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November 3, 5, 10, & 12
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

GROWTH 2020 Awards Presentation
Thursday November 12th at 12pm

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This year's GROWTH 2020: CEO Summit will take place virtually, over four mornings: Tuesday, November 3rd; Thursday, November 5th; Tuesday, November 10th; and Thursday November 12th. In addition, as always, we'll celebrate the success of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies and Startups at the GROWTH 2020 Awards ceremony on the final day of the summit.

We have some exciting changes in this year's CEO Summit, our exclusive, invitation-only conference designed specifically for the leaders of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies and Startups. We will host the event in a virtual environment, but will feature many opportunities to meet and share ideas with fellow growth-oriented entrepreneurs. A dynamic lineup of speakers will provide insight and ideas on the following key areas: Leadership, Diversity, Finance and Technology.

The GROWTH 2020: CEO Summit offers a unique forum to help you identify promising new opportunities, overcome the challenges that growing companies face and forge invaluable relationships with your entrepreneurial peers.

Key Content Areas

Leadership - Leadership in Crisis

Brought to you by BDC

In a year of unbelievable twists and turns, the need for strong, fast-thinking management is more vital than ever. But what makes a good leader in tough times? What does your workforce need from you as they shift to new ways of working and balancing home and career? Join us at the GROWTH 2020: CEO Summit, to listen to and engage with leadership stars. Learn how to serve your staff and customers with maximum effectiveness, while gaining an invaluable edge on the competition.

Technology - Ideas for the Future

Brought to you by Salesforce

Technology has been both a boon and a disruptor to Canadian businesses. Which tools are worth investing in? Which are passing fads? Where can you use modern technologies to improve operations or revolutionize a product? Listen in for original ideas and practical applications from visionary leaders who have used technology to enhance, pivot or disrupt their businesses with incredible results.

Diversity - Tap Into Breakthrough Ideas

Learn effective Diversity and Inclusion best practices and lead your organization into a dynamic future that addresses present day realities. Get a masterclass in how to harness the innovation and creativity that come from an open and balanced workforce, and gain valuable knowledge in how to grow your customer base by addressing representation.

Finance - Raise Your Game

Whether you are a startup or an established company, it’s time to fast-track your financial strategy—particularly now, when business is complicated by dual health and economic crises. Should you embark on a major pivot or stay the course? Divest or invest? Access experts who have their eye on the tickers, the bottom line and maybe even a crystal ball, for insightful, actionable advice.

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Admission Criteria

The GROWTH 2020: CEO Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only event. Given its emphasis on peer-to-peer learning, admission to the CEO Summit is restricted to the senior executives of this year’s Growth and Startup companies. For that reason, we reserve the right to cancel and refund any tickets purchased by individuals who do not have or share chief decision-making capabilities at winning companies.

Invitations and paid passes are non-transferable.

Please note the following:

  • Passes are available at $249 plus tax
  • Spots are limited! Register early to guarantee admission
  • You must enter the password provided in your invitation email to register for your Growth 2020 CEO Summit pass. Once you complete your registration, we will send your conference login information via email
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November 3, 5, 10, & 12
Event runs from: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*all times are EST

10:00 am

Welcome Address

Alison Uncles, Editor-in-chief of Maclean's

10:10 am

Main Keynote Presentations
*followed by moderated Q & A session

Tues. Nov. 3rd Leadership in Crisis
Keynote Speaker Siri Agrell, former Executive Director of OneEleven111 and author of Loss Leader newsletter
Presented by: BDC

Thurs. Nov. 5th A doctor in every living room: How technology has made the impossible possible.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brett Belchetz, is the CEO and Co-founder of Maple
Presented by: Salesforce

Tues. Nov. 10th Seat at the Table: An Urgent Approach to Diversity and Inclusion in Corporate Canada
Keynote Speaker: Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors

Thurs, Nov. 12th How to Build a Rocketship
Keynote Speaker: Rajen Ruparell, Chairman & Founder, Endy

11:00 am

Networking Break - Visit our sponsors in the Virtual Exhibit Area

11:15 am

Tues. Nov. 3rd – Breakouts & Panel Discussions

  • Where We Go From Here: Implementing Diversity and Inclusion Practices in Business
  • Leadership in Uncertain Times presented by BDC
  • Seeking opportunities in uncertain times presented by BDC

Thurs. Nov. 5th – Breakouts & Panel Discussions

  • Business During A Pandemic: A Discussion On Sales Development. Presented by Salesforce
  • US Election - What it will mean for cross-border business
  • Leadership in Uncertain Times presented by BDC
  • Seeking opportunities in uncertain times presented by BDC

Tues. Nov. 10th – The GROWTH Idea and Networking Exchange

The GROWTH Idea and Networking Exchange features mediated small-group peer-to-peer conversations in which you can discuss, and help to solve, the top issues facing business today

Thurs. Nov. 12th – Preparing your business to adapt, respond and grow in the next future.
Sponsor Keynote Presented by:Salesforce
Keynote Speaker: Tiffani Bova, Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce

12:00 pm

Event Programming Ends

12:00 pm

Reach out to fellow attendees through 1:1 chats and video meet-ups

November 12th
Time: 12pm

GROWTH 2020 Awards Presentation


Keynote Speakers

Our speaker list is updated daily, so check back often

Siri Agrell

Siri Agrell is a Toronto-based leadership strategist with high level experience in both the private and public sectors. She was recently the Executive Director of OneEleven, one of Canada's top technology incubators. Previously, she served as Director of Strategic Initiatives to Toronto Mayor John Tory and Deputy Director of Communications to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Siri began her career as a journalist, with roles at The Globe and Mail, National Post and Ottawa Citizen, and is a sought after advisor, public speaker and the author of a popular weekly newsletter on Leadership called Loss Leader.

