2022 Agenda

Agenda

2022 Speaker Submission Form

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIMES

Tuesday, November 1

1:15pm

REGISTRATION 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM (MAIN FOYER) (1:15pm - 1:30pm)

Toronto 1, Carmichael/Jackson, Toronto 2 & 3, Varley, Tom Thomson

1:30pm

MEETING EXCHANGE A1: FACE TO FACE WITH INVESTORS (1:30pm - 2:00pm)

Carmichael/Jackson

Meeting Exchanges are CIX’s popular one-on-one, pre-booked meetings between founders and leading growth-stage investors from North America and globally, who are the hosts. These meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship as well as potential funding partnership. Founders may pre-book up to six investor meetings through CIXchange from October 3rd to 27.

Each meeting is 8 minutes, plus a 2 minute transition time. Investors’ investment preferences are noted in their profile. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

It is important that founders who signed up for a Meeting Exchange session in advance show up at least 15 minutes prior to the session's start time to check-in with the room monitor and get processed. Arriving late will result in the spot being taken.      
For those Founders who did not secure a Meeting Exchange spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure more spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. We recommend delegates arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session start time and take advantage of the Wait Line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list.

Entrepreneurs please read the investment preferences of the hosts to ensure there is a fit

Featuring:

Table host

Dominique Belanger

Managing Partner, Growth Venture Co-Investment Fund

BDC Capital


Invests in Canadian venture-backed companies that generate 10M+ in LTM revenues and are experiencing massive growth, in all venture-type disruptive tech sectors, outside of drug development (fintech, online travel, Saas, eComm, B2B, platforms, industrial tech, cybersecurity, etc.).
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Table host

Amit Kapoor

Manager, Investments

Vistara Growth


Invests (equity & debt) in mid-later stage technology companies (ARR ~$10m), late Series A, B, C & intermediary bridge financing between equity raises.
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Table host

Jonah Midanik

General Partner, COO

Forum Ventures


Invests in early stage SaaS, pre Series A
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Table host

Sarah Willson

Associate

Panache Ventures


Invests in pre-seed, seed all sectors.
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Table host

Irene S Yang

Investment Principal

BASF Venture Capital Americas


Invests in seed to Series A B, areas of interest: CO2 measurement and management, hydrogen, cleantech/sustainability, bio-based materials, quantum computing, circular economy, blockchain, industrial applications of AI/ML, battery and electric vehicle value chain, recycling, digitalization and fintech with focus on B2B
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2:00pm

OPENING REMARKS (2:00pm - 2:15pm)

Toronto 1

Featuring:

Cole Carouba

SWC Ambassador

Pegasus Tech Ventures

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Host

Amber Kanwar

CIX MC and Anchor/Reporter

BNN Business News Network

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2:15pm

CIX 2022 INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR PRESENTATION & KEYNOTE (2:15pm - 2:45pm)

Sponsored by

Toronto 1

Kitchener-based ApplyBoard wins the CIX award for transforming student recruitment globally. At the core of ApplyBoard’s mission is to make education more inclusive by breaking down barriers for international students. In a fireside chat with an investor, ApplyBoard’s co-founder will share their ‘zig-zag’ road to success, lessons learned and advice for founders.

Featuring:

Chris Albinson

Chief Executive Officer & President

Communitech

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Massi Basiri

Co-Founder & President

ApplyBoard

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Alison Nankivell

Senior Vice President, Fund Investments

BDC Capital

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ROCKET PITCHES - FINTECH (2:15pm - 3:00pm)

Tom Thomson

Hear from founders of highly-ranked, and scaling fintech companies as they each present for 4-5 minutes. Fast-paced and exciting!

Moderating:


Sue Britton

CEO & Founder

Fathom4sight Inc.

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Featuring:

Joseph Buaron

Co-Founder and CTO

goPeer

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Marc-Antoine Caya

Co-Founder & CEO

goPeer

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Khushboo Jha

Founder & CEO

BuyProperly

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Alex Leduc

Founder & CEO

Perch

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Adam Rice

CEO

Asset Direct of Canada Inc.

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Steven Uster

CEO

FundThrough

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2:45pm

CIX TOP 20 EARLY #1 COMPANY PRESENTATIONS (2:45pm - 3:30pm)

Sponsored by

Toronto 1

Investors wait for this all year! Five founders/CEOs from Canada’s most innovative early-stage companies (as determined by the 2022 CIX Selection Committee of 140 investors), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from an Expert Commentator. Judges from Startup World Cup will be evaluating companies in all four CIX Top 20 Early showcases, and one will be chosen to represent Canada in the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in Spring 2023 in San Francisco.

There is a 15 minute break to meet these presenters in the main room plus in the Delegate Lounge where each company will have a table.

Featuring:

Norm Cappell

Cofounder & Co-CEO

SAVVYY

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Ash Esmaeili

Co-Founder and CEO

Aimsio

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Inara Lalani

Co-Founder & COO

FemTherapeutics Inc.

