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Wednesday, September 26
 

5:30pm

VIP Kickoff & Reception @ Connected
Limited Capacity full

VIP passholders are invited to the NewCo Toronto VIP Kickoff and Reception, celebrating the annual NewCo business festival in Toronto. Sip cocktails and network with like-minded members of the local NewCo community. Gather excitement and energy for the following day, a day full of visits inside Toronto's most exciting mission-driven companies.

Please note: If you hold a VIP ticket, this will automatically be added to your schedule(please allow 24-48 hours).  

Host Companies
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Connected

Connected
Connected is a software product development firm that partners with ambitious companies across the product lifecycle to build products that drive impact. For more information, visit Connected.io.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Connected 370 King St W, Suite 304, Toronto, ON
 
Thursday, September 27
 

9:30am

Top Hat
Limited Capacity seats available

From startup to scaleup: Transitions, struggles, and big bets

"Let's make education better." That's the simple idea that brought Top Hat's co-founders Mike Silagadze and Mohsen Shahini together. Their mission: to make higher education more engaging, effective, and affordable, by providing professors with the tools and content they need to support student success. But how do you disrupt an industry that's resistant to change and still falls back on chalkboards and heavy paper textbooks, whose costs have risen 1,041 per cent in the last 40 years? In this session, Mike will share snapshots from his entrepreneurial journey and the myriad tales of trials, tribulations, faiures, and successes that come along with it. Participants will learn lessons o busines strategy, tips on fundraising, and advice on hiring.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Silagadze

Mike Silagadze

Co-founder & CEO, Top Hat

Host Companies
avatar for Top Hat

Top Hat

Top Hat's interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools, and activities. More than 2.8 million students at 750 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Top Hat 151 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor

9:30am

Big Viking Games
Limited Capacity seats available

The future of mobile experiences 

Big Viking Games is the largest independent mobile and social game studio in Canada who are redefining the future of mobile experiences. For the last 6 years, Big Viking Games has been a pioneer of HTML5 development in mobile instant games. In this session, join Albert as he details how HTML5 and mobile user experiences will change and look in the next $100 billion platform. This is the largest and most impactful shift in the history of computing. This talk will showcase entirely new ways in which applications and services will be delivered, distributed and discovered in a post App store world. 

Presenters
avatar for Albert Lai

Albert Lai

CEO & Founder, Big Viking Games

Host Companies
avatar for Big Viking Games

Big Viking Games

Big Viking Games, founded in 2011, is the largest independent mobile and social game studio in Canada and a pioneer in mobile HTML5 games. From our beginnings with hits like FishWorld and YoWorld, we have become a leader in live operations, and a pioneer of what is possible with mobile... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Big Viking Games 156 Front Street West, Suite 200, Toronto, ON

9:30am

Redwood Classics
Limited Capacity seats available

Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve: The Stories Behind the Clothes 

The allure of fast fashion is hard to resist - it gives us the of-the-moment pieces we crave quickly and cheaply. But have you ever thought about the people behind those clothes? Redwood Classics Apparel thinks about them all of the time and, in fact, has built their business around those talented craftspeople. Join one of Canada's leading apparel manufacturers for an interactive, behind-the-seams tour of its production floor where you'll participate in a "customization" exercise featuring the industry's hottest trend. As this session will kick off the festival, you'll have the chance to head back to Toronto's downtown core to catch NewCo's range of exciting workshops.

***Please note that this session is not in the downtown area, so please be sure plan for adequate transportation time.

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Cheng

Kathy Cheng

President, Redwood Classics Apparel

Host Companies
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Redwood Classics

Redwood Classics
Backed by over three decades of experience, Redwood Classics Apparel is one of Canada’s leading boutique manufacturers of premium retail apparel and branded merchandise. With a focus on people over profit, Redwood Classics is steadfastly committed to combatting offshoring, putting... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Redwood Classics 138 Nugget Ave., Toronto, ON M1S 3A7

9:30am

Brim
Limited Capacity seats available

Why give big banks all the credit?

Save, save, save, invest. That's all you ever hear about when it comes to sound financial management. But what about being rewarded for the choices you make when it comes to spending? Credit is the best kept secret in the financial industry. It makes the big banks lots of money with little return for the card holder (hint, the banks don't want you to use those points). Brim decided to flip that model on its head. We believe that the benefits of choiceful spending should benefit the spender. But how exactly does a credit card come into being without a bank behind it? Come here us talk about how we're breaking the rules and more importantly why we think its time everyone starts thinking about how spending money can be more rewarding.

Presenters
avatar for Thomas Patterson

Thomas Patterson

Senior Product Manager, Brim
avatar for Stephanie Weiland

Stephanie Weiland

Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, Brim

Host Companies
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Brim

Brim
Introducing Brim Financial, a new kind of payment experience by a new kind of company. We’ve flipped the traditional credit card model on its head and built a fully digital platform that’s designed to reward your lifestyle. With many first-to-market embedded features like Installment... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
MaRS 101 College St Toronto, Room CR2, ON M5G 1L7

9:30am

SickKids
Limited Capacity filling up

Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: Paediatric Healthcare Disrupted.

SickKids is using artificial intelligence and data science to revolutionize clinical decision making at the patient’s bedside. Their newly-developed data platform is unique in paediatric critical care medicine. Through interactive participation and discussion, Dr. Peter Laussen, Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Anna Goldenberg, Senior Scientist in the Genetics and Genome Biology Lab at SickKids and Emily Louca, Education Manager at the SickKids Simulation Lab will share SickKids’ leadership in the field demonstrating the necessity for accurate and timely decision-making.

Note: This is taking place at the SickKids Foundation office at 525 University Avenue, 8th floor reception. This is an office building on the SE corner of University and Elm Streets.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Anna Goldenberg

Dr. Anna Goldenberg

Senior Scientist, Genetics and Genome Biology, SickKids Research Institute, SickKids
avatar for Dr. Peter Laussen

Dr. Peter Laussen

Chief, Critical Care Medicine, Senior Associate Scientist Child Health Evaluative Sciences, SickKids
EL

Emily Louca

Education Manager, Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, SickKids

Host Companies
avatar for SickKids

SickKids

SickKids
SickKids is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country. As innovators in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care, research and teaching. With a staff that includes professionals... Read More →


9:30am

Autodesk
Limited Capacity seats available

Autodesk Technology Centers

The Autodesk Technology Centers are new facilities within Autodesk that explore the Future of Making. We collabortaively explore this future with academic, industrial, and entrepeneurial communities. Organizations are invited into the Technology Centers as Residents to research, discover, and develop project ideas. 

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Spremulli

Matthew Spremulli

Innovation Project Manager, Autodesk

Host Companies
avatar for Autodesk

Autodesk

Autodesk
Autodesk helps others create, make, and automate with digital design tools.


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Autodesk 661 University Avenue, Suite 300 (3rd Floor), Toronto, ON

9:30am

MaRS Discovery District
Limited Capacity filling up

The Launchpad for Leading Entrepreneurs 

MaRS is home to entrepreneurs and a bridge to the business world. As Toronto’s commercialization hub, we bring together partners who might not otherwise connect—entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, mentors, university institutions and research labs— all working together to bring innovative products to market. This community anchors our most promising talent here, and keeps established businesses competitive by supplying them with a steady stream of creativity. 

