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Monday, October 22

8:00am
8:45am

Official Opening (8:45am - 9:00am)

Grand Ballroom AB

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
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Michael Katchen

Co-founder and CEO

Wealthsimple

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MC

Adam Nanjee

Managing Director, Canada - Microsoft for Startups

Microsoft

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Alison Nankivell

Senior Vice President, Funds and Global Scaling

BDC Capital

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9:00am

CIX 2018 Innovator of the Year Keynote and Award Presentation (9:00am - 9:30am)

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom AB

Featuring:

Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Government of Canada

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Stuart Lombard

Founder and CEO

Ecobee

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9:30am

Meeting Exchanges #1 (9:30am - 10:00am)

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
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Jennifer Couldrey

Executive Director

The Upside Foundation


Early-stage, high growth Canadian companies looking to make an impact.
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Eric In

Director of Investments

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.
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Matthew Leibowitz

General Partner

Plaza Ventures


Growth stage, all Canada
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Amy Olah

Executive Director

CIBC Innovation Banking


Seed to late stage, all verticals, B2B, all Canada
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Hamilton Petropoulos

Associate

Generation Ventures


Early-Stage B2B ICT companies located in the 401 Corridor (Waterloo, Toronto, Montreal, etc.)
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Sunil Sharma

Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator

Techstars


Pre-Seed to Seed, All Tech, Global
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Robert Simon

Senior Managing Partner, IT Venture Fund

BDC Capital


Emerging and mid-stage Internet, mobile and enterprise companies. Series A or B.
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Sean Simpson

Investment Manager

GM Ventures


Series A, B, C companies from all over the world working on problems related to automotive/transportation
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Craig Strong

Partner

Round13 Capital


Later early-stage ($50K+ MRR), any vertical, anywhere in Canada
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Alex Tong

Venture Investor

Information Venture Partners


Early Stage, FinTech, Canada, U.S., B2B, Cybersecurity, Financial Software
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Sharon Zohar

Founder/CEO

The Big Push


Early stage, women-led, all Canada
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How Human-like Robots Will Impact Life, Work and Society (9:30am - 10:00am)

Grand Ballroom AB

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

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10:00am

Investment and Partnership Strategies of the Tech Giants (10:00am - 11:00am)

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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

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Featuring:

Deborah Conway

Business Development Specialist

Samsung NEXT

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Robert Keith

Managing Director, Head of Australia

Salesforce Ventures

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Samir Kumar

Managing Director

M12

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Elana Lian

Investment Director

Intel Capital

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Rich Osborn

Managing Partner

Telus Ventures

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Bringing Cryptocurrency to the Masses (10:00am - 10:30am)

Grand Ballroom CD

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

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Featuring:

Kyle Collier

Founder

Phaze

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Zach Justein

Chief Corporate Development Officer

Paycase

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Ben Roberts

Co-Founder & CEO

Citizen Hex

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Som Seif

Founder and CEO

Purpose Investments

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Rocket Pitches (10:00am - 11:00am)

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

Co-Founder

Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups

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Featuring:

David Bloom

Founder & CEO

LevelJump Software Corp.

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Simon Foster

Founder & CEO

Chatter Research

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Steve Hulford

CEO & Publisher

Backyard Media Inc.

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Jordan Kennie

CEO

Stash Energy Inc

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Veronika Litinski

CEO

Pillcheck

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Gary Saarenvirta

Founder & CEO

Daisy Intelligence

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Quin Sandler

CEO

Plantiga Technologies Inc.

