OCTOBER 29th, 2014
Andrew Richard Designs

Scaling from Anywhere: Building World-Class Companies in Canada

A day to connect and celebrate technology, entrepreneurs, influencers and investors.

Brought to you by The C100 and the Digital Media Zone
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Mike McDerment
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Freshbooks

Mike McDerment is co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the #1 cloud accounting solution for service based small business owners, with more than 10 million users worldwide. Mike has spent the last decade making accounting software accessible to small businesses and is co-author of Breaking the Time Barrier, which helps professionals better price their services, and has seen over 150,000 downloads since its release in 2013. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times he is reportedly the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.

Rob Hyndman
Toronto Business Lawyer, Co-Founder of #hohoto,

Rob Hyndman is a Toronto business lawyer whose practice is devoted to technology businesses. He represents a wide variety of early- and later-stage technology clients and regularly advises on matters ranging from formation to exits. Rob is an avid supporter of and regular speaker in the Toronto startup community, and is a co-founder of the mesh group, which created mesh, Canada’s Web Conference, and its sister events, meshU, meshmarketing and meshwest. He’s also a co-founder of #hohoto, a semi-annual fundraiser for the Toronto technology and media communities that benefits the Daily Bread Food Bank. He blogs at www.robhyndman.com and at hyndmanlaw.com/blog/, and is on twitter at @rhh. His firm’s site hosts a variety of resources for use by startups.

Gokul Rajaram
Product Engineering Lead at Square

Gokul Rajaram, Square’s Product Engineering Lead, leads software development for Square Register, a full point-of-sale system for businesses, and other products. He was most recently the Product Director of Ads at Facebook, where he drove product development and execution for Facebook’s advertising products.

Prior to joining Facebook, Rajaram co-founded Chai Labs. Previously, Rajaram was Product Management Director for Google AdSense.

Harley Finkelstein
Chief Platform Officer (CPO) at Shopify

Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the Chief Platform Officer (CPO) at Shopify. He has a background in startups and eCommerce, and started his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath. Harley serves as a mentor and advisor to a number of entrepreneurial organizations and incubators, including Founder Fuel, Extreme Ventures, & Invest Ottawa.

Bram Sugarman
Senior Associate at OMERS Ventures

In his role as a Senior Associate at OMERS Ventures, Bram Sugarman is responsible for sourcing and executing investment opportunities in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Bram has worked on 15 transactions with OMERS Ventures since he started in 2011 and currently works with portfolio companies Shopify, HootSuite, Hopper, VidYard, PasswordBox, and BusBud.

Bram began his career at Electronic Arts in Montreal as a software developer, before joining online gaming company CryptoLogic. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Bram spent time working at Extreme Venture Partners assessing investment opportunities and building growth strategies.

Aydin Senkut
Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures

Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. An original “super-angel” investor, he was named to Forbes’ 2014 Midas List and previously appeared as one of the top 25 tech angels by Businessweek. Aydin is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic companies including Adyen, Clearslide, Counsyl, Inkling, Practice Fusion, Rovio, and Shopify. Fifty Felicis companies have been acquired by industry leaders. Today, his focus is on intelligent SaaS and financial services as well as development of frontier technologies including deep learning and robotics.

Ariel Garten
Co-founder and CEO of InteraXon

Ariel Garten is the co-founder and CEO of InteraXon, creators of Muse: the brain sensing headband. Ariel studied at the University of Toronto and did research into hippocampal neurogenesis at Toronto’s esteemed Krembil Neuroscience Centre. No mere neuroscience nerd, however, Ariel is also is a psychotherapist, a fashion designer whose clothing opened Toronto Fashion Week in 2003, and has had her work displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ariel’s uncommon combination of science and art is integral to the design of every aspect of Muse and to InteraXon’s unique approach to brain sensing technology, making it a vital part of everyday life.

John Stackhouse
Master of Ceremonies

John Stackhouse is an award-winning journalist, author and digital media advisor. Formerly editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, he is now a senior fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and Munk School of Global Affairs. He has also advised a range of Canadian corporations, universities and not-for-profits on digital strategy, and spoken internationally about digital media.

Ticket Sales End Friday October 24th at 9am
Agenda + Speakers
  • Morning session Invitation-only
  • Seeing 20/20
    Startups & industry closed-door pitches and networking
    Seeing 20/20: Where founders meet clients & funders

    Keynote address by John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures
    Pitch MC: Alex Baker, Partner of Relay Ventures

  • 12:30 pm Doors Open
  • Mike McDerment
    Fireside chat
    Mike McDerment,
    CEO of Freshbooks

    "Building Big from Home" with Rob Hyndman, Toronto Business Lawyer and Co-Founder of #hohoto

  • Gokul Rajaram
    Product talk
    Gokul Rajaram,
    Product Engineering Lead at Square

    "Hard Decisions Along the Way"

  • Harley Finkelstein
    Fireside Chat
    Harley Finkelstein,
    Chief Platform Officer at Shopify

    "Hustle and Hack" with Bram Sugarman, Senior Associate at OMERS Ventures

  • Aydin Senkut
    Fireside Chat
    Aydin Senkut
    Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures
  • Ariel Garten
    A Deal from 2 Sides
    Ariel Garten
    Co-founder and CEO of InteraXon
  • Cocktails
    Closing reception
    Networking cocktails

    Closing Reception hosted by Northleaf Capital Partners and The Ontario Venture Capital Fund

  • John Stackhouse
    Master of Ceremonies
    John Stackhouse
  • 7:00 pm End of event

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