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Have you ever had a dream that seemed impossible? Have you ever tried to surpass your limits?


Thursday, July 12


University of Toronto Mississauga
CCIT Building (Map)
3359 Mississauga Road,
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6


8:30AM - 3:00PM

Driving Dreams is the go-to conference for providing insight into disruptive technologies and how they are changing the world. The event features keynotes, panel discussions and a vendor showcase on the commercialization of disruptive technology in artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and big data. The future of innovation rests in the ability to create something novel, and also in the ability to create a new way of putting things together. Join RIC Centre, Arrow Electronics and I-Cube at University of Toronto Mississauga to drive your dreams forward! This conference is going to be a breaking ground for the future of innovation.

When doctors told race car driver Sam Schmidt he would never move his arms or legs again, he didn’t stop dreaming.

Join us to drive your dreams forward!

2017 Agenda

Value creation for Industry 4.0

The Driving Dreams conference focuses on value creation for Industry 4.0. How will your business adapt to technological changes? Be inspired by ideas and information from industry experts featured as:

  • Keynote speakers: motivating speakers like quadriplegic Sam Schmidt, former IndyCar driver, fulfilling his passion through unparalleled assistive technology developed by Arrow Electronics
  • Panel discussions: engaging industry professionals discuss topics such as AI, big data, IoT and sensors in the next 24 months including Marcellino Gemelli from Bosch and Paul Smith from Xerox Research Centre of Canada
  • Vendor showcase: featuring innovative global companies offering IoT solutions for small businesses including Intel, TE Connectivity, Cypress, Molex, AVX Corporation and Bosch

The conference will be attended by industry professionals, C-suite executives, government representatives, academic institutions, small businesses, technology entrepreneurs and vendors.

What to Expect on Conference Day

08:30AM Registration Begins

09:00AM Conference Kick-off and Keynote Presentation

10:00AM Special Presentation: Sam Schmidt’s Journey

10:30AM Networking Break

10:45AM Panel: The Next 24 Months – AI, Big Data, Sensors and IoT

11:30AM Panel: Commercializing IoT Business Opportunities

12:15AM Lunch and Vendor Showcase

01:15PM Keynote Presentation

01:45PM Panel: Revolutionizing Accessibility

02:30PM Networking and Vendor Showcase

03:00PM Conference Ends

2017 Speakers

Motivating speakers from global organizations leading technology innovation

Mohammad Ahmed

Senior Manager R&D, TE Connectivity

Michael Antinozzi

VP Global Business Development, SOTI

Paul Barter

Moderator | Entrepreneur in Residence, RIC Centre

Bryan Busacco

Business Development Manager (IoT), Arrow Electronics

Greg Dashwood

Product Lead Internet of Things & Advanced Analytics, Microsoft Canada

Marcellino Gemelli

Director of Global Business Development, Bosch

Andrew Hunter

Senior Director of Marketing, Cypress

Scott Kennedy

Principal Consultant, Practice Lead for IoT, Rogers Professional Services

David Harris Kolada

Venture Partner, Yaletown Partners

Ulli Krull

Moderator | Vice President, University of Toronto and Principal, U of T Mississauga

Chakib Loucif

Vice President Engineering, Arrow Electronics

Mark Majewski

Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Rob Martinez

Sales Development Manager, Intel

Robert McMillan

Business Engineering Manager, Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

Barry Munro

Chief Development Officer, Canadian Spinal Research Organization

Philip Poulidis

Board Director, Tech Executive, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Sam Schmidt

Keynote Speaker | Former Indy Racing League driver and Current Verizon IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights series team owner

Geoff Simonett

Moderator | Entrepreneur in Residence, RIC Centre

Paul Smith

Vice President and Centre Manager, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

2017 Sponsors

This event would not be made possible without the support of our sponsors and exhibitors.


Gold Sponsor

TE Connectivity

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

AVX Corporation

Bronze Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor


The organizations behind Driving Dreams

  • RIC Centre

    Regional Innovation Centre

    The Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre helps technology entrepreneurs that want to fast-track their business to market. From the idea and concept stage, to the growth and expansion stage of their business, RIC Centre has supported more than 700 startup clients since 2013. RIC Centre clients have raised over $240M in capital, generated over $115M in revenue and created over 650 jobs.

  • Arrow Electronics

    Lead Sponsor

    As one of the world’s largest providers of electronic and IT products and services in the world, Arrow is uniquely positioned with the breadth of resources and depth of expertise to successfully shepherd promising entrepreneurs along their path to market. From design and prototyping support to creative financing and supply chain services, Arrow has the end-to-end technology capabilities that can help startups get innovative new products to market quickly and cost-effectively.


    University of Toronto Mississauga's Accelerator

    ICUBE is the business accelerator at the Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga. ICUBE offers students and community youth early-stage business development & commercialization services including an entrepreneurial curriculum, business advisory services, collaborative space, expert speaker sessions, and a mentorship program.

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