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MaRS HealthKick Invest is the largest early-stage health investment conference in Canada

Connecting health leaders and influencers with the Canadian and global investment community

MaRS HealthKick Invest brings together innovators in the therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, digital health, and consumer health spaces and connects them to global venture capital funds, family offices, angel investors, and other capital partners interested in investing in the future of health.

The conference will feature talks by leading health investors and executives, one-on-one meetings between companies and investors, and the HealthKick Challenge pitch competition. MaRS HealthKick Invest takes place at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

We will be expecting

 

600+
attendees from 16 countries

 

300+
investors

 

50+
speakers

 

1,000+
one-on-one meetings

 

Who you'll meet

INVESTORS

Behind every great idea is a passionate investor. Conference attendees will mingle and connect with global venture capital funds, family offices, angel investors and other capital partners through a series of investment panels, networking events, one-on-one meetings and pitch competitions.

STARTUPS

Startups and their employees are on the front lines of health innovation. Hear from the brilliant minds behind the latest technologies and trends through one-on-one meetings, live panels and more.

THOUGHT LEADERS

Meet the researchers, academics and decision-makers who are advancing health technology and leading the way towards a better healthcare system.

THE ECOSYSTEM

MaRS HealthKick Invest isn’t just for ventures and investors. It’s also for executives, government entities, successfully funded ventures, and anyone else interested in the future of health investing and innovation.

Keynote Speaker

Paul Desmarais III

Paul Desmarais III is the Chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings, the Executive Chairman and co-Founder of Portag3 Ventures, and the Chairman and co-founder of Diagram. Within the investment portfolios of Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings, he is the Chairman of Wealthsimple and Peak Achievement Athletics and a director of KOHO, Integrate.ai, and IntegraMed. Paul is also a Senior Vice President of Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial of Canada. As a part of his responsibilities at the holdings, he sits on the boards of Great West Lifeco, IGM Financial, Pargesa, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, and Imerys. Prior to his current role, Paul worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Group, and Special Situations Group; Imerys in supply chain management and strategy; and Great West Lifeco in risk management. Paul is a recipient of a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and holds and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Selected speakers

Jessica Chutter

Managing Director and Chair, Biotechnology Investment Banking
Morgan Stanley

Mark Schmehl

Portfolio Manager
Fidelity Investments

Sam Ifergan

Founder and Managing Partner
iGan Partners

Richard Osborn

Managing Partner
TELUS Ventures

Peter van der Velden

Managing General Partner
Lumira Ventures

Cedric Bisson

Partner
Teralys Capital

Damian Lamb

Managing Director
Genesys Capital

Bharat Srinivasa

Co-Founder & Associate
Amplitude Ventures

Shayn Diamond

Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners

Joel Finlayson

Partner
iGan Partners

Allyson Tighe

Co-Founder & Associate
Amplitude Ventures

Allan Miranda

Head of JLABS @ Canada
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Donna Parr

President
Crimson Capital

James Hardiman

Partner
DCVC

Jacki Jenuth

Partner
Lumira Ventures

Kelly Holman

Managing Director
Genesys Capital

Elayne Wandler

Director, Partnerships & Programs
Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator

Billy Lai

Associate
iGan Partners

Nilay Thakar

Associate
ARCH Venture Partners

Gregg Michaelson

Partner
Edison Partners

Tanja Dowe

CEO
Debiopharm Innovation Fund

Russell Samuels

Partner
Whitecap Venture Partners

Erhan Soyer-Osman

Investor
Two Sigma Ventures

Jamie Stiff

Managing Director
Genesys Capital

Marc Weill

Senior Advisor
Two Sigma Ventures

Bill Carpou

CEO
OCTANe

Brenda Irwin

Managing Partner
Relentless Pursuit Partners

Cynthia Lavoie

Co-Founder & Managing Director
AllosteRx Capital

Jesse Bucksten

Associate
CPOINT Capital

Sally Daub

Founder and Managing Partner
Pool Global Partners

Kathryn Wortsman

Fund Manager
MaRS Catalyst Fund

Parimal Nathwani

Vice President
MaRS Innovation

Michael Gietl

Executive Director
JP Morgan

David MacNaughtan

Partner
Sagard Holdings

Scott Kaplanis

Partner
Epic Capital Management

Frederic Lemaitre Auger

Senior Director, Investments
Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator

Rob Scully

Director
MCV - Manulife Capital Ventures

Ricky Mehra

Founder and Managing Partner
Continuum Ventures

Vito Ciraco

Founder & President
Violico Investments Ltd.

