Atlantic Venture Forum


The Atlantic Venture Forum brings together the best, boldest, most innovative emerging and established IT, Sustainable Technology,  Life Sciences & Health Technology companies in Atlantic Canada. Atlantic Canada has the opportunity to celebrate and further establish its regional leadership in building a vibrant technology commercialization ecosystem of start-ups, high growth companies, angel investors, venture capital and other private equity firms, and incubation & tech transfer organizations.

Venue Information


1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3J5 Canada
Direct: 902-421-1700
Hotel Reservations: 1-800-943-6760


The Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel features an unparalleled downtown location, right on the harbour. Steps from world-class Halifax attractions, we are the ideal place to savour the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. Discover pure rejuvenation during your next stay.



Hotel accommodations are not included in your registration fees, however, for your convenience, we have reserved a block of rooms at the conference rate. A special room rate has been negotiated for Atlantic Venture Forum delegates, these rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and fill up quickly so to avoid disappointment, ensure that you make your reservation in a timely manner. Room reservations must be made by May 25, 2017 to be eligible for special AVF pricing.

Room reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 902-421-1700 or toll-free at 1-800-943-6760 and requesting a room from the Atlantic Venture Forum room block.


Nova Scotia is the place to be when it comes to surfing, sailing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, golfing, whale watching and cycling! The Province has the world’s highest tides, which offer thrill rides that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world – and with over 150 parks and guided tours, there is no shortage of activities for ‘kids’ of all ages! Make your Atlantic Venture Forum trip to Nova Scotia a holiday by participating in some of the Province’s most adventurous activities, including:


The Atlantic Venture Forum’s presenting companies are competitively selected with the participation of our 2017 Industry Advisory Board members. Meet the 2017 team below!


Gerard Buckley


JS Cournoyer

General Partner

J. Curry

Manager Technology Investments

Brenda Hogan

Senior Investment Manager

Charles Lax

Managing General Partner

Nicole Leblanc

Associate Director, Venture Capital

Brian Lowe

Co-Founder & Director

Calvin Milbury

President & CEO

Scott Moffitt

Managing Director

Peter Moreira


Chris Moyer


Pascal-Hugo Plourde

Director, Partnerships

Andrew Ray

Director, Partnerships

Doug Robertson

President & CEO

Johanne Sévigny

Managing Director

Sunil Sharma

Managing Director

Jeff White

Chief Operating Officer

Presenting Companies


We are thrilled to introduce you to the #AVF2017 Presenting Companies! As always, it was a tremendous job narrowing the field down,

and we can’t wait for you to join us in supporting these exceptional companies in the 2017 Technology Showcase.


Early Stage:


Growth Stage:


AVF Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Meet the #AVF2017 Entrepreneur Bootcamp Facilitator

Serial Entrepreneur, Steward of Risk Capital & Award-Winning Investor

Randy Thompson, Founder of VA Angels & Partner of OKR Financial 


Active in the startup venture space for more than 25 years, Randy is a builder of companies, angel investor and leader in Canada’s most active angel group, VA Angels. Beyond his 40+ investments, Randy is the founder of western Canada’s most active angel group which has done 160 investments placing $45 million into startups around the world.

As a true leader in the startup scene, his accomplishments have earned him several awards as an investor, some of which include awards from Startup Canada and Techvibes. Learn more online

AVF Entrepreneur Bootcamp!

Pre-load your Entrepreneur Toolkit 


On June 27 & 28, the #AVF2017 will “Topgrade your Entrepreneur Toolkit: From Launch to Exit”. Get a head start at the AVF Entrepreneur Bootcamp on June 26. Don’t miss your chance to gain valuable knowledge from an award-winning leader in the startup community, participate in a globally recognized startup training program, and take away these four key insights on:

  • Company Valuation
  • Realistic Deal Structuring
  • Nine-Month work plan
  • Exit Strategy 

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