Startup Fashion Week™ Opening Party Presented by sleepenvie

Startup Fashion Week™ (SFW) will be kicking off its 6th annual event with an opening party that you don’t want to miss!  Meet speakers, sponsors, vendors and designers that will be participating in our event throughout the week.  This is an opportunity to network with 200+ guests from Toronto's fashion industry. 


*Sleepenvie will be on site doing a fun activation.  Guests will have an opportunity to win a Sleepenvie mattress!

Sponsorship / Media / General Inquiries:

What is Startup Fashion Week?

SFW is the first (and only) fashion week to re-develop the business model and offer more than just Runway Showcase opportunities. Our focus is on Fashion, Business and Technology. This is our 6th year producing Startup Fashion Week in Toronto and we couldn't be more excited about this year's events and participants! SFW is the ONLY fashion week to operate in both fashion capitals of Canada – Toronto and Montreal!

*No Refunds / #SFWToronto / 19+ Event

Photo Credit – Max Fotografi

Fashion Presentations By:

Websites Made Simple

If you have ever been confused about websites, what you need to know and plan, then this is the event for you!

Fact – 90% of people will search you online before they buy from you. In today’s business world, a website is a Must!

This workshop will help you understand what you need to build a website (whether by you or a professional).

Planning your design, functionality you need and want, navigation, your brand, content, social media, adding an event calendar, email marketing, payment options to the ultimate call to action will also be discussed along with:

  • Domain registration & hosting

  • How to create a sitemap/navigation

  • Branding assets for your website

  • Creating web content

  • Functionality

  • Calls to Action

About the Presenter: Andrea Rowland, Business Advisor & Marketing Specialist at BACD

Andred joined BACD officially in October 2017, although has worked with the BACD for over 3 years providing workshops and mentorship. She has over 20 years international experience in marketing, branding and communications having graduated with a B.A. Honours Degree in Graphic Design. Andrea’s true entrepreneurial spirit expressed itself when she started a craft brewery in Australia which has given her hands-on knowledge of the challenges of starting and growing a business which she now shares with clients at BACD.

She has been running her own branding and marketing business in Oshawa and is now a certified GrowthWheel Business Advisor.

Area of Speciality: Marketing plans; value proposition; target market; branding; digital marketing; websites; social media; product portfolio.

Startup Fashion Week™ Fashion & Film Forum #SFWToronto

Startup Fashion Week™ (SFW) is proud to offer a new event this year to shine the spotlight on how Fashion is represented in the Film Industry.  Guests will have an opportunity to network and hear insights from notable industry speakers.  Guests will walk away with new connections and valuable insights on this thought provoking conversation.

Beer and refreshments provided!

KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Natalie Bronfman, Lead Costume Designer for Handmaid's Tale

Event Schedule:

  • 5:30pm – Registration / Networking

  • 6:15pm – Keynote Presentation

  • 7:00pm – 7:45pm – Panel Discussion / Q&A

  • 7:45pm – Networking

  • 8:30pm – End of Event

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Sponsorship / Speaking Inquiries:

*No Refunds / #SFWToronto / 19+ Event

Art in the Heart with VIBE Arts (Teen)

For teenagers ages 13-17. 

VIBE Arts is teaming up with MPL as we explore a new artistic field during each unique workshop. You'll have the opportunity to try out poetry, drumming, painting, or more! 

September's program is facilitated by Thunderclaw Robinson, and we will be exploring spoken word and creative writing. 

About the Artist: 

A Poet, an MC & R&B Singer, a Thunder Bringer. Thunderclaw Robinson is a Jack of all trades, master of some. Former Co-captain of the 2018 Bam! Youth Poetry Slam Team, “Louder Than a Bomb” Toronto Spoken Word Champion. Most recently performed as the opening act at the Nathan Philip's Square Stage for Manifesto 2019 Headlined by Ari Lennox. Thunder has traveled across the continent to share his light through poems and praise ,through song on stages and radio stations. He plans to use the knowledge he's gained over the years to assist others in being a step closer to telling their truest story through art. Believe it or not, his name does not have any affiliation with the “Thundercats”.

MarTech Mornings – Marketing to Gen Z

Gen Z is the most technologically-capable generation and one that has never known a world outside of the Internet and social media. So it's no surprise that almost any marketing tactic will touch upon technology in some way. 

We're asking our panelists: How do we effectively market to this generation? What are the largest misconceptions in marketing to this demo? And how is targeting this audience different from other generations that came before it? 

Amanda Lee,  Assistant Manager, Performance Digital Marketing at Adidas

Chris Stefanyk, Head of Brand Partnerships at Wattpad

Ryan Saunders, VP Marketing, Confectionary at Nestlé Canada

Heather Moffat, Brand Marketing Manager at Snap Inc.

Moderator: Stephanie Chan, Senior Editor, Globe Content Studio @stephanieytc

Why should you attend?

MarTech Mornings gives you the chance to learn from and network with your peers to gain a better understanding of the shifts taking place in the industry.

(Oh, and there will be coffee and breakfast foods!)

Run of the event is as follows: 

8:00 – 8:10 Registration

8:10 – 8:45 panel discussion

8:45 – 9:00 audience questions

9:00 – 9:30 networking


Follow us @globecontent for regular updates.

Lessons From Leaders: How to create a workplace culture

Lessons From Leaders: How to create a workplace culture

Culture is the character and personality of your organization.  A positive workplace culture will support employees, attract talent, and impact performance.  Find out how to cultivate an environment where people want to work.


