World Angel Investment Summit 2017

October 2 - 5 in Montreal, QC

Join over 500 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world at the flagship event for the Global Angel investor community. The NACO Summit is your once-a-year opportunity to get ahead of the emerging trends that will shape Angel investment next year.

  • Network with international investors, venture capitalists, and other industry leaders
  • Develop lasting relationships that can lead to syndication and improved access to deal flow
  • Sharpen your investment skills with our professional development workshops
  • Gain insights on the most pressing issues affecting Angels today
  • Discover international best practices that lead to investor success
  • Participate in program streams specific to Angel investors and Angel Group Managers

Meet us at the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal from October 2-5.



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Summit Agenda

Over the Summit's four days we will explore an array of emerging trends that will shape Angel investment next year.


Monday, October 2nd: Founders & Funders Day

11:00 am - 8:00 pm:


Location: Lower Lobby

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm:

NACO Academy: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Angels

Presenter: David Raffa, Founder and Angel Investor

Panel 1:

Ana Barjasic, Business Angels Week

Maryse Gingras, Futurpreneur

Eva Lau, Two Small Fish Ventures

Patrick Lor, Panache Ventures



Panel 2:

Jess Joss, York Angel Investors

Sanjay Singhal, 500 Startups Canada

Parm Gill, Gill Group

Sean Stephens, Treefrog


This module is designed for entrepreneurs who want to improve their ability to attract Angel investment, and who want to build a positive ongoing relationship with their Angel investors once they have invested.

Location: Viger

Sponsor: Futurpreneur

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm:

Founder - Funder Speed Dating

This session matches investors with pre-selected entrepreneurs who are finalists for the Most Promising Startup of the Year award. Participate in quick 15 minute one-on-one meetings giving both investors and entrepreneurs the opportunity for mentoring and information sharing.

Location: Espace CDPQ, 3 Place Ville Marie, Montreal

Sponsor: DMZ

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm:

International Founders and Funders Reception

Network with other investors and industry colleagues for this reception that introduces attendees to the NACO Summit - it's also your chance to get to know your fellow attendees before the Summit kicks off.

Keynote: Mme. Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation - Province of Quebec

Location: Espace CDPQ, 3 Place Ville Marie, Montreal

Host: Tom Birch, CDPQ

Sponsor: Christian Perron, PME MTL

Tuesday, October 3rd: Professional Development & Sector Tours

7:00 am - 7:00 pm:


Location: Lower Lobby

7:30 am - 8:30 am:

Networking Breakfast

Location: Ballroom and Neufchatel

7:30 am - 11:30 am:

Rapid Fire - International Connections

 Moderator: Fraser Lusty - Scotland

 Speaker & Schedule: 

 7:30 – 8:00 am:     Breakfast

 8:00 – 8:20 am:     Fraser Lusty (Scotland) and Martin Johnson (England) - UK

 8:20 – 8:50 am:     Neeraj Gupta (India), Ashwin Sanzgiri (Canada), Lakshmi Narayanan (India),                                                                                          Gursh Kundan (India) – INDIA

 8:50 – 9:20 am:     Paulo Andrez (Portugal), Albert Colomer (Spain), Gregory Ogorek (France), Riku Asikainen (Finland) –                                                  WESTERN EUROPE

 9:20 – 9:50 am:     Regina Noppe and Carlos Felippe Rocha (Brazil), Israel Pons and Adan Bernal (Mexico) – LATIN AMERICA

 9:50 – 10:15 am:   Duplexe Tchoffo Kagou (Cameroon), Rodrigue Fouafou (Africa), Jean-Marc Larouche (Cote d’Ivoire) –                                                 AFRICA

10:15 – 10:45 am:  Alan Yang (China), Yury Mitin (Russia) – RUSSIA/AISA

10:45 – 11:15 am:  Namek Zu’bi (Silicon Badia), Lenny Roth (Israel) – MIDDLE EAST

11:15 – 11:45 am:  Geordan Clark (Yukon), Glen Dexter (Nova Scotia), Randy Thompson (Alberta), Ray Newal (Ontario) –                                                 CANADA         

Location: Neufchatel (Main Lobby Level)

Sponsor: CIC Nova


8:00 am - 11:30 am:

NACO Academy Sessions

Option 1: Structuring Deals and Term Sheets

Presenter: Pieter Dorsman, E-Fund (Vancouver)


Lily Lam, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Gal Smolar, Miller Thomson

Randall Howard, Verdexus/GTAN

Probal Lala, Maple Leaf Angels


Featuring the NACO Common Docs, this newly updated module will show you how to structure investment deals to maximize the value created and to protect your returns from any adverse events.