Presenters
avatar for Jon Worren

Jon Worren

Senior Director Venture and Corporate Programs, MaRS Discovery District
Jon E Worren is the senior director of venture and corporate programs at MaRS. As such Jon is responsible for identifying new entrepreneurship practices and creating tools and resources that help both entrepreneurs and their advisors to be more successful. His entrepreneurship workshops... Read More →

Host Companies
avatar for MaRS Discovery District

MaRS Discovery District

MaRS Discovery District
As North America’s largest urban innovation hub, MaRS supports 1,200 fast-growing ventures spanning four high-impact sectors—health, cleantech, fintech and enterprise—offering them expert advice and vital connections to talent, customers and capital. These ventures have raised... Read More →


9:30am

TribalScale
Limited Capacity seats available

The Future of Work and Leadership

Hear from one of Canada’s most high profile women in business, Kirstine Stewart. Kirstine is the best-selling author of Our Turn, the former CSO of Diply, VP of Media at Twitter, VP of CBC’s English Services, and Senior VP of Programming at Alliance Atlantis. She is an empowerer and enabler of others and is fully committed to social betterment through technology and innovation. Join the conversation as Kirstine discusses women in STEM & leadership, the advantages brought by diversity, and the innovation mindset.

Presenters
avatar for Kirstine Stewart

Kirstine Stewart

President and CRO, TribalScale

Host Companies
avatar for TribalScale

TribalScale

TribalScale
TribalScale is a global innovation partner that helps enterprises adapt and thrive in the digital era. We do this by transforming teams and processes, building best-in-class digital products, and co-creating disruptive startups. 


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
TribalScale 200 Wellington Street West, Suite 900

9:30am

JLL
Limited Capacity seats available

In the war for tech talent the workplace can be your secret weapon 

The ideal workplace of 2030 will look very different to most office spaces now, or at least it should do if employers want to attract the best in the business, keeping them happy and productive.
 
 The workplace is predicted to become more human over the next ten years as an emphasis on creating memorable experiences transforms how and where people work. With 7,000 workers worldwide telling us so in our new, global study: Workplace, powered by Human Experience, this is one prediction we can safely make against a backdrop of widespread uncertainty.
 
 Our international research shows that both employers and employees see human experience as the main factor in determining the shape of their work environment for the foreseeable future. 


Presenters
avatar for Brett Elofson

Brett Elofson

Executive Vice President, JLL
avatar for Matt Kornmuller

Matt Kornmuller

Vice President, JLL

Host Companies
avatar for JLL

JLL

JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
JLL 22 Adelaide Street West, Unit 2600 Toronto, ON

9:30am

Achievers
Limited Capacity seats available

Science & Tech: How Achievers Helps Top Brands Engage Employees

What if you could solve employee engagement? Achievers has the solution, and it’s not foosball tables and fluffy perks. It’s empowering employees through technology. Join Chief Customer Officer, Vanessa Branwyn, to learn how Achievers’ award-winning platform translates behavioral science and academic research into software that transforms organizational culture and employee engagement inside companies like Scotiabank, 3M, Visa, and Samsung. Vanessa will share how Achievers' innovation is helping employers ditch dated, ineffective processes and corporate engagement plans, in favor of in-the-moment action and personalized interactions between employees and managers. 

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Brangwyn

Vanessa Brangwyn

Chief Customer Officer of Customer Success, Achievers

Host Companies
avatar for Achievers

Achievers

Achievers
Achievers’ mission is to change the way the world works. Our Employee Success Platform is specifically designed to drive higher levels of employee engagement. It’s built to align everyone with business objectives and company values, driven by recognizing shared victories every... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Achievers 190 Liberty Street

9:30am

BAI Communications
Limited Capacity seats available

Connected Commuter & Smart Transit Systems

Data, cellular connectivity & Smart Cities

Presenters
avatar for Ken Ranger

Ken Ranger

CEO, BAI Communications

Host Companies
avatar for BAI Communications

BAI Communications

BAI Communications
Build communications network infrastructure in complex transit systems. We build on a P3 model with transit agencies to ensure ratepayers are protected.


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
BAI Communications 33 Bloor Street East, Suite 301, Toronto, ON M4W 3H1

9:30am

G Adventures
Limited Capacity seats available

Discovering Purpose, Passion and Happiness

For 28 years, Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, has been rallying his global workforce, who are from different backgrounds and cultures, around the unifying purpose of ‘we love changing people’s lives.’ As a social enterprise, G Adventures has purpose built into its DNA, into its ‘Happiness Business Model’ and its core values as an organisation.

Hear Bruce explain how the leading small group adventure operator uses this unified purpose to drive outstanding business results and to transcend travel, creating positive social impact that makes employees feel like they are part of something greater than themselves.

Presenters
avatar for Bruce Poon Tip

Bruce Poon Tip

Founder, G Adventures

Host Companies
avatar for G Adventures

G Adventures

G Adventures
G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer and social enterprise offering affordable small group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all continents. Powered by an international team of passionate travellers, the award-winning company's trips embrace authentic... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
G Adventures 19 Charlotte St, Toronto, M5V 2H5

11:15am

Hubba
Limited Capacity seats available

How scaling a team will scale the business 

Learn how engineering values, processes etcetera enable teams to be more effective while scaling to the next phase. Early on, startups relied on a few talented developers to get things done quickly without consideration to culture, processes and decision-making frameworks - there is a better way.

Presenters
avatar for Desh Singh

Desh Singh

Chief Technology Officer, Hubba

Host Companies
avatar for Hubba

Hubba

Hubba
Hubba is a global wholesale marketplace that powers the new retail economy. Using a combination of machine learning and personal curation, Hubba verifies and connects independent Brands and Retailers, making purchasing the right wholesale products easy. Hubba will become the driving... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hubba 129 Spadina Avenue

11:15am

Wattpad
Limited Capacity seats available

Transforming Hollywood with Data

This summer, Netflix’s YA film The Kissing Booth became one of the most popular movies on the planet. According to IMDB’s rankings, this sleeper-hit summer romance held its own in the top five movies in the world, alongside summer tent pole releases like The Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

But before it streamed globally on Netflix, the story started in Canada on Wattpad. Writing from the UK, Welsh author Beth Reekles’ story blew up on Wattpad, with millions of reads. The story landed her a book deal, and then film deal, becoming the Netflix hit streaming now.

The Kissing Booth is just one example of how Wattpad is disrupting the entertainment ecosystem, using data from their 65 million user to find fresh new voices and identify trends.
Hear Allen Lau, CEO & co-founder of Wattpad discuss how, after building the world’s largest social storytelling site, he’s now transforming entertainment and bringing data-backed insights to Hollywood. Lau will discuss the company’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories, and how Wattpad is recreating how publishing and entertainment companies around the world—from Germany, to France, Los Angeles, and Southeast Asia—do business.

Presenters
avatar for Allen Lau

Allen Lau

CEO and Co-Founder, Wattpad

Host Companies
avatar for Wattpad

Wattpad

Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. The global multiplatform entertainment company uses the power of community and technology to enable the creation and distribution of content across a variety of formats. Its flagship app, Wattpad, is home to... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Wattpad 36 Wellington Street East, 2nd Floor

11:15am

bIOTAsphere
Limited Capacity seats available

IOTA - Empowering New Business Models with Distributed Ledger Technology

Blockchain & DLT excitement has spurred a wave of radical business innovation, with ambitious startups leveraging cutting-edge protocols to de-silo data, maintain transparent audit trails and enable trustless transactions. Many of these visions are not possible without a feeless, scalable base protocol, such as IOTA. Join us as we give a first hand tour through some of the critical technologies of tomorrow (see: palm vein scanners and automated IoT smart devices) & their interconnected infrastructure, powered by IOTA.

