Annual Summit Archive

Banff Wrap Up

Posted November 27, 2013 By Frank

Angel Group Therapy led by Bill Payne

“Angel Group Therapy” led by Bill Payne and Thealzel Lee


Bob Chaworth-Musters

Bob Chaworth-Musters

It’s the final day of the NACO Summit in Banff. I might say it’s the best conference of its kind I’ve ever attended — besides great content and speakers, the natural beauty of Banff is looming in every window and it’s so frightfully cold that we’re practically stuck indoors, together, having a great time. Can’t wait til next year!

On this show you’ll hear from:

Thomas S. Caldwell

Thomas S. Caldwell

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Day 2 in Banff

Posted November 21, 2013 By Frank

Rob Wiltbank

Lots of great panels this morning at the NACO Summit in Banff.

Thomas F. Hellman

The Gartner Hype Cycle

NACO Co-Chair Michelle Scarborough

John May leads the Angel Investing Models panel

My panelist, Peter Kemball

ACA Chair, David Verrill

Banff NACO Summit

Posted November 20, 2013 By Frank

View from Sulphur Mountain

It’s cold outside, but the skies are breathtakingly clear, so the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain was a memorable experience this morning. It’s a team-building exercise, something for the 16 of us to do as we get to know each other the day before the Summit.

It’s only a 5-minute walk to the gondola

And any longer would’ve made the hike quite painful. Morning temperatures were -7ºF with the promise of colder temps at the top of the mountain.

We survived. And like team-building exercises everywhere, we’ve bonded during the process. I can imagine, over the next few days several people will ask, “How was the gondola ride?” And maybe that’s the whole point.

I’m not leaving the hotel again until it’s time to depart for the airport – that walk in the snow does it for me.

It’s too cold to be outside for more than just a few minites

20131120-142841.jpgBanff from above

Banff Bound

Posted November 17, 2013 By Frank


I’m packing for the NACO Summit in Banff; I depart Tuesday.

Yes, temperatures like this make me nervous – I have adequate clothing because I lived in New York City not that long ago, but it’s the psychological impact. Acclimating to this weather won’t happen in just the few days I’ll be visiting. It’s bound to be a memorable Summit.

the Rimrock Resort in Banff

the Rimrock Resort in Banff

Banff, as you know, is a Canadian National Park, like our Yosemite, so I know this trip will feature spectacular scenery. But it won’t be like the conference in Montreal a few years ago when I struggled to sit in the meetings while the downtown cafes and galleries beckoned. In Banff I may not leave the hotel – and I may not want to, the place looks gorgeous.

Headed that way, too?

Get in the spirit by listening to the interviews with Basil Peters, NACO Chair Michelle Scarborough, Innovate Calgary’s Henry Kutarna and Growlab’s Mike Edwards.


GrowLab’s Mike Edwards

Posted October 16, 2013 By Frank

Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards

He’s got a lot going on! Start with Initio, GrowLabs and LX Ventures.

He started as a bootstrapping entrepreneur and today he’s using several financing options, like venture capital and the TSX Venture which he explains.

Meet up with the GrowLab team at the NACO Summit in Banff.



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Michelle Scarborough, NACO Chair

Posted September 25, 2013 By Frank

Key Findings

Michelle Scarborough

Michelle Scarborough

She’s the managing partner of an early-stage fund, SMART Seed Ventures, which focuses on energy startups, of which there are many in Calgary. She’s also the Chair of NACO, the Canadian National Angel Capital Organization; meet Michelle Scarborough.

NACO has just published their 2012 Key Findings on Angel Investing in Canada. Sometimes reports like these can be dreadfully boring, but this report is load with lovely infographics and Michelle and I walk through it as a way to dissect the state of early-stage investing in Canada. Download your copy and follow along.

Join Michelle at the upcoming Summit scheduled for Nov 20-22 in Banff.


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