News Release: Today The Royal Canadian Navy Celebrates Niobe Day in Canada, October 21, 2021

An item from the Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Please find attached the News Release: Today The Royal Canadian Navy Celebrates Niobe Day in Canada, October 21, 2021.

My very best regards,

Stéphane Ouellette
President and Chief Executive Officer
Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP)/
Executive Director
Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award

Tel: 613.421.9005



Webinar: Carla-Jean Stokes on Canadian First World War Photography

These webinars, which are offered in partnership with Dominion Command, may be of interest to some members.

“We Must See Our Men”: Canada’s Official First World War Photographs
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“We Must See Our Men”: Canada’s Official First World War Photographs 

November 3rd, 7:30 PM ET

The webinar is FREE on Zoom.

Registration is required, but you do not need a Zoom account to watch.

Register HERE

This talk will explore the history of Canada’s official First World War photography program from its inception in 1916 to its conclusion in 1919. We will meet each of Canada’s war photographers and examine their individual styles through viewing digitized vintage prints from the war. This investigation of original photographs will allow us to learn more about the materiality and complex lives of printed objects.


CARLA-JEAN STOKES is a writer, lecturer, and curator of war photographs. She has an MA in history from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. In 2015, she won the Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for work, “British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918: Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario.” She also received the 2019 Elaine Ling Fellowship from the Ryerson Image Centre for her project: “‘Somewhere in France:’ Contextualizing the Ryerson Image Centre’s Collection of Canadian First World War Photographs.”


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🇨🇦 Return to IRL | Community Events in the Bay Area | Members making headlines

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


Things have been busy over here as the C100 community begins to gather once again (safely) in person. From an evening in Manhattan celebrating the Founding Members of C100’s New York Chapter to a series of dinners across Toronto and the San Francisco Bay Area co-hosted by Charter Members and Host Partners, the magic of in-person events begins to return.


Last week, C100’s Founding Members community in NYC gathered to safely celebrate the launch of this new Chapter. With the growing, vibrant tech scene growing in New York, Canadians can be found everywhere you look from founders and operators to inventors and investors.

While C100 Members are based across all corners of the globe, from St. Johns to Los Angeles and San Francisco to Singapore, C100 New York marks a special part of this chapter (yes, very much a double entendre). Fun fact: New York has the largest population of Canadians outside of Canada and we’d like to sincerely thank all of our Founding Members who are helping make this feel a little bit like home for Canadian tech leaders living in the Big Apple.

Know a great Canadian expat who should be a part of this community (*ahem perhaps yourself*)? Apply today.


Over the past several weeks, C100 Members across the San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto gathered for small, intimate dinners to connect with fellow Canadian leaders.

A heartfelt thank you to all the Co-Hosts and Host Partners who helped make these a success; Janet Bannister & Silicon Valley Bank; Allen and Eva Lau, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Anthony Lee & Toronto Global; Chris O’Neill and Wilson Sonsini; and Sean Lynch.

Read more about these dinners on our events page.


Events happening in and around the community to check out.


An annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the BDC (C100 Foundational Partner) has been organizing for over 42 years, gathering close to 10,000 entrepreneurs to learn, network and celebrate people building businesses across the country. Find out more here.


Our friends at the Digital Moose Lounge in San Francisco have several events on the horizon to meet up with some fellow Canucks:


C100 has partnered with On Deck to bring talent to Canadian startups! Five of this year’s C100 Fellows participated in On Deck’s Talent Demo Day, spotlighting the open roles at these rapidly growing startups they lead and what’s unique about their workplace.

Taking part (and hiring internationally and for leadership roles) is Patch, Penny AI, Perksy, Relay Financial and ResQ. Learn more about each of them here. Thank you to the On Deck team for your support and dedication to Canadian tech talent!



₿ Mike Silagadze (C100 Charter Member) and Andrew McGrath (48Hrs Alumnus) have launched Gadze Finance, a next-generation crypto DeFi fund.  Mike is the founder of Toronto-based EdTech Top Hat and recently stepped down as CEO earlier this year and Andrew is formerly the President of Top Hat Ventures. The fund will start with US$25M under management as a pilot fund with the goal to scale the fund to US$100M over the next 6 months. Boris Wertz, Founder & Managing Partner at Version One Ventures, led the equity finance round and shares more about the announcement in this post.

💻  Hubspot Ventures has announced a $100M Hubspot CRM Platform Fund, focused on investing in early- and growth-stage technology companies focused on customer-first B2B innovation for scaling businesses. Congratulations to Andrew Lindsay (Charter Member), SVP of Business and Corporate Development at HubSpot.

