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Introducing an intimate and interactive conference experience designed for powerful networking


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2019 Summit Program

February 19th

Registration & Networking

Welcome Statement & Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:00am
Building Global Companies: Centurions, Unicorns, and Beyond
Amanda Lang, Anchor at BNN Bloomberg
Dan Daviau, President and CEO at Canaccord Genuity
Charles Plant, University of Toronto, Impact Centre
Yung Wu, CEO at MaRS

10:00 – 10:30am
Networking Break

10:30 – 10:45am
Digital Disruption and Business Transformation: Next Generation Leadership in Action
Jennifer R. Jackson, President at Capital One Canada

10:45 – 11:30am
Leadership at the Edge of Disruption: Fintech, Open Banking, and the Future of Finance
Debbie Gamble, Chief Officer, Innovation Labs and New Ventures, Interac Corp
Tanya Baker, Global Head of GS Accelerate, Goldman Sachs
Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director at The DMZ
Som Seif, Founder and CEO at Purpose Financial

Remarks by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of The City of Mississauga

Networking Lunch

Afternoon Session Opens

Keynote by Michael Denham, CEO at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

1:30 – 2:15pm:
Building Powerful Companies with Global Reach: Investing in Talent to Scale
Jon Erlichman, Anchor of “The Open”, BNN Bloomberg
John Ruffolo, Founder at Canadian Council of Innovators
Michelle Scarborough, Managing Director at BDC
Jodi Kovitz, Founder and CEO at #MoveTheDial
Caitlin MacGregor, Founder at Plum

2:15 – 2:45pm
Networking Break

2:45 – 3:15pm
The Global Race for AI
Fireside Chat
Amanda Lang, BNN Bloomberg
Jodie Wallis, Managing Director, Artificial Intelligence at Accenture

3:15 – 4:00pm
Fireside Chat with Minister Ng and Founders of Rapidly Scaling Companies
Mike Wessinger, CEO at PointClickCare
David Ossip, CEO at Ceridian

Farewell Statement and Closing Remarks


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Large Enterprise
Hosted by Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)
Tony Williams, Special Advisor to the President at Amii
Mohak Shah, Vice President of AI and Machine Learning at LG Electronics

Cultivating Innovation Between Corporates and Startups
Hosted by Interac Corp. and Highline BETA
Marcus Daniels, Marcus Daniels, Founding Partner & CEO of Highline BETA
Michelle Tampoya, Innovation and Community Engagement at Interac

International Tax Strategies for Global Expansion
Hosted by BDO
Harry Chana, Partner, National Tax Technology Leader at BDO
Partner & Leader, US Corporate Tax Services at BDO

Women in Entrepreneurship
Hosted by TD
Chantal Pitre, National Strategy for Women in Entrepreneurship at TD
Darlene Carreau, Director General, Business Services Branch, Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Nancy Goudreau, Director, Corporate Financing
Jennifer Cooke, Corporate Lead – Women’s Business Strategy

*Program is subject to changes.
Roundtables have limited capacity and will not be available to all guests.


An intimate gathering of investors, executives, rapid growth entrepreneurs and leaders in tech

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Amanda Lang, Anchor
BNN Bloomberg

Amanda Lang is a bestselling author, award-winning business journalist, and anchor at BNN Bloomberg.

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Clare O’Hara, Investor and Wealth Management Reporter
The Globe and Mail

Clare O’Hara is a business reporter at The Globe and Mail. Prior to that, Clare was a staff writer at Investment Executive, a national newspaper for financial service industry professionals.  


David Ossip, Chairman and CEO at Ceridian

David Ossip founded Dayforce, which was acquired by Ceridian in 2012. Since then, he has been the driving force behind the innovation, vision and leadership at the company.

Ceridian is one of the fastest growing global human capital management technology companies with a current market capitalization at over $6.7B.

Jon Erlichman, Anchor of “The Open”
BNN Bloomberg

Jon Erlichman anchors BNN Bloomberg’s morning program, The Open..
BNN Bloomberg is Canada's largest business television channel. 

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Jodi Kovitz, Founder and CEO at #movethedial

Jodi Kovitz is the Founder and CEO of #movethedial, a Toronto-based global movement launched in January 2017 to advance the participation and leadership of women in tech.



As Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund, Michelle Scarborough leads strategic initiatives to fill financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is also responsible for BDC’s $200M investment to bring capital to high-growth women-led tech companies. 


Jennifer R. Jackson, President of Capital One Canada

Jennifer Jackson leads Capital One’s Canadian business and is responsible for the company’s overall strategic direction and operations in the country. She is a transformational leader with a passion for building diverse and inclusive teams.

Mike Wessinger, Founder & CEO at PointClickCare

Mike Wessinger founded PointClickCare, Canada’s largest private software company and industry leading innovator in the effort to solve the global challenges of senior health care.

Today, PointClickCare employs almost 1400 people, with over 15,000+ facilities throughout North America using its software every day. In May 2018, the company raised $186M.



New opportunities for investment and growth with global partners in vibrant destination markets


Tanya Baker, Global Head of GS Accelerate
New York City

Tanya Baker is the Global Head of GS Accelerate, the firm’s internal innovation engine where Goldman Sachs identifies, invests in, and incubates new businesses for Goldman Sachs and the broader FinTech ecosystem. Previously, she ran Digital Strategy for Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs.

Michael Denham, President and CEO at BDC

Michael Denham leads a team of 2,200 people across Canada who work every day to help entrepreneurs succeed by providing the guidance and financial support they need to build resilient, growing businesses.

BDC is Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs.


Executives embracing digital disruption and business transformation


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

Debbie Gamble is responsible for driving the innovation agenda and accelerating growth via strategic partnerships. Interac Corp. is one of Canada’s leading payments brands and is chosen an average of 16 million times daily to pay and exchange money.


Abdullah Snobar is Executive Director of the DMZ, a world leading tech accelerator. Responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the DMZ, he leads in helping Canada's most promising startups scale their companies and create innovative technology that changes lives.


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Jodie Wallis, Managing Director, Artificial Intelligence at Accenture

Jodie Wallis is the Managing Director for Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Accenture in Canada. Jodie is responsible for expanding Accenture’s business presence in the AI ecosystem, attracting top talent, and bringing innovation and global AI expertise to Canadian clients across all industries.


Dan Daviau, President and CEO
Canaccord Genuity Group

Dan Daviau is President and Chief Executive Officer of Canaccord Genuity Group, a leading independent, full-service financial services firm. In 2018, the company reported $1.02B in revenue and $65.8B in assets under administration and management.

Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

Mayor Crombie leads the City of Mississauga, Canada’s sixth largest city and an international destination that embodies vibrancy and diversity of culture. Before entering public service, Mayor Crombie enjoyed a twenty-year career in business.


John Ruffolo, Founder of OMERS VEntures

John Ruffolo is the founder and former CEO of OMERS Ventures, a multi-stage investor in growth-oriented, disruptive technology companies — with $800 million of assets under management.

John recently joined the board of the NHL Coaches Association, a professional organization representing all 31 teams of the National Hockey League.



The Honourable Mary Ng
Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

As Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Minister Ng helps entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and create prosperity through trade and innovation, particularly through the promotion of export opportunities for Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).



Som Seif, President & CEO

Som Seif is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Investments Inc., which he formed following the sale of Claymore Investments to BlackRock Inc. in March 2012. 

Purpose Investments is an asset management company with over $6 billion under management and has an unrelenting focus on customer-centric innovation.


Yung Wu, CEO at MaRS Discovery District

Yung Wu is a pioneering entrepreneur and serial investor. Under Wu’s leadership, MaRS will continue to advance prosperity through entrepreneurial achievement. Wu has been recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” leaders and for leading one of the country’s “50 Best Managed Private Companies.”

MaRS is the world’s largest urban innovation hub.


With a curated audience, interactive learning opportunities, and meaningful connections


Supported by

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