The Summit will attract over 700 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world and is the flagship event for the Canadian Angel Investor community.

We will be building on the international focus introduced at the 2017 Summit in Montreal, making this the largest and most international gathering of Angel investors in Canadian history. This will also be the first time that NACO partners with a larger event to ensure our community adds direct and immediate value to the local startup ecosystem.

NACO will be partnering with the Elevate Tech Fest, offering both premium content for our attendees, as well as collaborating with Elevate to run their Financing track and cohost keynote speakers. Consequently, the 2018 World Angel Investment Summit is the culmination of years worth of NACO’s efforts to build Angel communities across the country, and will catalyze a more dynamic early stage capital ecosystem.


Meet the NACO Speakers


Speakers at the Elevate Main Stage

Al Gore

Al Gore

Chairman, Generation Investment Management

Whitney Wolfe Herd

Whitney Wolfe Herd


Yung Wu

Yung Wu


Julie Rice

Julie Rice


Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean

Acclaimed Artist & Producer

...and more!


Where the 2018 World Summit Will Take You


Tuesday, September 25th: Investor Zone, NACO Academy and Elevate Tech Fest

8:30 AM - 7:00 PM Summit Registration (Sony Centre)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Elevate Main Stage (Sony Centre)

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

NACO Annual General Meeting and Keynote Address (Hilton Hotel)

Company Survival and Economic Impact from Angel Investing

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth A. Grant, Ryerson University

(breakfast will be served; all NACO Summit attendees are welcome)

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Elevate Investor Zone: Investor to Scale Up Meetings (Sony Centre)

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

NACO Academy Option 1: The Art of Valuation (Hilton Hotel)

Presenter: Pieter Dorsman


NACO Academy Option 2: Exit Execution (Hilton Hotel)

Presenter: Basil Peters


NACO Academy Option 3: Leading Investment Rounds (Hilton Hotel)

Presenter: Karen Grant


NACO Academy Option 4: Angel Academy 101 Presented by Female Funders and BDC (Hilton Hotel)

Presenter: Benton Leong

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Buffet Lunch & Keynote

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

NACO Welcome Reception at Casa Loma

Join us at Casa Loma for the official launch of the World Angel Investment Summit. Network with investors and industry colleagues at this exclusive reception that introduces attendees to the NACO Summit. (shuttle buses departing from Hilton Toronto)

Wednesday, September 26th: The Era of Dynamic Disruption

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Summit Registration Desk is Open (Hilton Hotel)

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

NACO Remarks:

Sandi Gilbert, NACO Chair

Jess Joss, Summit Chair

M/C: Erin Bury, Managing Director, eighty-eight

Speaker: Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote: Becoming an Invested Investor - four decades of elation and heartache

Speaker: Peter Cowley, Serial entrepreneur and Angel investor

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Fireside Chat: The Disruptive Impact of Technology on our Future Sponsored by BDC

Moderator: Jérôme Nycz (BDC)

Speakers: Duncan Stewart (Deloitte), Carolina Bessega (Stradigi), Brad Templeton (Singularity University)

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM Networking Break Sponsored by Startup Calgary (Hilton Lower Lobby)
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions. Theme: Industrial Disruption

Option 1: Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

Moderator: Bill Hennessy (Entrepreneurship Society)

Panelists: Bruce Silcoff (CEO Shyft Network), Laurel Touby (Supernode)


Option 2: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Sponsored by Stradigi

Panelists: Carolina Bessega (Stradigi), Helge Seetzen (Tandem Launch),Roy Periera (Zoom.AI)


Option 3: Technology As a Catalyst for Naturally Derived Products & Materials Sponsored by Natural Products Canada

Moderator: David Gauthier (Natural Products Canada)

Panelists: Andy Wilkes (Tech North), Natasha Dhayagude (Chinova Bioworks), Pierre Laborde (BioTEPP), Pieter Dorsmann (Oceaneos), David Gauthier (Natural Products Canada)


