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Day 1 – September 28

9:00-10:00

Registration & Breakfast (Foyer)

10:00-10:30

Welcome Remarks / Year in Review (Grand Ballroom)

Speaker: Parliamentary Assistant, Daiene Vernile
Ministry of Research and Innovation

Speaker: Assistant Deputy Minister, Bill Mantel
Ministry of Research and Innovation / Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

10:30-10:45

Measuring Performance Across the ONE (Grand Ballroom)

Speaker: Brent Perkins, MaRS Data Catalyst

10:45-11:00

Networking Break (Foyer)

11:00-12:30

Organizational Workshops

These Organizational Workshops are intended for the organizations listed only. All other ONE Workshop participants are invited to coffee/tea in the hotel foyer until lunch is served at 12:30 pm.

Organization Name

Details

Campus-Linked Accelerators / On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities

Discussion: CLA/OCEA Network Meeting / Best Practices
Facilitator: Martin Croteau – Director of Academic Entrepreneurship, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Small Business Enterprise Centres

Discussion: Local Economic Development Initiatives
Facilitator: Carrie Burd – Director, Entrepreneurship Branch, Ministry of Research and Innovation / Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Regional Innovation Centres / Sector Innovation Centres

Presentation: Rob Darling, Founder and CEO, Launchspot
Discussion: Strategic /Unique Initiatives
Facilitator: Richard Kikuta - Director, Ministry of Research and Innovation / Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Chairs of the Board of Directors, Regional Innovation Centres

Discussion: Board Engagement / Best Practices
Facilitators:
Julie Ellis – Innovation Factory
Gord Hart – TechAlliance

Moderator: Bill Mantel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Research and Innovation / Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

12:30-2:00

Lunch (Grand Ballroom)

2:00-4:00

ONE Town Hall Meeting (Grand Ballroom)

Speaker: Assistant Deputy Minister, Bill Mantel
Ministry of Research and Innovation / Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

4:00-5:30

Networking Reception (Foyer)

5:30

Day 1 Ends

Day 2 – September 29

8:00-9:00

Registration & Breakfast (Foyer)

9:00-9:15

Welcome Remarks (Grand Ballroom)

Speaker: The Honourable Brad Duguid,
Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

9:15-10:15

Keynote Discussion: Disruptive Technologies (Grand Ballroom)

Speaker: Michael Eales, Business Models Inc.

10:15-10:45

Networking Break (Foyer)

10:45-12:15

Breakout Sessions 1

Scale-Up Programming

Extraordinary value creation cannot occur without growth, and entrepreneurial growth post start-up has numerous challenges which can be an order of magnitude more difficult than simply starting a venture. Growth entails developing a powerful sale and marketing machine, building an organization by hiring and managing diverse groups of people, and knowing how to acquire strategic inputs such as the right kinds of capital and suppliers. Growth requires amazing amounts of energy and dedication, not to mention smarts.

Learn what programming is currently being piloted to support this unique client segment.

James Doran – CEO, Innovation Guelph
Rob Schock – Senior Business Advisor, Business Advisory Services, Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure / Ministry of Research and Innovation

Cross-Faculty/Multi-Disciplinary Campus Engagement

Ontario’s universities and colleges are offering an increasingly wide array of innovative programs to help young entrepreneurs on their campuses. Many of these programs have also helped transform the entrepreneurial culture throughout their institutions, across all faculties and disciplines. This is an impressive feat within institutions that are arranged into specialities by their very nature. This session will discuss the strategies adopted by universities and colleges to break down barriers and make on-campus entrepreneurship activities as inclusive as possible.

Moderator: Martin Croteau – Director of Academic Entrepreneurship, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Panelists:
Steve Farlow – Executive Director of the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, Laurier LaunchPad, Wilfrid Laurier University
Karen Sievewright – Managing Director, Banting and Best Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto
Abdullah Snobar – Director , DMZ, Ryerson University
Greg Bavington – Executive Director, Queen’s Innovation Connector, Queen’s University

Exports

Many entrepreneurs should be considering opportunities to export their products from the first day they create their companies. The Early Stage Exporters (ESE) fund has been created to assist Ontario small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) enter into the global market. This session will show the resources available to advisors to help develop and grow their client’s export markets, obtain new sources of capitalization/funding, and increase export sales of Ontario goods and services.

Louie Di Palma – Director, SME Programs, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Civic Entrepreneurship

Combining entrepreneurship with the spirit of community, learn how communities collaborate to develop and organize their economic assets, and to build productive relationships across the public, private, and civil sectors to solve real-world problems.

