EVENT PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, 2017 | FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS | BANFF, AB

            

 

2017 Program Coming Soon

We’re hard at work putting together another amazing program for 2017. If you are looking for an idea of what to expect, check out some of the amazing speakers from #BVF2016 below!

2016 Program

Thursday, September 22, 2016

*The following is a draft program and is subject to change*

07:15-08:00

Registration

08:00-08:15

Opening Remarks

08:15-09:00

Joint Panel Session

Meet the Investors

This Forum favorite provides delegates with the opportunity to hear from key players from some of the most active venture funds from across North America. Listen in as they lend insight into what they look for in a compelling investment opportunity, and what's on their radar. Whether you're an entrepreneur, investor, or otherwise involved in the technology sector, this session will offer detailed insight into current investment trends.

 

      


09:00-09:30

Networking Break

09:30-10:30

Start-Up Spotlight

   
Investor Feedback Panel
  
 

10:30-11:00

Keynote Address

Innovation ≠ Invention

Harry Singh

Director

11:00-11:15

Delegates Move to Presentation Theatres

11:15-12:30

Company Presentations

InformationTechnology

Sustainable Technology

Health Technology

12:30-13:00

Delegates Move to Dining Hall

13:00-14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00-15:00

Keynote Address

Warren Macdonald

World Renowned Entrepreneur, Adventurer & Survivor

 

15:00-15:30

Delegates Move to Presentation Theatres

15:30-16:45

Company Presentations

Information Technology

Sustainable Technology

Health Technology

16:45-17:15

Coffee & Networking Break

17:15-17:45

Stream Specific Panel Sessions

Information Technology


Machine Learning and the Impact on Customer Acquisition 

In the not too distant past, Artificial Intelligence (I) was a notion that was reserved for science fiction movies, but now, it is a very real concept with far reaching implications across multiple sectors. In the information technology space, AI and machine learning are poised to have an enormous influence on customer conversion and tracking. This panel of industry experts will weigh in on the increasing impact that machine learning will have on customer acquisition and the overall market potential that can be realized with the increased integration of AI.

Sustainable Technology


What’s Wrong with Canada


There is a common perception that US Investors, particularly Silicon Valley, do not frequently look north of the border for technology investment opportunities, despite the fact that Canada has both top class universities commercializing technology and excellent technology hubs across the country - from Vancouver to Montréal and beyond. This panel will aim to address this perception, along with other common concerns that are commonly raised about Canadian companies and try to answer the question – what is wrong with Canada?

Health Technology


Tales from Life Sciences


Join the Health Technology Stream panel to hear their combined experience on everything that went right (and wrong!) over the years in their various deals and partnerships. The entrepreneur, the investor and the facilitator perspectives will be shared and insights gleaned into what was learned from bad or missed deals, how a deal was saved from going sideways, and what are some of the most common issue that arise after closing a deal.

17:45-19:00

Full Conference Reception

 

 Friday, September 23, 2016

08:00-08:55

Networking Breakfast in Dining Hall

08:55-09:00

Sponsor Introduction

09:00-10:00

Joint Panel Session

Engaging the Corporate Strategics

Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) is playing an ever increasing role in the venture funding ecosystem. Companies are turning to CVC as an alternative to the traditional venture funding model, and internally, CVC is stepping in to ensure that there is a viable, healthy emerging tech ecosystem to feed their corporate parents' long term needs. Listen in as our panel of key players discuss the current opportunity landscape and how to successfully engage with the broader CVC community.

  

10:00-10:30

Networking Break

10:30-11:45

Company Presentations

Information Technology

Sustainable Technology

Health Technology

11:45-12:00

Delegates Move to Dining Hall

12:00-12:15

Opening Remarks & Presenting Company Awards

12:15-13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15-14:15

Keynote Address

Robotics Revolution: The Next Digital Transformation

Raoul Oostenbrink

Manager, Funding

Mike Sherman

Managing Partner

14:15-14:30

Closing Remarks

 View last years program details HERE