Ben Zifkin

Founder and CEO at Hubba


Councillor Michelle Holland Toronto City Council
Councillor Michelle Holland Toronto City Council

Michelle Holland

Councillor Michelle Holland
Toronto City Council
Advocate for the Innovation Economy

Councillor Michelle Holland was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.  She has served on the most important City Council Committees including Executive Committee, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Budget Committee and Economic Development Committee.  She is currently Chair of Scarborough Community Council, Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Chair of the City's Corporations Nominating Panel where she has been leading efforts to facilitate gender equality on boards.  As a graduate of the Director's Education Program she has considerable board experience including the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Design Exchange and the Art Gallery of Ontario among other boards. For several years she has been a leading voice on the innovation and technology file.  In 2016, Michelle was appointed by Mayor John Tory to serve as the City's first Advocate for the Innovation Economy.  She will lead the City's efforts to encourage growth in the sector, promote and protect innovation and technology jobs, encourage greater gender diversity and position Toronto as a leader in the innovation economy in all respects.

Nicholas Rémillard International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA)

Nicholas Rémillard

International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA)

President and Chief Executive Officer
International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA)
Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Montreal

Nicholas Rémillard, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), is responsible for the direction and strategy of the IEFA’s four major economic events: the Conference of Montreal, the Toronto Global Forum, the World Strategic Forum and the Conference of Paris.

Since the organisation’s inception over 20 years ago, Nicholas Rémillard has held a variety of management roles, ultimately serving as President and CEO from 2010. His contribution led to the rapid expansion of the organization where he launched the Toronto Global Forum and the Palm Beach Strategic Forum in 2007 and 2011, respectively. The latter event is now held in Miami under its new appellation: the World Strategic Forum. In addition to these North American conferences, the IEFA hosts an event in Europe, the first edition of the Conference of Paris was held in December 2017.

Beyond his role at the IEFA, Nicholas Rémillard also serves as Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Montreal and President of RDÉE Canada’s working group, the Economic Corridor of La Francophonie. Nicholas Rémillard holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa.

Amanda Lang BNN.png

Amanda Lang


Business Journalist
BNN Bloomberg

Amanda Lang rejoined BNN in January 2018, returning to the channel she helped create almost 19 years earlier. As New York correspondent, she was a key part of the team that launched BNN’s predecessor, ROBTV, in 1999. 

Lang has been covering business news in North America for 20 years. She started her journalism career at The Globe and Mail and then the National Post, before moving into television with ROBTV and then CNN. 

Lang returned to BNN/ROBTV in 2002 as anchor of the network’s flagship morning show before creating and hosting SQUEEZEPLAY, a nightly issues-driven debate show with Kevin O’Leary. In 2009, Lang left BNN to join the CBC as its senior business correspondent. Most recently she worked as an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada.

Lang studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before becoming a journalist. Her best-selling book, The Power of Why, (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. Her second book, The Beauty of Discomfort, was published in 2017.

Robert Antoniades

Information Venture Partners - Robert Antoniades

General Partner and Co-Founder
Information Venture Partners

Robert Antoniades co-founded Information Venture Partners in 2014. Robert has led investments in and currently serves on the Boards of Adaptive Insights, Igloo Software, PostBeyond and Q4. Prior boards include Placemark Investments (acquired by Envestnet), Varicent (acquired by IBM), ITM Software (acquired by BMC) and Verafin Software. Robert is interested in finding the disruptive ideas and entrepreneurs that believe new or better information is foundational to businesses. He believes that SaaS is still early in its disruptive effects and that financial institutions need technology to service their customers, reduce cost and compete. Areas of interest include SaaS, next gen analytics including cognitive computing and AI, capital markets, banking, wealth management and insurance technology.

Robert joined RBC Venture Partners as a Managing Director in 2004 and led direct investments in a broad range of software and technology companies ranging from enterprise software to information security and from insurance applications to sales and trading platforms.

Prior to RBC, Robert was a Vice President at BMO Nesbitt Burns Equity Partners and Executive Director of CIBC Capital Partners’ Silicon Valley office in Menlo Park where he collectively made investments in financial services software, internet service providers, enterprise and internet software, e-healthcare, wireless application development, security products, optical networking and semiconductor companies, among others. Robert has over 18 years of venture capital investing experience.

Additionally, Robert is the Past Chair of the Distress Centres of Toronto, Past Chair of Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services and, Chair and co-founder of the Upside Foundation of Canada.

Robert has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and a Certified Investment Manager.

Sarah Ryerson, Head of Industry - Financial Services - Google Canada.jpg

Sarah Ryerson

Google Canada - Sarah Ryerson

Head of Industry - Financial Services
Google Canada

Sarah Ryerson leads a Google sales team for Canadian insurers and financial services organizations focused on driving value and business outcomes.  Prior to this role, Sarah led
Strategy & Operations for Google Canada and then later a global Google team.  Sarah joined Google in 2013 after 8 years at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant.  At McKinsey, Sarah worked with companies across industries varying from mining to healthcare focused on the intersection of operations and organization.  

Originally from Toronto, Sarah is a graduate of Princeton University and the Wharton School of Business, where she completed an MBA and MA in International Affairs.   Sarah sits on the Boards of WaterAid Americas, Unicorn Day Care, and the Advisory Board for the NHL Coaches Association.


Bilal Khan CEO OneEleven

Bilal Khan

OneEleven Bilal Khan

Chief Executive Officer

Bilal Khan is the founding Chief Executive Officer of OneEleven, a scaleup innovation hub focused on helping Canada’s most promising, high-growth startups build their businesses and scale their operations. OneEleven is a unique partnership between industry, venture capital, government and academia with the objective of making Canada a global leader in the innovation economy.

Prior to joining OneEleven, Bilal was the Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to three consecutive Minister’s of Economic Development, Trade and Innovation for the Province of Ontario where he was responsible for establishing and implementing policies to help advance Ontario’s economy. A lawyer, Bilal spent his early career practicing corporate and securities law as Legal Counsel to Russell Investments, a U.S. based multi-asset manager (acquired by the London Stock Exchange Group). Bilal has also worked at the United Nations at the Centre for Business and Human Rights.

Bilal is a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where he both teaches and advises on innovation policy and is also a Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University.

Bilal sits on the Board of Directors of Toronto Global, TVO, and the Canadian Club of Toronto, the Advisory Boards of IBM’s I^3 Project (an IBM Watson initiative), the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX), and formerly on the Business Advisory Group of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).

Bilal is an alumnus of Singularity University at the NASA Ames Research Centre in the area of exponential technologies and holds a JD from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Bilal was recently named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

CEO, HackerYou

Heather Payne is a Toronto-based entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for education. In 2011, she started Ladies Learning Code, now a national non-profit serving Canadians in over 30 cities across the country. In 2012, she founded HackerYou to bring longer-term coding training to Toronto. She now operates HackerYou full-time and serves over 1000 students a year from a 12,000 square foot space at Queen & Spadina. In 2013, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for her work exposing women and girls to programming and technology.


Heather Payne


David Fuller


Executive Vice-President and President
TELUS Consumer and Small Business Solutions

Since 2014 David has led a team of over 14,000 team members across Canada, responsible for providing innovative communications, information and entertainment solutions for customers at home, at work and on the go. His diverse and talented team serves the mobility and wireline needs of all of our consumer and small business customers.

David joined TELUS in 2004, most recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer until 2014. In this role, David led the team responsible for all aspects of consumer marketing including the development and management of TELUS’ full range of products and services for consumer and small business customers. Prior to this role, David spent over five years as Senior Vice-President of Business Solutions Marketing, leading the team that managed and marketed a wide range of products and services for our business customers.

