Growth and Disruption: Bringing Canadian Innovation Leaders to Silicon Valley
Since its inception, The C100 has been the voice of the Canadian Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and its programs have connected more than 275 startups to funding and resources in the Bay Area. Large companies have begun to harness the innovative forces to stay competitive in the fast-changing global landscape. It is with this backdrop that we welcome some of Canada’s largest, most established companies to join a group of the country’s hottest startups at the C100’s first-of-its-kind CEO Growth and Innovation Summit.
Using Silicon Valley as the stage, we have invited some of its most prominent players to lead us in an Innovation and Disruption Summit on Wednesday, September 17 at the Rosewood Hotel and Resort. Dynamic business leaders will lead us in a wide range of discussion topics from the internet of things, to the future of money, to business opportunities in space. In addition, we understand that nothing is done in a vacuum and expect that many new friendships and business relationships will be formed during both the scheduled and unscheduled networking time. Wednesday speakers include Dr. Bob Richards, Co-founder & CEO at Moon Express, author and startup advisor; Ira Ehrenpreis, General Partner at Technology Partners and Tesla Board Director; Walter De Brouwer, Co-founder & CEO at Scanadu; Dr. Daniel Kraft, Physician-Scientist; Norman Winarsky, Vice President, SRI Ventures; and many others.
On Thursday, September 18, the Summit has a dedicated program for emerging CEOs. We will provide take-home strategies for mergers and acquisitions and IPO Readiness. During exclusive fireside chats with C100 Charter Members and Silicon Valley veterans, CEOs will also get an inside look on how to scale fast-growing technology companies, while positioning them for success. Speakers include Richard Frankel, CEO at Rocket Fuel, Mike Dinsdale, CFO at DocuSign, Gary Johnson, Director of Corporate Development at Facebook, Margaret Wheeler, Chief People and Culture Officer at Stitch Fix, Katherine Barr, Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, Lars Leckie, Partner at Hummer Winblad and Yen Lee, SVP of Corporate Development at Ebates.
The C100 is extremely excited to spend this week with an impressive lineup of Canadian business leaders. We look forward to welcoming all of the attendees to the C100 CEO Summit.
Scott Bonham is a founding partner of GGV Capital and has been instrumental in helping the firm’s portfolio companies navigate technology and marketing hurdles in China and the U.S. for more than a decade. Prior to co-founding GGV, Scott was a vice president at Capital Group Companies where he invested in technology companies across 10 mutual funds. Scott also spent four years at Silicon Graphics in various marketing roles and started his career as a systems engineer and maintenance foreman at a General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario. He earned a B.Sc. in E.E. (Dean’s List) from Queen's University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Outside of GGV, Scott has been active in promoting innovation and business in Canada through his work as the co-chair of the C100, board director for Magna International, and founder of The Fueling Station: a 100,000 sq ft collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs in Toronto’s Liberty Village.