• Join us on May 5th in Ottawa for Startup Canada Day on the Hill presented by Intuit Canada to help build Canada's Innovation Strategy and continue to build Canada as an entrepreneurial Startup Nation. #StartupDay brings together Canada's entrepreneurship, innovation and startup community with Canada's government and industry leaders to accelerate the dialogue, action, innovation and nation-building necessary to unleash the entrepreneurial potential of every Canadian and unlock growth and impact for Canada.

    Building an Innovation Nation on May 5th

  • Canada Stage Agenda 

    powered by Intuit Quickbooks

    Inspiring keynotes, forward-looking panels & insightful pitches

    8.20am - 8.40am Warm-Up Show with Dr. Sean Wise

    Can Entrepreneurship be Taught?

    Canadian expert on startups and venture capital, international business speaker, business columnist for The Globe and Mail, partner at Ryerson Futures Inc., consultant for CBC on the venture reality show Dragons' Den, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and host of the 'Naked Entrepreneur' on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Dr. Sean Wise takes the stage as the opening act, readying the Capital for a landmark day.

    Catherine Clark, President, Catherine Clark Communications Inc.

    8.45am Opening Ceremony

    From grassroots startup communities to Parliament Hill

    Emcee Catherine Clark welcomes Startup Canadians and the leaders of more than 25 Startup Communities to Ottawa and sets out the objectives and program for the day.

    The Hon. Bill Morneau, Finance Minister

    9.00am Ministerial Opening Remarks

    Kicking off the conversation on 'Canada's Innovation Strategy'

    The Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance welcomes Startup Canadians to the nation's capital and shares the Government of Canada's vision for the development of Canada's Innovation Strategy.

    Tony Lacavera, Co-Founder, WIND Mobile, Chairman, Globalive

    9.05am Entrepreneurial Opening Remarks

    Follow the entrepreneur to build an 'Innovation Nation'

    Tony Lacavera, the co-founder of Wind Mobile and Global LIVE, who recently launched a $100million fund to help new Canadian tech companies grow, shares his vision for Canada's innovation strategy and makes a major announcement to kick-off the day.

    Catherine Cano, President, CPAC

    9.15am Fireside Panel:// Building an Innovation Nation

    Defining Canada's Vision for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Growth

    Catherine Cano, the President and General Manager of CPAC moderates a panel discussion to establish a vision for Canada as an 'Innovation Nation' and define elements and set forth objectives of an Innovation Strategy.

    Allen Lau, Co-Founder, Wattpad

    9.50am Keynote:// Allen Lau, Co-Founder & CEO WattPad

    The Story and Dream of a Newcomer Entrepreneur

    Allen Lau is building one of Canada's fastest growing companies; Toronto-based Wattpad, the world's leading platform for discovering, sharing and creating content. Allen shares his entrepreneurial journey as a newcomer to Canada and his vision for Canada as a nation of entrepreneurial and empowered citizens.


    Introduction by Paul Gaspar, VP Small Business, UPS Canada

    Sean Silcoff, Globe & Mail Reporter

    10.00 - 10.40am Attracting & Retaining Talent (sponsored by UPS Canada)

    Creating the conditions to attract, retain and settle talented newcomers into Canada's startup community 

    Globe & Mail Reporter, Sean Silcoff, moderates a panel to discuss how immigration policy can be designed to grow entrepreneurship and high-impact companies.

    • Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship
    • Allen Lau, Co-Founder & CEO, WattPad
    • Danielle Lovell, Co Founder & COO at BLANKSLATE Partners & Former Global Mobility Specialist at Lululemon Athletica
    Waneek Horn-Miller, Olympian & Changemaker

    11.00am Keynote:// Waneek Horn-Miller, Olympian & Manitobah Mukluks Ambassador

    STAND TALL & WALK PROUD - The Story of an Aboriginal Changemaker and the Opportunity for Canada

    Waneek Horn-Miller traces her powerful journey from beleaguered youth stabbed during the Oka stand-off to star Olympic athlete to one of the most articulate and vibrant voices in Aboriginal culture today and shares her vision for Indigenous culture and entrepreneurship.

