Below is just a snippet of what to expect. We will be adding more details and speakers as we get closer to the event.



  • Faizal Khamisa – TV Anchor & Host at Sportsnet
  • Zain Verjee – Former anchor at CNN and founder of aKoma media
  • Neil Pasricha – Best Selling Author of 1000 Things of Awesome and The Happiness Equation
  • Imran Amed – Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Business of Fashion
  • Bob Rennie – Founder and Executive Director, Rennie Marketing Systems
  • Rudy Karsan – Managing Director, Karlani Capital
  • Maninder Dhaliwal – President & CEO of Lions Gate International
  • Calle Johnson – Partner, Deals and Corporate Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Drew Green – CEO, INDOCHINO
  • Patrick Schwerdtfeger – Technology Futurist, host of Strategic Business Insights
  • Rehan Qureshi – Country Manager for the Professional Services Practice, Amazon Web Services
  • Karimah Es Sabar – CEO & Partner Quark Venture Inc.
  • Asiff Hirji – Operating Advisor with Andreessen Horowitz, MBA Professor at Berkeley
  • Drummond Brodeur – Global Strategist, CI Investments
  • Khallil Mangalji – CTO, Fiix
  • Louis-Victor Jadavji – Co-Founder of Wiiv, Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient

 IGNITE Summit YP 2017 Fireside Chats

We welcome youth, post-secondary students and young professionals, to join us for a session on Saturday October 28, 2017 from 11:00am (10:15am registration) to 1pm at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, BC. Hear the stories of success from prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders in the community, participate in an interactive Q&A, connect and network with your peers and enable personal growth and professional development.

Dragon’s Den Style Pitch Competition

The Ignite Entrepreneurship Showcase will exhibit startup successes in the Jamat. Listen to emerging entrepreneurs who will try to woo a panel of judges with their business vision – maybe you’ll hear an idea that catches your ear! A handful of startups will be pre-selected to compete based on applications. If you would like to apply or know someone who would be a good fit, contact us.

Alliance Events and Board Meetings

Board Meetings and events for the various Canadian Alliances have been scheduled on Friday, October 27, 2017. Over 25 Alliances representing 150+ Delegates from various industries including Hotels & Restaurants, Finance & Accounting, Retirement & Nursing Homes, Dental & Medical, Real Estate, Legal, IT and more. This is an opportunity for the Alliance members across Canada to meet with their respective Alliances and network with industry peers.

Stay tuned or contact your respective alliance for more details.

Coach’s Corner

A unique opportunity to have a one-on-one chat with someone who can help you set, measure or achieve your professional goals. Life coaches, executive coaches and industry professionals will all be available to assist you.  This is your opportunity to get face time with people who are in positions that you are aiming for or can help you get there!

Friday Evening Opening Reception

The Ignite Opening reception will be held on October 27, 2017 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in beautiful Downtown Vancouver. Come enjoy magnificent views, engaging conversation, and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Further details on timing will be announced when the full agenda is released. Be sure to subscribe for updates from our homepage.

Photo Booth

Get your headshot taken by one of our professional photographers. No matter if you’re an experienced professional, doctor, lawyer, actor, or entrepreneur, a professional photo for your website or LinkedIn page is a must.

Breakout Sessions

Deal Market: Activity, Valuations, and M&A

Calle Johnson is a Partner and Managing Director with PwC Corporate Finance in British Columbia and has been working in M&A for 17 years. Her area of expertise is advising company owners on divestitures, acquisitions, and financings. Calle will provide analysis, insight, and opinions on deals, valuations and what is driving M&A activity. Her perspective will be of interest whether you are buying a company, selling a business or just interested in what drives valuations and how to avoid issues in a transaction.

And More…!

Exhibits & Displays

Interactive Panel Sessions

Networking Breakfasts, Lunches & Breaks

Saturday Gala Reception & Dinner