A conference for venture capital investors.
July 11, 2024

Our second annual GPFest presents a half-day of content and networking designed for venture capital investors. The goal of the conference is to educate, inspire and build community, with a special focus on creating more cross-border ties. GPFest attendees will also benefit from curated networking opportunities with limited partners attending LPFest.

GPFest is organized around the three main phases of the venture capital lifecycle: 

  • Get the money - raising funds from limited partners 
  • Invest the money - investing in and supporting startups as they grow   
  • Return the money - generating exits and returning capital 
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How to attend

GPFest is for venture capital investors. To attend, simply select the Startupfest + GPFest ticket at checkout. Space is limited.

Step 1: Go to the Registration page
Step 2: Select the Startupfest + GPFest ticket
In addition to GPFest, registered investors will also gain access to:
- The Investor Lounge (brought to you by Espace CDPQ) and 
- A Match-Up lunch with the other attendees of GPFest and LPFest brought to you by Pinch Talent

What you can expect

Speakers and topics will be announced in the coming months, but you can expect a mix of market trends and insights, venture capital best practices, and illuminating case studies. If you’re interested in speaking at the event or sponsoring it, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Isaac Souweine

Partner, Pender Ventures

Emmanuelle Coppinger

Managing Partner, Front Row Ventures

Kenndal McArdle

Principal, Pender Ventures

James Povitz

Principal, NAventures, National Bank of Canada

Leah Nguyen

Chief Investment Officer, InBC Investment Corp.

Peter Walker

Head of Insights, Carta

Béatrice Couture

Principal, Teralys Capital

David Nault

General Partner, Luge Capital

Rachel Zimmer

Co-Founder & CEO, Simple Ventures

Alex Norman

Partner, N49P

Haley Bryant

Principal, Hustle Fund

Neil Grunberg

Managing Partner, Storytime Capital

Jordan Steiner

Co-Founder and CEO, Developer Capital

Parinaz Sobhani

Head of AI , Georgian

Brady Forrest

Partner, GenLab Venture Studio

Whitney Rockley

Managing Partner, McRock Capital

David Dufresne

Partner, CMD Capital

Helge Seetzen

Managing Partner & CEO, TandemLaunch

Danielle Filistin

Director Strategic Fund Investments, Desjardins

Mark Legare

Principal , Innospark Ventures

Katy Yam

Partner, Real Ventures

Francois Lafortune

CEO & Co-Founder, Diagram Ventures

GPFest 2024 Agenda

July 11

4:00 PM


GP / LP Networking lunch brought to you by Pinch Talent

A unique opportunity for GPs and LPs to come together over lunch brought to you by Pinch Talent. See More.

5:30 PM


Welcome to GPFest

Join host Isaac Souweine as he welcomes everyone and outlines the afternoon. See More.
Pender Ventures

5:35 PM


What the Data Shows - Insights on Today’s Venture Market

Peter Walker has become a leading voice in the global startup discussion by mining Carta’s data for stories and insights. In this keynote presentation, he will present his latest takes on the North American venture landscape. See More.
Head of Insights

6:10 PM


Institutional Fundraising in a Downturn

2023 was another slow year for fund investing, as LPs continued to sort through the impact of large scale macro-economic shifts. While the market has been tight, GPs continue to raise and funds continue to close. On this panel, we'll hear both sides of the table about what it takes to get over the line in today's fundraising environment. See More.
General Partner
Luge Capital
Pender Ventures
Teralys Capital
Chief Investment Officer
InBC Investment Corp.
Director Strategic Fund Investments

6:40 PM


New Kids on the Block - Emerging Manager Showcase

New venture funds are cause for celebration. More investors = more support for founders = a better chance of building great companies. In this quick hitting showcase, we give the mic to some new managers to share their vision. See More.
Co-Founder & CEO
Simple Ventures
Co-Founder and CEO
Developer Capital
Managing Partner
Front Row Ventures
CMD Capital
Managing Partner
Storytime Capital

7:00 PM


Networking break

7:25 PM


Community as a Sourcing Strategy

Many top early-stage venture firms use community initiatives such as conference, events, and training programs as a pillar of their sourcing strategy. In this panel, hear from three leading investors on the opportunities and challenges of community focused strategies. See More.
Real Ventures
Hustle Fund

7:55 PM


Gen AI - Spicy Takes for a Red Hot Space

Generative AI is red hot. So hot in fact, that only a spicy format can do it justice. And so that’s the energy we’ll be bringing on this panel, as top AI investors debate hot takes in a friendly back and forth format. Warning, audience participation may be involved. Get ready to rumble! See More.
GenLab Venture Studio
Head of AI
Pender Ventures
Innospark Ventures

8:25 PM


Getting to the Finish Line - Lessons in Portfolio Support

A few companies in any venture portfolio drive the majority of returns, but venture investors actually spend much of their time supporting the rest of the portfolio toward a positive result. On this panel, three experienced investors with share lessons learned helping their companies get to the finish line. See More.
CEO & Co-Founder
Diagram Ventures
Principal, NAventures
National Bank of Canada
Managing Partner
McRock Capital
Managing Partner & CEO

8:55 PM


That's a wrap!

Pender Ventures

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