Toronto Venture Forum 2012

  • Written by R MacLeod
  • January 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM
  • Stay tuned – the Toronto Venture Forum will be back in 2013!


    Panels and keynote speakers at the TVF 2012

    This is a video playlist which you can navigate by pressing the “Next” button.


    Capital Innovation, the largest gathering of angels, venture capital managers and innovative entrepreneurs in Quebec, is proud to team up with the Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario (NAO-O) to host the first Quebec-Ontario Angel Forum, the Toronto Venture Forum (TVF) at the Trump International Tower & Hotel, in Toronto, on February 28th, 2012.

    This event is the perfect opportunity to meet your peers in the Canadian investment community in order to foster the relationships and co-investments between the two provinces.

    For this occasion, NAO-Ontario, with the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is teaming with Capital Innovation, the largest gathering of angels, venture capital managers and innovative entrepreneurs in Quebec, with the support of the Québec Ministry of Economic Development, to host this event at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto on February 28th, 2012.

    Capital Innovation’s network gathers and enhances business relationships with over 100 Angels and Venture Capital investors from Ontario, Quebec and New England. NAO-Ontario, a member of the Ontario Network of Excellence, creates and grows non-profit Angel investor groups for all the regions of Ontario. On February 28th, these communities will come together in Toronto to network and learn from leading Angel groups and early-stage VCs in North-eastern America.

    On behalf of our partners and advisors such as the NACO, Teralys Capital, Maple Leaf Angels, International Corporate Expansion (ICE), Burns & Levinson, ÉTS and the Quebec Government, we are pleased to welcome you to our invitation-only Investors’ gathering, from 9:30 a.m. on February 28th, 2012!

    The gathering will begin with presentations of Quebec and Ontario innovation ecosystems followed by a business luncheon. The afternoon will consist of a keynote speech, followed by a panel of Angels with high profile guests who will debate on Angel trends and co-investment best practices in North America. Lastly, guests will be invited to a networking cocktail reception where they will have the opportunity to meet with approximately 100 fellow Angel investors, representatives from early stage venture capital funds and accelerators, and other prominent figures of the Quebec and Ontario investment communities. Our goal is to foster collaborations and common investment opportunities for Quebec and Ontario Angels and early-stage VC investors. Among our special guests, we are honored to introduce the initial members of the Ontario Investors Committee: Matey Nedkov and several members of NAO-Ontario as well as Samuel Shafner, representing our New England Committee, with Quebec investors such as Jacques Bernier from Teralys.


    Please click here to download the TVF 2012 Official Program


    In the news:

    Angel investors and Venture capital managers from Ontario, Quebec and New England meet in Toronto to strengthen the innovation economy.


    Pictures of the TVF 2012:

    Interviews with investors at the TVF 2012

    This is a video playlist which you can navigate by pressing the “Next” button.


    TVF Chairman

    • Matey Nedkov

      Matey Nedkov Founding DirectorMaple Leaf Angels, NACO, ICE

      Matey Nedkov is the Ontario Chairman of Capital Innovation. He holds positions on the board as a member of Maple Leaf Angels; the National Angel Organization in Canada; and a committee member of the Angel Capital Association in the USA.  He is the founder and president of ICE – International Corporate Expansion (a division of Nedcorp Holdings Inc.); dedicated to expanding Canadian and American Companies to Europe and vice versa.

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    • Samuel M. Shafner

      Samuel M. Shafner PartnerBurns & Levinson LLP

      Samuel M. Shafner has concentrated his practice exclusively in the area of transactional corporate and securities law for more than twenty years. Mr. Shafner has particular expertise in assisting emerging technology companies, both domestic and international, in their capital formation as well as in basic business contract needs. Most of Mr. Shafner's clients are high-technology businesses and venture capital firms specializing in high technology investments. Consequently, Mr. Shafner frequently negotiates software licenses, ...

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    • Jacques Bernier

      Jacques Bernier Managing PartnerTeralys Capital

      Jacques Bernier is a highly respected venture capitalist, entrepreneur and investor who’s helped shape the Canadian technological innovation scene. Through a 30 year career of contributions to the high-tech community, he has been actively involved in more than a dozen emerging high-tech companies as Founder/CEO or angel investor as well as Senior Vice-President of the Solidarity Fund QFL.  Jacques’ widely valued wisdom and experiences continue to define, develop and implement a new approach to venture capital in Québec and abroad. ...

