A new tectonic shift in the world has started! The future generation of technologies will power the next wave of economic growth. Time is Now for entrepreneurs to tackle challenges by leveraging new technologies and taking advantage of the greatest business opportunities ever. TiECon Canada 2017 will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to be inspired, learn and connect as we explore new business frontiers. OnNovember 2nd and 3rd, join business leaders from Ottawa and across North America, including inspiring keynotes, investors, and technology experts at the Infinity Conference Centre, a fantastic venue for connecting with fellow entrepreneurs, funding agencies and potential collaborators.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry professionals. Pitchfest applicants will have first priority.
TiECon Canada attendees will help select the next winner of TiECon Canada’s Pitchfest!
Five finalists will showcase their ventures to potential Investors, customers, and collaborators with an opportunity to secure an investment. These start-ups will be competing for up to $25,000 in funding (upon due diligence and agreed terms) and $100,000+ of in-kind professional services from industry leaders.
TiECon Canada’s Pitchfest is no longer accepting submissions. Thanks to all applicants and good luck!
The TieCon Canada conference will be hosted at The Infinity Convention Centreon November 2-3, 2017.
2901 Gibford Dr, Ottawa,
ON K1V 2L9
Tiecon Canada Partners
TiECon Steering Committee
Bharat RudraChair, TiE Ottawa
Bharat is a Canada lead at SkyQuest Technologies, a global firm helping Canadian companies commercialize their product and technologies in foreign markets. Bharat has more than 27years of experience in research funding, collaborative research, program management, business management and software development. As the Country Manager for India and Brazil at ISTPCanada, Bharat was accountable for the management of the Canada-India and Canada-Brazil R&D funds. Prior to joining ISTPCanada, he was a Business Development Manager for Ottawa at the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE). Bharat has started three start-ups and worked for several leading technologies companies in Canada.
Jasvinder ObhiPresident, TiE Ottawa
Jasvinder has worked for both international and entrepreneurial companies (he has assisted over a dozen start-ups as a consultant) in advanced technologies over the last 25 years. His last venture, RocketOwl Inc., was an Ottawa based company that produced leading edge games for learning using social and mobile networks. He is currently Vice President, Product Management at ThinkRF, a leader in real time spectrum analyzers.
Parm GillSerial Technology Entrepreneur
Parm is a serial technology entrepreneur who, over the years,has guided the growthand development of numerous start-up companies. As Managing Partner of the GillGroup, he acts as a strategic advisor, mentor/coach, and connector for start-up companies. Parmbrings with him the experience and expertise of guiding the growth and development of numerous start-up companies,from initial planning and fund-raising to businessdevelopment and intellectual property development. Parm currently holds a number ofpatents and believes in the value of intellectual property portfolios for early stagecompanies. Parm is actively involved in the startup and Angel Investment eco-system in various Capacities, and contributes his time to a number of organizations and charities including: Chair Board of Directors, Venture For Canada; Board Member & Chair of the Finance Assistance Committee, Angel Investors Ontario; Charter Member & Board Member, TiE Ottawa; Community Champion, Impact HUB Ottawa; and Board Member, ArtEngine.
Mitul PatelBusiness Development Specialist, Lead to Win
Mitul is pursuing his B.Eng in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering with a minor in business at Carleton University. He is a Business development specialist with the Lead to Win Program at the Carleton University Incubator, where his role allows him to connect with various stakeholders forming key partnerships to help grow various start-up businesses. Previously, he served as the President of a student-run non-profit at Carleton University leading it to its most successful year to date. Mitul also sits on the Student Advisory Board at the co-op and Career office at Carleton and he sits on the membership advisory committee of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).
Amitabh ChaudharyBusiness Planning & Management
Amitabh helps technology-focused, R&D-driven companies to be more customer-focused and profit-driven. With extensive experience in the science and technology industry, Amitabh develops and implements strategic, operational and financial plans that builds on the company’s existing capabilities, leverages strengths of its team-members, partners and collaborators to deliver profitable products and services. Amitabh was president of LMI Automotive and, he led corporate planning at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited through its transition to be a privately-operated company. Amitabh holds a BASC (EE) from Waterloo, an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, and he is a CPA CMA.
Manu SharmaCo-Founder & Managing Partner at AirLoop
Manu is an Engineer by background, Technology Entrepreneur by choice, and Community Activist at heart. As a technology entrepreneur, Manu spent a good part of the last decade designing and building enterprise applications for some of the most complex business domains including real estate, eCommerce, retail, insurance, hospitality, education and most recent in the realm of social computing. Manu has significant experience in economic development, having conceived, developed and managed many entrepreneurship and leadership advancement initiatives and he recently served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence with 1125@Carleton, an experimental, collaborative space at Carleton University. With over a decade of leadership experience with a host of youth leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation programs, Manu is a Trustee with Kiva Zip, member of Ontario Centre of Excellence’s College of Reviewers, Charter member with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), board member of Impact HUB Ottawa, Executive Director of Mindtrust, and a voting member of City of Ottawa’s Property Standards and Licensing Committee. He is a past recipient of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 award, City’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, Startup Canada’s Mentor Rock Star Award, and a proud alumnus of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference.
