W100
IDEA EXCHANGE

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Ritz-Carlton Toronto
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
181 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
General Admission: $199 + HST

 
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Agenda

 

7:30: Registration Opens


8:25 am: Opening Remarks


8:30 am: THE ART OF THE PITCH

Hamish McKenzie, Co-Founder, McKenzie Pitch Partners
Hamish specializes in helping companies pitch for multi-million dollar contracts and high-stakes propositions. Now he is going to share his proven strategies and approaches to help entrepreneurs get — and seal — the deal from potential investors and partners.


9:15 am: SECRETS OF A NEW DRAGON: MANJIT MINHAS ON SUCCESS, BEER AND WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Manjit Minhas, Founder, 10th largest brewery in the world and the newest dragon on Dragons’ Den
In her first speaking engagement since news broke that she is joining Dragons’ Den, Manjit Minhas will share her secrets to entrepreneurship. She will share her proven strategies for business success and how she balances work and raising her two young daughters. She’ll also offer insights on how your business could attract her investment dollars in the Den. Followed by two audience “pitches” to Manjit and a Q&A.


10:05 am: Networking Break & Trade Show


10:25 am: Presentation from BDO
TAX TRAPS TO AVOID FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Rachel Gervais, Partner, BDO
You need to make numerous decisions about your business, and are bound to encounter a few traps along the way, including those presented by a complex tax environment. Rachel will share critical tax traps to avoid, and offer insight that will help you plan a better future for your company, whether in growth mode or planning to exit.


10:40 am: DESIGNS ON A DEAL

Lisa Delorme and Kristy Wieber, Co-Founders, Rent frock Repeat
Rent Frock Repeat, a start-up which rents out designer dresses, recently raised $1.15 million in financing. In revealing how they did it, co-founders Lisa and Kristy share their journey so far, and the approaches that have and haven’t worked in attracting investment dollars.


11:00 am: BUILDING THE HAPPIEST WORKFORCE

Jennifer Moss, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Plasticity Labs
What do all the great leaders have in common? They understand how to inspire, motivate and engage the people that work for and with them. Their secret weapon? Emotional intelligence — at higher levels than most. We used to think IQ was the best determinant of a person’s likelihood for success. But, we now know that true leadership is built on optimism, resilience, empathy and gratitude. Jennifer will share how to develop the traits of the happiest, highest-performing people and help you discover your leader within.


11:35 am: Presentation from Manulife Financial
REDUCING THE COSTS OF EMPLOYEE TURNOVER

Stacey Grant-Thompson, SVP, Strategy, Manulife Financial
Stacey will evaluate the costs of employee turnover, and approaches entrepreneurs can take to help reduce or avoid those costs.


11:50 am: Cocktail reception followed by lunch


1:35 pm: Awards ceremony


1:55 pm: SCHOOL OF INNOVATION

Sarah Prevette, Founder, Future Design School
Sarah, named by Canadian Business as one of the country’s top 20 power elite, introduces audiences to her latest investment: Future Design School, which aims to empower youth to solve real-world problems through meaningful innovation.


2:25 pm: WINNING HABITS OF A FOCUSED TEAM

Grail Noble, CEO and Founder, YellowHouse Events
Grail shares how she keeps a growing staff focused on priorities and high productivity.


2:55 pm: INTELLIGENT FAILURE

Ashley Good, Founder, Fail Forward
As entrepreneurs, we continually test new ideas, which inevitably leads to both successes and failures. While we like to share our successes, talking about failure is much more difficult, but done well, it can generate important insights and accelerate learning. With an emphasis on audience interaction and involvement, this plenary functions much like a workshop as we explore principles and practices that help us to share failure stories in a constructive and safe way.


3:55 pm: Closing Remarks


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SPONSORs



BDO



Manulife