🤝 Newfoundland-based CoLab Software has raised a $17M Series A led by New York-based investment firm Insight Partners. CoLab Sofware provides a web-based collaboration tool and issue-tracking platform for engineering teams. Congratulations to Co-Founders Adam KeatingJeremy Andrews, and the CoLabs team! Also congratulations to Greg Smyth (C100 Member) who is an early investor!

🚂  Spin Master, a Canadian toymaker, has entered the venture capital game with a newly established $100M fund to back early-stage companies that can help accelerate growth in its toys, entertainment and digital game divisions. Starting with two investments – Winnipeg-based Hoot Reading and Stockholm-based Nordlight Games. (p.s. a few valued C100 Members and Partners are featured for commentary in this article from Sean Silcoff).

📕  Thomson Reuters is creating a $100M corporate venture fund aimed to support and accelerate innovation in sectors that the company already serves via its products, including legal, accounting, media, risk, fraud, and compliance. The division will report to Chief Strategy Officer Pat Wilburn and is looking to invest between $2-10M for each deal, backing 15-20 companies over the next three years.

🏡  In one of the largest proptech deals ever, the leasing and management platform VTS announced that it will acquire Toronto-based Lane, a workplace experience platform used by several top landlords including Brookfield, Oxford, and Hines, for $200M. A big congratulations to Lane’s CEO Clinton Robinson (C100 Member and 48Hrs 2020 Alumnus) on this newest chapter. Hear directly from Clinton in this post.

🍽  ResQ has been busy cooking up a Series A. Toronto-based ResQ, led by Founder & CEO Kuljeev Singh (C100 Fellow), has announced a $39M Series A, co-led by Tiger Global Management and Canvas Ventures, alongside existing investors Homebrew Ventures, Inovia Capital and Golden Ventures (proud C100 Corporate Member). Mike Ghaffary from Canvas Ventures and former CEO of Yelp-Eat24, and Nilam Ganenthiran, former President of Instacart will be joining ResQ’s Board of Directors. Hear from Kuljeev here.

💐  Flowers aren’t the only thing blooming at Callia. Winnipeg-based Callia, led by Founder & CEO Catherine Metrycki (C100 Fellow), announced that it raised a $6.4M Series A to expand its direct-to-consumer flower delivery services and new markets across North America, including looking to enter the U.S. market.


✈️  Montreal-based Hopper has made its seventh acquisition, purchasing Boston-based PlacePass for an undisclosed amount. This also secures a partnership deal with Marriott International Inc. Hopper is led by Founder & CEO, Frederic Lalonde.

📚 Kitchener, Ont.-based online learning software provider D2L has set a price range on its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange that would value the company at more than $1-billion. Disclosed in a securities filing on Monday, the price range has been set at a range of $19 to $21 a share for a proposed $200M.


📣  Silicon Valley Bank (proud C100 Foundational Partner) has expanded to Montréal with the appointment of Karl Théard as the Director of Technology Banking, Quebec. Paul Parisi, Head of Silicon Valley Bank shares, “with CAD $953M invested in Montréal in the first half of 2021, the city is taking its place as one of the leaders in terms of investment dollars and number of deals in Canada. We’re excited to welcome Karl to SVB and we know his deep understanding of the Montréal tech and investor community will be invaluable to the city’s high-growth companies.”

📣  Publicly-traded sports betting and media company Rivalry has appointed former World Economic Forum (WEF) and Twitter executive Kirstine Stewart (C100 Charter Member) to its Board of Directors. Congratulations to Rivalry and Kirstine!

🌳  Dax Dasilva, Founder & CEO of Lightspeed (and C100 Charter Member), has launched Age of Union Alliance, a not-for-profit action-oriented environmental initiative with a $40M initial pledge to support conservation and restoration projects. The fund is set to fund five projects per year over the next five years.


Join our talented community of builders connecting around the world to advance Canadian founders & leaders in tech.




Veterans’ Week 2021 | Semaine des vétérans 2021

An item from the RCAF Association that may be of interest to members.

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Dear colleagues,

Every year, in the lead up to Remembrance Day, we mark Veterans’ Week from November 5 to 11. This week presents an opportunity for Canadians to honour those who have served our country in times of war, military conflict and peace. We recognize your organization’s commitment and support to Veterans and their families and thank you for your continued collaboration in promoting remembrance initiatives.

2021 marks a number of significant military milestones from the First World War to present  day operations, including the 10th Anniversary of service in Afghanistan. As such, this year’s theme is “Service, courage and sacrifice—at home, around the world and across generations.”

