Montreal International Venture Forum, October 23rd and 24th 2013

  Montrea International Venture Forum 2013

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Capital Innovation, is proud to host the 2nd Montreal International Venture Forum at the Mcgill New Residence Hall, on October 23rd and 24th 2013. The Montreal International Venture Forum is the largest gathering of angels, venture capital managers and innovative entrepreneurs in Quebec.

Pierre Karl Péladeau : Keynote Speaker

This October 23rd at 12:30PM, come listen to one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Québec: Pierre Karl Péladeau. Mr. Péladeau will discuss the challenges facing the entrepreneurial community in Quebec and how investment and innovation in entrepreneurship is the solution.


  • Pierre Karl Péladeau

    Pierre Karl Péladeau Chairman of the BoardFondation de l'entrepreneurship

    Pierre Karl Péladeau, colloquially known as "PKP" in Quebec, is the Chairman of the Board of la Fondation de l'entrepreuneurship and Chairman of the Board of Hydro-Québec. Mr. Péladeau is best known for his influential contribution to Québécor as CEO. Since stepping down as CEO this pass spring, he is has been focusing on promoting the entrepreuneurial spirit in Quebec. Pierre Karl Péladeau was the President and CEO of Quebecor Inc., Quebecor Media Inc. and Sun Media Corporation. He was educated in Montréal and Paris. He holds a degree in philosophy from Université du Québec à ...

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Speakers & Panelists

We are putting together a top-notch list of panelist and speakers for this year’s forum.


  • Nicolas Darveau-Garneau

    Nicolas Darveau-Garneau Head of Performance Marketing and Managing DirectorGoogle Canada and Google Québec

    Mr. Nicolas Darveau-Garneau (“Nick”) is the Head of Performance Marketing of Google Canada, which means he manages the 9-figure rapidly-growing performance marketing business of Google Canada. He is also the Managing Director of Google Québec, leading Google’s business efforts in the province and helping to drive product innovation and customization for the Québec market. Under his leadership, Google Québec has doubled in size and impact. Nick was born in Chicoutimi, Québec and grew up in Montréal where he attended school at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. Nick has been an Internet entrepreneur...

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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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  • Michael Dennis

    Michael Dennis Investment ManagerInnovacorp

    Michael Dennis is an investment manager at Innovacorp, where his focus is on identifying and developing seed and early-stage investment opportunities in the life sciences sectors. He manages all aspects of the investment review, approval and closing cycle. Michael has extensive experience in the commercialization of life sciences technologies through his career as a research scientist, entrepreneur and executive in early-stage biotechnology start-ups. Prior to joining Innovacorp, Michael was CEO of Performance Genomics Inc. of Truro where he led a turn-around based on strategic partnerin...

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  • David Nault

    David Nault PrinicipaliNovia Capital

    David is a principal at iNovia Capital with a focus on Quebec investment opportunities. Entrepreneurship is part of David’s DNA and so is helping others in their quest to grow their businesses. His interest in venture building and deep experience in sales and marketing has attracted him to mentor a large number of promising entrepreneurs. His area of expertise include; software, e-commerce and electronic payments. He learnt early on the meaning of lean start-up while at VIPswitch when he had to get large customer validation for a disruptive telecom technology for which he later helped raise...

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  • Dax Dasilva

    Dax Dasilva CEO and founderLightSpeed Retail

    Dax first set foot on this trailblazing path at just 13 years old, when he began apprenticing for an Apple developer. At 15, he created his first custom Mac-based software. Apple was a mere afterthought in the personal computer market, but young Dax saw the potential and continued to develop software. Seeing the rise of iPhone and iPad and recognizing a void in the market for tools that cater to retailers using a Mac-based platform, Dax was ahead of the curve when he first launched LightSpeed seven years ago. The mastermind behind Quebec’s number-one fastest-growing company has deep roots i...

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  • LP Maurice

    LP Maurice CEO and co-founderBusBud

    LP Maurice is the CEO & co-founder of Busbud, a travel startup focused on intercity bus travel. Previously, LP worked in Silicon Valley at Yahoo, LinkedIn and Radar Networks (acquired) in product management, marketing and business development. LP holds an MBA from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Corporate Law from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from HEC Montreal. LP is co-founder of entrepreneurship group Entrepreneurs Anonymes, founde...

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  • Joe Poulin

    Joe Poulin CEO and founderLuxury Retreats

    Joe Poulin is the Founder, and CEO of Luxury Retreats, a full service villa rental company. Founded in 1999, Luxury Retreats creates personalized villa vacations, offering an unmatched portfolio of over 2,000 hand-picked, personally inspected villas in more than 50 destinations worldwide. There is no membership fee required to rent with Luxury Retreats. Mr. Poulin founded Luxury Retreats at the precocious age of 17 years old out of his bedroom. After having built a website for a villa owner, Mr. Poulin envisioned building a web...

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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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  • Eric Emmons

    Eric Emmons Investment PartnerSiemens Venture Capital, Inc.

    Eric Emmons is an Investment Partner based in Boston, MA and focused on investments in energy, materials, and industrial solutions. He has been active as a director of Managesoft , Porogen, Powerit Solutions, Zolo Technologies, and Protonex. Before joining Siemens Venture Capital, Eric was a founding general partner at the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund, where he led many of its investments in energy, industrial process efficiency, and materials. Eric also worked with Commons Capital, a venture capital firm in the Boston area which invests in energy, medical, and technology companies. P...

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  • Sebastian Titz

    Sebastian Titz Manager New Ventures3M New Ventures

    Sebastian Titz is an investment manager of 3M New Ventures, the corporate venture arm of 3M in North America. He identifies and invests in disruptive new technologies and start-up companies of strategic relevance for 3M. His investment interests include health care, sustainability, advanced materials and electronics. Before joining 3M he did research in Science and Technology Management focusing on post-acquisition collaboration at the University of Naples and worked as a consultant in the automotive industry. Sebastian has a M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management. He also hold...