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: Miller Thomson LLP


Option 2: Digital Tools and Workflows for Angel Investing (New for 2017)

Presenter: Boris Mann, Open Angel (Vancouver)


Bernd Petak, Northmark Ventures

Franscoys Labonte, Centre de recherche informatique de Montreal

Will Tang, Hockeystick

Sunil Sharma, Techstars


This module will help you examine the workflow and tools you use to find and assess potential investments, track portfolio company activity, and generally use online.

Location: Viger B/C

Sponsor: CRIM


Option en français: Quand l'innovation enrichit la pratique du métier d'Ange investisseur...

Conférencier : François Gilbert, Président et directeur général d’Anges Québec et Anges Québec Capital

Fondée en 2008, Anges Québec est un réseau de plus de 200 investisseurs privés qui identifient, financent et accompagnent les entreprises en démarrage à fort potentiel au Québec. Depuis sa création, notre groupement a constamment fait preuve d’innovation dans ses pratiques et façons de faire afin de répondre aux attentes évolutives de ses membres. Inspirée, à ses débuts, de l’approche traditionnelle d’autres groupes d’anges dans le monde, Anges Québec s’est rapidement démarquée, entre autres, par la conception de services novateurs tels que Anges Québec Capital, Anges Québec Immobilier, Anges Québec À la carte; Anges Québec Junior et les services post-investissement. Découvrez comment une approche d’amélioration continue permet à Anges Québec de poursuivre sa croissance et de soutenir ses membres  dans la pratique de leur métier d’ange investisseur.

Location: Viger A

Sponsor: Anges Québec

11:30 am - 12:45 pm:

Lunch and Keynote Address

Special Presentation: Dan Gunn, ViaTech (Victoria)

Keynote: Louis Têtu, CEO, Coveo

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: Alberta Innovates

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm:

The Rise of Canadian FinTech

Canada has been recognized as one of the best markets to build and test innovative FinTech solutions and has among the highest concentration of tech firms outside Silicon Valley. Why Canada? Why now?

Moderator: Dan Robichaud, Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Speakers: Paul Desmarais III, Power Corporation of Canada

                 Brendan Holt Dunn, Holdun Family Office

                 Claudio Rojas, Hurt Capital

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: Finance Montreal


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm:

NACO Annual General Meeting

Location: Viger B/C


2:15 pm - 5:15 pm:

Experiential Sector Tours

The Experiential Sector Tours are designed to allow Summit attendees the opportunity to dive deep into learning about Montreal's diverse and thriving startup scene. Visit top Montreal startups.

Option 1: AI          Option 2: AI         Option 3: IoT         Option 4: Life Sciences

Sponsor: Montreal International


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm:

Welcome Networking Reception and Showcase

Join us for the official launch of the World Angel Investment Summit. Get a taste of local entertainment and network with Summit attendees. It's also your chance to get hands-on with demos from local technology startups.

Location: Le Windsor Ballrooms, 1170 Peel Street, Montreal

Sponsor: Anges Quebec

Wednesday, October 4th: At the Heart of the Innovation Ecosystem

7:00 am - 7:00 pm:


Location: Lower Lobby

7:30 am - 8:30 am:

Networking Breakfast

Location: Ballroom


8:30 am - 8:45 am:

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies: Andy Nulman, CEO, Play the Future

Speaker: Chair, NACO; Chair Anges Quebec

Location: Ballroom


8:45 am - 9:15 am:

Keynote Address: Canada Open for Business: Taking the Lead in Innovation

Speaker: Helge Seetzen, General Partner & CEO, TandemLaunch

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: BDC

9:15 am - 9:25 am:

   Special Address

                                                Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre


9:25 am - 10:30 am:

Fireside Chat: Investing in the Future of Canadian Entrepreneurship

Questions, challenges, controversial issues, successes - this session looks at opinions from multiple perspectives - a great time to engage and interact with the presenters.

Moderator: Andy Nulman, Play the Future

Speakers:  Charles Sirois, Telesystem; Tandem Expansion

                  Jeff Thompson, Serenova

                  Gerald Pond, Mariner Partners

                  Alain Denis, Fonds de solidarité FTQ

                 Chris Arsenault, iNovia

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: Finance Montreal

10:30 am - 10:50 am:

Networking Break

Sponsor: Ontario Centres of Excellence

10:50 am - 12:00 pm:

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Option 1: Blockchain - The Future of Decentralization

Blockchain is revolutionizing the way we do business by bringing one of the world's oldest financial concepts into the Internet age.

Moderator: Boris Mann, Open Angel

Speakers: Ethan Wilding, Ledger Labs

                 Austin Hill, Brudder Ventures

                 Benji Rogers, Dot Blockchain Media

                 Iliana Oris Valiente, ColliderX Applied Blockchain R&D Hub

                 Don Klingspon, Microsoft

Location: Viger B/C

Sponsor: BCF Avocats


Option 2: AI is Eating the World

Software has disrupted everything in our modern lives. Now, AI is eating software.

