Growing Canadian Entrepreneurship: Reducing The Start up Failure Rate and Improving Financial Management11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa
One in five startup companies fail within their first five years. A recent study from Intuit Canada found that lack of financial literacy skills is one of the major barriers affecting the success of entrepreneurs. The Startup Canada Financial Literacy Committee was established to provide advice to government officials and entrepreneurs about the severity of the financial literacy gap and aims to undertake private sector-led initiatives to reduce this gap.
Join a seasoned group of panelists to learn about the challenges startups face and how to create more resilient, high-growth companies. This panel discussion features: Commissioner of FCAC, Lucie Tedesco; President of Intuit Canada, Jeff Cates; VP of Corporate Citizenship at Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Cairine Wilson; Chair of the Startup Canada Task Force, Laura O'Blenis; moderated by former BNN Anchor, author of best-selling book Why Mexicans Don't Drink Molson and Startup Canada Board Director Andrea Mandel Campbell; with opening remarks by The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance).
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Director of the Board, Startup Canada
Former BNN Anchor; Author,
Andrea Mandel-Campbell is a veteran business journalist, author, policy entrepreneur and communications specialist who became a founding Board Director of Startup Canada in 2012. Currently she is the Director of Corporate Communications at Kinross Gold Corporation in Toronto. Before that Andrea was a television anchor on CTV’s Business News Network. She hosted SqueezePlay, a primetime current affairs show which focused on business, politics and government policy.
VP of Corporate Citizenship
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Cairine Wilson has been Vice President of members’ services and publisher of the CPA Magazine since April 2013 for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Previously, Ms. Wilson joined the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and had the same title and played the same role within the CICA.
As Vice President Corporate Citizenship, she advocated that CPA Canada become a leader in financial literacy nationally, and develop and implement a program which would make a meaningful contribution to the financial well-being of Canadians.
In 2012, Ms. Wilson developed a unique financial literacy program which combines thought leadership through research and practical publications with a grassroots volunteer outreach program across Canada. Through CPA’s Community Connect volunteer program, it has trained over 9,000 volunteers nationally to go into their communities and deliver free financial education sessions.
In 2014, Ms. Wilson created an annual Financial Literacy Day on Parliament Hill to raise the awareness of Parliamentarians about the issue.
CPA Canada recently became the first non-US entity to be named Organization of the Year in the non-profit sector by the Institute for Financial Literacy.
Ms. Wilson holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services from Queen’s University. She also has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from McGill University and a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Guelph.
Jeff Cates has been General Manager of Intuit Canada ULC since January 2012. Mr. Cates leads Intuit Canada ULC's strategic growth, its go-to-market strategies for its small business and consumer offerings while championing Intuit's ongoing commitment to innovation. He has more than 17 years of experience in business development and management roles, led consumer and enterprise divisions for companies including Hewlett-Packard Canada Co., and Apple Canada Inc. He holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business and degree in Honours Commerce from McMaster University.
Startup Canada Task Force
Laura O’Blenis is the founder of Stiletto Consulting, a national firm focused on the transition and growth of knowledge-based businesses and associations. Since Stiletto’s founding in 2010, Ms. O’Blenis has secured more than $100 million in grants, contracts and funding for Stiletto clients across the country.
Ms. O’Blenis is a registered lobbyist under the Federal Lobbying Act and works on behalf of her clients to manage government relations and contract negotiations. She and her team help bridge the gap between industry, academia and government, specializing in federal and provincial government relations.
Beyond the success of her most recent business venture, Ms. O’Blenis has built an impressive resume in her 18 years of executive experience. An MBA candidate with the University of New Brunswick , she is a founding director of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) Canada, past-Chair of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) CanWIT Atlantic Chapter, a past president of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Fredericton Executive Association.
Most recently, Ms. O’Blenis has become chair of the National Ecosystem Task Force with Startup Canada that brings together research and technology parks, business incubators and accelerators, venture capitalists and angel investors to support entrepreneurs across Canada.
Ms. O’Blenis acts in the capacity as Executive Director for AURP Canada. A founding director of the association in 2007, Ms. O’Blenis was its first treasurer and has been a key member of the executive since its inception, leading all government relations, special projects, and park liaison activities on behalf of the association. O’Blenis is responsible for spearheading the development of the Memorandum of Understanding between AURP Canada and CANARIE, an initiative intended to create greater synergies and opportunities for collaboration between the 1,400 companies in the parks and the academic institutions connected to the CANARIE network.
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Ms. Tedesco was named Commissioner on September 4, 2013 for a term of up to five years. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Tedesco was Deputy Commissioner, a post she has held since June 2008.
A member of the Ontario Bar, Ms. Tedesco is an experienced leader and a Canadian financial institutions' professional, having held roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of law, operations, strategy and leadership with major Canadian financial institutions.
Ms. Tedesco held the position of Vice-President, Strategy & Planning - Insurance Group at Export Development Canada (EDC), where she was responsible for establishing a cohesive vision, mandate and strategy to ensure leading-edge program management and sustainability for EDC's Insurance Group. Prior to this appointment, she was Vice-President, Insurance and Loans Services at EDC, and was responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to teams directly servicing EDC customers in the areas of Claims, Recoveries, Overdue Accounts and Financing. She joined EDC in 2000 and held a variety of challenging management roles until her appointment as Vice-President, Insurance and Loans Services in 2003.
Ms. Tedesco began her career in private practice with Burke-Robertson, Chadwick and Ritchie, Barristers and Solicitors, where she specialized in insurance law. She subsequently held the positions of Counsel (1990-1995 Metropolitan Life); Director, Customer Service and Administration (1995-1998 Metropolitan Life); and Director, Government and Community Relations and Retail Service (1998-2000 Clarica).
Ms. Tedesco holds a Bachelor of Arts (French Literature) and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa.
The Honourable Kevin Sorenson
Minister Of State (Finance)
Government Of Canada
Kevin Sorenson was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
In July 2013, Mr. Sorenson was appointed Minister of State (Finance).
Previously, he has been Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, Chair of the House of Commons Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan, and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
Prior to being elected, Mr. Sorenson owned and operated his family farm and a small auction company.
Mr. Sorenson was born in Killam, Alberta, where he lives with his wife Darlene and their two children.