Quebec City International Business Growth Forum - Schedule+Registration | CCIQ

Share the challenges of business growth with entrepreneurs from around the world


July 5

July 6

July 7



Tuesday, July 6


10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Participant registration

From 6:00 pm

Opening cocktail reception

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Wednesday, July 6


7:30 am to 8:30 am

Participant registration

8:30 am to 9 am

Opening address

9:00 am to 10:30 am

The keys to fostering good growth

As part of a series of studies on the growth of small and medium-sized businesses conducted by Deloitte, Louis Duhamel will address the numerous aspects of this important issue, including the types of growth, methods and main points to consider, risk assessment and much more. It will be an ideal opportunity to learn how to evaluate the challenges and opportunities for business growth because, regardless of the company’s sector, size and structure, every business must grow and progress.

Guest speaker: Louis Duhamel, Strategic Advisor, Growing Companies, Deloitte

[In French - Simultaneous translation from English to French will be available]

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Coffee break

10:45 am to noon

Case studies and interactive workshops [your choice]


This theme will highlight 3 presentations of effective ecosystems that have contributed to the accelerated growth of companies in their fields. Examples that are sure to inspire entrepreneurs!

1. The Kauffman Foundation Model (United States)

Established in 1966, the Kauffman Foundation is a true pioneer of entrepreneurial development. It manages an asset base of approximately USD 2 billion. It has set up several signature entrepreneurial programs, including FastTrac, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and Global Entrepreneurship Week, as well as the website.

Guest speaker: Dane Stangler, Vice President, Research and Policy, Kauffman Foundation 

[In English]

2. The Waterloo Accelerator Centre network model (Canada) 

The Accelerator Centre (AC) is a network of facilities dedicated to developing and commercializing technology startups, helping entrepreneurs accelerate their time to market and attract customers and investment, and drive revenue.

Guest speaker: Dr Paul A. Salvini, Chief Executive Officer, Accelerator Centre from Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc.

[In English]

3. A comparison: 2 start-up incubation and acceleration models (Canada and Brazil)

On the one hand, the Startup Farm in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On the other, LE CAMP in the City of Québec. A comparison of their contributions to their communities.

Guest speakers: Allan Leite, Executive Director, Startup Farm and Isabelle Genest, Executive Director, LE CAMP

[In English] 

Noon to 1:30 pm


Passed hors-d’oeuvres will be served to allow participants to network and share ideas.

1:30 pm to 3 pm

Reach the top: a review of the foundations of future success

This panel will be facilitated by Catherine Clark, moderator, speaker, and President of Catherine Clark Communications Inc., and a recipient of one of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Forty Under 40 awards. It will spotlight entrepreneurs who experienced accelerated growth over the past few years as well as the key components of their success.

With Albert Dang-Vu, Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Mirego, Nicolas Chrétien, Chief Executive Officer and founder, Crakmedia, Hugo St-Laurent, Chief Executive Officer, SiliCycle, and Patrice Gilbert, Executive Director, PetalMD.

3 pm to 3:15 pm

Coffee break

3:15 pm to 5 pm

Case studies and interactive workshops [your choice]


The 3 workshops will use discussion panels of experienced entrepreneurs to address various challenges facing the growth of SMBs, i.e., their management, financing, and goals.

1. Financing growth: keeping your overall vision in mind

How do I access venture capital? What type of financing should I prioritize? How can I secure my assets? These are some of the many questions that need to be asked to plan the growth of your business, questions that will be answered by our guest speakers as they share their experiences.

With Thierry Dumas, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary, Opsens and Éric Bergeron, Chief Executive Officer, Flyscan.

[In French]

2. Growing locally or internationally: success stories

The realities of local and international markets require a growth strategy tailored to the needs of these markets. How can the potential of each market be evaluated and what are the steps that must be taken to grow successfully at home and abroad? Our guest speakers will address the various issues that must be taken into consideration in order to ensure sustained growth.

With Mr. David Sehyeon Baek, Director of Public Relations, Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (South Korea) and Martin Thériault, President and CEO, Eddyfi.

[In English]

3. Managing growth: controlling all aspects

The growth of businesses hinges on a number of factors that should not be underestimated, ranging from profitability and growth indicators to social responsibility and the management of human resources. These are some of the aspects that must be rapidly integrated into your growth plan.

With Louis Roy, President of Optel Group, parent company of Optel Vision and Patrice Allibert, Chief Executive Officer, GenePoc

[In French]

7 pm to 10 pm

VIP evening – Setting your sights on growth

Presented by Investissement Québec

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Thursday, July 7

8:30 am to 10:00 am

Sustaining hypergrowth: making the step from creator to leader

This co-development session will be facilitated by Michel Coster, professor of entrepreneurship and director of the EMLYON incubator.

A veritable socioeconomic phenomenon, over the years entrepreneurship has become a credible and exciting professional alternative for many young people. An appealing career option, one synonymous with creation and autonomy, becoming an entrepreneur is an idea that is attracting more and more young people, in particular because of the support they receive from their local communities and prestigious universities for starting up their project.

Guest entrepreneurs: Gregory Giovannone, President and Co-Founder, PermiGo and Maxime Nory, President and Co-Founder, Simplifia and Johanne Devin, Chief Executive Officer,, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Québec City Chamber of Commerce

[In French - Simultaneous translation from English to French will be available]

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Coffee break

10:15 am to 11:15 am

Plenary session

Summary of Day 1 of the Forum and conclusions of the morning’s co-development session

10:15 am to 11:15 am


Passed hors-d’oeuvres will be served to allow participants to network and share ideas.

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