Presenters
avatar for Terry Shane

Terry Shane

Founder, the bIOTAsphere
avatar for Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Director of Strategic Initiatives, bIOTAsphere

Host Companies
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bIOTAsphere

bIOTAsphere
The bIOTAsphere is a self-sustaining, non-profit environment where diverse communities collaborate, interact, innovate and inspire with the aim of creating a better world. We focus on projects built with the secure, open, public, and immutable IOTA protocol, with the aim to improve... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
bIOTAsphere 461 King St W

11:15am

nanopay Corporation
Limited Capacity seats available

What is digital fiat currency?

The future is about to radically transform. As the existing cash infrastructure becomes digital, crypto will need to work hard to get to the forefront of this revolution. Join nanopay's Head of Product & Marketing in a discussion surrounding this hot topic as we answer a very popular question surrounding fiat currency; how this creates a FrictionlessⓇ user experience and what this means for the future of physical cash.

Presenters
avatar for Simon Keogh

Simon Keogh

Head of Product & Marketing, nanopay Corporation

Host Companies
avatar for nanopay Corporation

nanopay Corporation

nanopay Corporation
Founded in 2013, nanopay is a fintech company based in Toronto that provides a real-time payments platform to enable banks, payment service providers and businesses to modernize their payment systems and deliver instantaneous and secure global payments. nanopay's platform was built... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
nanopay Corporation 171 East Liberty St. Suite 340

11:15am

STACK
Limited Capacity seats available

The Future of Money is not from a Bank

At STACK we're reinventing the way people think about money. Built by a passionate team unsatisfied with the status quo, we started with a clean slate unburdened by legacy banking. The paper statement begat online banking which begat mobile banking but nothing has changed except the channel. Every bank application is built around a solitary experience of you and your money. The STACK app embraces the social aspect of money by allowing you to share your experiences through the STACK World Stream. Everyone knows they should be saving but no one knows how to start. See how STACK leverages the science of Behavioral Finance to simplify and automate the act of saving.
Come listen to Ranjit Sarai, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at STACK talk about the product journey from why to how we built STACK and the recent launch of Canada’s newest fintech.



Presenters
avatar for Ranjit Sarai

Ranjit Sarai

Chief Product Officer, STACK

Host Companies
avatar for STACK

STACK

STACK
STACK is a smarter way to spend, save or share your money, fee-free and straight from your mobile or with your STACK Prepaid Mastercard®. Reach your financial goals faster with automated savings, weekly spending categorization and fee-free services.


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
STACK 36 Distillery Lane, Suite 420, Toronto M5A 3C4

11:15am

Muse® by Interaxon Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

Going from a brain computer interface start-up to a product in Best Buy: mindful lessons to grow your business 

Ariel Garten, one of the Founders of Muse, the brain sensing headband that helps you meditate, will share the lessons they learned while growing from a start-up in a basement to a product sold and loved around the world.
You will learn about their funding journey, the mindset required for success, bringing a product to market, and how mindfulness can impact you and your corporate culture.

You can also ask first hand about any advice for your entrepreneurship, how to integrate mindfulness into your life, the state of neurotechnology, etc.

Muses will also be on hand to demo.

Presenters
avatar for Ariel Garten

Ariel Garten

Founder, Chief Evangelist Officer, Muse® by Interaxon Inc.

Host Companies
avatar for Muse® by Interaxon Inc.

Muse® by Interaxon Inc.

Muse® by Interaxon Inc.
Interaxon Inc, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a developer of engaging experiences using  brainwave-sensing technology designed to help users free themselves from physical, emotional  and mental obstacles so they get more out of every moment. The company’s flagship product... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Muse® by Interaxon Inc. 555 Richmond Street West, Suite 900

11:15am

DMZ
Limited Capacity seats available

Are corporate accelerators effective?

How can large enterprise's strategically partner with tech accelerators to rapidly improve their innovation priorities. Learn best practices from working with partners such as BMO, Aviva and Facebook.

Note to attendees: Please take the elevators in front of Starbucks to Floor 6.
Parking:
- 300 Victoria Street, on the west side of Victoria Street between Dundas and Gould Streets
- $ 3.50   Each ½ Hour or less (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Presenters
avatar for Ali Taiyeb

Ali Taiyeb

Partnerships Lead, DMZ

Host Companies
avatar for DMZ

DMZ

DMZ
The DMZ is a world leading accelerator for tech startups in Canada. We help startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. For us, this means creating an environment where you can focus on scaling... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
DMZ 10 Dundas Street East, Suite 600, Toronto, ON., M5B 2G9

11:15am

Connected
Limited Capacity seats available

From Mission to Brand: How the Connected mission pervades our culture—and our culture pervades our brand

Connected’s mission is to help its clients build better software products through the integration of strategy, design, and engineering. But how does such an ambitious undertaking translate into a thriving culture and an inspiring brand? In a presentation by Connected VP Operations Ally Contardi, attendees will learn about how Connected translated its mission into a culture to become a two-time Top Small & Medium Employer in Canada, and how that mission and culture now finds expression in a compelling new brand that lives up to it.

Presenters
avatar for Ally Contardi

Ally Contardi

VP, Operations, Connected

Host Companies
avatar for Connected

Connected

Connected
Connected is a software product development firm that partners with ambitious companies across the product lifecycle to build products that drive impact. For more information, visit Connected.io.


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Connected 370 King St W, Suite 304, Toronto, ON

11:15am

Golio/Ildsjel
Limited Capacity seats available

Creativity Needs Collaboration: How to Build An Effective Community of Collaborators 

Experience a live music and art exhibition organized entirely by leveraging ildsjel's creative space and community, and Golio's online tools.
 
 Collaboration is all about building trust in your community and empowering people with different skill sets. Great projects are cross disciplinary, and uniquely challenging. Being able to trust in your collaborators’ ability to follow through, leads to efficient and transparent collaboration. Golio provides the platform with which leaders and contributors can organize and vouch for each other, and ildsjel provides the space for freelancers to work on their own creative projects.
 
 The gig economy is not about picking up laundry or driving a car - it is about coming together on meaningful, cross disciplinary creative projects, and executing. (See how the team comes together - https://www.golio.io/projects/view/1592) 

Presenters
avatar for Rebekka Zuckermann Kristiansen

Rebekka Zuckermann Kristiansen

Co-Founder, Ildsjel
avatar for Ian Nichol

Ian Nichol

Founder, Golio

Host Companies
avatar for Golio

Golio

Golio
Golio uses work history to create Trust. It’s a project tool for booking, managing, paying and vouching for talent. 
avatar for Ildsjel

Ildsjel

A New Kind of Creative Collective - A space and community designed for collaboration and innovation in the Toronto arts and culture industries 


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Golio/Ildsjel 4 Carlaw Ave, Unit 7, Toronto, ON, M4M 2R5, Canada

11:15am

SoapBox
Limited Capacity seats available

What the first 8 years of a startup looks like (as told through its biggest mistakes) 

If you want to hear about how rewarding and fulfilling it is to launch a startup, this *might* not be the talk for you. But if you want to hear about all the raw, cringe-worthy moments, all the gory details, that come together to create something amazing, then step on up.
 
 SoapBox started as a digital suggestion box for employees. Eight years later, it has transformed into technology for people leaders used by companies around the world. Learn how SoapBox got to where it is today – through the biggest mistakes it made along the way. 

Presenters
avatar for Brennan McEachran

Brennan McEachran

CEO and Co-founder, SoapBox

Host Companies
avatar for SoapBox

SoapBox

SoapBox is technology for people leaders: your toolkit for better one-on-ones, team meetings and company-wide discussions. Our mission is to empower managers with an engagement platform that improves retention, increases productivity and boosts goal-hitting – all through better... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
SoapBox 110 Spadina Avenue, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2K4

11:15am

TELUS Digital
Limited Capacity seats available

Lessons from the Trenches – Digitally Transforming a Hundred-Year-Old Telecommunications Company

- Driving the digital transformation of a large enterprise
- Building and scaling a high-performance customer-first culture
- Elevating digital from being a channel to the capabilities engine that powers all channels

Note to attendees: Please look for TELUS digital team members on the ground floor wearing black tshirts and holding newco signs, who will direct you to the session. 

