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ScaleUp Conference – Technology, Strategy, Marketing for Growth

April 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

THIS IS A PAID EVENT – PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW <p style=”text-align: center;”><br></p>Taking place in Downtown Toronto on April 19th, “ScaleUp Conference: Technology, Strategy and Marketing for Growth” is a one-day event designed to help entrepreneurs, founders and business owners take the next step in their journey; scaling their business.<br></p>The Conference draws on the real-life experiences of entrepreneurs and experts who have navigated the transition from start-up to scale-up and have increased their size, reach and revenues exponentially, while also carefully managing their cost of doing business.</p>Over the past five years, Canadian startups have done a tremendous job of starting businesses. Your participation will help you out-learn and out-think the competition in the fields of leadership, strategy, marketing, sales, operations and finance. Join leaders from Canada’s fastest growing companies along with the CEOs and the executive team members of leading mid-market firms ($5 million to $500 million), for a day of intense learning, networking and idea-generation.<br><br></p><p style=”text-align: center;”>Start the Networking Early! Included with your Ticket &gt;&nbsp;Pre-Party at The Spoke Club</p></p><div style=”text-align: center;”>April 18th, 2018</div><div style=”text-align: center;”>7pm-10pm</div></p></p><div style=”text-align: center;”>600 King Street West, Toronto</div><div style=”text-align: center;”>Limited space please RSVP for Pre-Party with Sharn:</div></p><p style=”text-align: center;”></p><p style=”text-align: center;”>DOWNLOAD&nbsp;AGENDA</p>

9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
10:00 am: Morning Sessions
1:30 pm: Catered Lunch
2:30 pm: Afternoon Sessions
7:00 pm: Happy Hour

Ozge Yeloglu – Microsoft Canada (Chief Data Scientist, Customer Success)
Ozge has a combined experience in entrepreneurship and academics. She co-founded the predictive log analysis start up, topLog, in 2013 while working towards her PhD degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University. She understands the importance of finding the real pain points of her clients and building solutions accordingly.

Dmitry Buterin – Grandfather of Ethereum,, Angel investor, Mentor for blockchain startups
Tech entrepreneur. Founder of three multi-million dollars businesses, including the top-ranked membership management software company, Wild Apricot, which serves over 20,000 non-profit organisations. Co-founder of Angel investor and mentor for blockchain startups. Proud father of Vitalik Buterin – creator of Ethereum. Voluntarist.

Leah Carr – – Canada’s most trusted cryptocurrency platform (Vice President)
Coinsquare is Canada’s leading platform for simple and secure trading of bitcoin, ethereum, gold and more. Founded and operated by Canadians – our mission is to make access to digital currencies easy, safe and secure.

Genia Mikhalchenko – Blockchain Institute (Director)
The Blockchain Research Institute is a multi-million dollar Toronto-based research initiative that is undertaking the definitive investigation of blockchain strategy, opportunities, and implementation challenges. The Institute’s global team of over 50 experts is exploring the impact of blockchain on a number of key sectors — including financial services, manufacturing, energy and technology.

Chef Massimo Capra – (Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur, Consultant)
Chef Massimo Capra is no stranger to television being the host of his own show Gourmet Escapes and is a regular guest expert on the long running City TV Cityline, chef host on the hit series Restaurant Makeover on the Food Network and now Massimo is a judge on the hit show Chopped Canada. Owner of five restaurants and a celebrated author.

Eva Wong – Borrowell (Co-Founder, COO)

Anthony Lacavera – WIND Mobile – $1.6B Exit; Founder and Chairman of Globalive (Founder)
Anthony is Founder and Chairman of Globalive Holdings, Globalive Communications, and Globalive Capital, and the founder and past Chairman and CEO of WIND Mobile.

Eva Lau – Two Small Fish Ventures, Ex-Wattpad (Managing Director and Co-founder)
Serial entrepreneurs turn investors, Two Small Fish Ventures is founded by myself and my husband Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad. We want to leverage our experience in building large scale network effect base companies to help other entrepreneurs to build the next big thing. We invest in Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo based early stage Internet companies with strong network effects.

