From Entrepreneur to Titan: Can Canadian Entrepreneurs Grow Technology Start-ups into Domestic Multinationals?

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Bay Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Does Canada have what it takes to grow domestic multinationals in knowledge-based industry sectors such as ICT, biotech and cleantech? What is the nature of Canada’s entrepreneurial culture? Are Canadian entrepreneurs able or willing to grow multinational firms? Does Canada have the executive talent to run tech multinationals from a Canadian base? Is such behaviour encouraged and recognized positively in Canada? Do we train our young people for these kinds of entrepreneurial and executive roles? Leading tech entrepreneurs and executives in Canada and the U.S. share their own experiences and perceptions on Canada’s entrepreneurial culture, and explore ways to improve Canada’s performance in knowledge-based commerce.

Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators include

Cathy Anterasian

Senior Director, Spencer Stuart
Cathy Anterasian

H. Douglas Barber

Co-Founder & Former CEO, Gennum Corporation
H. Douglas Barber

Peter Charbonneau

General Partner, Skypoint Capital
Peter Charbonneau

Robert Courteau

President and Managing Director, SAP Canada
Robert Courteau

Jeffrey Crelinsten

Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY
Jeffrey Crelinsten

Jeffrey Crelinsten is CEO of Research Money Inc. and publisher of RE$EARCH MONEY. He is also President and CEO of The Impact Group, a consultancy he co-founded in 1987, specializing in science, technology and innovation policy, communications and education. Jeffrey has been studying challenges facing tech entrepreneurs and the innovation ecosystems that try to support them for over 25 years. He developed the R$ conferences to bring together leaders from the private and public sector to address critical issues around innovation policy and knowledge-based commerce.

Before founding The Impact Group, Jeffrey taught science and human affairs at Concordia University and had an active career as a science documentary writer for radio and television.

Jeffrey is Senior Research Fellow at the Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is a founding director of the International Commercialization Alliance and is a past-President of the Canadian Science Writers Association. Jeffrey has a B.Sc. in physics from McGill University, a M.Sc. in astronomy from University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in history of science and science policy from University of Montreal.

Lisa Crossley

President & CEO, Nysa Membrane Technologies
Lisa Crossley

Jen Evans

President, Sequentia
Jen Evans

Kevin Francis

President & CEO, CenterBeam
Kevin Francis

Kevin Francis

President & CEO, CenterBeam
Kevin Francis

Ron Freedman

Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY
Ron Freedman

Jeff Hauswirth

Managing Director Canada, Spencer Stuart
Jeff Hauswirth

Wayne Karpoff

Co-founder & CTO, YottaYotta
Wayne Karpoff

David MacDonald

President & CEO, Softchoice; Chair, ITAC
David MacDonald

Mary K. Marsden

Sales Leader, Relevance-X Product Line, Acxiom
Mary K. Marsden

Terry Matthews

Chairman, Mitel
Terry Matthews

Antoine Paquin

General Partner, Rho Canada
Antoine Paquin

Mark Romoff

President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Mark Romoff

Paul Russo

President & CEO, Silicon Optix Inc.
Paul Russo

Phil Sorgen

President, Microsoft Canada
Phil Sorgen

John Wilkinson

Minister of Research and Innovation
John Wilkinson

Neil Wolff

Chair of Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, School of Business Management, Ryerson University
Neil Wolff

Conference Program

Day 1 - May 20, 2008

18:00 - 20:00

Pre-Conference Reception

Keynote: John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation

Day 2 - May 21, 2008

07:30 - 08:00

Registration and breakfast

08:00 - 08:15

Welcome

David MacDonald, President & CEO, Softchoice; Chair, ITAC

Jeffrey Crelinsten, Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY

08:15 - 08:45

Keynote: Making it Happen

Keynote: Terry Matthews, Chairman, Mitel

08:45 - 09:45

Panel: Challenges for Entrepreneurs in Canada

Lisa Crossley, President & CEO, Nysa Membrane Technologies

Jen Evans, President, Sequentia

Wayne Karpoff, Co-founder & CTO, YottaYotta

Moderator: Robert Courteau, President and Managing Director, SAP Canada

09:45 - 10:15

Keynote: Lessons from Silicon Valley

Keynote: Cathy Anterasian, Senior Director, Spencer Stuart

10:15 - 10:30

Break

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote: Canada - Scale or Surrender?

Keynote: Kevin Francis, President & CEO, CenterBeam

11:00 - 12:00

Panel: Training and Mentoring Entrepreneurs and Executives

Moderator: Neil Wolff, Chair of Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, School of Business Management, Ryerson University

Peter Charbonneau, General Partner, Skypoint Capital

Jeff Hauswirth, Managing Director Canada, Spencer Stuart

H. Douglas Barber, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Gennum Corporation

12:00 - 13:15

Luncheon Keynote: Innovation & Productivity: Competing in the 21st Century Marketplace

Keynote: Phil Sorgen, President, Microsoft Canada

13:15 - 14:15

Panel: Canadian Entrepreneurs Abroad

Moderator: Mark Romoff, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Kevin Francis, President & CEO, CenterBeam

Mary K. Marsden, Sales Leader, Relevance-X Product Line, Acxiom

Paul Russo, President & CEO, Silicon Optix Inc.

14:15 - 14:45

Keynote: A Vision for Canada’s Future

Keynote Speaker: Antoine Paquin, General Partner, Rho Canada

14:45 - 15:00

Conference Close

Ron Freedman, Co-Publisher, RE$EARCH MONEY

Partners & Exhibitors

Association Partners

Proceedings & Presentations

Lessons from Silicon Valley - C. Anterasian

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Seventh Annual Research Money Conference Proceedings

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