Based in Toronto, David is a professional engineer and holds a Masters in Business Administration from York University, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from Queen’s University. In addition to his responsibilities at TELUS, David also serves on the Board of Directors of Great-West Lifeco (which includes the boards of Great West Life, Canada Life and London Life).

Peter Misek - BDC Partner - Ivey Venture Forum

Peter Misek


Business Development Bank of Canada - BDC

Partner, IT Venture Fund

Peter Misek is a partner in the IT Venture Fund, based in Toronto. He comes with over 14 years of venture capital experience as an Advisor/ Venture Partner for DN Capital including direct involvement in 2 unicorns. He has almost 20 years of investment banking experience as Managing Director and Co‑Head of Global Technology Research for Jefferies in NYC and as Director of Research and Global Technology Analyst for Canaccord.

Peter holds a CA, CPA, CPA from Illinois as well as a CFA. He is a hobby programmer who has founded technology companies.

Sunil Sharma Techstars Ivey Venture Forum 2018.jpg

Sunil Sharma


Managing Director
Techstars Toronto  

Techstars Toronto is a city program and Techstars first accelerator in Canada.  Techstars Toronto is a joint venture between Techstars and Real Ventures (Canada’s most active venture capital fund).
Prior to Techstars Sunil was a Managing Partner with Extreme Venture Partners (EVP) and co-founder and Managing Director of Extreme Startups.  While at Extreme, Sunil sourced and lead more than 40 investments across two funds and two accelerator programs.
Sunil is the Chair of the Board of Canada’s Accelerator and Business Incubator Association (CABI) which has had responsibility for administering the Startup Visa immigration program to fast-track the immigration of founders to Canada.
Sunil spends a lot of time in Waterloo where he has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Communitech, one of Canada’s largest technology hubs.

Sunil is passionate about helping entrepreneurs become great.  He spends some of his free time running the Founder Institute pre-accelerator program in Toronto and Waterloo.  Through Founder Institute Sunil has helped first-time founders create more than 100 brand new startups with the support of more than 80 mentors.

Sunil has been very active in the startup community from his time co-launching Startup Weekend Toronto (now part of Techstars) as well as organizing many of Canada’s leading innovation and technology conferences and events.
Prior to his career helping startups Sunil was a career diplomat in the Canadian Foreign Service.   Sunil served as the Head of the Canadian Consulate in San Diego, California where he launched one of Canada’s newest diplomatic missions. Sunil has also worked at the Canadian Space Agency and represented Canada at the United Nations in Geneva.

Sunil has an undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria and a graduate degree from the University of Toronto.

Alyssa Furtado, Founder of Ratehub – Ivey Venture Forum

Alyssa Furtado

Ratehub Inc.

Alyssa studied business and math at Queen’s University, before going into management consulting for two years. She left the corporate world in 2009, launched on Jan. 1, 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Passionate about building amazing products that help Canadians make smart financial decisions, Alyssa uses her expertise in SEO to drive people to the site. She empowers the team to do their best work, which is a large part of what makes the company culture so great. Family, friends, travelling and kiting are important to her, and she is happiest when all four are combined.

Alyssa Furtado Founder of Ratehub at Ivey Venture Forum.png


Darin Graham

Vector Institute Ivey Venture Forum

Vice President, Industry Innovation
Vector Institute

Darin has over 20 years of experience leading innovative initiatives that take creative ideas to the marketplace. He brings extensive international experience in leading R&D programs and helping build innovation ecosystems in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. A champion of collaboration, he has worked closely with a variety of unique groups to engage industry with academic and research institutions to enhance technology-based applied outcomes, facilitating economic growth through increasing knowledge and helping develop human capital.

Darin has held the primary leadership position in a number of organizations, including ORION (Ontario’s Research and Innovation Optical Network), NZi3 (New Zealand’s ICT Innovation Institute), and CITO (Communications and Information Technology Ontario, an Ontario Centre of Excellence).

