As part of Venture for Canada's BDC Canadian Scale-Up Speaker Series, come join us for a conversation with Annette Verschuren. The event with be moderated by Sarah Efron, Editor, Report on Small Business, The Globe and Mail.
The Feel: Relaxed, casual, and conversational
The Structure: There is a reception with light food and drink to start, followed by an interview between Sarah Efron and Annette Verschuren and then questions from the audience.
The Audience: The audience includes Venture for Canada Fellows, Venture for Canada partner startups, and members of Toronto's tech community.
Ms. Verschuren is Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an energy storage development company. Formerly she was president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, overseeing its growth from 19 to 179 stores (1996-2011) and entry into China, and president and co-owner of Michaels of Canada, the country’s largest chain of arts and crafts stores. Ms. Verschuren began her career with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation in Nova Scotia.
Ms. Verschuren holds board positions with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Air Canada, Saputo, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH) and the Rideau Hall Foundation. She chaired the Federal Government’s Expert Panel for the Venture Capital Action Plan. She is Chancellor of Cape Breton University, and led the fundraising efforts for the University’s new Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (VCSEE).
Ms. Verschuren was appointed as an Officer of The Order of Canada (2011) for her contribution to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility. She was honoured by the Public Policy Forum in 2014.
Ms. Verschuren holds six honorary doctorate degrees including St Francis Xavier University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Annette Verschuren recently wrote a business book “Bet On Me, Leading and Succeeding in Business and in Life” published by Harper Collins in April 2016
*Please note that complimentary food and refreshments will be provided to attendees.