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Business Innovation Summit

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2015 Event

Today, Canadian businesses need to innovate to stay competitive, yet they are often faced with unique challenges that are difficult to overcome on their own. Business leaders excel at generating new ideas—but often struggle to commercialize them—and spur new innovations.

Business Innovation Summit 2015 featured some of North America's leading innovators sharing their candid advice and insights on how to navigate the innovation-commercialization stream, commercialize ideas faster, seize market share, and drive sustainable and continuous innovation over time. Expert speakers shared the latest strategies, tools, and techniques to increase the speed in which new ideas, products, services, and processes are generated—and turned into profit.


Featured Speakers From the 2015 Event

Tony Abou-Assaleh

Tony Abou-Assaleh
President and Chief Operating Officer
TitanFile

Craig Asano

Craig Asano
Founder and Executive Director
National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA)

Michael Avedesian

Michael Avedesian
Senior Associate and Advisor
McGill University

Alex Baker

Alex Baker
Partner
Relay Ventures

Jonathan Bega

Jonathan Bega
Associate
Golden Venture Partners

Adam Ben-Aron

Adam Ben-Aron
Founder
Prepd

Michael Bloom

Michael Bloom
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada

Mallorie Brodie

Mallorie Brodie
Co-Founder
Bridgit

John Bromley

John Bromley
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chimp

Sorin Cohn

Sorin Cohn
Leader, Innovation Metrics, Centre for Business Innovation
The Conference Board of Canada

Scott Edgett

Scott Edgett
Chief Executive Officer
Stage-Gate International

Mark Evans

Mark Evans
Chief Executive Officer
ME Consulting

M. Cynthia Goh

M. Cynthia Goh
Professor
University of Toronto

Jeff Golfman

Jeff Golfman
President and Chief Marketing Officer
Prairie Paper Inc.

Ashley Good

Ashley Good
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Fail Forward

Bruce Good

Bruce Good
Executive Director, Centre for Business Innovation
The Conference Board of Canada

Gary Goodyear

Gary Goodyear
Minister of State
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Brenda Hogan

Brenda Hogan
Senior Investment Manager
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation

Pat Horgan

Pat Horgan
Vice-President, Manufacturing, Development and Operations
IBM Canada Ltd.

Craig Hunter

Craig Hunter
Chief Executive Officer
Bitmaker Labs

Shaun Illingworth

Shaun Illingworth
Partner and Managing Director
Akendi Intentional Experiences

John Knubley

John Knubley
Deputy Minister
Industry Canada

Allen Lau

Allen Lau
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Wattpad

Charley Lax

Charley Lax
Managing General Partner
GrandBanks Capital

Victoria Lennox

Victoria Lennox
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Startup Canada

Terence Matthews

Terence Matthews
Founder, Wesley Clover Corporation and Chairman
March Networks

Sean Moffitt

Sean Moffitt
Managing Director
Wikibrands/CSW2

Peter Morand

Peter Morand
President
Peter Morand & Associates Inc.

B. Mario Pinto

B. Mario Pinto
President
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Karthik Ramakrishnan

Karthik Ramakrishnan
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Gallop Labs

Peter Smit

Peter Smit
Founder
Collabogence

Paul Smith

Paul Smith
Vice-President, Products and Services
Intelliresponse

Josh Sookman

Josh Sookman
Chief Executive Officer
Guardly

Rick Spence

Rick Spence
Managing Director
Canadian Entrepreneur Communications

Cam Steed

Cam Steed
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Smashed Abacus

Irene Sterian

Irene Sterian
Executive Director, ReMAP
Celestica Inc.

Vincent Thomson

Vincent Thomson
President
Thoven Consulting Inc.

Louise Turner

Louise Turner
President
British Columbia Premier's Technology Council

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt
President
The EDGY Empire

Douglas Watt

Douglas Watt
Director, Industry and Business Strategy Research
The Conference Board of Canada

David Weiss

David Weiss
President and Chief Executive Officer
Weiss International Ltd.

Andy Yang

Andy Yang
Chief Executive Officer
500px

Jason Yu

Jason Yu
Senior Manager, Business Innovations Group
Scotiabank



Cover of 2015 Agenda

Sponsors

We'd like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

Symcor logo



IBM Canada Ltd. logo



Data on the Spot logo




Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto logo





Digital Media Zone, Ryerson University logo




In Partnership With


Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME)—Ontario Region logo




Marketing Partners

ABC Life Literacy Canada logo



Alberta Council of Technologies logo



Association of University Research Parks logo



BC Innovation Council logo



BC Technology Industry Association logo



Canada—United States Business Association logo



Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association logo



Canadian Business Strategy Association logo



Canadian Science Policy Centre logo



CanBiotech logo



Centre for Social Innovation logo



First Angel Network logo



Futurepreneur Canada logo



German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research logo



Go Productivity logo



Hatchery Engineering logo



i-CANADA Alliance logo




Information and Communications Technology Council logo




Innovate Calgary



Innovation Initiatives Ontario North logo



Interactive Ontario logo



International Society for Professional Innovation Management logo



ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada) logo



Manara logo




MaRS Discovery District logo




National Angel Capital Organization logo



National Crowdfunding Association Canada logo



NORCAT—Innovation Mill logo



Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre logo



PDMA—Toronto Chapter logo




RIC Centre logo




Small Business BC logo



Startup Niagara logo



TechAlliance logo



The EDGY Empire logo



University of Toronto—UTEST logo



Women's Enterprise Organizations of Canada logo



Centre for Business Innovation (CBI)

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Testimonials

“I really enjoyed the range of opportunities on Day 1”

“Thank you for a great first day!”

“About Day 1 – I wanted to say that the speed mentoring was a really need session. I’d like to see more of that.”

“BIS is an enlightening event that features insightful speakers and eye-opening presentations. The most interesting topics have been the innovativeness and competitiveness of Canada in the world and the insights about how those could be improved. Great event! Thank you!”

“Looking forward to next year”

“Thank you so much for an excellent conference. I enjoyed myself, learned a lot and met engaging professionals. Thanks also to the CBoC – the research your organization conducts remains one of my top picks for thorough, relevant & credible sources of information. Your diligent work is much appreciated in the research community.”