Canadian Financing Forum

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

07:15 - 08:00

Exhibition Display Setup

08:00 - 08:15

Opening Remarks
Conference MC: Brent Holliday, Garbaldi Capital

08:15 - 09:00

Panel Session

Meet the Investors 

This Forum favourite provides delegates with the opportunity to hear from key players from some of the most active venture funds. Listen in as they lend insight into what they look for in a compelling investment opportunity, and what’s on the rise. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor, or otherwise involved in the technology sector, this session will offer detailed insight into current investment trends.

Randy Thompson


Chris Picardo

Senior Associate

Ameena El-Bibany


Randall Lucas


William Lese

Managing Partner

John Albright

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Rob Chaplinsky

Co-Founder & Partner

David Griest

Managing Director

Kate Storey

Vice President

09:00 - 09:30

Coffee & Networking Break

09:30 - 10:40

Presenting Company Pitches: Information Technology

10:40 - 11:10

Coffee & Networking Break

11:10 - 12:20

Presenting Company Pitches: Mission Innovation / Clean Energy

12:20 - 13:20

Networking Lunch

13:20 - 13:50

Keynote Speaker

Gianni Kovacevic

Investor, Author & Enlightener

Scrutinizing the Modern Energy Pivot

Gianni is an internationally known investor and strategist who specializes in decoding complicated current events. He is a published author who draws from over 20,000 hours of research, and is a sought-after commentator related to wide ranging themes – from the divestment pivot in modern energy, to the rise of a new spending class in emerging markets. An avid proponent of realistic environmentalism, he has enlightened audiences around the world with his unique brand of storytelling that colourfully demonstrates how the environment and investment often go hand-in-hand.

13:50 - 14:20

Coffee & Networking Break

14:20 - 15:30

Presenting Company Pitches: Sustainable Technology

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee & Networking Break

16:00 - 16:45

Panel Session

Meet the Exit Makers 

Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) is playing an ever-increasing role in the venture funding ecosystem. Companies are turning to CVC as an alternative to the traditional venture funding model, and internally, CVC is stepping in to ensure that there is a viable, healthy emerging tech ecosystem to feed their corporate parents’ long-term needs. Hear directly from our panel of key players within the CVC community about what they look for and how to ultimately on board with their world-renowned firms.

Andrew Haughian

General Partner

Rich Osborn

Managing Partner

Deborah Magid

Director, Software & Strategy

Björn Heinz

Investment Manager

Gerd Goette


Daniel Hullah

Managing Director

Daniel Carter

Investment Director

16:45 - 17:15

Keynote Speaker

Michelle Cameron Coulter

Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur & World Champion

Michelle Cameron is a born and raised Calgarian and grew up in a family of 10 children. She learned about team work, being resourceful and always finding a way very early on. She over came being a very sickly child and her extreme fear of the water to realize her dream and competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Synchronized Swimming.

Michelle is a six time World Champion and swam on the Canadian team for over ten years. She became the first ever Albertan to win a Summer Olympic Gold Medal, and was inducted into Alberta and Canadian Halls of Fame and International Aquatic Sports Hall of Fame. As an avid Entrepreneur, Michelle’s company “Gold Medal Inspirations” inspires all to embrace their full potential and has helped many companies and organizations step into their greatness locally and around the world for over 20 years. Don’t miss Michelle as she speaks openly about over coming challenges, digging deep and sharing tangible success tools at #CFF2018!

17:15 - 17:30

Presenting Company Awards & Closing Remarks

17:30 - 18:30

Full Conference Networking Reception