Thought leadership to transform and innovate for exponential growth
LAURA MCGEE, CEO AT DIVERSIO
Laura McGee 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.
MARCUS DANIELS, FOUNDING PARTNER & CEO
Marcus Daniels 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.
CHANTAL PITRE, NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT TD
Chantal Pitre leads the national strategy for women in entrepreneurship at TD. Her role is to advise and provide new ways to access funds and grow businesses.
Experts to enable collaborative and dynamic thought leadership
KRISTINA WILLIAMS, PRESIDENT AND CEO AT ALBERTA ENTERPRISE CORPORATION
Alberta Enterprise (AEC) promotes the development of Alberta's venture capital industry by investing in VC funds that finance technology companies. At AEC, Kristina has led several of the corporation's investments, attracting venture capital from key technology hubs in the US and Canada.
General Partner at Plaza Ventures
Matthew Leibowitz is a seasoned growth-stage technology investor and career VC. Matthew is PVs front-end specialist, focused on deal flow, investment transaction processing, ecosystem development and investor relations.
Plazacorp has been a distinguished real estate developer in the Greater Toronto Area since the 1980s, with $6B+ of residential and commercial development completed or in progress.
Plaza Ventures invests in strong management teams with proven business models at Series A or Series B.
Mohak Shah, Ph.D.
Vice President, AI and Machine Learning at LG Electronics
San Francisco, CA
Mohak Shah is a technology leader and technologist with an established history of leading high-impact initiatives in AI, IoT, digital transformation, and building data-driven businesses and strategies. As a machine learning and AI scientist, Mohak has developed novel technologies with high impact business applications.
LG Electronics is a global maker of smartphones, TVs and home appliances. The company recently announced a five-year, multimillion-dollar research partnership with the University of Toronto to collaborate with the university’s top AI researchers with the goal of expanding its expertise in artificial intelligence to make life better for the company and its customers.
Caitlin McGregor, CEO and Founder
Caitlin became the CEO and co-founder of Plum, which combines Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Artificial Intelligence to help companies hire, grow, and retain top talent
Charles Plant, Senior Fellow at Impact Centre
University of Toronto
Charles Plant is a Senior Fellow with the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto conducting research in the area of technology innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Impact Centre’s objective is to understand how governments, companies, and academia can identify and adopt best practices in technology commercialization with a view to improving Canada’s ability to create world-class technology companies.
Darlene Carreau, Director General
Business Services Branch
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Darlene Carreau is the Director General (DG) for the Business Services Branch at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
Introducing Expert Zone
Experts in their respective fields will be joining the front rows of the audience to energize an interactive dynamic with the stage.