Agenda

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Tuesday, October 17

7:45 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

8:45 AM

Official Opening and Presentation of CIX 2017 Innovator of the Year

Toronto I & II


Featuring:


Michael Hyatt
Co-Founder
BlueCat Networks

Amber Kanwar, MC
Anchor
BNN Business News Network

Michelle Scarborough
Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech
BDC Capital

9:00 AM

Keynote: CIX 2017 Innovator of the Year - Real Matters

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II

Moderating:


Blaine Hobson
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners


Featuring:


Jason Smith
President and CEO
Real Matters

9:30 AM

Keynote: Capitalize on AI: Moving from Startup to Scale-Up

Toronto I & II


Featuring:


Marc Teerlink
Chief Business Strategist
IBM Watson

9:50 AM

Opportunities in AI

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II

It’s nearly impossible to talk to a tech startup today without artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) dominating the conversation. But beyond the buzzwords, where are the opportunities? This panel will explore the broad range of industries that are being transformed by AI and ML technology. As AI becomes ubiquitous in more and more areas of our lives, how are the most innovative startups leveraging cutting-edge technology to stand out from the pack?

Moderating:


Helen Kontozopoulos
Co-Founder/Director, DCSIL (Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab)
University of Toronto


Featuring:


Andrew Fursman
Co-founder and CEO
1QBit

Suzanne Gildert
Founder and CEO
Kindred.ai

Kathryn Hume
VP Product and Strategy
Integrate.AI

Matthew Zeiler
CEO
Clarifai

Meeting Exchange

Jackson Carmichael

For Startup companies: CIX Meeting Exchange are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading funders/advisors/corporates from North America who are the hosts. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership.

The platform to book these meetings, CIXchange, will open on Monday, September 25 at 9:00am EST and all registered CIX attendees will receive a notification. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.

Before you make your selection, please read the hosts’ interests and ensure you fit their investment profile. 


Featuring:


Code Cubitt, Table host
Managing Director
Mistral Venture Partners
Area of Interest: Early stage, enterprise focused technology

Jasmin Ganie-Hobbs, Table host
Major Accounts Manager
BDC
Area of Interest: Companies generating revenue of 1 year or more, all loan sizes possible from $20k-$20M, interested in looking at all tech verticals, and all across Canada

David Harris Kolada, Table host
Venture Partner
Yaletown Partners
Area of Interest: Intelligent Industry and Enterprise-related technologies, Emerging Growth ($2-10M in revenues), all of Canada

Garron Helman, Table host
CEO
Venbridge
Area of Interest: Any company looking for non-dilutive financing that has recurring revenue or a tax credit should come talk to us

Will Hutchins, Table host
Managing Director
Espresso Capital
Area of Interest: Early and growth stage technology companies

Michael Kousaie, Table host
Head of Business Development, Technology
Toronto Stock Exchange
Area of Interest: Early- and growth-stage companies looking for funding; all regions

Nabeela Merchant, Table host
Investments Team Analyst
Relay Ventures

Amy Olah, Table host
Executive Director
Wellington Financial LP
Area of Interest: SaaS software (B to B) with revenue, fund companies with $1M or greater in revenue, across all of Canada

Russell Samuels, Table host
Principal
Whitecap Venture Partners
Area of Interest: Early stage. ICT. Med tech

Mark Skapinker, Table host
Managing Partner
Brightspark Ventures
Area of Interest: AI, FinTech, SaaS investments, new models of investment (such as ours), Canada, Toronto, Montreal, early-stage

Aaron Williamson, Table host
Program Director
CFC Media Lab
Area of Interest: Early stage, digital media, entertainment, VR, AR, MR, XR, 360, AI, ML, Data, Big Data, analytics, Hardware, IoT, Wearables, eSports, eGames, Adtech, All Canada

Sanjay Zimmerman, Table host
Associate
White Star Capital
Area of Interest: Late seed, Series A – B : Fintech, E-commerce, IoT, BigData, AI

10:30 AM

Networking Break

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

10:45 AM

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #1

Toronto I & II

Investors wait for this all year! 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Make sure you take the time to meet these founders throughout the day and at their tables located in the CIX Top 20 lounge in the foyer.


Featuring:


Rob Douglas
Founder, Chairman and CEO
BioConnect

Huda Idrees
CEO
Dot Health

Farnoud Kazemzadeh
CEO
Elucid Labs

Tamer Mohamed
Co-founder, President and CEO
Aspect Biosystems Ltd.