    Rick Spence, National Post Columnist

    11.10 - 11.45am Fireside Panel:// Building the New Canadian Dream - A Nation of Entrepreneurs

    How do we build an Innovation Strategy that brings out the best of Canada as a nation of entrepreneurs? 

    National Post Columnist Rick Spence moderates a panel exploring core principles and values that should underpin Canada's innovation strategy, suggesting concrete approaches to changing culture, celebrating the past and creating the future.

    • Waneek Horn-Miller, Olympian & Brand Ambassador for Manitobah Mukluks
    • David Alston, Co-Founder of Radian6 (acquired by Salesforce), Co-Founder of Brilliant Labs and Social Impact Entrepreneur
    • Tonya Surman, Founder & CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation
    Jonathan Ortmans, White House Advisor & President of GEW

    12.45pm Keynote:// Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network and Chair, President Obama’s Spark Global Entrepreneurship Coalition & Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation and Founder, GEW

    (presented by Intuit QuickBooks)

    A Global Perspective on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Building a Startup Nation

    Based in Washington, DC, Jonathan Ortmans interfaces between research and initiatives to advance entrepreneurship as a White House Advisor, Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow and President of Global Entrepreneurship Week, at the centre of the Startup Nations movement, of which Startup Canada is a Founding Nation. Ortmans shares best practices from across the world, top learnings and his recommendations for Canada's Innovation Strategy.


    Introduction by Jeff Cates, President of Intuit Canada

    JP Gladu, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

    1.15 - 1.50pm Doubling Down on Diversity for Growth

    How can we create exponential growth through harnessing the innovative and entrepreneurial potential of every Canadian?

    Toronto Star's Nadine Chevolleau moderates a panel exploring how we can ensure that Canada's Innovation Strategy is inclusive of women, youth, seniors, Aboriginals and newcomers to Canada.

    Sarah Prevette, Founder, Future Design School

    2.10pm Keynote:// Sarah Prevette, Co-Founder of Future Design School

    Empowering the Startup Generation through Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship

    Toronto-based entrepreneur and star of Oxygen TV's new series 'Quit Your Day Job', Sarah Prevette, shares her entrepreneurial journey, lessons learned and her vision for what Canada needs to do to empower youth innovation through design methods and entrepreneurial experience.

    Kevin Chan, Head of Public Policy, Facebook Canada

    2.20pm Service Innovation & Starting Up Government

    How can we build an entrepreneurial culture within government and leverage tech innovations and startups to better serve citizens 

    Founding Editor and Publisher of iPolitics, James Baxter moderates a fast-paced discussion with two of Canada's leading public officials and three multinational leaders who are innovating and disrupting traditional markets. The panel will discuss service innovation and how the government of Canada can leverage disruptive technology to create more transparent and effective governance and programming.

    Opening words by Christian Laverdure, DG at ISED

    Natalie Dakers, President, Accel-Rx

    3.00pm Growth Talks:// Ideas for Canada's Innovation Strategy (sponsored by CorporateStays.com)

    Top entrepreneurs from each Canadian region pitch their ideas for Canada's Innovation Strategy and then we throw it open it up to the audience for 15-second pitches

    Moderated by Rivers Corbett, CEO of Coaching by Rockstars and the host of the Startup Canada Podcast with remarks by the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister for Small Business & Tourism, entrepreneurs take the stage to share their ideas to unleash entrepreneurship through Canada's Innovation Strategy.

    Robert Deluce, Founder of Porter Airlines

    3.30 - 3.50pm Closing Keynote :// Robert Deluce, Founder and CEO of Porter Airlines

    How to Make Canada Growth Take Off

    Founder of Porter Airlines Robert Deluce recounts his journey of building Porter Airlines, navigating government bureaucracy and his 'David vs. Goliath' lessons from his entrepreneurial journey. Deluce shares his recommendations for Canada's Innovation Strategy and comments on his vision for Canada.


