media
Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups
Early stage (first money in), large market, scalable, B2B, GTA, Waterloo

Shayn Diamond, Expert Commentator
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners
Early stage software companies

Sophie Forest, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner
Brightspark Ventures
Series A + B, all of Canada, ICT, SaaS and AI

Conversation with OMERS Ventures

Trinity IV

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join OMERS Ventures for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns about Canada’s tech industry or seek Damien’s personal insights. Seating is limited, first-come basis.



Featuring:


Damien Steel
Managing Partner and Global Head of Venture Capital
OMERS Ventures

1:30 PM

Conversation with BDC Capital

Trinity IV

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join the Executive Vice President and VP Market Development of BDC Capital for a more informal, intimate discussion. BDC Capital offers venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital to entrepreneurs. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns about Canada’s tech industry or seek personal insights. Seating is limited, first-come basis


Featuring:


Neal Hill
VP Market Development
BDC Capital

Jérôme Nycz
Executive Vice President
BDC Capital

2:00 PM

Mental Health and Startups: How to Make It a Priority

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It’s no secret that mental health can be an insidious problem in the startup world. Many founders have small teams and big pressures to succeed, which means working long hours with little time to decompress as the stresses start to mount. Mental health problems, from anxiety to depression to addiction, are widespread in the startup world, sometimes leading to tragic consequences. These founders share their own journeys, as well as their insights into how CEOs can make mental health a priority for themselves and their employees.

Moderating:


Janet Bannister
Partner
Real Ventures


Featuring:


Sheetal Jaitly
Founder and CEO
TribalScale

Cherry Rose Tan
Founder and Executive Coach
Founder Catalyst

Tami Zuckerman
Founder
VarageSale

Fireside Chat with Tencent Investment

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Join Alison Nankivell, BDC Capital’s VP of Global Expansion, as she talks with Mr. Zhaohui Li , Managing Partner of Tencent Investment and General Manager of M&A of Tencent.  They will discuss Tencent’s global investment efforts in social commerce, new-retail, automotive, education and healthcare, and where are the opportunities for North American, particularly Canadian, investors and companies in partnering with Tencent Investment.


Featuring:


Jeffrey Li
Managing Partner
Tencent Investment

Alison Nankivell
Vice President Fund Investments and Global Scaling
BDC Capital

2:30 PM

Networking Break

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3:00 PM

Practical Tips for Infusing Diversity and Inclusion into Your Business

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It’s critical to embed diversity and inclusion strategies into your business from day one. Why? Diversity will help you look at problems differently, attract talent and better serve your customer base. But unconscious bias is the biggest barrier to diversity and inclusion efforts. Some companies are doing it well, while others are struggling. Sarah Saska shares practical strategies to help startups embed diversity and inclusion into their business today.


Featuring:


Dr. Sarah Saska
Co-Founder and CEO
Feminuity

Founders with Money: Real Talk with Entrepreneurs-Turned-Angel-Investors

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These founders didn’t just bask in their successes. As angel investors, these serial entrepreneurs are bringing their experience, insights and capital to a new generation of Canadian innovators. Get the inside scoop on why they’ve chosen the angel route, what they look for in a company and their lessons learned along the way.

Moderating:


Dan Debow
Co-founder and CEO
Helpful.com


Featuring:


Katherine Homuth
Founder and CEO
Sheerly Genius

Eva Lau
Managing Director and Co-founder
Two Small Fish Ventures

Gerry Pond
Chairman and Co-Founder
Mariner Partners

Conversation with M12

Trinity IV

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join the Managing Director of M12 – Microsoft’s venture capital fund – for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns about Canada’s tech industry in general or seek Samir’s personal insights. Seating is limited, first-come basis.


Featuring:


Samir Kumar
Managing Director
M12

3:30 PM

Showcase of Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA)

Sponsored by

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The 2018 winners of the national student competition Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) will each present their project. The goal of the IDeA competition is to inspire university students to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues. Universities Canada administers the national IDeA student competition on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada.

