Canadian Dream Summit 2019 is a world-class conference focused on building powerful companies with global reach.
Join high-calibre thought leaders, alongside an audience of leading voices in business, venture capital and innovation.

Speaker Announcements 2019

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Amanda Lang, Anchor
BNN Bloomberg

Amanda will be moderating Enhancing Canada’s Global Reach: Collaboration, Competition, and the World Stage

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Michael Denham, President and CEO at BDC

Michael 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.

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Tanya Baker, Global Head of GS Accelerate
New York City

Tanya 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.


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.

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

Debbie 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.


Chiara Corazza, Managing Director
Paris, France

Chiara Corazza is Managing Director of Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, the world's leading platform featuring women's views and voices on major social and economic issues. She was formerly the Managing Director of the Greater Paris Investment Agency (GPIA).

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John Ruffolo, OMERS Ventures

John is a Special Advisor to OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s leading pension funds. He was previously Chief Executive Officer. OMERS Ventures is a multi-stage investor in growth-oriented, disruptive technology companies – with $800 million of assets under management.


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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).


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Som Seif, President & CEO

Som 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.

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Marcus Daniels, Founding Partner & CEO

Marcus is a Founding Partner & CEO of Highline BETA, a venture capital and a startup co-creation company. He leads visionary execution, accelerator platform growth, strategic deals, and new venture funding.

Highline BETA builds and funds new ventures alongside forward-thinking global enterprises.

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Laura McGee, CEO at Diversio

Laura is the founder and CEO of Diversio, a technology startup that uses data analytics and machine learning to help companies become more inclusive. She previously worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co, and was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017. Recently, Laura addressed the G20 Women Business Leaders Task Force on advancing women as entrepreneurs and business leaders, alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Abdullah SnobaR
Executive Director of the DMZ

Abdullah 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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Yung Wu, CEO at MaRS Discovery District

Yung 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.


More speakers to be announced.


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Amber Kanwar, Anchor & Reporter
BNN Bloomberg

Amber will be moderating Building Global Companies: Centurions, Unicorns and Beyond

2019 Summit Program

Introductory Remarks

Building the Canadian Dream
Empowering, Elevating and Investing in Women

The Global Race for AI
Fostering Economic Growth and Prosperity

In Focus

Global Investments in Canada

Enhancing Canada’s Global Reach
Collaboration, Competition, and the World Stage

Scale-Up Engine: Roundtable Lunch Sessions

leadership at the Edge of Disruption
Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, and Next Generation Technologies

In Conversation with
Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies

Building Global Companies
Centurions, Unicorns and Beyond

Closing Remarks & Networking Reception

*Subject to changes

#CanadianDream Online

Canadian Dream Summit is an inclusive conference.
Join an online pitch challenge designed to connect high potential founders
with senior leaders in business, venture capital and innovation.

Winners will be invited to join
Scale-Up Engine™: Roundtable Lunch Sessions
at Canadian Dream Summit 2019

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