    3.50 - 4.00pm will see closing day-time remarks with Catherine Clark, Catherine Clark Communications

    5.30-7.30pm Startup Soiree

    Celebrating Canadian Entrepreneurship, Growth & Opportunities (On stage program 6.10 - 6.30pm)

    Join us for an evening reception celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship. Featuring a Startup Marketplace, growth exhibitors and networking with the 'who's who' of Canadian entrepreneurship and politics, two cultures collide to create new opportunities for Canada.

    • Welcome by Emcee Catherine Clark
    • Global Podium Announcements with Renee Tavares, Startup Canada
      • Announcing the Recipients of the Adam Chowaniec Global Entrepreneurship Fund by Dr. Claudia Chowaniec and Paul Day, EDC
      • Announcing the Winner of the Demo Day Pitch Competition by Paul Gaspar, UPS Canada
      • Announcing the launch of the 2nd annual Start TelAviv Competition by His Excellency, Rafael Barak, Israel's Ambassador to Canada
    • Final words by Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada and Jeff Cates, President of Intuit Canada
    • Closing remarks by Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business & Tourism and Catherine Clark, Catherine Clark Communications Inc.


  • Policy Hack-a-Thon Agenda presented by PayPal

    Join Startup Canada and the ISED Service Lab to tackle four Policy Challenges throughout the day and contribute your voice and expertise to Canada's Innovation Strategy (Stage located in Parliament Lounge). Kara Stonehouse from AhaGraphic.com will be onsite as our resident Graphic Facilitator as well as Spring2 Innovation. 

    10.00 - 11.00am | Women Entrepreneurship

    How can we support more women entrepreneurs to start and scale more successful businesses?

    Moderator: Marissa McTasney, Founder & CEO of Moxie Trades

    11.00am - 12.00pm | Youth Entrepreneurship

    How can the Government of Canada help to foster, empower and accelerate the growth of a startup generation of young Canadians?

    Moderator: Sarah Prevette, Founder & CEO of Future Design School and star of Oxygen TV's 'Quit Your Day Job'

    1.00pm - 2.00pm | Social Innovation 

    How can the Government of Canada best support social innovation through Canada’s Innovation Strategy?

    Moderator: Vinod Rajesekaran, Founder of Hub Ottawa & Founding Managing Director of the Rideau Hall Foundation

    4.00pm - 5.00pm | Disruptive Tech in Government 

    How should government harness disruptive tech (e.g., AI, BlockChain, Big Data, APIs, etc.) to better support and interact with entrepreneurs in the areas of information management, identity management, CRM, and service delivery?

    Moderator: David Alston, Co-Founder & former CMO of Salesforce Radian6

  • Startup Stage presented by eSAX

    Gain practical knowledge and skills to start and scale your business and watch startups pitch for the prize. The eSAX Stage is emceed by Jarrod Goldsmith, Founder & CEO of eSAX (@eSAXNetworking #eSAX). (Stage located in Parliament Lounge)

    9.45 - 10.15am Startup Finance 101

    With Elaine Orr, Founder of BalanceSheets.ca 

    Join Elaine Orr for an accelerated info session covering the startup finance continuum, how to set up your financial systems and top tips for new entrepreneurs to build a financially fit and fundable startup. Bring all of your startup finance questions.

    Megan Cornell, Momentum Law

    10.15 - 10:45am Startup Law 101

    With Megan Cornell of Momentum Law 

    Join Megan Cornell to discuss incorporation, corporate structuring and share structures and bring all of your legal questions on starting up and scaling up.

    10:45 - 11:15pm Starting Up with Social Impact

    With Katie Miller of Hub Ottawa 

    Join Katie Miller to learn how to get started in building a social impact startup - from structure and financing, to mentors and educational programs, bring all of your questions on starting your social enterprise.

    11.15 - 12:00pm Going Global

    Join Rowena Tsang from UPS Canada to learn how you can take steps in Going Global 

    Why is now the time to think about going global and where should you start? Join Rowena Tsang to gain insights on how to build your global strategy.

