Forthlane Fridays

Children and Education

SESSION 19: DISRUPTING EDUCATION: HOW, WHEN AND WHY?

We were joined by Ray Girn from Higher Ground Education and Dwayne Matthews from TomorrowNow Learning Labs for an exciting discussion covering the disruption of education (read full bios). Our guests covered many topics, including: barriers to change, the importance of shifting our education model towards the future, impact of COVID-19, the future of work, and opportunities in education.

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Session 16: The Future of education

We were joined by James Tieng (Managing Partner & Co-Founder) and Rohan Wadhwa (Vice President) from Lumos Capital Group, Shawn Young, CEO & Co-Founder of Classcraft, and Shaily Baranwal, CEO & Founder of Elevate K-12 (read full bios). This session focused on the future of education with a specific outlook on gaming as an educational tool, online learning, and investment perspectives for the sector.

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Session 2: Children’s experiences during Covid-19

Dr. Jillian Roberts – Renowned child psychologist and co-founder of FamilySparks and Carly Dougherty – founder of Prep Academy Tutors, joined us for an interactive discussion on child psychology and education during the (read full bios). Our guests covered topics including how to support children, ways to continue education and embrace the increased time with children.

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Health and Wellness

SESSION 35: OPTIMIZING AND REVOLUTIONIZING BRAIN HEALTH – ADVANCES IN RESEARCH AND TREATMENT

We were joined by Lynn Posluns, Founder & President of Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Dr. Amy Kruse, Biologist & Partner at Prime Movers Lab, Brian Bloom, Co-Founder & CEO of Bloom Burton & CO, and Dr. Tim Cook, Chief Medical Officer at ReGen Scientific (read full bios). This discussion covered innovations in research and treatment, the impact of COVID-19 on brain health, and practical tools people can implement.

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SESSION 32: ADVANCES IN FERTILITY: MEDICAL INNOVATIONS, LEGAL CHALLENGES AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

We were joined by Dr. Dan Nayot, Medical Director of The Fertility Partners, Sara Cohen, LL.B., Owner of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP, and Dr. Albert Yuzpe, Co-Founder of Olive Fertility Centre and Chief Medical Officer at The Fertility Partners (read full guest bios). This discussion covered trends, legal differences between Canada and other countries, and things investors should consider.

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SESSION 25: MAXIMIZING LONGEVITY: IS THE HEALTHCARE PARADIGM ALREADY HERE?

We were joined by: Dave Asprey, Founder of Bulletproof Coffee, Dr. Fred Hui, Integrative Medicine Physician, Kathleen McDonald, Founder of Precision Health Centre, and Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, Chief Science Officer of The DNA Company (read full guest bios here). This conversation covered genomics and DNA, what people can be doing to maximize their longevity, and why a personalized healthcare approach matters.

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SESSION 15: ELDERCARE: PLANNING, CARING AND LIVING WELL

We were joined by Dr. Samir Sinha and Marianne Surmann for an emotive discussion on our responsibilities as a community and as a society to care for our elder community. Dr. Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and University Health Network, and Marianne Surmann is the Director of Corporate Solutions at Cleveland Clinic Canada (read full bios).

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SESSION 11: WELLNESS AWAKENINGS – BALANCING HIGH PERFORMANCE WITH SELF-CARE

This session was an authentic and personal discussion on balancing high performance with self-care. We were joined by Jason Tafler, the Founder and CEO of Unyte, Nichol Bradford, the Founder & CEO of Willow Group, and Anthony Di Iorio, Founder & CEO of Decentral (read full bios). Our panelists shared personal stories of their search for balance and awareness, reminding us of the power of vulnerability.

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SESSION 6: MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19

We were joined by three experts on Addiction and Mental Health: Andrew Galloway from Access Recovery; Dr. Sidney Kennedy, a psychiatry professor at University of Toronto; and Eric Windeler, founder and Executive Director of Jack.org (read full bios). Our guests covered the following topics: How can we best support family members, friends and colleagues who might be struggling with mental health or addiction issues? How does someone get help? What services and resources are available currently? How has the delivery of mental healthcare changed in response to COVID-19? What are the long-term implications of this pandemic on the mental health sector?

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Hospitality and Entertainment

SESSION 31: ESPORTS AND GAMING – MARKET GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITIES

We were joined by Jarel Cockburn, VP, Strategy of the Athlete Institute; Mike Cotton, CEO of Rumble Gaming and President & COO of Wondr Gaming; and Neil Duffy, Chief Risk Officer of eFuse (read full bios). Our guests spoke about revenue generation in esports, how it is different than traditional sports, and industry growth.