Presenters
avatar for Shawn Mandel

Shawn Mandel

Chief Digital Officer, TELUS Digital

Host Companies
avatar for TELUS Digital

TELUS Digital

TELUS Digital
We’re a product-driven team within TELUS, responsible for our company’s digital evolution. We simplify the path to production so teams can focus on what matters most.TELUS Digital’s mission is to make life easier for our 12 million customers – and for our team. We build smart... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
TELUS Digital 25 York St, Toronto, ON M5J 2V5, Canada

11:15am

Airbnb
Limited Capacity full

Facts and fake news: countering entrenched interests on home sharing 

Join Public Affairs Lead and Deputy Director of Public Policy for Canada, Lindsey Scully to discuss how Airbnb is using facts and data-driven story-telling with governments and media in the era of fake news. 

Presenters
avatar for Lindsey Scully

Lindsey Scully

Public Affairs Lead and Deputy Director of Public Policy for Canada, Airbnb

Host Companies
avatar for Airbnb

Airbnb

Airbnb
Airbnb is the largest provider of short-term rentals in the world, with more rooms available per night than the top five hotel brands combined. Airbnb helps connect people to authentic, local, and meaningful travel experiences. As the company expands beyond rooms to experiences and... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
MaRS 101 College St Toronto, Room CR2, ON M5G 1L7

1:00pm

Chefs Plate
Limited Capacity seats available

How Technology is Fueling the Perfect Food Experience

Come find out how Canada’s leading meal kit company, Chefs Plate is creating the "perfect food experience.” Join us as we take you through the hurdles AND breakthroughs of how we are changing the way millions of Canadians view the daunting task of grocery shopping and meal prep. Have a Q & A session with Chief Technology Officer Thomas Stevens to get an insider perspective on how the worlds of technology and food come together to positively impact the way Canadians eat and think about food. Learn more about how leading-edge technology has the power to form strong human connections to food and create a better food system. Plus, have a taste of the mouthwatering recipes Chefs Plate serves up to hundreds of thousands of customers across the country every week with a chance to win a one-month free Chefs Plate box!

Presenters
avatar for Thomas Stevens

Thomas Stevens

CTO, Chefs Plate

Host Companies
avatar for Chefs Plate

Chefs Plate

Chefs Plate
Chefs Plate is Canada's leader in the meal-kit delivery market, by providing a weekly e-commerce subscription service delivering fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and recipes to cook chef-quality meals, Chefs Plate is helping Canadians rediscover cooking at home. No planning, no shopping... Read More →


1:00pm

Nanoleaf
Limited Capacity seats available

Nanoleaf - From Startup to Scale-up 

An intimate fireside chat about the origins of Nanoleaf and its journey from a scrappy startup to a scrappier scale-up. This is the story of how a nascent lightbulb manufacturer reinvented smart lighting and how the power of customer-centricity can turbocharge your path to growth. 

Presenters
avatar for Paul Austin-Menear

Paul Austin-Menear

Director of Digital Strategy, Nanoleaf

Host Companies
avatar for Nanoleaf

Nanoleaf

Nanoleaf is a green technology and IoT company changing the world with innovative lighting solutions that are smarter by design. By infusing artistic design and technological innovations in their products, Nanoleaf brings excitement, convenience, and joy to the way people experience... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nanoleaf 162 John St. 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M5V 2C5

1:00pm

Prodigy Game
Limited Capacity seats available

Transforming education through technology of gamification from the ground up

Imagine your favourite video game as a kid. Now imagine that game with the math curriculum built into it. That’s Prodigy — the free, adaptive math game loved by more than 30 million students and teachers around the world. It’s our mission to make learning fun and accessible to each and every child, and we’re well on our way. On Sept. 27, get an inside look at North America’s fastest-growing educational startup. Learn how we live and breathe math, tech, and education — and discover the fascinating ways we’re using those passions to make learning engaging for children everywhere.

Presenters
avatar for Marcus Guido

Marcus Guido

Product Marketing Lead, Prodigy Game
avatar for Alex Peters

Alex Peters

Co-CEO, Prodigy Game
avatar for Hannah Wright

Hannah Wright

Director of Partnerships, Prodigy Game

Host Companies
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Prodigy Game

Prodigy Game
Loved by more than 700,000 teachers and over 30 million students, our free MMORPG takes players on a fantasy-inspired journey where success depends on honing curriculum-aligned math skills. As students progress, teachers can customize in-game questions to supplement lessons, prepare... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Prodigy Game 144 Front Street West, 4th floor, suite 400, Toronto, ON

1:00pm

Capital One Canada
Limited Capacity seats available

Infusing Ingenuity, Simplicity and Humanity to Disrupt an Industry Ripe for Change

In this one-hour session, NewCo participants will get to personally experience the awesome culture at Capital One® with a peek at our brand new downtown office and a glimpse of the tech-focused work we do here.

The session will kick off with a welcome and opening remarks from our Chief Technology Officer, Mark Cauwels. Then, through interactive demonstrations and discussions led by our very own associates, attendees will have the opportunity to experience firsthand how we work and to better understand who Capital One is and how we're making progress towards our mission. They’ll also learn about the initiatives we drive each year, including Gift the Code™ and the Capital One Digital for Good Summit™, as well as a variety of internal programs and groups available to associates in support of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Refreshments will be offered.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Cauwels

Mark Cauwels

Chief Technology Officer, Capital One Canada, Capital One Canada

Host Companies
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Capital One Canada

Capital One Canada
Capital One was founded on the belief that information and technology would revolutionize financial services. Two decades later, our belief in that is even stronger. The forces of digital disruption are accelerating and taking on a new shape. Advances in technology present defining... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Capital One Canada 161 Bay Street 18th Floor Toronto, ON

1:00pm

Drop Technologies Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

Drop is building the loyalty rewards program of the future. Our core product is a mobile loyalty app that uses members’ transactional data to seamlessly track spending, and administer points automatically. Members link their credit and debit cards, earn points by spending at partner brands, and redeem their points via the app for cash rewards.


Having closed a massive $21M Series A in January 2018 led by one of Silicon Valley's pre-eminent investors, Derrick will share the ups and downs of scaling a high-growth consumer technology company.

Presenters
avatar for Derrick Fung

Derrick Fung

Founder & CEO, Drop Technologies Inc.

Host Companies
avatar for Drop Technologies Inc.

Drop Technologies Inc.

Drop Technologies Inc.
Drop is the free app that's giving out millions in cash rewards for the spending you do every day.


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Drop Technologies Inc. 120 Front Street East, Unit 200

1:00pm

KOHO
Limited Capacity seats available

Making a difference and building a Fintech business

Many Canadians struggle with savings and live effectively from paycheque to paycheque. At KOHO we are building a business and searching for features that will help to propel our growth and also struggle with wanting to provide Canadians with solutions that can help them reduce debt, manage spending, set aside savings -- but do we give people what they want or try to anticipate what they need?

We have been building features and platform capabilities that anticipate a new generation of digitally led financial services products. We have also been digging into some of the key issues in the industry like predatory lending, expense management, and NSF fees for those who can afford them the least and have tried to come up with new ideas that are more balanced. We think that we can build our business on principles that put the customers best interests forward.

This session will explore the differences between a challenger bank and mobile banking and will delve into how we are trying to challenge conventional financial services concepts and go against the grain of the industry.