The following students will be presenting their projects and representing their respective universities:

Stéphnie Gamache, Université Laval
Alicia Stewart, Carleton University
Lianna Genovese, McMaster University
Emma Dornan, Memorial University and Newfoundland
Robert Ingino, York University

Moderating:


Rita Trichur
Senior Editor, Report on Business
The Globe and Mail

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

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CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories of 2018 — innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving major milestones:

Cole Diamond, CEO, Coinsquare

Chris Eben, Managing Partner at TWG, will talk with Cole Diamond, CEO of Coinsquare, one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency trading platforms, uncovering how the company defines itself in one of the fastest moving ecosystems of our time. In addition, they will discuss how Coinsquare has navigated its own explosive growth, scaling from two co-founders talking in a coffee shop to a staff of over 145 in less than two years.

In conversation with: Chris Eben, Managing Partner, TWG

 

Lauren Lake, Co-founder, and Mallorie Brodie, Co-founder and CEO, Bridgit

When Lauren Lake and Mallorie Brodie met in Toronto’s Next36 Incubator, it was the genesis of Bridgit, a digital management tool that tracks progress and deficiencies in construction projects. After significant revenue traction in Canada, the duo quickly set their sights on the massive U.S. market. Now their app is now being used all over North America. Co-founders Lauren and Mallorie give us the scoop on their journey to success and cracking the export market.

In conversation with: Michelle McBane, Senior Investment Director, MaRS IAF


Kerry Liu, Co-founder and CEO, Rubikloud

Kerry Liu of Rubikloud has big plans. After raising $37-million in Series B financing led by Intel Capital, he has ambitions to expand the company’s offices in Europe and Asia and meet demand for retail AI solutions for the growing global marketplace. Kerry shares the story of Rubikloud, how they landed their partnership with Intel and how he plans to build a billion-dollar company.

In conversation with: Elana Lian, Investment Director, Intel Capital

Moderating:


Chris Eben
Managing Partner
TWG

Elana Lian
Investment Director
Intel Capital

Michelle McBane
Senior Investment Director
MaRS IAF (Investment Accelerator Fund)


Featuring:


Mallorie Brodie
Co-Founder
Bridgit

Cole Diamond
CEO
Coinsquare

Lauren Lake
Co-Founder
Bridgit

Kerry Liu
Co-Founder and CEO
Rubikloud

Conversation with Salesforce Ventures

Trinity IV

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join two Salesforce Ventures execs for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns about Canada’s tech industry in general or seek their personal insights. Seating is limited, first-come basis.


Featuring:


Robert Keith
Principal
Salesforce Ventures

4:00 PM

Meeting Exchanges #2

Trinity V

Meeting Exchanges are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading funders/advisors/corporates from Canada and globally. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership. Book your meetings now through CIXchange. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.


Featuring:


Matthew Bressler
Principal
TDF Ventures
Series A or late seed, Toronto/Waterloo, subject matter = machine learning, B2B SaaS, cybersecurity, data.

Code Cubitt
Managing Director
Mistral Venture Partners
Early stage (seed) enterprise SW. Canada

David Helgerson
Managing Director
Hamilton Lane
Mid to late stage venture

Tim Kazurayama
Senior Director
Presidio Ventures, Inc
Early Stage to Series A stage / AI Startups, targeting Enterprise customers

Mason McVerry
Director
Frontier Capital
Growth Stage – B2B SaaS & Tech-Enabled Service companies - Company size: $5 – 40M revenue - Investment size: $20 – 75M - Geography: North Ameria

Amy Rae
Principal
Vanedge Capital
Series A and B. Vertical Saas, ML, AI, Medical / Healthcare

Lauren Robinson
Partner, Highline BETA
Highline BETA
Early Stage (Pre-seed to seed+). Pan-Canadian. Investing in tech companies tackling corporate challenges in Finance, Insurance, CPG, Health/Wellness industries.

