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.





Meet the Speakers




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

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm:

NACO Academy: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Angels

Presenter: David Raffa, Founder and Angel Investor

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.

3:00 pm - 9:30 pm:

Summit Registration

4:00 pm - 6:00 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.

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.

Tuesday, October 3rd: Professional Development & Sector Tours

7:30 am - 8:30 am:

Networking Breakfast and Registration

8:00 am - 11:30 am:

NACO Academy Sessions

Option 1: Structuring Deals and Term Sheets

Presenter: Pieter Dorsman, E-Fund (Vancouver)

Panelists: Gal Smolar, Miller Thomson

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.


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

Presenter: Boris Mann, Open Angel (Vancouver)

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.


Option 3: International Connections Workshop

Speakers: Fraser Lusty - Scotland

                 Sandra Glasgow - Jamaica

                 Paulo Andrez - Portugal

                 Albert Colomer - Spain

                 Namek Zu'bi - Jordan

                 Ashwin Sanzgiri - India

                 Alan Yang - China

                 Neeraj Gupta - India

                 Duplexe Tchoffo Kagou - Cameroon

                 Regina Noppe - Brazil

                 Martin Johnson - England

                 Riku Asikainen - Finland

                 Esben Gadsbøll - Denmark

                 Yury Mitin - Russia

                 Nadim Zaazaa - Lebanon

                 Rodrigue Fouafou - Cameroon

                 Ben Asquith - Canada

                 Glen Dexter - Canada

                 Gregory Ogorek - France

                 Ashwin Sanzgiri - India

                 Lakshmi Narayanan - India


Option 4: Anges 101 (en français)


11:30 am - 12:45 pm:

Lunch and Keynote Address

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

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?

Speakers: Paul Demarais, Power Corporation of Canada

                 Brendan Holt Dunn, Holdun Family Office

                 Claudio Rojas, Hurt Capital


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm:

NACO Annual General Meeting


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 in IoT, Life Sciences and Sustainable Technology.


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.

Keynote Speaker: Kirk Muller, Associate Coach, Montreal Canadiens; Retired Professional Hockey Player

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

7:30 am - 8:30 am:

Networking Breakfast and Registration


8:30 am - 8:45 am:

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies: Andy Nulman, Play the Future

Speaker: Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal


8:45 am - 9:15 am:

Keynote Address

Canada Open for Business: Taking the Lead in Innovation


9:15 am - 10:20 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: Alain Denis, Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Speakers:  Charles Sirois, Telesystem; Tandem Expansion

                  Jeff Thompson, Serenova

                  Gerald Pond, Mariner Partners

10:20 am - 10:45 am:

Networking Break

10:45 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, Blockstream

                 Benji Rogers, Dot Blockchain Media

                 Iliana Oris Valiente, ColliderX Applied Blockchain R&D Hub

                 John Weighelt, Microsoft


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 François Gagné, Element AI

                 Carolina Bessega, Stradigi


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?

Speakers: Ted Graham, General Motors

                 Charles Boulanger, Leddartech

                 Jean-Pierre Fournier, Renesas


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm:

Lunch and Keynote Address

Keynote: How Large Exits in Canada Help the Startup Ecosystem

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

This 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 message does this send to Canadian tech startups and potential investors?

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

                 Randy Smerik, Tarai, Inc.

                 Matthew Mastracci, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor


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


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 Pinsonneault, Investissement Quebec

                 Magaly Charbonneau, Intel Security Group

                 Lauren Robinson, COO, Highline BETA

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

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm:

Networking Break

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?

Speakers: Julius "Dr. J" Erving II, Retired Professional Basketball Player, NBA

                 Brenda Irwin, Relentless Pursuit Partners

                 Horst Bente, Adi Dassler International Family Office


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

How can we attract the best tech talent, founders, and investors to help us establish Canada as one of the leading tech innovation centres in the world?

Moderator: Patrick Lor, Panache Ventures

Speakers: Allen Lau, Wattpad

                 Semyon Dukach, Techstars

                 Prashant Pathak, Ekagrata Inc.


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: Mischa Steiner, Awesense

                 Paulo Andrez, Portugese Business Angels Federation

                 Alexandre Taillefer, XPND Capital

                 Jean François Béland, Carbon Engineering


5:45 pm - 6:45 pm:

Gala Networking Reception and Showcase

6:45 pm - 9:15 pm:

Gala Awards Dinner and Keynote Address

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

NACO's Most Promising Startup of the Year

NACO's Exit of the Year

9:15 pm - 12:00 am:

Gala Networking Social and Dancing

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

8:00 am - 9:00 am:

Networking Breakfast

Location: Set Buffet in Foyer

9:00 am - 12:00 pm:


10:15 am - 12:30 pm:

Concurrent Streams

Stream 1: Roundtable Best Practices for Angel Group Managers

Angel Group Basics

Speakers: Mike Volker, VANTEC

                 Kristina Milke, VA Angels

                 Karen Grant, Angel One

                 Ross Finlay, First Angel Network

Angel Groups and Real Estate

Speakers: Mary Long-Irwin, Northern Ontario Angels

                  Suraj Gupta, Gupta Group

Attracting, Retaining and Engaging Members

Speakers: Kristina Milke, VA Angels

                 Brandon Corman, Maple Leaf Angels

Stream 2: Accelerators and Incubators

Moderator: Emilie Boutrous, Tandem Launch

Speakers: Paulo Andrez, Angel Investor

                 Lauren Robinson, Highline BETA

                 Isaac Souweine, Founder Fuel, Real Ventures

                 Jesse Rodgers, Volta Labs

Stream 3: Alternative Funds

Moderator: Sophie Forest, Brightspark

Speakers: Fraser Lusty, Equity Gap (Scotland)

                 Matt Lebowitz, Plaza Corp.

                 Alex Norman, AngelList

                 Kalthoum Bouacida, Anges Quebec






Will your family be joining us? Register for our Companion Pass. For those who can only attend the programming on Tuesday, October 3rd, take advantage of our One-Day Conference Pass. Special Rates for NACO members and Angel Group packages.



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Hotel Accommodations

The Marriott Chateau Champlain, located in the heart of vibrant downtown Montreal, is the host hotel for the NACO World Angel Investing Summit, a limited number of guestrooms are available for World Summit attendees at the discounted rate of $239.00. Be sure to take advantage of this limited availability special rate before September 8th.

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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.

Nominations for NACO's Canadian Angel of the Year Award are now open. The deadline to submit your nomination is September 7, 2017.


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Submit a Nomination

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.

Nominations for NACO's Exit of the Year Award are now open. The deadline to submit your nomination is September 7, 2017.


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Submit a Nomination

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.

Nominations for NACO's Most Promising Startup of the Year are now open. The deadline to submit your nomination is August 28, 2017.

*Please note that the deadline to submit nominations for this award has been extended to September 8, 2017.


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Submit a Nomination

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.