Candice Faktor – Faktory Ventures – Technology Microfund to help founders scale (Partner)
With a passion for disruptive tech, Candice invests in and advise early-stage startups with global ambition. She helped scale Wattpad to be one of the world’s largest storytelling platforms with over 50MM users. Candace also co-created Torstar Digital, a disruptive digital venture arm of Torstar, where she invested in, launched and scaled 20+ mobile, social and digital businesses over 7 years.

Mukul Pal – Alphablock – AI and Blockchain (Founder)
Now that Web 2.0 is behind us and AI, Blockchain and Fintech technologies are ready to converge, one wonders how will the Blockchain 2.0 look like. Will it become one integrated alternative market mechanism taking us to Web 3.0 and 4.0? Or will the blockchain sputter and struggle for use cases as the society comes around the crypto mania? A peek into the future and how AlphaBlock is hacking the smart contract architecture to transform the ledger into a more robust network capable of becoming the intelligent web where the global community generates, enhances and distributes intelligence.

Michael Katchen – Wealthsimple (Co-Founder, CEO)
Wealthsimple is a global digital investment service with operations in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Our mission is to make smart investing easy, low-cost, and transparent for everyone. You can learn more at

Taylor Ablitt – Diply – The fastest growing website in the world! (CEO and Co-Founder)
CEO and Co-founder of the fastest growing website in Internet History, Taylor Ablitt knows all about scaling up quickly. Launched in 2013, Diply is a leading social entertainment publisher reaching 70M+ fans that generate 1.4B+ video views and 5B+ social impressions monthly. A comScore top 10 Lifestyle media property, Diply is the 52nd largest domain in the U.S. with 41M+ monthly uniques.

Justin Creally – North Strategic – Fastest growing public relations firm in Canada (Co-founder)
Proud to be named one of Canada’s Top 10 Marketing Agencies by Marketing Magazine for the past three consecutive years. Also won the Canadian PR Agency of the Year SABRE Award in 2015 and 2016. We help our clients breakthrough to connect with consumers through PR, social and earned media.

Caitlin McGregor – – Using AI and psychology to ensure companies hire, grow, and retain top talent (Founder, CEO)
After building two businesses and experiencing firsthand the costs of uncertainty and bias in conventional hiring practices, Caitlin MacGregor launched and became the CEO of Plum ( out of her own necessity. Plum uses the most advanced industrial-organizational psychology to ensure companies hire, grow, and retain top talent.

Brian Kobus – OMERS Ventures – Total of $800 million of assets under management. (Partner)
In his role as Partner at OMERS Ventures, Brian Kobus is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities for OMERS Ventures in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Brian brings 15 years of experience in the areas of technology, venture capital and finance to his role at OMERS Ventures. Previously, Brian was VP Technology Alliances at ScribbleLive, a leading content marketing software-as-a-service platform, where he was responsible for establishing, managing and growing relationships with partners. Prior to joining ScribbleLive, Brian was with Summerhill Venture Partners, a TMT-focused venture capital firm where he worked closely with a number of successful high growth companies. Earlier in his career Brian worked on numerous M&A and financing transactions, first at Morgan Stanley and then at Bell Canada Enterprises.

Stephanie Vaccari – Baker & McKenzie – Artificial Intelligence and IP (Partner)
Stephanie Vaccari serves as co-chair of Baker McKenzie’s Toronto Women’s Networking Group and is spearheading the Toronto office’s Luxury and Fashion Group. In addition, she is an active member of Baker McKenzie’s global Intellectual Property Webinar Series and the Toronto office’s Social Media Initiative. She mainly practices in the areas of intellectual property law.

Brent Lowe – The Scale Coach – fast track the growth and impact of your business
Author and Scale-Up Coach to Founder CEOs, Brent Lowe is the trusted expert for founders when in growth mode. Facing intense pressure to grow, founders work with Brent to add fuel to their personal performance and that of their teams. Brent recently co-authored “Reinventing Scale-Ups”, where he explores radical ideas that will challenge your own thinking about what it means to be a leader.

Andrew Safranko – IBM Canada (National Lead, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Incubation)
The IBM Innovation Space is a Toronto-based incubator that provides startups with a collaborative space to innovate and disrupt the market. Our goal is to provide you with the tools needed to take your idea to the next level, introduce you to the right networks and help you acquire new clients. Our unique approach, positions your company for optimal growth and revenue at an accelerated pace.

