Startup Canada #EveryEntrepreneur Tour – Ontario

About This Event

Join hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners in Toronto Dec. 14 for a full day of non-stop startup action during the Ontario stop on Startup Canada’s #EveryEntrepreneur Tour!

Startup Canada is travelling the country to provide on-site inspiration, mentorship, training and new opportunities to thousands of Canadian entrepreneurs as they start and grow their companies.

Registration includes a full day of non-stop action with an “un-conference” style program where business owners will hear from top entrepreneurs like Second Cup Co-Founder Frank O’Dea and Moxie Trades CEO Marissa McTasney. Entrepreneurs can also participate in bootcamp-style training sessions in areas such as finance, scaling, marketing and going global. Experts will also be on-hand for one-on-one mentorship and support, and organizations that provide training, funding and other opportunities to entrepreneurs will be available to connect entrepreneurs to a wider support network.


8.30am       Registration

9.00am      Opening Remarks

  • MC | Rick Spence, Entrepreneur Columnist, National Post (@rickspence)
  • Janice Achampong, Event Marketing & Partnerships Manager, MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD)
  • Dr. Sorin Cohn, Chairman, Startup Canada (@Startup_Canada)
  • Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Government of Canada (@BardishKW)
  • Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and CEO, Startup Canada (@vlennox)

9.15am       Opening Keynote (Sponsor: Intuit)

  •                     Frank O’Dea, Founder of Second Cup (@Frank_ODea)

10.00am      Networking Break


10.10am     #EveryEntrepreneur has a Voice Town Hall (Sponsor: Intuit)

Moderator – Rick Spence, National Post (@rickspence)

  • Lauren Robinson, HighlineVC (@HIGHLINEvcNews)
  • Paul Teshima, CEO of Nudge (@NeedNudge)
  • Camille McInnis, Acquisition and Marketing Lead, Square & Startup Canada (@camillemcinnis)
  • Lucas Chang, Startup York Region (@Lucas_Chang) (@StartupYork)
  • Lana Tayara, Partnerships, Fundica (@LTayara) (@Fundica)
  • Douglas Soltys, BetaKit (@tron) (@BetaKit)

11.00     Turbo Keynote: How to Build a Startup Community (Sponsor: Intuit)

  • Introduction by Rick Spence (@rickspence)
  • Dan Gunn, CEO of ViaTeC (@danwgunn) (@VIATeC)

11.20am Networking Break

11.30am Turbo Keynote: Marissa McTasney (Sponsor: Intuit)

  • Introduction by Rick Spence, National Post (@rickspence)
  • Marissa McTasney, Founder and CEO of Moxie Trades (@MarissaMcTasney) (@MoxieTrades)

12.00pm Lunch

12.30pm Lunch Keynote (Sponsor: UPS)

  • Rick Spence, Entrepreneur Columnist, National Post (@rickspence)
  • Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and
  • Infrastructure, Government of Ontario (@BradDuguid)
  • Introduction by Christian Laverdure, DG Small Business, Industry Canada
  • Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, CEO of VIA Rail Canada (@VIARailPrez) (@VIA_Rail)

1.15pm Networking Break

1.30pm Go Global Bootcamp (Sponsor: UPS)

Paul Gaspar, Director, Small Business, UPS Canada (@UPS_SmallBizCA)

Workshop: Rowena Tsang, Director of Strategic Development, UPS Canada (UPS_Canada)


  • Joey Barnes, Senior Account Manager, EDC (@ExportDevCanada)
  • Marissa McTasney, Founder & CEO, Moxie Trades (@MarissaMcTasney) (@MoxieTrades)
  • Philip Turi, General Counsel & Director, Global Business Services, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (@cme_mec)
  • Paul Gaspar, Director, Small Business, UPS Canada (@UPS_SmallBizCA)
  • Use Logo | ClearPath Robotics (@ClearPathRobots)

2.30pm Networking Break

2.45pm Leadership for Growth Bootcamp (Sponsor: PayPal)

Alex Peh, Head of Market Development & Mobile, PayPal (@alexanderpeh) (@PayPalCA)

PP Entrepreneur story: Michelle Germain, Owner & Curator, Shopgirls (@ShopgirlsGB)


  • Rob Villeneuve, CEO, (@viller613) (@rebeldotcom)
  • Anastasia Valentine, VP Marketing, Versature (@AVV) (@Versature)
  • Lyndon Johnson, founder – COMMS.BAR (@THINK_Lyndon)
  • Michelle Germain, Owner & Curator, Shopgirls Boutique (@ShopgirlsGB)

Keynote Discussion:

  • Bryan Green
  • Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Vice Chairman, Toronto Argonauts (@theMPCF)

4.15pm Networking Break

4.30pm Closing Keynote Interview (Sponsor: PayPal)

  • Introduction by Tony O’Brien, VP of TruShield Insurance (@TruShieldIns)
  • Allen Lau, Co-Founder & CEO of Wattpad (@allenlau) (@wattpad)

5.15pm Closing Remarks

  • Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and CEO, Startup Canada (@vlennox) (@Startup_Canada)

5.30pm Event Closes


MaRS Discovery District – 101 College St Toronto, ON M5G 1L7 CA – View Map

Startup Canada’s #EveryEntrepreneur Tour programming is proudly presented by Intuit Canada, UPS Canada and PayPal Canada. Programming is also supported by TruShield Insurance, CIRA, Porter Airlines,, Versature, Via Rail, the Government of Canadaand Concierge Service.