This Veterans’ Week, encourage your contacts to take a moment to think about the freedoms we all enjoy, thanks to the brave Canadians who have put our country before themselves. On November 8—Indigenous Veterans Day—we recognize the many contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit throughout our military history.

As the ongoing pandemic is still affecting our traditional ceremonies of remembrance, it is more important than ever to hear and share the stories of the remarkable legacies that our service people have built over the course of Canada’s long military history.

Again this year, we will launch a new series of our Faces of Freedom podcast, where you can hear Veterans share their stories directly. You can also read a wide variety of them via our Faces of Freedom and They proudly served profiles. Some featured are Veterans of the war years; others are Veterans of peace support and humanitarian operations that took them to all corners of the world. Some Veterans served for decades; others were honourably discharged just months into their military careers. They are of diverse races and identities—some were born here, others were not. But one thing that Canada’s Veterans all share is the honour of having worn a uniform for their country.

Visit to learn about more ways to honour the service, courage and sacrifice of all those who have served Canada. Let’s express our gratitude and inspire our colleagues, friends and families to participate.

Together, let’s show how #CanadaRemembers.


Paul Thomson
Director General, Commemoration
Veterans Affairs Canada

Faith McIntyre
Director General, Communications
Veterans Affairs Canada


Chers collègues,

Chaque année, à l’approche du jour du Souvenir, nous soulignons la Semaine des vétérans du 5 au 11 novembre. Il s’agit d’une occasion pour les Canadiens de rendre hommage aux personnes qui ont servi notre pays en temps de guerre, de conflit militaire et de paix. Nous reconnaissons l’engagement et le soutien de votre organisme envers les vétérans et leur famille, et nous vous remercions de votre collaboration continue à la promotion des initiatives de commémoration.

L’année 2021 marque plusieurs jalons militaires importants, de la Première Guerre mondiale aux opérations actuelles, y compris le 10e anniversaire de la mission en Afghanistan. Par conséquent, le thème de cette année est « Service, courage et sacrifice – Au pays, partout dans le monde et d’une génération à l’autre ».

À l’occasion de la Semaine des vétérans, encouragez vos contacts à prendre un moment pour réfléchir aux libertés dont nous jouissons tous grâce aux braves Canadiens et Canadiennes qui ont servi notre pays avec abnégation. Le 8 novembre, la Journée des vétérans autochtones, nous reconnaissons les nombreuses contributions des Premières Nations, des Métis et des Inuits au cours de notre histoire militaire.

Étant donné que la pandémie en cours continue d’avoir une incidence sur nos cérémonies commémoratives traditionnelles, il est plus important que jamais d’entendre et de partager les récits de l’héritage remarquable que nos militaires ont bâti au cours de la longue histoire militaire du Canada.

Cette année encore, nous lancerons une nouvelle série d’épisodes de notre balado Visages de la liberté, où vous pouvez entendre des vétérans raconter leurs histoires directement. Vous pouvez également lire une grande variété de leurs récits grâce à nos profils Visages de la liberté et Leur service. Notre fierté. Certains mettent en scène des vétérans du temps de guerre, d’autres des vétérans du soutien de la paix et d’opérations humanitaires qui les ont amenés à servir aux quatre coins du monde. Certains vétérans ont servi pendant des décennies et d’autres ont été libérés honorablement quelques mois seulement après le début de leur carrière militaire. Ces vétérans sont de diverses races et identités – certains sont nés ici, d’autres non. Mais les vétérans du Canada ont tous en commun l’honneur d’avoir porté l’uniforme au service de leur pays.

Visitez pour connaître d’autres façons d’honorer le service, le courage et le sacrifice de toutes les personnes qui ont servi le Canada. Exprimons notre gratitude et inspirons nos collègues, amis et familles à participer.

Ensemble, montrons comment #LeCanadaSeSouvient.


Paul Thomson
Directeur général, Commémoration
Anciens Combattants Canada

Faith McIntyre
Directrice générale, Communications
Anciens Combattants Canada


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Connecting Perspectives – Join Us and Meet the Artists 10/26

An item from Global Affairs Canada about an up-coming virtual event that may be of interest to members.

Join us on Tuesday, October 26 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT for the final Connecting Perspectives – Meet the Artists virtual event!

Poet Janet Rogers and artist Álvaro D. Márquez will join Nick Green of The Social Distancing Festival for a discussion on how they collaborated across borders, mediums, and cultures to create the original piece Strong as CornstalksThis gorgeous collaboration is a playful and powerful look at shared histories and the movement of people prior to the imposition of colonial borders, and the power symbol of creation that corn has become.

Register here to learn more and save your spot! This event is free and will be livestreamed. ASL interpretation and closed captioning are available.