Presenters
avatar for Kris Hansen

Kris Hansen

CTO, KOHO

Host Companies
avatar for Koho

Koho

Koho
With an app and a re-loadable card, Koho is a totally new approach to banking. It’s a secure, easy way to spend and save without fees or hidden charges. Koho is a money movement made up of thousands of Canadians who are banking on their own terms—on their phones and without f... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
KOHO 67 Mowat Ave, Suite 200 (2nd Floor), Toronto, ON M6K 3E3

1:00pm

BlueDot Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

Tackling the Threat of Infectious Disease with Big Data, AI, and Predictive Modelling

Dangerous infectious disease outbreaks are appearing across the globe with far greater frequency than ever before. Population growth, urbanization, deforestation, climate change, mass gatherings, bioterrorism, and air travel are global forces that create dangerous outbreaks and drive their worldwide spread.

BlueDot is data and technology company focused on tackling the growing threat of infectious disease with big data, artificial intelligence, and predictive modelling. Infectious diseases spread quickly, but in a hyper-connected world, data can spread faster. We are on a mission to get ahead of infectious diseases by delivering powerful insights from our Global Early Warning System into the hands of organizations and individuals around the world

Presenters
avatar for Kamram Khan

Kamram Khan

Founder/CEO, BlueDot Inc.

Host Companies
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BlueDot Inc.

BlueDot Inc.
BlueDot is composed of an intentionally eclectic collective of expert physicians, engineers, statisticians, mathematicians, epidemiologists, ecologists, veterinarians, data and computer scientists, design thinkers, do-gooders, and entrepreneurs, united to tackle the threats posed... Read More →


1:00pm

Damiva
Limited Capacity seats available

Thoughts From A Female CEO: Courage, Entrepreneurship and Vaginas

At the core of its corporate philosophy of bringing innovative products to women for feminine and skin care, Damiva is about breaking taboos. Damiva’s success in launching across major retailers across North America has been on the heels of the company’s innovation in addressing the unspoken conditions of women.

CEO Chia Chia Sun will discuss her principles and experiences and how she views the most important personal factor for entrepreneurial success as a drive to overcome our daily fears. She will describe the company’s milestones - and give the background on the arguments and energy that were required to achieve them. In fall 2018, Chia Chia is screwing up her courage to embarking on a women’s health speaking tour called #OwnYourBox, in which she will talk about everything vagina-related.

Presenters
avatar for Chia Chia Sun

Chia Chia Sun

Founder & CEO, Damiva

Host Companies
avatar for Damiva

Damiva

Damiva
Damiva is an innovative women’s health company developing and manufacturing 100% natural products for pharmacies across Canada and the U.S.


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
MaRS 101 College St Toronto, Room CR2, ON M5G 1L7

1:00pm

Parkdale Centre for Innovation
Limited Capacity seats available

Launching an Incubator 

Parkdale Centre has committed $500000 over the course of 3 years to support professionals, entrepreneurs and the community to have access to digital skills, technology building, and the right support to build their dreams. One of our mandates is to create impact in the community by providing inclusive access to the innovation economy and create pathways to success. Hear from Rusul Alrubail, Parkdale Centre's Executive Director, about how she worked to build an innovation centre and an incubator to support startups, entrepreneurs, and professionals to make innovation accessible to everyone. 

Presenters
avatar for Rusul Alrubail

Rusul Alrubail

Executive Director, Parkdale Centre for Innovation

Host Companies
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Parkdale Centre for Innovation

Parkdale Centre for Innovation is a not for profit committed to making entrepreneurial and professional skills accessible through inclusive programs focusing on inclusion and equity.  


1:00pm

Nudge.ai
Limited Capacity seats available

Top 6 Lessons Learned from a Billion Dollar Startup

Paul Teshima will take a storytelling approach as he walks through 6 important lessons learned across a successful, 18-year startup journey.
As former Founding Executive at Eloqua, Paul helped guide the company to over $100M in revenue, an IPO and a $957M acquisition by Oracle. In his current role as CEO and co-founder of Nudge.ai, Paul's success has continued, raising $10M of capital, and growing to 20,000 users on the platform including several enterprise customers like Infor, Autodesk and Insperity.

Please join us as Paul shares the key lessons learned across two startup experiences, followed by a Q&A

Presenters
avatar for Paul Teshima

Paul Teshima

CEO and Co-Founder Nudge.ai, Nudge.ai

Host Companies
avatar for Nudge.ai

Nudge.ai

Nudge.ai
Nudge.ai, the leading relationship intelligence platform, helps sales teams to access new accounts, analyze deal risk, and measure account health. Nudge.ai integrates with the tools that sales teams already use including Gmail, Outlook, Salesforce, SalesLoft, and Outreach. Join the... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nudge.ai 325 Front St W Suite 400

1:00pm

Ten Thousand Coffees
Limited Capacity seats available

How the future of networking is based on dynamic knowledge networks

Meet Founder Dave Wilkin and hear how both Ten Thousand Coffees as well as the future of mentorship and networking has evolved from traditional mentorship to democratized opportunity and dynamic knowledge networks. Learn how success is built on diversity of thought and exposure to new ideas.

Note: Entrance is an orange door. Go up one flight of stairs to glass door. 

Presenters
avatar for Dave Wilkin

Dave Wilkin

Founder & CEO, Ten Thousand Coffees

Host Companies
avatar for Ten Thousand Coffees

Ten Thousand Coffees

Ten Thousand Coffees
Networking and mentoring done right. Ten Thousand Coffees connects employees with peers based on their role, career goals, and professional interests. These new relationships lead to more innovative, inclusive, creative, and high performing teams.


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ten Thousand Coffees 25 Brant Street, Suite 201 (2nd Floor), Toronto, ON, M5V 2L9

1:00pm

UpHabit
Limited Capacity seats available

Our Startup Journey

The importance of creating a wonderful organizational culture

Presenters
avatar for Neil Wainwright

Neil Wainwright

CEO, UpHabit

Host Companies
avatar for UpHabit

UpHabit

UpHabit
UpHabit is a mobile-first personal relationship manager


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
UpHabit 33 Bloor St E, Suite 500 - Yorkville

1:00pm

Sidewalk Labs
Limited Capacity seats available

Connected city of the Future

Sidewalk Labs is reimagining cities to improve quality of life. Growing cities face many challenges. Longer commutes. Higher rents. Fewer opportunities. New technology can help, but people can’t afford to wait for digital advances to transform the urban environment. Sidewalk is focused on urban technology across mobility, sustainability, the built environment, public realm and community. Our offices double as an innovation centre, showcasing the companies, technologies and concepts we are working on. We are excited to share our vision and hear what ideas you may have to contribute. 

Presenters
avatar for Carrie Jackson

Carrie Jackson

Creative Programming, Sidewalk Labs
avatar for Nicole LeBlanc

Nicole LeBlanc

Director Investments & Partnerships, Sidewalk Labs
avatar for Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Mobility & Transportation, Sidewalk Labs

Host Companies
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Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs
Sidwalk Labs is a subsidiary of Alphabet and was launched in June 2015 as a “moonshot” focused on improving urban life—designed to take risks others may not take.  We are designing a district in Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront to tackle the challenges of urban growth, working... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sidewalk Labs 307 Lakeshore Blvd East

1:00pm

Uber Canada
Limited Capacity seats available

The Importance of Putting Customers First

‘Customer obsession’ requires a relentless focus on best serving the people who use your products. At Uber, we believe this mindset is central to our success. We’re bullish on investing in customer support and product innovation, all with the goal of improving customer experience and reducing any friction our users could have when they interact with us. In this talk, Rob Khazzam, General Manager of Uber Canada, will share more about how Uber approaches ‘customer obsession’ and the lessons everyone can apply to their business practices.  