Siri Agrell

Wes Hall

Wes Hall is an established innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As Executive Chairman & Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, he has been named one of Canada’s most powerful business people. He is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading environmental and industrial services provider; and Titan Supply, a top manufacturer and distributor of rigging and wear products. In 2009, Wes was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ontario and in 2020 he was appointed to the Ontario government’s Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, tasked to review and modernize the province’s capital markets regulations. Wes is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative, committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers in Canada.

Wes Hall

Dr. Brett Belchetz

Dr. Brett Belchetz is the CEO and Co-founder of Maple (, Canada’s leading virtual care provider connecting patients and healthcare providers like doctors and therapists for online medical visits in minutes. He’s also a practicing physician in Toronto, and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. In addition, Brett’s passion for healthcare communication and policy have led him to work as an on-air medical expert for CTV and Global News, as well as a contributor to outlets such as the National Post. Previously, Brett worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Dr. Brett Belchetz

Rajen Ruparell

Rajen Ruparell is a Canadian investor and serial entrepreneur. His most recent venture, Endy, was sold to Sleep Country in one of Canada's largest ever e-commerce deals. Originally Endy's lion (majority) shareholder, he remains with the company as its Chairman & Founder. Previously he co-founded Citydeal which he sold to Groupon, and became one of the youngest executives in Silicon Valley, helping take the company public in the largest IPO since Google. He's also a board member and investor at Clearbanc, founded by Dragon Michele Romanow, and was a pre-IPO investor in Twitter and Spotify, alongside a portfolio of investments in retail, tech, and real estate. Rajen is also a dedicated philanthropist, building schools in India, serving as a major supporter of charities like Artists for Peace and Justice and the Furniture Bank, and providing mentorship to young entrepreneurs across Canada.

Dr. Brett Belchetz

Tiffani Bova

Tiffani Bova is the Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce, and was previous VP, Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow with Gartner. Her recent book “Growth IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices that Will Make or Break Your Business” is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and a top influencer in Business Growth, Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, the Future of Work and Sales.

She travels around the world helping companies—regardless of size, industry and maturity—to solve their most vexing challenge: how to keep growing in the face of stiff competition and a fast-changing business environment. She has earned accolades from business leaders around the world for her cutting-edge analysis, bold strategies for growth and durable competitive advantages for businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Tiffani Bova

Speakers and Panelists

Amad Abdullah, President of KW Signs

Doug Brownbridge, Executive Advisors, High Impact Firms, BDC

Avery Francis, Award-winning Talent Strategist & founder of Bridge School & DITTO (Diversity and Inclusion Talks TO)

Maryscott "Scotty" Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian-American Business Council

Lauren Griffith, Manager of Inclusivity, Diversity and Belonging, Canadian Tire Corporation

Shanon Jhangiani, Regional Vice President SMB Sales, Salesforce

Jason Maghanoy, Head of Business Development St. Joseph’s Media

Emily Mills, Founder & CEO, How She Hustles

Laura NormanSenior, Director of Marketing for Essentials and SMB, Salesforce

Christopher Sands, Director, Canada Institute

Clare Waters, Executive Advisors, High Impact Firms, BDC

Paul Wells, Sr. Writer Maclean's


On Thursday November 12th we'll celebrate the success of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies and Startups at the GROWTH 2020 Awards ceremony.

Awards Categories

Growth 2020 Fastest Growing Company:
The established company with the highest percentage revenue growth over a five-year period.

Start-Up 2020 Fastest Growing Company
The new-growth company with the highest percentage revenue growth over a two-year period.

Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Through strategic thinking, innovation and grit, this extraordinary recipient has built and managed a notable and successful business in Canada in any sector.

Global Business
This award recognizes an outstanding entrepreneur for his or her excellence in developing a company that reaches outside the borders of Canada.

Technology Trailblazer
Through imagination and creativity, this star leader is not only solving, but crushing the problems of tomorrow, by coming up with blazingingly fresh ideas today.

Business Pivot
This award celebrates an entrepreneur whose ideas and inspiration stand out above the crowd, who is open to change, and who has shown resilience in the face of obstacles.

Employer of the Year
Judged on workplace/culture initiatives and a fresh approach to work/life integration, this select company will be celebrated among its peers.

Excellence in Diversity
This award will recognize the company who has demonstrated the most significant approach to company culture for women, BIPOC employees, and those of all genders.

Philanthropy Service
Through unstinting giveback and community embrace, this inspiring company rises above the rest for giving a hand up, as well as a handout.


Thank you to our generous sponsors

Presenting Sponsor



Salesforce is the global leader in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), bringing companies closer to their customers in the digital age. Founded in 1999, Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful technologies—cloud, mobile, social, internet of things, artificial intelligence, voice and blockchain—to create a 360-degree view of their customers. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit:

Category Sponsor



BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It provides access to financing, both online and in-person, as well as advisory services to help Canadian businesses grow and succeed. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers a wide range of risk capital solutions. For 75 years and counting, BDC’s purpose has been to support entrepreneurs in all industries and all stages of growth. For more information and to consult more than 1,000 free tools, articles and entrepreneurs’ stories, visit

Awards Sponsor

Gifting Sponsor

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