August 17, 2016

Canada 150 Series: Our next generation of entrepreneurs

The Canadian Club of Toronto

In the latest event in our Canada 150 Series, Dave McKay, President & CEO of RBC, will investigate how we can best harness the innovative power of our next-generation entrepreneurs.

He is joined on Friday, September 30th by a panel of some of the country’s best and brightest young innovators, Mallorie Brodie (Bridgit), Lauren Friese(TalentEgg), and Ethan Song (Frank + Oak).

As Canada reaches its 150th birthday they will discuss what makes it successful as a centre of innovation and what the barriers are for young Canadian entrepreneurs looking to start and successfully grow a company.


David I. McKay, President & Chief Executive Officer, RBC

Dave McKay was appointed President of RBC on February 26, 2014 and Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board on August 1, 2014.

In his previous role as Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking, which he held from November 2012 to February 2014, Mr. McKay was responsible for RBC’s banking businesses in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, including personal and commercial financial services, credit cards and payments, as well as RBC’s sales and branch distribution, operations and advice centres.

Mallorie Brodie, CEO & Co-Founder, Bridgit

Mallorie Brodie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bridgit, a communication platform for construction teams, launched in March 2014. She holds an Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Creative Destruction Lab and the Ivey N.O.I.S.E. committee. In 2016, Bridgit won at Google Demo Day in San Francisco and in 2015 Mallorie and her Co-founder Lauren Lake were jointly named Techvibes Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Lauren Friese, Digital Entrepreneur, Founder of TalentEgg

Lauren Friese is one of Canada’s top digital entrepreneurs and a leading expert on millennials and careers. She is the founder of Under her leadership, it became Canada’s most popular job board and online career resource for students and recent graduates, used by over 4 million Canadian students and recent graduates every year to find jobs and navigate the tough transition from university to working life. TalentEgg was acquired in 2015.

Ethan Song, Co-founder, CEO, and Creative Director Frank + Oak

Ethan Song’s personal and entrepreneurial journey is deeply connected to the journey of Frank + Oak, one of Canada’s most exciting retail and fashion brands that he co-founded in 2012.

As a first-generation immigrant from China, Song understood the importance of redefining worlds and making your mark. Outfitted with a creative mindset and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, he set out to explore the intersection of art and technology to create new experiences.

In 2012, Song and his childhood friend and fellow entrepreneur, Hicham Ratnani                  co-founded Frank + Oak with an inventive approach to integrating design and technology.

Today, Frank + Oak continues to set itself apart as a brand that redefines commerce on all fronts, from product to marketing campaigns and online or in-store shopping experiences. Song, in turn, continues to redefine the world around him by collaborating on a wide array of creative and entrepreneurial endeavours.

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