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Wednesday, October 16

8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast (8:00 AM - 8:45 AM)

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks (8:45 AM - 9:00 AM)

Grand Ballroom A/B


Featuring:


Amber Kanwar, Host
Anchor
BNN Business News Network

Alison Nankivell
Vice President Fund Investments and Global Scaling
BDC Capital

Jack Warning
Investor
Pegasus Tech Ventures

9:00 AM

CIX Debate

Grand Ballroom A/B

CIX Debate:“Be it resolved that it hurts Canada’s own tech ecosystem when the Canadian governments entice foreign Big Tech to set up multinational outposts in Canada".  

Moderating:


Sean Silcoff
Technology reporter
The Globe and Mail


Featuring:


Chitra Anand
Intrapreneurship Expert
The Greenhouse Approach

Neil Desai
Senior Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Vice President
Magnet Forensics

Diane Francis
Editor-at-Large
National Post

Brian Kelcey
Vice President, Policy & Public Affairs
Toronto Region Board of Trade

Graeme Moffat
Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Co-Founder
Neurotech

10:00 AM

CIX 2019 Innovator of the Year Keynote and Award Presentation

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Montreal-based Global POS Provider, Lightspeed, wins CIX’s annual award for transforming the retail and hospitality industries. Lightspeed POS provides an easy-to-use, omni-channel commerce-enabling platform.  On March8th, Lightspeed went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange and shares closed 20% higher, making it the most successful IPO by a Canadian technology company in almost a decade. The surge pushed Lightspeed’s approximate market value to $1.7 billion CAD.


Featuring:


Chris Arsenault, Interviewer
Managing Partner
iNovia Capital

Dax Dasilva
Founder & CEO
Lightspeed

David Wismer, MC
Managing Director
BMO Capital Markets, Corp

10:30 AM

Investing and M&A Strategies of Tech Giants

Grand Ballroom A/B

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:


Alison Nankivell
Vice President Fund Investments and Global Scaling
BDC Capital


Featuring:


Kevin Callahan
Head of Global Business Development Strategy & Operations
Twitter

Will Fung
Investment Manager
Samsung Catalyst Fund
Growth-stage in a variety of sectors including Automotive, AI, Data Center Infrastructure, IoT, and Device-level technologies.

Hitesh Saijpal
Global Head of Portfolio Development
Cisco Investments

Bram Sugarman
Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships
Shopify

Founders Share: Mental Health *Open to Founders/CEOs Only*

Trinity V

This is a closed session only open to startup Founders / C-level execs.  

Join founder and speaker, Cherry Rose Tan, as she facilitates real and honest conversations about the mental health challenges that leaders face in the startup world.


Featuring:


Cherry Rose Tan
Founder & CEO
For Founders by Founders

11:00 AM

Meeting Exchanges #A with Growth Stage Investors

York A/B

Meeting Exchanges are CIX’s popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading growth stage 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 through CIXchange from October 2nd to 14th. 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. A total of three (3) Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.


Featuring:


Dominique Belanger
Managing Partner, Co-Investments
BDC Capital
Only Canadian companies

Noah Chaikof
Associate
First Ascent Ventures
Predominantly Canadian (also US), Series A+, any vertical, enterprise software companies

Kevin Climans
Software Investor
Klass Capital
Growth equity, enterprise software / SaaS, North America and Europe

Will Fung
Investment Manager
Samsung Catalyst Fund
Growth-stage in a variety of sectors including Automotive, AI, Data Center Infrastructure, IoT, and Device-level technologies.