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Zak Lefevre

CEO

ChargeLab

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Laura McGee

Founder & CEO

Diversio

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Karim Gillani

Co-founder and General Partner

Luge Capital

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Expert Commentator

Michael Hyatt

Principal

Hyatt Family Office

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Expert Commentator

Michelle McBane

Managing Director

StandUp Ventures

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Expert Commentator

Tuyen Vo

Head – Technology & Innovation Banking

National Bank of Canada

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MEETING EXCHANGE A: FACE TO FACE WITH INVESTORS (2:45pm - 3:45pm)

Carmichael/Jackson

Meeting Exchanges are CIX’s popular one-on-one, pre-booked meetings between founders and leading growth-stage investors from North America and globally, who are the hosts. These meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship as well as potential funding partnership. Founders may pre-book up to six investor meetings through CIXchange from October 3rd to 27.

Each meeting is 8 minutes, plus a 2 minute transition time. Investors’ investment preferences are noted in their profile. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

It is important that founders who signed up for a Meeting Exchange session in advance show up at least 15 minutes prior to the session's start time to check-in with the room monitor and get processed. Arriving late will result in the spot being taken.      
For those Founders who did not secure a Meeting Exchange spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure more spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. We recommend delegates arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session start time and take advantage of the Wait Line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list.

Entrepreneurs please read the investment preferences of the hosts to ensure there is a fit.

Featuring:

Table host

Talia Abramowitz

Managing Partner

Deloitte Ventures


Invests in: series A & B. B2B Saas. Fintech, ESG, Worktech, Data / AI, Cyber
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Table host

Aditya Aggarwal

Partner, Industrial Innovation Venture Fund

BDC Capital


Invests in early, Series A and beyond, legacy industries such as manufacturing 4.0, Agri-tech and Food-tech, extractive industries (Mining, Oil & Gas, etc.). Looking for innovation hold the promise to reshape Canadian companies into global leaders.
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Table host

Ajay Gopal

Partner

Framework Venture Partners


Invests in: Series A & B, Vertical: SaaS & Marketplaces, Region: North America
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Table host

Neil Kenley

Director, Investments

Vistara Growth


Invests in: Late Series A, Series B & C, Vertical: no overall vertical preference, with lean towards fintech, ARR: >7M, all regions
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Table host

Tom Lowden

VP, Technology Banking

Silicon Valley Bank


Invests in Series A and Beyond, Eastern Canada, Frontier Tech (AI/ML, Robotics, Space Tech), Marketplace, Proptech, Fintech
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Table host

Taha Mubashir

Principal

Inovia Capital


Invests in Canadian & US Seed / Series A software businesses
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Table host

Nik Rasskazovskiy

Director, Technology and Innovation Banking

National Bank


From Seed stage all the way to late stage Canadian companies. We provide non-dilutive growth capital via venture debt, MRR financing or cashflow leverage debt. We are especially interested in supporting SaaS companies with a strong growth profile and excellent metrics.
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Table host

Craig Strong

Partner

Round13 Capital


We invest in Series A+ stage companies. We are (generally speaking) agnostic to business model, domain, and geography.
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Table host

Julia Wall

Associate

RBC Capital Partners


Invests in all stages with an inclination towards companies fintech/agri/health/climate tech. US/UK/Canada - B2B/B2C
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Table host

Bryan Watson

SVP, Managing Director

Venbridge


Invests in: Early growth companies (seed, series A), all tech with a slight preference for cleantech, all of Canada
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Table host

Colin Webster

General Partner

RISC Capital


RiSC Capital is a Deep Tech early stage fund focused on innovative tech that can change the world. Our investments are in companies that are pre-revenue, but their product is undergoing proof of concept with third parties.
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Table host

Jon Wolkin

Managing Director

Deloitte Ventures


Invests in: Health Tech, Work Tech, Data & AI. B2B Enterprise SaaS.
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3:00pm

ROUNDTABLE: THE MENTAL COST OF BEING A STARTUP FOUNDER (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

No one said building a company is easy. Founders all know how brutal the reality can be - and the price that some entrepreneurs have had to pay. Founders and startup operators are invited to join Josh Domingues, Founder & CEO of Flashfood for an interactive roundtable discussion on productive ways to handle both the ups and downs of their business, best practices for keeping stakeholders informed, taking time away from their company and what unplugging really means today.

Featuring:

Josh Domingues

Founder and CEO

Flashfood

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3:30pm

BREAK (3:30pm - 3:45pm)

Your opportunity to meet the presenting founders, grab a coffee, or catch up with delegates.

ROCKET PITCHES - GROWTH STAGE (3:30pm - 4:15pm)

Tom Thomson

Hear from founders of highly-ranked, scaling Canadian companies as they each present for 4-5 minutes. Fast-paced and exciting!!