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Jordan Wimmer

Founder

Thrive Savings

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10:30am

Opportunities in Blockchain (10:30am - 11:00am)

Grand Ballroom CD

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

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Featuring:

Kesem Frank

Co-Founder

Mavennet

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Rhea Mehta, PhD

Co-Founder

Bowhead Health

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Melissa Quinn

Director, Corporate Strategy

RightMesh

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11:00am

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #1 (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Sponsored by

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:

Nouman Ahmad

CEO & Co-Founder

Validere

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Andrew Graham

Co-Founder and CEO

Borrowell

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Dale Hopkins

CTO

Vendasta

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Humera Malik

Founder and CEO

Canvass Analytics

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Latif Nanji

Co-Founder & CEO

Roadmunk

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Adam Felesky

CEO

Portag3 Ventures

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Expert Commentator

Peggy Van De Plassche

Managing Partner

Roar Ventures

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Expert Commentator

Sean Wise

Associate Professor

Ryerson University

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Expert Commentator

David Wismer

Head, Global Technology & Business Services Investment Banking

BMO Capital Markets

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12:00pm

Lunch (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

12:15pm

Lunch and Learn: Two Innovation Programs are Colliding, Come Hear About How You Can Benefit (12:15pm - 12:45pm)

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom CD

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

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1:00pm

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #2 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

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:

Tony Chahine

CEO

Myant

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Deepak Dutt

CEO

Zighra

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Melissa Kargiannakis

Founder & CEO

skritswap

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Andrew Peek

Co-Founder & COO

Delphia

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Jason Smith

CEO

Klue

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Michael Cotton

Director, Zone Startups Sports + Media

Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups


Early stage (first money in), large market, scalable, B2B, GTA, Waterloo
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Expert Commentator

Shayn Diamond

Partner

Whitecap Venture Partners


Early stage software companies
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Expert Commentator

Sophie Forest

Managing Partner

Brightspark Ventures


Series A + B, all of Canada, ICT, SaaS and AI
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Conversation with OMERS Ventures (1:00pm - 1:30pm)

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

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1:30pm

Conversation with BDC Capital (1:30pm - 2:00pm)

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

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Jérôme Nycz

Executive Vice President

BDC Capital

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2:00pm

Mental Health and Startups: How to Make It a Priority (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Grand Ballroom CD

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

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Featuring:

Sheetal Jaitly

Founder and CEO

TribalScale

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Cherry Rose Tan

Founder & CEO

Founder Catalyst

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Tami Zuckerman

Founder

VarageSale

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Fireside Chat with Tencent Investment (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom AB

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

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Alison Nankivell

Senior Vice President, Funds and Global Scaling

BDC Capital

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2:30pm

Networking Break (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

3:00pm

Practical Tips for Infusing Diversity and Inclusion into Your Business (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Grand Ballroom AB

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

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Founders with Money: Real Talk with Entrepreneurs-Turned-Angel-Investors (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Grand Ballroom CD

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

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Featuring:

Katherine Homuth

Founder and CEO

Sheerly Genius

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Eva Lau

Founding and General Partner

Two Small Fish Ventures

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Gerry Pond

Chairman and Co-Founder

Mariner Partners

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Conversation with M12 (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

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

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3:30pm

Showcase of Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom CD

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

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Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

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:

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

Chief Executive Officer

TWG

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Elana Lian

Investment Director

Intel Capital

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Michelle McBane

Managing Director

MaRS IAF (Investment Accelerator Fund)

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Featuring:

Mallorie Brodie

Co-Founder

Bridgit

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Cole Diamond

CEO

Coinsquare

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Lauren Lake

Co-Founder

Bridgit

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Kerry Liu

Executive Vice President, Product Management & Innovation

Rubikloud

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Conversation with Salesforce Ventures (3:30pm - 4:00pm)

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

Managing Director, Head of Australia

Salesforce Ventures

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4:00pm

Meeting Exchanges #2 (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

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.
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Code Cubitt

Managing Director

Mistral Venture Partners


Early stage (seed) enterprise SW. Canada
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David Helgerson

Managing Director

Hamilton Lane


Mid to late stage venture
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Tim Kazurayama

Senior Director

Presidio Ventures, Inc


Early Stage to Series A stage / AI Startups, targeting Enterprise customers
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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
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Amy Rae

Principal

Vanedge Capital


Series A and B. Vertical Saas, ML, AI, Medical / Healthcare
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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.
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Russell Samuels

Partner

Whitecap Venture Partners


Early stage software companies
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Mark Smith

Director, RBC Capital Partners

Royal Bank of Canada


Consumer internet, consumer mobile, SMB software, AI, Fintech
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Terence Teo