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SESSION 14: THE FUTURE OF GOURMET FOOD, WINE, AND FINE DINING

We were joined by Celebrity Chef and Owner of The McEwan Group with grocery stores and restaurants across Ontario, Mark McEwan; Senior Advisor at Origin Merchant Partners with a special interest in supermarkets and food systems, Perry Caicco; CEO of Sokolin LLC luxury retailer and marketer of rare and fine wines globally, David Smydo (read full bios). This session covered things from the future of restaurants and dining experiences to the supply and demand of fine wine.

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SESSION 9: THE FUTURE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

We were excited to be joined by three all-star experts to discuss the Future of Food and Agriculture: Gabrielle “Ellie” Rubenstein is the Co-Founder and CEO of Manna Tree Partners, an investment firm committed to revolutionizing the food supply chain. Tyler Lorenzen is the President and CEO of PURIS Proteins, a producer of non-GMO plant-based ingredients made from soy. Joelle Faulkner is the President and CEO of Area One Farms, a farmer-centric alternative asset management firm (read full bios). The session focused on the future of farming, agriculture, and protein alternatives from both an investment and consumption perspective.

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SESSION 8: THE FUTURE OF SPORTS

We were thrilled to have four fantastic guests join us for a roundtable on the future of sports: David Beeston is the EVP & Chief Strategy Officer of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management; Jesse Tipping is the Co-Founder of the Athlete Institute and Orangeville Prep, the premier high school basketball powerhouse in Canada; Ben Cowan-Dewar is the visionary behind Cabot Links, one of the most respected golf resort companies in the world; and Chris Overholt, the President and CEO of OverActive Media (read full bios here). Our guests covered many topics, including: What is involved in opening up pro sports again? What are the long-term impacts regarding sports as an investment? Which sports come out of this in better shape? How will youth sports be impacted? Do youth sports become less important, less competitive…or more?

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SESSION 7: THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL, COMMUNITY, AND EXPERIENCE CREATION

We were joined by Zita Cobb, Founder of the world renowned Fogo Island Inn and Shorefast, a social enterprise focused on building economic and cultural resilience on Fogo Island, as well as Anton Vidgen, Director of Brand Experience at Air Canada (read full bios) to talk about the future of travel and tourism, emerging opportunities, and the importance of community and creating unique experiences in a post COVID-19 world.

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Innovation and Impact

SESSION 40: THE FUTURE OF GIVING: INNOVATION IN FUNDRAISING

We were joined by Anne Connelly (Faculty, Questrom School of Business), Stacey Kline (CEO, Otto Intelligence), Colin Hennigar (VP, Major Gifts, SickKids Foundation), and Maria O’Reilly (General Manager, Upside Foundation) for a conversation on innovation in fundraising (read full bios). This discussion revolved around the current philanthropy landscape and changes due to COVID-19, venture philanthropy, equity pledging, alternative currencies, and innovation. Password for Link: R^=1fr*$

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SESSION 39: CANADIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO A CASHLESS SOCIETY

We were joined by Alfred Menezes (Author and Professor at University of Waterloo), Sherry Shannon-Vanstone (President & CEO of Profound Impact), and John Loeprich (EVP, CFO & Director at 3iQ Corp) for a discussion on the Canadian contributions to a cashless society (read full bios). The panelists covered de-centralization, cryptography, real world applications, and cryptocurrency as the reserve currency of the world.

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SESSION 38: INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE: AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND WATER IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

We were joined by Tyson Birchall (Managing Director at Longbow Capital), Nicole Atchison (CEO of Puris Holdings), and Nat Bullard (Chief Content Officer at BloombergNEF) for a discussion on the agriculture, energy, and water landscape (read full bios). The panelists covered investible topics, consumer preferences, and innovations that excite them the most.

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SESSION 34: MAXIMIZING SOCIAL IMPACT THROUGH INVESTING AND/OR PHILANTHROPY

We were joined by Natalie Cargill (Founder & CEO of Longview Philanthropy), Justin Rockefeller (Co-Founder of ImPact and Global Director of Addepar), Ben Gallacher (Co-Founder & Principal of Blue Deer Capital), and Mehul Bhagat (Founder of World Within Partners) for a discussion on maximizing social impact (read full bios). This conversation revolved around what the market solves and what it does not, next generation involvement, sourcing impact investments and philanthropic engagements, and the democratization of philanthropy.

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SESSION 27: FEMALE WEALTH INHERITORS: COMPLEXITIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS

We were joined by Michelle Osry, Partner & Practice Leader, Family Enterprise Consulting, Deloitte Consulting; Ella Chase Hyland, Co-Founder of Wellth Works; Michele Mikeska, Researcher, Doctoral Candidate, Wealth Psychology Consultant; Dr. Dennis Jeffe, Family Advisor, Author, and Member, Wise Counsel Research; and Lisa Wolverton, President of Wolverton Foundation (read full guest bios here). Our guests discussed challenges and opportunities female wealth inheritors face, economically diverse relationships, and community.

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SESSION 26: PERSONAL AND CYBER SECURITY

We were joined by Steve Davies, VP, Risk Mitigation Services, and Ernie Naran, Technical Operations Director of Focus One Group (read full guest bios here. Our panelists discussed the importance of personal security and gave practical tips on how to protect yourself and loved ones from cyber threats.

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SESSION 24: THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY – RETHINKING THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

We were joined by Michael Smith, General Partner of Regeneration.VC, and Dave Sorbara, Founder of Signal Creative Community (read full guest bios here). Our guests provided examples of the circular economy, spoke about COVID-19’s impact, and discussed trends to be aware of. This session covered why the circular economy is important and its impact on individuals lives.

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SESSION 22: COMMERCIALIZING BREAKTHROUGH SCIENTIFIC STARTUPS

We were joined by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Chairman & CEO of Harper & Associates Consulting, Dakin Sloss and Suzanne Fletcher from Prime Movers Lab, and Sherry Shannon-Vanstone from Profound Impact (read full guest bios here). Our discussion focused on understanding the logistics of commercialization, the trends to be aware of, and how to evaluate opportunities and challenges.

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SESSION 21: RENEWABLE ENERGY 101 – DEMOCRATIZING CLEAN ENERGY AND SUPPORTING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES THROUGH INVESTMENT

Our guests, Mehul Bhagat, Founder & Partner of World Within Labs, and Manish Nayar, Founder & CEO of OYA Ventures, covered Renewable Energy 101 (read full guest bios here). Topics included why climate change is important and if we can make a real impact, the renewable energy sector and how Canada can be a main player, and what community solar is.

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SESSION 12: THE CANADIAN TECH ECOSYSTEM

Canada’s growing role in the global tech scene is undeniable, particularly in the tech hubs of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. We were joined by: Alex Norman, Partner at N49P, Co-Founder of TechTorotno & Canadian Partner at AngelList; Eva Lau, Founding Partner of Two Small Fish Ventures; John Ruffolo, Founder of OMERS Ventures & Co-Founder, Council of Canadian Innovators; Randall Howard, General Partner of VERDEXUS (read full bios).

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Investment and Finance

SESSION 37: THE NEW SPACE ECONOMY – OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENT

We were joined by Andrea Yip, the Founder & CEO of Luna Design and Innovation, Jim Cantrell, Co-Founder & CEO of Phantom Space, and Anton Brevde, Partner at Prime Movers Lab (read full bios). This discussion covered the space landscape, considerations for investing, innovations and trends, and environmental implications of space.

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SESSION 36: THE EVOLUTION OF CRYPTOCURRENCY AND ITS OPPORTUNITIES

We were joined by Brian Mosoff, the CEO of Ether Capital (read full bios). This discussion covered the cryptocurrency landscape, the value behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the regulation space, and cryptocurrency from an allocation perspective.

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SESSION 30: INNOVATION IN GROWTH INVESTING

We were joined by Ray Sharma, the Founder and CEO of Extreme Venture Partners (read full bios). This discussion covered trends in innovation investing, an analysis of recent IPOs, and the Canadian landscape.

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SESSION 29: MONETIZING YOUR COLLECTION: THE EVOLUTION OF INVESTING IN ART

We were joined by Adam Chinn, former COO, Sotheby’s, and Nigel Glenday, CFO, Masterworks (read full bios). This session discussed categorizations in the art market, access to data, monetizing personal collections, and why investors should pay attention to it.

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SESSION 28: PENSION PLAN INNOVATORS

We were joined by Robert Bertram, former EVP, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Leo de Bever, former CEO, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (read full bios). This session covered the governance of the Canadian pension plan, investment strategies, and innovations in the space.

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SESSION 20: ALTERNATIVE CURRENCIES

Our guests, Maggie Xu, the co-founder of Axis DeFi, and Hussein Allidina, the former head of commodities, capital markets, at Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (read full guest bios here). This session covered many topics, with a focus on commodities and digital currencies in today’s environment. Our guests explained what cryptocurrency and bitcoin is, how it is similar to gold, and what people should think about when investing into these alternative currencies.

