All Days

Day 1 - Tuesday June 4

Day 2 - Wednesday June 5

Day 3 - Thursday June 6

Tuesday June 4
12:00pm - 7:00pm
Parq Ballroom Foyer

Day 1 Registration Hours

Registration is open from 12:00pm - 7:00pm

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Tuesday June 4
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Parq Ballroom ABC

Torys LLP Presents: Young Professional Committee Mentoring Luncheon (invite-only)

During the first day of Invest Canada ’19, members of the YPC are invited to network with other young professionals and engage with leaders from the private capital community—our mentors. Over the course of the luncheon, young professionals will rotate tables for the exclusive opportunity to interact with new mentors. Attendees will be asked to identify the top three mentors they are most interested in sitting with.



Mark Usher

Managing Director and North American Market Leader, CIBC Innovation Banking


Peter Dowse

Chief Financial Officer & Partner, Ironbridge Equity


Whitney Rockley

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, McRock Capital


Kristina Williams

President & CEO, Alberta Enterprise Corporation


Tracey McVicar

Managing Partner, CAI Capital Partners


Curtis Johansson

Partner, CAI Capital Partners

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Tuesday June 4
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kitsilano Ballroom ABC

HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Ltd. & Norton Rose LLP Presents: LP Only Meeting (invite-only)

This by invite-only expert-led session will focus on the challenges currently facing limited partners. This session is included for all limited partner Invest Canada ’19 registrants.


3:00pm: Art & Science of Long-Term Trends (Thinking & Investing)

Despite the pros and cons of long-term investing, thinking about the future remains a necessity for all serious investors. CVCA invites you to pause and look beyond short-term news, Trump’s Tweets and markets swings to focus on “what is likely to happen next” and “how to anticipate it”. Mixing findings from the Canada Towards 2030 project with more than 30 years of international research and transactions, Eric Noël will take us through long-term data, trends, impacts and thinking tips you won’t want to miss.

4:00pm: Panel Discussion - GP/LP Alignment

The expert-led session will focus on the challenges and trends currently facing limited partners and how they manage and monitor these trends in their portfolios. The panelists will discuss tactics used to ensure full alignment with GPs in today’s market, across all transaction types: primary fund investments, secondary investments and direct co-investments.

Michael Woolhouse, Managing Director, Head of Secondaries, CPPIB
Michael Bowman, Vice President, Northleaf Capital Partners
David Zug, Principal, HarbourVest Partners
Caroline Côté, Manager, Quebec Funds Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

This session is included for all Limited Partner Invest Canada ’19 registrants.



Keynote Speaker: Eric Noël

Canada 2030


Michael Woolhouse

Managing Director, Head of Secondaries, CPPIB


Michael Bowman

Vice President, Northleaf Capital Partners


David Zug

Principal, HarbourVest Partners


Caroline Côté

Manager, Quebec Funds Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)


Vice President, BDC Capital Moderated by: Neal Hill

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Tuesday June 4
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kitsilano Ballroom D

DealCloud & BLG LLP Presents: GP Only Meeting (invite-only)

This by invite-only expert-led session will focus on the challenges facing GPs. This session is included for all general partner Invest Canada ’19 registrants.


3:00PM: Strategy for High Growth Companies - Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Strategy, while frequently discussed, is often poorly understood. Growth, while exciting, is often difficult. Both are about making choices about where and where not to play, how to win, how to allocate resources among many competing priorities, and critically, what to do. All these choices must be made when you never know everything you would like to know.

Strategy is fundamentally about making decisions under uncertainty. How can you create enough clarity to make the choices necessary to set direction? How can you develop a resilient strategy that can last through the uncertainty it will face? How can you turn this into performance and growth and execute for results?

Dr. Rebecca Homkes will address these topics in a fast-paced session that addresses how to develop and execute a high-growth strategy, common traps to avoid, and what this means for you.

