We’re hard at work putting together another amazing lineup of speakers for 2017.
If you are looking for an idea of what to expect, check out some of the amazing Alumni speakers below!

2016 Keynote Speakers

Warren Macdonald


Rockstars of Robotics


   Harry Singh   


Warren Macdonald Keynotes #BVF2016 as he shares his terrifying true story and inspirational resilience. One catastrophic moment redefined Warren’s life in April 1997 with a freak rock fall on a remote Australian island that left him pinned under a one-ton boulder. For two days he lay trapped and alone, surviving the ordeal only to lose both legs at mid thigh.

Doctors told him he would never walk again. Warren’s response: “I don’t recall them saying anything about cycling, kayaking, or climbing mountains…” Only 10 months later he scaled Cradle Mountain, and in February 2003 Warren became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro.

This Canmore, Alberta native is set to motivate and inspire at #BVF2016 as he reminds us of the “Challenge of Change” and the opportunities for innovation that lie within adversity!

The Challenge of Change: Finding Opportunity in Adversity

We’ve all heard it a million times; “change is constant”, “the only certainty in life is change”, “change or perish”. We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren’s “Challenge of Change” presentation will help your group realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it’s the challenges we face that build the resilience we need as we’re asked to do more, with less . . . That it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.

Watch Warren Macdonald on Oprah:




Robotics Revolution: The Next Digital Transformation

In the not so distant past robotics was science-fiction fodder, but technological advances have elevated robotics from fantasy to reality, with the technology poised to address some of humanity's most pressing issues.

Chrysalix Venture Capital recently announced that it will be managing the RoboValley Investment Fund in an exclusive partnership with RoboValley Innovation Hub & TU Delft Robotics Institute, based in the Netherlands. Robotics is predicted to have an unparalleled impact on how we live our lives, and surprisingly, there is currently no pure-play VC fund focused on robotics - the RoboValley fund aims to remedy that. With a target size of €100M, this fund will draw on the broad investment networks of both Chrysalix and RoboValley to invest in and commercialize breakthrough robotics technologies. Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto!

Read the full press release here!



Mike Sherman 
Managing Partner
Chrysalix Venture Capital, RoboValleyInvestment Fund 

Mike is a founding member of the Chrysalix team with over 15 years of experience in clean energy venture capital investing, marketing, finance and strategic business planning. His exit track record includes the successful sale of Epyon Power to the ABB Group, at the time the largest electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure deal to date. Mike is a Director on the Boards of Chrysalix portfolio companies GaN Systems and General Fusion, and an observer on the Boards of MineSense and Brammo.



Raoul Oostenbrink  
Manager, Funding

Netherlands based RoboValley, in partnership with TU Delft Robotics Institute, has more than 170 robotics researchers from a multitude of fields collaborating with other experts, entrepreneurs and decision makers in both the public and private sectors. In RoboValley, all the key players in robotics are connected to each other, which accelerates the growth of the industry. Raoul`s primary focus is to make financing easily accessible for start-ups and companies located in RoboValley by identifying, positioning, and aligning funding sources.




Harry Singh


“Invention ≠ Innovation”

Harry Singh, Director at Intel Capital, will take the stage at BVF 2016 to quash any notion that invention and innovation implicitly go hand-in-hand. In reality, says Harry, people often confuse one with the other and that the empirical relationship between the two is in fact quite weak. Tune in to here Harry explore the connection between invention and innovation, and start thinking differently at #BVF2016!

Intel Capital is one of the most active venture funds with investments of over $11 Billion US. As a key player in the industry, Singh has over 12+ experience with the fund, playing a variety of roles and focusing on investments from Education Technology to Location Based Services/Commerce and Compute Continuum. Although a Canadian native, Singh has since been submersed in the Silicon Valley for over 15 years and has an abundance of knowledge in the area that will be sure to make this talk worthwhile. Don’t miss out, register for BVF 2016 today!

Alumni Keynote Speakers


Stefan Heck
Co-Author of "Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century"
Consulting Professor, Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University

Ted Graham 
Innovation Leader, Internal Firm Services
PwC Canada

"The Uber of Everything - How the Freed Market Economy is Disrupting and Delighting"

Simon Olivier 
Vice President Growth, Market Strategy & Business Development
GE Global Growth Opportunities
GE Canada

John Balbach
Founder and Managing Partner,
Adapt Capital

Tom Rand
Author, "Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit" & "Waking the Frog"
Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures
Ontario Clean Energy Task Force

Dave Caputo
President & CEO,

Louis Carbonneau
Venture Partner & IP Strategist,
Cycle Capital Management


Robert Chiste
Executive in Residence, El Dorado Ventures
CEO, Sorfina Capital

Alistair Croll

Peter Crombie
Corporate Director & Past Chairman,
RuggedCom Inc.

David Demers
Founder & CEO,
Westport Innovations Inc.

Timothy (Tim) Draper
Founder & Managing Director,
Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Geoffrey Duyk
Partner & Managing Director,
TPG Biotechnology

Brad Feld
Managing Director,
Foundry Group

Jon Gelsey
Director, Strategy and M&A,

Jack Grushcow
Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc.

Eric Jackson
Founder & Managing Partner,
Ironfire Capital LLC

Tom Jenkins
OpenText Corporation

Moe Kermani
Managing Partner,
Vanedge Capital

James Kim 
Founding Partner,
Formation 8

Kenneth Lebioda
Senior VP Business & Corporate Development,
Resverlogix Corp.

Don Listwin 
Canary Foundation

Tom Martin
360pi Corporation

Sir Terence Matthews
Founder and Chairman,
Wesley Clover International
Co-Founder and Chairman,
Mitel Networks

John Moore
Chairman, President & Chief Evangelist,
Acorn Energy Inc.

Greg Neichin
Ceniarth LLC

Nicholas Parker
Global Sustainability Entrepreneur and Investor

Mike Ritter
Software Engineer,

Ajay Royan
Managing General Partner & Founder,
Mithril Capital Management LLC

Rob Scott
President & CEO,
Clique Intelligence Inc.

Charles Sirois
Founding Partner,
Tandem Expansion Fund

Randy Smerik
President & CEO,
Tarari, Inc.

Rahul Sood
GM & Partner,
Microsoft Ventures

Peter Tertzakian
Chief Energy Economist & Managing Director,
ARC Financial Corporation

Sailesh Thaker
Advisory Board Member,
Stanford University Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies

David White
President, Water & Carbon Services,

Jeff White
Chief Operating Officer,
East Valley Ventures

Steven Woods
Senior Engineering Director & Country Product Lead,

David Young
Managing Partner,
Actium Capital Advisors