Greg Wolfond
Founder, Chairman and CEO
SecureKey Technologies

Expert Commentators:


Janet Bannister, Expert Commentator
Partner
Real Ventures

Sam Ifergan, Expert Commentator
CEO & President
iGan Partners

Jodi Kovitz, Expert Commentator
CEO & Founder
AceTech Ontario

Peter Misek, Expert Commentator
Partner
BDC
Area of Interest: Series A and B stage, FinTech, AI, software broadly, all Canada

David Wismer, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
BMO Capital Markets

11:30 AM

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #2

Toronto I & II

Investors wait for this all year! 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Make sure you take the time to meet these founders throughout the day and at their tables located in the CIX Top 20 lounge in the foyer.


Featuring:


Bethany Deshpande
CEO
SomaDetect

Jack Newton
CEO and Co-founder
Clio

Sacha Sawaya
co-founder/CFO
Litmus Automation

Jeff Schnurr
CEO
Jaza Energy

Tim Sherstyuk
CEO
GBatteries

Expert Commentators:


Bilal Khan, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
OneEleven

Alan Lysne, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups

Nicole Verkindt, Expert Commentator
President
OMX

Robert Young, Expert Commentator
Technology Equity Research
Canaccord Genuity

12:10 PM

MC’s Opening Remarks

Toronto III


Featuring:


Michael Cotton
Director, Zone Startups Sports + Media
Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups

12:15 PM

Lunch

Toronto I & II, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

Lunch and Learn - Sell Your Innovation: a Guide to the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)

Sponsored by

Toronto III

Are you a Canadian Innovator looking for a boost? The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) can help you land a first major sale!


Featuring:


Nujhat Bashir
Advisor, Innovation Management, Build in Canada Innovation Program
Government of Canada

Chris Scharapenko
Sr. Manager – Innovation Management, Build in Canada Innovation Program Public Services and Procurement Canada
Build in Canada Innovation Program
Area of Interest: All tech, all Canada, later stage

1:15 PM

Startups and Mental Health: Shining a Light

Toronto I & II

For years, the prevailing ethos of startup culture has been about speed: Move fast, fail fast, sleep fast. But long hours and high expectations can be a recipe for isolation, anxiety and depression. Through personal stories and insights, this panel shines a light on mental illness in the startup world. Why are many struggling, and how can the culture be changed for the better?

Moderating:


Bruce Croxon
Managing Partner
Round 13 Capital


Featuring:


Dr. Karen Katchen
Psychologist and Executive Coach
Katchen Consulting

Yona Shtern
Executive Chairman
ParkWhiz

Lee Silverstone
CEO
Startup in stealth mode

Jason Tafler
Founder and CEO
Unyte Health Inc.

Conversation with IBM Watson

Varley

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join the Chief Business Strategist of IBM Watson for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns on Canada’s tech industry in general or seek Marc’s personal insights. Seating is limited, first come basis.


Featuring:


Ashek Mahmood
Associate Partner, Watson IoT Canada Leader
IBM Canada Ltd

Marc Teerlink
Chief Business Strategist
IBM Watson

Meeting Exchange

Jackson Carmichael

For Startup companies: CIX Meeting Exchange are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading funders/advisors/corporates from North America who are the hosts. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership.

The platform to book these meetings, CIXchange, will open on Monday, September 25 at 9:00am EST and all registered CIX attendees will receive a notification. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.

Before you make your selection, please read the hosts’ interests and ensure you fit their investment profile. 


Featuring:


Tyson Baber, Table host
Partner
Georgian Partners
Area of Interest: Growth stage, enterprise software, machine learning and data science

Shayn Diamond, Table host
Principal
Whitecap Venture Partners
Area of Interest: Early stage. ICT. Med tech.

Matt Golden, Table host
Managing Partner
Golden Venture Partners
Area of Interest: Early stage technology investing

Kerri Golden, Table host
Partner and Chief Financial Officer
Information Venture Partners
Area of Interest: Early stage, B2B FinTech, Enterprise SaaS / Software, Canada, U.S

Chris Hughes, Table host
Vice President
Revolution
Area of Interest: Series B/C opportunities in enterprise SaaS, fintech, and consumer

Christian Lassonde, Table host
Founder & Managing Partner
Impression Ventures
Area of Interest: FinTech including InsureTech, RegTech, LegalTech. No geographic limitations. Seed and Series A. FinTech including InsureTech, RegTech, LegalTech. No geographic limitations. Seed and Series A

Peter Misek, Table host
Partner
BDC
Area of Interest: Series A and B stage, FinTech, AI, software broadly, all Canada

David Nault, Table host
Principal/Vice President Investments
iNovia Capital
Area of Interest: Fintech, AI

