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Young Entrepreneurs Program stream in partnership with the Mitacs,
RECODE and the League of Innovators is designed to inspire and ignite
the entrepreneurial passion of the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Youth under 24 years of age get in for free. Use code  YOUTH100  when
you get your tickets online. ID is required at registration.


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!



Youth Policy Hack-a-thon - Accelerating Youth Entrepreneurship

Hack the question: How can Canada become the leading country in the world in fostering youth entrepreneurship?

Hon. Mary Ng, Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion



Scale Up Keynotes

  • Tareq Hadhad, Founder and CEO, Peace by Chocolate

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

  • Vicki Saunders, Co-Founder, and CEO of SheEO



RECODE / Growth Fair / Mentor Genius Lounge

  • Check out the RECODE space in the Growth Fair (booth 28) to connect with other young innovators and Ottawa’s youth startup community;

  • 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.



Take some time to rest and recharge in the Canteen in Canada Hall 2 (Lunch for purchase). Lounge in the Growth Fair, Mentor Genius Lounge or RECODE (booth 28).



The Naked Entrepreneur LIVE - Ryerson University

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

  • Tareq Hadhad, Founder and CEO, Peace by Chocolate

  • Nicole Verkindt, Founder of OMX

  • Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill, CEO, Careteam Technologies Inc.


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


Skills for the Future

Moderator: Jason Daley, Portfolio Entrepreneur and Investor

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

  • Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and CEO, Canada Learning Code

  • Natasha Dhayagude, Founder and CEO, Chinova Bioworks

  • Cameron Ritchie, Founder and CEO, Homewurk

  • Sophia Leong, Executive Director of Telfer Executive EMBA


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


Scaling Up Canada - Closing Keynote and Fireside Discussion

Moderator: Rivers Corbett, Host of the Startup Canada Podcast

Keynote: Frank O'Dea, Order of Canada, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Fireside Discussion

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

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

  • Brenda Halloran, Startup Canada Chair of the Board

  • Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business at UPS Canada

  • Sergio Escobar, Startup Canada Global Ambassador

7.30 -
8.30 AM

Canada Hall 1

(Canada Stage)

8.00 -
9.00 AM

Canada Hall 1 (Canada Stage)

12.10 -
1.00 PM

1.00 -

Canada Hall 2 (Scale Up Stage)

2.00 -
3:00 PM

Canada Hall 2 (Scale-Up Stage)

4.30 -
5.00 PM

Canada Hall 2 (Scale-Up Stage)



11.00 AM

9.00 -
9.50 AM

Parliament Foyer (Policy Hackathon Stage)

9.30 -
10.00 AM

Canada Hall 2 (Scale Up Stage)

10.00 -
11.00 AM

Canada Hall 2 and the Parliamentary Foyer, Mentor Genius Lounge

11.30 -
12.10 PM

Canada Hall 1

(Canada Stall)



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