Meet and connect with Canada's top business leaders in Calgary.

Join us for the inaugural Bet on Canada Summit in Calgary, a one-day summit where some of the country’s top business leaders will:

  • Shine a light on the most important topics, trends, and tools for businesses in 2024.
  • Share practical advice on conquering timely business challenges.
  • Offer step-by-step actions business leaders can use immediately.

What to expect

We’re big on keeping things simple, to the point, and useful. Bet on Canada is about cutting out all the fluff and giving you insights and connections that will benefit you right away:

  • 15+ networking sessions, panels, mini-keynotes, and more to choose from where you’ll hear from Canada’s top business leaders.
  • You’ll walk away with at least 5 new ideas that you can apply concretely in your professional life, like how to build a high-performance team, use AI to do your job better, make the right financial decisions for your business in 2024, and much more.
  • Facilitated networking and relationship-building to ensure you leave with at least 5 valuable new connections.

Who should come

You should come to Bet On Canada if:

  • You’re a professional who wants the connections and insights to take your career to the next level.
  • You’re a business leader who wants to understand how to prepare for the economic climate we’re heading into.
  • You’re an operator who wants practical strategies and tactics for growing, hiring, and selling more.
  • You’re an entrepreneur who wants to learn how to raise capital from top VCs.
  • You’re an investor who wants to meet the next generation of Canadian business leaders.
The details
  • What day is itOctober 23, 2023
  • What time is it8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where is itPlatform Calgary
    407 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2K7

“The connections I made at last year’s Bet on Canada Summit were a true level-up for my career. I formed as many valuable relationships in one day as I did the rest of the year.”

“I don’t know where else you’d go to learn from this number of high-calibre people. The speakers on Bet On Canada are at the top of their game. Learning from them was a massive value-add for my career.

“I’ve never been to a business event that packs this much concrete information and knowledge into one day. There was literally zero fluff, which was so refreshing.”


8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration Opens + Coffee and Light Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Welcome! & Wins and Woes via Partners



  • Katie Schiefer, Head of Community, The Peak
  • Terry Rock, CEO, Platform Calgary
  • Mike Cascone, Head of Government Experience, Xero Canada
  • Alex Blumenstien, Co-founder, The Peak

9:30 am - 9:50 am

What the Heck is Going On in the Canadian Economy?!



  • Michael Grantmyre, Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Jacques LaPointe, Co-Founder + Director, Metiquity Ventures Fund
  • Ruhee Ismail-Teja, Director of Policy and Communications, Calgary Chamber of Commerce


9:55 am - 10:20 am

Fintech Solutions to Canada's Affordability Crisis

Fireside Chat


  • Danielle Gifford, Executive Director, The 51
  • Mark Le Dain, VP, Strategic Partnerships, Neo Financial

10:20 am - 10:45 am

Guardians of the Earth: Cleantech Startups Fighting for a Better Future



  • Cheri Corbett, Investor, BDC’s Climate Tech Fund
  • Adam Le Dain, VP Strategy & Corporate Development, Summit Nanotech
  • Erin Madro, Principal, Evok Innovations
  • Myles Shedden, VP, Longbow Capital

10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 11:25 am

Tapping Into an Under Serviced Market

Fireside Chat


  • Al-Karim Khimji, Co-founder and CEO, Propra
  • Brett Colvin, Co-founder and CEO, GoodLawyer

11:30 am - 11:55 am

5 (actually useful) Ways to Incorporate AI in Your Business



  • Russ Erickson, VP of Investments and Partnerships, amii
  • Chloe Smith, Co-founder and CEO, Mercato AI
  • Clark Lai, Founder and CEO, Motiv
  • Heather Chapple, Managing Director at AltaML

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

Calgary's Innovation Market Surge: Riding the Wave or Hype Saturation?



  • Shelley Kuipers, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The 51
  • Becky Brauer, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Fresh Prep
  • Robert Price, Founder and CEO, Bode
  • Nicolas Beique, Founder, and CEO, Helcim

1:25 am - 1:50 pm

The Magic 10 Letter Word (profitable) and How to Get There

Fireside Chat


  • Alex Blumstein, Co-founder, The Peak
  • Mariya Besedina, COO, Motiv

1:50 pm - 2:15 pm

Unlocking the Potential of High Performance Teams Amidst Challenging Economic Times



  • Rick Bird, CEO, Thin Air Labs
  • Jeff Arsenio, Director of Product, Skip The Dishes
  • Bobbie Racette, Founder & CEO, The Virtual Gurus
  • Kelsey Hahn, Co-founder and CEO, Monark

2:15 pm - 2:40 pm

From 0 -1, Wins and Woes of Startup Life Today



  • Ana Lokotkova, Startup Advisor, Platform Calgary
  • Kyle Friedman, Co-founder and CEO, Quickly
  • Bukky Wanda, Founder and CEO, Shirah
  • April Hicke, Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, Toast

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 3:25 pm

(Xero Sponsored) Investing and Growing in Calgary: Examining Both Sides of the Business Growth Conversation



  • Megan Zimmerman, Calgary Economic Development
  • Mike Cascone, Head of Government Experience, Xero Canada
  • Cam Bawol, External Financial Advisory, MNP

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm

B2C Brand Building 101



  • Rob Ironside, Director of Acceleration Programming, LOI Accelerator
  • Kiara Botha, CMO, Marlow
  • Connor Curran, Founder and Chief Laundry Operator, Local Laundry
  • Ross Alger, Co-founder of Confluence Distilling

4:15 pm - 4:20 pm


4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Head to Ol'Beautiful Brewing Co. for drinks and food with your fellow Bet on Canada attendees (this ones on The Peak!)