Brenda Hogan
Senior Investment Manager
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation
Growth stage, Ontario, ICT

Matthew Leibowitz
General Partner
Plaza Ventures
Growth stage, secondaries, all Canada

Jane Podbelskaya
Senior Associate
Georgian Partners
Business software – use of AI or large datasets

Mathieu Provost
Senior Director
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Series C, saas B2B, all sectors, Qc, Ont, NY and Boston area

Amy Rae
Principal
Vanedge Capital
Series A, B, C analytics, hard tech, saas based businesses

Lally Rementilla
President
Quantius
All Canada, across all sectors, companies with at least $1M in revenue and with a patent portfolio

Rob Rosen
Managing Director
CIBC Innovation Banking
Growth stage technology companies across Canada

Craig Strong
Partner
Round13 Capital
Growth stage - at least $2M ARR, some presence in Canada, any vertical

Kutral Veerabadran
Principal
Flow Capital Corp.
Rev target $1M-$35M Seed-Series B, Canada, US, UK

CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #1

Grand Ballroom A/B

Investors wait for this all year! Five founders/CEO’s from Canada’s most innovative early stage companies (as determined by the CIX Selection Committee), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and corporates). Be sure to visit these companies at their tables in the Delegate Lounge.


Featuring:


Stewart Bain
CEO and Co-Founder
NorthStar Earth and Space

Ron Glozman
CEO and Founder
Chisel AI

Dr. Monica Holboke
CEO and Co-Founder
CryptoNumerics

Sean Merat
CEO
owl.co

Christian Weedbrook
Founder and CEO
Xanadu

Expert Commentators:


Karim Gillani, Expert Commentator
Co-founder and General Partner
Luge Capital
Fintech startups in Canada and the USA, including AI solutions applied to financial services developed by early-stage companies based in Canada and the USA

Brenda Irwin, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner
Relentless Pursuit Partners Inc

Bilal Khan, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner, Head of Deloitte Data
Deloitte

Ray Newal, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
Techstars India
Saas, Emerging Markets, AI, Logistics

Alternative Financing Options for Early and Growth-Stage Tech Companies

Trinity II/ III/ IV

The panelists will discuss growth debt vs. venture debt vs. bank debt, emerging alternatives including ICOs, availability and current market terms of each, and how these products evolve as companies grow from early through growth stages. 

 

Moderating:


Will Shaw
Partner
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP


Featuring:


Jasmin Ganie-Hobbs
Major Accounts Manager
BDC Capital

Noah Shipman
Partner
Vistara Capital Partners

Alan Wunsche
CEO and Co-Founder
TokenFunder
Digital capital raising and liquidity

11:30 AM

Open Banking in Canada: What’s Next?

Trinity II/ III/ IV

Canadians will have to wait until after the federal election to see any concrete steps on Open Banking; putting us even further behind other jurisdictions which/that are already designing and implementing the consumer-directed, data-sharing framework. Hear from experts and ‘insiders’ on how and when Open Banking should be actualized and who — industry or government — should lead the effort, and what this means for Canadian fintechs.

Moderating:


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


Featuring:


Stephane Bousquet
Senior Manager, Digital Transformation
National Bank of Canada

Colin Deacon
Senator
Senate of Canada

Ben Harrison
Partner, Head of Partnerships & Policy
Portag3 Ventures

Cynthia Rudge
Director, Open Banking
DGen

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

CIX TOP 20 Early Showcase #2

Grand Ballroom A/B

Investors wait for this all year! Five founders/CEO’s from Canada’s most innovative early stage companies (as determined by the CIX Selection Committee), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and corporates). Be sure to visit these companies at their tables in the Delegate Lounge.


Featuring:


Dan DeMers
CEO and Co-Founder
Cinchy

Joshua Green
CEO and President
Mysa Smart Thermostats

Isadore Katz
CEO
Suometry, Inc.

Dr. Dan Rosen
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
d1g1t Inc

Jeff Wandzura
Chief Growth Officer
Curatio

Expert Commentators:


Alex Baker, Expert Commentator
Partner
Relay Ventures

Bruce Croxon, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner
Round13 Capital

John Eckert, Expert Commentator
Co-founder
Round13 Capital

Sophie Forest, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner
Brightspark Ventures

Katie Greenberg, Expert Commentator
VP, Digital Product Management
Scotiabank Digital Factory

Jim Orlando, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner
Wittington Ventures

Conversation with... Georgian Partners

Trinity V

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


Featuring:


Tyson Baber
Partner
Georgian Partners

Jane Podbelskaya
Senior Associate
Georgian Partners
Business software – use of AI or large datasets

Rocket Pitches- Growth Stage

Trinity II/ III/ IV

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

Moderating:


Claudio Rojas
CEO
National Angel Capital Organization


Featuring:


Daniel Eberhard
CEO
Koho Financial

Boyko Kabakchiev
CTO
GeneYouIn, Inc.