Scott Pelton, Table host
Partner
Round13 Capital
Area of Interest: Series A, Ontario/Quebec based, planning a minimum $2 million capital raise

Matt Roberts, Table host
Partner
ScaleUp Ventures
Area of Interest: Startups from across Canada, enterprise SaaS, post-revenue, scaling and growth, FinTech, AI, Telecommunications, Manufacturing

Matt Saunders, Table host
President & Managing Director
Ryerson Futures
Area of Interest: Early stage, enterprise software across Canada

Sharon Zohar, Table host
Founding Partner
The Big Push
Area of Interest: Female founders, early stage, pre-seed or seed stage

2:00 PM

Understanding the Evolving Payment Technology Landscape in Canada

Sponsored by

Varley

Moneris will discuss the evolution of payments in Canada, how we compare to our counterparts in the U.S., what it means for Canadian businesses and where the market is headed as technology evolves. 


Featuring:


Shem Ali
VP, Cloud Mobile & Emerging Solutions
Moneris Solutions

Patrick Diab
VP, Product & Client Solutions
Moneris Solutions

AI: The Data Edge

Toronto III

For years, companies have collected information about their customers. But many still aren’t using it to their advantage. Data has become a crucial competitive edge for large corporations and small enterprise alike. How can companies use AI and analytics to glean meaningful insights from their data? And who are the Canadian companies helping to make that happen?

Moderating:


Wayne Cuervo
General Manager, Toronto Innovation Centre
Cisco Systems Canada Ltd


Featuring:


Humera Malik
Founder and CEO
Canvass Analytics

Maithili Mavinkurve
Co-founder and COO
Sightline Innovation

Somen Mondal
CEO
Ideal

Adam Schlesinger
Chief Data Officer
National Bank of Canada

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories - BlueCat Networks

Toronto I & II

CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories of 2017 — innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving big milestones:

BlueCat Networks
Serial entrepreneurs Richard and Michael Hyatt struck again when they announced their latest impressive exit: BlueCat Networks, a Toronto-based provider of enterprise IP management solutions, was bought by U.S. privacy equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC for $400-million. Co-founders Richard and Michael give the inside scoop on how it all happened.

Moderating:


J. Alberto Yepez
Co-founder and Managing Director
Trident Capital Cybersecurity


Featuring:


Richard Hyatt
Co-Founder
BlueCat Networks Inc.

Michael Hyatt
Co-Founder
BlueCat Networks

2:20 PM

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories - Zymeworks

Toronto I & II

CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories of 2017 — innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving big milestones:

Zymeworks
Vancouver-based biopharmaceutical company Zymeworks made a splash earlier this year by raising $85-million in an IPO on both the TSX and NYSE, after previously raising over US$125-million in financing and inking deals with pharma giants like GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Merck and Eli Lilly. CEO Ali Tehrani talks about what brought them to this point and the exciting road ahead.

Moderating:


Peter Van der Velden
Managing General Partner
Lumira Capital


Featuring:


Ali Tehrani
Founder, President and CEO
Zymeworks

2:45 PM

Networking Break

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

3:00 PM

Scaling: Going from Local to Global

Sponsored by

Toronto III

For many tech ventures, scaling globally is the goal. But going global can also be one of the biggest challenges a company can face, demanding careful strategy, a willingness to embrace risk and an executive team with the vision to think big. Here, entrepreneurs who have done it share their insights and lessons learned.

Moderating:


Sam Ifergan
CEO & President
iGan Partners


Featuring:


Kelly Aizicowitz
Director, Business Development
Figure 1

Kerry Liu
Co-Founder and CEO
Rubikloud

Brian Mech
CEO
eSight

Jack Newton
CEO and Co-founder
Clio

Private Capital Workshop: The Boom in Tech Investments by Private Equity

Sponsored by

Varley

The technology industry is seeing a shift in its capital source from venture capital to private equity – as fundraising in the latter market booms with over US$740B in dry power as at the end of 2016.  Indeed, technology was the second most active sector for private equity investments in Canada during 2016 with 65 deals representing +$2.5B in transaction value.  Given that growing tech companies often have little in the way of operating cash flows, the approach to private equity investing in tech focuses on creating value through top-line growth rather than the traditional financial engineering driven approaches of cost cutting and financial leverage taken with industrial companies.  Daniel Lee, a Partner at Paradigm Capital, will be moderating a panel of technology focused private equity firms to discuss their approach to making investments.  This workshop will cover: i) profiles of companies ideal for private equity investments; ii) the benefits  that private equity firms can bring to portfolio companies; iii) the private equity investment process, and iv) private equity strategies in value creation and exit. 


