2014 Vision to Reality Conference

Inspiring a community

Our Vision to Reality Conference is tailored to companies with extraordinary potential. Bringing together over 400 startup founders, CEOs, VCs and key decision makers and influencers in the technology ecosystem to share perspectives and collaborate on how to create success.

The two day event provides an opportunity to forge new relationships with entrepreneurs from across Canada, meet potential new business partners, founders and serves as a forum to discuss industry trends and challenges.

The conference is being held at the Arcadian Court. 401 Bay St. 8th floor, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4

Building bigger business in Canada

Mentorship program

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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Conference

Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:30 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. Opening remarks
1:15 p.m. Speakers
4:15 p.m. Keynote
5:00 p.m. After party

Online registration is now closed.
On-site registration will be available on Thursday April, 10 at 12:30 p.m.
401 Bay St. 8th floor,
Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4


 

Conference Speakers

Featured keynote

Razor Suleman
Founder and Chief Evangelist, Achievers

defaultRazor Suleman is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at 15. He has won dozens of awards for his work at Achievers, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, BDC’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and a Human Capital Leadership Award from HR Magazine.

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defaultRazor Suleman is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at 15. He has won dozens of awards for his work at Achievers, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, BDC’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and a Human Capital Leadership Award from HR Magazine. Under his leadership, Achievers was recognized as a top employer and fastest growing company in North America.
 

 
 

Speakers

David Stein
Vice President, Salesforce

Dave SteinDavid is an entrepreneur and investor who has successfully co-founded, grown, and sold two technology companies, Workbrain and Rypple.



 

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Dave SteinDavid is an entrepreneur and investor who has successfully co-founded, grown, and sold two technology companies, Workbrain and Rypple.

Founded in 2000, Workbrain is a developer of Enterprise Workforce Management Solutions. It was acquired by Infor in 2007. In 2008 Rypple was founded to develop sales performance management software. It was acquired by Salesforce.com in 2012.

David currently service as Vice President at Salesforce, where he is responsible for growing the Work.com division globally. He also selectively invests in and advises technology companies.
 

Gregory Gunn
VP Business Development, HootSuite

Gregory GunnGregory launched the HootSuite Enterprise Sales team and currently heads up partnerships, integrations and international expansion for the social media dashboard leader. His passion for people, technology and data has driven his career towards developing successful SaaS business solutions where the three intersect.
 

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Gregory GunnGregory launched the HootSuite Enterprise Sales team and currently heads up partnerships, integrations and international expansion for the social media dashboard leader. His passion for people, technology and data has driven his career towards developing successful SaaS business solutions where the three intersect. Combining practical experience with comprehensive research, Greg was the lead on projects focused around digital strategy, online commerce and hybrid business models.
 

  

Harley Finkelstein
Chief Platform Officer, Shopify

Harley FinkelsteinHarley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the Chief Platform Officer (CPO) at Shopify. He has a background in startups and eCommerce, and started his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath.

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Harley FinkelsteinHarley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the Chief Platform Officer (CPO) at Shopify. He has a background in startups and eCommerce, and started his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath. Harley serves as a mentor and advisor to a number of entrepreneurial organizations and incubators, including Founder Fuel, Extreme Ventures, & Invest Ottawa.
 


Kirstine Stewart
Managing Director- Canada, Twitter

Kristine StewartKirstine is responsible for Canadian operations at Twitter, including its advertising business and partnerships. Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the executive vice-president of CBC’s English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw CBC’s English radio and audio, television and digital operations.

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Kristine StewartKirstine is responsible for Canadian operations at Twitter, including its advertising business and partnerships. Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the executive vice-president of CBC’s English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw CBC’s English radio and audio, television and digital operations. Earlier, she was senior vice-president of programming for Alliance Atlantis where she headed up brands HGTV, Food Network, National Geographic, BBCCanada and others.

Playback Magazine named Kirstine their Person of the Year 2012, and Strategy Magazine recognized her leadership in taking CBC to Brand of the Year 2012.
 

Erin Bury
Managing Director, 88 Creative

Erin BuryErin is a digital marketer, technology journalist, and startup enthusiast. She is currently the Managing Director at 88 Creative, a Toronto-based boutique digital marketing and design agency. Prior to 88 Creative she was the Managing Editor at BetaKit, a publication that reports on emerging technology and innovation around the world.

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Erin BuryErin is a digital marketer, technology journalist, and startup enthusiast. She is currently the Managing Director at 88 Creative, a Toronto-based boutique digital marketing and design agency. Prior to 88 Creative she was the Managing Editor at BetaKit, a publication that reports on emerging technology and innovation around the world. BetaKit was an initiative of Sprouter, where Erin formerly held a communications role since 2008. She is passionate about web startups and new technologies, and was named one of Marketing Magazine's top 30 Under 30 marketers, journalists & PR pros in 2012.

Erin writes a regular column about startups for the Financial Post and contributes to BetaKit, and has written for publications such as The Globe and Mail, Mashable, Business Insider, and VentureBeat. She comments frequently in the press about entrepreneurship, and has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business. She is also a regular tech commentator on CTV News Channel.