Probal Lala
CEO
Fluent.ai

2:00 PM

Canadian Founders Post Acquisition: The Mission Continues With A Bigger Platform

Grand Ballroom A/B

Broadcast live from CIX, RBCDisruptors will talk with Canadian founders who will share their experiences post acquisition. Can they maintain their same culture and vision within a larger vehicle and achieve an even bigger outcome? What would they do differently and what advice would they share with founders in the audience? 

Moderating:


Alexander Peh
Vice President, Merchant Solutions
RBC Royal Bank


Featuring:


Carol Leaman
CEO
Axonify

Marcel LeBrun
Venture Partner
Real Ventures

Kirk Simpson
Co-Founder & CEO
Wave

Understand the Legal Landscape to Make the Most of AI While Staying on the Right Side of Regulations

Sponsored by

Trinity II/ III/ IV

The legal landscape in a fast-moving field like AI can be unclear. Get the clarity you need to make business decisions. Gain insights to:

  • Understand the relevance of copyright laws to AI/ML; and the protectability of AI/ML
  • Comply with privacy regulations
  • Anticipate potential legislative changes
  • Gain an understanding of the legal landscape for AI in Canada to inform business decisions


Featuring:


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

Laila Paszti
Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

2:30 PM

Meeting Exchanges #B with Early Stage Investors

York A/B

Meeting Exchanges are CIX’s popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading early stage 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 through CIXchange from October 2nd to October 14th. 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. A total of three (3) Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.


Featuring:


Andrew Abouchar
Chief Credit Officer
TIMIA Capital
B2B SaaS, Revenues $2-10M in ARR, Canada & United States

Raghu Bharat
Principal
CIC Capital Ventures
Series A and above, ICT, all Canada

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

Shayn Diamond
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners
Early stage software companies

Winston Fu
Partner
LDV Partners
Applications of AI, Bioengineering, New Media, Sustainability

Eric In
Director of Investments
CIC Capital Ventures
Pre Series A, Series A and Series B, Digital (ICT, fintech, digital health…), Medical device (post FDA approval), proven product market fit, investment $500k to $7m , all of Canada

Ricky Lai
Senior Associate
Portag3 Ventures
Early stage (Seed/A/B), Fintech, Global

Christian Lassonde
Founder & Managing Partner
Impression Ventures
Fintech only

Nicole LeBlanc
Director, Investments
Sidewalk Labs
IoT, mobility, energy, construction tech, proptech

Michelle McBane
Senior Investment Director
MaRS IAF (Investment Accelerator Fund)
Seed stage, IT, health and cleantech

Ankur Saxena
Investment Manager
Cisco Investments
Stage: Post-Seed with some revenue traction; Verticals: SaaS, IT, AI, IoT, robotics, big data; Region: Global

Karl Schabas
Managing Director
Verstra Ventures
Early stage, software targeting a specific industry, North America

Blair Sherman
Strategic Investments and Women in Tech
BDC Capital

Ramin Wright
Investment Analyst
Luge Capital
Early stage fintech companies headquartered in Canada and the USA

CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Five founders/CEO’s, from the most innovative growth stage Canadian companies (as determined by the CIX Selection Committee), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Be sure to visit these companies at their tables in the Delegate Lounge.


Featuring:


Daniel Arsenault, MC
Deputy Director
Global Affairs Canada

Yvan Boisjoli
Co-founder and CEO
Bold Commerce

Corey Gross
Founder and CEO
Sensibill Inc.