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SESSION 18: GLOBAL REAL ESTATE INVESTING: TRENDS, RISKS & OPPORTUNITIES

We were joined by Phil Runions and Wenzel Hoberg from Barnhart Asset Management, and Brice Sheschuk from Globalive Capital (read full bios) to dive into the global real estate landscape, covering trends, opportunities and digital infrastructure.

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SESSION 13: VALUES-BASED REAL ESTATE INVESTING

This week we were joined by Carlton Brown and Gizman Abbas, both Co-Founding Principals at Direct Invest Development, working with the mission of creating restorative human settlements through values-based real estate investing. We were also joined by Wes Hall, the Founder of Kingsdale Advisors and the BlackNorth Initiative (read full bios). The BlackNorth Initiative is committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers that negatively impact Black Canadians. The Initiative is focused on increasing representation of Black Canadians in boardrooms, and asking corporate leaders to commit to policies and targets to end systemic racism.

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SESSION 10: GLOBAL THEMES IN TECH INVESTING

This session featured three guests: Mark Shattan is the Co-Founder and CIO of GrowthLine Capital, Ben James is a US Equity Strategy Specialist at Baillie Gifford, and Miguel Luiña is the Head of Global Venture and Growth Equity at Hamilton Lane (read full bios). This week was focused on global themes in tech investing. We covered both public and private market investing, from venture capital start-ups to the largest companies in the world.

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SESSION 5: PRIVATE ASSET CLASSES IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

We were joined by two of the most articulate voices in the private asset world: Nicole Musicco, Partner at RedBird Capital Partners & Thomas Carrier, Senior Managing Director (Private Wealth Solutions) at Blackstone (read full bios). Our guests covered the following topics: How have private equity, private credit and real estate performed through the crisis? How are large institutional investors and family offices looking at opportunities? What role can private assets play in a goals-based approach to asset allocation? What trends in private market investing will be accelerated coming out of the pandemic?

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Philanthropy

SESSION 6: MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19

We were joined by three experts on Addiction and Mental Health: Andrew Galloway from Access Recovery; Dr. Sidney Kennedy, a psychiatry professor at University of Toronto; and Eric Windeler, founder and Executive Director of Jack.org (read full bios). Our guests covered the following topics: How can we best support family members, friends and colleagues who might be struggling with mental health or addiction issues? How does someone get help? What services and resources are available currently? How has the delivery of mental healthcare changed in response to COVID-19? What are the long-term implications of this pandemic on the mental health sector?

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SESSION 23: DONOR DUE DILIGENCE AND FAMILY FOUNDATION DYNAMICS

We were joined by Hilary Pearson, a Strategic Advisor & Facilitator, as well as the Founding President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, and Malcolm Burrows, the Head of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Scotia Wealth Management (read full guest bios here). Our guests covered trends in the sector, questions to ask in the diligence process, and family dynamics in the operation of family foundations.

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SESSION 4: THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PHILANTHROPIC STRATEGY

We were joined by Tracia Luh (Director and Program CFO of Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Ted Garrard (CEO, SickKids Foundation) and Claudia Hepburn (CEO, Windmill Microlending) (read full bios) . This session looked at the ways in which benefactors could amend their philanthropic strategies and the approaches that charities are taking to support causes related to the pandemic.

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Politics

SESSION 33: THE UK AND EU POST-BREXIT AND THE STATE OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTING

We were joined by Gordon Bajnai, the former Prime Minister of Hungary and current Partner & Head of Global Infrastructure at Campbell Lutyens (read full bio). This discussion covered the geopolitical world post-COVID-19, the UK landscape leading up to and following Brexit, infrastructure innovation, and long-term changes to infrastructure as a result of the global pandemic.

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SESSION 17: THE US ELECTION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS

We were joined by Charles Myers and Andrew Bishop from Signum Global Advisors (read full bios) to discuss the upcoming US election and its implications. Specifically, this discussions looked at the likely outcome of the election, the US-Canada relationship, how the US-China relationship will change, and business implications with a democratic win.

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SESSION 3: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND ITS AFTERMATH

This session featured three guests: Bill Pristanski & Bruce Hartley of Prospectus Associates and Duncan MacRae, Co-Founder and President of Watershed Partners (read full bios). Our guests covered the following topics: Politics as usual or time for structural change? How can businesses optimally partner with government during a crisis like this? Government relief plans – short term and long term impacts on the world. Information dissemination – how to figure out what’s accurate and what isn’t?

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