Russell Samuels
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners
Early stage software companies

Mark Smith
Director, RBC Capital Partners
Royal Bank of Canada
Consumer internet, consumer mobile, SMB software, AI, Fintech

Terence Teo
VP Investments
EDBI
Growth stage companies in enterprise software, mobility, robotics, IoT, AR/VR, semiconductor, Industry 4.0

Ray Wu
Managing Partner
SkyChee Ventures
IoT, AI, blockchain, Seed to Series B

Sanjay Zimmerman
Associate
White Star Capital
Late seed, Series A – B : Fintech, E-commerce, IoT, BigData, AI

Conversation with TELUS Ventures

Trinity IV

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join the Managing Partner of TELUS Ventures for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns about Canada’s tech industry in general or seek Rich’s personal insights. Seating is limited, first-come basis.



Featuring:


Rich Osborn
Managing Partner
Telus Ventures

4:30 PM

How to Be Just Evil Enough

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The dirty secret behind every great startup is this: Somewhere in their history, they did something slightly evil that gave them a head start. If you're a founder of—or investor in—a startup that isn't wondering how to be just a little bit naughty, you’ve probably already lost. There's a simple reason for this: Traditional marketing is doomed. Rather than creating more information for fickle audiences, companies must unearth a zero-day growth exploit, making a platform behave in an unintended way. They have to stop writing press releases, and start hacking markets. In this talk, packed with subversiveness and concrete examples, Alistair shows how the best organizations redefine marketing as capturing attention they can turn into profitable demand—and how you can do the same.


Featuring:


Alistair Croll
Founder
Solve for Interesting

Working Together: FinTechs and Bank Partnerships

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The fintech revolution is seeing more and more nimble, innovative fintechs bringing solutions and value to the risk-averse and highly regulated banking industry. Hear from banks execs and founders who have successful partnerships and their insights on models of engagement, procurement, culture, onboarding, decision-making processes, appetite for risk and lessons learned. 

Moderating:


Kirstine Stewart
President & Chief Revenue Officer
TribalScale


Featuring:


Marcus Daniels
Founding Partner
Highline BETA

David Furlong
SVP Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital and Blockchain
National Bank of Canada

Peter Mazoff
President, Co-Founder
Thinking Capital

Alexander Peh
Vice President, Innovation
RBC

Kevin Sandhu
CEO
Grow

5:00 PM

The Open Banking Revolution: Is Canada Next?

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Open banking is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon. The UK has already implemented an open banking framework, Australia will do so next year, and a recent U.S. Treasury Report called for open banking in the U.S. This panel will examine the question of open banking in Canada. Proponents say it will give us a global competitive edge and provide immense consumer benefit. But there are questions of consent and liability to consider. What are the risks of open banking, and what are the potential rewards?

Moderating:


Steve Boms
Executive Director
Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America


Featuring:


Christine Day
Chief Technology & Information Officer
Questrade Financial Group

Lori Martel
Vice President, Data Strategy
Envestnet | Yodlee

Richard Prior
International Technology & Platform Policy
Kabbage

Saskia Tolsma
Senior Economist, Sectoral Policy Analysis, Economic Development and Corporate Finance
Government of Canada

5:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 23

8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

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9:00 AM

The Intersection of Cloud and Machine Learning in the Real World

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Amazon has been an early pioneer of machine learning for over 20 years. In this session Glenn Gore, World Wide Lead Solutions Architect for Amazon Web Services (AWS) will share insights into how Amazon has used machine learning in the past, present and how customers are using machine learning within their own organisations ranging from full-stack implementations through to use cases where no understanding of AI or ML were required at all.


Featuring:


Glenn Gore, Keynote
Chief Architect
Amazon Web Services

Rocket Pitches

Trinity IV

Hear from founders of highly ranked Canadian growth- stage companies as they each present for 4-5 minutes. Fast-paced and exciting!