Moderator: Anil Bhole, Bhole IP Law

Speakers: Alec Saunders, Microsoft Business AI

                 Jean Sébastien Cournoyer, Element AI

                 Carolina Bessega, Stradigi

                 Helge Seetzen, TandemLaunch

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: Bhole IP Law


Option 3: Driving the Future of Investment: Autonomous Vehicles

Just how far is the world from widespread adoption of fully-automated vehicles? And what are the investment opportunities?

Moderator: Paul Konasewich, Honda Innovations

Speakers: Ted Graham, General Motors

                 Charles Boulanger, Leddartech

                 Jean-Pierre Fournier, Renesas

Location: Viger A

Sponsor: Honda Innovations


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm:

Lunch and Keynote Address: How Large Exits in Canada Help the Startup Ecosystem

Speaker: Joshua Simair, CEO & Co-Founder, Skip the Dishes

Canadian startup success story, Skip the Dishes, which was founded in Saskatoon and headquartered in Winnipeg — was recently acquired by UK-based competitor Just Eat for $110 million, giving the combined company significant opportunity for growth.  What does this story tell us about the opportunity to grow startup success stories anywhere?  How does that knowledge help us support the growth of entrepreneurship in Canada?

Sponsor: RBC

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm:

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Option 4: Investing Like a Super Angel

Is it an Angel? Is it a VC? No, it's a Super Angel. What can you learn about this emerging class of investors?

Moderator: Shahir Guindi, Osler

Speakers: Eva Lau, Two Small Fish Ventures

                 Manny Padda, New Avenue Capital

                 Dan Robichaud, Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

                 Matthew Mastracci, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Location: Viger A

Sponsor: Osler


Option 5: Spotlight on Investing in Entertainment

The realities of investing in entertainment and how to predict the next big hit.

Moderator: Andy Nulman, Play the Future

Speakers: Eric Boyko, Stingray Digital

                 Brandon Pankey, Live Nation

                 Ernest Yale, Triotech

                 Benji Rogers, Dot Blockchain Media

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: CDPQ


Option 6: Leaning In: How Women are Changing the Face of Angel Investing

Moderator: Michelle Scarborough, BDC

Speakers: Catherine Mott, Blue Tree Allied Angels 

                 Sylvie Pinsonnault, Investissement Quebec

                 Magaly Charbonneau, Intel Security Group

                 Lauren Robinson, COO, Highline BETA

                 Claire Munck, CEO & Director, Be Angels (Belgium)

Location: Viger B/C

Sponsor: BDC

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm:

Networking Break

Sponsor: Yukon Government

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm:

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Option 7: How to Score a Winner: Investing in Sports

Investing in sport related businesses has unique risks. Does supporting your favourite team make sense in your financial playbook?

Moderator: Craig Buntin, Sportlogiq

Speakers: Brenda Irwin, Relentless Pursuit Partners

                 Alexandre Bente, leAD Sports Accelerator; Adi Dassler International Family Office

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: Stradigi


Option 8: Welcome to Canada: Attracting the Best in the World

How we can work to welcome the best tech talent, founders and investors to Canada to help us establish Canada as one of the leading tech innovation centers in the world.

Moderator: Patrick Lor, Panache Ventures

Speakers: Allen Lau, Wattpad

                 Semyon Dukach, One Way Ventures

                 Prashant Pathak, Ekagrata Inc.

                 Mike Edwards, Mobio Technologies Inc.

                 Andre Garber, Dentons

Location: Viger A

Sponsor: Dentons


Option 9: Growing CleanTech to Compete Globally

The CleanTech industry has surged to the top of policy agendas around the world. What are the opportunities in renewable energy development, emissions-mitigating technology, and government and business sustainability?

Speakers: Jason Robinson, The Stewart Group Trading

                 Paulo Andrez, Portugese Business Angels Federation

                 Alexandre Taillefer, XPND Capital

                 Jean François Béland, Carbon Engineering

Location: Viger B/C

Sponsor: Government of Manitoba

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm:

Gala Networking Reception

Location: Le Caf Conc

Sponsor: BDO

6:45 pm - 9:15 pm:

Gala Awards Dinner & Keynote Address

Location: Ballroom

Sponsor: Investissement Quebec

Attendees are invited to join us for our annual Gala dinner, featuring our Gala keynote and the presentation of three awards recognizing the success of our Angel community in 2017.