Option 4: How Automation and Innovation are Changing the Future of Transportation

Moderator: Ted Graham (GM)

Panelists: Amar Varma (Ford), Brad Templeton (Singularity University), Sherry Shannon-Vanstone (Trust Point Innovation), Nima Ashtari (X-Matic)


Option 5: Opportunities for International Investment and Growth

North America: Candice Factor (Canada), Charles Sidman (US), Sandra Glasgow (Jamaica / Caribbean)
Western Europe/UK: Peter Cowley (UK), Peter Braun (Switzerland), Catherine Bischoff (Berlin)
Latin America: Markus Schreyer (Chile Global Angels / GaneshaLab), Javier Hasbun (Weeshing / Chile Fund), Adan Bernal (Mexico), Joao Kepler Braga (Brazil)

11:40 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Keynote Topic: What I Learned About Risk Capital and How It Has Helped Me as an Angel Investor

Speaker: Howard Lindzon, entrepreneur and investor

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Fireside Chat: Unlocking the Power of Generational Wealth

Speakers: Philippe de Gaspe Beaubien III, Brendan Holt Dunn

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions. Theme: Disruption of Risk Capital

Option 6: Venture Foundry and Co-Creation

Panelists: Helge Seetzen (Tandem Launch), Owen Matthews (Alacrity Foundation), Asra Nadeem (Draper U Ventures), Andrew Goldner (GrowthX)


Option 7: Crowdfunding and Investor Platforms

Panelists: Brigitte Bauman (Go Beyond/Rising Tide Fund), Alex Norman (Angel List), Sophie Forest (Brightspark)


Option 8: Not-So-Traditional Venture Capital

Panelists: George Rossolatos (Canadian Business Growth Fund), Patrick Lor (Panache.VC)


Option 9: Tokenized Securities & Cryptocurrency

Panelists: Dusan Stojanovic (True Global Ventures), Derek Manuge (Corl), Carol R. Van Cleef (Attorney at Law, Leclairryan)


Option 10: International Stage: Opportunities for International Investment and Growth

Eastern Europe: Vitaly Polekhin (Russia), Kaspar Hanni (Estonia)
Asia: Paul Ark (Thailand)
India: Ashwin Sanzgiri (CBA)

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM Networking Break (Hilton Hotel)
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Fireside Chat: Disrupting the Social Contract

Speakers: Kathryn Myronuk (Singularity University), Adeo Ressi (Founder Institute), Candice Faktor (Faktory Ventures)

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Societal Disruption

Option 11: Privacy and Big Data (Balance of good)

Panelists: Guillame Bouchard (Contextful)


Option 12: Influence in the Age of Technology

Panelists: Elamin Abdelmahmoud (Buzzfeed)


Option 13: Sharing Economy – Fad or Future?

Panelists: Aisha Addo (DriveHER), Andy Anthony (Instacart Canada)


Option 14: Linking People and Prosperity: Inclusion in the new economy

Panelists: Philippe de Gaspe Beaubien III, Jake Hirsch-Allen (LinkedIn), Lucia Gallardo (Emerge)


Option 15: Overcoming Barriers to Cross-Border Investing & Adding Value through International Investment

Panelists: Charles Sidman, Prashant Pathak, Reginna Noppe (Dream2Be), Luke Krueger (Valhalla)

5:45 PM - 6:30 PM Gala Networking Reception
6:30 PM 9:00 PM

Gala Awards Dinner & Keynote Address (Hilton Hotel)

Attendees are invited to join us for our annual Gala dinner, featuring our keynote speaker and the presentation of three awards recognizing the success of our Angel community in 2018.

The Awards will be presented to: NACO’s Canadian Angel of the Year, NACO’s Most Promising Start-Up of the Year, NACO’s Exit of the Year

Keynote Fireside Chat with: Wesley Chan (Felicis Ventures)
Interviewed by: Randall Howard (2015 NACO Angel Investor of the Year)

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Elevate King West

After our gala dinner NACO Summit attendees are invited to join Elevate King West and explore multiple activations, parties and private receptions in association with Toronto Life.