Moderating:


Kelly McGregor
Manager, Rev & Fierce Founders
Communitech


Featuring:


Dushan Batrovic
CFO
Baanto International Ltd.

Marie Chevrier
Founder
Sampler

Barry Gordon
Founder
MaxSold Incorporated

Michael Koral
COO and Co-Founder
Needls Media Inc.

Philipp Postrehovksy
SVP Marketing
Progressa

Alan Smithson
CEO
Metavrse

Andreas Souvaliotis
Founder & CEO
Carrot Insights

Shawn Young
CEO
Classcraft Studios Inc.

9:30 AM

Save Yourself the Cost of a Privacy Breach and Damage to Your Reputation: Embed Privacy, by Design

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Privacy infractions and data breaches are abounding, not to mention daily cybersecurity attacks. If you don't embed privacy and security proactively, by design, into your operations, you'll pay the price. Class-action lawsuits abound, but the cost to your brand – and to your reputation – may be irreparable. Get ahead of the problems and prevent the privacy harms from arising.

Plus, a discussion about Uber’s approach to privacy issues in today’s challenging environment.


Featuring:


Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence
Ryerson University

Rob Khazzam
General Manager
Uber Canada

10:00 AM

Failure Is Your Friend: Lessons Learned from a VC

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Is it really true that failure is seen as a badge of honor among investors?  Richard Moran is a Silicon Valley veteran and will explore the truth about perceptions of failure.  He will explore the different types of failure, how to rebound from failure and what to learn from failure.  In addition to being an investor, Moran has written eight books and is a regular on major media outlets about technology.  His wit and wisdom bring all things complex into the possible.


Featuring:


Richard Moran
Managing Partner
Blue Book Ventures

U.S. Growth Equity Investors

Trinity IV

Join us for a discussion with a panel of technology focused growth equity firms to understand how it is different from venture and PE, how these investors think about valuations, how the investment process works and how deals are typically structured.


Moderating:


Daniel Lee
Managing Director, Technology & Innovation, Mid-Market Investment Banking
CIBC


Featuring:


Chad Mitchell
Associate
Radian Capital
B2B software & tech enabled services, $5M+ rev, less than $15M raised to date

Vaibhav "V" Nalwaya
Managing Partner
Wavecrest Growth Partners

Ben Weinberg
Managing Director
Susquehanna Growth Equity
Growth Equity / Software, internet & info services / North America, Israel, UK

10:30 AM

Meeting Exchanges #3

Trinity V

Meeting Exchanges are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading funders/advisors/corporates from Canada and globally. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership. Book your meetings now through CIXchange. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.


Featuring:


Tyson Baber
Partner
Georgian Partners
Late stage venture and growth stage / Any vertical / All Canada

Patrick Conroy
Vice President
Revolution Growth
Verticals: Consumer Internet, SaaS, Sports & Entertainment, Real Estate & Hospitality Tech, Big Data Applications, Stage: Venture & Growth stages (raising $10m+), Regions: North America

Michael Cotton
Director, Zone Startups Sports + Media
Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups
Early stage (first money in), large market, scalable, B2B, GTA, Waterloo

Shayn Diamond
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners
Early stage software companies

Andrea Drager
Vice President, Canada
Azure Capital Partners
Post-Seed Stage (raising between 1-3M, in revenue/product in market with some traction) All Canadian, INCLUDING: saas, e-commerce, robotics, iot, big data, AI / ML, real estate, construction tech, ag tech EXCLUDING: energy tech, clean tech, biotech (we do not invest in these categories)

Sophie Forest
Managing Partner
Brightspark Ventures
Series A + B, all of Canada, ICT, SaaS and AI

Tony Grelli
Investor
Susquehanna Growth Equity
Growth Equity / Software, internet & info services / North America, Israel, UK

Oded Levi
President
Epstein Enterprises Inc
early and growth stage, AI and marketing applications, GTA focus

Nagar Rahmani
Principal
Kensington Capital Partners
Series A/B ICT

Claudio Rojas
Managing Director
Hurt Capital
North America, growth stage: Fintech, E-commerce, IoT, BigData, AI

Ben Weinberg
Managing Director
Susquehanna Growth Equity
Growth Equity / Software, internet & info services / North America, Israel, UK

David Zug
Principal
HarbourVest Partners, LLC
Late stage venture/ growth equity, information technology, Canada

Insights from Asia: What are the Opportunities for Canadian Startups?

