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
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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.
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.
9.00am Ministerial Opening Remarks
Kicking off the conversation on 'Canada's Innovation Strategy'
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
10.15 - 10:45am Startup Law 101
With Megan Cornell of Momentum Law
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
1.00pm - 2:00pm Government Support for Startups
Learn about Government Programs to help you to start and scale
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
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
4.00pm - 4.50pm eSAX Programming
Branding, Networking, Social Media, Starting Up & Scaling
powered by Porter Airlines
Entrepreneur Leaders from Startup Canada's 25 Startup Communities will be engaged and representing entrepreneurs at #StartupDay - from Whitehorse and Calgary to Winnipeg and Halifax - Canada is coming to #StartupDay. These leaders are in the Capital to meet with their M.P.s, advocate for the conditions for startup growth and success.
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
11.00 am - noon:// Mentorship Round 2
Graeme Gaetz, GreatWork
12.00 - 1.00pm:// Mentorship Round 3
1.00 - 2.00pm:// Mentorship Round 4
2.00 - 3.00pm:// Mentorship Round 5
3.00 - 4.00pm:// Mentorship Round 6
4.00 - 5.00pm:// Mentorship Round 7
5.00 - 6.00pm:// Mentorship Round 8
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
ALL HEARINGS ARE NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED AND CLOSED
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
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
Thank you to our partners for promoting and supporting Startup Canada Day on the Hill
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
Business Development Bank of Canada
Export Development Canada
More than 50 MPs and 25 Senators
Ambassador of Israel
Prime Minister's Office
5 Parliamentary Committees
Startups & Founder-Led Businesses
Fluid Review powered by Survey Monkey
Future Design School
Centre for Social Innovation
Anchors & Investors
Capital Angel Network
Getting & Staying There
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