Start: September 06, 2018
End: September 07, 2018
CA$24.32 - CA$59.91
619 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5, Canada
Red-carpet-meets champagne-infused panel discussions on disruption ranging from cannabis to blockchain to smart cities to veganism. The Entrepreneurship Society, The Blockchain Society and The Cannabis Society are proud to be partnering with Michelle Romanow (Clearbanc, Dragons Den) and Goldie Management to launch the TIFF Disruptor’s Lounge – attended by Toronto’s most influential disruptors (invite only).
Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The youngest ever entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms Buytopia.ca and SnapSaves (acquired by Groupon), which have saved millions of users hundreds of millions of dollars. Ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list. Her current venture Clearbanc is a leading small business capital provider building a decentralized bond marketplace on the blockchain. Michele is a director on the board of Vail Resorts, Shad Valley, Freshii, League of Innovators and BlockX.
Amanda Alvaro is President of Toronto-based award-winning PR agency, Pomp & Circumstance, the agency she founded in 2015. A serial entrepreneur fuelled by a passion for business, politics and social justice, Amanda is also the founder of Artbound, a Canadian charity responsible for building arts schools and programs in developing nations, and leads on the boards of Rethink Breast Cancer and Canadian Art. Amanda has worked as a strategist for the Liberal Party of Canada and is a weekly political commentator on CBC’s Power and Politics. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as women in business, politics, PR, and entrepreneurship. She was recently named PR in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Michael Bancroft is the co-host of The Feed with Amber Mac and Michael B on SiriusXM, the top trending tech podcast and radio show. He is the co-host and executive producer of the globally distributed television show Beyond Innovation that uncovers the world’s new and emerging technologies changing the way we live and do business. Michael was also an executive producer for Bloomberg TV, overseeing all programming in Canada. He has worked for leading broadcast networks including CBS, CNBC, ABC, BNN and Network Ten. Michael has worked with and reported on leaders in the field of business, technology, politics, and entertainment. He has a Postgraduate Degree in Journalism from UCLA and an MBA in Finance from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Genevieve Roch-Decte is the founder & CEO of Grit Capital a capital market advisory firm started in 2016. Prior to that, from 2008 to 2016, Genevieve was a Portfolio Manager and Analyst for LDIC Inc., a $600M asset management company based in Toronto. For 7 years she ran the Redwood Global Small Cap Fund – which was the best performing small cap fund in Canada in 2009, 2010 and 2014 as ranked by Globe Funds. Genevieve attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education for Private Equity & Venture Capital in 2016. She has an honors bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Economics from McMaster University. Genevieve is currently a founding member of the Institute for Blockchain Innovation (IBI) with leaders from Indiegogo, Finova, 500 Startups, & Ausum Ventures. She is a SheO Activator and a member of the CFA Society. Genevieve has appeared on numerous times on BNN as well as featured in the Globe & Mail and National Post.
Tanya Sardana is a marketer, entrepreneur and communications specialist with work experience at Globalive Capital, L’Oreal Canada, Bell Media, Starbucks, Massimo Dutti, Ensuite Media, all the way to her own 19,000+ engaged followers on her personal Instagra. She led public and investor relations for Globalive Capital during its public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange in June 2018. She was a ‘Digital Specialist’ at L’Oreal Canada, hired straight out of McGill University to work on e-commerce and digital marketing strategies for 4 global brands, as well as spearhead the launch of a new app targeted to improve sales communication with beauty retailers including Sephora. She has also previously launched two technology startups in the machine intelligence and retail e-commerce domains whilst a student and been recognized by global VC’s. She has been an associate for world-renowned Professor Henry Mintzberg, and produced Professor Karl Moore’s ‘The CEO Series’ for Bell Media, as well as graduated magna cum laude in 2016. Tanya is currently building her own social media analytics startup.
**Tickets for the TIFF Disruptor’s Lounge are non-refundable. Please note that September 6 & 7 ticket holders are guaranteed access between 5:00PM and 7:00PM, September 8 ticket holders are guaranteed access between 1:00pm and 3:30pm.