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February 12 & 13, 2020

San Francisco

Amplifying the voices of Canadians leading "from far and wide."

Including leaders from:

among many other companies.

Canadians Leading from Far and Wide

Growth Summit is an invitation-only two-day (un)conference for C100 Members and CXOs of high-growth startups. C100’s Summit will amplify the voices and stories of Canadian shapers and builders to a global audience to draw as a source of inspiration and a call-to-action to position Canada as the emerging home of entrepreneurship.

Bringing together all C100 Members

Join fellow members and Canadian thought leaders to be inspired, build your professional network, and make meaningful peer connections.


All attendees contribute, whether in larger plenary format or in small peer-to-peer group settings. Canadian leaders will get exposure to an engaged expat community based in Silicon Valley eager to contribute to and be inspired by “Canada’s moment.”



Opening Night Dinners

February 12, 6 to 8 pm


On the eve of the Summit, attendees join small private, intimate dinners with other C100 Members and Canadian thought leaders. Limited seating available.

Nightcap Presented by

February 12, 8 pm to late


All dinners converge at a nightcap event to officially launch the Summit. Participants will get to connect in an informal setting before the full day Summit.

Full Day Summit

February 13, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

C100's Growth Summit invites a curated group of C100 Members, Charter Members, leaders of Canadian growth-stage companies, and corporate executives to build community and inspire Canadian leaders from across cities and borders. Founders and executives from Canada's fastest growing technology companies will be immersed in a day of small-group, facilitated, and "off-the-record" discussions where they can initiate long-term peer-to-peer relationships, engage in meaningful conversations and learn from those who are a few steps ahead.

The current program includes:

9 AM

9:45 AM

10 AM

Networking Breakfast: Presented by

Welcome to Growth Summit 2020

State of the Nation on Canadian Tech Talent


Thomas Park (VP, Operations & Strategy, BDC Capital) & Win Bear (Head of Business Development, Silicon Valley Bank Canada), Armughan Ahmad (President & Managing Partner, Digital transformation at KPMG), Rohan Mahimker (Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Prodigy Games) moderated by Marianne Bulger (Co-Founder & CEO, Prospect) on What does the data tell us about how Canadian companies and ecosystems are doing on the war for talent?

10:45 AM

Campfire Sessions


Andrew D'Souza (Co-Founder & CEO, Clearbanc) and Oleg Rogynskyy (Founder & CEO, moderated by Jennifer Holmstrom (Head of Talent, GGV Capital) on The Toughest Stuff: From Founding Team to Executive Team

This session is reserved exclusively for CEOs.

Eva Wong (Co-Founder & COO, Borrowell), Sean Harrington (VP, City Solutions, Verizon), & Salim Kassam (Senior Principal, Google) on Setting and Achieving Against Audacious Goals

11:15 AM

Campfire Sessions


Mike Serbinis (Founder & CEO, League) and Patrick Spence (CEO, Sonos) moderated by Dani Lipkin (Innovation Head at TMX Group) on The road to IPO or Acquisition

Jeff Booth (former Co-Founder & CEO, BuildDirect) and Kristen Hamilton (Senior Strategist, Entangled Group) moderated by Chris O'Neill (Board Member, The Gap) on Leading through challenges with Board Members and Investors

12 PM

12:45 PM

2 PM

3 PM

3:45 PM

4:15 PM

6 PM

Maintaining Culture as you Scale 


Mike Wessinger (Co-Founder & CEO, PointClickCare) , Allen Lau (Co-Founder & CEO, Wattpad) & Jack Newton ( Founder & CEO, Clio) moderated by Shari Hatch Jones (Founder & Managing Partner, Sightline Coaching) on Culture as you scale


Fireside Chat

Sam Zaid (Founder & CEO, Getaround) in conversation with Michele Romanow (Co-Founder & President, Clearbanc) on Leading through hyper-growth

Fireside Chat

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper (22nd Prime Minister of Canada, Chairman & CEO of Harper & Associates) in conversation with Alex Kolicich (Partner at 8VC) on Canadian leadership in an age of disruption

Networking Break

Closing Fireside Chat

Patrick Spence (CEO, Sonos) on Competing and Partnering with the Tech Giants in conversation with Aly Orady (Founder & CEO, Tonal)

Summit Soirée

Dax Dasilva (Founder & CEO, Lightspeed & Founder, Never Apart) in conversation with Marie-Joëlle Parent (Content Communications Manager, Pinterest & journalist and social media expert)

Summit Soirée

February 13, 6 to 9 pm

Presented in Partnership with:


Growth Summit participants will join with a larger audience of local Bay Area Canadians in tech for a party to celebrate Canada's moment and amplify the voices of Canadian tech leaders. Dax Dasilva, Founder & CEO of Lightspeed and Founder of Never Apart will share his entrepreneurial story in conversation with Marie-Joëlle Parent. Dax was recently named the Innovator of the Year by the Globe and Mail and Lightspeed's IPO last year was the largest Canadian IPO of the past nine years. Attendees will leave more engaged in the cross-border Canadian tech community and better connected to their peers and Canadian leaders.

Discussion Leaders

Discussion Leaders


C100's Foundational Partners make Growth Summit possible.

There are additional opportunities to sponsor parts of the Summit.



Get in touch with our team to learn more about Growth Summit.

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