3:30pm: 3:30pm: US IPOs: Are they worth the hassle

Alex Graham, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
Chip Wadsworth, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
Andrew Foley, Partner, Paul Weiss

4:00pm: Transactional Risk Insurance - War Stories from the Front Lines

Marsh and McCarthys will provide an overview of Reps & Warranties Insurance and Tax Indemnity Insurance and explain how these products can be deployed strategically in M&A deal scenarios to overcome indemnity challenges between buyers and sellers.

Antony Joyce, Senior Vice President, Marsh
Jake Irwin, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
Pavan Jawanda, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

4:20pm: Think Big! Collaborating with CBGF
George Rossolatos, CEO, Canadian Business Growth Fund
Tracey McVicar, Managing Partner, CAI Funds

4:30pm: Building High Performing Teams – Elite Sleep is the New Competitive Advantage

The world of private capital is fast paced and not for the timid. You’re managing a combination of a demanding workload across time zones, business travel and high performing teams and, when you’re not actively closing a deal, you’re building a roster of deal flow opportunities.

Social Jet-Lag is a real thing, and while GPs are very different from classic shift workers, the challenges you face are often the same, at least in terms of getting the sleep you need to perform at an elite level.

Dr. Glenn Landry will translate sleep science for this GP-only audience, providing practical advice you can understand and apply to your unique lifestyle.



Dr. Rebecca Homkes

London Business School


Dr. Glenn Landry PhD

Sleep Specialist


Alex Graham

Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets


Chip Wadsworth

Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets


Andrew Foley

Partner, Paul Weiss


Anthony Joyce

Senior Vice President, Marsh


Jake Irwin

Partner, McCarthy Tetrault


Pavan Jawanda

Partner, McCarthy Tetrault


George Rossolatos


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Tuesday June 4
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Parq Ballroom Foyer

PwC Canada Presents: Hello Handshakes

A celebratory kick-off of Invest Canada ’19 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

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Tuesday June 4
8:00pm - 12:00am
Fairview Ballroom

KPMG In Canada Presents: IC19 Annual Poker Event

Delegates of Invest Canada ’19 are invited to attend and play in the Poker Tournament & Casino at Invest Canada ‘19. Not a poker whiz? Join our Poker School where dealers will be available to teach you everything you need to become a better player.

Attendees can also join us for some excellent networking and Vegas-style casino entertainment including blackjack, roulette & baccarat happening at the same time. Food and drinks will also be provided throughout the evening and no registration is required.

Registration: 7:30pm
Poker Tournament 1: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Poker Tournament 2: 10:00pm - 11:30pm

Delegates registered to attend Invest Canada '19 will receive an email invitation to register for one or both poker tournaments.

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Wednesday June 5
7:00am - 7:00pm
Parq Ballroom Foyer

Day 2 Registration Hours

Registration is open from 7:00am - 7:00pm

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Wednesday June 5
Parq Ballroom Foyer

Vistara Capital Partners Presents: Invest Canada Performance Hub

Vancouver is one of the most active cities in the world, so Invest Canada ’19 can't wait to give you unique overall wellness experiences while in town. Don't miss out on fun morning activities like running to kick off your day! Visit the Performance Hub to demo the latest cool wearable fitness & health tech before you get your sweat on. All skill levels are welcome.

Expect light continental bites on had to get you through the session as well.

Exciting Highlights:

WIIVV will be offering Invest Canada attendees a special promo code to pre-order their high tech insoles. A special promo offer will be sent via email prior to the start of the event.

For individuals who don’t have the chance to register in advance, they will be onsite to take your measurements and have a custom set sent to them following the event.

WIIVV Ambassador Chris Bellamy, will be on site and leading a 5K group run departing from the JW Parq Vancouver lobby.

iHEART / VITAL SINES - How old do you feel you are… on the inside? VitalSines will be on hand to challenge Invest Canada guests to demo this local innovative hardware and test their internal age including aortic pulse wave velocity and resting heart rate all in a matter of seconds.

Missed seeing iHeart on Dragon’s Den or reading about this wearable tech in Financial Post, BetaKit and more? Well, check it out here.