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What are Asian investors looking for in Canada? How can Canadian entrepreneurs and investors work with Asian investors to help them expand into Asia? With political tensions south of the border, what are the opportunities?

Moderating:


Alison Nankivell
Vice President Fund Investments and Global Scaling
BDC Capital


Featuring:


Winston Fu
Partner
LDV Partners

Fanglu Wang
Senior Managing Director
CITIC Capital

Nan Zhou
U.S. Representative
Baidu Changcheng Investment

Debt Financing: What Canadian Founders Need to Know

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Why should you care about debt and why would you need it? Find out about the types of debt and what to expect. Listen to insights from North America’s two largest debt providers to Canadian high-growth startups on how companies can utilize debt as part of their growth strategy.

Moderating:


Mark MacLeod
Founder
SurePath Capital Partners


Featuring:


Win Bear
Managing Director
Silicon Valley Bank

Patrick Lee
Investment Partner
Western Technology Investment

Amy Olah
Executive Director
CIBC Innovation Banking
Seed to late stage, all verticals, B2B, all Canada

Networking with the Regulators

Trinity IV

Have questions about compliance, ICOs or other regulatory matters? Here’s your chance to get the inside scoop with regulators from Ontario, Alberta and Quebec.


Featuring:


Pat Chaukos
Deputy Director, LaunchPad
Ontario Securities Commission

Danielle Grover
Senior Legal Counsel
Alberta Securities Commission

Gabriel Perras
Lawyer, Analyst, Corporate Finance Department
Autorité des Marchés Financiers

Blair Wiley, Facilitator
Partner
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

11:00 AM

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #3

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Investors wait for this all year! 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Make sure you take the time to meet these founders throughout the day and at their tables located in the CIX Top 20 lounge in Trinity II & III.  


Featuring:


Joseph Fung
CEO
Kiite

Tyler Handley
CEO
inkbox

Brian Mech
President & CEO
eSight

Hassan Murad
Co-Founder
Intuitive AI

Katherine Regnier
CEO & Founder
Coconut Software

Vivek Vyas
Co-founder
Intuitive AI

Expert Commentators:


Jenifer Bartman, Expert Commentator
Founder & Principal
Jenifer Bartman Business Advisory Services

Jake Cassaday, Expert Commentator
Associate Partner
Relay Ventures

Barry Gekiere, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
MaRS Discovery District

Sam Ifergan, Expert Commentator
CEO & President
iGan Partners

12:00 PM

Investor-Only Networking Lunch

Grand Ballroom CD

CIX attracts hundreds of the most active investors from across Canada, the US and globally and this Private Investor Lunch is an opportunity to increase investors’ deal flow.  The most active funds, angels, corporates and LPs in Canadian tech will network and make valuable connections for helping Canadian companies grow. You must pre-register. Open to qualified investors and capital funders only. Space is limited. 

Lunch

1:00 PM

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #4

Grand Ballroom AB

Investors wait for this all year! 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Make sure you take the time to meet these founders throughout the day and at their tables located in the CIX Top 20 lounge in Trinity II & III.  


