The Embassy of the United States in Ottawa announces that 12 Canadian participants have been selected as delegates to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. The Canadian entrepreneurs will join more than 700 delegates from around the world along with investors, speakers, and business leaders.
Canadian participants in this summit will be:
- Desmond Choi, SparkGig (Toronto, ON)
- Rachel Mielke, Hillberg & Berk (Regina, SK)
- Natalie Voland, Le Salon 1861 (Montreal, QC)
- Natasha Baker, SnapEDA (Toronto, ON)
- Connor Burns, Skymatics (Hamilton, ON)
- Alexander Gillis, Bitness (Halifax NS)
- Sarah Goodman, VitalSines Inc (Vancouver, BC)
- Nejeed Kassam, Keela (Toronto, ON)
- Laurent Laferriere, Oatbox (Montreal, QC)
- Jessica Lui, Global Professionals Practicum (Toronto, ON)
- Philippe Poirier, BugBites (Montreal, QC)
- Michael Vogel, Netcoins Inc (Vancouver, BC)
These innovative entrepreneurs will be joined by high-level U.S. government officials, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Administrator of the Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of USAID Gayle Smith, Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.
This Summit will be the 7th installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya. In bringing the Summit back to the United States, President Obama highlights his commitment to building bridges that help us tackle global challenges together.
GES 2016 aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration; connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; and highlight entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges. Hosting GES in Silicon Valley will highlight America’s entrepreneurial spirit and allow American investors and entrepreneurs to see the talent, solutions, and opportunities that exist globally.
The summit will include a wide range of workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions to give participants tailored opportunities to gain skill and relationships that will help their ventures grow. Within the Summit there will also be demonstration areas, experiential learning exhibitions, and opportunities to connect with industry experts.