Moderator: Katie Gibson – Director, Office for Social Enterprise, Ministry of Research and
Innovation / Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Panelists:
Francine Schlosser – Professor and Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning, EPICentre, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor
Heather Crosbie – Entrepreneur-in-Residence, ventureLAB
Joeri van den Steenhoven - Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

Entrepreneurship and Education

Entrepreneurship education is a lifelong learning process, starting as early as elementary school and progressing through all levels of education, including adult education. The Ministry of Education has created the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) to help prepare students for the future. This training initiative takes a process-based approach by encouraging the application of key skills to solving real-world, sector-relevant challenges.

Learn more about this program and hear how our organizations are getting involved with our educators to prepare students for the future.

Panelists:
Sudeshna Dutta – Education Officer, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE), Ministry of Education
Karen Dubeau – Director of Partner Engagement, ventureLAB, First Lego League
Ryan Burwell – Facilitator and Instructional Designer, MaRS, The Entrepreneurial Thinking Toolkit
Allison Mitchell – Program Director, Business and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region

Early Stage Financing for Growth

Your client has been in business for a year, has generated sales and is gaining traction in the market. It is now time to scale up and pursue greater opportunities. The issue: how are they going to find the money? This session will discuss how to assist these companies source the financing required for growth and how to find their way to the right lender or investor. The content will include an outline of the opportunities and resources available to these companies and the requirements and risks they will face in their search for growth capital.

Brian MacDonald – Senior Business Advisor, Business Advisory Services, Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure / Ministry of Research and Innovation

Disruptive Technologies Workshop

Join Michael Eales of Business Model Inc. as he dives into the nature of how technology is disrupting the world and what to do about it. Attendees of this workshop will learn new tools, new skills and a new mindset—a design attitude—to help Ontario businesses go beyond default solutions in creating new possibilities for the future so they might disrupt, before they are disrupted, to achieve and maintain a leading edge in the global economy.

Michael Eales – Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc.

Metrics-Based Innovation Management for Tangible Performance

Companies live and die in response to how well they innovate themselves in response to market dynamics, stakeholder demands, competitive imperatives and cultural changes. Technology and R&D must be complemented by attention to other critical areas of competitiveness – business models, competitive strategies, financial capabilities, quality of resources, corporate processes, as well as cultural and organizational issues.

This workshop, which starts from the knowledge that what gets measured gets done, will bring attendants up to date on latest understanding of metrics-based innovation management practices and how to select and use valuable metrics appropriate for each lifecycle stage of corporate evolution.

Participants will learn about:
  • Comprehensive frameworks of innovation as engine of competitive differentiation and growth;
  • Changes in competitive imperatives as market and companies evolve;
  • Most used innovation metrics in different lifecycle stages;
  • Correlation between the metrics, management methodologies and the financial performance of companies;
  • Tools to assess competitive imperatives and capabilities required for innovation success.

Participants will learn how to accelerate company growth, avoid decline and enhance competitiveness through in-depth knowledge and application of metrics-based innovation management methodologies, metrics and associated on-line tools.

Sorin Cohn – Leader of Innovation Metrics, Centre for Business Innovation, Conference Board of Canada

12:15-1:30

Lunch (Grand Ballroom)

1:30-2:00

Networking Break (Foyer)

2:00-3:30

Breakout Sessions 2

The Maker Movement

The Maker Movement is fast evolving from its community-based grassroots to being a force in driving a wave of innovation and entrepreneurship around the world. An increasing number of people are pursuing new ventures dedicated to creating and selling self-made products using open source software and hardware. Even large corporations such as GE are embracing the Maker Movement as a source of new product ideas and nimble innovation. New digital fabrication tools and technologies, such as 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computing, e-textiles, “smart” materials, and programming languages are being utilized for rapid prototyping and fast-to-market product development. Learn how educators and entrepreneurs harness the energy of the Maker Movement to inspire student entrepreneurship and business innovation.

Learn how educators and entrepreneurs harness the energy of the Maker Movement to inspire student entrepreneurship and business innovation.