Darin received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto, with his thesis focused on advanced neural networks for autonomous robotic control systems; MASc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto, and BMath in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Stephanie Choo Managing Partner Portage3

Stephanie Choo

Portage3 Ventures - Stephanie Choo

Partner and Managing Director
Portag3 Ventures

Stephanie is a Partner and Managing Director at Portag3 Ventures. She leads new fintech investments for the fund -- in the wealth management, banking and insurance verticals. Prior to joining Portag3, she helped the world’s leading banks and insurance companies build and launch innovative fintech products from the ground-up, as a Fintech Lead at BCG Digital Ventures. Prior to that, she led operations for an early stage payments startup. Stephanie was also a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, focused on technology and digital strategies in the retail banking, wealth management and asset management spaces. 

Carolyn Jarvis - Global News

Carolyn Jarvis

Global News Network

Chief Investigative Correspondent
Global News

Carolyn Jarvis has spent more than a decade reporting and chasing stories across the country for Global News. After several postings with the network from Vancouver to Ottawa, Jarvis moved to Toronto in 2011 to work with the current affairs division full time as 16X9′s Chief Correspondent. 

Her work, includes feature reporting, and has won numerous awards and acclaim. Many of her stories involve unprecedented access to otherwise closed-off communities, such as her hour- long feature on the controversial, ultra-orthodox Jewish community of Lev Tahor, which won a Bronze World Medal at the 2015 New York Festivals. Most recently, 16X9 won the esteemed Canadian Screen Award for Best News or Information Series.

Prior to working with Global News’ current affairs division, Jarvis was the west coast correspondent and weekend anchor for the network’s flagship nightly newscast, Global National. This posting saw Jarvis cover breaking news events and stories of international attention.

Jarvis also hosted Focus: Decision Canada, a national 30-minute political program based in Ottawa, devoted to the 2011 federal election.

Hailing from Richmond, BC, Jarvis comes from musical roots. She has a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and has sung professionally with classical ensembles, such as Alberta’s Pro Coro. Jarvis, a champion of the arts, sits on the board of the Canadian Opera Company.

National Innovation Director
Deloitte Canada

Bernard is Deloitte Canada’s National Innovation Director, coming from France and reporting to Chief Innovation Officer Terry Stuart. He brings over 20 years of international experience as consultant / entrepreneur within top consultancy firms and industries. Bernard applies his passion to solve wicked strategic problems by co-designing disruptive innovative solutions, implementing collaborative open-innovation processes and intrapreneurship programs.
As the lead of the National Innovation Office, Bernard’s responsibility includes driving the Innovation Agenda forward with each of Deloitte Service Lines to disrupt service offerings leveraging Exponential Technologies (AI, Blockchain, IOT) as well as leading the Ecosystem Strategy and promoting Deloitte’s eminence and thought-leadership in innovation.
Bernard is a published author, with 5 books in French, on “working smarter" techniques at Editions Eyrolles. In France, he has previously been a regular keynote speaker on l’Esprit Startup©, The Art of Pitching, Creativity & Innovation, Startup Scaling. Bernard also has been a guest-Lecturer at Sciences Politiques Paris - Executive MBA Program and publishes regularly on LinkedIn Pulse, Le Cercle Les Echos (French Financial Newspaper). 
As part of the Deloitte’s National Innovation Office, Bernard strives to educate, inspire and help all Canadians improve their lives by leveraging the power of exponential technologies.


Bernard Lebelle



Heather Scoffield


Ottawa bureau chief for The Canadian Press

Heather Scoffield is the Ottawa bureau chief for The Canadian Press, leading an award-winning team of 15 journalists focused on politics, public policy and the nation’s capital. Over the course of her 24-year career in journalism, she has covered monetary and fiscal policy, economics, trade policy, social policy, Indigenous affairs, environment and energy, and several different political parties. Before joining CP in 2009, she spent 12 years at the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. She and her team have won several National Newspaper Awards for their work, among other recognitions. Heather has a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a BA in international relations from York University. She lives in Gatineau, QC.