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Wednesday June 5
Parq Ballroom ABC

TD Bank Presents: Buffet Breakfast

Day 2 of Invest Canada ’19 kicks off with a buffet breakfast.

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Wednesday June 5
8:30am - 9:00am
Parq Ballroom DEF

Official IC19 Welcome

Invest Canada ’19 will kick off with a spirited Land Acknowledgement Ceremony featuring The Dancers of Damelahamid, and welcome remarks from our amazing 2019 Co-Chairs.



Tracey McVicar

IC19 Co-Chair & Managing Partner, CAI Capital


IC19 Co-Chair & Managing Partner Rich Osborn

IC19 Co-Chair & Managing Partner, TELUS Ventures


The Dancers of Damelahamid


Richard Pay

Partner, Transactions Services Leader, PwC

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Wednesday June 5
9:00am - 9:45am
Parq Ballroom DEF

CIBC Presents: David Frum, Political Commentator

Bestselling author David Frum, who served as special assistant and speechwriter to former United States President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2002, will be a featured speaker at IC19. Known as one of the most influential political analysts of our time, Frum brings a Canadian conscience into the mainstream of the often-polarized world of American politics.



David Frum

Political Commentator & Editor, The Atlantic

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Wednesday June 5
9:45am - 10:30am
Parq Ballroom DEF

Hillcore Group Presents: Fireside Chat with David Kaplan, Ares Management

Stay tuned – excited details to be announced soon.



David Kaplan

Director, Co-Founder, Partner and Co-Head of Private Equity, Ares Management


Kim Furlong

Chief Executive Officer, CVCA

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Wednesday June 5
10:30am - 11:00am
Parq Ballroom Foyer

CAI Capital Partners Presents: Refresh & Revive

Take a minute to stretch your legs, grab a snack and a refreshment, and connect with your IC19 colleagues before the next session begins.

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Wednesday June 5
10:30am - 11:00am

Special VCCI announcement from The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

IC19 delegates from the VC ecosystem are invited to a special VCCI announcement from The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. The announcement will be followed by a panel discussion focused around the announcement.

Featured Speakers:
- The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
- Mike Woollatt, Principal, Hamilton Lane
- Sophie Forest, Managing Partner, Brightspark
- Senia Rapisarda, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners
- Lauren Robinson, General Partner Highline BETA



The Honourable Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion


Mike Woollatt

Principal, Hamilton Lane


Sophie Forest

Managing Partner, Brightspark


Senia Rapisarda

Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners


Lauren Robinson

General Partner, Highline BETA

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Wednesday June 5
11:00am - 11:45am
Kitsilano Ballroom ABC

Fasken Presents: Venture Update - A North American Perspective

This breakout session panel will demonstrate firsthand, through stats, and panelist experiences the evolution of venture capital activity in North America.



Adley Bowden

Vice President of Market Development and Analysis, PitchBook Data


Shane Goudey

Partner, Cooley LLP


Barbara Dirks

Head of Canada, Silicon Valley Bank


Chris Arsenault

General Partner, iNovia Capital


Moderated by: Shahrooz Nabavi

Partner, Fasken

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Wednesday June 5
11:00am - 11:45am
Kitsilano Ballroom D

RSM Canada Presents: CEO Perspectives – What Advice Do They Have for GP’s?

The panel of experienced CEO’s will provide some perspective on their experience interacting with GP’s pre-deal, during the deal execution phase and post-deal. The CEO’s will share experiences, both positive and negative, to help guide GP’s on how they can think about their interactions with Management and enhance value throughout the investment lifecycle.



Richard Harris

Partner, Founders Group of Food Companies


Brett Hodson

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at CORIX Group of Companies


Tina Osen

President, HUB International


Ted Redmond

President & CEO, ZCL Composites Inc.