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  • Henrik Holland

    Henrik Holland Venture PrincipalShell Technology Ventures

    Henrik holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente. He is also a Six Sigma Academy (SSA & Company) certified Six Sigma & Lean Black Belt. He started his career in telecommunications with Alcatel-Lucent and Telefonica. With Shell, Henrik worked predominantly in Upstream Commercial, both in operational and business development roles. Prior to joining STV, Henrik worked as an Enterprise Supplier Manager on the development of various Equipment category strategies and negotiated long-term Enterpr...

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  • Alain Denis

    Alain Denis Senior Vice-President - New EconomyFonds de solidarité FTQ

    Alain Denis is a Senior Vice-President at Fonds de solidarité FTQ where he is responsible for all investments in Information Technology, Telecommunications and Life Sciences sectors. Activities includes management and growth of existing portfolio, sourcing of new investment opportunities, new partnerships and business development.

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  • Murray McCaig

    Murray McCaig Managing PartnerMaRS Cleantech Fund

    Murray is an experienced startup CEO with a background in management consulting and finance. Most recently, Murray managed New York-based private equity group, RSL Investments (owned by the Estee Lauder family), where he was responsible for leading a global business acquisition strategy in the water sector. Murray has extensive international business development and licensing experience, including his role with Upstream, a world leader in mobile marketing solutions, where he built the global sales organization and led the expans...

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  • Claude Vachet

    Claude Vachet Managing PartnerCycle Capital

    Claude has 22 years of operational, Venture Capital, Secondary Transaction and fund management experience of venture capital portfolios investing in high tech companies. Having managed numerous investments and exits during his career, Claude has built a solid track record. He has, among others, been part of successful teams at both Kirchner and Multiple Capital. He has also worked at Innovatech Montreal as Vice-President Information Technology and Communication. In this capacity, he was responsible for 44 high-tech start-up companies and 5 Venture Capital Funds. From April 2004 to March 200...

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  • Steven Abrams

    Steven Abrams PartnerBDC Venture Capital

    Steven Abrams is a partner in the IT Fund of BDC Venture Capital. He joined the BDC in 2001, after almost nine years in investment banking with Scotia McLeod and two years as CFO of an interactive advertising agency. As a Director of Corporate Finance, he participated in many IPOs, privatizations, M&A advisory mandates, and equity and debt financings for companies in sectors including technology, transportation and telecommunications. For the Internet company, he raised a first round of venture capital, did three acquisitions, two start-ups, and helped grow the company from 15 people to 14...

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  • Dennis R. Costello

    Dennis R. Costello Managing PartnerBraemar Energy Ventures

    Dennis R. Costello is a Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures II.  Mr. Costello has been an active venture capital investment professional for over twenty-five years. Mr. Costello was previously a partner with Advent International, an international private equity firm where he rose to chief investment officer for North America.  Mr. Costello began his career in alternative energy with positions as a project manager at Midwest Research Institute and as a member of the original staff of the National Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), which is now the National Renewable energy Laborato...

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  • Nicolas Gravel

    Nicolas Gravel Director, Strategic Investments & InitiativesBDC Venture Capital

    Nicolas Gravel occupe le poste de Directeur, Investissements et initiatives stratégiques et il enrichit l’équipe avec ses compétences en matière de capital de risque et de financement dans les secteurs de l’énergie et des technologies propres. Nicolas est ingénieur chimique de formation et il possède une vaste expérience des procédés industriels dans divers secteurs. Il a occupé le poste d’associé de recherche sur les actions chez Merrill Lynch avant de passer quatre ans au service d’Innovatech Montréal en tant que gestionnaire de portefeuilles de capital d...

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  • Scott MacDonald

    Scott MacDonald Co-founder and Managing PartnerMcRock Capital

    MacDonald has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading intelligent infrastructure companies within the water, power, and energy efficiency sectors. He is refreshingly real. He currently serves on the board of Pure Technologies (TSX:PUR). He previously served as Chairman of SynapSense from 2008-2012 and was a Director of the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (acquired by Pure Technologies). From 2003 to 2007, MacDonald served as Chairman of RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens) and helped the company grow f...

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  • Steve Kyryk

    Steve Kyryk PartnerHobbs & Towne

    Steve joined Hobbs & Towne, Inc. in 2006 to support the growth of its technology and energy practices. He has more than 17 years of recruiting experience for a wide variety of organizations, ranging from private to publicly traded technology and Fortune 500 organizations. Technically savvy, Steve has a diverse assignment history in next generation energy, advanced sciences, and advanced IT related ventures. He has successfully placed CEOs, Board Directors, Senior Technology Executives and their teams within all functional disciplines for a range of clients, including renewable fuels and...

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Our Investors

Not only do we have great Canadian, American and International angel and venture capital investors who will be speaking at the Montreal International Venture Forums, we also attract investors from all over the world specifically to encourage deal flow. Our full list of investors can be found here.

CleanTech focus

This year we have a full day, October 24th 2013, dedicated to CleanTech and Green Ventures. Our purpose is to promote financing of the next generation of CleanTech companies.
To learn more about the Green Venture Forums please visit the conference web page.

International Venture Forum Series

Every year Capital Innovation hosts a series of International Venture Forums in three great cities of the North-Eastern seabord: Montreal, Boston and an Ontario city in order to build and strengthen the startup ecosystem in this region.

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Location: McGill New Residence Hall

We will be hosting this year’s forum in the renovated conference hall of McGill New Residence Hall located at 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Canada.

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