Featuring:


Daniel Lee
Partner, Investment Banking
Paradigm Capital

Dave Pandullo
Vice President
Frontier Capital

Adrian Polak
Partner and Co-Founder
Strattam Capital

Eric Tencer
Principal
H.I.G. Growth Partners

Fintech: The Rise of Fintech/Banking Partnerships in the UK

Toronto I & II

The UK has the third-highest rate of fintech adoption, after China and India. Arguably the fintech capital of Europe, the UK is leading the way with expanding mainstream consumer adoption and significant investment in fintech startups. What can Canada learn from this ecosystem? And what are the opportunities for Canadian fintech in the UK?

Moderating:


Andrew Marshall
Deputy CEO
Cognito


Featuring:


Ghela Boskovich
Head of Fintech & Regtech Partnerships
Startupbootcamp FinTech

Janice Diner
Founding Partner, CEO
Horizn

Adam Nanjee
SVP, Digital Banking
Zafin

Frankie Woodhead
Director, Business Lending Product
Barclays Bank PLC

3:40 PM

Scaling: Building a Culture That Attracts Top Talent

Toronto III

When everyone is competing to attract and retain the best talent, a strong company culture is crucial. The perks often get the most attention, from beer fridges to free meals to on-site yoga classes. But what is really important when building a strong company culture? And when a company is scaling fast, how do you find the right people to take your company to the next level? 

Moderating:


Daneal Charney
Director of Talent, Venture Services
MaRS Discovery District


Featuring:


Danielle Brown
Chief Marketing Officer
Hubba

Lori Casselman
Chief Health Officer
League Inc.

Lisa Chang
Head of People and Culture
Uberflip

Cheryl Kerrigan
Vice President, People
BlueCat Networks Inc.

Fintech: What Canadian FIs Want in a Fintech Partner

Toronto I & II

Now, more than ever, innovation is a top priority for Canadian financial institutions. From compliance to security to customer service solutions, Canadian FIs are increasingly partnering with fintechs to leverage their leading-edge technological know-how. Canada’s top FIs discuss their innovation and partnership strategies. What technology is transforming banking the most? And what are FIs looking for in fintech partners?

Moderating:


Sue Britton
CEO & Founder
Fintech Growth Syndicate


Featuring:


Wellington Holbrook
Chief Transformation Officer
ATB Financial

Alexander Peh
Vice President, Innovation
RBC Royal Bank

Lionel Pimpin
SVP, Digital Channels, Retail and Commercial Strategy
National Bank of Canada

4:20 PM

AI: The Future of Urban Transportation

Toronto III

Technological advances are changing the way urban dwellers get around. This exciting new tech promises to make cities more efficient and livable, from offering new and improved ways to get from A to B to harnessing mobility data and reducing gridlock. But with so many startups operating in the space, where are the real opportunities? How will the autonomous car impact our urban centres? And what will cities look like in a decade – or two?

Moderating:


Sylvain Carle
Partner
Real Ventures


Featuring:


Adam Blinick
Public Affairs Director
Uber Canada

Ted Graham
Head of Innovation
General Motors of Canada Company

Michael Kolm
Chief Transformation Officer
City of Toronto

Jake Sion
COO
Transit App

Fintech: Insights From the Global Fintech Landscape

Toronto I & II

Across the globe, billions of dollars in VC funding are spent each year fueling the fintech revolution. But what is the real impact on the financial industry in countries like the UK and Brazil? This panel examines what’s happening in fintech hubs around the world. What can Canada learn from these other ecosystems? And what are the opportunities for Canadian companies in the global marketplace?

Moderating:


Janos Barberis
Founder
SuperCharger


Featuring:


John Hucker
President
Swiss Finance + Technology Association

Nektarios Liolios
Co-Founder and CEO
Startupbootcamp FinTech

Guga Stocco
Co-founder
DOMO Invest

5:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

Wednesday, October 18

7:45 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

8:45 AM

Keynote: 10 Trends that will Change the World - OpenText

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II

All knowledge is cumulative: consider that every thought, novel, painting, poem, symphony, and software creation has happened using the world’s most powerful biological computing system: the human brain (which happens to weigh about as much as a modern laptop). Three extremes are converging to accelerate evolution and innovation: connectivity, automation and computing power. These forces have changed the atlas of the world. They are the convening forces shaping our world today in unimaginable ways. In fact, these extremes are accelerating evolution and even allowing the human species to guide and manipulate evolution. Mr. Barrenechea’s presentation will focus on 10 forces that will re-shape our world over the next decade.


