2019 Roadshow Events

  • Fri
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pmCentral Library Performance Hall

    Welcome to the 2019 Western Canada Innovation & Entrepreneurship Roadshow Opening Ceremony presented by Canada China Commercial Association

    CCCA is going to launch the Roadshow program in 2019, which is the third year of this well received program.

    Date: April 5, 2019
    Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Venue: Central Library Performance Hall

    Building up on the success of 2017 and 2018, the CCCA Roadshow program will be further enhanced through our partnership with Innovate Calgary, Startup Calgary, Seedups Canada, Haskayne School of Business and other local leading organizations in the innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) industry. With such a strong partnership, CCCA will offer more diversified business resources to the participating ventures. For the Roadshow opening ceremony, CCCA has invited guests from local and international innovation and entrepreneurship industry, with strong business, investment, industrial background.


    Dr. Liming Liu

    Dr. Liming Liu is the VP Surface Technology at Value Creation Inc. (VCI) since 2013. He has over 20 years of research and development experience in the oil industry. Since 2000, he plays a leading role in the development of VCI’s proprietary technologies. He served Sinopec, China in the 90s. Dr. Liu obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from East China University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2000.

    James Szarko

    James Szarko serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Botaneco. His primary focus over the past 15 years has been that of leadership roles with companies which have a proprietary technology focusing on commercialization and growth. Involved as an investor, advisor, executive and board member, James has run the gamut of entrepreneurialism. James served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director at SemBioSys Genetics Inc. He received his initial training with PricewaterhouseCoopers wherein he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. This training also included an extended management posting in a developing market. James also possesses a business degree from the University of Lethbridge.


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  • Thu
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFloor 5 of Global Business Center (120 8 Ave SE, T2G 0K6)

    2019 CCCA Roadshow Training Session # 1

    Speaker: Andrew Browne - Startup Support Specialist at Startup Calgary

    CCCA Roadshow trainings are free to all roadshow participants.

    Have a winning business idea? Come and join in the 2019 CCCA Roadshow pitch competition! The grand prize is $2,019 CASH for the final winner.

    Upcoming Training Sessions:

    • May 25 - Business Valuation, SR&ED
    • June 16 - Pitching Skill Training & Intellectual Property Strategy
    • June 20 - Mentoring Session

    Upcoming Pitch Competitions:

    • Aug 31 - Semi-final Pitch Competition
    • Sept 14 - Final Pitch Competition with Award Ceremony & Collaboration with Investors
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  • Sat
    11:30am - 3:00pmCrowsnest Hall, University of Calgary

    Keynote Speakers:

    Sylvain Defoy

    Sylvain DefoySRED (or SR&ED) refers to the Canadian Government's "Scientific Research and Experimental Development" program. This is a generous incentive program that rewards companies of any size for conducting Research and Development activities in Canada.

    Sylvain has been involved in many consulting special assignments as an in-house specialist in different government incentives and successfully helped corporations accessing different grants to support their investment in specific areas such as advanced technology project, export market business expansion, job creations etc.

    Jordan Martel, CBV

    Partner of Sequeira Partners

    Jordan MartelJordan has over 15 years of advisory experience providing business and asset valuations to support transactions, financial opinions, tax and financial reporting, corporate planning, and other advisory services for private and public companies primarily in the energy, chemical, and other heavy industries.

    Prior to joining Sequeira Partners, Jordan was a senior manager in Deloitte’s valuations group holding a number of leadership roles in the Alberta and Prairie markets. Jordan also held a management role in the valuation practice of an international middle market investment bank in Dallas, Texas. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas, is a Chartered Business Valuator and a Senior Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers in business valuation.


    • Active CCCA business members: 2 free tickets, $20 for additional ticket. Please contact us at roadshow@ccca88.ca to confirm your membership status and acquire your ticket. Quantity limited, first come first serve.
    • Active CCCA general members: $10 for first ticket, $20 for additional ticket. Please contact us at roadshow@ccca88.ca to confirm your membership status and acquire your ticket. Quantity limited, first come first serve. Welcome joining CCCA to receive member benefits.
    • Non CCCA member: $20, ticket purchase link, or pay via e-Transfer®
      • Recipient email: treasurer@ccca88.ca
      • Please email: treasurer@ccca88.ca to provide detail information (name and email) for ticket issuing.

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