VP Investments

EDBI


Growth stage companies in enterprise software, mobility, robotics, IoT, AR/VR, semiconductor, Industry 4.0
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Ray Wu

Managing Partner

SkyChee Ventures


IoT, AI, blockchain, Seed to Series B
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Sanjay Zimmerman

Principal

White Star Capital


Late seed, Series A – B : Fintech, E-commerce, IoT, BigData, AI
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Conversation with TELUS Ventures (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

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

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4:30pm

How to Be Just Evil Enough (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

Grand Ballroom CD

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

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Working Together: FinTechs and Bank Partnerships (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

Grand Ballroom AB

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

Head, Shaping the Future of Media, Sport and Entertainment

TribalScale

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Featuring:

Marcus Daniels

Founding Partner & CEO

Highline BETA

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David Furlong

SVP Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital and Blockchain

National Bank of Canada

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Peter Mazoff

President, Co-Founder

Thinking Capital

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Alexander Peh

Vice President, Merchant Solutions

RBC

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Kevin Sandhu

CEO

Grow

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5:00pm

The Open Banking Revolution: Is Canada Next? (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

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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

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Featuring:

Christine Day

Chief Technology & Information Officer

Questrade Financial Group

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Lori Martel

Vice President, Data Strategy

Envestnet | Yodlee

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Richard Prior

International Technology & Platform Policy

Kabbage

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Saskia Tolsma

Sector Liaison

Government of Canada

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5:30pm

Cocktail Reception (5:30pm - 6:30pm)

Tuesday, October 23

8:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast (8:00am - 9:00am)

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9:00am

The Intersection of Cloud and Machine Learning in the Real World (9:00am - 9:30am)

Grand Ballroom AB

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:

Keynote

Glenn Gore

Chief Architect

Amazon Web Services

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Rocket Pitches (9:00am - 10:00am)

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

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Featuring:

Dushan Batrovic

CFO

Baanto International Ltd.

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Marie Chevrier

Founder and CEO

Sampler

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Barry Gordon

Founder

MaxSold Incorporated

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Michael Koral

COO and Co-Founder

Needls Media Inc.

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Philipp Postrehovksy

SVP Marketing

Progressa

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Alan Smithson

CEO

Metavrse

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Andreas Souvaliotis

Founder & CEO

Carrot Insights

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Shawn Young

CEO

Classcraft Studios Inc.

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9:30am

Save Yourself the Cost of a Privacy Breach and Damage to Your Reputation: Embed Privacy, by Design (9:30am - 10:00am)

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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

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Rob Khazzam

General Manager

Uber Canada

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10:00am

Failure Is Your Friend: Lessons Learned from a VC (10:00am - 10:30am)

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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

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U.S. Growth Equity Investors (10:00am - 10:30am)

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, Investment Banking - Technology & Innovation Sectors

CIBC

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Featuring:

Chad Mitchell

Associate

Radian Capital


B2B software & tech enabled services, $5M+ rev, less than $15M raised to date
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Vaibhav "V" Nalwaya

Managing Partner

Wavecrest Growth Partners

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Ben Weinberg

Managing Director

Susquehanna Growth Equity


Growth Equity / Software, internet & info services / North America, Israel, UK
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10:30am

Meeting Exchanges #3 (10:30am - 11:00am)

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

Lead Investor

Georgian Partners


Late stage venture and growth stage / Any vertical / All Canada
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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
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Michael Cotton

Director, Zone Startups Sports + Media

Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups


Early stage (first money in), large market, scalable, B2B, GTA, Waterloo
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Shayn Diamond

Partner

Whitecap Venture Partners


Early stage software companies
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Andrea Drager

Partner

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)
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Sophie Forest

Managing Partner

Brightspark Ventures


Series A + B, all of Canada, ICT, SaaS and AI
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Tony Grelli

Investor

Susquehanna Growth Equity


Growth Equity / Software, internet & info services / North America, Israel, UK
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Oded Levi

President

Epstein Enterprises Inc


early and growth stage, AI and marketing applications, GTA focus
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Nagar Rahmani

Principal

Kensington Capital Partners


Series A/B ICT
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Claudio Rojas