Presenters
avatar for Rob Khazzam

Rob Khazzam

General Manager of Canada (Ridesharing), Uber Driverless Car Group

Host Companies
avatar for Uber Canada

Uber Canada

Uber Canada
Co-founded by Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber is evolving the way the world moves. Present in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber has revolutionized transportation and offers more than 32,000 Canadian driver-partners a new way to earn income in their spare time by... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Uber Canada 1209 King Street West – Suite #200

2:45pm

Ritual
Limited Capacity seats available

Coming Soon

Presenters
avatar for Ray Reddy

Ray Reddy

CEO, Ritual

Host Companies
avatar for Ritual

Ritual

Ritual
Ritual provides local restaurants and coffee shops with leading technology that's being implemented by the world's largest restaurant chains to help them grow and optimize their business. For consumers, Ritual let's you order ahead, skip the line and earn rewards at all of your favourite... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Ritual 82 Peter St Floor 2 Toronto, ON M5V 2G5

2:45pm

Shopify
Limited Capacity filling up

Beyond the Launch: Growing Products @ Scale

  • Erika Strong, Product Marketing Manager, One Shopify
  • Gilad Rom, Senior Product Marketing Lead, Financial Solutions
  • Matt Nelson, Senior Product Marketing Lead, Channels
  • Dasha Sivkov, CMO Expansion Pack


Presenters
avatar for Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson

Senior Product Marketing Lead, Channels, Shopify
avatar for Gilad Rom

Gilad Rom

Senior Product Marketing Lead, Financial Solutions, Shopify
avatar for Dasha Sivkov

Dasha Sivkov

CMO Expansion Pack, Shopify
avatar for Erika Strong

Erika Strong

Product Marketing Manager, One Shopify, Shopify

Host Companies
avatar for Shopify

Shopify

Shopify
Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Shopify 80 Spadina Ave Suite 401 Toronto, ON M5V2J4

2:45pm

George Brown College
Limited Capacity seats available

Make Your Personal Brand Click

"So, what do you do?" It's a simple question that's often poorly answered. The world of online media gives us access to millions of people. But if you don't know what you offer then all of your posts and Tweets are adding to the noise of everybody trying to get noticed.

Facilitated by Blair Smith, Professor of Marketing and Digital Media at George Brown College, this popular workshop on personal branding will help you answer this question in 120 characters–the maximum length of a LinkedIn headline. This will be your guide to the type of content you'll create and share, and what channels you'll use. With the ultimate goal of making stronger connections in your online and in-person interactions.

Please note: This session is in the Career Centre at 200 King Street East. It’s in the basement which is -1 floor from ground. Attendees should enter the main doors on King Street East and just need to walk straight ahead through the foyer, down the stairs/ramp and then turn left. 

Presenters
avatar for Blair Smith

Blair Smith

Professor of Marketing and Digital Media at George Brown College, George Brown College

Host Companies
avatar for George Brown College

George Brown College

George Brown College
George Brown College equips students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue their career goals. With three campuses in downtown Toronto, the college offers a wide array of programs, including certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates, apprenticeships and... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
George Brown College 200 King Street East, Toronto ON M5A 3W8

2:45pm

Borrowell
Limited Capacity seats available

The Future of Personal Finance

Your financial situation and your financial choices can have a huge impact on your life - your relationships, your career choices, your ability to pursue your dreams. But people tend to neglect their personal finances. Borrowell's mission is to help Canadians make great decisions about credit. Come learn how we make personal finance more transparent, personalized and easier to understand, and how we're transforming how Canadians think about credit!

Presenters
avatar for Eva Wong

Eva Wong

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Borrowell

Host Companies
avatar for Borrowell

Borrowell

Borrowell
Borrowell helps people make great decisions about credit. With its free credit score and report monitoring, personal loans, and financial product recommendations, Borrowell empowers Canadians to improve their financial well-being and be the hero of their credit. Borrowell is one of... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Borrowell 134 Peter St #300, Toronto ON M5V 2H2

2:45pm

JLabs
Limited Capacity seats available

How Johnson & Johnson is supporting healthcare entrepreneurs

Presenters
avatar for Breanne Halyk

Breanne Halyk

Innovation Activation Manager, JLABS Canada, JLabs

Host Companies
avatar for JLabs

JLabs

JLabs
Johnson & Johnson Innovation| JLABS (JLABS) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering innovators across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and health tech sectors to create and accelerate the delivery of... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
JLabs 661 University Ave, Suite 1300 Toronto ON M5G 0B7

2:45pm

Swift Medical
Limited Capacity seats available

Healing 100s of Wounds a Day with AI 

Nearly everyone has a smartphone with a camera. But doctors, nurses and caregivers have only their eyes to analyze, and written notes to communicate when treating a vast number of illnesses or trauma world-wide.
 
 When we learned that more people suffer from chronic wounds than breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, and leukemia combined, we knew what needed doing.
 
 In three short years, we’ve engineered the world’s most advanced wound care visualization and management software. We forged partnerships with some of the biggest names in healthcare and today, our software leads the field and is used for over 100,000 patient assessments a month.
 
 Swift is committed to better outcomes for all -- helping clinicians perform at the height of their practices, enabling better business outcomes for administrators, and providing patients with more immediate, informed care. 

Presenters
avatar for Carlo Perez

Carlo Perez

Founder and CEO, Swift Medical

Host Companies
avatar for Swift Medical

Swift Medical

Swift is the world leader in digital wound care management, delivering advanced wound care visualization and touchless 3D measurement through its smartphone-ready Swift Skin and Wound software. Swift’s enterprise-grade solution streamlines clinical and administrative wound care... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Swift Medical 1 Richmond Street West(Suite 302) , Toronto, ON, M5H 3W4

2:45pm

Rangle
Limited Capacity seats available

Diversity and inclusion in tech

Join us for high tea and find out how diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of Rangle’s mission and culture.
We’ll share unique stories from several employees and open it up to the floor for discussion around building a great community and a supportive organization.


Presenters
avatar for Abdella Ali

Abdella Ali

Solutions Architect, Rangle.io
Abdella (Della) Ali is a software developer who has been working at Rangle for five years. He started off as a junior developer and has spent these last five years growing into his current role of Solutions Architect, working with tools like Angular and React but still feels like... Read More →
avatar for Angela Hountalas

Angela Hountalas

VP People, Rangle.io
Angela is an accomplished human resources executive who leads change, develops Agile leadership and strong cultures to achieve profitable growth. She has spent her career in global professional services organizations such as EDS, EY, Cap Gemini, and CGI.
avatar for Purvi Kanal

Purvi Kanal

Director of Software Development, Bridge and Solutions Architect, Rangle.io
Purvi Kanal is the Director of Software Development for Bridge, a Canadian non-profit teaching free, advanced programming and design to women, agender, and non-binary professionals in Toronto. Purvi leads the software development cohorts, and developed and taught the advanced front-end... Read More →
avatar for Jordon McKoy

Jordon McKoy

Developer, Rangle.io
Jordon is a software developer new to Rangle this year. He's passionate about web technologies and recently delivered a talk at ReactTO in July.
avatar for Sara Rehman

Sara Rehman

Business Development Associate, Rangle.io
Sara is a Business Development Associate at Rangle who has been working in the Toronto tech scene for the past 4 years. A former molecular biologist turned BDA, she has found a passion for the tech community and partnering with great companies to take their software development to... Read More →
avatar for Camas Winsor

Camas Winsor

COO, Rangle.io
With 15+ years of experience in multiple fast-growth tech companies, Camas oversees account growth and product strategy capabilities. She drives successful client partnerships and outcomes through her vertical leadership and ensures the production of innovative work that transforms... Read More →
avatar for Baggio Wong

Baggio Wong

Developer, Rangle.io
Baggio came all the way from Hong Kong to work at Rangle as a developer. He majored in software in Shanghai, and after working on side projects for a year, he decided that it was high time for change. One morning he woke up and decided he’d go to North America, so here he is!

