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Leaders Creating a Sustainable world

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


An International Women’s Month, Pan-Ontario Scaleup Event Hosted by Invest Ottawa, Communitech and MaRS with critical support from FedDev Ontario, IWM 2024 Title Sponsor, BDC Capital’s Thrive Venture Fund, and Event Sponsor, MDK Business Law.
If you aim to impact our world positively, economically, socially, or environmentally, this event is for you.

Join us for inspiration and actionable insight from true role models who translate vision into action and impact locally, nationally and globally.

Our event speakers are leading powerful initiatives, companies and investments that are making a difference. They’re accomplished and visionary investors, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs who directly support the UN’s sustainability goals and the objectives that underpin International Women’s Month.

Together, we will:
– Address three key spheres of sustainability: innovation, investment and entrepreneurship.
– Provide tangible examples, success stories, and lessons learned.
– Deliver takeaways and recommendations you can put to work in support of a cleaner, greener, more equitable and sustainable economy, society and planet.
– We strive to help catalyze individual, organizational and community leadership, action and impact. From the investments, ESG policy, the products and services we develop, commercialize, and procure, the companies, cities, and communities we build, and how we engage with the world.

8:00 AM: Registration and Networking (for people attending in person)

8:30 AM: Welcome Remarks

Master of Ceremonies:

Susan Odle, Founder & CEO, 8020CS
8:45 AM: Healthtech & Life Sciences Panel Discussion

Elizabeth Caley, Co-CEO and Co-founder, Poppy; former Sr. Director, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Kelly Gregoire, COO of Trycycle Data Systems Inc.
More to be announced!
9:30 AM: Impact Investing Panel Discussion with Moderator Megan Maltby, Senior Manager, Accelerator Programs & Investor Relations, Invest Ottawa


Jewel Burks Solomon, Managing Partner of Collab Capital
Michelle Scarborough, Managing Partner, Thrive Venture Fund, BDC Capital
Seema Aurora, Angel Investor; President & CEO of TAG HR
More to be announced!
10:20 AM: BREAK

10:40 AM: Cleantech Panel Discussion


Beth Koigi, Co-Founder of MAJIK WATER and Water Security Advocate
Keira Torkko, Chief of Staff & Chief People Officer, Assent
Dobrila Rancic Moogk, Vice President of Marketing, Giatec
More to be announced!
11:25 AM: Keynote Speech followed by a Fireside Chat with Parisa Zare, Venture Strategist, Invest Ottawa

Keynote Speaker:

Riana Lynn is a scientist, creative entrepreneur, AI patent holder, and technologist focused on bringing better data to the world’s largest food and supply chain problems. She leads the fast-growing software startup Journey Foods. She has been featured in Forbes, MSNBC, USA Today, Inc, Ebony Magazine, Silicon Hills News, MIT 35 under 35, and serves as World Economic Forum 2022 Tech Pioneer. Learn more about Riana here!
12:10 PM: Concluding Remarks

12:15 PM: Lunch and Networking

1:00 PM: Event Concludes

Register now to join us in person at Bayview Yards and to enjoy light refreshments, networking and live discussion, or online from any location with WiFi via our Hopin event platform.

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Bayview Yards
7 Bayview Station Road
Ottawa, K1Y 2C5
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