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The Scale-Up Stage is presented by UPS Canada and BMO, is features practical knowledge and learnings from Canada's leading entrepreneurs and industry leaders. It features forward-thinking keynotes, panels, and discussions with cutting-edge Canadian entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and government decision makers.

9.00 AM Opening Remarks

Emcee, Rivers Corbett, Host, The Startup Canada Podcast Show


9.15 AM Scale-Up Opening Keynotes

Moderator: Kylie Woods, Host, #StartupChats and Founder, Chic Geek YYC

  • Keynote - Tareq Hadhad, Founder and CEO, Peace by Chocolate

  • Keynote - Aisha Addo, Founder and CEO, DriveHER

  • Keynote - Sophie Boulanger, Co-Founder and CEO, BonLook


10.00 AM Scale Smart: A Guide to Protecting Your Business

presented by Intuit QuickBooks

Moderator: Jeff Cates, President and CEO, Intuit QuickBooks

  • Megan Cornell, Founder and CEO, Momentum Business Law

  • Rob Villeneuve, CEO,

  • Darlene Carreau, Director General, Business Services Branch, Canadian Intellectual Property Office

  • Kyle Larsen, Senior Advisor, PIPEDA Compliance Branch, Privacy Commissioner of Canada


10.40 AM Turbo Workshop: Privacy 101 for Startups presented by OPC

  • Kyle Larsen, Senior Advisor, Privacy Commissioner of Canada


11.00 AM Turbo Workshop: Legal Aspects of Starting Up presented by Momentum Law

  • Megan Cornell, Founder and CEO, Momentum Business Law  


11.30 AM Scale-Up Strategy Sell Anywhere, Anytime presented by Rogers

Moderator: Edwin Frondozo, Host, The Business Leadership Podcast

  • Sukhmani Dev, Vice President of Market Product Management, Digital Solutions, Mastercard Canada

  • Carolyn Loh, Sr. Director of Data Analytics and Insights, Rogers

  • Heather Abbey, Founder and CEO, Indig Inc.

  • Chris Crawford, Founder and CEO, Kick-Ass Media


12.00 PM Scale-Up Social Impact: Master Keynotes presented by Mastercard

Moderator: Katie Miller Managing Director, Impact Hub Ottawa

  • Keynote - Craig Ryan, Director, CSR

  • Keynote - Theresa Laurico, Founder, SociaLIGHT

  • Keynote - Alain Ménard, Co-Founder and President, the Green Beaver Company

  • Keynote - Toni Desrosiers, Founder and CEO, Abeego Inc

  • Keynote - Bill Stewart, President and Co-Founder, terra20 and Steve Kaminski, Co-Founder, terra20


1.00 PM Skills for the Future presented by Mitacs

Moderator: Jason Daley, Portfolio Entrepreneur and Investor

  • Iain Klugman, Board Director, Mitacs and CEO, Communitech

  • Natasha Dhayagude, Founder and CEO, Chinova Bioworks

  • Cameron Ritchie, Founder and CEO, HomeWurk

  • Sophia Leong, Executive Director of Telfer Executive EMBA


2.00 PM Scaling Up Indigenous Entrepreneurship presented by BDC

Opening Remarks: Don Rusnak, Committee Member, Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Moderator: Tara Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, Manitobah Mukluks

  • Sunshine Tenasco, Founder and CEO, HerBraids Founder and Pow Wow Pitch

  • Shyra Barberstock, Startup Kingston and Co-Founder, Okwaho Equal Source

  • Jennifer Harper, Founder and CEO, Cheekbone Beauty

  • Keith McIntosh, Founder and CEO, PQA Testing




2.30 PM Expert Panel: Closing the Deal: Capital 101 for Women Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Julie Barker-Merz, Senior Vice President, South Western 
Ontario Division, BMO Financial Group

  • Sheri Griffiths, Regional Vice President of Business Banking, BMO Financial Group

  • Mike Lee, Co-Founder and CEO, Fundica

  • Karen Greve Young, CEO, Futurpreneur

  • Vicki Saunders, CEO, SheEO

  • Eva Lau, Managing Partner, Two Small Fish Ventures


3.15 PM  Workshop: Making Your Company Profitable

  • Blinda Campbell, Relationship Manager Business Banking, BMO Financial Group

SCALE-UP BOOT CAMP *Presented by UPS Canada and EDC


4.00 PM Scale-Up Strategies: Leveraging Canada to Scale presented by Innovative Solutions Canada

Moderator: Mélanie Carter, Knowledge Partnerships Lead, Export Development Canada

  • Robert Smith, Executive Director of Innovative Solutions Canada

  • Eric Fournier, Director General S&T Strategic Decision Support, ADM(S&T),
    Department of National Defence

  • Darrell Schuurman, Co-Founder and CEO, Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce

  • Miryam Lazarte, Founder and CEO, LatAm Startups


4.30 PM Keynote: Scaling Up Canada: Head in the Clouds and Feet on the Ground: What’s Next for Canada’s Entrepreneurship Community (UPS and EDC)

Moderator: Rivers Corbett, Host, The Startup Canada Podcast Show

  • Keynote - Frank O'Dea, Order of Canada, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

  • Michelle Scarborough, Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives and Women in Tech

  • Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business, UPS Canada

  • Sergio Escobar, Startup Canada Global Ambassador


5.00 PM Closing Remarks

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