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In partnership with BDC, Export Development Canada, the Centre for Social Innovation, Impact Hub Ottawa, Abeego, terra20, Peace by Chocolate, and the Green Beaver Company.


The Social Entrepreneurs Program stream at Startup Canada Day on the Hill features some of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs and change-makers. Join us for a day of keynotes, workshops and help to construct the next wave of Canada’s #Socent movement.


3.45 -

5.00 PM

Canada Hall 2 and the Parliamentary Foyer, Mentor Genius Lounge

3.00 -

3.45 PM

Parliament Foyer (Policy Hearings)

2.00 -

3:00 PM

Canada Hall 2 (Scale-Up Stage)

1.00 -

2.00 PM

Canada Hall 2

12.10 -

1.00 PM

11.10 -


Canada Hall 1 (Canada Stage)

10.00 -

11.00 AM

Canada Hall 2 and the Parliamentary Foyer, Mentor Genius Lounge

9.30 -

10.00 AM

Canada Hall 2 (Scale Up Stage)

8.00 -
9.00 AM

Canada Hall 1 (Canada Stage)

7.30 -
8.30 AM

Canada Hall 1

(Canada Stage)

12.00 PM

Canada Hall 2 (Scale Up Stage)

Pre-Show - Leveraging Your Entrepreneur Network

Meet the leaders of Canada’s entrepreneur community and learn how you can best leverage the ecosystem to scale.



Opening Ceremonies - Main Stage

Join in the celebration of the 5th Annual Startup Canada Day on the Hill with the CEO of Startup Canada, Victoria Lennox, and Hon. Mary Ng, the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion!



Scale Up Keynote

  • Tareq Hadhad, Founder and CEO, Peace by Chocolate

  • Vicki Saunders, Founder and CEO, SheEO



Growth Fair / Mentor Genius Lounge

Connect with social enterprises and socially-conscious economic development organizations:

  • Export Development Canada (Booth 29)

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (Booth 22)

  • Indig Inc. (Booth 8)

  • African Bronze Honey (Booth 3)

  • RECODE (Booth 28)

Get your passport stamped by all 40 Growth Partners to complete your Passport and to find partners to take your idea to the next level.

Then, #hustle over to the Mentor Genius Lounge in the Parliamentary to meet with mentors from across Canada.



Building Sustainable Enterprises

Moderator: Komal Minhas, Director of Dream, Girl

  • Catherine McKenna, Minister of Sustainability and Climate Change

  • Keith McIntosh, Founder and CEO of PQA Testing

  • Tonya Surman, CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation

  • Toni Desrosiers, Founder, and CEO of Abeego



Scale-Up Social Impact

Moderator: Theresa Laurico, Founder of SociaLIGHT

  • Tonya Surman, Founder and CEO of Centre for Social Innovation

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

  • Toni Desrosiers, Founder and CEO of Abeego Inc.

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



Awards Announcements Emceed by Renee Tavares, Entrepreneur
and Ecosystem Builder

  • Recipients of the Evolocity Fund for Women Entrepreneurs

  • Recipients of the TruShield Entrepreneur Success Fund

  • Winner of the Start JLM Competition




Take some time to rest and recharge in the Canteen in Canada Hall 2 (Lunch for purchase). This is a great moment to check out the Growth Fair in Canada Hall 2 where you can meet with 40 growth partners followed by the Mentor Genius Lounge in the Parliamentary Foyer where you will meet entrepreneurs and industry leaders who can help you grow.



Canadian Export Challenge Showdown

Host: Dr. Sean Wise, Host of the Naked Entrepreneur presented by Ryerson

  • Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business at UPS

  • Nicole Verkindt, CEO of OMX

  • W. Brett Wilson, O.C., entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist

  • Justine Hendricks, Vice-President, Working Capital Solutions, Export Development Canada



Social Enterprise Policy Hack-a-Thon - Advancing Social Innovation

Hack the question: How can Canada become the leading nation for social innovation and entrepreneurship?



Check out the Scale-Up Stage, Growth Fair, and Mentor Genius Lounge

Enjoy the program on the Scale-Up Stage, in the Growth Fair and meet with Genius Mentors in the Mentors, including two award-winning social entrepreneurs:

  • Theresa Laurico, Founder of SociaLIGHT

  • Paul Whitney, Co-Founder and King Bee, African Bronze Honey

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