Startup Canada Day on the Hill

STARTUP CANADA DAY ON THE HILL 2016 presented by Intuit QuickBooks

Calling all Startup Canadians! Join us on May 5 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa to provide direct input into Canada’s Innovation Strategy alongside Canada’s leading entrepreneurs, anchor companies and experts.

Startup Canada Day on the Hill brings Ministers, Members of Parliament and senior bureaucrats together with Canada’s entrepreneurship community to ensure that entrepreneurs are helping to create the conditions for success, growth and impact.

With panels moderated by CPAC, Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star and the National Post featuring Ministers including the Hon. Bill Morneau, the Hon. John McCallum and the Hon. Bardish Chagger and entrepreneurs like Tony Lacavera, Sarah Prevette, Allen Lau and Waneek Horn-Miller and industry anchors like Uber, Microsoft, UPS and Intuit; as well as policy hack-a-thons with Ministers and Parliamentary Standing Committees, this is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to build the future of Canada. Join us for the day and for the evening Startup Soiree and help us to make history for Canada’s entrepreneurship community.

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Tony Lacavera
Founder of WIND Mobile

The Hon. Bill Morneau
Federal Minister of Finance

Catherine Clark
President, Catherine Clark Communications Inc.

Jeff Cates
President, Intuit Canada

The Hon. Bardish Chagger
Minister of Small Business & Tourism

Waneek Horn-Miller
Gold Medal Olympian & Brand Ambassador for Manitobah Mukluks

Jonathon Ortmans
President of Global Entrepreneurship Week and advisor to U.S. President Obama

Allen Lau
Co-Founder of Wattpad

Jim Watson
Mayor of Ottawa

Megan Cornell
Founder of Momentum Law

Christian Laverdure
Director General of the Service for Business Branch
Industry Canada

Bradley Goodyear
Executive Director, NRC-IRAP

Arif Virani
Liberal MP for Parkdale-High Park. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship

Janice McDonald
Strategist, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur

Nadine Chevolleau
Consumer Marketing Manager, Author

Marissa McTasney
Founder & CEO, MoxieTrades

 Rafael Barak
Israeli Ambassador to Canada

Sarah Prevette
Founder & CEO, Future Design School

 Brenda Halloran
CEO of The WEK Effect Inc.

 Dr. Ailish Campbell
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister

Paul Teshima
CEO, Nudge

Sean Silcoff
Globe & Mail, Flatiron Books,
Harper Collins Canada

Victoria Lennox
CEO and Co-Founder, Startup Canada

Chris Schafer
Public Policy Manager for Canada at Uber

Rick Spence
National Post

Catherine Cano

Jean Paul Gladu
President & CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Chris Johnson
Co-Founder, Permission Click

Robert Deluce
CEO, Porter Airlines

Claudette Commanda
Algonquin Elder, Executive Director at FNCCEC

Paul Gaspar
Director of Small Business, UPS

Chris Perram
CEO, FileFacets Inc.

James Baxter
Editor & Publisher, iPolitics

Suzanne Gagliese
VP Services, Microsoft Canada

Natalie Dakers
CEO and President of Accel-RX

Rivers Corbett
Coaching by RockSTARS, reLish Co-Founder

Janet Bannister
General Partner, Real Ventures

Dr. Sean Wise
Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.

Cynthia van Sundert
Executive Director at The A100

David Alston
Chief Innovation Officer, Introhive

Tonya Surman
CEO, Centre for Social Innovation

Kevin Chan
Head of Public Policy, Canada, Facebook Inc.

Katie Miller
Director of Learning & Development, Impact Hub Ottawa

Forward-Thinking Keynotes, Talks, & Panels 

Policy Roundtables & Hack-a-Thons

Growth Hacking & Community Building 

Tony Lacavera, Founder & Chairman of Globalive Holdings and the founder, past chairman and CEO of WIND Mobile will kick-off the day. Other entrepreneurs, leaders in the private sectors and federal Cabinet Ministers will also take the stage to discuss opportunities, next steps and collaborations to grow entrepreneurship in Canada.

When an entrepreneurial lens is applied to policy decisions, every Canadian wins. Join conversations with Members of Parliament and public servants to discuss opportunities to grow the Canadian economy through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Entrepreneurs are problem solvers by nature. Participate in one of our anchor, policy or entrepreneurs Growth Hacking streams to get to grips on the state of Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community, best practices, growth hacks and learnings from those leading the way in Canada and the world in building an entrepreneurial nation.


Forward-Thinking Keynotes, Talks, &Panels 

Evening Reception

Entrepreneurs will pitch to a panel of investors, industry leaders interested in procurement from startups and government departments.

Bring all of your start-up and scale-up questions and meet with our expert geniuses on everything from bookkeeping, mobile domain integration and exporting to setting up payment systems, insurance and accessing the right support for your startup.

Network with Minister, M.P.s, Senators, Members of Ottawa’s diplomatic community, leading entrepreneurs and top anchor industry executives. We’ll also announce the winners of the pitch contest and the Startup Canada Policy Prize and Startup Community of the Year for the policy maker who has exhibited excellence in advancing entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada!