Atlantic Venture Forum

2018 Program Coming Soon!

We’re hard at work putting together another amazing program for 2018! If you are looking for an idea of what to expect, check out some of the amazing speakers from #AVF2017 below!

Health Technology Program in Halifax Ballroom A

General Session Program in Nova Scotia Ballroom BCD

Day One - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

7:00 - 8:00

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Exhibition Display Setup

8:00 - 8:15

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15 - 9:15

Panel Session - Meet the Investors

Hungry for capital to feed your growing venture? These investors have the nourishment your business needs. Listen in to a diverse group of bold venture capitalists as they tell you exactly what types of investments they are looking for at the 2017 Atlantic Venture Forum.

Mike Woollatt

CEO

Moderator

John Albright

Co-Founder &

Managing Partner

Andrea Drager

Vice President

Brian Kobus

Director

Steve Kurylo

Chief Financial Officer

 

Peter van der Velden

Managing General Partner

 

Randy Thompson

Fund Manager & Partner

Nicole LeBlanc

Associate Director,

Venture Capital

Sam Haffar

Principal

 

Michael Lincoln

Chief Financial &

Business Officer

9:15 - 9:30

Coffee Break

9:30 - 10:15

Keynote Speaker

10:15 - 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 - 11:45

Keynote Speaker

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

Hosted Investor & Strategic Tables

12:45 - 16:00

Concurrent Sessions

Health Technology Program in Halifax Ballroom A

General Session Program in Nova Scotia Ballroom BCD

12:45 - 13:30

Health Technology Panel Session - “Market Access for Emerging Technologies”

This expert panel will explore the challenging dynamics of market access for Canadian health tech entrepreneurs. Given the uncertain policy environment in the United States and parts of Europe, regulatory change, and shifting forces at play – our guests will explore market entry pathfinding, alternative & emerging markets, and the opportunities that await those who do so successfully.

Glenn Lanteigne

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Moffitt

Managing Director

Amine Benmoussa

Principal, Healthcare Fund

David Burke

Co-Founder & CEO

 

12:45 - 13:15

Tech Talk - “Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Future”

Through a series of mini-talks, delve into the minds of industry experts as they unveil the technology shifts that are taking place in the commercialization ecosystem.

Irene Yang

Head of Business Development

13:30 - 14:15

Technology Showcase - Life Sciences & Health Technology Presenting Companies

Bring on the game-changers! High growth technology entrepreneurs showcase their plans to revolutionize industries and generate lucrative returns for investors. Emerging companies will give concise 9 minute presentations of their offering, business model, and anticipated impact.

13:15 - 14:15

Technology Showcase - Early Stage Presenting Companies & Feedback Panel

The First Look Showcase gives the hottest early-stage companies an opportunity to present in front a constructive feedback panel of investors. Following each 5 minute quick pitch the investor panel will provide immediate feedback to the presenters.

With Investor Feedback From:

Sunil Sharma

Managing Director

Moderator

Pascal-Hugo Plourde

Director, Partnerships

Sam Haffar

 

Principal

Michael Dennis

Clean Tech

Investment Manager

14:15 - 14:45

Networking Break

14:45 - 15:30

Health Technology Panel Session - “Partnering with Industry Leaders”

This panel of experts will explore the critical role played by “big industry”. Blue chip corporate partners are instrumental, if not essential, to validating and accelerating adoption of new technologies. Discussion will focus on how entrepreneurs can engage with industry partners to optimize their respective commercialization pathways from product validation through to procurement and market adoption.

Robert Burns

Investment Manager

Moderator

Rebecca Yu

Head of JLABS @ Toronto

 

Armand Balboni

Partner

Kelly Reinsborough

Director

 

Glenn Monteith

Vice President, Innovation & Health Sustainability

14:45 - 15:15

Tech Talk - "Failure in the Market for Business Judgement"

Through a series of mini-talks at #AVF2017, delve into the minds of industry experts as they unveil the technology shifts that are taking place in the commercialization ecosystem.

Jeff Larsen

Co-Lead

15:30 - 15:50

Tech Talk - “Industry Outlook for Canadian Health Technologies”

Peter van der Velden, Managing General Partner of the leading Life Sciences Venture Capital firm Lumira Capital shares his uniquely positioned visibility into the near and medium term opportunity landscape. Peter will lend insight into the change forces likely to shape the health technology industry both domestically and internationally.

Peter van der Velden

Managing General Partner

15:15 - 15:50

Tech Talk - "Frontline & Sideline: What I've Learned (Sometimes more than once)"

Through a series of mini-talks at #AVF2017, delve into the minds of industry experts as they unveil the technology shifts that are taking place in the commercialization ecosystem.

Marc Gagne

Senior Technical Evangelist

15:50 - 16:00

Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

16:00 - 18:00

Taste of Nova Scotia Lobster Bash!

Lobster. Lots of it. Pair that up with scores of locally produced delicacies (brought in from across Nova Scotia), and plenty of cocktails. The Annual Taste of Nova Scotia Lobster Bash is the Atlantic Canadian technology networking party of the summer.Bottom line here is: good food + good people = good times… Oh, and did we mention there’s Lobster?

Day Two - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

7:30 - 8:30

Full Delegate Networking Breakfast

Warm Breakfast Buffet

8:20 - 8:30

Opening Remarks

8:30 - 9:15

Panel Session - Engaging the Corporate Strategics

Corporate industry leaders and major technology businesses share elements of their strategic agendas for working with and engaging entrepreneurs. From partnering with and acquiring emerging technology companies, and the integration process. Listen in as our panel of key players discuss the current opportunity landscape and how they successfully engage with entrepreneurs.

Brenda Hogan

Senior Investment Manager

Moderator

Marc Gagne

Senior Technical

Evangelist

Irene Yang

Head of Business Development

Kevin Callahan

Head of Business Development

Kelly Reinsborough

Director

 

 

Ted Graham

Head of Open Innovation

09:15 - 10:00

Networking Break

10:00 - 10:45

Technology Showcase - Growth Stage Presenting Companies

Bring on the game-changers! High growth technology entrepreneurs showcase their plans to revolutionize industries and generate lucrative returns for investors. These growth stage ventures will show investors right to the Exit.

10:45 - 11:30

Fireside Chat - "The Exit Stories: Not for the Faint of Heart"

Tim Gillis

CEO

(Acquired by QuintilesIMS)

Gord Dickie

President

(Acquired by Blue Star Sports)

 

Dan LeBlanc

Former President & CEO

(Acquired by Gracenote)

 

11:30 - 11:45

Best Presenting Company Awards Ceremony

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

Hosted Investor and Strategic Tables

12:45 - 13:45

Keynote Speaker

13:45 - 14:00

Closing Remarks