Featuring:


Mark Barrenechea
Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer
OpenText Corporation

9:15 AM

Investment and Partnership Strategies of the Tech Giants

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II

The world’s biggest tech companies are constantly changing the game with disruptive technologies that become tomorrow’s industry standard. Increasingly, partnering with startups is an important innovation strategy for the tech giants. This panel will investigate what they are looking for in startups: What kinds of companies are they interested in working with? What are the pain points they are hoping to solve? And how can startups be better partners?

Moderating:


Michael Hainsworth
Business Reporter
BNN Business News Network


Featuring:


Paul Bernard
Director, Worldwide Corporate Development, Alexa Fund Lead
Amazon

Elliott Robinson
Partner
Microsoft Ventures

Harry Singh
Director
Intel Capital

10:00 AM

Networking Break

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

10:15 AM

Digital Transformation - The Change It's Driving

Toronto I & II

We live in a world gone digital, social and mobile. Today’s buyers have nearly unlimited access to information and people. They have more choice and louder voice. It’s no longer word of mouth; it’s world of mouth.

Buyers are empowered, but overwhelmed. You are competing for attention. The buying process has changed more in the past 10 years than the previous 100; more in the past 5 years than the previous 50. Marketing gets this, but broadly, sales doesn’t.

86% of CMOs say marketing will own the customer experience by 2020. CEB research shows that 53% of customer loyalty is driven by a salesperson’s ability to deliver unique insight to the customer. Increasingly, these insights must be delivered digitally and in social networks. Salespeople need to be visible and valuable where their buyers are learning. This requires a new mindset, an expanded skill set, and an enabling toolkit.

In this session, we will cover what best-in-class sales and marketing leaders are doing to stay ahead of the curve.


Featuring:


Jill Rowley
Chief Strategist
#Social Selling

Conversation with Open Text

Varley

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join the Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of OpenText for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns on Canada’s tech industry in general or seek Mark’s personal insights. Seating is limited, first come basis.


Featuring:


Mark Barrenechea
Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer
OpenText Corporation

Meeting Exchange

Jackson Carmichael

For Startup companies: CIX Meeting Exchange are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading funders/advisors/corporates from North America who are the hosts. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership.

The platform to book these meetings, CIXchange, will open on Monday, September 25 at 9:00am EST and all registered CIX attendees will receive a notification. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.

Before you make your selection, please read the hosts’ interests and ensure you fit their investment profile. 


Featuring:


Patrick Conroy, Table host
Vice President
Revolution
Area of Interest: Investing in North America at growth stage ($15-40m investments) with focus on consumer brands, marketplaces, SaaS, and Sports verticals

Brenda Hogan, Table host
Senior Investment Manager
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation
Area of Interest: ICT, Ontario-based

Christian Lassonde, Table host
Founder & Managing Partner
Impression Ventures
Area of Interest: FinTech including InsureTech, RegTech, LegalTech. No geographic limitations. Seed and Series A. FinTech including InsureTech, RegTech, LegalTech. No geographic limitations. Seed and Series A

Peter McArthur, Table host
Senior Account Manager, Knowledge Based Industries, ICT and Clean Tech
RBC
Area of Interest: ICT, Fintech, SaaS, Cleantech – in the GTA

Stephanie McGuinty, Table host
Operations Manager
Real Ventures
Area of Interest: AI, Fintech, Seed stage, all Canada

Alexandre Nossovskoi, Table host
Analyst
iGan Partners
Area of Interest: Medical devices, healthcare IT, B2B data-driven SaaS, enterprise software, big data, machine learning

Amy Rae, Table host
Principal
Vanedge Capital
Area of Interest: ML, Automotive, Digital Twins, IoT

Russell Samuels, Table host
Principal
Whitecap Venture Partners
Area of Interest: Early stage. ICT. Med tech

Chris Scharapenko, Table host
Sr. Manager – Innovation Management, Build in Canada Innovation Program Public Services and Procurement Canada
Build in Canada Innovation Program
Area of Interest: All tech, all Canada, later stage

Ana Serrano, Table host
Managing Director
Canadian Film Centre
Area of Interest: Early stage, digital media, entertainment, VR, AR, MR, XR, 360, AI, ML, Data, Big Data, analytics, Hardware, IoT, Wearables, eSports, eGames, Adtech, All Canada

Annie Theriault, Table host
Managing Director
Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp
Area of Interest: Companies with $1M or more in annual revenues seeking alternative capital to support their growth

Tony Van Bommel, Table host
Senior Managing Partner, Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund
BDC Capital
Area of Interest: IoT, efficiency and productivity hardware and software

10:45 AM

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #3

Toronto I & II

Investors wait for this all year! 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Make sure you take the time to meet these founders throughout the day and at their tables located in the CIX Top 20 lounge in the foyer.