Moderated by: Ben Gibbons

National Private Equity Industry Leader, RSM Canada

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Wednesday June 5
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Parq Ballroom DEF

BDC Capital Presents: Networking Lunch with CVCA Awards Presentation

Attendees will enjoy a networking lunch during Day 2 of Invest Canada '19. During this lunch, winners of the 2019 CVCA Awards will be announced.

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Wednesday June 5
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Parq Ballroom DEF

Export Development Canada Presents: Leadership & Innovation

Meet the trailblazers who have taken Canadian companies and have increased profits, positioned their organizations to scale and generated a competitive advantage. This is an exclusive opportunity to capture impressive takeaways and apply them in your operation.



Chip Wilson

Executive Director, Hold it All Inc.


Shahrzad Rafati

CEO, BroadbandTV Corp


Scott Thomson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Finning International Inc.


Dionne Laslo-Baker

Founder & CEO, DeeBee’s Organics


Moderated by: Dominic Barton

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

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Wednesday June 5
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Kitsilano Ballroom ABC

PwC Canada presents: Corporate Venture Capital

Connect with the latest trends and insights in corporate venture capital. During this illuminating panel, panelists will take a look at today’s market conditions and forecast what’s ahead. These IC19 panelists will also provide an overview on what it takes to raise money, what an effective strategy looks like, the pros and cons of co-investing, and what constitutes a good or bad deal. Finally, expect a dive into some of the myths pervading venture capital such as whether we’re really investors or buyers.

Stay tuned – this panel is still evolving.



Rich Osborn

Managing Partner, TELUS Ventures


Paul Desmarais III

Executive Chairman, Portag3


Nan Zhou

Director, Baidu Capital


Rodrigo Prudencio

Amazon Corporate Development, The Alexa Fund


Moderated by: Michael Dingle

National Technology Leader, PwC Canada

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Wednesday June 5
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Kitsilano D

Blakes Presents: Evolution of Private Equity

This breakout session panel will address the evolution of the private equity environment. Panelists will draw on experience and speak about the opportunities and challenges in 2019 and beyond.



Jason Cawley

Senior Portfolio Manager, BCI


Jeremy Billan

Director - Growth Equity, BDC


David Brent

Partner, Altas Partner


Moderated by: JP Bogden

Partner, Blakes

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Wednesday June 5
2:45pm - 3:15pm
Parq Ballroom Foyer

Canadian Business Growth Fund Presents: Refresh & Revive

Take a minute to stretch your legs, grab a snack and a refreshment, and connect with your IC19 colleagues before the next session begins.

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Wednesday June 5
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Parq Ballroom DEF

PwC Canada Presents: Cannabis Investing

Cannabis investments are the latest buzz. Is it all hype? Or, is there real value and long-term potential? This plenary panel will clear the smoke and take a look at today’s market fundamentals – size, deals, investment marketing and more. Then, panelists will get to the root of what makes cannabis investing different – such as banking, regulations, complementary services and the difficulties in getting insurance. Take part in some fun and insightful Q&A and form your opinion on whether you think cannabis investing is overrated or underrated.



Mary Dimou

Director, Business Development, Canopy Rivers


Matt Shalhoub

Managing Director, Green Acre Capital


Blake Corbet

Co-Head of Investment Banking, PI Financial


Margot Micallef

Founder & CEO, Gabriella’s Kitchen Inc. (GABY)


Rami El-Cheikh

Rami El-Cheikh, Partner – Deal Strategy & Value Creation, PwC Canada


Moderated by: Sam Znaimer

Managing Director, WGD Capital

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Wednesday June 5
Parq Ballroom DEF

Fraud is Not a Trade Secret: A Conversation with Tyler Shultz

Hundreds of employees, thousands of investors, and millions of patients on an unprecedented scale? Tyler Shultz, the man most responsible for bringing down Theranos, answers these questions and more. In a compelling conversation, Shultz takes audiences through his time as an employee at Theranos, discussing everything from his relationship with Elizabeth Holmes, to the faulty blood testing technology, to his efforts to expose the truth about Theranos. With humility and candor, Shultz addresses the importance of corporate governance, modern-day business ethics, Silicon Valley culture, and the lessons the corporate world can learn from Theranos’ historic fraud.