Stephen FanjoyStartup Executive, Strategy Consultant
Stephen Fanjoy is a consultant, board advisor, and part-time executive to start-up entrepreneurs specializing in the enterprise software, cybersecurity, and medical device sectors. To-date, Stephen has played a direct, leading role in securing over $10 million in start-up financing and over $50 million in premium-valuation founder exits. Stephen has over two decades of experience in enterprise software, including executive and senior management roles in strategy, product management, marketing, analyst relations, and business development. As a volunteer, Stephen was a founding Director of the Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO) and Co-Chair of the Ottawa Life Sciences Cluster. He is a former Chair of the Ottawa eBusiness Cluster and a former Director of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario. Stephen is an honours graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Business and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).
Heruka KumararatneSenior Consultant, KPMG
Heruka is currently a Senior Consultant in KPMG's Assurance practice. He's very active in the local community and is currently the Organizer of Product Hunt Ottawa, a hub that brings together a community of entrepreneurs, makers, and product hunters. Additionally he is a member of the World Economic Forums' Global Shapers community, and is also serving as the Canadian Coordinating Ambassador for One Young World, the world's premier youth leadership forum.
Adrian ZahlPartner, Ridout&Maybee LLP
Adrian Zahl is a partner with the IP law firm Ridout&Maybee LLP. His legal practice focuses on patents, trademarks and intellectual property strategic advice in a range of technological areas including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and others. Adrian represents a wide range of clients ranging from individual inventors to major multinational corporations, with a particular focus on start-ups. Adrian has practiced in the area of intellectual property law for over 30 years.
Joshua SmithCPA, CA Business Incentives Leader, Welch LLP
Joshua Smith leads the business incentives practice at Welch LLP, a group focused on maximizing cash flows for clients through the use of Scientific Research and Experimental Development, Ontario Interactive Digital Media and other tax credit claims as well as other business incentives. Joshua has helped hundreds of companies across Canada plan and prepare successful SR&ED tax credit claims in industry sectors including software, hardware, manufacturing, design and pharmaceuticals. Joshua’s in depth knowledge of the income tax rules and regulations combined with his SR&ED expertise allows him to provide advice to help companies maximize current and future cash flows from tax credits. In his tenure at Welch Joshua has helped hundreds of companies across Canada in all industry sectors maximize their financial performance through proper planning and optimization. Joshua co-authors the annual CPA Canada Tax Update course, a course designed to keep tax practitioners informed about the latest developments in tax legislation and application. Joshua has also written numerous blogs and articles providing insight into SR&ED, OIDMTC, tax rules and tax planning. Joshua is a board member and treasurer of the Maple Leaf Chapter of the Association of Old Crows, an organization promoting the sharing of new ideas and information and the dissemination of new research and knowledge in the fields of Electronic Warfare and Information Operations throughout Canadian government, industry and academia. As both a board member and Chartered Member of TiE Ottawa, an organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Ottawa and globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding programs, Joshua has provided guidance, advice and support to many entrepreneurs.
Jas JassalBusiness Solutions Developer
Jaipreet BindraManager, Business Incentives at Ernst & Young
Jaipreet works as a Manager in the Business Incentives group in Ernst &Young. He previously worked in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group at Deloitte and WORLD Discoveries, the commercialization arm of Western University that is part of technology transfer consortium that consists of 10 leading universities and hospitals in Ontario. He has dual degrees in Computer Engineering and Economics and a MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance.
Vineet SrivastavaChief Operating Officer, Cistel Technology
Vineet is currently a Chief Operating Officer at Cistel Technology. Cistel provides a wide range of IT services and employs over 170 employees and associates in Canada and the US. Vineet is a Mechanical Engineer by training, but has spent last 23 years in the Information Technology space. At Nortel, Vineet worked in various roles as an individual contributor and as senior management and won several recognitions, including top-talent. Vineet joined Cistel as Vice President in 2001 with an entrepreneurial hat. The key guiding principles Vineet has adopted in his approach include wealth creation via steady sustainable growth, long-term stability of the business, and profitability.
Petula PintoDirector, Lending Operations at the Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)
Petula Pinto has over 15 years of experience in personal and business lending, in for-profit and not-for–profit organizations. She is currently, Director of Lending Operations at the Ottawa Community Loan Fund. In her role, Petula helps Ottawa residents achieve their professional and entrepreneurial goals, thereby increasing their financial independence and economic development for Ottawa. Petulahas post-secondary degrees in Science and Commerce at Carleton University. She has achieved awards for exemplary client service and sales target achievements throughout her career (Ford Summit Award Winner North America 2005-2006-2007). She is a Beta Gamma Sigma (The International Honor Society Recognizing Business Excellence) inductee and Executive Director for the TiE Ottawa chapter.Petula believes that what makes you successful is to find something that you love to do and then offer it to others. She considers herself fortunate to have found a position that allows her to combine her lending expertise with her passion to help people, and serve the Ottawa community.
Dipalli BhattMarketing Leader, MindBridge Ai
Dipalli is challenge lover, lifelong learner and extremely driven with business results. She has 15 years of product and corporate marketing experience and has worked with organisations like TD Canada Trust and Disney. She has been recognized with prestigious awards at TD Canada Trust and was nominated to be “30 under 30” marketing professionals to watch out for Disney India. She also completed her Executive MBA at Telfer school (University of Ottawa).
Tuhin DasBusiness Operation Manager, D-TA Systems
Tuhin sits on the TiECon Canada Exec Committee since its inception in 2013. He is a leader, skilled networker, and a community giver. Having managed multiple Govt. R&D funds, micro-financing initiatives and currently overseeing global marketing operations for D-TA Systems; he is well positioned to contribute to the committee. Tuhin leads and sits on multiple non-profit boards and he is currently developing a certification program with Carleton in the defense sector.