Host Companies
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Rangle

Rangle
Built on a foundation of strategy, creative ingenuity and unmatched technical expertise, Rangle instills confidence in innovation. We’re turning disruptive ideas into reality, and getting them to market fast. From innovative startups to leading enterprises, we’ve partnered with... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Rangle 18 York Street, 5th floor, Toronto, ON, M5J 2T8

2:45pm

SDI Design
Limited Capacity seats available

Designing offices for high school kids

Since its inception, the designs of SDI have impacted the workplace of over 15,000 people. SDI continues to rethink about the way we work and is obsessed with creating the best workplace environments. With established clients such as Ubisoft, National Post, Sony Music and Mazda, SDI understands that design is an intrinsic component to a company’s longevity. We have recently seen a surge in job hopping amongst the millennial generation, putting immense pressure on organizations to create environments that maintain high levels of employee satisfaction. With 10 years being the average lifespan of an office lease, many future employees will still be in high school or university at the time of design. Join Founder Joanne Chan and Creative Director, Noam Hazan to hear about the importance of keeping up with the trends and why looking to our youth is the only way to design for the future.

Presenters
avatar for Noam Hazan

Noam Hazan

Creative Director, SDI Design

Host Companies
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SDI Design

SDI Design
SDI is a full-service design firm. At the heart of every project is our client. Using strategy, design and innovation as tools, our goal is to elevate the organisations and the people who inhabit our spaces. Our services include workplace strategy, interior design, project coordination... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
SDI Design 170 University Ave, Suit 1100

2:45pm

Influitive
Limited Capacity seats available

Key lessons on creating a high performing culture

The topic of discussion will be on "How to create a high performing culture".  We will chat through some of the peaks and valleys we have experienced at Influitive, and what we learned along the way to ensure you have an A+ team that can help you achieve your goals.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan James

Jonathan James

VP of Product, Influitive
avatar for Bronwyn Smith

Bronwyn Smith

VP Business Operations, Influitive

Host Companies
avatar for Influitive

Influitive

Influitive
Influitive is a rapidly growing innovator in the marketing software space. Influitive helps B2B marketers mobilize their customers to become advocates for the business, influencing buyers and driving revenue growth.Influitive’s flagship product, the AdvocateHub SaaS platform and... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Influitive 111 Peter St. Third Floor

2:45pm

500px
Limited Capacity seats available

Pivoting to the Basics: Refocusing Your Business on the Core

Course corrections, or pivots, are normal for startups and ventures, with many startups first building a user base, then determining how to monetize that user base. Although pivoting a business is challenging and means potentially abandoning a tremendous amount of invested time and effort, it is also an opportunity to reset and breathe new life into an organization and its team. 500px started as a social blogging website in late 2003 and was launched as an official platform site for photographers to share their best work in 2009. Over the past near decade, the company grew and expanded across business lines and developed and launched various products and offerings to both creators and buyers of photography. Come hear from CEO, Aneta Filiciak, who will discuss the journey of the company through times of expansion, pivots and the path forward post-acquisition. In this session, she will be highlight the importance of always validating changes to a business' focus against the value provided to users, and lessons learned along the way throughout the phases of a startups' life.

Presenters
avatar for Aneta Filiciak

Aneta Filiciak

CEO, 500px

Host Companies
avatar for 500px

500px

500px
500px is the premier community and social network for aspiring and practicing photographers. Over 15M creatives from 195 countries come to 500px to share their best photos, exchange feedback and ideas and monetize on their work and skills. For aspiring and practicing photography professionals... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
500px 20 Duncan Street, Toronto ON

2:45pm

SnapTravel
Limited Capacity filling up

Conversational Commerce

Learn how commerce is moving to messaging.

Presenters
avatar for Mostafa Elhefnawy

Mostafa Elhefnawy

Product Manager, SnapTravel

Host Companies
avatar for SnapTravel

SnapTravel

SnapTravel is the leader in conversational commerce. We believe conducting commerce should be as simple as messaging a friend. We drive millions of dollars a month in revenue over SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Alexa.


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
SnapTravel 462 Wellington St W, Suite 201, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E3

4:30pm

Element AI
Limited Capacity filling up

AI 101 

In this session, you'll learn the basics of artificial intelligence, what it means, how it works, and how it can be applied to solve real business problems. This session is meant for beginners with no prior knowledge of AI, and takes a very straight forward approach to explaining these concepts 

Presenters
avatar for Jenny Hui

Jenny Hui

Lead Solution Strategist, Element AI

Host Companies
avatar for Element AI

Element AI

Element AI
At Element AI we advance cutting-edge research and turn it into products that make businesses safer, stronger, and more agile. 


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
MaRS** 101 College St Toronto, Suite 120,ON M5G 1L7

4:30pm

Canopy Growth
Limited Capacity full

Tweed not Weed

How we built the world's leading cannabis brand from an abandoned small town factory.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Wasserman

Amy Wasserman

Director of Marketing, Recreational, Canopy Growth

Host Companies
avatar for Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth
As you’ve probably noticed, big changes are coming to the Canadian cannabis landscape, and we’re ready. You might say we were born ready. For the past four years, we’ve been producing quality cannabis products for tens of thousands of Canadians. We’ve grown, we’ve learned... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cossette 32 Atlantic Ave Toronto, ON M6K 1X8

4:30pm

Instacart
Limited Capacity seats available

Every Cart Counts: How Instacart is Revolutionizing Grocery Delivery Around the Globe

Instacart is the fastest growing online grocery company in the world, with more than 300 retail partnerships and 50,000+ shoppers across North America. Having recently expanded to Canada, the company has exciting plans to build out their presence in Toronto alongside the talented team at Unata. In this NewCo session, join Mark Schaaf, CTO at Instacart and Chris Bryson, CEO at Unata to hear about the innovative problems they’re solving, the company’s vision for the future, and how you can get involved.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bryson

Chris Bryson

CEO, Unata
Chris founded Unata in 2011 with a vision to enable next-generation shopping experiences for grocers by blending digital apps, loyalty programs, machine learning technology and cloud computing, and the company was recently ranked 52nd on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 list in 2017. Prior... Read More →
MS

Mark Schaaf

Instacart, CTO

Host Companies
avatar for Instacart

Instacart

Instacart is the largest on-demand grocery delivery service in North America. Originally launched in San Francisco and since expanded through the U.S. and Canada, Instacart has fundamentally changed the traditional grocery delivery space by digitally connecting retailers with customers... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Instacart 504 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E3

4:30pm

Loblaw Digital
Limited Capacity seats available

Bringing a Hundred Year Old Company into the Digital Age 

Join Loblaw Digital Senior Vice President Herman Paek as he discusses how his team has built successful e-commerce businesses and digital experiences within the confines of a 100-year old company. Loblaw Digital has launched e-commerce platforms for a number of Loblaw properties, including Joe Fresh, Beauty at Shoppers Drug Mart, online grocery and digital pharmacy. After weathering the unique wins and challenges of each business over the last 6 years from within a company that already had its own identity, processes, and limitations, where is Loblaw Digital going in the next 10? 

