Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 27 & 28, 2017

We’re hard at work putting together another amazing lineup of speakers for 2017.
If you are looking for an idea of what to expect, check out some of the amazing Alumni speakers below!


Michael Katchen

Founder & CEO
Wealthsimple Financial Inc.

"How To Build Your Minimum Viable Product"

Michael Katchen is the founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, Canada’s fastest growing online investment manager. His vision is to make smart, simple investing accessible to every Canadian, regardless of age or net worth. He was recently listed as an "Industry Mover" by the Financial Post, a Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine and one of the 500 people that will define the next 12 months by Askmen.

"His firm Wealthsimple raised its first seed round of $2 Million in under 2 weeks... and soon followed it with a $30 Million round from Power Financial Corp!"

Russell Tencer
Co-Founder & CEO
United Wind

“Wind in the Sails: Writing a New Chapter in Alternative Energy”

Since he believes consumer-scale wind could be an important part of the country’s energy mix, Russell is focused on guiding his team to develop optimal strategies and implementation plans to best achieve this vision. Additionally, he is responsible for leading the company's efforts to raise project finance capital for the company’s nationwide portfolio of wind energy projects. United Wind raised over $220M in project finance capital in 2015.  Russell is Co-Founder and CEO of United Wind. Based in Brooklyn, United Wind is the United States' only provider of small wind turbine leases. The company’s WindLease program allows rural agricultural, commercial and residential consumers to install a wind turbine on their property with little to no upfront cost. Russell’s goal is to make it easy for consumers to make the switch to renewable energy.  

Prior to founding United Wind, Russell founded and served as CEO of Wind Analytics, the leading wind and financial data provider for the distributed wind energy industry. Wind Analytics merged with a distributor of small wind turbines to become United Wind. Russell studied design and architecture at FIT in NY and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University, Cooper Union, and NYU Stern on various subject matters including entrepreneurship and renewable energy.

"Russell Tencer and his firm United Wind raised $200 Million from Toronto-based Forum Equity Partners to scale its small wind turbine leasing business!"

Ted Graham
Innovation Leader
PwC Canada

“The 5 Things I Learned About Disruptive Innovation as an UberX Driver”

Ted Graham is the Innovation leader at PwC Canada where he helps to turn ideas into invoices. He is also founder of the South Core Innovation Hub, a collaborative group of innovation leaders from Toronto's unique waterfront area. Member organizations include large banks, start-ups, public transportation - all of whom are looking to make a substantial impact on their companies and communities. Prior to PwC, Ted was a McKinsey strategy consultant with a focus on understanding and leveraging people networks to influence the spread of ideas.

Ted often speaks to audiences about The 5 things I learned about disruptive innovation as an UberX driver and how to apply some of these lessons across a multitude of industries on the cusp of disruption. His first hand account was initially released as a widely read LinkedIn influencer post, then a CBC Metro Morning interview and is now part of his forthcoming book called "The Uber of Everything" to be released later this year. Over the years Ted has enjoyed diverse pursuits in his spare time: scrabble champion, world ranked Rock Paper Scissors competitor and volleyball magazine publisher.



AVF 2015

CEO, Honest Dollar
Co-Founder, Chaotic Moon Studios 
2008 Best Evil Genius 
Apple Design Award Winner
IBM Master Inventor 
2012 International Genius Grant Recipient

Leonard Brody
Co-Founder, HIGHLINE
Investor, Entrepreneur, and Author

Warren Macdonald
World Renowned Entrepreneur, Adventurer, Motivational Speaker & Survivor

"Return on Resilience”


AVF 2014

Howard Bornstein
Azure Capital Partners

"SaaS: Why we're not in a bubble, why that's not entirely true and how to fundraise through it. "

Dan Park
Vice President
Azure Capital Partners

"It's Azure Thing: Silicon Valley VC Keynotes at AVF"


AVF 2013

Charley Lax
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
GrandBanks Capital
"Driving Your Company into the Pathway of Liquidity"
Read Charley Lax's complete bio.

Yona Shtern
Co-Founder & CEO Beyond the Rack
"From the Corner Coffee Shop to a Venture Backed E-Commerce Juggernaut"
Read Yona Shtern's complete bio.

Paul Singh
Partner & Master of the Hustle
500 Startups
"Blowing up Startups with Design, Data and Distribution "The Rise of the Angels""
Read Paul Singh's complete bio.

Brian Underdown
Managing Director
Lumira Capital
"Trends in Venture Capital and Big Themes in Life Sciences"
Read Brian Underdown's complete bio.

Ben Yoskovitz
Author of: Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster
CEO - Standout Jobs & Founding Partner at Year One Labs
VP Product - GoInstant (Acquired by Salesforce.com, 2012)
"Lean Analytics: Build a Better Startup Faster"
Read Ben Yoskovitz's complete bio.