The awards will be presented to:

NACO's Canadian Angel of the Year (Sponsor: BDC)

NACO's Most Promising Startup of the Year - Canadian & International (Sponsor: Panache Ventures) 

NACO's Exit of the Year (Sponsor: RBC)

Keynote: Jeff Pulver, MoNage

9:15 pm - 12:00 am:

Gala Networking Social & Dancing

Location: Le Caf Conc

Sponsor: Banque Nationale

Thursday, October 5th: Bringing the Early-Stage Ecosystem Together

8:00 am - 9:00 am:

Networking Breakfast

Location: Maisonneuve B/C

9:00 am - 10:00 am:

Plenary: Building a Sustainable Early-Stage Ecosystem

Moderator: Sandi Gilbert, SeedUps Canada

Speakers: Joe Greenwood, MaRS Data Catalyst

                 Emilie Boutros, TandemLaunch

                 Paulo Andrez, EBAN

                 Boris Mann, Open Angel

Location: Maisonneuve A

Sponsor: BDC

10:15 am - 12:30 pm:

Concurrent Streams

Stream 1: Roundtable Best Practices for Angel Group Managers

Moderator: Karen Grant, Angel One


Angel Group Basics

Speakers: Mike Volker, VANTEC

                 Kristina Milke, VA Angels

                 François Gilbert, Anges Quebec

                 Ross Finlay, First Angel Network


Angel Groups and Real Estate

Speakers: Mary Long-Irwin, Northern Ontario Angels

                  Chantal Dalpé, Anges Quebec


Attracting, Retaining and Engaging Members

Speakers: Kristina Milke, VA Angels

                 Probal Lala, Maple Leaf Angels

                 Boris Mann, Open Angel

                Jo-ann Hajdamacha, Anges Quebec

Location: Maisonneuve A

Sponsor: BDC


Stream 2: Accelerators and Incubators

Moderator: Emilie Boutrous, Tandem Launch

Speakers: Sergio Escobar, Founder Institute

                 Lauren Robinson, Highline BETA

                 Isaac Souweine, Founder Fuel, Real Ventures

                 Jesse Rodgers, Volta Labs

Location: Maisonneuve B/C

Sponsor: NSERC


Stream 3: Alternative Funds

Moderator: Sophie Forest, Brightspark

Speakers: David Dufresne, Panache Ventures

                 Matt Leibowitz, Plaza Corp.

                 Alex Norman, AngelList

                 Kalthoum Bouacida, Anges Quebec

                 Paulo Andrez, EBAN

Location: Maisonneuve E/F

Sponsor: Anges Quebec Capital


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NACO Awards


Canadian Angel of the Year Award

NACO's Canadian Angel of the Year Award is presented to an experienced Angel investor who has made a significant contribution to the development of the Canadian Angel ecosystem during the year prior to the Summit. The award seeks to identify the Angel investor who has most contributed to the growth and development of Angel investing in Canada through a combination of investment, mentorship, and leadership within their local ecosystem.

NACO's Canadian Angel of the Year award was presented to Sophie Forest.




Read Judging Criteria


NACO's Exit of the Year Award

NACO's Exit of the Year Award recognizes the most successful exit achieved by a Canadian startup that received financing by one of NACO's member Angel groups. The award seeks to recognize the partnership between an individual Angel investor and a founder that most contributed to the growth and eventual exit of said startup through a combination of investment(s), mentorship, and leadership.

NACO's Exit of the Year Award was presented to Daiya Foods.


Read Judging Criteria


NACO's Most Promising Startup of the Year Award

The Entrepreneurial Program is designed to invite Angels and a company they back to participate in the World Angel Investment Summit in order to showcase their unique business propositions to the international Angel community and industry supporters. Each company submission is made by an Angel and vetted by a selection committee resulting in the winner being crowned NACO's Most Promising Startup of the Year.

NACO's Most Promising International Startup of the Year was presented to Hykso (Irvine, USA)

NACO's Most Promising Canadian Startup of the Year was presented to portl media.


Read Judging Criteria


NACO's Angel Ambassador Program

NACO seeks to strengthen regional, national and global networks of Angel investors through events like the Summit. We appoint Ambassadors from the Angel community to help ensure that Angels from across the country, as well as internationally, attend and participate in the event. Ambassadors of the Summit support innovation through member connections and are recognized as prominent leaders in the investor community. This year, we are excited to have Jess Joss, Executive Director, York Angel Investors, as NACO’s Lead Angel Ambassador for a second year.  Be sure to join Jess and all of our Angel Ambassadors at the Monday evening International Ambassadors Reception.




World Summit Sponsors & Partners

As a sponsor or partner of the Summit, your organization will have the opportunity to participate in our four-day event in a way that aligns with your business objectives. As a Summit supporter, not only will you gain visibility with this exclusive group of business savvy and high-net-worth individuals and the companies they invest in, but you will also help support Canadian innovation, which is at the backbone of Canada's economic growth.