MaRS Climate Impact is a new conference that unites the cleantech and social-finance communities, as well as big-time players from the ecosystem, to showcase breakthrough solutions — ones that can mitigate climate change and lift the economy. The conference will feature the most promising ideas and companies solving for the transition to net zero, and will give participants a chance to meet the brilliant minds driving climate action on a global scale: entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, finance professionals, academics, journalists and policymakers. November 30, online
In 2018, MaRS and Natural Resources Canada announced the Women in Cleantech Challenge, a three-year national competition that provided six entrepreneurs with unprecedented levels of support, and connected them to some of the top government laboratories, investors, and corporations in the world. At this awards ceremony, hosted by Global News anchor Farah Nasser, MaRS will feature short documentaries on each of the finalists, followed by a panel discussion. The event will conclude with the winner claiming the $1-million grand prize. November 30, online
Exits are unavoidable in any startup ecosystem. But not all exits are created equal. On November 10, the Innovation Economy Council will explore the net benefit for Canada when innovation companies scale … and exit. Two panels will discuss the state of Canada’s tech ecosystem and highlight recent examples. They’ll delve into a range of different outcomes and benefits that can come from M&As, and discuss how these can differ based on whether the acquirer is Canadian or foreign. November 10, online
The best entrepreneurs understand that building successful companies is about bringing together the most diverse teams possible. The QueerTech Qareers Virtual Fair offers ventures and job seekers the opportunity to do just that, connecting the skills of the queer community with employers who believe diversity is the greatest asset. QueerTech will provide participants and partners with a seamless networking experience, matching them with each other based on job sector, skills, interests and other preferences. November 4, online
Looking to make the switch from finance to entrepreneurship but aren’t sure how? Look no further than the next edition of MaRS Mornings featuring Ryan Ferguson, founder and CEO of the A.I. fintech company Riskfuel, who previously spent 17 years as a senior trader and quant at Scotiabank and TD Bank. Ferguson will share his professional journey, discuss the trials and triumphs of trying to run a business, and speak to the challenges of around-the-clock entrepreneurship. November 4, online
Loaded with fresh ideas to help solve today’s biggest challenges in data and information management, OpenText World 2021 is a three-day virtual conference that explores the latest product innovations and market trends in keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive labs, games and more. This event brings together the people and technology needed to master modern work, power modern customer experiences, digitize supply chains, protect from cybersecurity threats and build the API economy. November 16, online
Canadian business leaders looking for opportunities to make their work more impactful and socially-aware should look to this month’s Propelling Purpose Summit. It connects peers and leaders from the social-purpose community and tasks them with the unique challenge of developing plans for Canada’s potential “purpose economy” — one where the business decisions of any type of organization work in tandem with progressive goals. The organizers believe businesspeople now face a once in a lifetime opportunity to create an economy that better serves humanity. November 17, online
Building the best teams and holding onto your best employees is one of the greatest challenges that companies face in this increasingly competitive climate. With the current demand for labour growing and employees quitting their jobs at a record rate, the struggle to attract, mobilize and retain high-performing talent is only going to become more important. At this live broadcast, Plum co-founder and CEO Caitlin MacGregor discusses how companies can leverage technology and analytics to address their talent acquisition and employee retention challenges. November 8, online
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