Building the Canadian Dream
Opening remarks with thanks to supporters
Thank you for joining us at the 8th Annual Ivey Venture Forum.
It’s a privilege to have over 400 people in this room, representing a cross section of the entire Canadian technology and innovation ecosystem...
Thank you to our sponsors for recognizing the importance of a conference focused on Canada’s opportunity to lead.
Keynote – Claudio Rojas, Hurt Capital
To better understand the power of a clearly defined Canadian Dream, I would like to share research on a related concept called Founder Centrism – which crystalized after spending the day with Warren Buffett, the original founder centric investor. And this journey begins in 2008 at the Ivey Business School.
Founder centrism is an ownership structure in which the founders, many of you, remain in control of the company's vision and operations... long after it reaches unicorn status... goes public, and grows globally.
And it's a simple and useful way of referring to a complex economic discovery...
Building Canada's Global Brand
Panel #1 Discussion
Amanda Lang Business Journalist – BNN Bloomberg (Moderator)
Nicholas Rémillard President and CEO – International Economic Forum of the Americas
Michelle Holland Toronto City Councillor – Advocate for Innovation Economy
Ben Zifkin Founder and CEO – Hubba
Darin Graham Industry Innovation – Vector Institute
Introductory Remarks on Canada's Brand
Foreign Direct Investment
Role of Government
Questions from the Audience
Building Global Companies in Canada
Introductory Remarks & Advice
panel #2 discussion
Heather Scoffield Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press (Moderator)
Stephanie Choo Managing Partner – Portag3
Robert Antoniades General Partner – Information Venture Partners
Alyssa Furtado Co-founder – Ratehub
Peter Misek Partner – BDC IT Venture Fund
Bilal Khan CEO – OneEleven
Do Canadian Companies Sell to Soon?
Accessing Capital & Recruiting Global Talent
How Can We Expand Access to Risk Capital in Canada?
Streamlining Regulation of Financial Technology
Questions from the Audience
Does Canada Have the Talent Pool to Scale Globally?
Training and Hiring Talent
What is the Role of Government in the Ecosystem?
Government Funding for Women-Led Ventures
Building Companies with Global Impact
Panel #3 Discussion
Claudio Rojas Managing Director – Hurt Capital (Moderator)
Bernard Lebelle National Innovation Director - Deloitte Canada
Sarah Ryerson Head of Industry, Financial Services - Google Canada
Heather Payne Founder, HackerYou and Ladies Learning Code
Sunil Sharma Managing Director, Techstars Canada
Matthieu Cardinal Vice President, Finance Montréal
Culture in Founder-Run Companies
Founders in Global Companies
Funding Bias Towards Early Commercialization?
Leveraging Bilingualism to Grow Globally
Are Canadian Cities Collaborating?
Innovation in Global Companies
Managing Failure in Large Public Companies
Actionable Steps to Advance Diversity
Defining the Canadian Dream
Canada's FinTech Advantages
Pushing Diversity Further
Audience Question – Building World Class Cities
Audience Question – Valuations too High?
Audience Question – Innovating Canada's School System
Audience Question – Gender Diversity and Risk Training
Our mission tonight was to start a conversation that would turn into a movement on defining and building the Canadian Dream.
By bringing together starts-ups, scale-ups, investors, corporate partners, government officials, and other key stakeholders - we hope that tonight's dialogue has provoked some thought… and we hope you will continue the conversation and turn it into action in the coming days and years.