2019 Summit Program

February 19th
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Registration & Networking

Welcome Statement & Opening Remarks
In Search of Canada’s Unicorns
Claudio Rojas, Managing Director at Hurt Capital

Keynote by Anthony Lacavera
Founder and Chairman of Globalive

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 and the Future of Finance
Clare O’Hara, Business Reporter at The Globe and Mail
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
11:45 AM to 1:00pm

Remarks by Mike Holliger
Partner at Dentons Canada LLP

Introductory Remarks

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


Breakfast Session
7:00AM to 8:00AM (by invitation-only)

BDO Office: 222 Bay Street, 22nd Floor 

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
Dan Lundenberg, Partner & Leader, US Corporate Tax Services at BDO

Looking to scale beyond Canada's borders is a great opportunity for tech companies to increase their sales. However, if not done carefully, global expansion can result in unintended tax consequences. BDO Canada’s International and US Tax Partners will facilitate a discussion to identify the key tax implications technology companies need to consider when expanding abroad and help them plan and prepare effective tax strategies.

Lunch Session
11:45AM to 1:00PM (by invitation-only)

PWC Office: 18 York Street, 26th floor, Toronto

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.