Ottawa’s SaaS North going virtual for 2020 edition

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Editor's Note

A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Michele Romanow as a speaker at this year's Saas North event.

Public get-togethers are still banned for the foreseeable future in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but the show will go on for one of the National Capital Region’s largest annual conferences.

The organizers of SaaS North said this week the annual event for software firms and founders will be held remotely over two half-days on Sept. 9 and 10. Renamed SaaS North Now, the conference will focus on helping entrepreneurs develop “meaningful connections and tactical strategies of adaptability, innovation and success” as they deal with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets for the event, which will feature roundtable discussions with tech leaders, a VIP event as well as prizes and giveaways, will go on sale June 1. It will be the fifth edition of SaaS North, which in past years has featured high-profile speakers such as Shopify chief executive Tobi Lutke, Kinaxis CEO John Sicard and Canopy Growth Corp. co-founder Bruce Linton. The event is jointly run by the Kanata-based L-Spark accelerator and Cube Business Media.