Featuring:


Eli Fathi
CEO
MindBridge Analytics Inc.

Robert Kaul
CEO
Cloud DX

Andy Mauro
CEO
Automat

Lisa Shields
Founder and CEO
FI.SPAN

Ian Woodbury
COO
tealbook

Expert Commentators:


Joe Catalfamo, Expert Commentator
Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners

Jim Orlando, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
OMERS Ventures

Meredith Powell, Expert Commentator
Principal
Powell & Company

Jonathan Shepherd, Expert Commentator
Managing Director, Corporate Development
RBC

Conversation with Microsoft Ventures

Varley

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join Microsoft Ventures for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns on Canada’s tech industry in general or seek their personal insights. Seating is limited, first come basis.


Featuring:


Elliott Robinson
Partner
Microsoft Ventures

Priya Saiprasad
Principal
Microsoft Ventures

11:30 AM

CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #4

Toronto I & II

Investors wait for this all year! 5 Founders/CEO's from Canada’s most innovative companies (as determined by the CIX Top 20 Selection Committee) will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from Expert Commentators (leading investors and company heads). Make sure you take the time to meet these founders throughout the day and at their tables located in the CIX Top 20 lounge in the foyer.


Featuring:


Jocelyn Doucet
CEO
Pyrowave

Steve Irvine
Founder & CEO
Integrate .AI

Vitaly Pecherskiy
Co-founder and COO
StackAdapt

Jamie Shulman
Co-founder and Co-CEO
Hubdoc

Mike Silagadze
CEO of Top Hat
Top Hat

Expert Commentators:


Wendy MacKinnon Keith, Expert Commentator
CEO and Founder
Digital Retail Apps

Senia Rapisarda, Expert Commentator
Managing Director
HarbourVest Partners

Sanjiv Samant, Expert Commentator
Group Head - Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking
National Bank Financial Inc.

Salim Teja, Expert Commentator
President, Venture Services
MaRS Ventures

Conversation with OMERS Ventures

Varley

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join the Partner of OMERS Ventures for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns on Canada’s tech industry in general or seek Jim’s personal insights. Seating is limited, first come basis.


Featuring:


Jim Orlando
Managing Director
OMERS Ventures

12:15 PM

Lunch

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

1:10 PM

MC’s Opening Remarks

Toronto III


Featuring:


Tyler Hamilton
Senior Manager, Partnerships, Cleantech Venture Services
MaRS Discovery District

1:15 PM

What is the Future of Cybersecurity?

Toronto I & II

In an era where cyberattacks, hacks and data breaches are an omnipresent threat, cybersecurity is a critical management issue. This panel will discuss the future of cybersecurity strategy and technology, from the latest in identity management to how AI is becoming a powerful cybersecurity tool.

Moderating:


Maryam Jafari Lafti
Senior Lead, Cyber Threat Intelligence
Deloitte Canada


Featuring:


Kirsten Connell
Managing Director
CyLon

J. Paul Haynes
CEO
eSentire

Partha Panda
VP Corporate and Business Development
Trend Micro

J. Alberto Yepez
Co-founder and Managing Director
Trident Capital Cybersecurity

Disrupting the Classroom: How Canadian Edtech is Leading the Way

Toronto III

Technology is changing the way educators teach and students learn, encouraging stronger engagement and bringing creativity to a traditional space. At the same time, education can be a challenging industry to disrupt, rife with regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles. Here are the Canadian edtech innovators leading the way, both at home and internationally.

Moderating:


Douglas Soltys
Editor-in-chief
BetaKit


Featuring:


Malgosia Green
Chief Product Officer
Top Hat Monocle Corp

Sandra Nagy
Director of Learning
Future Design School

Devin Young
Co-founder and President
ClassCraft

Conversation with Alexa Fund

Varley

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to join the Director, Worldwide Corporate Development Lead of Alexa Fund for a more informal, intimate discussion. Bring your questions, ideas or concerns on Canada’s tech industry in general or seek Paul’s personal insights. Seating is limited, first come basis.

Moderating:


Karen Mazurkewich
Lead Executive, Communications and Marketing
MaRS Discovery District


Featuring:


Paul Bernard
Director, Worldwide Corporate Development, Alexa Fund Lead
Amazon

2:00 PM

Insights into Asia

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II

It’s a market that everyone is looking to crack. Doing business in Asia is a goal for many Canadian startups. At the same time, more and more Asian investors and corporate strategics see Canada’s tech sector as an untapped opportunity. This panel gives insight into what Asian companies are looking for in Canadian startups and the best way to make connections that pay off.


Featuring:


Melissa Guzy
Founder and Managing Partner
Arbor Ventures

Charles Ng
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong
The Government of the Hong Kong

Atlantic Canada Tech Showcase

Sponsored by

Varley

Come and meet some of the region’s most exciting startups!


Featuring:


Yves Boudreau
CEO
Alongside

David Burke
Founder & CEO
CHECKIN Innovative Care Technologies Inc

Andrew Cook
President & CEO
Seaformatics Systems Inc

Aris Economopoulos
VP Corporate Development & Strategy
Boomersplus.com

Joshua Green
CEO
Empowered Homes Inc

Jordan Kennie
CEO
Stash Energy Inc

Ed Martin
President
Clockwork Fox Studios

Tanya Seajay
Founder and CEO
Orenda Software Solutions Inc

Brian Sharp
CEO
Onset Communication Inc

David Shipley
CEO
Beauceron

Joe Teo
CEO & Co-Founder
HeyOrca

Meeting Exchange

Jackson Carmichael

For Startup companies: CIX Meeting Exchange are popular one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings between entrepreneurs and leading funders/advisors/corporates from North America who are the hosts. These 10-minute meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship and potential funding/partnership.

The platform to book these meetings, CIXchange, will open on Monday, September 25 at 9:00am EST and all registered CIX attendees will receive a notification. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of three Meeting Exchange spots can be reserved in advance.

Before you make your selection, please read the hosts’ interests and ensure you fit their investment profile. 


Featuring:


Shayn Diamond, Table host
Principal
Whitecap Venture Partners
Area of Interest: Early stage. ICT. Med tech.

Andrea Drager, Table host
Vice President, Canada
Azure Capital Partners
Area of Interest: Technology companies raising a Post-Seed or Series A round. Focus includes technology companies in B2B/B2C software, mobile, infrastructure, e-commerce, robotics & iOt, data across industry verticals. Excludes cleantech and biotech

Kerri Golden, Table host
Partner and Chief Financial Officer
Information Venture Partners
Area of Interest: Early stage, B2B FinTech, Enterprise SaaS / Software, Canada, U.S

Ajay Gopal, Table host
Associate Director
BDC IT Venture Fund
Area of Interest: Series A and B stage, FinTech, AI, software broadly, all Canada

Billy Lai, Table host
Analyst
iGan Partners
Area of Interest: Medical devices, healthcare IT, B2B data-driven SaaS, enterprise software, big data, machine learning

Ricky Lai, Table host
Senior Associate
Portag3 Ventures
Area of Interest: Early stage; Fintech (incl. Insurtech); Global

Matthew Leibowitz, Table host
Partner
Plaza Ventures
Area of Interest: B2B, enterprise software, IoT, digital media and mobile

Sophia Maizel, Table host
Associate
HarbourVest Partners, LLC
Area of Interest: Cross Canada, tech, growth stage

Michelle McBane, Table host
Senior Investment Director
MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund
Area of Interest: Enterprise SaaS, Digital Health, female founded and led startups

Scott Pelton, Table host
Partner
Round13 Capital
Area of Interest: Series A, Ontario/Quebec based, planning a minimum $2 million capital raise

Rob Peterman, Table host
Vice President, Global Business Development
TMX Group
Area of Interest: Early- and growth-stage companies looking for funding; all regions

Marc Weiner, Table host
Principal
Tandem Expansion Management Inc
Area of Interest: Growth stage or bootstrapped, software, industrial tech / cleantech, all Canada

2:30 PM

Keynote: Canada’s Growth Council and Innovation Plan

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II

Moderating:


Jon Erlichman
Co-Host, Business Day AM
BNN Business News Network


Featuring:


Dominic Barton
Global Managing Partner
McKinsey & Company

Ailish Campbell, Guest
Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development
Global Affairs Canada

Cleantech: How IoT is Driving Cleantech Across Industries

Toronto III

With sensors getting cheaper by the day, The Internet of Things – a network of devices connected to the Internet and each other – is growing at an astounding rate. Almost any industry has the potential to be “cleaner,” less wasteful and more efficient. From energy to aquaculture to industrial manufacturing, here are the Canadian startups helping companies improve productivity while boosting the bottom line.

Moderating:


Jason MacFarlane
Head of Advanced Manufacturing Cluster
MaRS Discovery District


Featuring:


Kevin Collins
Head of Predix Application Platform Group
GE Digital

Valerie Robitaille
Product and Community Manager
XpertSea

Mischa Steiner
Founder and CEO
Awesense

3:00 PM

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories - SweetIQ Analytics

Toronto I & II

CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories of 2017 — innovative companies that are making waves internationally and achieving major milestones:

SweetIQ Analytics 

In April, Montreal-based search marketing company SweetIQ Analytics was acquired by Gannett Media Company, which owns brands like USA Today and The Detroit Free Press. CEO Mohannad El-Barachi shares how their new partnership will further propel the company’s rapid growth across the U.S. and Canada.