    1.00pm - 2:00pm Government Support for Startups

    Learn about Government Programs to help you to start and scale

    1.00pm Government Support for Small Business (Christian Laverdure, Canada Business)

    1.15pm Protecting Your Idea (Erin Howard-Hoszko, CIPO)

    1.30pm Selling to Government (Ken McMillan, OSME)

    1.45pm Innovating with Government (Brad Pinch, Concierge)

    2.00pm - 3:00pm DemoDay Pitch powered by UPS

    Six Export Entrepreneurs Pitch for their Chance to Win $15,000 in Prizes

    Join Startup Canada & UPS to hear six pitches from export entrepreneurs to a panel of investors for their chance to win big.


    Emcee: Dr. Sean Wise, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University


    Startups include:

    Judges include:

    • Paul Gaspar, VP Small Business, UPS Canada
    • Claude Haw, Investor, Capital Angel Network & President of Venture Coaches

    • Aydin Mirzaee, Founder & General Manager, FluidReview by SurveyMonkey

    • Laurie Davis, Founder & Investor, Capital Angel Network

    • Douglas Soltys, Editor in Chief of BetaKit
    • Susan Richards, Founder & CEO, Virtual CFO

    4.00pm - 4.50pm eSAX Programming

    Branding, Networking, Social Media, Starting Up & Scaling

  • Startup Soiree presented by Intuit QuickBooks

    Join Startup Canada & Intuit Canada to Celebrate Canadian Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Featuring announcements, prizes, networking, a Startup Marketplace, food stations, bars and exhibitors, join Ottawa's M.P.'s, entrepreneurs from across Canada and Ottawa's startup community for an evening of networking and inspiration. 


    Startup Soiree passes are included in your full day ticket or you can purchase a ticket just to the Soiree itself.

  • Mentor Genius Lounge presented by Microsoft Canada

    Join our Mentor Geniuses throughout the day to gain expert advice on business modelling, startup finance, lean startup, scaling, startup finance, marketing, branding, sales, procurement and much more! New Mentors announced daily! (Located in the Parliamentary Lounge)

    10.00 - 11.00am:// Mentorship Round 1

    • Nadeem Ladhani, UPS Canada
    • Elizabeth Collinson, CIPO
    • Elza Seregelyi, L-SPARK
    • John Dickey, Capital Insights Incorporated
    • Birgit Nielsen, Concierge

    11.00 am - noon:// Mentorship Round 2

    • Graeme Gaetz, GreatWork

    • Megan Cornell, Momentum Law
    • Elza Seregelyi, L-SPARK
    • Sally Douglas, iPolitics
    • Tony Lacavera, Globalive Communications
    • Brad Pinch, Concierge
    • Annie Pinet, BDO

    12.00 - 1.00pm:// Mentorship Round 3

    • Marc Gagne, Microsoft
    • Allana Graham, GreatWork
    • Megan Cornell, Momentum Law
    • Patrick White, L-SPARK
    • Doyle Buehler, The Digital Delusion
    • Elaine Orr, Balancesheets.ca
    • Greg Berube, Kleurvision
    • Michelle Noble, BDC

    1.00 - 2.00pm:// Mentorship Round 4

    • Marc Gagne, Microsoft
    • Rowena Tsang, UPS Canada
    • Elizabeth Collinson, CIPO
    • Patrick White, L-SPARK
    • Doyle Buehler, The Digital Delusion
    • Elaine Orr, Balancesheets.com
    • Greg Berube, Kleurvision
    • Michelle Noble, BDC

    2.00 - 3.00pm:// Mentorship Round 5

    • Marc Gagne, Microsoft
    • Alex Peh, PayPal
    • Elizabeth Collinson, CIPO
    • Rose Damato, BDC
    • Ed Bryant, Sampford Advisors Inc
    • Alain Martel, OSME
    • Bill Sweetman, Name Ninja
    • Annie Pinet, BDO

    3.00 - 4.00pm:// Mentorship Round 6

    • Nunzio Presta, BizOn
    • Alex Peh, PayPal
    • Megan Cornell, Momentum Law
    • Rose Damato, BDC
    • John Dickey, Capital Insights Incorporated
    • Alain Martel, OSME
    • Bill Sweetman, Name Ninja
    • Annie Pinet, BDO

