Taking place in Downtown Toronto on April 19th, "ScaleUp Conference: Technology, Strategy and Marketing for Growth" is a one-day event designed to help entrepreneurs, founders and business owners take the next step in their journey; scaling their business.
The Conference draws on the real-life experiences of entrepreneurs and experts who have navigated the transition from start-up to scale-up and have increased their size, reach and revenues exponentially, while also carefully managing their cost of doing business.
Over the past five years, Canadian startups have done a tremendous job of starting businesses. Your participation will help you out-learn and out-think the competition in the fields of leadership, strategy, marketing, sales, operations and finance. Join leaders from Canada's fastest growing companies along with the CEOs and the executive team members of leading mid-market firms ($5 million to $500 million), for a day of intense learning, networking and idea-generation.
Chief Data Scientist, Customer Success
Grandfather of Ethereum, BlockGeeks.com, Angel investor, Mentor for blockchain startups
Coinsquare.io - Canada's most trusted cryptocurrency platform
Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur, Consultant
WIND Mobile - $1.6B Exit; Founder and Chairman of Globalive
Two Small Fish Ventures, Ex-Wattpad
Managing Director and Co-founder
Plum.io - Using AI and psychology to ensure companies hire, grow, and retain top talent
Alphablock - AI and Blockchain
Baker & McKenzie - Artificial Intelligence and IP
Diply - The fastest growing website in the world!
CEO and Co-Founder
Leading Minds Lab
North Strategic - Fastest growing public relations firm in Canada
Rent Frock Repeat
OMERS Ventures - Total of $800 million of assets under management.
The Scale Coach - fast track the growth and impact of your business
Globe and Mail - report on business
National Lead, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Incubation
Partner BDC IT Venture Fund
Round 13 Capital - dedicated to investing in growth-stage digital companies
Innovation, Strategy, Execution Partner
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Ozge has a combined experience in entrepreneurship and academics. She co-founded the predictive log analysis start up, topLog, in 2013 while working towards her PhD degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University. She understands the importance of finding the real pain points of her clients and building solutions accordingly.
She has worked on several different projects on Machine Learning and published peer-reviewed papers. Some of the areas she worked on are Intrusion Detection using Neural Networks and Unstructured Text Categorization using clustering and classification techniques.
Ozge is a life-long learner and problem solver. Her experience with switching from academia to entrepreneurship has taught her how to solve real world problems by applying her deep Machine Learning expertise. She truly enjoys creating business opportunities for her clients by using technology.
Passionate tech entrepreneur.
Founder of three multi-million dollars businesses, including the top-ranked membership management software company, Wild Apricot, which serves over 20,000 non-profit organizations.
Co-founder of BlockGeeks.com
Angel investor and mentor for blockchain startups.
Proud father of Vitalik Buterin - creator of Ethereum.
Coinsquare is Canada's leading platform for simple and secure trading of bitcoin, ethereum, gold and more. Founded and operated by Canadians - our mission is to make access to digital currencies easy, safe and secure.
The Blockchain Research Institute is a multi-million dollar Toronto-based research initiative that is undertaking the definitive investigation of blockchain strategy, opportunities, and implementation challenges. The Institute’s global team of over 50 experts is exploring the impact of blockchain on a number of key sectors — including financial services, manufacturing, energy and technology — and is examining how it will change the way companies are managed.
Born in Italy, Chef Massimo Capra culinary training began in Salsomaggiore, Parma. He then started his culinary journey at the famous Trattoria dall' Amelia in Mestre near Venice.
In 2010 chef Massimo Capra licenced his name to the famous restaurant "Rainbow Room" in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls and the last few years he became chef brand-owner of Boccone Trattoria Veloce and Boccone Pronto at Pearson airport in Toronto and Soprafino Restaurant at Hamad International Airport in Doha Qatar.
Chef Massimo Capra has opened his latest venture in his hometown of Mississauga; Capra's Kitchen - a casual Italian eatery with heavy emphasis on Pasta, Pizza and Antipasto.