Maha Katabi

Managing Partner
Oxalis Capital

Salim Teja

President
MaRS Venture Services

Craig Leonard

Director
MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

Ying Tam

Managing Director
MaRS Health Venture Services

Debbie Lin

Executive Director Digital Health Venture Fund
Boehringer Ingelheim

Kelly Gauthier

Managing Director, Impact Advisory
Rally Assets

Alison Chick

Head, Health and Wellness Ventures
RBC Ventures

Jamie Kasuboski

Senior Director
Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund

Gordon McCauley

President and CEO
CDRD

Christopher Jones

Partner
Blakes

David O'Neill

President
FACIT

Imran Eba

Partner
Action Potential Ventures

Mark Goad

Associate
OMERS Ventures

Gerry Brunk

Managing Director
Lumira Ventures

Chris Garabedian

Chairman and CEO
Xontogeny

Annastasiah Mudiwa Mhaka

Co-Founder and President
AAIH

Henry Kay

Principal
HLH Associates

Dan Herman

Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships
Myant Inc.

Aaron Feierstein

Sr. Corporate Development Advisor
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Karen Cross

CEO
Mimosa Diagnostics

Brian Bloom

Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bloom Burton & Co

+ more to be announced

Agenda

DAY ONE: APRIL 2, 2019

Track 1 – Investing Panels

7:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Keynote
9:30 a.m.: Early-Stage Digital Health and Medical Device Investing
10:30 a.m.: AI and Big Data – Digital Health and Medical Device Investing
11:30 a.m.: Angels and Family Offices Investing in Health
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: HealthKick Pitch Competition
3:00 p.m.: Early-Stage Therapeutics Investing
4:00 p.m.: AI and Big Data – Therapeutics Investing
5:00 p.m.: Announcement of HealthKick Pitch Finalists and Cocktail Reception

Track 2 – Fundraising Panels

7:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Keynote
9:30 a.m.: Why I Did the Deal
10:30 a.m.: Reverse Due Diligence
11:30 a.m.: Understanding How VC’s are Motivated to Invest
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: HealthKick Pitch Competition
3:00 p.m.: What NOT to Do When Raising Capital
4:00 p.m.: Bootstrapping & Lean Capital Strategies
5:00 p.m.: Announcement of HealthKick Pitch Finalists and Cocktail Reception

1:1 Partnering sessions throughout the day

 

DAY TWO: APRIL 3, 2019

Track 1

7:30 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m.: Welcome & HealthKick Pitch-Off
9:30 a.m.: Multinational Partnering and Corporate Venture Capital Investing
10:30 a.m.: Impact Investing in Health
11:30 a.m.: Why Invest in Canada
12:30 p.m.: Lunch and Announcement of HealthKick Pitch Winner
1:30 p.m.: 1:1 Partnering

Track 2

7:30 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m.: Welcome & HealthKick Pitch-Off
9:30 a.m.: VC’s Raising Too – Pitching is Not Just for Entrepreneurs

10:30 a.m.: After the Close
11:30 a.m.: How the Public Markets Affect Private Health Investing
12:30 p.m.: Lunch and Announcement of HealthKick Pitch Winner
1:30 p.m.: 1:1 Partnering

1:1 Partnering sessions throughout the day

 

More details and speakers will be announced soon! Agenda subject to change

Pitch Competition

This year’s conference will feature the MaRS HealthKick Pitch Competition, which will spotlight and give 15 high-potential health technology companies a chance to compete for one final $25,000 cash and $10,000 in legal services provided by Blakes along with acceptance into their Nitro powered by Blakes (Blakes Nitro) program. The two runners up will receive acceptance into the Blakes Nitro program.

Registration