    4.00 - 5.00pm:// Mentorship Round 7

    • Adarsha Datta, Microsoft
    • Jen Hunter, GreatWork
    • Rene van Diepen, Stratford Managers
    • Ondine Hogeboom, Lean4Flourishing
    • Sally Douglas, iPolitics
    • Eric Riz, Empty Cubicle
    • Birgit Nielsen, Concierge

    5.00 - 6.00pm:// Mentorship Round 8

    • Adarsha Datta, Microsoft
    • Jen Hunter, GreatWork
    • Rene van Diepen, Stratford Managers
    • Ondine Hogeboom, Lean4Flourishing
    • Sally Douglas, iPolitics
    • Eric Riz, Empty Cubicle
    • Birgit Nielsen, Concierge
    • Annie Pinet, BDO 
  • CEI Policy Hearings

    Startup Canada's Canadian Entrepreneurship Institute (CEI) is set to host a series of policy hearings throughout the day bringing together Ministers, Parliamentary Committee Chairs, experts and entrepreneurs. The Meetings are Chaired by Angella Goran, Founder of Sojok and Velma McColl, Principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group



    Creating Entrepreneurial Infrastructure to Grow Our Economy

    With Judy Sgro, Chair of the Committee on Transport, Infrastructure & Communities

    Entrepreneurial Empowerment in Indigenous and Northern Communities

    With Charlie Angus, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development

    Attracting & Retaining Talent

    With Arif Virani, Liberal MP for Parkdale-High Park. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship

    Building an Entrepreneurial Workforce

    With Bryan May, Chair of Human Resources, Skills, Social Development & Persons with Disabilities

    Supporting Women Entrepreneurs to Start Up

    With Marilyn Gladu, Chair of the Status of Women Committee

    Supporting Women Entrepreneurs to Scale Up

    With TBC

    Reducing Barriers & Creating Incentives for Growth

    With Associate Assistant Deputy Minister at the Department of Finance, Dr. Ailish Campbell

    Service Innovation for Supporting Entrepreneurs with Concierge

    With Birgit Nielsen, Innovation Advisor, Concierge (NRC-IRAP) and Anet Greenley, Innovation Advisor, Concierge (NRC-IRAP)

    Advancing Entrepreneurial Financial Literacy 

    With Maria Vranas, Financial Literacy Manager at FCAC

  • Sponsors & Exhibitors 

    Presenting Sponsor

  • Who is Coming? 

    Startup Canada is about Nation Building | Check Out Who Will Be There... Just a taste!



    Minister of Finance & A/ADM Finance

    Minister of Small Business & ADM

    Minister of Citizenship & Immigration

    Minister of Status of Women


    Mayor of Ottawa

    Canada Business; OSME; BizPal; FedDev

    Innovation Canada

    Concierge Service

    Business Development Bank of Canada

    Export Development Canada

    Global Affairs

    More than 50 MPs and 25 Senators

    Ambassador of Israel

    Prime Minister's Office

    5 Parliamentary Committees


    Startups & Founder-Led Businesses




    Manitobah Mukluks

    Fluid Review powered by Survey Monkey

    Porter Airlines

    Salesforce Radian6

    Momentum Law




    Future Design School

    Centre for Social Innovation

    Blankslate Partners




    Steadfast Beta



    Anchors & Investors


    Intuit Canada

    Microsoft Canada

    UPS Canada






    Real Ventures

    Capital Angel Network

  • Getting & Staying There 

    The Conference takes place on May 5th at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa and we've got you covered with Uber, our official Airline Porter and CorporateStays.com. 

    Fly with Porter Airlines

    The Official Airline of Startup Canada Day on the Hill 

    Porter Airlines is the Official Airline of the Startup Canada Day on the Hill. Book your roundtrip at flyporter.com. Use SUC2016 to get 15% off your booking for #StartupDay

    Stay with CorporateStays.com

    The Official Hospitality Partner of Startup Canada Day on the Hill 

    CorporateStays.com is the official hospitality partner of Startup Canada Day on the Hill. Book your hotel now at CorporateStays.com.

  • Contact Us 

    Contact us with questions about registration and remaining sponsorship opportunities. Email hello@startupcan.ca