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On Friday, October 28th, Google Canada will host GO NORTH — an exclusive event that will bring together major players in Canadian tech for one day to discuss the biggest opportunities and challenges for Canada’s startup community. Watch panels and discussions from the summit LIVE, right here on Bloomberg’s YouTube channel.

Learn more about the GO NORTH Summit here:

Check out the agenda below:

8:30 AM


9:15 AM


Canada is having a moment. An intro to kick off the day explaining the goals of GO NORTH, as well as celebrating the startup community and our partners.


An icon and champion of Canada’s tech scene, Mike Lazaridis will join Canada’s engineering director, Steven Woods, for a fireside chat.

PANEL: Canada as a Global Player

Something special is happening in the North as more and more tech startups are choosing to build and grow their companies in Canada. Our expert panelists give their perspectives on the differences between building a startup in Canada versus Silicon Valley.


The Canadian government is committed to making Canada a global innovation leader. Joined by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, we are taking a closer look at the Innovation Agenda and the policies that encourage innovation and research in Canada.


Brief remarks before lunch from Dave Mckay.

12:15 PM


Demos, Mentorship & Tech Talks
After a morning filled with listening to the brightest minds in Canadian tech, the afternoon is all about empowering you. The afternoon has three sections running simultaneously: (1) Tech Talks (2) Mentorship Cafe (3) Demos

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2:30 PM

PANEL: Finance the North

Access to capital is frequently described as one of the biggest issues for Canadian startups. Listen to a panel of Canadians funding experts discuss this important topic.


Born in Canada, and frequently considered one of the world’s top young innovators, Garrett Camp will share his startup journey in co-founding Uber and Stumbleupon and discuss his latest big bet: Canadian startups.

4:30 PM

KEYNOTE: Diversity in the North

PANEL: Talent in the North

It’s no secret that growth for Canadian startups can be hindered by challenges in finding top talent. A conversation on breaking down this major barrier through attracting and developing talent for Canadian startups.


We will give the stage to Audra Renyi, Executive Director of World Wide Hearing, a social enterprise based in Montreal that provides access to affordable hearing aids to children in developing countries.

After Audra, Sam Sebastian will revisit the stage to make a major announcement aimed at fostering Canadian innovation and help our country succeed on the global stage.

6:00 PM



Attendees will reconvene for the GO NORTH after party featuring food & drinks, live band, exclusive swag and more.


The Sheepdogs are a Canadian rock and roll band formed in Saskatoon, Canada. The Sheepdogs are the first unsigned band to make the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011. Get ready for a great show and after party.

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