The 2018 Western Regional Angel Summit

February 21 - 23 in Victoria, BC

Highlights from the 2018 Western Regional Angel Summit

* Special thanks to our Summit photographer Jack Adamson.

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The 3rd annual Western Regional Angel Summit attracted over 150 registrants, 10 industry partners, and attendees from all across Canada. It was a unique opportunity to connect and build collaboration in the early-stage capital ecosystem in the Western Provinces.

  • Network with experienced investors, incubators, accelerators, venture capitalists and other industry leaders
  • Create greater connectivity in the early-stage capital community
  • Build new relationships while strengthening existing ones
  • Develop a higher level of knowledge and skill from the NACO Academy investor education programs
  • Showcase the Victoria innovation community and gain exclusive early access to Discover Tectoria

Summit Agenda

Wednesday, February 21

8:00 am - 8:30 am:

Breakfast & Registration

At the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort.

Sandi Gilbert, Emcee.

8:30 am - 11:00 am:

NACO Academy Workshops

  • Module 103: Adding Value through Due Diligence - Presented by Kirk Hamilton; Panelists: Greg Smith, Manny Padda
  • Module 210: Digital Tools for Angel Investors - Presented by Boris Mann; Panelists: Jill Earthy, Rob Darling
  • Module 304: Best Practices for Angel-Backed Companies - Presented by Steven Forth; Panelists: Dzung Tran, Mark Longo, Karen Chiang, Paul Koros

Please select one by filling out the sign-up form

11:00 am - 11:15 am:

Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:00 pm:

There is Something in the Water in Victoria: Local Success Stories

Welcome Remarks from the Mayor of Victoria, Lisa Helps

Speakers: Steve Myhill Jones, Owen Matthews, Rasool Rayani, Dr. Hannes Blum, Stuart Bowness

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm:

Lunch, Announcements from RBC, CIN & Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology - Province of British Columbia

Keynote Speech: "How Emerging Technologies Will Impact Angel Investing"

Speaker: Nikolas Badminton, Futurist

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm:

Changemakers in Angel Investing

Speakers: Stephanie Andrew, Jill Earthy, Brenda Irwin

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm:

Rapid Fire: Hot Topics

Moderator: Jim Hayhurst

Speakers: Thomas Ahn (Artificial Intelligence), Scott Walker (Investing in Cannabis), Eric Jordan (AR/VR), Boris Mann (Blockchain)

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm:

Networking Break

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm:

Concurrent Roundtables

  • Emerging Technologies & Angel Investing Featuring Boris Mann, Eric Jordan, Michael King
  • Data and Measuring Outcomes Featuring Melissa Dodaro, Ian Wong
  • Investing in Cannabis - Moderated by Peter Miles, Featuring Sonny Rai, Damien H, Scott Walker

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm:

VR Happy Hour Reception (The Robert Bateman Centre)

Bus #1 leaves at 5:30 pm and Bus #2 leaves at 5:45 pm from Delta Hotel

Thursday, February 22

8:30 am - 9:30 am:

Buffet Breakfast

At the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

9:30 am - 12:00 pm:

Camosun, UVic or Bike Tours

Please select one by filling out the sign up form

Buses and Bikes will be stationed in front of the hotel at 9:15am and ready to depart at 9:30am

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm:

Lunch at the Livet Restaurant

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm:

Board Strategy Meeting

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm:

Accelerated Walking Tours

Will depart from The Livet after lunch.

Stops Include:

  • Echosec
  • HYAS
  • LlamaZOO Interactive
  • Referral SaaSquatch
  • Pretio Interactive
  • Tutela Technologies
  • Checkfront
  • Kano
  • Iris
  • FTS
  • Codan

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm:

Cocktail & Networking Reception on the harbour (Harbour Air Terminal)

Live music from Ocie Elliott.

Harbour Ferry transfer provided. Located behind the hotel at their dock. First ferry leaves at 6:10pm and last ferry leaves at 6:30pm. If you miss the ferry, it's a 12 min walk along the harbour.

*Friday, February 23

8:30 am - 10:00 am:

Breakfast & Keynote Address 

Stephanie Andrew, Emcee

Breakfast at Royal BC Museum in First People's Gallery

Buses will be stationed in front of the hotel at 8:00am and ready to depart at 8:15am.

Speakers: Mayor Lisa Helps and Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick

10:00 am:

Exclusive Access to Discover Tectoria "A Showcase of Greater Victoria's #1 Industry"

Visit Discover Tectoria ( for more information

Check-in is required to be eligible for your hotel reimbursement for Wed & Thurs only.


*‘Discover more Tectoria’ Terms & Conditions


Compliments of VIATEC, City of Victoria, and Capital Investment Network, the first 75 accredited investors to register on Eventbrite and stay for Discover Tectoria on Friday, February 23rd will be reimbursed for your standard room* accommodation on Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22 following your stay!

*Up to $139.00 per night (standard room rate valid until Jan. 30th) for two nights. Sign-in at Discover Tectoria is a requirement for reimbursement.


Attendees of the NACO Western Regional Angel Summit will have exclusive and private access to Discover Tectoria at 10am and asked to sign-in. This is a requirement to receive a reimbursement.

Please keep your hotel receipt and submit an invoice with a copy of your hotel receipt to be reimbursed after attending the NACO Summit and Discover Tectoria event. Invoice should be directed to:

Michelle Gaetz, Operations & Finance
777 Fort St., Victoria, BC, V8W 1G9

What’s Reimbursed?:

You will be hosted to two nights’ accommodation; Wednesday, February 21 & Thursday, February 22. These two nights only will be reimbursed upon receipt of your invoice and copy of hotel receipt. You are responsible for your incidentals and any pre/post hotel nights.


Please call or email Michelle Gaetz. Contact info provided above.



Meet The Speakers



Western Regional Angel Summit Sponsors & Partners

As a sponsor or partner of the Summit, your organization will have the opportunity to participate in our three-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.


National Funding Partners

Host Partners



Regional Partner



Angel Group Partner