The Peak's Bet On Canada Virtual Summit

Join the Peak and hundreds of entrepreneurs, innovators and decision makers from across Canada for a day long virtual summit about building great businesses.

The Peak's Bet On Canada Virtual Summit
  • DateNovember 18, 2021
  • Time 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • LocationOnline
  • PriceFree

Canada is at the forefront of business excellence. Our country is home to some of the world's great entrepreneurs. But far too often, they don't get the credit or exposure they deserve. That's why we started Bet On Canada.

Bet On Canada is an opportunity for these builders to tell their stories and inspire the next generation of Canadian business leaders.

Participants in the day long virtual summit learned about building great businesses from the people who have done it.

Watch the full video from The Bet On Canada summit below.


Taylor Frankel Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Nudestix

Mohamad Fakih President & CEO, Paramount Fine Foods

Matthew Lombardi Managing Director, OneEleven

Sam Gharegozlou President & Co-Founder of Axiom Zen, Board Member of Dapper Labs

David Segal Co-Founder of Mad Radish & Firebelly Tea // Formerly “the David” of DAVIDsTEA

Marie Chevrier Founder and CEO of Sampler

Shadi McIsaac CEO, Ownr

Philip Cutler CEO, Paper

Ibiyemi Balogun Corporate Partnerships at Ryerson University

Sid Paquette Head, RBCx

Tyler Kirk Director, RBCx

Eamonn Gamble Director, RBCx

Rachel Zimmer General Manager, EF Toronto

Laura Miller Head of Communications and Public Policy (Canada), Uber

Rachel Wong Co-Founder, Monday Girl

Parag Goswami CEO, Clik.AI

Arunabha Dastidar Co-Founder and CEO, SoulRooms

Kasia Malz CFO, Next Hydrogen Solutions

Joe Diubaldo President, Clarity Recruitment

General Agenda

9:00am - 9:30am

Opening Remarks

9:30am - 10:15am

Deep Dive with Shadi McIsaac, CEO of Ownr

Building a B2B software business and the opportunities in helping entrepreneurs

Shadi McIsaac co-founded Ownr as a way to make it easier for Canadians to start a business. Ownr's platform makes dealing with incorporation, annual filings, and other administrative tasks simple for small businesses. Now Ownr is growing rapidly and has already helped 50,000 Canadians found their own company. Learn about what goes into building a business like Ownr and how Shadi thinks about the future of a growing, B2B software business like Ownr.

10:15am - 11:00am

Deep Dive with Taylor Frankel, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of NUDESTIX

How Taylor Frankel scaled a family-founded beauty business into 30+ markets

Taylor Frankel co-founded Nudestix with her mom and sister to address the needs of every day women with a "less-is-more" approach to beauty. Nudestix is now growing rapidly, expanding into 30+ markets and securing investments and partnerships with key celebrity endorsers like Hillary Duff. Learn about the ins-and-outs of the beauty and personal care business and what it takes to win in this highly competitive space.

11:00am - 11:45am

Deep Dive with Sam Gharegozlou, President & Co-Founder of Axiom Zen, Board Member of Dapper Labs

The future of crypto with one of the sector's most accomplished pioneers

Sam Gharegozlou is a pioneer in the global crypto space. As President of Axiom Zen and a Dapper Labs board member, he has helped incubate, fund, and guide innovative crypto businesses and projects that have become household names, including CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shots. We'll dig into the crypto space and discuss opportunities for entrepreneurs to thrive in the sector.

11:45am - 12:30pm

OneEleven Founder Panel

How newcomer communities can power Canada's startup scene.

A discussion about how newcomer communities can help Canada's startup scene thrive, with OneEleven member company founders Parag Goswami (Clik AI) and Arnab Dastidar (SoulRooms), moderated by OneEleven Managing Director Matthew Lombardi.

12:30pm - 1:15pm


1:15pm - 2:00pm

Deep Dive with Philip Cutler, Founder and CEO of Paper

How a former teacher raised $120 million to scale tutoring and crack the multi-billion dollar ed-tech market

Philip Cutler, a former teacher, is the founder of Paper, a platform that is on a mission to help every student reach their potential through high-dosage tutoring at scale. Over 1 million students have used Paper which offers tutoring on 200 topics in 4 languages. With a product people love and $120 million raised to scale the business, Paper is capturing a growing share of the $47 billion tutoring market. Learn how Philip built Paper and dig into the details of the ed-tech space.

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Deep Dive Interview with David Segal, Co-founder & CEO of Mad Radish, formerly Founder of DAVIDsTEA

How David Segal started and scaled one tea shop to a $200 million public company — and what he has planned next

David Segal is the "David" from DavidsTea, which he co-founded in 2008 and grew from a single location to a $200 million public company. Now David is aiming to repeat his success with MadRadish and Firebelly Tea. Learn the ins-and-outs of starting and scaling a massive business in the food and beverage space.

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Talent & Culture: What are Canada’s fastest-growing companies doing to attract and retain talent.

A conversation with Clarity Recruitment and other talent leaders about best practices in the competitive Canadian environment.

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Deep Dive with Mohamad Fakih, President & CEO of Paramount Fine Foods

Growing a business and giving back: How Mohamad Fakih built one of North America's fastest-growing restaurant chains

Mohamad Fakih knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in the restaurant industry. He took a nearly bankrupt restaurant and turned it into the fastest growing Middle Eastern Halal restaurant chain in the North America, Paramount Fine Foods. Paramount now now boasts seven brands including Middle Eastern Kitchen, Fine Foods, Butcher Shop and boxd. At the same time, Mohamad has become a pillar of his community, giving back with a wide range of charitable activities and helping support refugees and newcomers building a new life in Canada.

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Deep Dive with Marie Chevrier, Founder & CEO of Sampler

Exploring the future of CPG marketing and brand-building

Marie Chevrier created Sampler to help consumer packaged goods brands connect with their customers, build one-to-one relationships, and gather valuable insights. Now they work with over 400 brands including global giants like Unilever and Pepsi, not to mention 59 million consumers in 24 countries. Learn about where CPG marketing and brand-building is heading and how smart brands are using technology to gather more insights and data than have ever been available.

5:45pm - 6:00pm

Closing Remarks

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