Creative Destruction Lab Super Session is an annual showcase of our graduating early-stage tech companies.
About CDL Super Session 2022
Save the Dates:
- Day 1: Wednesday, June 22, 2022
- Day 2: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Companies from our 10 CDL Sites (CDL-Toronto, CDL-Oxford, CDL-Paris, CDL-Seattle, CDL-Atlanta, CDL-Wisconsin, CDL-Atlantic, CDL-Montreal, CDL-Rockies, CDL-Vancouver) will come together for the last session of the CDL program to:
- Showcase advancements during the CDL program year
- Discuss early-stage financing and investment
- Network with and hire top technical and business talent
- Reveal technological breakthroughs to an international audience
- Strengthen network ties with other members of the global CDL community
- Explore international partnerships with suppliers and customers
This event would not be possible without the support of CDL’s existing Global and Site partners at CDL-Atlanta, CDL-Atlantic, CDL-Montreal, CDL-Oxford, CDL-Paris, CDL-Rockies, CDL-Seattle, CDL-Toronto, CDL-Vancouver, and CDL-Wisconsin.
9 CDL Stream Highlights
- Supply Chain
10 CDL Stream Highlights
- Health (Computational Health)
- Health (Diagnostics)
- Health (Health and Wellness)
- Health (Treatments)
Super Session Contributing Partners
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Previous Super Sessions
Our first three Super Sessions (2018, 2019 & 2021) brought together world-class entrepreneurs, investors and scientists with high-potential startup founders. CDL Super Session days were filled with compelling ideas, meaningful networking and focused feedback sessions.
Highlights from CDL Super Session 2021 included:
- Yoshua Bengio, a world-leading expert on deep learning, bestselling author, and scientist with CDL’s AI stream in Montreal, said participants would be smart to keep their eyes on two areas: the challenges posed by out-of-distribution utilization and the regulation of AI. Out-of-distribution utilization refers to machine learning applications that are trained on data coming from one environment but will be deployed in a different environment. “The field is moving fast, so I encourage you to keep an eye on this,” he said.
- Christine Tovee, former CTO at Airbus North America, celebrated recent advancements in space exploration and discussed the opportunities space exploration presents for other industries and other CDL streams. “Every CDL stream has a home in space,” she said. “Space is an opportunity, due to its unfamiliarity, its harshness, to challenge both technology and humanity to reimagine and reinvent itself.”
- Loren Padelford, the CRO of Shopify, provided proof of just how much the COVID-19 pandemic has changed business, especially the e-commerce market. Padelford called the pandemic “a time machine” that brought 2030 to 2020. “Change or die. That’s where we exist.”
- Alison Sunstrum, CEO and founder of CNSRV-X Inc., shed light on the problem of food insecurity, which she said will get even more challenging as the global population grows over the next decades. “There is no question that to do more with less, and to do so equitably and sustainably, will require creative disruption,” she said. “Along with immense challenges comes massive opportunity.”
- We’re in the early stages of a monetary revolution, according to Ethan Buchman, CEO of Informal Systems. He spoke about the opportunities and risks of new technology like decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and discussed the questions this moment is posing to society. “While there’s many new commercial opportunities, the things that are really most exciting to me are about real world systems to enable local communities to trade and build wealth independent of the ebbs and flows of the global financial system,” he said.
- Other speakers included Olivier Raybaud, the founder and managing partner of Blue Oceans Partners; Louis Roy, the CEO of Certified B Corporation Optel Group LLC; the CEO and president of Zymeworks, Ali Tehrani; Andrew Thompson, CEO of Proteus Health; Ingmar Posner, a professor of engineering science at Oxford; Nathan Kundtz, CEO of Rendered.AI; Roger Melko, professor at the University of Waterloo and associate faculty at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics; Sacha Mann, an entrepreneur in residence at Novateur Ventures; Sarah Applebaum, partner at Pangaea Ventures; Joy Romero, VP of technology and innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Limited; and Gaëtan Bonhomme, a partner at Breakthrough Energy.
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