Darrell Heaps
Founder & CEO
Q4 Inc.

Eran Henig
Co-founder & CEO
Platterz Inc

Hossein Rahnama
Founder and CEO
Flybits

Yishay Waxman
Co-founder & President
Platterz Inc

Expert Commentators:


Matthew Leibowitz, Expert Commentator
General Partner
Plaza Ventures
Growth stage, secondaries, all Canada

Dani Lipkin, Expert Commentator
Innovation Sector Head, Capital Formation
The Toronto Stock Exchange Inc.
Early stage

Lisa Melchior, Expert Commentator
Founder & Managing Partner
VERTU Capital

Senia Rapisarda, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Ltd.

Salim Teja, Expert Commentator
Partner & General Manager
Radical Ventures

3:00 PM

Conversations with... BDC Capital

Trinity V

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join BDC Capital’s Executive Vice President, Jérôme Nycz,  for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas, and concerns about Canada’s tech industry or seek Jérôme’s personal insights. Seating is limited, first-come basis.

Moderating:


Laura Buhler
Executive Director
C100


Featuring:


Jérôme Nycz
Executive Vice President
BDC Capital

Atlantic Canada Tech Showcase

Sponsored by

Trinity II/ III/ IV

Presentations from Atlantic Canada’s most exciting startups as curated by the region's top investors.

Moderating:


Stefanie Corbett
Associate & Director of Operations
Island Capital Partners


Featuring:


Darren Gallop
CEO
Securicy

Ryan Groom
Co-Founder and CTO
Kognitiv Spark

Gabrielle Masone
CEO
Coloursmith Labs Inc

Tim Rice
CEO
The Rounds

Crystal Trevors
CEO
Stepscan Technologies Inc.

Richard van der Put
Founder and CEO
VineView

3:30 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM

The Future Of Insurtech

Trinity II/ III/ IV

Companies in the insurance space are facing disruption at an epic pace. More and more it seems like the only options are to be disruptors themselves or risk being disrupted from external forces. In this session, we will ask forward-thinking insurance leaders how they are staying on track with their digital transformation, what kinds of emerging technologies have got them excited, and how they are partnering with startups to become more innovative.

Moderating:


Aram Melkoumov
Co-Founder & CEO
Crowdlinker


Featuring:


Xavier Debane
Head of Innovation & Agile
Manulife

Aly Dhalla
CEO and Co-Founder
Finaeo Inc.

Breanna Hughes
AVP Product
League Inc.

Christian Lassonde
Founder & Managing Partner
Impression Ventures
Fintech only

Ian MacDonald
AVP, CXO Data and Analytics
SUN LIFE FINANCIAL

Laura McKay
COO & Co-Founder
PolicyMe

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Grand Ballroom A/B

CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories — innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving major milestones. Over the next hour, each company will take the stage for a 20 minute fireside chat with a partner.

DIALOGUE: Anna Chif, Co-Founder, CS and PO of Dialogue interviewed by Tuyen Vo Managing Director & Head (AVP) – Technology & Innovation Banking Group, Commercial Banking National Bank

CLEARBANC: Tanay Delima Co-founder, VP Product & Operations Clearbanc interviewed by Sarah Efron Small Business Editor The Globe and Mail

AERYON LABS: Dave Kroetsch Co-Founder of Aeryon Labs interviewed by Len Ferrington, Managing Director at Summit Partners


Featuring:


Anna Chif
Co-Founder, CS and PO
Dialogue Technologies

Tanay Delima
Co-founder, VP Product & Operations
Clearbanc

Sarah Efron
Editor, Writer, Producer
The Globe and Mail

Len Ferrington
Managing Director
Summit Partners
Growth stage, north America, technology systems and software

David Kroetsch
CEO
Aeryon Labs

Tuyen Vo
Managing Director & Head–Technology & Innovation Banking
National Bank of Canada
Growth Stage, ARR +10M, all Tech, All Canada

5:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

Thursday, October 17

8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast (8:30 AM - 9:00 AM)

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks and Keynote

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

David Ossip is Chairman and CEO of Ceridian, a fast-growing global Human Capital Management technology company. David is a serial entrepreneur, with five career exits including Dayforce, a highly successful SaaS-based workforce management software company. In April 2018, Ceridian completed the largest technology IPO in Canadian history, raising over $800 Million. In his keynote, David will share insights from his experience building and scaling technology companies and becoming one of Canada’s biggest success stories. 