Managing Director

Hurt Capital


North America, growth stage: Fintech, E-commerce, IoT, BigData, AI
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Ben Weinberg

Managing Director

Susquehanna Growth Equity


Growth Equity / Software, internet & info services / North America, Israel, UK
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David Zug

Principal

HarbourVest Partners, LLC


Late stage venture/ growth equity, information technology, Canada
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Insights from Asia: What are the Opportunities for Canadian Startups? (10:30am - 11:00am)

Grand Ballroom AB

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

Senior Vice President, Funds and Global Scaling

BDC Capital

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Featuring:

Winston Fu

Partner

LDV Partners

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Fanglu Wang

Senior Managing Director

CITIC Capital

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Nan Zhou

U.S. Representative

Baidu Changcheng Investment

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Debt Financing: What Canadian Founders Need to Know (10:30am - 11:00am)

Grand Ballroom CD

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

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Featuring:

Win Bear

Managing Director

Silicon Valley Bank

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Patrick Lee

Investment Partner

Western Technology Investment

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Amy Olah

Executive Director

CIBC Innovation Banking


Seed to late stage, all verticals, B2B, all Canada
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Networking with the Regulators (10:30am - 11:00am)

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

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Danielle Grover

Senior Legal Counsel

Alberta Securities Commission

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Gabriel Perras

Lawyer, Analyst, Corporate Finance Department

Autorité des Marchés Financiers

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Facilitator

Blair Wiley

Partner

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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11:00am

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #3 (11:00am - 12:00pm)

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:

Joseph Fung

CEO

Kiite

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Tyler Handley

CEO

inkbox

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Brian Mech

President & CEO

eSight

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Hassan Murad

Co-Founder

Intuitive AI

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Katherine Regnier

CEO & Founder

Coconut Software

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Vivek Vyas

Co-founder

Intuitive AI

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Jenifer Bartman

Founder & Principal

Jenifer Bartman Business Advisory Services

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Expert Commentator

Jake Cassaday

Partner

Relay Ventures

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Expert Commentator

Barry Gekiere

Managing Director

MaRS Discovery District

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Expert Commentator

Sam Ifergan

Founder & Managing Partner

iGan Partners

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12:00pm

Investor-Only Networking Lunch (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

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 (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

1:00pm

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #4 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

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

Founder & CTO

IRYStec Software

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Tanay Delima

Co-founder, VP Product & Operations

Clearbanc

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Patrick Kiely

CEO

Island Water Technologies

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Warren Levitan

Co-Founder & CEO

Smooch Technologies

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Steve Schlesak

General Manager

Dialogue

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Lisa Melchior

Founder & Managing Partner

VERTU Capital

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Expert Commentator

Russell Samuels

Partner

Whitecap Venture Partners


Early stage software companies
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Expert Commentator

Tom Walsham

VP, Product

TWG

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Conversation with Amazon Web Services and AWS Partner, Slalom (1:00pm - 1:30pm)

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

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Steve Walintschek

Chief Technology Officer / General Manager

Slalom

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2:00pm

Thoughts on Opportunities for Blockchain In The Future and How It Will Change The World (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Grand Ballroom CD

Moderating:


Michael Hainsworth

Executive Producer, Host

Fast Future

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Featuring:

Tim Draper

Founder/Managing Partner

Draper Associates

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AI is the Future of Sales (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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

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Mark McQueen

President & Executive Managing Director

CIBC Innovation Banking

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Non-traditional Financing Strategies for Startups (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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

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Featuring:

Brady Fletcher

Managing Director & Head

TSX Venture Exchange


Early-and Growth-Stage Companies Looking for Funding; all regions
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Mark Petrov

Founder and Managing Partner

Xtreme Blockchain Labs

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Alan Wunsche

CEO and Co-Founder

TokenFunder

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2:30pm

Special Announcement: Winner of Canadian Regional For Startup World Cup (2:30pm - 2:35pm)

Grand Ballroom AB

Startup World Cup

Featuring:

Justin Jackson

Senior Analyst

Fenox Venture Capital


Startup World Cup
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2:35pm

Networking Break (2:35pm - 3:00pm)

3:00pm

Women in Tech: What Advice Would You Give Your 22-year-old Self? (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

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

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Sue Britton

CEO & Founder

Fintech Growth Syndicate

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Philippe Garneau

President and Co-Founder

GWP Brand Engineering

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Lina Ismail

Managing Partner

thinki3

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Takara Small

Founder

VentureKids

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Robert Smuk

Chair and Strategic Advisor

Vexo

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Aiko Thurlow

CEO

InFounders

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Beyond the Border: How to Grow Your Business Internationally (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

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

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Jacqueline Cooper

Chief Revenue Officer

Muse

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Anthony de Fazekas

Partner, Head of Technology & Innovation, Canada

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

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Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

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

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Sid Paquette

Head, Technology & Innovation Banking

OMERS Ventures

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Michelle Scarborough

Managing Partner, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund

BDC Capital

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Featuring:

Lindsey Goodchild

Co-Founder & CEO

Nudge Rewards

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Michael Katchen

Co-founder and CEO

Wealthsimple

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Michael Litt

CEO

Vidyard

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3:30pm

Successfully Navigating Open Source Software and Cybersecurity Issues in Transactions (3:30pm - 4:00pm)

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

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Featuring:

Meghan Connolly

Associate Legal Counsel

Shopify

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Phil Odence

GM, Black Duck On-Demand

Black Duck by Synopsys

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4:00pm

Meeting Exchanges #4 (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

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
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Connor Edwards

Investor

MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund


Early stage, enterprise software, fintech, health or cleantech companies in Ontario
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Joel Finlayson

Partner

iGan Partners


Early stage, healthcare oriented
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Brady Fletcher

Managing Director & Head

TSX Venture Exchange


Early-and Growth-Stage Companies Looking for Funding; all regions
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Lauren Epstein

Associate

OMERS Ventures


Enterprise SaaS, Health Tech
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Alan MacIntosh

General Partner

Real Ventures


Early stage, pan-Canadian, healthcare, telcom, neurotech
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Sophia Maizel

Vice President

HarbourVest Partners, LLC


Growth stage technology companies, no geographic limitations
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Nabeela Merchant

Investor

Relay Ventures


Early stage (Seed, Series A) in tech. No cannabis deals.
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Chad Mitchell

Associate

Radian Capital


B2B software & tech enabled services, $5M+ rev, less than $15M raised to date
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Alexander Norman

Canadian Partner

AngelList


Seed stage Canada wide software opportunities excluding gaming and VR companies
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Shahab Samimi

Senior Associate

7 Gate Ventures


Early stage tech: SaaS, E-commerce/Marketplaces, Data, Big Data, Analytics, AI, Fintech. All Canada.
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Boris Wertz

Founding Partner

Version One Ventures


Early stage, marketplaces, crypto / blockchain, Saas, all North-America
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From the Lab to Patients: SickKids' Strategy for Commercializing Healthcare Innovations (4:00pm - 4:15pm)

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:

Keynote

Michael Salter

Chief of Research

The Hospital For Sick Children

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Lessons Learned with the Co-Founder of BuildDirect (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

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

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Featuring:

Jeff Booth

Co-Founder

BuildDirect

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4:15pm

Life-saving Innovations: AI in Healthcare (4:15pm - 5:00pm)

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

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Featuring:

Alexandra Greenhill

Founder, CEO and Chief Medical Officer

Careteam Technologies

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Lexi Kaplin

Chief Product Officer

Conversation Health

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Naheed Kurji

Co-Founder, President and CEO

Cyclica

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Carlo Perez

Founder and CEO

Swift Medical

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4:30pm

Is the Future of Fintech in the Back End? (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

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

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Featuring:

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Caitlin MacGregor

Co-Founder and CEO

Plum.io

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Monique Morden

CEO

Lendified Technologies

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Frederick Townes

Co-Founder and CTO

NestReady

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5:00pm

The Institutionalisation of Crypto Hedge Funds (5:00pm - 5:15pm)

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

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5:15pm

Closing Reception (5:15pm - 6:00pm)

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