Moderator: Luc Lalande – Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Hub, University of Ottawa

Panelists:
Dr. Hanan Anis – NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design, University of Ottawa
Chris Rickett – Manager, Entrepreneurship Services, Enterprise Toronto
Chris Labelle – Co-Founder, Mosaic Manufacturing

Community Building and Regional Partnerships

Regional partnerships and community building are the backbone of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). To borrow from an old proverb, it takes a village to raise a company, and the ONE aims to promote a healthy entrepreneurship ecosystem with a robust pipeline of innovative startups in every region of the province. Ensuring that the various organizations within the ONE act as a network, rather than a fragmented collection of organizations, requires ongoing collaboration, communication and commitment among regional partners. This session will explore two case studies, Kitchener-Waterloo and York Region, to learn from their experiences in developing an integrated regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Moderator: Martin Croteau –Director of Academic Entrepreneurship, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Panelists:
York Region Case Study
  • Jeremy Laurin – CEO, VentureLAB
  • Nilay Goyal – Entrepreneurship Manager, LaunchYU, York University
  • Chris Dudley – Director, HELIX, Seneca College
Waterloo Case Study
  • Iain Klugman – President and CEO, Communitech
  • Mike Kirkup – Director, Velocity, University of Waterloo
  • Steve Farlow – Executive Director of the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, Laurier LaunchPad, Wilfrid Laurier University

Exports

Many entrepreneurs should be considering opportunities to export their products from the first day they create their companies. The Early Stage Exporters (ESE) fund has been created to assist Ontario small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) enter into the global market. This session will show the resources available to advisors to help develop and grow their client’s export markets, obtain new sources of capitalization/funding, and increase export sales of Ontario goods and services.

Louie Di Palma – Director, SME Programs, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Civic Entrepreneurship

Combining entrepreneurship with the spirit of community, learn how communities collaborate to develop and organize their economic assets, and to build productive relationships across the public, private, and civil sectors to solve real-world problems.

Moderator: Katie Gibson – Director, Office for Social Enterprise, Ministry of Research and
Innovation / Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Panelists:
Francine Schlosser – Professor and Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning, EPICentre, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor
Heather Crosbie – Entrepreneur-in-Residence, ventureLAB
Joeri van den Steenhoven - Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

Entrepreneurship and Education

Entrepreneurship education is a lifelong learning process, starting as early as elementary school and progressing through all levels of education, including adult education. The Ministry of Education has created the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) to help prepare students for the future. This training initiative takes a process-based approach by encouraging the application of key skills to solving real-world, sector-relevant challenges.

Learn more about this program and hear how our organizations are getting involved with our educators to prepare students for the future.

Panelists:
Sudeshna Dutta – Education Officer, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE), Ministry of Education
Karen Dubeau – Director of Partner Engagement, ventureLAB, First Lego League
Ryan Burwell – Facilitator and Instructional Designer, MaRS, The Entrepreneurial Thinking Toolkit
Allison Mitchell – Program Director, Business and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region

Early Stage Financing for Growth

Your client has been in business for a year, has generated sales and is gaining traction in the market. It is now time to scale up and pursue greater opportunities. The issue: how are they going to find the money? This session will discuss how to assist these companies source the financing required for growth and how to find their way to the right lender or investor. The content will include an outline of the opportunities and resources available to these companies and the requirements and risks they will face in their search for growth capital.

Brian MacDonald – Senior Business Advisor, Business Advisory Services
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure / Ministry of Research and Innovation

Disruptive Technologies Workshop

Join Michael Eales of Business Model Inc. as he dives into the nature of how technology is disrupting the world and what to do about it. Attendees of this workshop will learn new tools, new skills and a new mindset—a design attitude—to help Ontario businesses go beyond default solutions in creating new possibilities for the future so they might disrupt, before they are disrupted, to achieve and maintain a leading edge in the global economy.

Michael Eales – Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc.

Addressing Unemployment and the Skills Gap

Magnet, a not-for-profit social innovation founded by Ryerson University, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), is powered by innovative job-matching technology that quickly and accurately connects job seekers to employers based on skills, preferences, and talent needs. The Magnet network is comprised of 25 university and college partners, 3,600 employers and over 100 community and labour-based organizations working together to address unemployment and underemployment.

In this session, Mark Patterson, Executive Director of Magnet, will elaborate on how startups can efficiently and effectively source talent that meets their skills requirements through technology, resources, mentoring and more. Specifically, attendees will learn how to quickly build a strong job posting that will search Magnet's 60k+ users to find top candidates; generate a shortlist of the right people with the right skills for your needs; navigate the advanced candidate recruiting; and gain a strong understanding of how Magnet can help small- to medium-sized businesses.

Mark Patterson – Executive Director, Magnet

3:30

Day 2 Ends

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