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    • Henry Kay

      Henry Kay Vice President of New Market Development / Strategic PlanningBoston Harbor Angels

      Henry Kay is the U.S. Partner of Medica Venture Partners, a healthcare dedicated VC based in Israel and is an active member of two Angel Investing Groups ( Boston Harbor Angels and Launchpad). He retired from Boston Scientific in 2006, where he was Group Vice President of New Market Development / Strategic Planning, Endosurgery Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC). Prior to joining BSC, Henry was based in the UK for five years as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Allergan Europe, a global eye care company He has 35 years of experience in the medical industry in roles which inclu...

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    • Michel Brûlé

      Michel Brûlé Board MemberInvestissement Québec

      Mr. Brûlé obtained both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. For close to 20 years, he has concurrently pursued careers in both academia and business. In both cases, this has involved the development and management of R&D projects with high commercial potential. Along his academic track, Mr. Brûlé has held positions of full professor, Acting Research Dean and Research Laboratory Director at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) of the University of Québec. In the business sector Mr. Brûlé has been involve...

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    • John Marshall

      John Marshall President & CEOOntario Capital Growth Corporation

      Mr. Marshall is the President and CEO of the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC), which was established by the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation Act, 2008 and was launched on February 27, 2009. The principal business of the OCGC is to manage the interest of the Government of Ontario in the limited partnership known as the Ontario Venture Capital Fund LP (OVCF) and to manage and operate the Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund (OETF).

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    • John Ruffolo

      John Ruffolo Chief Executive OfficerOMERS Ventures

      In addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer of OMERS Ventures, John Ruffolo also serves as Senior Vice President and Head of Knowledge Investing, OMERS Strategic Investments, where he leads the build-out of OMERS Strategic Investments’ world-class Knowledge Investing management team. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, John was a Partner at Deloitte, as well as the Global Thought Leader, the Global Tax Leader and the Canadian Industry Leader for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice. He was also a member of the firm’s Tax and TMT Global Leadership teams and a ...

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    • Dr. Steve Gedeon (PhD, MBA, PEng)

      Dr. Steve Gedeon (PhD, MBA, PEng) DirectorRyerson Entrepreneur Institute

      Steven A. Gedeon, PhD (MIT), MBA, PEng is a professor in Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the Ted Rogers School of Management. He has founded or led over a dozen private, public, venture capital and non-profit organizations; published over 100 articles, reports and patents; and delivered over 40 public speaking engagements and on-line videos on personal leadership, motivation, entrepreneurship and teaching. Dr. Gedeon has won over 20 awards including the inaugural Ryerson Experiential Teaching Award, the Ryerson President’s Award of Teaching Excellence and the USASBE National Award for Entr...

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    • Frank Erschen

      Frank Erschen Golden Triangle AngelNet

      Frank Erschen is an active angel investor in Southern Ontario.  He is a charter member of Golden Triangle AngelNet and serves on its Selection Committee for choosing companies that present to GTAN.  He has coached many companies on how to pitch to investors in 12 minutes.   He was named GTAN's first Angel of the Year in 2011. After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University he looked forward to entering the start-up world and finally did after 25 years of corporate life at IBM and BMO Financial Group.  In the last several years his activities ranged from leading a start-up through a $35 milli...

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    • John Elton

      John Elton PartneriNovia Capital

      John Elton is a Partner at iNovia Capital. He focuses on digital media and software investments primarily in the US and Canada. John currently serves or is an observer on the board of directors of Chango, Collective, Resonate Networks, Tagman and Vizu. John is also active in iNovia’s investment in Beyond the Rack. John also led the firm’s investments in Babble and OggiFinogi that were both acquired in 2011. John brings his past experience as an operator, advisor, and investor to his approach of helping entrepreneurs build successful companies. While at Turnstone Capital, John advised dMarc Br...

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    • Rawy Iskander

      Rawy Iskander VP of Business Development TandemLaunch Technologies

      Rawy joined TandemLaunch Technologies as VP of Business Development in 2011. Prior to joining TandemLaunch, Rawy held senior positions at Ericsson where he last served as Senior Vice President for Ericsson’s Network Business Unit in North Africa. Rawy has successfully negotiated and closed many complex deals and lead an organization of ~100 sales professionals in 10 different countries resulting in revenue turnover of more than 600 MUSD per year. Rawy holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in E.E. from Ain Shams University (Egypt), and an MBA from ESLSCA (Fran...

