Mar
10
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SXSW - Canada's Tech Revolution: A Conversation w/Canadian Start-up Cities
Invest in Canada Panel  Canada’s Tech Revolution. A Conversation with Canadian Start-up Cities. Come learn from Canadian start-up city l...
Canada House @ Bungalow
92 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701
Free Event
Registration Encouraged
Sunday, March 10
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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About this event

Invest in Canada Panel 

Canada’s Tech Revolution. A Conversation with Canadian Start-up Cities.


Come learn from Canadian start-up city leaders on why high quality available talent, a supportive innovation ecosystem, low business costs, and attractive R&D incentives, is leading to a Canadian Tech Revolution.

PANELISTS:

Vancouver Economic Commission, Executive Director Media + Entertainment – Nancy Basi

Toronto Mayor - John Tory 

Vice-Mayor of Montréal, Responsible for Economic and Commercial Development, and Government Relations - Robert Beaudry

Moderator: Consulate General of Canada in Dallas, Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner - Dina Santos

Partners: Telefilm Canada, Tourism Vancouver, Vancouver Economic Commission, City of Toronto, and City of Montreal

Stay afterward for The Rise of the Vancouver AR/VR Ecosystem at Canada House.

No SXSW Badge Required.  


PANELIST BIOS:

Toronto Mayor John Tory 

Since being elected as the 65th Mayor Of Toronto in 2014, John Tory has been focused on ensuring Toronto remains a livable and affordable city, leading City Council in passing successive budgets that kept taxes at or below the rate of inflation while investing in priority services including housing, parks and student nutrition. He has worked to make the city government more modern and effective, to deliver better services at a more competitive price, and to be more open and accountable to the public.

Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his career giving back to the city he loves working with organizations like the United Way, St. Michael’s Hospital and Civic Action. In office, he has been a constant champion for Toronto, securing billions of dollars from the provincial and federal governments for transit, housing and other vital infrastructure. He uses his experience leading organizations and businesses to promote Toronto on the world stage, attract jobs and investment, and secure the city’s future as a global capital.

Mayor Tory began his career practicing law in Toronto, and he was later elected as a managing partner of one of Canada’s biggest law firms. In the 1980s he served as Principal Secretary to Premier Bill Davis and as Associate Secretary of the Ontario Cabinet. He has served as Commissioner of the Canadian Football League and as CEO of Rogers, one of the country’s largest cable companies. His time in politics dates back to 2004 when he was chosen to lead the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, later serving as Leader of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park.

Montreal City Councillor & Member Executive Committee of Economic Development & Trade - Robert Beaudry

Robert Beaudry has been working for nearly 15 years in the social development community in downtown Montreal. He has held many important positions in organizations working on the employability of people experiencing homelessness. Prior to being elected City Councilor for the District of Saint-Jacques, he directed for two years the SSP on the street that helps seniors in homeless or very precarious situations. An excellent manager, he has led major community investment projects in partnership with various organizations, institutions, levels of government and private businesses. Passionate about culture and community development, Robert has won several awards, including the Municipal Merit in 2012 and the co-personality of the week La Presse-Radio-Canada in 2013. He has also sat on many committees and boards of directors. In addition to acting as City Councilor he is: Responsible for economic and commercial development within the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal and Government Relations Officer on the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal

Vancouver Economic Commission, Executive Director Media + Entertainment – Nancy Basi

As Executive Director of Media + Entertainment for the Vancouver Economic Commission, Nancy works strategically to grow and support the digital entertainment and interactive industry ecosystem for the City of Vancouver and regional areas. Included in her portfolio are VFX and animation, post production, games, esports and virtual/ augmented reality. Additionally, Nancy promotes the City of Vancouver as a world-class destination for trade and investment and a city where industry talent can thrive in the screen-based entertainment sector. With her move to VEC, Nancy brought with her, 20 years of experience in the film, television and commercial industry in both physical production, visual effects and animation.

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