Author of "One Pot Italian" and "Three Chefs the kitchen men" which in 2011 received the gold award from Canadian Culinary Book Award, Chef Capra is the food editor for "Canadian Home Trends" magazine.
Chef Massimo Capra is no stranger to television being the host of his own show Gourmet Escapes and is a regular guest expert on the long running City TV Cityline, chef host on the hit series Restaurant Makeover on the Food Network and now Massimo is a judge on the hit show Chopped Canada.
Eva is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a Canadian fintech company that helps consumers make great decisions about credit.
Eva's career has spanned both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including leadership roles at The OTF Group (a Monitor spin-off), Maple Leaf Foods, UNDP and Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting). She has studied or worked in the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.
She was named to the 2017 Women in FinTech Powerlist and was a finalist for "Fintech Woman of the Year" at LendIt, the world’s biggest show in lending & fintech. Eva was named one of 20 Canadian tech start-up founders to follow by Twitter Canada, was featured as one of "9 Canadian Women Changing The Game" by Elle Canada and on Flare's #HowIMadeIt list of Canadian women with cool jobs.
Eva holds degrees from Harvard University and Queen’s School of Business.
Anthony is Founder and Chairman of Globalive Holdings, Globalive Communications, and Globalive Capital, and the founder and past Chairman and CEO of WIND Mobile. Anthony is Founder and Chairman of Globalive Holdings, Globalive Communications, and Globalive Capital, and the founder and past Chairman and CEO of WIND Mobile. He has forged a reputation as a disruptive entrepreneur who has changed Canada’s communications technology landscape.
Under Anthony’s leadership, Globalive has received numerous best-in-business awards, including the top ranking on PROFIT magazine’s list of Canada’s 100 fastest growing companies. In 2007, Anthony founded the SHAMBA foundation, a charity that assists other not-for-profit entities with fundraising and organizational efforts.
Anthony is a champion of the next generation of Canadian technology entrepreneurs, supporting programs including the Next 36, Startup Canada, the Entrepreneurship Hatchery, the Creative Destruction Lab, and the MaRS Discovery District. He supports young entrepreneurs with financing and mentorship, is active on several boards and advisory groups, and speaks regularly to students about entrepreneurship.
In support of theatre in New York and London, Anthony has produced and co-produced several successful theatre productions, including the Laurence Olivier award winning 2010 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Anthony is a regular contributor on Bloomberg TV on innovation and technology and is the author of How We Can Win: and what happens to us and our country if we don’t (October, 2017).
Serial entrepreneurs turn investors, Two Small Fish Ventures is founded by myself and my husband Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad. We want to leverage our experience in building large scale network effect base companies to help other entrepreneurs to build the next big thing.
We invest in Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo based early stage Internet companies with strong network effects.
After building two businesses and experiencing firsthand the costs of uncertainty and bias in conventional hiring practices, Caitlin MacGregor launched and became the CEO of Plum (http://plum.io) out of her own necessity. Plum uses the most advanced industrial-organizational psychology to ensure companies hire, grow, and retain top talent. Our scalable, cost-effective software provides your organization with the ability to predict with certainty the quality of your hires, develop your employees, and transform your culture. Before becoming CEO and co-founder of Plum, she was Employee #1/Director of Operations for Me to We Style in Toronto and President of goQ software in New Hampshire. Caitlin was selected by Springboard Enterprises in NYC as one of the top 10 businesses led by women. Caitlin has raised over $2 million of investment to fuel Plum's growth.
Now that Web 2.0 is behind us and AI, Blockchain and Fintech technologies are ready to converge, one wonders how will the Blockchain 2.0 look like. Will it become one integrated alternative market mechanism taking us to Web 3.0 and 4.0? Or will the blockchain sputter and struggle for use cases as the society comes around the crypto mania? A peek into the future and how AlphaBlock is hacking the smart contract architecture to transform the ledger into a more robust network capable of becoming the intelligent web where the global community generates, enhances and distributes intelligence.