Jim Estill // CEO, Danby Appliances

Jill Fischer // Owner, Lighthouse Lemonade

Tom Hughes // President, Earth Fresh Foods

Martha van Berkel // CEO and Co-founder, Hunch Manifest

Jodi Van Dam // AVP, HR Consulting Services, The Co-operators

Rob Villapiana // Operations Manager, Hammond Manufacturing


Start your day off right by tapping into the life and business experience of leaders who know how to make things happen!

Lessons from Leaders is an ongoing series of discussion panels to help entrepreneurs get a great start to their day! Join us for coffee and a light breakfast as our panel of highly successful business leaders share their experiences and answer your questions about this month's topic.

This series is sponsored by: 

Invest In Guelph

Video sponsor:

C to C productions

DREAM TEAM Meetup Series with Schulich & Lassonde: Edition 7

Time to find your DREAM TEAM!

The Schulich Ventures Club, Schulich Startups & The BEST Lab (Lassonde School of Engineering) present the 7th edition of our monthly meetup series called ‘Dream Team' – helping our Schulich/Lassonde Startup Founders find Co-Founders and Key Team Members to help bring their ideas to life!

Come out and join us, if:

  • You have a startup idea or company, but need a Co-Founder or Team (marketing, finance, software/hardware development, etc…)

  • You want to join a start-up team, but don't know where to find Schulich/Lassonde Founders 

  • You have some ideas and want to discuss them in a casual setting with your fellow students

  • Hear the stories of Schulich/Lassonde Founders who have built out their companies post-graduation

  • You are a current student of Schulich or Lassonde

Featuring a Visha Vijayanand from NEXT Canada who will be diving into the details of the Next 36 Program!

Vish Headshot

About Next 36:

Next 36 is a NEXT Canada program that delivers a world-class founder development program to Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The program provides a select group of undergraduate students and recent grads with a unique combination of education, mentorship and up to $50,000 in seed investment to launch a new business. We believe that by fast-tracking the development of Canada’s most talented young innovators, we will help create industry-changing businesses and grow Canada's long-term prosperity.

Also Featuring Vasiliki Belegrinis, the CEO & Founder of the sustainable fashion company Reheart.

Vasiliki Headshot


5:00 PM – 5:20 PM: Registration and Networking 

5:20 PM – 5:35 PM: Greetings from Andrew Maxwell (BEST Lab) and Chris Carder (Schulich Startups)

5:35 PM – 5:55 PM: Visha Vijayanand from NEXT Canada and Vasiliki Belegrinis of Reheart

5:55 PM – 6:25 PM: 2 minutes on the microphone for up to 15 Founders to promote their project and key needs! (Winning pitch receives a $100 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of the BEST lab!)

6:10 PM – 7:00 PM: Networking and socializing

The Dream Team Meetup Series is organized ‘by and for' Schulich School of Business and Lassonde School of Engineering Students.

Epilog Laser Certification Workshop

Host:  Fayaaz Dhukai

***This workshop will now run every other Tuesday evening from 6:30-9:30pm, assuming there are minimum numbers by 3pm on the Friday before.***

Minimum #'s: 1 person

Maximum #'s: 6 people

Requirements:  Attendees must bring their own windows laptop with Corel Draw already installed.  Note: Unfortunately our Epilog Lasers cannot speak to a MAC computer, so only a windows based laptop will work.  See laptop rental below if needed.  Corel offers a free 15 day trial, which you can download by visiting their website

Description:  This workshop will certify you on the safe operation of our Epilog Helix 75 watt laser cutter.  This workshop is required before using the laser cutter at NewMakeIt.

Cost: Members: $35 + HST | Non-Members: $50 + HST

Laptop Rental Fee:  If you do not have access to a windows laptop, we have a limited number of laptops available to rent, at a cost of $15 + HST.  Please call us at (289) 841-1270 to rent a laptop.  Laptops rent on a first come, first serve basis.  Laptop rentals must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Note: We kindly ask that all participants arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the class, to ensure you are set up and ready to go by 6:30pm.

BACD Start Up Session

This session is for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of starting a business. There must be a hundred questions running around in your head! Find answers to these questions!

This session is presented by BACD’s advisors.

After attending this session, we strongly recommend that you also attend the BACD Business Fundamentals: Business Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Financials & Operations.  These sessions are designed to help you get your business started and ready to maintain and grow successfully.

In this session we will go through a Start Up Checklist:

  • Your Business Idea

  • Business Structure

  • Licenses and Permits

  • Business Registration

  • HST and Payroll

  • Financial Record Keeping

  • Business Insurance

  • Capital, Grants and Funding

  • Hiring Employees

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the event, to allow time for check-in


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to bring a ticket with you

What can/can’t I bring to the event?
You don’t need to bring anything but your questions and a notebook if needed.

Is there Parking?
Yes there is free parking, we encourage you to come early to get a spot.

For more information, call us at (905) 668-4949 or email

Understanding Financial Statements

Key Takeaways:

  • review and understand financial statements

  • be able to ask informed questions of financial professionals


  • Did we make money this year?

  • How's the business doing?

  • What does my P&L tell me?

  • Why do I need a balance sheet?

  • Where is my cash coming from?

  • Where is my cash going to?

  • Why isn’t my cash equal to my profit?

Learning Materials:

  • Profit and Loss Statement — gives operating results for a specific period

  • Balance Sheet

    • shows the assets, liabilities, and capital of a business or other organization at a particular point in time

    • details the balance of income and expenditure over the preceding period

  • Cash Flow Statement

    • shows how changes in balance sheet accounts and income affect cash and cash equivalents

    • breaks analysis down to operating, investing and financing activities

Presented by Rainie Archer, CPA Member






No tickets are needed for the event. We start promptly at 9:30am please be punctual.  There is free parking, however, parking may be limited.