Presenters
avatar for Herman Paek

Herman Paek

Senior Vice President, Loblaw Digital, Loblaw Digital

Host Companies
avatar for Loblaw Digital

Loblaw Digital

At Loblaw Digital, we know that our customers expect the best from us. Whether that means building the best, most innovative online shopping experience, or designing an app that will impact the lives of people across the country, we’re up for the challenge. From our office in Downtown... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Loblaw Digital 40 Hanna Avenue Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario

4:30pm

LoyaltyOne
Limited Capacity seats available

The Future of Loyalty in Retail – Transforming Disruption into Re-invention 

Exponential transformations in technology are changing the game for retailers around the world. And rapidly rising customer expectations for personalization, relevance and delight means retailers must go above and beyond to engage in the moment. This age of disruption is forcing the question – how will cutting-edge technology re-invent innovative customer experiences that drive shoppers’ engagement and long-term loyalty?

Join Bryan Pearson, President and CEO of LoyaltyOne and renowned author of the best-selling book The Loyalty Leap, as he speaks to how the emergence of exponential technologies like AR/VR, machine learning and blockchain are fundamentally shifting loyalty program mechanics. Against the backdrop of LoyaltyOne’s new state-of the-art headquarters at 351 King St E, Bryan will share his perspective on the future of loyalty in retail. 

Presenters
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Bryan Pearson

President & CEO, LoyaltyOne

Host Companies
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LoyaltyOne

LoyaltyOne is a global leader in the design and implementation of coalition loyalty programs, customer analytics, and loyalty services for Fortune 1000 clients around the world. We have over 25 years of experience leveraging data-driven insights to develop and operate some of the... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
LoyaltyOne 351 King St East, Toronto, ON M5A 0L6

4:30pm

CIBC LIVE LABS/Simplii Financial
Limited Capacity seats available

Innovation at CIBC 

Innovation is at the core of CIBC. It helps us create new products and makes us a better bank. We believe that innovation allows us to push the limits of what’s possible. This session will showcase how CIBC is innovating through their innovation lab, CIBC Live Labs and their digital only bank, Simplii Financial. 

Presenters
avatar for Valerie Belanger

Valerie Belanger

Consultant, Direct Banking and Digital Partnerhsips, CIBC LIVE LABS
avatar for Corby Fine

Corby Fine

VP, Simplii Financial, CIBC LIVE LABS
avatar for Rachel Minicucci

Rachel Minicucci

Communication Lead, CIBC LIVE LABS
avatar for Michael Thomson

Michael Thomson

Director, Digital Innovation, CIBC LIVE LABS

Host Companies
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CIBC LIVE LABS

CIBC LIVE LABS
Innovation is at the core of CIBC. It helps us create new products and makes us a better bank. We believe that innovation allows us to push the limits of what’s possible. At CIBC Live Labs, we have a safe environment to try something new without the constraints of the rest of the... Read More →
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Simplii Financial

Simplii Financial
Simplii Financial is the direct banking subsidiary of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Simplii makes banking simple and easy, just the way you want. 


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
MaRS Discovery District 661 University Avenue, Suite 420 - West Tower

4:30pm

Wave
Limited Capacity seats available

Wave and the Toronto Startup Scene, 2010 to the present 

Delivering innovative financial services & award-winning free software to small & micro businesses around the world. Rob Maurin, VP of Communications, will take you through how Wave and the Toronto startup scene have evolved since 2010.  

Presenters
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Rob Maurin

VP Communications, Wave

Host Companies
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Wave

Wave
Wave delivers innovative financial services and award-winning free software to small- and micro-businesses around the world.


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Wave 235 Carlaw Ave, Suite 501, Toronto Ontario, M4M 2S1

4:30pm

Smart Nora
Limited Capacity seats available

How we design life at Smart Nora 

Life at a fast growth startup is exciting. It requires dedication, your best judgment on the daily, and great communication. As a wellness company, we are the first ones to know all of this can only be sustainable with keeping an eye on work/life balance, staying nourished, and being cared for by your team. We make it a priority to gather as an entire team three times a week, share a meal, and update each other on work, life, inspiration, and learning. Join us to see how this plays out in our design work and leave feeling energized and even more like the creative cool cat you are.  

Presenters
avatar for Behrouz Hariri

Behrouz Hariri

CEO & Co-founder, Smart Nora
avatar for Anne Simpson-Porco

Anne Simpson-Porco

Executive Assistant, Smart Nora

Host Companies
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Smart Nora

Smart Nora is a Toronto based startup that has improved sleep and relationships for tens of thousands of couples around the world. Our debut product is the world's most comfortable snoring solution and has been listed on Oprah’s Favorite Things, as well as Good Morning America... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Smart Nora 461 King Street West 4th Floor Toronto, ON M5V1K4

4:30pm

Think Dirty
Limited Capacity filling up

Scandal Proof Your Corporate Culture 

Launching a successful start up is reliant upon understanding the importance of purpose and inclusivity. These key pillars help build great companies through promoting a strong sense of corporate culture. 

Presenters
avatar for Lily Tse

Lily Tse

Think Dirty

Host Companies
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Think Dirty

Think Dirty
Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Think Dirty 230 Richmond Street East M5A1P4 Toronto, ON

4:30pm

TWG
Limited Capacity seats available

Product Development for Enterprise: Hosted by TWG's VP of Product Tom Walsham

RBC's Upskill: Neha Thanki is a Product Manager at TWG who lead the development of UpSkill, part of RBC’s Future Launch program which prepares today’s youth for the evolving jobs of tomorrow. Neha and Andrea March, Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship at RBC, will explore the impact of automation, the changing reality of how youth acquire technical skills, and how these factors shaped the development of Upskill.

Presenters
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Andrea March

Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, RBC
avatar for Neha Thanki

Neha Thanki

Enterprise Product Manager, TWG
avatar for Tom Walsham

Tom Walsham

VP Product, TWG

Host Companies
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TWG

TWG
TWG is a software Innovation consultancy with offices in Toronto, New York and Mumbai. Our mission is to transform the way organizations design, develop and utilize software to achieve their missions.


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
TWG 425 Adelaide St W #300, Toronto, ON M5V 3C1

5:00pm

Meetup @ Startup Open House
Continue your NewCo experience with Startup Open House. Check out the more than 100 companies who are taking part by registering at https://www.startupopenhouse.com/register.

Designated NewCo meetups are happening at:
Shopify @ 80 Spadina Ave Suite 401 
Top Hat @ 151 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor 
Wattpad @ 36 Wellington Street East, 2nd Floor 
Loblaw @  40 Hanna Avenue, Suite 500
Prodigy Game @ 144 Front Street, 4th floor, suite 400

Thursday September 27, 2018 4:00pm - 8:00 pm All over the city! Go to www.startupopenhouse.com to discover all locations.  

Host Companies
avatar for Loblaw Digital

Loblaw Digital

At Loblaw Digital, we know that our customers expect the best from us. Whether that means building the best, most innovative online shopping experience, or designing an app that will impact the lives of people across the country, we’re up for the challenge. From our office in Downtown... Read More →
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Prodigy Game

Prodigy Game
Loved by more than 700,000 teachers and over 30 million students, our free MMORPG takes players on a fantasy-inspired journey where success depends on honing curriculum-aligned math skills. As students progress, teachers can customize in-game questions to supplement lessons, prepare... Read More →
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Shopify

Shopify
Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar... Read More →
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Top Hat

Top Hat's interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools, and activities. More than 2.8 million students at 750 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching... Read More →
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Wattpad

Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. The global multiplatform entertainment company uses the power of community and technology to enable the creation and distribution of content across a variety of formats. Its flagship app, Wattpad, is home to... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA