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Accelerate NL

Thursday, August 16, 2018

ACCELERATE NL - Advancing the Business of Technology

WHEN: Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to noon
WHERE: Salon F, Delta Hotel, St. John's


Cost: $25.00 for NATI Members, $50.00 for non-members

Attendees will receive a copy of Sean Silcoff's best-selling book,  Losing the Signal: The Rise and Fall of Blackberry

Are you:

  • An early stage technology startup founder looking to accelerate your business?
  • A technology entrepreneur looking for an edge in growing your company?
  • Are you curious about how a technology company can craft a compelling story?
  • Are you interested in lessons learned from the rise and fall of one of Canada's most prominent technology companies?

Then join NATI on Thursday, June 16th, for an interactive morning of presentations and panel discussions with leading experts and entrepreneurs!


Debbie Landa, CEO, Dealmaker Media

Rick Rasmussen, Managing Director, Concordia Ventures

Lindsay Nahamaiche, CEO Jive PR & Communications

Sean Silcoff, Business Reporter, the Globe & Mail & Author,Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry

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About Debbie Landa:

Debbie Landa has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years. She is the founder and CEO of Dealmaker Media which was launched in the fall of 2000. Her conferences bring together leading executives looking to discover the next great startup and partners that can accelerate their growth. Over 500 emerging startups from Linkedin, Admob, Rightscale to have presented at her conferences. She is considered a curator of innovation and has become one of the most influential connectors in Silicon Valley. Before starting Dealmaker Media, she ran business development for a venture "catalyst" firm focused on accelerating growth for emerging startups. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in the fashion industry working with various clothing manufacturers, designing and developing private-label programs for major retailers. She is Canadian and grew up in the tundra, or as we call it, Saskatoon.

About Rick Rasmussen:

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Rick is a rare breed with direct experience in industry, government, venture capital and education. He's been on executive teams of three separate companies that started with zero revenues, raised rounds from leading VCs, went public and sold for over $1B.

Rick's passion is to connect international companies, governments and economic development agencies with the vast resources available throughout Silicon Valley. I've developed a set of coursework and teach the methodology to organizations worldwide. An internationally known mentor and coach, Rick is well versed in building startup entrepreneurial ecosystems in North America, Europe, Asia and beyond.

About Lindsay Nahmiache:

Recognized as one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women (2013) in the Financial Post, a 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year and PROFIT and Canadian Business W100: Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs (2016), Lindsay helps companies increase customer engagement through market positioning and measurable communications strategies.

Lindsay drives results by activating and leading teams with complementary strengths. With a focus on business development, communications and leadership, Lindsay is able to align stakeholders (internal and external) in a clear and unified direction.

As co-founder of Jive PR + Digital, an award-winning public relations agency in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto, Lindsay and her team are known for their ability to break through the communications clutter and craft a brand story that resonates with their clients'​ target audience.

About Sean Silcoff:

Sean Silcoff is co-author ofLosing the Signaland a business writer withThe Globe & Mail, Canada's National Newspaper. During his 22-year career in journalism and communications, he has covered just about every area of business, from agriculture to the credit crisis, toys to airplane manufacturing and steel to startups. He previously worked at theNational Postas well asCanadian Business Magazine, where he oversaw publication of the inaugural edition of the Rich 100, the magazine's annual survey of Canada's wealthiest people. Sean is a two-time winner of the National Newspaper Award, the Montreal Economic Institute Economic Education Prize and the Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, and won the 2015 National Business Book Award forLosing the Signal. He led theGlobe & Mail'scoverage of the fall of BlackBerry. Sean has a business degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. and a journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He lives near Ottawa with his wife and three children.

About Losing the Signal:

Losing the Signalis the internationally acclaimed, best-selling story about the rise and fall of smartphone pioneer Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) under the leadership of long-time co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis. The book, co-written by veteran Canadian business journalists Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, grew out of a major feature investigation published in September 2013 in theGlobe & Mailabout the downfall of the Canadian company. The piece won a National Newspaper Award and was named one of the best business stories of the year byLongform. Losing the Signalwon the Canadian National Business Book Award and was shortlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.It was named one of best business books of 2015 by theWall Street Journal, Financial Times, BloombergView(Mohamed El-Erian)Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, Strategy + Business Magazine,Irish Times, Irish ExaminerandVancouver Sun.