Stephanie Vaccari serves as co-chair of Baker McKenzie’s Toronto Women’s Networking Group and is spearheading the Toronto office's Luxury and Fashion Group. In addition, she is an active member of Baker McKenzie’s global Intellectual Property Webinar Series and the Toronto office’s Social Media Initiative. She mainly practices in the areas of intellectual property law — including trade marks, copyright, patents and industrial designs — IP litigation, as well as related commercial litigation. Stephanie graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School and received a Bachelor of Sciences degree (Biology Specialist) from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with distinction.
CEO and Co-founder of the fastest growing website in Internet History, Taylor Ablitt knows all about scaling up quickly. Launched in 2013, Diply is a leading social entertainment publisher for millennial women. Publishing a unique blend of social-first articles and videos, Diply reaches 70M+ fans that generate 1.4B+ video views and 5B+ social impressions monthly. A comScore top 10 Lifestyle media property, Diply is the 52nd largest domain in the U.S. with 41M+ monthly uniques. Headquartered in London, Ontario, Diply has offices in New York, Chicago, and Toronto.
Too often we get caught up trying to win the wrong race in pursuit of proverbial career paths and goals that aren’t fulfilling. Does this race benefit humanity? Does it benefit the environment? Do its measures of success reflect our personal values?
I am someone that strives to live in an examined way, to asks questions and spend time with people who do things differently than me. I like to imagine how things might be 20 or 30 years from now, collect ideas on human experiences and engage in dialogues on what could be, as oppose to what’s expected. I am someone who believes that my capital “w” Work, cannot be separated from theories of social change.
By direct consequence of these interests and beliefs, my chosen career path has been non-linear, skill-based and more inwardly-focused. My vision is to build a career with meaning that also brings personal satisfaction; For what is turning work into play and essentially serving others, if not the highest compensation one can seek?
Proud to be named one of Canada's Top 10 Marketing Agencies by Marketing Magazine for the past three consecutive years. Also won the Canadian PR Agency of the Year SABRE Award in 2015 and 2016.
We help our clients breakthrough to connect with consumers through PR, social and earned media. Our team also creates social media content for brands looking for hero, hub and help content on their own channels. Aimed primarily at serving consumer lifestyle brands, our client roster includes Airbnb, Sport Chek, Canada Goose, Diageo, Samsung, and Ubisoft.
Rent frock Repeat (RfR) gives women the ability to translate their high fashion wish list into reality without the buyer’s remorse. A virtual closet of rentable wears, the boutique allows women to experiment with new looks, dress in the most up-to-date luxury collections, and look their very best for every special occasion – all without cluttering their closets or credit card bills.
As a collaborative consumption company, RfR and its members are proud to be reducing fashion's carbon footprint; one time use frocks are being loved and shared by many. Our partners and designers are proud to be given the opportunity to design high quality products that are now accessible to many vs. having to focus on reducing costs to create less expensive options for the masses.
In his role as Partner at OMERS Ventures, Brian Kobus is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities for OMERS Ventures in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors.
Brian brings 15 years of experience in the areas of technology, venture capital and finance to his role at OMERS Ventures. Previously, Brian was VP Technology Alliances at ScribbleLive, a leading content marketing software-as-a-service platform, where he was responsible for establishing, managing and growing relationships with partners.
Prior to joining ScribbleLive, Brian was with Summerhill Venture Partners, a TMT-focused venture capital firm where he worked closely with a number of successful high growth companies. Earlier in his career Brian worked on numerous M&A and financing transactions, first at Morgan Stanley and then at Bell Canada Enterprises.
Brian holds both an MBA and an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and is also a CFA charter holder.
Author and Scale-Up Coach to Founder CEOs, Brent Lowe is the trusted expert for founders when in growth mode. Facing intense pressure to grow, founders work with Brent to add fuel to their personal performance and that of their teams. Brent recently co-authored "Reinventing Scale-Ups", where he explores radical ideas that will challenge your own thinking about what it means to be a leader.