Featuring:


Tara Akhavan
Co-Founder and CTO
IRYStec Software

Tanay Delima
General Manager, eCommerce Financial Services
Clearbanc

Patrick Kiely
CEO
Island Water Technologies

Warren Levitan
Co-Founder & CEO
Smooch Technologies

Steve Schlesak
General Manager
Dialogue

Expert Commentators:


Lisa Melchior, Expert Commentator
Founder
VERTU Capital

Russell Samuels, Expert Commentator
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners
Early stage software companies

Tom Walsham, Expert Commentator
VP, Product
TWG

Conversation with Amazon Web Services and AWS Partner, Slalom

Trinity IV

Getting Started with AWS in Canada has never been easier. Join AWS Chief Architect Glenn Gore and Slalom’s Chief Technology Officer Steve Walintschek for a Q&A session. Bring your questions about getting started in the cloud, or more technical questions about specific workload capabilities in the AI/ML space. Hear Slalom share their hands-on experience in helping customers build with AWS.


Featuring:


Glenn Gore
Chief Architect
Amazon Web Services

Steve Walintschek
Chief Technology Officer / General Manager
Slalom

2:00 PM

Thoughts on Opportunities for Blockchain In The Future and How It Will Change The World

Grand Ballroom CD

Moderating:


Michael Hainsworth
Executive Producer, Host
Fast Future


Featuring:


Tim Draper
Founder/Managing Partner
Draper Associates

AI is the Future of Sales

Grand Ballroom AB

Artificial intelligence is transforming the sales and marketing world, and generating huge revenue for this Silicon Valley-based company. Hear from Conversica’s Chief Sales Officer which verticals are most promising, plus what U.S. VCs are looking for.


Featuring:


Gregg Ames
Chief Sales Officer
Conversica

Mark McQueen
President & Executive Managing Director
CIBC Innovation Banking

Non-traditional Financing Strategies for Startups

Trinity IV

On the hunt for financing? While everyone knows about VCs, there are plenty of other ways to fund your startup. If you’re looking to expand your financing possibilities, come learn about non-traditional options at this informative workshop.

Moderating:


Teri Kirk
Founder & CEO
Fundingportal


Featuring:


Brady Fletcher
Managing Director & Head
TSX Venture Exchange
Early-and Growth-Stage Companies Looking for Funding; all regions

Mark Petrov
Founder and Managing Partner
Xtreme Blockchain Labs

Alan Wunsche
CEO and Chief Token Officer
TokenFunder

2:30 PM

Special Announcement: Winner of Canadian Regional For Startup World Cup

Grand Ballroom AB

Startup World Cup


Featuring:


Justin Jackson
Senior Analyst
Fenox Venture Capital
Startup World Cup

2:35 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM

Women in Tech: What Advice Would You Give Your 22-year-old Self?

Grand Ballroom CD

Even today in 2018, more than half of all female tech founders say they experienced discrimination or harassment on the job. Distinguished professionals from across the tech industry will share their personal experiences and advice for banishing the stigma associated with speaking up for yourself and your rights as a woman in tech. How do we take action and advocate for equality, in partnership with our male colleagues who support our seat at the table?


Featuring:


Aisha Addo
CEO
DriveHER

Sue Britton
CEO & Founder
Fintech Growth Syndicate

Philippe Garneau
President and Co-Founder
GWP Brand Engineering

Lina Ismail
Managing Partner
thinki3

Takara Small
Founder
VentureKids

Robert Smuk
Chair and Strategic Advisor
Vexo

Aiko Thurlow
CEO
InFounders

Beyond the Border: How to Grow Your Business Internationally

Sponsored by

Trinity IV

Scaling of Canadian businesses involves globalization.  Join our interactive panel discussion offering a pragmatic guide to growing a global business from day one and the key issues to be aware of:

•           When should you seek to move beyond your domestic customer base
•           How to establish an offshore customer base
•           Key steps to establishing a presence in another geography
•           Pragmatic guidance on dealing with risks in new geographies
•           Which roles to move offshore and when
•           Managing risks associated with new markets including regulatory, differing business and HR culture,                       attracting and retaining top talent


Featuring:


Laura Citron
CEO
London & Partners

Jacqueline Cooper
Chief Revenue Officer
Muse

Anthony de Fazekas
Partner, Head of Technology & Innovation, Canada
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom AB

CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories of 2018 — innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving major milestones:


Lindsey Goodchild, Co-founder and CEO, Nudge Rewards

Having raised a $5-million Series A last year, Nudge Rewards is set to expand across North America. The Nudge app helps employers like Rogers, Samsung and TELUS engage and reward their employees to boost team performance. Co-founder and CEO Lindsey Goodchild shares her journey building Nudge Rewards into an industry leader, the challenges she faced along the way and her ambitious plans for the future.

