How We Can Win
And what happens to us and our country if we don't

February 14, 2018 | 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM | Shaw Conference Centre

Join us for a conversation with acclaimed Canadian entrepreneur Anthony Lacavera, presented by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.

Our kids are smart, our banks are sound, our health care system is humane, our democracy is stable—but technological change is about to disrupt our economy and threaten our way of life. Canadians are not ready for the race to the future. Can we still catch up—or even win?

Yes, says Anthony Lacavera, one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. But we need to change the way we think and talk about our own abilities—dream bigger, aim higher and go for gold, not bronze.

We also need to change the way we do business. Our dominant business culture, Lacavera believes, is fundamentally unCanadian: traditional, backward-looking, insular, timid, greedy, unoriginal—everything that Canadians themselves are not. And that unCanadian business culture, protected by outmoded regulations and government policies, is stifling our economic growth. It dumps roadblocks in the path of entrepreneurs who want to build the kind of powerhouse businesses that will create jobs and fuel our economy.

We look forward to connecting with you and furthering conversations on how Edmonton can best take advantage of all the opportunities 2018 affords.

Please note: How We Can Win is a by invitation event. If you would like more information or to receive an invite, please email Cheryll Watson, VP – Urban Economy, at


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About the Author


Anthony Lacavera is best known as the founder and CEO of Wind Mobile, which he sold for $1.6 billion after it grew to become Canada’s fourth largest wireless carrier. A serial entrepreneur, he started his first business right out of university. As a venture capitalist, he has a significant stake in dozens of startups in Canada as well as the United States; as a mentor and investor, he’s heavily involved in our most successful accelerators and incubators, including MaRS, Creative Destruction Lab, DMZ and Next Canada.

The founder and chairman of Globalive Capital, a venture capital firm, Lacavera has done business in more than thirty other countries, ranging from producing plays on Broadway to raising more than $2 billion in capital from Russian oligarchs, Egyptian telecom magnates and a host of colourful VCs from Silicon Valley to the Netherlands. He lives in Toronto and is a regular commentator on Bloomberg TV.