Meet some of our speakers

We will be announcing our full roster of speakers in the lead-up to the event.

Nicolas Beique

Founder and CEO


Jeff Arsenio

Head of Product

Skip The Dishes

Mike Cascone

Head of Government Experience, Canada


Robert Price

Founder and CEO


Kiara Botha

Co-Founder and CMO


Bobbie Racette

Founder and CEO

Virtual Gurus

Erin Madro


Evok Innovations

Heather Chapple

Managing Director


Brett Colvin



Chloe Smith

CEO and Co-Founder

Mercator AI

Mariya Besedina

Co-Founder and COO


Adam Le Dain

VP Strategy and Corporate Development

Summit Nanotech

Danielle Gifford

Executive Director


Becky Brauer

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Fresh Prep

Cheri Corbett

Senior Partner, Climate Tech Fund

BDC Capital

Clark Lai


Motiv Innovation Group

Ana Lokotkova

Jr. Startup Advisor

Platform Calgary

Terry Rock

President and CEO

Platform Calgary

Kelsey Hahn

CEO and Co-Founder


Shelley Kuipers

Co-CEO, General Partner, & Chief Growth Officer


Mark Le Dain

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Neo Financial

Ruhee Ismail-Teja

Director, Policy and Communications

Calgary Chamber of Commerce

April Hicke

Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer


Kyle Friedman

Co-Founder and CEO


Ross Alger


Confluence Distilling Ltd.

Michael Grantmyre


Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Myles Shedden

Vice President

Longbow Capital

Russ Erickson

VP Partnerships

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

Rob Ironside

Director of Community, Programming, and Operations

The League of Innovators

Rick Bird

CEO and General Partner

Thin Air Labs

Bukky Wonda

Founder and CEO


Jacques LaPointe


Metiquity Ventures

Megan Zimmerman

Senior Director, Business Development

Calgary Economic Development

Al-Karim Khimji

Co-founder and CEO


Meet your people

Meet your future mentors, colleagues, sales prospects, hires, and—yes—friends that will help take your career to the next level.

Learn from the best

Hear from Canada's brightest minds in business, technology, and economics and get concrete insights you can apply to your job every day.

Generate leads

Have conversations with founders, investors, enterprise leaders, and key decision makers at some of Canada's top businesses that will spark deals, sales, and career opportunities.

Get exclusive perks and discounts

Access discounts and offers from Canada's most-used SaaS products. Whether it's finance, marketing, business development, we've got you covered.

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Early Bird$50

50 Early Bird tickets available.

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General $150

Available from August 8th - October 12th.

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Last Call $215

Available from October 13th - November 2nd.

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Find a Summit near you

Bet On Canada Summit Calgary
October 23, 2023 - Calgary
Bet On Canada Summit Vancouver
October 25, 2023 - Vancouver
Bet On Canada Summit Toronto
November 2, 2023 - Toronto


Bet on Canada is a one day summit being hosted in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary in the Fall of 2023. Bet on Canada was founded by The Peak, a daily newsletter that provides busy Canadian professionals with the news they need every morning. As daily reporters of the must-know business, tech, and other stories of the day, who better to identify need-to-know trends. Bet on Canada is where you connect Canada's top and emerging business leaders.

1) Say 'Heck Yes" to being a part of the Bet on Canada Summit Tour this year 2) Decide on a city (Toronto, Vancouver, or Calgary) 3) Scroll to the bottom of the Home page and click through to your chosen city 4) Follow the registration prompt 5) You will receive two confirmation emails. One confirming your purchase and another with some juicy details about the event you are attending 6) Mark your calendar! 7) Message if you have any issues

Once you purchase a ticket, that ticket is only valid for one city you purchased a ticket to. You may transfer the ticket to another should no longer be able to attend. This process can be followed via a hyperlink in your confirmation email.

Everyone (but we're biased)! You should attend Bet on Canada if you identify as one of the following: - You are the founder of a business (small all the way to enterprise) looking for expert advice on surviving and thriving in 2024. - You are the head of a business department within a larger organization (Marketing, Fundraising, Finance, and Product) - You are currently working in a company and looking for your next big opportunity! - You recently graduated and are looking for your first job out of school - You love the Canadian business and tech scene and want to meet likeminded people - You are a startup advisor or investor looking to connect with the ecosystem

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The Bet on Canada Summit is coming to three major Canadian cities. See below for dates: 1) Calgary = October 23, 2023 2) Vancouver = October 25, 2023 3) Toronto = November 2, 2023

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