May 23, 2019

Connect with the vibrant tech community of Toronto

Why Toronto?

As tech startups start leaving the Bay area, Toronto is one of the big winners with billions of dollars of investment from tech giants such as Uber, Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix. Even the Silicon Valley Bank now has an office in Toronto!

So if Toronto is good enough for them, it’s probably good enough for all of us!

Join us to connect with the vibrant community of Toronto, the best-kept secret of Planet Tech!
Day of Inspiring Discussions
Visionary Speakers
Event Participants
Minutes of Networking

LISTEN TO THE Event Speakers

Kareen Rispal

French Ambassador in Canada

Eric Baptiste

CEO @ Socan

Normand Frenette

VP, Strategy & Marketing - Urban Rail Signalling / VP Transformation Delivery - TCTS @ Thales

Phillip Haid

CEO @ Public Inc.

Cynthia Pachovski

VP, Advertiser Direct & Marketing Cloud @ Nielsen Canada

Njara Zafimehy

Founder & CEO @ WhatRocks Foundation

Marc Trouyet

Consul General of France

Katia Houbiguian

CMO Canada @ Microsoft

Maryse Benge

President @ IE alumni

Sébastien Gendron

Co-Founder & CEO @ TransPod

Alex Tapscott

Co-Founder @ Blockchain Research Institute

Dennis Garces

President @ AIE

Paul Allard

Founder & CEO @ Impak Finance

Marc-Antoine Ducas

CEO @ Netlift

Stephen Green

Managing Partner @ Green & Spiegel

Marjorie Malpass

Founder @ Nerve Strategic

Damien Véran

Senior Vice President @ Telaria

Alain Ballu

President Financial Services Canada @ Nissan

Badr El Fekkak

Chief Strategy Officer @ Gram by Gram

Fabrice Grinda

Co-founder @ FJ Labs

Matt Ono

Commercial Central Sales Director @ Check Point Software

Riva Walia

Managing Director @ France Canada Chamber of Commerce - Ontario

Event Program

This world-class business event bridges business ecosystems in France, in the US and in Canada by bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, academics and officials of all nationalities to create new opportunities for investment and economic growth.

1.30 PM

Dennis Garces


1.40 PM

Dennis Garces

Opening remarks by Kareen Rispal, French Ambassador in Canada

2.00 PM

Dennis Garces

Keynote speech by Fabrice Grinda

2.20 PM

Dennis Garces

Panel discussion: “Data, AI, addressable TV advertising, privacy brand purpose: the new challenge of marketing”

3.00 PM

Dennis Garces

Panel discussion: “Car-sharing, driverless cars, hyper speed trains: redefined mobility”

3.35 PM

Dennis Garces

Networking coffee break

4.10 PM

Dennis Garces

Keynote speech by Alex Tapscott

4.30 PM

Dennis Garces

Panel discussion: “Blockchain: from theory to real-life applications”

5.00 PM

Dennis Garces

Startup Tour 2019: Toronto local competition

5.50 PM

Dennis Garces

Jury deliberation and a keynote speech by Riva Walia

6.00 PM

Dennis Garces

Closing remarks by Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France in Toronto

6.05 PM

Dennis Garces

Announcement of the Toronto Finalist

6.15 PM

Dennis Garces

Networking cocktail (cash bar)

9.00 PM

Dennis Garces

End of the event

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REACH US Hotel X Toronto

Hotel X

111 Princes’ Boulevard

Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Entrance at corner of Lakeshore Blvd and Newfoundland Dr.


Tickets info and programme details

Name: Njara Zafimehy

Phone: +1 905 334 1162



Name: Léa Netter

Phone: +1 415 996 8941



Hotel X Toronto has 411 underground parking spots available. The entrance is located on Newfoundland Drive between Princes’ Boulevard and Lakeshore Boulevard. 


Public transportation 

Conveniently located within an 8-minute walk from the hotel, is the Exhibition GO Station and the Exhibition Loop Streetcar 509. 


From Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

If you need any assistance or would like to arrange transportation from Toronto Pearson International Airport, please contact

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About the FrenchFounders team

International and entrepreneurial are in our DNA as we help business leaders to connect and gather within our business club. We know how important and efficient it is to get the right connection at the right moment when growing your business: FrenchFounders makes it happen.