Tyler Shultz is featured in the documentary about the rise and fall of Theranos, from Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney.



Tyler Shultz

Theranos Whistleblower & Entrepreneur


Moderated by: Tracey McVicar

Managing Partner, CAI Capital Partners

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Wednesday June 5
6:00pm - 8:30pm
D/6 at the Douglas Hotel

TELUS Ventures Presents: West Coast Bash

The biggest social event at IC19 will put a spring in your step long into the night. Inspired by the boundless spirit of our host city, enjoy great food, entertainment and, most of all, great company with friends old and new at the West Coast Bash.

This event includes amazing entertainment from The Hairfarmers and Sawagi Taiko.



The Hairfarmers


Sawagi Taiko

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Wednesday June 5
8:30pm - 10:30pm
D/6 at the Douglas Hotel

TELUS Ventures Presents: Whisky Tasting & Late Night Bar

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Thursday June 6
6:30am - 8:00am
Parq Level

Vistara Capital Partners Presents: Recovery Morning

Join us for a morning yoga class to reboot and relax your mind before heading into the final day of Invest Canada. Led by a local yogi, the inclusive all-levels class will be hosted within the hotel complex for ease.

Complimentary mats and accessories will be provided, attendees can also expect light continental bites to get you through the session.

Delegated registered to attend Invest Canada ‘19 will receive a special invitation to register. We urge everyone to pre-register so we can accommodate the group both in terms of space and in available equipment.

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Thursday June 6
8:00am - 9:00am
Parq Ballroom ABC

PitchBook Presents: Networking Breakfast

Day 2 of Invest Canada ’19 kicks off with a networking breakfast.

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Thursday June 6
9:00am - 12:00pm
Parq Ballroom DEF

Alberta Enterprise Corporation presents: IC19 Master Class - Negotiation & Deal Dynamics

Gain exclusive insight into the latest game-changing negotiation tactics at the Invest Canada ’19 pinnacle event hosted by Guhan Subramanian, one of the world’s foremost authorities in deal-making and corporate law.

Chair of the Negotiation Program at Harvard Business School, Mr. Subramanian will shed new light on the trends and deal dynamics pervading negotiation theory today. All attendees at this half-day interactive lecture will receive a copy of Guhan Subramanian’s landmark book on negotiation: “Deal Making: The New Strategy of Negotiations”.

This mastercass promises to be the hottest and most widely attended event at Invest Canada ’19 – miss it at your own future negotiation peril!

This session is included in your Invest Canada ’19 registration – please be sure to RSVP when prompted during the registration process.


9:00am: Best Practices at the Table: What You Say and Do to Create Mutually Beneficial, Long-Term, Sustainable Agreements

This session will provide a summary of core concepts and best-practice strategies for creating mutually beneficial, long-term, sustainable agreements. Topics will include: effective preparation; strategies for persuasion and influence; dealing with difficult tactics; and how to use body language effectively. We will also review core vocabulary such as BATNA, reservation price, and ZOPA.

10:15am: Refresh & Revive

10:30am: Best Practices Away from the Table: Managing Auctions, Negotiations & “Negotiauctions”

This session will provide best practices for managing competitive pressure on two fronts: across the table, with a potential counterparty to the deal; and on the same side of the table, with known and unknown competitors. Topics will include: effective strategies for pre-empting auction processes; to the extent that auction processes are used, shaping the process to your advantage; and playing the game as effectively as possible once auction or auction-like processes are underway. Mini-case studies will illustrate key concepts. This session will draw from Subramanian, Dealmaking: The New Strategy of Negotiauctions (W. W. Norton 2011).



Guhan Subramanian

Chair – Program on Negotiation, Harvard Business School

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Thursday June 6
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kitsilano Ballroom ABC


Please RSVP in advance during your official Invest Canada ’19 registration. Check-in/registration for this meeting will begin at 11:30am.

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