Marcel LeBrun: The 5 keys to scaling your startup from $1M — $10M @ Wu Conference Centre Tickets
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Marcel LeBrun: The 5 keys to scaling your startup from $1M — $10M @ Wu Conference Centre

Join us at the BMO Financial Group Apex Business Plan Competition for guest speaker Marcel LeBrun, who will be speaking on the 5 keys to scaling your startup from $1M — $10M.

LeBrun recently joined the Real team as Venture Partner in 2018. Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, he loves working against the idea that you have to be in a certain place to build a globally successful tech company. His entrepreneurial background includes co-founding two startups, leading a NASDAQ/TSX IPO, and six acquisitions. Most recently, he was SVP & GM of Marketing Cloud at Salesforce.com, prior to which he was CEO of Radian6, where he led the $326M acquisition by Salesforce.com — the CVCA Deal of the Year in 2011.

Date: Thursday, January 24th at 12:00 p.m. Noon

Location: Wu Conference Centre

For more information, please contact Jennifer Waye, International Business and Entrepreneurship Centre: apex@unb.ca or (506) 453-4557.

Apex Panel: Venture Capital & Angel Investing @ Wu Conference Centre Tickets
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Apex Panel: Venture Capital & Angel Investing @ Wu Conference Centre

Join us for lunch during the BMO Financial Group Apex Business Plan Competition! Apex will be hosting a panel on Venture Capital & Angel Investing. Panelists include David Alston, Jeff White and Peter Clark, and the discussion will take place at the UNB Wu Conference Centre on January 25th at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

Date: Thursday, January 25th at 12:00 p.m. Noon

Location: Wu Conference Centre

For more information, please contact Jennifer Waye, International Business and Entrepreneurship Centre: apex@unb.ca or (506) 453-4557.

The Panel:

David Alston is a repeat tech and marketing startup entrepreneur, the Chief Entrepreneur in Residence for the New Brunswick Government, cofounder of Brilliant Labs, volunteer advisor to NB’s Strategic Program Review, KIRA Award’s Industry Champion for 2015, a Forbes top 50 CMO in social media, co-winner of a 2014 EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Atlantic Canada, 2015 winner of Entrepreneur of the Year and co-winner of Enterprise Promotion for the Atlantic Region from Startup Canada, winner of the Greater Saint John Community Foundation’s 2018 Community Service Award, an advisor to many startups in the Atlantic region, Radian6’s former CMO and Salesforce.com‘s former Marketing Cloud Chief Adoption Officer. David is the co-chair of LivingSJ, a movement to support and create a path for all those living in poverty in his home city, a member of BCAPI and is a board member with his regional United Way. David has been involved recently with two social impact documentaries, Code Kids, which followed the journey to get coding back in the classroom, and The Millennial Dream, a documentary questioning whether the values of “The American Dream” have now been replaced by those more aligned with the passions of the Millennial generation. David is also a mentor at NomadicMentors.com where he has keynoted and advised close to 50 startups in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Greece. David, his wife, Mary-Gwen, and team have recently opened a new treetop aerial adventure park in Dominion Park called TimberTop Adventures, one of the largest of its kind in Canada. You can connect with him on Twitter @davidalston.

Jeff White is the CEO of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. He was a foundational member of New Brunswick startups that put the province on the world stage, serving as chief financial officer at both Radian6 and Q1 Labs. These companies were acquired by Salesforce and IBM, respectively. At East Valley Ventures, White mentored many of New Brunswick’s recent startups and scale-ups including SmartSkin, Alongside, Beauceron, Eigen and Resson, among others. He also served as interim chief financial officer for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, one of five clusters across Canada. The Ocean Superclusters is a major industry-led initiative, supported by the Government of Canada, focused on building on Canada’s ocean-related research capacity, business activity and technology expertise.

Peter Clark is the Director of Pelorus Venture Capital Limited, with over 20 years of experience in private company investing, corporate development, transaction execution and business planning with public and private companies in Canada and the United States. Peter also serves as President & CEO of GrowthWorks Atlantic Limited.Peter has served on the board of directors of 10 early stage technology companies including Smart Skin Technologies, Introhive and Multicorpora.

Prior to his role as a venture capital investment professional, Peter served as VP Finance and Corporate Development with Xplornet, Inc., Canada’s leading wireless broadband Internet service provider, and VP Corporate Development with TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a NASDAQ listed provider of outsourced customer management services. Also, Peter served as Vice President and Treasurer for Covad International, a subsidiary of the largest independent DSL wholesaler in the United States.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

He is the President of the Endowment Board of the Fredericton YMCA and a member of the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Marine Science Center. Peter formerly served as Chair of the Fredericton Community Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fredericton Playhouse Inc.

Founders’ Café @ Venn Centre Tickets
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Founders' Café @ Venn Centre | Moncton | New Brunswick | Canada

Welcome to the Founders’ Café! Entrepreneurs leveraging technology in their business or building technology for others can come meet with founders and mentors to talk about their ideas and challenges in a casual environment focused on problem solving. The Founders’ Café will take place during the afternoon of January 25th (3-6pm) at the Venn Centre.


Des entrepreneurs qui utilisent la technologie dans leur entreprise ou qui construisent la technologie pour leurs clients – bienvenus au Café Fondateurs! Venez rencontrer des fondateurs et des mentors et parler de vos idées et de vos défis dans un environnement relaxe. Le  Café aura lieu l’après-midi du 25 janvier (15 h – 18 h) au Centre Venn.

How to Franchise Your Business – NB, NS, PEI @ Venn Centre Tickets
Feb 4 @ 8:30 am – Feb 8 @ 9:30 am
How to Franchise Your Business - NB, NS, PEI @ Venn Centre

Join McInnes Cooper Partner, Michael Melvin, and Northern Lights Consultants‘ Perry Maisonneuve, in a city near you as they tour the Maritime’s presenting their seminar “How to Franchise Your Business.This seminar is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the “ins” and “outs” of starting and building a franchise system.



Michael Melvin is a leading franchise lawyer in Canada and regularly advises both franchisors and franchisees on all aspects of franchise law, including the establishment of new franchise systems and compliance with Canadian franchise disclosure laws. Perry Maisonneuve’s franchise industry expertise has been utilized by franchisors at all levels of maturity and from a broad range of industries, and includes international franchise consulting.



The seminar is free to attend. Space is limited.


RSVP to save your seat.


When: Monday, February 4th, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. AST

Where: Planet Hatch, Fredericton, NB



When: Monday, February 4th, 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m. AST

Where: Connexion Works, Saint John, NB



When: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. AST

Where: Venn Innovation Centre, Moncton, NB



When: Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. AST

Where: Volta, Halifax, NS



When: Friday, February 8th, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. AST

Where: Atlantic Technology Centre, Charlottetown, PE


Make Strategic Decisions With Confidence – Competitive Intelligence Training (NB) @ Venn Centre Tickets
Feb 4 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

As a business leader, you’re bombarded by an array of issues and questions, all of which could be critical to your success.

And the ever-growing amount of data available to help you make decisions doesn’t necessarily make things easier.

How do you see through the issues and information so you can focus strategically on what will really make a difference to your organization?


Our month-long Competitive Intelligence training, led by world expert Dr. Jonathan Calof , will teach you the best practices that will enable you to make strategic decisions with confidence. Find out more here.


This training is supported by ACOA.