BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 16.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 METHOD:PUBLISH X-MS-OLK-FORCEINSPECTOROPEN:TRUE BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Pacific Standard Time BEGIN:STANDARD DTSTART:16011104T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=1SU;BYMONTH=11 TZOFFSETFROM:-0700 TZOFFSETTO:-0800 END:STANDARD BEGIN:DAYLIGHT DTSTART:16010311T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=2SU;BYMONTH=3 TZOFFSETFROM:-0800 TZOFFSETTO:-0700 END:DAYLIGHT END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT CLASS:PUBLIC CREATED:20220408T172745Z DESCRIPTION:Judges: \n* Charles Chang\, President & Founder of Lyra Growth Partners and Vega \n* Millia Wong\, Loblaw Companies Limited \n* Ryan Ben n\, President of alive Publishing Group \n* Shelley King\, CEO\, Natural P roducts Canada\n \nSponsored by: Horizon Grocery + Wellness\, Indigo Natur al Products Management\, Left Coast Naturals\, UNFI\n\nEight finalists wil l be selected to go head-to-head in a “Dragons’ Den-style” competiti on where the most innovative product\, strongest business plan and killer pitch will seal the deal. Join us to find out what up-and-coming brand wil l win our judges over. \n\n\n________________________________\n\n\nPlease note: We try to plan as much as we can in advance but sometimes things cha nge! Please check the Conference Schedule on the day of the event for the most up-to-date room n umber information. \n\n\nCharles Chang is a serial entrepreneur who has st arted many successful companies including Lyra Growth Partners and the lea ding plant-based nutritional product company\, Vega. Vega earned Charles m any accolades such as: Fastest Growing Companies\, Best Workplace\, Best M anaged Companies and Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2015\, Charles led the s ale of Vega to White Wave Foods (NYSE: WWAV) for US$550 million.  \n \nM illia Wong is an experienced leader in retail merchandising\, having spent time in both the Fresh & Grocery businesses at Loblaw Companies Limited a nd being part of the Centre of Store & Natural Foods team since 2018.\n \n Ryan Benn became President of Alive Publishing Group in 2005. Ryan’s acc omplishments have been recognized with many honours including the John Hol tmann leadership award.   \n \nShelley King is a strategic\, dec isive\, and highly respected leader in the Canadian technology  commercialization\, innovation\, and investment space.  As foun ding CEO of NPC\, Shelley has positioned Canada as a global pioneer an d trailblazer in the natural product sector. NPC has made connection s with more than 800 organizations nationally\, involved more than  600 companies in its development pipeline\, invested in 10 early-stage  enterprises\, and experienced two exits.\n DTEND;TZID="Pacific Standard Time":20220422T181500 DTSTAMP:20220408T172745Z DTSTART;TZID="Pacific Standard Time":20220422T170000 LAST-MODIFIED:20220408T172745Z LOCATION:CHFA NOW Vancouver\; Room 217-219 PRIORITY:5 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en-us:Launch Pad TRANSP:OPAQUE UID:040000008200E00074C5B7101A82E0080000000060731320424BD801000000000000000 0100000000C6F5DF7E717CE4DBA5CD0F33E8E32C4 X-ALT-DESC;FMTTYPE=text/html:< style>

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    Sponsored by: Horizon Grocery + Wellness\, Indigo Natural Products Managem ent\, Left Coast Naturals\, UNFI


    Eight fin alists will be selected to go head-to-head in a “Dragons’ Den-style” competition where the most innovative product\, strongest business plan a nd killer pitch will seal the deal. Join us to find out what up-and-coming brand will win our judges over. \;



    Please note
    : We try to plan as much as we can in adv ance but sometimes things change! Please check the Conference Schedu le on the day of the event for the most up-to-date room number in formation. \;


    Charles Chang is a seria l entrepreneur who has started many successful companies including Lyra Gr owth Partners and the leading plant-based nutritional product company\, Ve ga. Vega earned Charles many accolades such as: Fastest Growing Companies\ , Best Workplace\, Best Managed Companies and Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2015\, Charles led the sale of Vega to White Wave Foods (NYSE: WWAV) for US$550 million.  \;

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    Millia Wong is an experienced leader in retail merchandising\, having spent time in both the Fresh &\; Groce ry businesses at Loblaw Companies Limited and being part of the Centre of Store &\; Natural Foods team since 2018.

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    Ryan Benn be came President of Alive Publishing Group in 2005. Ryan’s accomplishments have been recognized with many honours includin g the John Holtmann leadership award.  &nbs p\;
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    Shelley King is a strategic\, decisive\, and highly respected  leader in the Canadian technology commercialization\, innovation\ , and investment space.  As founding CEO of NPC\, Shelley has positioned Canada as a global pioneer and trailblazer in the natural produ ct sector. NPC has made connections with more than 800 organizatio ns nationally\, involved more than 600 companies in its development pipeline\, invested in 10 early-stage enterprises\, and experienced tw o exits.

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