Moderating:


Claudio Rojas

CEO

National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)

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Featuring:

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Michael Bellows

CEO

GoMaterials

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Alex Kjorven

Chief Product Officer

Ourboro

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John Marshall

Director

Peregrine Precision Systems (PPS)

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Nick Monardo

Growth Manager

VanHack

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3:45pm

CANADIAN SUCCESS STORY: SPOTLIGHT ON WAABI (3:45pm - 4:15pm)

Sponsored by

Toronto 1

Waabi is a revolutionary autonomous vehicle startup founded in Toronto by AI pioneer Raquel Urtasun, former Chief Scientist and Head of R&D at Uber Advanced Technology Group’s Toronto division. Fresh out of stealth after raising $83.5 million USD in 2021, Waabi is developing a groundbreaking AI-first approach to self-driving trucking that significantly reduces the need for on-road testing resulting in a safer, more affordable solution.

Please join Waabi’s Founder and CEO, Raquel Urtasun, in conversation with Michelle Scarborough, Managing Partner, Thrive Venture Fund and Women in Technology Venture Fund (BDC Capital) and Michael Denham, Vice Chairman, Commercial and Financial Markets, National Bank of Canada as they discuss Waabi’s unique AI-centric approach, being one of the first women-led AV startups and the race to become/lead the next generation of self-driving technology.

Sponsors:


Sponsor

Justin Dharamdial

Partner, Emerging and High Growth Companies

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Moderating:


Michael Denham

Vice Chairman, Commercial and Financial Markets

National Bank of Canada

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Featuring:

Michelle Scarborough

Managing Partner, Thrive Venture Fund and Women in Technology Venture Fund

BDC Capital

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Raquel Urtasun

Founder & CEO

Waabi

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4:15pm

CIX TOP 20 EARLY #2 COMPANY PRESENTATIONS (4:15pm - 5:00pm)

Investors wait for this all year! Five founders/CEOs from Canada’s most innovative early-stage companies (as determined by the 2022 CIX Selection Committee of 140 investors), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from an Expert Commentator. Judges from Startup World Cup will be evaluating companies in all four CIX Top 20 Early showcases, and one will be chosen to represent Canada in the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in Spring 2023 in San Francisco.

There is a 15 minute break to meet these presenters in the main room plus in the Delegate Lounge where each company will have a table.

Featuring:

Fabian de la Fuente

CEO

Solaires Entreprises

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Francois Gand

Founder & CEO

NURO CORP.

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Sheida Shahi

CEO, Co-Founder

Adaptis Technologies Inc.

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Amardeep Sibia

Founder & CEO

Drishya AI Labs Inc.

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George Xereas

CEO

Stathera Inc.

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Graeme Millen

Managing Director, Climate Tech & Sustainability (Canada)

Silicon Valley Bank

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Expert Commentator

Taha Mubashir

Principal

Inovia Capital


Invests in Canadian & US Seed / Series A software businesses
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Expert Commentator

Ian Pinnington

Partner

Arctern Ventures

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Expert Commentator

Bryan Watson

SVP, Managing Director

Venbridge


Invests in: Early growth companies (seed, series A), all tech with a slight preference for cleantech, all of Canada
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ROUNDTABLE: Q&A ON BUILDING A HIGH PERFORMING TEAM FROM SCRATCH (4:15pm - 4:45pm)

Join Rob Khazzam, CEO and Cofounder of Float for a lively roundtable discussion on what it takes to build a high performance startup team. He'll share what he looks for when hiring for the Float team, as well as how to design a hiring process that results in great outcomes. Come with your questions - strong opinions are encouraged!

Featuring:

Rob Khazzam

Cofounder & CEO

Floatcard

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4:30pm

ACCESSING ENTERPRISE CLIENTS WITH MICROSOFT FEATURING ZAFIN (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

Sponsored by

Join Dubie Cunningham, President Banking Group at Zafin, Michael Thibodeau, SMB Azure Segment Lead at Microsoft and AK Jiwani, National SaaS Sales Manager at Microsoft, for a roundtable discussion on what it means to partner with Microsoft and how Zafin was able to accelerate its business growth through having access to Microsoft’s enterprise partners. Come with your questions!

Featuring:

Dubie Cunningham

President, Banking Group

Zafin

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AK Jiwani

National SaaS Partnerships Manager

Microsoft

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Michael Thibodeau

Azure Segment Lead SMB

Microsoft


Accessing Enterprise Clients with Microsoft Featuring Zafin
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5:00pm

COCKTAILS (5:00pm - 6:30pm)

Sponsored by

Your opportunity to meet the presenting founders, grab a beverage, or catch up with delegates.

Wednesday, November 2

8:00am

REGISTRATION 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (MAIN FOYER) (8:00am - 8:45am)

Toronto 1, Carmichael/Jackson, Toronto 2 & 3, Varley, Tom Thomson

8:45am

THE STANDOFF: OPERATORS VERSUS VENTURE CAPITALISTS (8:45am - 9:30am)

Toronto 1

When things are going well, everyone feels like they’re on the same side of the table. When things are not going so well, it’s a different story. This is the reality of the founder-investor relationship. It’s not an easy relationship by any means - especially during bear markets. Join an esteemed panel of serial entrepreneurs and seasoned VCs for an open and frank conversation about term sheet pitfalls, misaligned goals, poor communication and the importance of building resilience through a strong advisory board. Gain insights about how to navigate a market downturn and hear personal stories from both sides of the table - the heroics, the good, the bad and ugly. Be ready for some heat!

Moderating:


Mohannad El-Barachi

Cofounder & CEO

Wrk

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Featuring:

Matthew Leibowitz

Co-Founder & Managing General Partner

Plaza Ventures

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Laura Lenz

Partner

OMERS Ventures

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Humera Malik

Founder and CEO

Canvass Analytics

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Mark Organ

Founder, CEO and Head Coach

Categorynauts

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9:30am

CANADIAN SUCCESS STORY: SPOTLIGHT ON D2L (9:30am - 10:00am)

Toronto 1

Kitchener-based D2L is the world's leading education software company, with millions of customers around the world – in schools, colleges, universities, government and business. Founded when he was 22, D2L’s President and CEO, John Baker, will join Krista Jones, Founding Executive, Momentum and VP, Venture Services, MaRS in a fireside chat to share how his dream launched a learning revolution, how their partnership with MaRS’ Work & Learning cluster helped the company ‘pivot’ to workplace learning, and the decision to go public last year.

Moderating:


David Wismer

Head, Global Technology Investment & Corporate Banking

BMO Capital Markets, Corp

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Featuring:

John Baker

President & CEO

D2L

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Krista Jones

SVP Venture Services

MaRS Discovery District

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30 MINUTES WITH ACCEL (9:30am - 10:00am)

Varley

Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to bring questions for Accel, a global venture capital firm that is the first partner to companies including Atlassian, Bumble, CrowdStrike, Slack, Spotify and more. This is an opportunity to engage in informal, intimate discussions with Accel's Ethan Choi, who has led the firm's investments in companies including 1Password, Klaviyo and Nuvemshop, and will share his perspective on the current fundraising environment, including his outlook for Canada’s tech industry. Seating is limited, first-come basis.

Featuring:

Ethan Choi

Partner

Accel

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ROCKET PITCHES - EARLY STAGE (9:30am - 10:15am)

Tom Thomson

Hear from founders of highly-ranked, early stage Canadian startups as they each present for 4-5 minutes. Fast-paced and exciting

Moderating:


Claudio Rojas

CEO

National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)

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Featuring:

Avinash Ambale Viswanath

Founder/CEO

Daara Nano BioSense

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Mohamed Sheta

Co-Founder & CEO

AiZtech Labs

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Helen Stevenson

Founder and CEO

Reformulary Group

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Maartje van der Sande - CEO

CEO & Co-Founder

Circular Rubber Technologies Inc

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10:00am

CIX TOP 20 EARLY #3 COMPANY PRESENTATIONS (10:00am - 10:45am)

Toronto 1

Investors wait for this all year! Five founders/CEOs from Canada’s most innovative early-stage companies (as determined by the 2022 CIX Selection Committee of 140 investors), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from an Expert Commentator. Judges from Startup World Cup will be evaluating companies in all four CIX Top 20 Early showcases, and one will be chosen to represent Canada in the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in Spring 2023 in San Francisco.

There is a 15 minute break to meet these presenters in the main room plus in the Delegate Lounge where each company will have a table.

Featuring:

Julie Anne Buckland

Chief Medical Officer

Lotus Medical

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Youssef Helwa

Co-founder & CEO

FluidAI

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Amélie Lemelin

Chief Financial Officer

Lotus Medical

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Darren Perlman

Co-founder

Spotwork

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Beth Rogozinski

CEO

Oncoustics

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Sam Yang

CEO

Xandar Kardian

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Daryl Johnston

Managing Director, Technology Banking, Canada

Silicon Valley Bank

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Expert Commentator

Théo Risopoulos

General Partner

Theodorus Investment Funds

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Expert Commentator

Bharat Srinivasa

Co-founder

Amplitude Ventures

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10:15am

ROUNDTABLE: NORMALIZING DIVERSITY (10:15am - 10:45am)

Early stage fundraising is hard enough already, especially for females and visible minorities. How can we remove the bias up front for both founders and funders? Both founders and investors are invited to join Lise Birikundavyi, Co-founder & Managing Partner of BKR Capital for an interactive roundtable discussion on how venture capital firms often get diversity all wrong, how underrepresented niches can be a unique advantage, and best practices for normalizing diversity in the venture ecosystem.

Featuring:

Lise Birikundavyi

Managing Partner

BKR Capital

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10:30am

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS CANADA AND CANADA DIGITAL ADOPTION PROGRAMS (10:30am - 11:00am)

Sponsored by

Tom Thomson

Featuring:

Eric-Aime Patry

Manager of Outreach

Government of Canada

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10:45am

BREAK (10:45am - 11:00am)

Your opportunity to meet the presenting founders, grab a coffee, or catch up with delegates.

11:00am

CANADIAN SUCCESS STORY: SPOTLIGHT ON 1PASSWORD (11:00am - 11:30am)

Toronto 1

CIX showcases and celebrates some of the biggest Canadian startup stories of the year. Founded in 2005 in Toronto, 1Password grew as a bootstrapped cybersecurity company with no outside investment for 14 years until they partnered with Accel for their USD $200 million Series A in 2019. In January 2022, 1Password broke new records with its $620 million Series C, the largest venture financing round in Canadian history. Join 1Password co-founder Dave Teare and Accel Partner, Ethan Choi, as they discuss the two company’s strong partnership and vision of growing sustainable, founder-led companies.

Moderating:


Meagan Simpson

Senior Editor

BetaKit

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Featuring:

Ethan Choi

Partner

Accel

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Dave Teare

Co-Founder

1password

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DEFENCE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE IDEAS PROGRAM (11:00am - 11:30am)

Sponsored by

Tom Thomson

Sponsored by Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) is the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) access to innovation program. It transforms defence and security challenges being faced by the various partners in DND/CAF into innovative solutions to improve Canada’s defence capabilities. With its five funding elements, IDEaS supports the development of solutions by helping push technology forward from early R&D to a demonstrable level that can increase defence capabilities.

IDEaS is for all Canadian innovators, from defence primes to academia, Small and Medium sized enterprises to not-for-profits, municipal/provincial/territorial entities to individuals.

Further details of the program and well as announcements of opportunities are available on the website: www.canada.ca/Defence-IDEaS 


Featuring:

Sarah Blair

Outreach & Engagement Manager, IDEaS Program

Canada Department of National Defence

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11:30am

PREPARING FOR PAYMENTS SUPERVISION: AN UPDATE FROM THE BANK OF CANADA (11:30am - 12:00pm)

Toronto 1

The number of organizations offering payment services has increased ten-fold in the past five years. But many of these players aren’t regulated in Canada, particularly when it comes to operational risk and safeguarding user funds. That’s about to change. In a keynote speech, Ron Morrow, Executive Director of Retail Payment Supervision, will talk about the Bank of Canada’s new role to regulate entities facilitating retail payment functions in Canada.

Moderating:


Sue Britton

CEO & Founder

Fathom4sight Inc.

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Featuring:

Ron Morrow

Executive Director – Retail Payments Supervision

Bank of Canada

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ROUNDTABLE: EAT OR BE EATEN? SCALING VIA M&A (11:30am - 12:00pm)

Varley

Join Orest Pizyo, Head of Software at BMO Capital Markets and Adam Rumanek, Founder of Aux Mode, for a lively discussion on the advantages and pitfalls of using M&A as a powerful tool to scale up your business.

Adam and Orest will discuss a variety of approaches to M&A and how your market niche, competitive positioning, financial profile, and strategic aspirations can impact your ability and desire to execute a transformational transaction. 

Are you going to eat - or be eaten instead?

Featuring:

Orest Pizyo

Managing Director, Technology Investment Banking

BMO

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Adam Rumanek

CEO

Aux Mode

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12:00pm

LUNCH (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Toronto 2 & 3

Enjoy lunch while networking with founders, CEOs and investors.

LUNCH & LEARN: OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG/ASIA - THE GATEWAY TO NEW FUNDING AND NEW MARKETS (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

Tom Thomson

Even in a contracting world, HK continues to make amazing developments in fintech, life sciences, financial services, food sciences, and startups across sectors. It's no secret that there is a wealth of funding and expansion opportunities in Asia, waiting for those Canadian companies looking to grow. Please join Christopher Chen, Head of InvestHK for Canada, as he shares the newest updates on how to tap this ever-dynamic market.

Featuring:

Christopher Chen

Head of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong (Canada)

Hong Kong Economic & Trade

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1:00pm

CIX TOP 20 EARLY #4 COMPANY PRESENTATIONS (1:00pm - 1:45pm)

Toronto 1

Investors wait for this all year! Five founders/CEOs from Canada’s most innovative early-stage companies (as determined by the 2022 CIX Selection Committee of 140 investors), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from an Expert Commentator. Judges from Startup World Cup will be evaluating companies in all four CIX Top 20 Early showcases, and one will be chosen to represent Canada in the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in Spring 2023 in San Francisco.

There is a 15 minute break to meet these presenters in the main room plus in the Delegate Lounge where each company will have a table.

Featuring:

Ramtin Attar

CEO & Co-Founder

Promise Robotics

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Ashleigh Kennedy

CEO & Co-Founder

Neurovine Inc

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Braden Ream

Co-Founder

Voiceflow

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Patricia Thaine

Cofounder & CEO

Private AI

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Laura Zizzo

Co-founder & CEO

Manifest Climate

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Angelo Casanas

Interim Managing Director

OneEleven

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Expert Commentator

Scott Pelton

Co-Founder

RiSC Capital

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Expert Commentator

Dave Simons

Head of Technology

RBCx

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Expert Commentator

Kathryn Wortsman

Managing Partner

Amplify Capital


Invests in pre-seed to Series A, Education, Health, Sustainable Environment, all North America
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MEETING EXCHANGE B: FACE TO FACE WITH INVESTORS (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

Carmichael/Jackson

Meeting Exchanges are CIX’s popular one-on-one, pre-booked meetings between founders and leading growth-stage investors from North America and globally, who are the hosts. These meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship as well as potential funding partnership. Founders may pre-book up to six investor meetings through CIXchange from October 3rd to 27.

Each meeting is 8 minutes, plus a 2 minute transition time. Investors’ investment preferences are noted in their profile. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

It is important that founders who signed up for a Meeting Exchange session in advance show up at least 15 minutes prior to the session's start time to check-in with the room monitor and get processed. Arriving late will result in the spot being taken.      
For those Founders who did not secure a Meeting Exchange spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure more spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. We recommend delegates arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session start time and take advantage of the Wait Line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list.

Entrepreneurs please read the investment preferences of the hosts to ensure there is a fit.

Featuring:

Table host

Pelra Azondekon

Managing Director

AsterX


Invests in Series A, all Canada, IoT, Adtech, Marketplace
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Table host

Patrick Conroy

Managing Director

H.I.G. Growth Partners


Invests in high-growth (50%+), growth stage ($10m+ ARR) businesses across SaaS, FinTech, & Consumer Subscription/Marketplaces. Targeting equity investments of $20-75m per company with ability to take minority or control ownership positions.
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Table host

Justin Dunnion

Venture Capital Analyst

Verstra Ventures


Invests in: B2B vertically focused software businesses with +$200k in ARR, anywhere and in any vertical.
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Table host

Jack Fraser

Partner, Growth Venture Fund

BDC Capital - Growth Venture Fund


Growth Venture Fund -Invests in late stage ventures with revenue $5M. Restricted to Canadian companies but sector agnostic. Minimum investment $5M up to $40M
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Sarah Hartkorn

Senior Associate

Whitecap Venture Partners


Invests in: Seed & Series A, Vertical: B2B SaaS and MedTech, Region: Canada
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Aaron Hoffman

Senior Associate

Intact Ventures


Invests in; Series A / B. Fintech, Proptech, Mobility, Vertical SaaS. Global.
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Eric Kafka

Principal

Vertu Capital


Growth equity. Invests in Canadian headquartered B2B software and software-enabled businesses with revenue greater than C15M.
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Jeffrey MacDonald

Vice President

Warburg Pincus LLC


Growth Venture: Warburg Pincus is a global growth investor with $85B AUM. We invest across the lifecycle spectrum although generally not earlier than Series A. North America focus, vertical agnostic (Warburg has teams covering a wide range of tech verticals).
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Aman Nabi

Associate

Information Venture Partners


Invests in; early stage: fintech, cybersecurity, big data software, machine learning technologies, large enterprise SaaS
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Alexander Norman

General Partner

N49P


Invest in pre-seed and seed stage Canadian start-ups or Canadian founders. Prefer capital efficiency. Do not like deep tech
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James Povitz

Principal, NAventures

NAventures (National Bank)


NAventures is NBC's corporate venture capital arm. We invest in early stage companies that can add strategic value to NBC (including clients, employees, partners, processes, operations and tech). Our mandate is broad, our typical investment verticals include Fintech, Proptech, Insurtech and Cybersecurity. Traditionally we make our first investment at Seed or Series A but can make a first investment at Series B. We follow in later rounds. We usually don't lead rounds but have done so on several occasions. We invest in Canada, the USA, Europe and Israel.
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Petar Zelic

Vice President

National Bank Financial


Provides advisory services (including fundraising, IPO, M&A advisory) to Canadian tech companies.
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1:30pm

GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE HELP OF CANADIAN TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATORS (1:30pm - 2:00pm)

Sponsored by

Looking for support to expand your business in thriving tech ecosystems? The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) is a global business development program offering customized market support for high-potential and high-growth Canadian tech firms in 12 global tech hubs in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Join us for this panel diving into opportunities at our various CTA locations, including our newest hub in London, UK.

The CTA is a program offered by Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service.


Featuring:

Jennifer Armstrong

Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) Program

Global Affairs Canada

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Claudio Ramirez

Manager of the Canadian Technology Accelerator in London, United Kingdom

Canadian Technology Accelerators

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2:00pm

CIX TOP 10 GROWTH #1 COMPANY PRESENTATIONS (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

Sponsored by

Toronto 1

Investors wait for this all year! Five founders/CEOs from Canada’s most innovative growth-stage companies (as determined by the 2022 CIX Selection Committee of 140 investors), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from an Expert Commentator.

There is a 15 minute break to meet these presenters in the main room plus in the Delegate Lounge where each company will have a table.

Featuring:

Trevor Bouchard

CEO & President

QuickContractors.com Inc

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Joseph Fung

Cofounder & CEO

Uvaro

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Rudy Mancini

Chief Partnership Officer

Bloom Care Solutions

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Maxim Moreau

Cofounder & CTO

CapIntel

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Dr. Dan Rosen

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

d1g1t Inc.

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Vahe Akbarian

Investment Banking Director

BMO Capital Markets

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Expert Commentator

Mike Montian

Senior Director, Technology & Innovation Banking

National Bank of Canada

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Expert Commentator

Senia Rapisarda

Managing Director

HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Ltd.

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2:30pm

INSIGHTS INTO PARTNERING WITH CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

Partnerships between corporate venture capital groups (CVCs) and growing businesses can produce tremendous value for both sides. Join experienced CVC investors including NAventures (National Bank), Deloitte Ventures and AsterX (Quebecor) as they share their perspectives on the key benefits and challenges of working with CVCs, how to successfully approach and work with CVCs and the types of questions growing businesses should be asking when considering CVC investment.

Moderating:


Myron Mallia-Dare

Partner

Miller Thomson LLP

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Featuring:

Pelra Azondekon

Managing Director

AsterX


Invests in Series A, all Canada, IoT, Adtech, Marketplace
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James Povitz

Principal, NAventures

NAventures (National Bank)


NAventures is NBC's corporate venture capital arm. We invest in early stage companies that can add strategic value to NBC (including clients, employees, partners, processes, operations and tech). Our mandate is broad, our typical investment verticals include Fintech, Proptech, Insurtech and Cybersecurity. Traditionally we make our first investment at Seed or Series A but can make a first investment at Series B. We follow in later rounds. We usually don't lead rounds but have done so on several occasions. We invest in Canada, the USA, Europe and Israel.
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Jon Wolkin

Managing Director

Deloitte Ventures


Invests in: Health Tech, Work Tech, Data & AI. B2B Enterprise SaaS.
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2:45pm

BREAK & MEET THE PRESENTING COMPANIES (2:45pm - 3:00pm)

Toronto 1

Your opportunity to meet the presenting founders, grab a coffee, or catch up with delegates.

MEETING EXCHANGE C: FACE TO FACE WITH INVESTORS (2:45pm - 3:45pm)

Carmichael/Jackson

Meeting Exchanges are CIX’s popular one-on-one, pre-booked meetings between founders and leading growth-stage investors from North America and globally, who are the hosts. These meetings are a valuable opportunity for advice, building a relationship as well as potential funding partnership. Founders may pre-book up to six investor meetings through CIXchange from October 3rd to 27.

Each meeting is 8 minutes, plus a 2 minute transition time. Investors’ investment preferences are noted in their profile. Please note, space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

It is important that founders who signed up for a Meeting Exchange session in advance show up at least 15 minutes prior to the session's start time to check-in with the room monitor and get processed. Arriving late will result in the spot being taken.      
For those Founders who did not secure a Meeting Exchange spot in advance, or would like a chance to secure more spots, some space may become available onsite due to no-shows. We recommend delegates arrive at the session room 15-20 minutes before the session start time and take advantage of the Wait Line. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list.

Entrepreneurs please read the investment preferences of the hosts to ensure there is a fit.

Featuring:

Ludovic André

Founder & Managing Director

CIC Capital Ventures

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Raif Barbaros

Partner

Mistral Venture Partners


Invests in pre-seed and seed stage. SaaS, Enterprise Software, Fintech, Marketplaces, Web3 Tools and Infrastructure. Canada or US.
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Alexander Barclay

Principal

Graphite Ventures


Invests in earliest stages, and setting trajectories to accelerate growth. Sector agnostic but do have a focus on Canadian B2B SaaS, FinTech, digital health.
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Annick Charbonneau

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Accelia Capital


Invest in innovative companies, owned or led by women, early stage Canadian.
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Nayla Chebli

Investment Director, VC & Technologies

Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec


Invests in Growth/late stage, SaaS B2B, All Canada
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Emma Johnson

Investor

Klass Capital


Invests in B2B SaaS businesses between $3-$20m in ARR across North America and Europe. We target businesses serving mid-enterprise size customers and tend to shy away from marketing or ad tech businesses. We look to write cheques between $5-$75m, and generally like to lead deals.
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Taku Murahwi

Investor

OMERS Ventures


Invests in: early stage, Series A-C, $5M-$25M check size. Generalist fund with some areas of focus (FinTech, PropTech, AgeTech, DeepTech, Cybersecurity, B2B/Enterprise SaaS)
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Neil Peet

Principal

GreenSky Capital


Invests in early stage Canadian startups, and are looking for innovative, B2B focused, deeper technologies. We can lead, or just participate, in rounds and invest checks sized 750k-2M.
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Danielle Smith

Vice President, Technology Banking

Silicon Valley Bank


Invests in: Seed to Series-A, software-based startups (revenue-generating), based in Ontario
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Mark Smith

