DTE2017 Event Recap

Thank you to everyone for making our inaugural Deep Technology Exchange a success! We hope you enjoyed the 2 full days of keynotes, panel discussions and company pitches from 40+ speakers as well as the deal exchange meetings. For those that missed the conference, check out the highlights below or view the event photos.

The event kicked off with Master of Ceremonies Alex Kjorven (Director of Corporate Development, Purpose Capital) welcoming the crowd in English and Mandarin, and introducing the format for the day. Attendees settled into their seats for Opening Remarks from DTE organizers Jack Jin and Jim Guo, co-presidents of The Beacon Forum, University of Toronto.

The first annual Deep Technology Exchange takes place on May 30-31 at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto.

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Jack Jin and Jim Guo, University of Toronto students and co-presidents of The Beacon Forum.

The Honourable Senator Yuen Pau Woo addressed the crowd with an Official Opening that spoke about the importance of Canadian innovation and the global ecosystem.

Widely recognized as a leading thinker on international economic issues and Canada-Asia relations, Yuen Pau Woo was appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016, and sits as an independent representing British Columbia.


Following the official opening, Derek Luke, CEO of Interaxon (makers of the Muse brain-sensing headband) talks about his extensive experience working with Chinese partners throughout his career in the keynote “Interaxon and The Four Great Classic Novels”.

Derek Luke, CEO of Interaxon talks about how neuroscience is the next technology wave.

Next up is Kerry Liu, CEO of Rubikloud whose keynote “A Canadian Tech Company Winning in China” sheds light on how a strategic investment from Horizon Ventures helped the company grow in Asia.

The third keynote joins DTE from San Francisco – Kevin Lyman, COO of Enlitic gives the crowd a product demo “Applying Deep Learning to Healthcare”, explaining how the company is using deep learning technology to revolutionize the way medical diagnostics are performed by leveraging the collective intelligence of the medical community.

Just before the coffee break we hear the first group of pitching companies: AI Enablers and Enabled Through AI featuring James Shen of Quantum Proof, Cody Shiriff of Serenity Bioworks, Choong Ng of Vertex (a Pool portfolio company) and Dr. Shiva Amiri of BioSymetrics.


After the break is time for the final keynote, Kurtis McBride, CEO of Miovision, a multiple award winning company in smart traffic systems – global success that is most emblematic of the Canadian tech sector.

Emerging directly from the University of Waterloo, Miovision spent its formative years at the Accelerator Center there where Kurtis McBride remains a member of its board of directors.

Now it’s time for the first panel discussion of the day, produced by Synced: How Will AI, Machine Learning and Quantum Computing Shape the Future? featuring research expert, founders, professionals and investors Liwen Zhang, VP of Baidu Ventures, Parham Aarabi, Co-founder and CEO of Modiface and Professor at the University of Toronto, Gavin (Weiguang) Ding, Machine Learning Researcher at RBC Research Institute, Noah Dolgoy, Co-founder and CEO of Tread, Chain Zhang, Co-founding Partner of Synced and Dr. Norbert Lütkenhaus, Co-founder and CTO of evolutionQ. This mega-panel is moderated by Heather Evans, Senior Advisor of Advanced Technologies (AI/Quantum), Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

The second pitching group follows with the theme of AI and Machine Learning in the Enterprise featuring Angelique Mohring of GainX, Rain Takashashi of Jauntin, Noah Dolgoy of Tread (a Pool portfolio company), Mykyta Ponomarenko of DeepPixel and Eric Lifson of Skrumble.


Following the lunch break is the second panel of DTE: AI in Digital Health, moderated by Sally Daub, Co-founding Partner of Pool Global Partners with panelists Dr. Frank Gu, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and Canada Research Chair in Advanced Targeted Delivery Systems, Dr. Dante Morra, Chief of Staff of Trillium Health Partners and Dr. Karen Cross, Co-founder and CEO of Mimosa (a Pool portfolio company).

Sally Daub, Co-founding Partner of Pool Global Partners and distinguished panelists to talk about what roles AI can play in health care in addition to allowing for more accurate and timely treatment.

The next pitching group is Wearables and Cleantech, featuring an eclectic mix of award winning companies throughout Canada: Yvonne van den Berg of Ingu Solutions, Zachary Young of H2nanO, Adam Adelman of The Nex Band, Zachary Lefevre of Meo Electric and Chuang Li of Mirage VR.


After a short coffee break, the audience resumes for one final group of pitching companies in Healthcare: Eva Svoboda of Bionic Memory, Victor Lesau of Cuepath Innovation, and Eric Dolan of Neutun. Unfortunately Robert Kaul, CEO of Cloud DX, was recently admitted to the hospital for an injury he suffered and did not get to present (our thoughts are with him and we very much wish him a speedy recovery).


Wrapping up the pitches, DTE switches gears to offer entrepreneurs and investors some practical advice about Cross-Border Investment Trends in Canada, China and the US. Thought leaders and experts include Ken Su, National Leader, China Business Network at PwC Canada, Mike Woollatt, CEO of the Canadian Venture Capital Association, Jason Wang, President of the Zhongguancun Venture Capital Association and Kris Miks, Partner at Dentons. Moderator Sarah Kutulakos (Executive Director at the Canada China Business Council) sets the context for the audience by asking the panelists about key trends and recent cross-border deals that exemplify the growing need for global innovation funding.

Innovation is becoming increasingly globalized, and the same is happening with sources of funding. Panelists speak about cross-border transaction trends and to get the insider scoop on what it means to be doing business in China.

The final panel of DTE is an all-star lineup of of investors from China and local Chinese venture capital firms who give an Overview of Venture Capital in China. Moderated by Stephen Zhang, Partner of Tri-Lead Capital, the panel features six investors who each represent a unique perspective: Liwen Zhang, VP of Baidu Ventures, Angela Wang, Partner of Micro Capital, Alan Yang, VP of the China Canada Angels Alliance, Giselle Chen, Founding Partner of Ivy Elite Capital, Fengyou Lu, Chairman of Gerpang Healthcare and Xu Zhao, Mentor, Shanghai Zizhu Venture Capital Limited.


The last panel of DTE is conducted in Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation provided via headsets.

Last but not least, Hugh Chow, Co-founding Partner of Pool Global Partners delivers the closing remarks by thanking everyone involved in the first annual Deep Technology Exchange and invites everyone for a round of networking drinks before Day 2 of DTE, where investors, pitching companies and event partners get a chance for roundtable discussions, deal exchange meetings and more intimate networking opportunities. Stay tuned for next year’s DTE!

“I would also like to thank our distinguished guests, our speakers and our panelists, who have taken precious time from their hectic schedule, with many of them having flown all the way from Asia half way around of global, to join us today. And to the start-ups who have pitched, or simply attended, today, I will give you the heaviest of burden among all of us here today…. that is to make our future better! We are counting on you!”


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