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Small Business Week 2021 Keynote Address with Janet Bannister, Founder at Kijiji.ca

October 22, 2021 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am America/Halifax Timezone
In-Person & Virtual Attendance
Delta Hotel by Marriott Prince Edward 18 Queen St
PE C1A 4A1
Varies - See below
Tania Crouse Hardy, Events and Sponsorship Manager
(902) 628-2000

Enable or Disrupt? The New Innovation Economy

Keynote Address with

Janet Bannister,
Partner at Real Ventures & Founder at Kijiji.ca 

We have entered a new phase of business. Transformative technologies are disrupting every single industry on the planet, and whether you know it or not, your business will not only have to adapt?it will have to fundamentally change.

In this eye-opening talk, venture capitalist and founder of Kijiji.ca Janet Bannister takes a look at three key things that are reshaping business right now: AI and transformative technologies, platform businesses, and the democratization of creative production. In the midst of all this change, two types of companies will emerge, says Janet: enablers (the ones building the transformative tech stack) and disruptors (companies that will use the transformative tech stack to redesign or create new markets, processes, models, products, and services). Where will your organization fall on this scale? What implications will it have on your line of busi-ness? And what are the new requirements, opportunities, and challenges you will face?

An authentic and down-to-earth speaker, Janet shares case studies and insights that illustrate the importance of the innovation economy. In a time when everything in business is changing, this direct keynote is absolutely essential. Janet reveals what your compa-ny needs to hear, right now.

About Janet Bannister:

Janet Bannister is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their businesses reach their full potential. General Partner at Real Ventures, Janet has led investments in a dozen companies and works actively with Real?s portfolio companies to help them accelerate growth and create meaningful impact. Her background is a combination of founding and building successful entrepreneurial ventures and making an impact at leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Co., and eBay.

Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to launching Kijiji, Janet was at eBay in Silicon Valley where she led multiple ?non-collectibles? categories and helped transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace. She also founded and built a successful consulting business and was CEO at a Toronto-based start-up in the online content and commerce space.

Janet was a varsity long-distance runner and competed internationally in triathlons. Today, she balances her active lifestyle with being a wife, and mother to her ten-year old son.


Members $95 / Table of 6 $570 / Table of 8 $760
Non-Members $120 / Table of 6 $720 / Table of 8 $960
*All prices subject to HST
*Breakfast will be served

PLEASE NOTE: Individual registrations will be seated with other individual registrations at tables of 6. 

Virtual Attendance
Members FREE
Non-Members $10 
*All prices subject to HST
*You will receive a virtual link the day prior to the event (Thursday, October 21, 2021)