Wednesday , March 7


7:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome Remarks


8:15 am - 9:15 am

Session One: Data and Storytelling

What should you measure and how can you use that data to tell stories for impact? Get fresh insight on which metrics matter and how to use them to your advantage. Reporting to multiple stakeholders, proving outcomes and tracking attribution are challenges for many accelerators. Hear from program managers across Canada and from Techstars’ Chris Heivly on lessons learned on impact measurement.

Melissa Dodaro,Product Manager, Data Catalyst, ‎MaRS Discovery District

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Chris Diaper,Director, Strategic Partnerships, TEC Edmonton

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Ryan Williams,Chair of QuinteVation

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Avvey Peters,Vice President, Partnerships, Communitech

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9:15 am - 10:15 am

Session Two: Impactful Events

Events are great, but designing them to be both impactful and revenue generating can be a challenge. The session will discuss strategies to consider for creating events that are tied to success measures, with a focus on quality over quantity. Hear from other accelerators who are creating great impact in the community with their event strategies.

Dan Gunn,CEO of VIATEC

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Jordan Dutchak,Executive Director, Co.Labs

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Brea Retzlaff,Director of Operations, Accelerate Okanagan

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Yvonne Pilon,President and CEO, WEtech Alliance

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Tessa Bousfield,Marketing & Events Director, VIATEC

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10:15 am - 10:30 am

Break: Caffeine, Sugar and Talking


10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session Three: Growth Stage Programming, Supporting Scale-ups

How can accelerators best support companies beyond the startup stage? This panel will discuss the common challenges related to building relevant programming for growth stage companies with diverse needs. Get ideas on how to fill the pipeline for your growth programs and attract new companies who have not been through your startup programs.

Andrew Greer,Program Strategist, Accelerate Okanagan

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Usha Srinivasan,Vice President, Venture Programs, MaRS

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Kim Morouney, Managing Director, The Lazaridis Institute

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Doug Robertson,President and CEO, Venn Innovation Inc.

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11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Session Four: Access to Capital & Connecting Investors (Money, Money, Money!)

How do you find the right investors for your community and portfolio of companies? How can you ensure your program companies are investment ready? Hear best practices on how to design, launch and maintain an effective investor program.

Mike Kirkup,Chief Technology Officer, Encircle

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John Sechrest,Founder and Mentor, Seattle Angel Conference

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Lauren Robinson,Chief Operating Officer, Highline BETA

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Chris Heivly,Executive in Residence, Techstars

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12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch - Alaina Lockhart


1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout Discussion

  • Mental Health: Staff and Founders. How can we help? What is our role?
  • Alumni. How do we engage alumni to build better programs and support the community?
  • Funding for Accelerators. How can you tap into the right opportunity?
  • Mentor Network. How to find the right Executives in Residence, manage, support and keep them accountable?
  • Champions and Organization. Find the right champions to engage with the community.
  • Access to International Markets. What are the best strategies to integrate global perspective into your programs?
  • Delivering and Piloting New Programs. Playbooks to roll out new programs in your region.
  • Talent and Recruiting. It’s a big problem with a mixed set of solutions.
  • Data and Storytelling. What are best practices to tell impactful stories with data?

Anastasia Hambali,Programs Manager, BC Tech

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Rob Bennett,COO, Program Director, VIATEC

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Dan Gunn,CEO of VIATEC

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Brian Roberts,VP Global Services, Wavefront

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Jordan Dutchak,Executive Director, Co.Labs

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Tiffany Linke-Boyko,Chief Executive Officer, ‎Startup Edmonton

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Stewart Guenther,Mentor, Canadian Technology Accelerator

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Alex Reid,Community Manager

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Thuy Tran,Program Manager

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Karen Linseman-Brown,Director of Operations, Innovation Factory

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Kimberely Steadman,Operations Manager, Kamloops Innovation

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Raymon Luk,Founder & CEO, Hockeystick

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3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Break: Caffeine, Sugar and Talking


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Session Five: Corporate Innovation

How can accelerators work with large enterprises to encourage innovation adoption from the community? This panel will discuss the opportunities to work with corporate innovation programs, and ways we can help bridge the gap for local innovators to plug into big opportunity.

Christian Magsisi,VP Enterprise Solutions, Wavefront

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Craig Haney,Head, Corporate Innovation, Communitech

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Rocky Ozaki,Vice-President, Community, BC Tech

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Lauren Robinson,Chief Operating Officer, Highline BETA

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4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Keynote - Chris Heivly


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Network and Chill