Expansion & Growth in Canada

In-person session | Presentation, Connect, Share

March 24, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room: Havana Room

Expanding your business can be made simple by leveraging public venture capital and by leaning on insights and lessons from trailblazers who’ve made things happen north of the border.

Come see why Canada’s start up businesses make up nearly 40% of their economy, and figure out how that can translate into success for you and your company.

Hear from TMX on available public venture capital & Boast. AI’s Lloyed Lobo on how they scaled the company.

4:00 – 4:45pm

A U.S. Guide to Going Public in Canada: Toronto Stock Exchange

Find out what public venture capital is and how it is different from traditional VC funding. Also, see why it is a viable funding alternative for early-stage Midwest companies. Companies can access $5M to $50M+ for growth, pivot, and acquisition. Join us for an informal conversation around how to access public venture capital in Canada (without needing to move there). We will highlight a Chicago plant-based food & beverage company that recently went public as well as considerations you need to get ready for today to achieve a growth milestone (like public venture capital) down the road.

Led By: Aaron O’Connor, Managing Director for PKF Mueller & George Khalife, Vice President of Midwest U.S. – Toronto Stock Exchange

Room: Hattie North

5:15 – 6:00pm: How Hyper-growth Companies are Scaling Teams in Canada Boast.AI

The Canadian tech ecosystem has evolved in immeasurable ways over the past 10 years – there are more globally minded technology companies in Canada today than ever before. From Canadian breakout successes like Shopify and Clearco to iconic Bay Area companies like Uber, Airbnb, Segment, and AppDirect scaling remote teams in Canada. Join Boast.AI Cofounder Lloyed Lobo as he shares how he leveraged Canada to build, grow and scale the company while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Specifically, Lloyed will dive into:

  • Understanding why the Canadian ecosystem is having a moment and what makes it so special
  • On-the-ground dynamics of key tech hubs – Toronto, Montreal, and Western Canada
  • Canada as a creator and magnet for tech talent at all levels
  • Fast-tracked immigration and visa programs
  • Lucrative government grants, funding, and tax incentives
  • How to scale teams in Canada

Led By: Lloyed Lobo, CoFounder of Boast AI

Room: Havana

March 24, 2022


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