Tech Day On Parliament Hill

21/Oct/2014 @ 06:00 PM 21/Oct/2014 @ 09:00 PM Parliament Hill- Library and Archives Building Ottawa, Ontario

To register for this event: https://techdayonthehill.eventbrite.com

October 21, 2014 Ottawa, Ontario

“Revenge of the Nerds”


Tech Day on Parliament Hill

Tech Day on the Hill is an exciting event designed to dramatically demonstrate to lawmakers and staffers the power and passion of the tech industry’s grassroots network, mainly the members and supporters of the North of 41 organization. Attendees will represent various areas of tech from across Canada. The purpose of this event is to educate staffers, MP’s and Senators as to the issues that tech entrepreneurs and tech CEO’s face on a daily basis.

Traditionally, there has been a large disconnect between the tech industry and law makers. Both groups have significant influence but rarely are the lines of communication ever open in which to educate each other as to issues that affect each group on a daily basis. There will be 4 main areas/topics that will be covered during this event.

  • Improving access to Capital across the US-Canada Border
  • Intellectual Property Rights (Patent filing, etc.)
  • Updating NAFTA Job Categories to reflect current employment descriptions
  • Harmonization of Regulations (Cyber Security, Machine to Machine, Automotive Tech)

It is anticipated that Tech Day on Parliament Hill will become an annual event in which the tech industry engages our country’s federal legislators.

Tech Day on Parliament Hill-Agenda

Date:  Tuesday October 21, 2014
Parliament Hill- Library and Archives Building
Ottawa, Ontario
Purpose: The purpose of this event is to connect tech entrepreneurs with the policy decision makers on Parliament Hill. Staffers/MPs/Senators & other stakeholders can meet, mingle and hear 1st hand current issues that tech entrepreneurs are facing.It is intended for this to become an annual event. The sessions are targeted towards Parliament Hill staffers who will learn 1st hand the issues facing SMB Tech Entrepreneurs.There will be 4 areas/topics that will be covered:

  1. Improving access to Capital across the US-Canada Border
  2. Intellectual Property Rights (Patent filing, etc.)
  3. Updating NAFTA Job Categories to reflect current employment descriptions
  4. Harmonization of Regulations (Cyber Security, Machine to Machine, Automotive Tech)


Day 1 – October 20th, 2014


Time Event
6:00 p.m.  Welcome Reception/Get Together – Ottawa Ontario
9:00 p.m.  Reception Concludes


Breakfast with the “Geeks” – Sponsored by Intuit

Master of Ceremonies: William Honaker, Partner & Practice Leader, Dickinson-Wright



Time Event
8:00 a.m. Registration – Breakfast – Tech Demos
8:30 a.m. Welcoming remarks – Minister Clement 
8:35 a.m. Overview of the state of tech in the SMB space in Canada/North America
8:45 a.m. The Benefit to Harmonize (Capital Investment, Regulations, IP Rights) between Canada and the US (Panel Discussion)

The panelists have 1st hand experience from a tech perspective in dealing with the need to have a cohesive Canada-US strategy in terms of Raising Capital, IP Protection and Harmonization of Regulations. These issues must be viewed not on a country by country basis, but on a North American wide scale. This panel will provide insight to staffers, MPs, Senators and other Parliament Stakeholders as to hurdles that tech entrepreneurs face. The need to improve the flow of investment dollars into the tech sector, the continued improvements in cross border harmonization and the need to update job categories in NAFTA are examples of 3 key issues.


  1. Matthew J. Marquardt, Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP



  1. Harley Finkelstein, Chief Platform Officer, Shopify https://www.linkedin.com/in/harleyf
  1. Colin McKay, Head of Public Policy/Government Relations, Google


  1. Paul Zikopoulos, Vice-President, I.B.M.


  1. Sunil Sharma, Managing Partner, Extreme Venture Partners


9:15 a.m. Q&A
9:30 a.m. Morning Breakfast Concludes
8:35 a.m. Overview of the state of tech in the SMB space in Canada/North America


A View from Inside Parliament Hill

What do Tech Entrepreneurs Need to Know”

Purpose: To give those in attendance, specifically CEO’s and others in the “Tech” eco-system a 1st hand account of tech issues that are currently being addressed on Parliament Hill.


Time Event
9:30 a.m.  Current Information on US/Canada Harmonization EffortsUS-Canada Parliamentary Committee Member MP
9:40 a.m.  “What is Currently Happening on Parliament Hill (trends, issues)”Hear from the Reporters and Insider’s: (Panel Discussion)Moderator:Eric Lamoureux, Managing Director at CAPhttp://www.linkedin.com/pub/eric-lamoureux/15/955/259Panelists:

  1. Derek Abma, Editor, The Wire Report


  1. Richard Madan, Parliament Hill Reporter, CTV


  1. Theophilos Argitis, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News




10:10 a.m. Q & A
10:20AM A brief discussion with Tech CEO’s as to what to expect when meeting with MP’s and Staffers. Present talking points and issues that should be highlighted on hill visits. Answer any questions from Tech CEO’s.

  1. Dan Ujczo , Lawyer, Dickinson-Wright


  1. Melisa Leclerc, GR, Public Affairs



10:45 a.m. Morning Program Concludes
11:00 a.m. Individual Hill Visits &/or Personal ExecutiveTime
12:00 p.m. Lunchtime Speaker: Economic Club of CanadaRSVP: http://www.economicclub.ca/events/display/tech-day-on-the-hillNote:  This is a separate event organized by the Economic Club of Canada.Speakers: Paul Zikopoulos, Vice-President, I.B.M.https://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-zikopoulos/7/360/432Bruce Croxon, Venture Capitalist, Round 13



1:45 p.m.  Choice of the following:

  1. Individual Meetings with MP’s and Staffers on the Hill.
  2. Tours of Parliament Hill
  3. Roundtable Discussion hosted by DFAIT/Foreign Affairs
  4. Executive Time


5:00 p.m. Meetings wrap up
5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception – Moscow Tea Room (Sponsored by I.B.M.)http://www.moscowtearoom.com/Special Guest: U.S. Ambassador HeymanTech Demos during the reception:

  1. Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/visual-data/
  2. Interaxon http://interaxon.ca/
  3. Kiwi Wearables http://www.kiwiwearables.com/
  4. Vanhawks http://www.vanhawks.com/
  5. City Spot http://www.cityspot.org/
  6. Maxxian http://www.maxxian.com/
  7. IBM (Watson Technology)


7:30 p.m. Program Ends