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    • Ian Carew

      Ian Carew DirectorNorthleaf Capital Partners

      Mr. Carew participates in all aspects of Northleaf’s investment activities, including the origination, evaluation and monitoring of primary and secondary Fund Investments and Direct Co-Investments. He is primarily responsible for the investment sourcing and manager research relating to Northleaf’s Asia and Emerging Markets investments and is actively involved in Northleaf's venture capital and growth investments in the United States and Canada. Mr. Carew serves on the advisory boards of several partnerships within Northleaf's portfolio. Prior to joining Northleaf's predecessor, TD Capital Pri...

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    • Yves Beauchamp

      Yves Beauchamp Chief Executive OfficerÉTS

      Yves Beauchamp holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene and Safety from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) as well as a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Industrial Engineering, with a specialization in Applied Ergonomics, from the University of West Virginia. Starting out as a professor at the Industrial Engineering department of the UQTR from 1987 to 1992, he next joined the Mechanical Engineering department of the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), where he worked as a professor from 1992 to 1997, ...

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    • Richard (Rick) Nathan

      Richard (Rick) Nathan Managing DirectorCVCA

      Mr. Nathan is a Kensington Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee and Advisory Board. He is the Chair of CVCA – Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and Co-Chair of the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX). Mr. Nathan serves as a Board member (or observer) of Public Mobile Holdings Inc., D-Wave Systems Inc. and Blue Ant Meida Inc., and is on the Advisory Board of the Novacap and Vanedge funds. Mr. Nathan was previously a founding partner of Brightspark Ventures, a Toronto venture capital fund focused on incubating early stage technology companies, and the M...

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    • Caroline Somers

      Caroline Somers ChairCapital Angel Network

      Caroline Somers has over 25 years of experience in the high tech industry.   Ms. Somers is currently Chair of the Capital Angel Network bringing in her wealth of business and operational experience including co-founding a successful startup and angel investing in more than 2 dozen companies.   She is also a managing partner in one of Ottawa’s early angel funds the “Band of Scoundrels”.  Ms. Somers is Co-CEO of Cassidy Bay Group which assists companies to be more effective by building powerful teams and by coaching executives to be successful managers and leaders. Ms Somers has served on a n...

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    • Michael Mahon

      Michael Mahon Director, Strategic Initiatives & InvestmentsBDC

      Michael Mahon is Director, Venture Capital Strategic Initiatives and Investments. He joined BDC in 2002 and has held a variety of operational and corporate roles, joining the Venture Capital team in 2011. Mr. Mahon began his professional career as a communications officer in the Canadian Forces. After joining BDC in the Financing and Consulting group, he was appointed Director Corporate Planning and Strategic Initiatives, and subsequently Director, Corporate Development. In this latter role, he worked with BDC’s leadership team in diverse areas, including private equity, risk capital and ventu...

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    • Brad Graham

      Brad Graham Assistant Deputy MinisterMinistry of Economic Development and Innovation, Ontario

      Brad Graham is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation & Commercialization at the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. Brad is an economist and for the past 24 years has held a number of senior positions with the Ontario Public Service, including at the Ministries of Infrastructure Renewal, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Health, and Finance. Prior to his current appointment, Brad Graham was the ADM of the Ontario Growth Secretariat where he led the development of ground breaking Growth Plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and forNorthern Ontario. Their work received numer...

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    • Bruce Taragin

      Bruce Taragin Managing PartnerBlumberg Capital

      Bruce has 20 years experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment banker and corporate attorney. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital in 1998, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht & Quist, Mayer Brown & Platt and Bankers Trust Company. A native of New York, Bruce earned his BA in Finance and Communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and JD from Fordham University. Bru...

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    • Michelle Scarborough

      Michelle Scarborough Co-ChairNational Angel Capital Organization

      Michelle joins OCRI Life Sciences as director, investment and commercialization. With a track record of business achievement spanning more than 14 years, Michelle’s career has crossed industries and continents. She has held a cross section of senior management roles in public and private sector organizations, including CEO, Scarborough & Associates. An active member of the Angel investment community, she has participated as a principal seed investor in several capital pool companies and publicly traded businesses. Michelle sits on the board of several national and international not for pr...

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