Featuring:


Irfan Daya, Host
Managing Director, Technology and Innovation Banking
National Bank of Canada

David Ossip, Keynote
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Ceridian

Does M&A activity in payments help or hinder innovation?

Trinity II/ III/ IV

In the recent past, the payments world has seen consolidation on a large scale. FIS/Worldpay, FiServ/First Data, Visa/Earthport, MasterCard/Nets and Global Payments/TSYS are a few notable examples. Each of these combinations creates game-changing opportunities: increased scale, access to more customers around the world, operational efficiencies, and the potential to cross-sell existing customer bases. Challenger fintech companies are emerging to disrupt the incumbent players with an attempt to improve the customer experience, but none have reached soaring heights on a massive scale.

The panelists will share their view on whether consolidation in the industry truly drives innovation or impedes new creative solutions.

Moderating:


Karim Gillani
Co-founder and General Partner
Luge Capital
Fintech startups in Canada and the USA, including AI solutions applied to financial services developed by early-stage companies based in Canada and the USA


Featuring:


Debbie Gamble
Chief Innovation Officer, Labs and New Ventures
Interac Corp.

Vanessa Grant
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Shane Parkhill
General Manager, Canada
Revolut

Harinder Takhar
CEO
Paytm Labs

9:30 AM

Why Urban Tech is the Hottest Investment in Town

Grand Ballroom A/B

Global investment in urban tech totaled more than $75 billion between 2016 and 2018, more than what was spent on traditional sectors like biopharma. In the U.S., 45 percent of all venture capital went to urban tech startups, in the three year period. With global populations flooding into urban centers during a technology boom, the pace is unlikely to slow down. Tech-driven services like ride-sharing, scooter sharing, food delivery apps, and co-working have quickly infiltrated the daily lives of city dwellers. Here from experts on the hottest emerging trends and opportunities .

Moderating:


Michael Hainsworth
Executive Producer, Host
Futurithmic


Featuring:


Prem Ramaswami
Head of Product
Sidewalk Labs

Siddharth Srivastava
Vice President
McRock Capital

How Prepaid is Driving the Next Generation of Disruptive Paytech Services

Trinity II/ III/ IV

Prepaid has emerged as a core capability for paytech growth in Canada with challenger banks using the platform to create a scalable, nimble product at a low cost. In this session, participants will learn how prepaid can be used as the integration layer of the tech stack to build the next generation of disruptive paytech services and what capabilities traditional prepaid players are adding to create more robust financial service products.

Moderating:


Sue Britton
CEO & Founder
Fintech Growth Syndicate


Featuring:


Michelle Beyo
Founder
FinAvator

Daniel Eberhard
CEO
Koho Financial

Albert Lang
Vice President of Marketing and Strategy
Payment Source

Miro Pavletic
Co-Founder and CEO
Stack

10:00 AM

RAISING GROWTH CAPITAL: Private Equity Investors Versus Later Stage Venture

Grand Ballroom A/B

Join us for a discussion with a panel of growth stage VC and PE investors to understand their different approaches and when it makes sense for companies to consider each approach. Later stage companies have a wide variety of options for follow-on funding. The panel will explore these options.