Jennifer McDougall – Leading Minds Lab (Futurist)

Peter Misek – BDC (Partner BDC IT Venture Fund)
Peter Misek is a partner in the IT Venture Fund. He brings over 14 years of venture capital experience as an Advisor/ Venture Partner for DN Capital including direct involvement in 2 unicorns. He has 20 years of investment banking experience as Managing Director and CoHead of Global Technology Research for Jefferies in NYC and as Director of Research and Global Technology Analyst for Canaccord.

Lisa Owen – Rent Frock Repeat (Co-founder, CEO)
Rent frock Repeat (RfR) gives women the ability to translate their high fashion wish list into reality without the buyer’s remorse. A virtual closet of rentable wears, the boutique allows women to experiment with new looks, dress in the most up-to-date luxury collections, and look their very best for every special occasion – all without cluttering their closets or credit card bills.

Scott Pelton – Round 13 Capital – dedicated to investing in growth-stage digital companies (Partner)
Round 13 Capital was Co-founded by Canadian Business Giants Bruce Croxon, John Eckert and Scott Pelton. Scott has been a Canadian-based venture capitalist since July 2000. Before six years with GrowthWorks Capital, Scott was a founding partner at Scotiabank’s e-commerce VC group, e-Scotia Acquisition, later renamed Scotiabank Private Equity Investments.

Gurminder Kandola – CTO Boost (Founder)
CTO Boost stimulates North America’s greatest companies and industry leaders, helping them outshine the rest with innovation that makes sense. With unparalleled experience, our team has come together because in the pit of our stomachs we know that there is something better. CTO Boost: For our Clients. For their Customers. For industry.

Sarah Efron – Globe and Mail – report on business (Editor)
An award-winning Toronto-based journalist who develops and grows media brands. Some of my areas of interest are international news, business, personal finance, food and culture.

Marla Kravice – MK5 (Innovation, Strategy, Execution Partner)
Proven Leader with extensive experience in building growth, bottom line profits and results for all stakeholders. Over the span of my career I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful organizations including Loblaw, Metro, Sobeys, Cara, Whole Foods, Pizza Pizza, Bell, Rogers, BMO, TD, ING, RBC, Hydro, CMHC, Dairy Farmers, Coca Cola, Sears, Nestle and General Motors.

Hosted By
Sharn Kandola, Toronto Director
Hi I’m Sharn Kandola. Marketing and PR Consultant, Writer at Fortune, Serial Startup Founder. I’m thrilled to be part of the collaborative, open and welcoming community that is Startup Grind!

Global Partner
Google for Entrepreneurs (
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.

City of Toronto (

CTO Boost (
CTO Boost stimulates North America’s greatest companies and industry leaders, helping them outshine the rest with innovation that makes sense. With unparalleled experience, our team has come together because in the pit of our stomachs we know that there is something better. For our Clients. For their Customers. For industry.

Indeed Prime (
Indeed Prime is a premium talent platform that matches elite tech and sales talent to top companies. Employers get access to a highly qualified, technically screened candidates who are interested in new roles

Aird & Berlis LLP (
Aird & Berlis LLP, a firm of 140 lawyers and rated the #1 Ontario regional law firm by Canadian Lawyer magazine, has worked with thousands of businesses, ranging from start-ups to major multinationals. It offers flat fee packages for startup companies.

MaRS Discovery District (
MaRS works with an extensive network of partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow the innovative companies that are building our future. Our vision is bold; our mission is more important than ever before.

Brand & Mortar (
Brand & Mortar is a team of customer driven experts and visionaries in the digital marketing space. Be it brand development, web development, social media management, public relations, content marketing, graphic design, or photography & videography, Brand & Mortar is leading the way in North America.

Toronto Starts

Shecosystem (
Imagine if feminine values and sensibilities were an asset rather than a liability in the working world. Imagine if succeeding as an entrepreneur didn’t mean compromising your holistic wellbeing. Imagine a place where feminist entrepreneurs could connect with a supportive sisterhood – not at a networking event, but every day.

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 350 cities and 120 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.



April 19, 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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MaRS Discovery District
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