David Ceolin

David was the founder and CEO of Digital Cement, a digital services firm at the intersection of marketing technology, customer experience design and data analytics.   Digital Cement’s innovative marketing programs delivered topline revenue for international clients like Kraft Foods, FedEx, and Dell. Pitney Bowes acquired Digital Cement in 2007. David is also the author of a best selling book about entrepreneurship (The Idea Guide). David now runs his own investment firm Innovation Grade Ventures, focusing on new and disruptive technology ventures in both private and social ventures. David has also received the Top 40 under 40 award, given annually to individuals from multiple disciplines that demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation, achievement, and community impact. He was also named one of the Top 100 alumni in the history of Wilfrid Laurier University.  David serves on company boards in Canada and the US, and is an accredited board director via the Institute of Corporate Directors.  (LinkedIn profile)

Steve Cosman

Steve founded Shoebox in 2012 and has grown it to millions of users. In this talk he’ll discuss various lessons learned about growing an early stage startup spanning technology, marketing, culture and more.

Steve is the co-founder and CEO of Shoebox. Shoebox is a consumer cloud service used by millions of users to help people relive their best moments everyday. Prior to Shoebox, Steve worked in computer vision and augmented reality at Microsoft.

Aditya Kapoor

Aditya Kapoor is a second year full time MBA student at Rotman School of Management. He trained as a lawyer in India and briefly worked as an energy lawyer before quitting to join his family venture, astroYogi. astroYogi started as a content licensing company, tying up with MSN, Yahoo and Google, among others, and eventually transitioned into a service platform connecting astrologers/tarot readers to customers in a marketplace model. Using this experience, Aditya co-founded OyeHelp, a digital healthcare platform, aimed at connecting doctors to patients using video and cloud telephony.

Aditya also headed the digital marketing and technology initiatives for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign in 2014 and aims to be involved at the intersection of social media, technology and political campaign management.

Maxim Antipin & Saif Abid

Maxim Antipin holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Engineering Business from the University of Toronto. He is the co-founder of the healthcare technology company SwiftPad, which is an IBM Innovation Partner and 2016 UTEST alumni. Maxim also volunteers his time as an executive committee member at IEEE Toronto where he received the “Outstanding New Leader award in recognition of leadership in the first year. Maxim is passionate about the intersection of engineering and business in the healthcare industry. His capstone project “Indoor Auditory Navigation” was the recipient of the “2017 CNIB Hochhausen Prize”. He continues to strive for positive change in Canada’s healthcare system by empowering & connecting pharmacists with innovative technology.

Saif Abid is a Computer Engineer from the University of Toronto and CTO of SwiftPad – a healthcare company which is also an IBM Innovation Partner. Saif has a deep interest for Golang, distributed systems, data engineering and as of recent, functional programming. When he’s not reading research papers and textbooks for fun, you can find him in the gym or out on a jog. Saif is a big believer in solving problems which impact individuals on a global scale. For example, as his Capstone project, he helped build an “Indoor Auditory Navigation” system for the visually impaired. The project went on to receive the “2017 CNIB Hochhausen Prize”. Ultimately, Saif’s passion is to build novel engineering solutions to help those who need it the most.

Rick Baltman

Rick Baltman has served as the President and CTO of 2XL Games since 2005 during which time the company developed its first PS3 and Xbox 360 title from the ground, up. Prior to co founding 2XL Games, Rick served as a Lead Programmer at Rainbow Studios where he programmed the core game play technology for all of its games. Previously, he co founded and managed two other business that developed the Maya Real-Time Game Engine for Alias|Wavefront and ReelMotion, a vehicle simulation tool used by Hollywood special effects companies to animate cars, aircraft and spacecraft in many movies and TV commercials. Prior to his work in the entertainment industry, Rick worked as an Attitude Control Systems engineer on a wide variety of aerospace projects including satellites and unmanned aircraft. Rick received a M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.

Steve Ballantyne

Steve Ballantyne is a social entrepreneur who co-founded and leads successful companies in the beverage & real estate industry. As the Founder of STATION Cold Brew, Steve and his team built Canada’s largest independent cold brew coffee company in a few short years. He also co-founded Neighbourhood Buzz, a company that provides end-to-end digital marketing services to the property management industry across Canada. Steve is actively involved in the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) and start-up community in Toronto, with experience running four businesses thus far. Are you thinking about becoming an entrepreneur? With his wealth and breadth of experiences, Steve’s stories and advice would be invaluable to budding entrepreneurs.

Samar Harb

Samar is the President and Founder of Green Press Inc.. Green Press was founded as a means of helping people live a healthier lifestyle with an effective means of nourishment. Trying to maintain a healthy diet is difficult in the hectic and stressful lives that many individuals experience. Samar’s vision is to help each individual lead a healthier, more energetic life by providing delicious and nutritious juices that one can incorporate into their daily lifestyle.

Samar is an Honours Bachelor of Arts graduate from University of Toronto and a registered Holistic Nutritionist from Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

Tom Leung

Tom is the Co-founder and CSO of BenchSci and holds a Ph.D degree in Epigenetics from University of Toronto. As a team of former bench scientists, Tom experienced the challenges of finding commercial antibodies first-hand. Tom used to spend hours, and sometimes even days, searching for antibody usage data in the literature. Those days are now over! Throughout the past 2 years, BenchSci has developed a machine learning software that can find and extract antibody usage data in the form of published figures. BenchSci used its software to decode millions of papers, and then took all the data, indexed it, and made it easily discoverable for scientists. BenchSci’s goal is to help scientists find antibodies that have been proven to work by the scientific community, and therefore achieve scientific discoveries faster.

Shira Yoskovitch

Shira Yoskovitch is the founder and CEO of Handled Concierge Services. A former senior executive, Shira has over 20 years of experience in operations, retail, and distribution, with a background in supply chain management.

The idea for Handled stemmed from Shira’s own experience as a caretaker and busy professional. She found that there wasn’t enough time in the day to tackle her long to-do list but couldn’t find anyone to help. This gap in the retail market, combined with her love of fashion and shopping, led Shira to launch Handled Concierge Services.

Handled officially launched in June 2017 to help individuals with everyday shopping tasks. The online service is targeted to anyone who needs help with everyday shopping tasks including people looking spruce up their wardrobe, busy professionals who don’t have time to run around, and individuals who have gone through a major lifestyle change.

Ron Spreeuwenberg

Ron Spreeuwenberg is the Co-Founder & CEO of HiMama, a startup that helps connect working parents with their children in daycare. He is passionate about social enterprises that make a positive impact in people’s lives, but are also able to scale to make a real difference in the world. Before HiMama, Ron worked with companies to improve their operations through technology and operational improvements. Ron holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewing, values happiness in the workplace as a key success factor for any business, but particularly one in the hospitality industry.  Before co-founding Steam Whistle Brewing, Greg studied Economics at the University of Toronto, then held sales positions in the media and technology industries. He then worked at The Upper Canada Brewing Company for eight years where he held successive positions as Sales Manager, Director of Sales and finally Vice President, Sales. He left there in 1998 and established Nelson Cash Systems, an Automated Banking Machine (ABM) company taking advantage of the newly relaxed Bank Act providing ‘white label’ ABM machines to his contacts in the hospitality industry. In 1999 with Cam Heaps and Greg Cromwell, he developed the Steam Whistle Business plan. Taylor, with Heaps, leads the creative collaboration Steam Whistle is known for, resulting in the brewery’s many original marketing propositions. Greg’s touch at human relations has helped to form the company’s unique culture and to lead their winning sales team. In 2008, Greg Taylor and his partner were joint winners of “Entrepreneurs of the Year Award” by Ernst and Young. In the last few years Steam Whistle has won a Gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards, has been named among Canada’s Greenest Employers, among Canada’s Clean 50 Corporations, Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and an eight-time winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

Dr. Jill Becker

Dr. Becker is a scientist and an entrepreneurial leader specializing in product commercialization and new market initiatives. Dr. Becker is CEO and Founder of 02139 Inc., a consulting company with a heavy focus on accelerating growth, maximizing value and the creation of jobs in a variety of industries, and translating innovations into tangible commercial success. Dr. Becker’s focus at BUnano is building linkages between researchers and internal and external technology commercialization resources, helping translate nanotechnology innovations that meet key challenges in medicine, energy, and materials science.

Iyiope Jibodu

Mind the Gap:
Would you dare challenge the Apple Smartphone?
The presence of strong, formidable competition often serves as a strong deterrent for most people. Well, most people aren’t entrepreneurs!
This talk would focus on harnessing the power of critical observation when exploring new opportunities in old businesses. With examples taken from his personal experience in disrupting the traditional printing industry, Iyiope will lead a discussion on winning with innovation.