Canadian Financing Forum

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

07:15 - 08:00

Exhibition Display Setup

08:00 - 08:15

Opening Remarks

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.

Dr. Jason Neale


Managing Partner

Minh Le

Market Manager

Randall Lucas


David Gauthier

Vice President, Investment

Clint Chao

Co-Founder & General Partner

Aymerik Renard

General Partner

Robert Allen


09:00 - 10:15

Presenting Company Pitches: Information Technology

10:15 - 11:00

Coffee & Networking Break

11:00 - 12:15

Presenting Company Pitches: Sustainable Technology

12:15 - 13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15 - 14:00

Keynote Speaker

Luther Poier

CFO & Head of Venture

True Story: Why Startup Founders Make the Best VCs

Canadian-born investor, Luther Poier, has focused his career on helping expand Australian companies by setting their sights beyond the continent. As the CFO and Head of VC at Australian startup accelerator BlueChilli, he is responsible for the tactical and strategic financial management of BlueChilli as well as advising founders and startups on strategy, capital management and governance while connecting them with a broad spectrum of investors. He is also a General Partner at Pipeline Ventures, a Sydney-based early stage venture capital fund that focuses on bold founders with transformative ideas. Luther provides insight to entrepreneurs on the dos and don’ts of growth versus profit strategies, while effectively analyzing their market dynamics and how to ensure their startup is exactly what VCs are looking for!

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As a decorated Naval officer, Luther holds more than two decades of experience within the Royal Canadian and Royal Australian Navies, and has a deep background in investment management, as well as corporate strategy, banking and private equity. As a startup leader, he has led and exited two finance startups, co-founded an online music startup and has acted as a founding advisory partner of Koda Capital, a well-known Sydney-based wealth management firm.

With no shortage of first-hand experience, this industry veteran has a lifetime of knowledge! You won’t want to miss him at #CFF2019 as he shares how his experience as a startup founder has led him to a successful transition into Entrepreneurial Advising and Venture Capital!

14:00 - 15:15

Presenting Company Pitches: Information Technology

15:15 - 16:00

Coffee & Networking Break

16:00 - 16:30

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.

James D. Beeby




Eric Bielke


Robert McIntyre

Investment Director

Lisa Nelson

Managing Director

Rich Osborn

Managing Partner

16:30 - 17:00

Keynote Speaker

Gregg Cochran

Network Catalyst, Americas

Gregg is the Network Catalyst for Techstars, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program that dreams big and accelerates the growth of tech companies. Having been a founder and working with top companies from around the world, Gregg effectively translates the needs of both large Corporates and Startups.

A firm believer that a network needs love and attention, Gregg’s presentation will outline how you can build a diverse network that can actually help forge your career forward. Whether you’re focused on online or offline connections, his speech highlights valuable tips and tricks that every entrepreneur needs to know when it comes to networking effectively!

17:00 - 17:15

Presenting Company Awards & Closing Remarks

17:15 - 19:00

Full Conference Networking Reception