Moderating:


Mark MacLeod
Founder
SurePath Capital Partners


Featuring:


Andrew Lindner
Managing Partner
Frontier Capital

Lisa Melchior
Founder & Managing Partner
VERTU Capital

Bob Nye
General Partner
JMI Equity

Rene Yang Stewart
Co-Head, Vista Endeavor Fund
Vista Equity Partners

Margo Wu
Vice President
Georgian Partners
Business software – use of AI or large datasets

Conversation with...OMERS Ventures

Trinity V

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join OMERS Ventures for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas, and 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

Rocket Pitches Early Stage

Trinity II/ III/ IV

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

Moderating:


Lisa Cashmore
Vice President, Start and Scale
Communitech


Featuring:


Azar Azad
CEO & Co-Founder
A.I. VALI INC.

Balaji Gopalan
Co-Founder and CEO
MedStack

Alexandra Greenhill
Founder, CEO and Chief Medical Officer
Careteam Technologies

Marina Massingham
CEO
Aifred Health

Keren Moynihan
Co-Founder
Boss Insights

Erica Pearson
Co-Founder & CEO
Vacation Fund

Morgan Rosenberg
CEO
Resili

Ivan Tsarynny
CEO and Co-founder
Feroot

10:30 AM

Security, Deepfake, and Impact on Diversity

Grand Ballroom A/B

How do the advances in AI impact cybersecurity, our society and diversity? A fireside chat to explore these interlocking issues.


Featuring:


Zane Schwartz, Interviewer
Reporter
The Logic

Dr. Chenxi Wang
Founder & General Partner
Rain Capital

11:00 AM

Meeting Exchanges #C with Growth Stage Investors

York A/B

Meeting Exchanges are CIX’s popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading growth stage funders/advisors/corporates from Canada as well as from around the globe. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnerships. Book your meetings through CIXchange from October 2nd to 14th. Please note, space is limited and only available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange time-slots can be reserved in advance.


Featuring:


Patrick Conroy
Vice President
Revolution Growth
Growth stage ($10m+ ARR) companies across both consumer and enterprise technology. Sectors of focus include ecommerce, marketplaces, sports/media/entertainment, SaaS software, fin-tech, supply chain & logistics, healthcare IT.

Len Ferrington
Managing Director
Summit Partners
Growth stage, north America, technology systems and software

Zachary Friedman
Investor - Structured Capital
Level Equity
Growth stage (near or greater than $5 million ARR), geographic agnostic, software / recurring revenue, bootstrapped or sponsor-backed

Brooke Jutzi
VP, Finance
TIMIA Capital
B2B SaaS, Revenues $2-20M in ARR, Canada & United States

Alexander McIsaac
Principal, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund
BDC Capital
Proptech, Fintech, IoT, Energy tech, Sport tech, Wellness tech and Canadian Companies

Cory Michalyshyn
CFO / COO
Celtic House Venture Partners
Early and Growth stage, SaaS, Ontario companies

Amy Olah
Executive Director
CIBC Innovation Banking
Post seed stage companies

Ben Van Zuylen
Senior Associate
Export Development Canada
Late-stage venture / Growth capital, enterprise technology, all Canada

Tuyen Vo
Managing Director & Head–Technology & Innovation Banking
National Bank of Canada
Growth Stage, ARR +10M, all Tech, All Canada

Margo Wu
Vice President
Georgian Partners
Business software – use of AI or large datasets

Alan Wunsche
CEO and Co-Founder
TokenFunder
Digital capital raising and liquidity

CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #3

Grand Ballroom A/B

Five founders/CEO’s, from the most innovative, growth stage, Canadian companies (as determined by the CIX Selection Committee), will present for six minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Be sure to visit these companies at their tables in the Delegate Lounge.


Featuring:


Aly Dhalla
CEO and Co-Founder
Finaeo Inc.

Adam Gibson
Head of Product
Flinks

Daniel Ku
Director of Marketing
PostBeyond Inc.

Dan Mathers
President and CEO
eleven-x

Peter Suma
Chairman & Co-CEO
Applied Brain Research Inc.

Expert Commentators:


Janet Bannister, Expert Commentator
Partner
Real Ventures

Jake Cassaday, Expert Commentator
Partner
Relay Ventures

Russell Samuels, Expert Commentator
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners
Early stage/series A

Michelle Scarborough, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner
BDC Capital

Peggy Van De Plassche, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner
Roar Ventures

Founders Share ‘Go For It! Materializing a Vision and Becoming an Entrepreneur’

Trinity V

Join Kesem Frank, Mavennet President and Aion Co-Founder, as he facilitates an interactive discussion among founders on humility, teamwork and the resolve it takes to materialize a vision.


Featuring:


Kesem Frank
Co-Founder
Mavennet Systems Inc.

Talent Strategies for Growing Companies

Trinity II/ III/ IV

Hear from the Heads of People and Talent of companies which have scaled on how they ensure the right people are in the right positions so as to move the company to the next level.  

Moderating:


Marianne Bulger
CEO & Co-founder
prospect.fyi


Featuring:


Tammy Connelly
Sr. Talent Acquisition Lead
Shopify

Ashira Gobrin
SVP, People and Culture
Wave

Rachel Jacobson
Vice President, People
Integrate.ai

11:30 AM

Founders Share: Choosing the Right Investors

Trinity V

Join Amy Molyneux, Co-Founder of Meta, which was acquired by The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, as she facilitates an interactive discussion among founders on choosing the right investing partners.


Featuring:


Amy Molyneux
Co-Founder
Meta

12:00 PM

Investor-Only Networking Lunch

Trinity II/ III/ IV

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. This session is open to qualified investors and capital funders only. Space is limited. 

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #4

Grand Ballroom A/B

Five founders/CEO’s, from the most innovative, early stage, Canadian companies (as determined by the CIX Selection Committee), will present for six minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Be sure to visit these companies at their tables in the Delegate Lounge.


Featuring:


Marie Chevrier
Founder and CEO
Sampler

Laurence Cooke
CEO and Founder
Nanopay Corporation

Katherine Homuth
Founder and CEO
Sheertex

Nick Romano
CEO and Co-Founder
Deeplite

Helen Stevenson
Founder and CEO
Reformulary Group

Expert Commentators:


Pamela Hilborn, Expert Commentator
SVP, Global Head of Design
Scotiabank Digital Factory

Paul Lypaczewski, Expert Commentator
Partner
Island Capital Partners

Iliana Oris Valiente, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
Accenture

Sunil Sharma, Expert Commentator
Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator
Techstars
SaaS, Fintech, AI, IoT, Consumer, Enterprise, Smart Cities, VR/gaming, govtech

1:30 PM

Founders Share: Scaling your company effectively: what to do and what not to do

Trinity V

Join Kerry Liu, CEO of Rubikloud as he facilitates an interactive discussion among founders on lessons learned on scaling your startup effectively.


Featuring:


Kerry Liu
Co-Founder and CEO
Rubikloud

2:00 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM

Meeting Exchanges #D with Early Stage Investors

York A/B

Meeting Exchanges are CIX’s popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading early stage funders/advisors/corporates from Canada andacross the globe. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building relationships as well as potential funding/partnerships. Book your meetings through CIXchange from October 2nd to 14th. Please note, space is limited and only available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange time-slots can be reserved in advance.


Featuring:


Ian Carnevale
VP Growth Ops
Highline BETA

Greg Fields
Managing Director
Myplanet Ventures
Early (Seed/Series A); Vertical - Artificial Intelligence, Immersive Reality, Conversational Service Design, Conversational Control Layer; Region - North America

Zachary Friedman
Investor - Structured Capital
Level Equity
Growth stage (near or greater than $5 million ARR), geographic agnostic, software / recurring revenue, bootstrapped or sponsor-backed

Karim Gillani
Co-founder and General Partner
Luge Capital
Fintech startups in Canada and the USA, including AI solutions applied to financial services developed by early-stage companies based in Canada and the USA

Brooke Jutzi
VP, Finance
TIMIA Capital
B2B SaaS, Revenues $2-20M in ARR, Canada & United States

Dani Lipkin
Innovation Sector Head, Capital Formation
The Toronto Stock Exchange Inc.
Early stage

David Looi
Sr Director, Technology and Innovation Banking
National Bank of Canada

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

Ray Newal
Managing Director
Techstars India
Saas, Emerging Markets, AI, Logistics

Russell Samuels
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners
Early stage/series A

Matt Saunders
Co-founder
Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups

Sunil Sharma
Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator
Techstars
SaaS, Fintech, AI, IoT, Consumer, Enterprise, Smart Cities, VR/gaming, govtech

Kutral Veerabadran
Principal
Flow Capital Corp.
Rev target $1M-$35M Seed-Series B, Canada, US, UK

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

CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #2

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Five founders/CEO’s, from the most innovative, growth stage, Canadian companies (as determined by the CIX Selection Committee), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Be sure to visit these companies at their tables in the Delegate Lounge.


Featuring:


Alex Barrotti
Founder and CEO
TouchBistro

Martin Basiri
CEO and Co-Founder
ApplyBoard

Dan Leibu
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
League Inc.

Adrian Schauer
Founder and CEO
AlayaCare

Jeff Tomlin
Chief Marketing Officer & Co-Founder
Vendasta

Expert Commentators:


Michael Hyatt, Expert Commentator
Co-Founder/Director
BlueCat Networks Inc.

Colin Ryan, Expert Commentator
Co-Head & Managing Director Technology, Media, Telecom & Healthcare Investment Banking
National Bank

John Stokes, Expert Commentator
Partner
Real Ventures

David Wismer, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
BMO Capital Markets, Corp

Why We Invested

Sponsored by

Trinity II/ III/ IV

Investors spend a lot of time saying no. So how do you best position yourself and your company to increase your chances of getting that yes? This panel of early-stage VCs will provide a deep dive into why they invested, what they look for in startups and their personal insights on how founders can navigate the funding landscape.


Featuring:


Jake Cassaday
Partner
Relay Ventures

Kristine Di Bacco
Partner
Torys LLP

Kathryn Wortsman
Managing Partner
Amplify Capital

3:00 PM

Innovations in Health Tech: The Long and Winding Road to Market

Trinity II/ III/ IV

Canada has world-class talent creating innovative solutions in healthcare. How do we support these inventors and startups so as to grow to the next level and commercialize while overcoming the economic and time challenges?

Moderating:


Tara Deschamps
Freelancer
Tara Deschamps


Featuring:


Dr. Linda Maxwell
Surgeon, Founding and Executive Director
The Biomedical Zone

Dr. Allan Miranda
Head of JLABS Canada
JLABS Canada

Dr Tyler Wish
CEO
NACBio

3:30 PM

Special Announcement: Winner of Canadian Regional for Startup World Cup (3:30 PM - 3:45 PM)

Grand Ballroom A/B


Featuring:


Jack Warning
Investor
Pegasus Tech Ventures

3:40 PM

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Grand Ballroom A/B

CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories — innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving major milestones. Over the next hour, each company will take the stage for a 20 minute fireside chat with a partner.

WATTPAD: Seema Lakhani, Chief of Product at Wattpad and GM of Wattpad Labs interviewed by Meagan Simpson, Associate Editor, BetaKit

RITUAL: Ray Reddy, Co-Founder & CEO of Ritual interviewed by Steve Leightell, Partner at Georgian Partners

INTEGRATE AI: Megan Anderson, Head of The Trusted Signals Exchange at Integrate.ai interviewed by Pamela Snively, VP, Chief Data & Trust Officer at TELUS




Featuring:


Megan Anderson
Head of The Trusted Signals Exchange
Integrate.ai

Seema Lakhani
Chief Product Officer and GM of Labs
Wattpad

Steve Leightell
Partner
Georgian Partners

Ray Reddy
Co-Founder & CEO
Ritual

Meagan Simpson
Associate Editor
BetaKit

Pamela Snively
VP, Chief Data & Trust Officer
TELUS

4:40 PM

Cocktail Reception

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