Data Scientist | Machine Learning | Marketing Automation | Personalization
As the Director of Marketing & Analytics for the Web at Media Force, I lead a team responsible for architecting and supporting integrated end to end online marketing solutions and web analytics. Incorporating unique approach empowered decision making for Media Force's multi-million dollar clients to be driven by Voice of the Customer while balancing Outcomes for businesses.
An award-winning Toronto-based journalist who develops and grows media brands.
The first step is creating top-notch content that engages readers. Next is leveraging the content across multiple platforms and finding ways to monetize each product. Strategies can be improved by strong social, mobile and search strategies.
Some of my areas of interest are international news, business, personal finance, food and culture.
I'm experienced in creating content for web (desktop and mobile), apps, ebooks, video, podcasts, radio, magazines and newspapers.
The IBM Innovation Space is a Toronto-based incubator that provides startups with a collaborative space to innovate and disrupt the market. Our goal is to provide you with the tools needed to take your idea to the next level, introduce you to the right networks and help you acquire new clients. Our unique approach, specifically around client engagement, positions your company for optimal growth and revenue at an accelerated pace.
"The Robin Hood of PR - I take from the rich and give to the poor. I work alongside a troop of socially innovative clients to create solutions that promote sustainability, champion equality and disseminate empathy." Nesh is the founder of Press Pillay, Toronto’s favorite digital communications agency for social enterprises.
Peter Misek is a partner in the IT Venture Fund, based in Toronto. He comes with over 14 years of venture capital experience as an Advisor/ Venture Partner for DN Capital including direct involvement in 2 unicorns. He has almost 20 years of investment banking experience as Managing Director and CoHead of Global Technology Research for Jefferies in NYC and as Director of Research and Global Technology Analyst for Canaccord.
Peter holds a CA, CPA, CPA from Illinois as well as a CFA. He is a hobby programmer who has founded technology companies.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-misek- 3191394/
Round 13 Capital was Co-founded by Canadian Business Giants Bruce Croxon, John Eckert and Scott Pelton.Scott Pelton has been a Canadian-based venture capitalist since July 2000. Before six years with GrowthWorks Capital, Scott was a founding partner at Scotiabank’s e-commerce VC group, e-Scotia Acquisition, later renamed Scotiabank Private Equity Investments. Scott has also worked with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), most recently as an Interim Investment Director and previously a member of the fund’s investment committee.
Scott spent the 1990s going to school (Computer Engineering and Management at McMaster University), working with startups (Pandesic, Roadware) and large firms (P&G, Intel, SAP) in various tech roles.
Notable investments include Verold (sold to Box), BumpTop (sold to Google), Datawire (sold to First Data) and Sysomos (sold to Marketwire).
CTO Boost stimulates North America’s greatest companies and industry leaders, helping them outshine the rest with innovation that makes sense. With unparalleled experience, our team has come together because in the pit of our stomachs we know that there is something better. CTO Boost: For our Clients. For their Customers. For industry.
Proven Leader with extensive experience in building growth, bottom line profits and results for all stakeholders.
I am a passionate leader, focused on building success and value for all stakeholders (especially the customer!) My strengths are Innovation, Strategy, Execution and driven by a focus on obtaining Results.
I have extensive strategic experience in delivering results for my clients in a variety of sectors. I spent the first decade of my career acquiring extensive knowledge in all areas of customer life cycle and experience, from acquisition to sales, service and satisfaction to retention and increasing lifetime value. Grounded in the customer mindset, I built on this powerful knowledge to successfully bring hundreds of products and services to market, capture market share and realize continuous and sustainable growth.
Over the span of my career I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful organizations including Loblaw, Metro, Sobeys, Cara, Whole Foods, Pizza Pizza, Bell, Rogers, BMO, TD, ING, RBC, Hydro, CMHC, Dairy Farmers, Coca Cola, Sears, Nestle, General Motors, Children’s Miracle Network.
Long-term growth strategy focused leader with an entrepreneurial spirit.