Partner, Industrial Innovation Venture Fund

BDC Capital


Invests in Early Stage (Seed/Series A). Focus areas are software businesses (consumer or B2B) and urban tech / smart cities / sustainable communities, and reducing waste in the food and fashion industries.
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Kathryn Wortsman

Managing Partner

Amplify Capital


Invests in pre-seed to Series A, Education, Health, Sustainable Environment, all North America
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Brandon Zhao

Partner

Two Small Fish Ventures


We invest in tech platforms that have the potential to become large scale internet companies that drive changes in behavior. We look for strong network effects to catalyze this type of scale and growth.
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3:00pm

CIX TOP 10 GROWTH #2 COMPANY PRESENTATIONS (3:00pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

Toronto 1

Investors wait for this all year! Five founders/CEOs from Canada’s most innovative growth-stage companies (as determined by the 2022 CIX Selection Committee of 140 investors), will present for 6 minutes each, followed by questions and comments from an Expert Commentator.

There is a 15 minute break to meet these presenters in the main room plus in the Delegate Lounge where each company will have a table.

Featuring:

Derrick Chow

Co-Founder & COO

Marble

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Mohannad El-Barachi

Cofounder & CEO

Wrk

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Mathew Micheli

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Viral Nation

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Marc Milewski

Co-founder

Zum Rails

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Miles Schwartz

Co-Founder

Zum Rails

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Jean-Simon Venne

Cofounder & CTO

BrainBox AI

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Expert Commentators:


Expert Commentator

Talia Abramowitz

Managing Partner

Deloitte Ventures


Invests in: series A & B. B2B Saas. Fintech, ESG, Worktech, Data / AI, Cyber
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Expert Commentator

Layth Ashoo

Partner

Maverix Private Equity

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Expert Commentator

Brenda Hogan

Chief Investment Officer

Venture Ontario

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Expert Commentator

Laura Lenz

Partner

OMERS Ventures

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3:15pm

30 MINUTES WITH BDC’S NEW THRIVE VENTURE FUND (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Varley

Join Mona Minhas, Venture Partner, Thrive Venture Fund and Women in Technology Venture Fund, and Blair Sherman, Associate Principal of BDC Capitalfs new Thrive Venture Fund for an interactive roundtable and Q&A. Launched in September, the $500 million Thrive Venture Fund and Lab for Women is intended to unlock the promise of Canadian women entrepreneurs, providing them with greater opportunities and ultimately, a better shot at success on the global stage.

Featuring:

Mona Minhas

Partner

BDC Capital

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Blair Sherman

Strategic Investments and Women in Tech

BDC Capital

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3:45pm

BREAK & MEET THE PRESENTING COMPANIES (3:45pm - 4:00pm)

Toronto 1

Your opportunity to meet the presenting founders, grab a coffee, or catch up with delegates.

4:00pm

CANADIAN SUCCESS STORY: SPOTLIGHT ON TEALBOOK (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Toronto 1

TealBook, a CIX Top 20 award recipient in 2017, is the leading supplier data platform that unifies supplier data to power the end-to-end procurement lifecycle. TealBook has been adopted by Fortune 100 companies and is the winner of many prestigious awards including: Spend Matters 50 Vendors to Know, ProcureTech Top 100, LinkedIn Top Startups, and Gartner Cool Vendor.

Please join Tealbook’s Founder and CEO, Stephany Lapierre, in conversation with Isabelle Hudon, CEO of BDC, as they discuss TealBook’s rapid growth, impact of the pandemic, raising capital and what it means to be a female tech founder. 

Learn more about BDC’s commitment to support tech and women entrepreneurs and how BDC will work to make them thrive and become the next champions of the Canadian economy during Isabelle Hudon’s introduction speech.

Featuring:

Isabelle Hudon

CEO

BDC

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Stephany Lapierre

Founder and CEO

TealBook

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ROCKET PITCHES - MEDTECH & LIFE SCIENCE (4:00pm - 4:45pm)

Tom Thomson

Hear from founders of highly-ranked, MedTech and Life Science Canadian startups as they each present for 4-5 minutes. Fast-paced and exciting

Moderating:


Claudio Rojas

CEO

National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)

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Featuring:

Tim Johnson

CEO & Co-Founder

Couply

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Yishel Khan

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

DOT Mind Unlocked

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Daniyal Liaqat

CEO and Co-Founder

Tabiat

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Janet Qi

Co-Founder & CEO

PurMinds NeuroPharma Inc.

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Jayiesh Singh

CEO / President

Able Innovations

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4:30pm

STARTUP WORLD CUP PRESENTATION (4:30pm - 4:45pm)

Sponsored by

Toronto 1

Special announcement for winner of the Canadian regional for Startup World Cup Competition, selected from the CIX Top 20 Early recipient companies. The winning company will represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Finale in San Francisco in 2023.

Featuring:

Cole Carouba

SWC Ambassador

Pegasus Tech Ventures

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4:45pm

COCKTAILS (4:45pm - 6:00pm)

Your opportunity to meet the presenting founders, grab a beverage, and catch up with delegates. 

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