Thursday , March 16


7:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking


8:15 am - 8:50 am

Opening Keynote

Chris Heivly will share a keynote on best practices for building community and effective acceleration programs.

Chris Heivly,Executive in Residence, Techstars

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9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session One | Community Track: Impactful Events

What events make a difference in building community? Top accelerators share their tips and tools.

Dan Gunn,Executive Director of VIATEC

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Keith Ippel,Co-founder, Spring

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Joanne Fedeyko,Consultant, Rocketspace

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Chris Heivly,Executive in Residence, Techstars

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9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session One | Programs Track: Startups vs. Growth

Accelerators can support companies beyond the startup stage. How do we help companies as they scale?

Andrew Greer,Program Strategist, Accelerate Okanagan

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Kim Morouney,Director of the Lazaridis Institute

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Christine McKay,Senior Advisor at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)

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10:00 am - 10:30 am

Caffeine, Sugar, and Talking

Connecting Canada over caffeine and sugar.

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10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session Two | Community Track: Community Building in Big Cities

Urban areas have most of the startups but also many support organizations. What are tactics to rise above the noise and create complementary programming?

Danielle Smith,Community Engagement Lead, The DMZ at Ryerson University

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Tiffany Linke-Boyko,CEO, Startup Edmonton

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Khurram Virani,Chief Education Officer, Lighthouse Labs

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Meghann Coleman,Startup Service Manager, Volta Labs

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10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session Two | Program Track: Program Design and Delivery

How do we build programs that entrepreneurs need and want? What tools do we need to keep entrepreneurs accountable?

Thuy Tran,Program Manager, Accelerate Okanagan

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Graham Truax,Executive in Residence, Innovation Island

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Emily Jackson,Director, Client Experience and Special Projects at Accelerator Centre

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Lotte Wannet,Manager, Program Development and Design at Invest Ottawa

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11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Session Three | Community Track: Small City and Rural Regional Innovation

Building and growing a tech ecosystem outside of urban areas can be a challenge. What tactics work outside of big cities?

Paris Gaudet,Executive Director of Innovation Island

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Dr. Lincoln Smith,Executive Director, Kamloops Innovation Centre

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Mary Doyle,Executive Director, QuinteVation

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Ryan Williams,Chair of QuinteVation

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11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Session Three | Programs Track: Unconference

We will hold three crowdsourced roundtables on your top programs issues.

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12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Keynote - Acceleration Trends


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session Four | Community Track: Diversified Revenue

Generating revenue beyond government funding. Who does it well and how do they do it?

Tyson Macaulay,Chief Technology Officer - Cyber, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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Joe Vasquez,Co-Director, Runway Incubator

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Nick Morris,Head of Partnerships, CyLon

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Angela Larraguibel,Director, Startup Services Group at Communitech

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Rob Bennett,Program Director, VIATEC

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session Four | Programs Track: Connecting Companies to Revenue

Customer revenue is the ultimate goal. What role do we play in helping companies fill the funnel?

Serge Bourassa,President and COO, CEIM

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Geoff Ledingham,Manager, Global Services, Wavefront

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Jennifer Minelli,Manager, MaRS Venture Growth Program

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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session Five | Community Track: Network of Accelerators

How do we actually make the whole greater than the sum of its parts?

Avvey Peters,Vice President, Partnerships, Communitech

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Dani Larson,VP of Operations, Global Accelerator Network

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Rahul Gupta,Partnerships & Growth, TLabs

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Brad Lowe,VP, National Acceleration Operations, Wavefront

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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session Five | Programs Track: Alumni

We don’t want our relationships to end when companies graduate programs. How do we engage alumni to build better programs, support our community and our current cohorts?

Chris Heivly,Executive in Residence, Techstars

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Hussein Hallak,General Manager, Launch Academy

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Brea Retzlaff,Operations Manager, Accelerate Okanagan

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3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Beverage Break

Grab a beverage before we wrap up and talk about data.

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session Six | Community & Program Track: Data and Storytelling

What should we measure, how to collect it, does it really matter, how to prove outcomes, reporting to multiple stakeholders, and attribution? Then, how do we capture and tell stories that matter?

Dan Gunn,Executive Director, VIATEC

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Joe Greenwood,Program Director, MaRS

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Rob Bennett,Program Director, VIATEC

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Sandra Zovko,Director, Research & Analysis at BCIC

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Christine McKay,Senior Advisor at Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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Sean Mullin,Executive Director, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship

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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Wine Down - 'Network and Chill'

Need we say more? Also, swag swap!

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