This exclusive event connects the Canadian and Latin American startup ecosystems. Top investors, public policy officials, and startups will come together for three days of speakers, panels, workshops, and tours.

The first two days of the conference are optional tours of the Waterloo (Wednesday, June 7) and Toronto (Thursday, June 8) startup ecosystems. These tours proved extremely popular in 2015, and we expect them to sell out quickly.

A select group of startups from across Latin America will be invited to pitch at the welcoming reception the evening of June 8th.

The conference will take place from 9-5pm on Friday, June 9th at MaRS


JUNE 7, 2017 – TOUR, WATERLOO (optional)

Tour includes visits to:

  • 10:00 AM Communitech
  • 11:30 AM Google
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Catalyst
  • 3:30 PM Accelerator Centre

JUNE 8, 2017 – TOUR, TORONTO (optonal)

Tour includes visits to:

  • 9:30 AM Cisco
  • 11:00 AM One Eleven
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Lighthouse
  • 3:30 PM DMZ at Ryerson

JUNE 8, 2017 (by invitation only)

  • 6:30 PM Welcoming reception

JUNE 9, 2017 at MaRS Discovery District

9:00 AM-9:10 AM Welcoming Remarks
9:15 AM-9:40 AM Keynote speaker: Innovating Sustainable Startup Ecosystems by Dan Breznitz, Chair Innovation Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs
9:45 AM-10:10 AM Pacific Alliance: The Easy Way to Scale into Latin America by Elias Tefarikis, International consultant in Washington D.C.
10:15 AM-10:40 AM Scaling into Brazil by Dieguez Barreiro, Senior Officer at Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Government of Brasil and Ana Pires, Softex/Startup Brasil

10:45 AM-11:15 AM Coffee Break

11:15 AM-11:40 AM Special interview Bridging Canada-Mexico: Supporting Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology (Salvador Behar Lavalle, Director for North America Ministry of Economy of Mexico and Nathalie Béchamp Director General of Investment and Innovation, Global Affairs Canada) Moderated by Sean Stantleigh, editor at Globe and Mail
11:45 AM-12:10 PM Cybersecurity for startups by Ian Robertson, VP NCC Group
12:15 PM-12:40 PM Panel Ontario: A Global Entry Point (Peter Liber, Ontario Trade Commissioner; Yuri Navarro, CEO NACO; Heather Galt, VP, Talent Initiatives and Executive in residence at Communtech)

12:45 PM-1:45 PM Lunch

1:45 PM-2:10 PM The Evolution of the startup ecosystem in Mexico by Itzel Villa Salinas, General Director Entrepreneurship Programs at INADEM
2:15 PM-2:40 PM Panel: What startups need to know about AI and the implication in the developing of new tech solutions (Dr. Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science officer at RBC)
2:45 PM-3:10 PM Global partnership and the power of diversity in a community by Aliza Lakhani, Director of International Projects at DMZ Ryerson

3:15 PM-3:45 PM Coffee Break

3:45 PM-4:10 PM Angel Investment in Latin America by Israel Pons
4:15 PM-4:40 PM Panel: Latin America Entry Points (Lisa Besserman, CEO Startup Buenos Aires; Frederico Marques, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce; Laura Ortiz, Founder SVX Mexico)
4:45 PM-4:50 PM Closing remarks

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