*NEW* Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: WOMENpreneurs in STEM - SOLD OUT

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6:30PM-9:30PM



Now in its 21st year, the YES annual conference for entrepreneurs has been reimagined as a speaker series. Aligned with our vision to bring the best out of the conference and expand on the expertise that we have built on over the years, the Speaker Series will offer intimate learning and networking opportunities for our participants.


On Wednesday August 29th, the speaker series will kick off by highlighting women entrepreneurs in STEM. This is an invitation for men and women to join a community of strong, resourceful and focused women entrepreneurs and experts who will share practical advice, business tips and lessons learned. Our new speaker series provides a casual and comfortable environment to get to know our featured speakers and ask questions, so seize this unique opportunity to make new contacts, learn about the wider industry and get to know your female counterparts in entrepreneurship.


Rekha Magon

Founder & CEO, ‘The Mindful Scholar

The Mindful Scholar is an online platform for K-12 schools that uses mindfulness to increase student's EQ (emotional intelligence). Rekha’s platform is widely used and recognized in schools across North America. She was recently awarded Startupfest's CBC Media pitch competition and was featured on CBC News and CBC Our Montreal. Rekha was also awarded the Ed-tech Fellowship for the Founder Institute's Accelerator Program Cohort. Rekha is passionate about sharing her entrepreneurial journey and the lessons she learned along the way.


Moderated by SAP-Labs COO, Cindy Fagen

Josette-Renee Landry
Founder and CEO, ‘Streamline Genomics (Techstars'18)

Josette is the CEO and founder of Streamline Genomics (Techstars NYC’18). She was previously Vice President, Business Development for Mitacs, where she helped facilitate partnerships between university researchers and industry.

During her graduate studies, Josette co-founded a consulting firm providing bioinformatics services to the Vancouver biotechnology sector. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the Terry Fox Labs at the University of British Columbia, followed by postdoctoral training at the University of Cambridge. Josette also holds an MBA from HEC Montréal and has served on a diverse roster of academic, industry, and research committees.

Elisabeth Laett 
President & Executive Director, ‘Xaphan Group’

Fulfilling roles at Fortune 50 technology companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Microsoft as well founding entrepreneurial roles in leading edge technology start-ups, Elisabeth started her career as a Technical Account Executive for Digital Equipment Corporation (acquired by Compaq). Recognized for her key contributions to their success in the tier 1 Global account organization and equipped with DEC’s corporate guidance, Elisabeth became part of the founding team of Toon Boom Technologies in her first entrepreneurial role as VP corporate development.

As VP of Worldwide Sales, Elisabeth was instrumental to the growth of Softimage (a $100M plus division of Microsoft later acquired by AVID Technologies). At Alias Systems (known for their Academy Award winning software MAYA) she headed Global Business Development for their Tier 1 film and games customers contributing to a successful acquisition by Autodesk Inc. for $182M.

This extensive experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds has enabled Elisabeth to understand the systems in place that encourage as well as those that hamper the progression of women through the ranks of leadership. She has witnessed the good and bad of corporate cultures and the ingrained processes that can affect women’s abilities to contribute their full economic and intellectual potential which allowed her to ‘flip the system’ through her entrepreneurial efforts.

Elisabeth is a founding partner of Xaphan Group, a company focused on providing start-up and early-stage companies with seed capital as well as an experienced management team to maximize their full potential for success. As partner in Xaphan Group, she is an active investor and technological contributor to start-ups. She is currently VP Business Development for Exagens a leading provider of Financial AI technology for the banking industry.

Passionate about contributing to the business community, Elisabeth serves on the YES’ board of directors and chairs the Advancing Women in STEM’s advisory committee and is also an advisory member of the Holt AI Accelerator and Finfusion Montreal.

Vanessa Cherenfant 
Managing Director, ‘SadaxTech’

Vanessa Cherenfant is an entrepreneur, engineer and proud STEMinist. After starting her career as a lean manufacturing consultant with Bombardier and the Createch Group, she founded Elysia a startup using artificial intelligence to suggest activities and itineraries based on travelers' interests and for which she was recognized as top emerging entrepreneur and female fronted startup developing an innovative technology.

From this first founding experience, she joined GSOFT a fast growing technology company where she contributed to building Officevibe, a platform that helps organizations better engaged their employees by attracting world class organization like Apple, Disney and Bose. Vanessa is now managing partner at Sadax Technology where she helps businesses facing a rapidly evolving workplace digitally transform their businesses by leveraging cloud and AI solutions.

Vanessa is also an advocate for diversity in STEM through initiatives like Technovation Challenge working with girls from 11 to 18 to develop an app and the Start-up Weekend Women, a 54-hour boot camp encouraging women to launch a tech start-up.

Seats to the event are limited and pre-registration is required. Make sure to book your ticket soon.

For any questions, please contact Doaa Mansour at dmansour@yesmontreal.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!

Workshop payments of $20 or less are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Sponsored by:
The John Dobson Foundation