Moderating:


John Stokes
Partner
Real Ventures


Featuring:


Mohannad El-Barachi
CEO
SweetIQ Analytics Corp.

3:15 PM

Networking Break

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

3:30 PM

Startup World Cup Canadian Cup Presentation

Toronto I & II

Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with 30 regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in US Silicon Valley. CIX is the official partner of Startup World Cup in Canada and one CIX Top 20 company will be awarded the Canadian Cup.

Please add link to For more information  http://cixsummit.com/2017/startup_world_cup/

 


Featuring:


John Lim
VP of Operations
Fenox Venture Capital

Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories - Ecobee

Toronto III

Ecobee
Smart thermostat company Ecobee reinforced a powerful relationship with tech giant Amazon when its Alexa Fund led a $35-million funding round in late 2016. CEO Stuart Lombard talks about what this investment has meant for his rapidly-growing company. 

Moderating:


Paul Bernard
Director, Worldwide Corporate Development, Alexa Fund Lead
Amazon


Featuring:


Stuart Lombard
Founder and CEO
Ecobee

3:45 PM

Fintech: How Will AI Transform Financial Services?

Toronto I & II

Compared to other developed nations, Canada’s adoption rate for fintech is low. Could AI be the answer? Canadian fintech companies are leveraging AI to improve improve user experience, gain valuable insights and provide compliance support on the back-end. But how much will AI and machine learning impact the financial industry? 

Moderating:


Graham Taylor
Academic Director
NextAI


Featuring:


Jamie Alexander
Co-founder and CTO
Sensibill Inc.

Nicolas Chapados
Co-founder & Chief Science Officer
Element AI

Michael Dingle
Partner, National Deals Technology Leader
PwC

Tomi Poutanen
Co-founder and Co-CEO
Layer 6 AI

Cleantech: Financing and Growing Cleantech in Canada

Sponsored by

Toronto III

How can Canadian cleantech startups become global players? Leaders in the cleantech funding space and some of the country’s most successful cleantech founders join together to talk about financing challenges and opportunities, growth strategies and how to access the global marketplace.

Moderating:


Dan Mancuso
VP, International Growth Capital
EDC


Featuring:


Sarah Applebaum
Director, Pangaea Spark
Pangaea Ventures

Jocelyn Doucet
CEO
Pyrowave

Kousay Said
President and CEO
GreenMantra Technologies

Shirley Speakman
Partner
Cycle Capital Management

4:25 PM

Fintech: Identity and Compliance in the Digital Age

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II

Digitization, disruptive technologies and new user behaviours are rapidly changing the nature of identity management in financial institutions. As the financial services industry evolves, so does the potential for hacking, fraud and cybercrime. FIs are looking for better, more secure ways of establishing customer identity. They also want to improve how they vet customers and handle complex compliance requirements. This panel will examine how pioneering fintech and regtech companies are using biometrics, blockchain and AI to help FIs and other businesses reinvent identity authentication, KYC, AML and other compliance processes for the digital age, while reducing risk, fraud and abuse.

Moderating:


Jacqueline Shinfield
Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


Featuring:


Dan Adamson
DDIQ President & Global Head, Cognitive Computing
Exiger

Dean Anderson
SVP, Head of Digital Channels Operations, Governance & Controls
TD Bank

Bianca Lopes
Chief Identity Officer
BioConnect

Cleantech: What the Corporates Want in Cleantech Partnerships

Toronto III

Is partnering with corporations the key to success for Canadian cleantech? Corporations have ramped up their investment in cleantech in recent years, helping smaller companies scale through research dollars, joint development agreements and partnerships. At the same time, they are able to reap the benefits of exciting new technology. Are corporations the new “angels” of cleantech? And what are they looking for in cleantech partners? 

Moderating:


Todd Latham
Founder and President
Actual Media


Featuring:


Andrew Bowerbank
Global Director, Sustainable Building Services
EllisDon Corporation

Carol-Ann Brown
Senior Director
The Delphi Group

Scott Mikalachki
Innovation Discovery Leader
3M Canada

5:05 PM

How to Build a Beloved Brand - UBER

Toronto I & II


Featuring:


Bozoma Saint John
Chief Brand Officer
UBER

5:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by

Toronto I & II, Toronto III, Tom Thomson, Jackson Carmichael, Varley

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