A mix of keynotes, panels, and presentations on topics such as investment strategy, regional and sector specialization, fund performance and the changing environment and needs of investors.


Day 1June 8th, 2021

  • Welcome Remarks

    Welcome remarks from CVCA's CEO, Invest Canada '21 Co-Chairs, and more!

    Kim Furlong Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
    Daniel Hinse Vice President, Investments, Fonds de solidarité FTQ
    Senia Rapisarda Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners (Canada)
  • HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Presents: In Conversation with Mark Carney, Head of Impact Investing, Brookfield Asset Management

    More Keynote details to come. Stay Tuned!

    Introduced and Moderated by Senia Rapisarda, Managing Director, HarbourVest.

    Mark Carney Vice Chairman and Head of Impact Investing, Brookfield Asset Management
    Senia Rapisarda Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners (Canada)
    HarbourVest Partners (Canada)
  • Networking Break

  • Leading in Tech with Empathy

    Maëlle Gavet is CEO of Techstars, a global investment, and accelerator business that connects entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations to help early-stage startups succeed. She has been named one of Fortune's 40 under 40, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and was on Time Magazine's list of the 25 Top "Female Techpreuners."

    An entrepreneur at heart, Maëlle founded her first business at sixteen and went on to start two other companies. She has been a senior executive at numerous large tech companies around the world, including Ozon, the Priceline Group (OpenTable, Kayak,, and Compass. She was also a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group for 6 years.

    In the widely-acclaimed book Trampled by Unicorns: Big Tech's Empathy Problem and How to Fix It (Wiley, 2020), Maelle lays out how venture capital’s obsession with hyper-growth stifles opportunity for innovation and suggests a more people-centered approach could transform the industry and create even more value.

    Maëlle joins the IC21 stage for a fireside chat where she will borrow from her years of experience to discuss the problem and solution to the lack of empathy in Big Tech. She will also talk about why she chose to join Techstars and what she hopes to accomplish via this global platform.

    Maëlle's Fireside Chat will be followed by an interactive Q&A from the audience.

    Maëlle Gavet Chief Executive Officer, Techstars
  • Private Equity Breakout: To Be Announced!

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  • Networking Break

  • The Evolution of the Exit

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  • Stay Tuned: Session To Be Announced!

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  • Networking Break

  • Fonds de solidarité FTQ presents: Reimagining the Canadian Economy with Monique Leroux and Janie Béïque

    During this session, panelists will discuss the challenges of the Canadian economy pre and post-COVID-19 and the role investors play in shaping companies and their growth.

    Monique Leroux is a seasoned business leader and investor that was tapped to lead the economic council for the federal government with a mandate to identify the scope and depth of COVID-19's impact on Canadian businesses and to present concrete recommendations for economic policy in the short, medium, and long term. She will share some of the insights gained during this exercise and her personal views on Canada’s economic future.

    Monique Leroux will be joined by Janie Béïque, the new President and CEO of Fonds de solidarité FTQ. Janie offers a fresh and dynamic perspective on the current market and will share her thinking through the lens of Fonds’ mission of job creation, economic training for workers, developing the Québec economy, and securing the retirement aspirations of their members.

    Monique Leroux Chair, Industry Strategy Council of Canada
    Janie Béïque President and Chief Executive Officer, Fonds de solidarité FTQ
    Fonds de solidarité FTQ
  • CIBC Presents: Diversity & Inclusion

    Stay tuned! Details will be announced soon!

  • Networking Break

  • Le Fonds de solidarité FTQ presents: Canadian Wine Landscape

    Stay tuned! Details will be announced soon!

    Introduced and Moderated by Daniel Hinse, VP, Fonds de solidarité FTQ

    Jay Wright President, Arterra Wines Canada
    Daniel Hinse Vice President, Investments, Fonds de solidarité FTQ
    Harj Shoan Managing Director, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
    Fonds de solidarité FTQ
  • Bennett Jones and KPMG In Canada Present Wine Tasting with World-Renowned Winemaker, Thomas Bachelder

    Enjoy two bottles of Le Clos Jordanne – an internationally acclaimed wine, complimentary* and shipped directly to your door! Attendees will gather virtually with colleagues to connect, learn, and discover new wines with the world-renowned winemaker, Thomas Bachelder.

    * The complimentary wine provided to IC21 attendees for this session is available only to those living in Canada, and for paid attendees and sponsors only. Read more in our Terms and Conditions.

    Thomas Bachelder Winemaker, Le Clos Jordanne
    KPMG CanadaBennett Jones

Day 2June 9th, 2021

  • Welcome Remarks

    Welcome remarks from CVCA's CEO, Invest Canada '21 Co-Chairs, and more!

  • Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC) Presents: Geopolitical Trends and Trade

    The Chinese, European, and U.S. economies are the world's largest markets and Canada’s economy is highly dependent on theirs. For many years, multilateral trade agreements and the rise of a deeply intertwined and globally connected economy gave Canada reassurance of our ability to access these markets. While trade agreements remain in place, the geopolitical dynamics are shifting and many countries are looking inwards rather than embracing past liberalization. This panel will examine the current global outlook and discuss its impact on Canada’s economy. Which geopolitical variables should investors be keeping an eye on?

    Governments and investors know that capital moves towards opportunity. What does the current landscape present in terms of barriers and challenges? Are there new opportunities for cross-border investment and collaboration? Canada’s ambassadors to the EU, China, and the US will answer pressing and important questions related to global trade, regulation, and the broader geopolitical landscape that influences investment decision-making. Join us for a candid discussion about the world today.

    Opening Remarks by Sara Wilshaw, Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development

    Moderated by Kristina Williams, President and CEO, AEC

    Dr. Ailish Campbell Canada’s Ambassador Designate to the European Union,
    Dominic Barton Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China,
    Kirsten Hillman Canada’s Ambassador to the United States of America,
    Kristina Williams President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC)
    Sara Wilshaw Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development,
    Alberta Enterprise Corporation
  • Networking Break

  • Venture Capital Breakout: To Be Announced!

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  • Private Equity Breakout: To Be Announced!

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  • Networking Break

  • Amplitude Ventures presents: Life Sciences in Canada: Economic Potential & Strategic Opportunities

    For the last two years, Canadian life therapeutics companies have dominated mega-rounds and exits with $1B in VC dollars going to life science; 26% of the venture capital investments in 2020. The life sciences industry has the potential to speed Canada's economic recovery, drive investment returns and impact all Canadians.

    Join us on June 9 as we hear from three life science executives to find out what’s behind their success, learn more about the sector’s momentum, and to discuss the importance of venture capital to their journey.

    Ali Tehrani Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Zymeworks
    Lloyd Segal Chief Executive Officer, Repare Therapeutics
    Veronique Lecault Chief Operating Officer, AbCellera
    Nancy Harrison Venture Partner, Amplitude
    Amplitude Venture Capital
  • HSBC Bank Canada Presents: Roundtable: Setting the Standards for ESG

    For decades, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) issues have built momentum. Today, most institutions, both private and public, are now sensitized to the critical priority of ESG, but are still facing challenges on the best ways to integrate and operationalize these considerations into their daily activities. In North America, the integration of ESG has lagged that of Europe in the past decade, but we are now seeing a real acceleration across Canada and the U.S.

    This IC21 panel will provide insight on the 3 pillars of ESG issues: Environment, Social, Governance, and will discuss the different angles for ESG integration. More importantly, it will showcase leading practices on how you measure and report ESG, and the impact on decision making. ESG integration is not only the right thing to do, but it also leads to better opportunities and profitability.

    Marie-Josée Pryvik Head of ESG Innovation and Customer Success, Novisto Inc.
    Peter Dunbar Private Equity Senior Specialist, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
    Wils Théagène Senior Director, Quebec, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
    Valerie Lemieux Head of Public Sector Canada, Global Banking & Markets, HSBC Bank Canada
  • Networking Break

  • The Next Generation

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  • TSX presents: IPOs

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  • Networking Break

  • DealCloud Presents: IC21 Masterclass: Reimagining Your Post-COVID-19 Future: Fostering Innovation & Agility with Lital Marom

    COVID-19 is a big wake-up call for most businesses to innovate and reconstruct their future or be left behind. Organizations need to make significant changes to their traditional (incumbent) business models to build their breakthrough, future-ready businesses.

    As investors, both in private equity and venture capital, you approach all your investments with a growth mindset. This masterclass is designed to help you assess if you have been using an incremental approach and will guide you to think about adopting an exponential strategy and an exponential mindset to bring real transformative growth to your portfolio.

    In fact, to drive lasting change, you will be challenged to think about designing a whole new roadmap to accompany your entrepreneurs: redesigning the organizational value chain, including people, technology, and business models.

    You will also be asked to think about exponential growth; how to amplify your impact by thinking more broadly and differently and using your network rather than linear thinking. Exponential thinking is the power to multiply the effect of components (mindset, technology, business models) and not merely add them.

    IC21’s Masterclass will give you a real sense of the shifts (thinking models and business models) and the fundamental principles that separate successful companies from unsuccessful ones in the digital economy. Lital will explain how you can identify opportunities to innovate and transform your own portfolio of businesses before someone else does.

    Introduction by Ben Harrison, Co-founder, Dealcloud and President, Financial Services division, Intapp

    Lital Marom Innovation Strategist & Visionary,
    Ben Harrison Co-Founder, Dealcloud & President, Financial Services division, Intapp
  • Networking Break

  • Keynote: To Be Announced!

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  • Closing Remarks

    Join us as we officially close out Invest Canada '21!

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