In conversation with: Michelle Scarborough, Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech, BDC Capital


Michael Katchen, Co-founder and CEO, Wealthsimple

Wealthsimple had a big 2017. After expanding internationally to the U.S. and the UK and tripling their client base, the online investment management company kicked off 2018 by raising $65-million from Power Financial. CEO Michael Katchen lets us in on the company’s journey, his ambitions for the future and Wealthsimple’s exciting partnership with EQ Bank.

In conversation with: Dan Dickinson, Chief Digital Officer, EQ Bank

 

Michael Litt, Co-founder and CEO, Vidyard

Vidyard is on the rise. The Kitchener, Ont.-based company, which helps sales and marketing teams leverage intelligence and analytics from video, is the leading video platform for business, with powerhouse clients like Microsoft, LinkedIn, Salesforce and Marketo. Co-founder and CEO Michael Litt tells the story behind Vidyard, his future plans for the company and his commitment to corporate social responsibility.

In conversation with: Sid Paquette, Managing Partner, OMERS Ventures

Moderating:


Dan Dickinson
Chief Digital Officer
EQ Bank

Sid Paquette
Managing Partner
OMERS Ventures

Michelle Scarborough
Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech
BDC Capital


Featuring:


Lindsey Goodchild
Co-Founder & CEO
Nudge Rewards

Michael Katchen
Co-founder and CEO
Wealthsimple

Michael Litt
CEO
Vidyard

3:30 PM

Successfully Navigating Open Source Software and Cybersecurity Issues in Transactions

Sponsored by

Trinity IV

Open source software is everywhere and it is increasingly difficult to manage the related compliance, security and other risks which may have a significant impact on exit events (including M&A and IPOs), investment rounds and customer agreements.  Understanding the key legal and technical risks, as well as strategies for mitigating them, will help you to avoid protracted due diligence, speed and smooth negotiations and get better deal terms.

Join industry experts for a discussion of these issues and deal points from the point of view of buyers/investors and sellers/investees, with a focus on what you can be doing now to prepare for your next transaction.”

Moderating:


Anthony Decicco
Shareholder
GTC Law Group & Affiliates


Featuring:


Meghan Connolly
Associate Legal Counsel
Shopify

Phil Odence
GM, Black Duck On-Demand
Black Duck by Synopsys

4:00 PM

Meeting Exchanges #4

Trinity V

Meeting Exchanges are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading funders/advisors/corporates from Canada and globally. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership. Book your meetings now through CIXchange. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.


Featuring:


Christophe Bourque
Principal
White Star Capital
Late seed, Series A – B : Fintech, E-commerce, IoT, BigData, AI

Connor Edwards
Investor
MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund
Early stage, enterprise software, fintech, health or cleantech companies in Ontario

Joel Finlayson
Partner
iGan Partners
Early stage, healthcare oriented

Brady Fletcher
Managing Director & Head
TSX Venture Exchange
Early-and Growth-Stage Companies Looking for Funding; all regions

Mark Goad
Associate
OMERS Ventures
Enterprise SaaS, Health Tech

Alan MacIntosh
General Partner
Real Ventures
Early stage, pan-Canadian, healthcare, telcom, neurotech

Sophia Maizel
Senior Associate
HarbourVest Partners, LLC
Growth stage technology companies, no geographic limitations

Nabeela Merchant
Investment Analyst
Relay Ventures
Early stage (Seed, Series A) in tech. No cannabis deals.

Chad Mitchell
Associate
Radian Capital
B2B software & tech enabled services, $5M+ rev, less than $15M raised to date

Alexander Norman
Canadian Partner
AngelList
Seed stage Canada wide software opportunities excluding gaming and VR companies

Shahab Samimi
Associate
7 Gate Ventures
Early stage tech: SaaS, E-commerce/Marketplaces, Data, Big Data, Analytics, AI, Fintech. All Canada.

Boris Wertz
Founding Partner
Version One Ventures
Early stage, marketplaces, crypto / blockchain, Saas, all North-America

From the Lab to Patients: SickKids' Strategy for Commercializing Healthcare Innovations

Grand Ballroom CD

Over the last few years, SickKids has seen an increase in licencing, startups and other commercialization activities with a new “accelerator” pace. The goal is to build value in IP assets of SickKids and see them fulfill the hospital's vision of healthier children and a better world. To achieve this goal, SickKids has built a number of startups and licenced technology into other startups with private sector partners. Dr. Michael Salter, Chief of Research at SickKids will discuss how SickKids, a technology incubator, works with startups and drives commercialization.


Featuring:


Michael Salter, Keynote
Chief of Research
The Hospital For Sick Children

Lessons Learned with the Co-Founder of BuildDirect

Grand Ballroom AB

Jeff Booth shares his insights and lessons learned as the co-founder of one of Canada’s success stories when he abruptly stepped down in 2017. Join Jeff and TV host, Taylor Thoen, in this fireside chat to hear Jeff’s inside perspectives and experience on scaling a rapidly growing company.


Moderating:


Taylor Thoen
CEO, Executive Producer
BTV- Business Television


Featuring:


Jeff Booth
Co-Founder
BuildDirect

4:15 PM

Life-saving Innovations: AI in Healthcare

Grand Ballroom CD

Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming the world we live in and the industries we work in – and healthcare is no exception. Some of Canada’s most pioneering startups are leveraging AI, algorithms and machine learning to improve medical research, disease diagnosis and patient care. But it can be challenging to push the envelope in an industry that’s heavily regulated and sometimes slow to change. Here are medtech founders from across Canada who are on the cutting edge of AI technology.


Moderating:


Ying Tam
Managing Director, Health Ventures
MaRS Discovery District


Featuring:


Alexandra Greenhill
Founder, CEO and Chief Medical Officer
Careteam Technologies

Lexi Kaplin
Chief Product Officer
Conversation Health

Naheed Kurji
President and CEO
Cyclica

Carlo Perez
Founder and CEO
Swift Medical

4:30 PM

Is the Future of Fintech in the Back End?

Grand Ballroom AB

When it comes to fintech in Canada, there’s often a focus on consumer-facing products. But the long-term goal of the fintech revolution is improving the financial client’s experience. So while it not sound as sexy, helping FIs improve their infrastructure and serve customers better is just as disruptive as trying to compete with the banks. Whether it’s about helping banks with recruiting, lending, risk and compliance, or getting them into the real estate business, these founders are are creating efficiencies for Canadian FIs.

Moderating:


Greg Elcich
VP, Enterprise Innovation & Wealth Digital
CIBC


Featuring:


Yves-Gabriel Leboeuf
CEO
Flinks

Caitlin MacGregor
Co-Founder and CEO
Plum.io

Monique Morden
CEO
Lendified Technologies

Frederick Townes
Co-Founder and CTO
NestReady

5:00 PM

The Institutionalisation of Crypto Hedge Funds

Grand Ballroom AB

Asia is charting its own path in using blockchain to solve industry's pain points, provide innovative solutions for customers and satisfy the appetite for cryptoassets of all kinds. Juwan Lee, a blockchain leader, investor and asset management expert, looks into where the opportunities are to senior executives, blockchain entrepreneurs, fundraisers, and those seizing the day in the biggest crypto and blockchain markets in the world.


Featuring:


Juwan Lee
Founder and CEO
Nexchange

5:15 PM

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