Checkout the impressive line-up for the event here:


Thursday, September 27th: Building an Innovation Ecosystem

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Breakfast and Plenary: This is the Best Exits Market Ever

Speaker: Basil Peters (Angel Investor and Exit Educator)

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions: Small panels + Brief Presentations by Industry Leaders (20-40 min ea.)


Stream 1: Best Practices for Incubators and Accelerators: Looking Back and Moving Forward

  • 10:00am – 10:40am: The For-Profit Incubator: Challenges and Successes (Helping Startups for Profits)
  • 10:40am - 11:20am: The Non-Profit Model: The CAIP Affect and Beyond (Incubators as an Economic Development Engine?)
  • 11:20am – 12:00pm: Incubators-Accelerators and Government - What does the future hold?


Stream 2: Building & Growing Angel Networks

  • 10:00am – 10:40am: Building Sustainable Angel Networks (Funding + Leaders)
  • 10:40am - 11:20am: Building Diversity into the Angel Ecosystem
  • 11:20am – 12:00pm: Understanding your Angel Members


Stream 3: Funding Innovation Through Angel Funds

  • 10:00am – 10:40am: Building Angel Funds with a Greater Purpose (Activating Angels and Building Community Through Angel Funds).
  • 10:40am – 11:20am: Structuring Angel Funds for Success: Understanding the different models of Angel Funds and how to structure them.


Stream 4: Investing Like a Super Angel

  • 10:00am – 10:40am: Investing with the exit in mind. (Aligning with founders on exit strategy and then supporting execution.)
  • 10:40am – 11:20am - Investing in Teams that Execute (Doing deep diligence on teams and founders + Supporting them as investors)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch & Keynote: Success Story, Building a Co-ordinated Ecosystem

Speaker: Sean Sheppard (GrowthX)

Topic: Building a Co-ordinated and Supportive Startup Ecosystem

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Stakeholder Roundtables: How can NACO support you in 2019?
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Elevate Talent

This is your opportunity to explore the local ecosystem. Join Elevate Talent and gain access to 250+ companies across Toronto who will be opening their doors.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM NACO Board of Directors Meeting

NACO Awards

NACO Canada is happy to present three awards every year to recognize the success of our community. NACO members are able to nominate who they think should receive each award. The three awards are; Exit of the Year, Most Promising Startup of the Year, and Angel of the year.

This year the awards will be presented at our annual Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday September 26th.

NACO's 2018 Awards Page


Register for the 2018 World Angel Investment Summit



Hilton Toronto

Book your Stay at the NACO Special Rate

145 Richmond Street West,

Toronto, ON


The World Angel Investment Summit is taking place in the heart of Toronto at the Hilton Toronto hotel. Within walking distance from Union Station, the financial district, city hall and connected to all major office towers via the PATH. NACO has contracted a limited number of guestrooms for Summit attendees at the special group rate of $299 per night (plus taxes).

Don’t miss out on this great deal – book your room today at the following link:

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Air Canada – the Official Canadian Airline of the World Angel Investment Summit

Be sure to book your air travel at and use promotion code: YVZHT761 to receive up to 15% discount on your flights with Air Canada when flying into and out of Toronto for the 2018 NACO World Angel Investment Summit.




Elevate Investor Zone


Elevate will bring together Canada’s top StartUps together with top tier investors from Boston, Silicon Valley, New York and across Canada for curated 1:1 meetings. This is the time for investors to come together with StartUps in an environment built to facilitate match-making, and productive deal-making.


Created by: NACO

Programed by: DMZ

Date: Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Location: Sony Centre For Performing Arts

Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM



About Elevate:

Mission: Elevate’s mission is to elevate the Canadian tech and innovation ecosystem.

Values: Diversity Is Our Strength | Disrupt Together | It’s Our Time



Happening at Elevate



World Summit Sponsors & Partners

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.