Founders Forum

September 22nd - 24th | 2021
at Planet Hatch

The Place For No-BS Conversations Among Entrepreneurs and Business Operators


The Deadline to Apply is September 14th

Founders Forum:

Each year Founders Forum brings an intimate group of company founders and executive operators together for an exclusive event that’s designed to facilitate authentic, "no-BS" conversations on starting & growing a company in Atlantic Canada. Sessions focus on ups and downs, real lessons learned, and major industry trends that entrepreneurs need to be aware of.

Walk away from the three-day event with new perspectives and a network of like-minded peers to call on for support.

This Year

Founders Forum 2021 will be an in-person event and will feature elements we have been missing, including a three-course meal, seven thought-provoking panels, and a happy hour for some much-needed networking time.

While we anticipate that NB will remain in the Green Phase of COVID-19 recovery, we will continue to put the health and safety of speakers, audience and staff first by following health and safety regulations at the time of the event.

Founders forum

Session Themes

Each session provides a unique opportunity for thought-provoking conversation amongst entrepreneurs and operators in an intimate setting.

Risky Business: The Life of an Entrepreneur

This panel will include stories from the trenches and lessons learned through blood, sweat and tears on building a dynamic, successful business from the ground up. It will provide an opportunity for an intimate intergenerational conversation amongst Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs.

Me Inc: Creating a Memorable Brand

The focus of this panel will be on the intricacies of building a brand that sticks in the mind of your customer and community.

Too Niche or Not Too Niche: Putting Customers First

The focus of this panel will be striking the right balance between customers’ needs and operational concerns as well as experiential shopping and the future of the consumer relationship.

Future Focused: Building Agile Organizations that Embrace Change

This panel will focus on the strategies, tools and general outlook required to build an organization that leverages change and creativity for growth.

Fake it ‘til You Make it: Dealing with the “Imposter Syndrome” and Finding Your Inner CEO

We've all experienced what’s known as the “imposter syndrome”- the fear of not living up to expectations. This panel will feature real-talk on the challenges of leading a company and strategies to realign your mindset with purpose and confidence.

#Trending: How to Break Through the Noise and Get Social Media Working for You

The focus of this panel will include a general review of the major platforms and discussion on how entrepreneurs can leverage social media to stay in front of their key audiences.

People Problems: How to Remove Friction and Differentiate Your Business Through Talent

The focus of this panel will be people as a driving factor for your business’ success. This panel will unveil the struggles and opportunities, and successful strategies for building and leading a talented, cohesive team.

Event Details

In order for Founders Forum to foster a comfortable and open environment for asking difficult questions and sharing personal experiences we’ve devised some core values:

1. Authenticity - This medium is not for self-promotion or pitching;  discussions will be kept unfiltered.

2. Practicality - Sessions focus on the transferable lessons learned through real experiences, not the type of knowledge you can get from a Google search.

3. Connectivity - Peer to peer discussions and networking is the basis of this event. To avoid distractions, cell phones will not be permitted during forum sessions. Participants phones will be stored securely and available to participants at breaks and meal times.

This Year's Moderators

Krista Ross

Fredericton Chamber of Commerce

Laura O'Blenis

President & CEO
Stiletto Consulting

Adam Peabody

Planet Hatch


We will be announcing the founders joining our 2021 panels on August 25th. Stay tuned!


Norm Couturier

CEO and Co-Founder
3D Planeta

Jeff Alpaugh

Owner and Founder
Jeff Alpaugh Custom

Jessie Yerxa

Real Estate Professional
eXp Realty

Phillip Curley

HotSpot Inc

Olubukola Abiola

Entrepreneur and Co-Founder

Kent Murphy

Chief Operating Officer
Atlantic Growth Solutions

Kathryn Lockhart


Kumaran Thillainadarajah

Smart Skin Technologies

Emily McGill

HR Specialist
Emily McGill Professionals

Pat Kerry

Chief Technology Officer
VeroSource Solutions

Alison Veino

Fluid Abstract Artist
Alison Veino Art Studios

Ray Harris


Kara Angus

Go-Go Group Inc.

Kathryn Cameron

Chief Operating Officer
Beauceron Security Inc.


Wednesday, September 22nd

6:30 PM
   Networking Reception
7:00 PM
   Dinner - Catered three-course meal
8:00 PM
   Panel One: Risky Business
9:15 PM
   Day One End

Thursday, September 23rd

9:00 AM
9:30 AM
   Panel Two: Me Inc
10:45 AM
Coffee & Tea Break
11:00 AM
Panel Three: Too Niche or Not Too Niche
1:15 PM
    Panel Four: Future Focused
2:30 PM
    Coffee & Tea Break
2:45 PM
    Panel Five: Fake it 'til You Make it
4:00 PM
4:30 PM
    Happy Hour & Networking at
The Nest
6:30 PM
    Day Two End

Friday, September 24th

9:00 AM
9:30 AM
   Panel Six: #Trending
10:45 AM
Coffee & Tea Break
11:00 AM
Panel Seven: People Problems
12:30 PM
Day Three End

Apply to Attend Founders Forum 2021

Seats for Founders Forum are limited and by application only.
Apply today!

$225 / person + HST

(Includes a 3 course dinner, day 2 lunch, 2 drink tickets, and access to all Founders Forum events)

Apply To Attend

The Deadline to Apply is September 14th

Hindsight 2020: Last Year's Founders Forum

Founders Forum: 6 key takeaways for business owners

by Andy Clark

"Founders Forum bills itself as “the place for no BS conversations amongst entrepreneurs & operators”, and it didn’t disappoint in this regard. The moderators did an excellent job of teasing out, and the panelists candidly and openly shared, key insights and practical advice from their own entrepreneurial journeys for the benefit of attendees..."

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Previous Speakers

Stephen Dixon

President & CEO
Grimross Brewing

Shawna Foster

MOCO Downtown

Adam Clawson

Red Rover

Laura Clendenning

Founder & CEO
Sweat Club Inc.

Scott Williams

Taylor Printing Group

Adetunji Adelakun

Scantranx Technologies

Margaret Scott

Scottage Cheeze
Vegan Products

Laura O'Blenis

President & CEO
Stiletto Consulting

Kara Angus

Go-Go Group Inc.

Ray Harris


Adam Harris

Managing Director
C-Therm Technologies

Erin Flood


Keith McIntosh

Founder / CEO
PLATO / Professional Quality
     Assurance Ltd.

Asif Hasan

   SimpTek Technologies

Jeff Thompson

Serial Entrepreneur

Mohamed Khirallah

   Roticana Coffee

Sandy Bird

Co-Founder and CTO
   Sonrai Security

Jill Green

   Green Imaging Technologies

Karen Grant

   Kiers Marketing

Curtis Kennedy


Duncan McSporran

Founder & COO
Kognitiv Spark


of 2020 feedback survey respondents would recommend Founders Forum to other entrepreneurs

Testimonial from 2020 feedback survey

"Go-Go CEO Kara Angus’ comments, advice, hilarity, and practical tips in this area were worth the price of the conference and then some"

9 out of 10

attendees felt that they were able to make networking connections with other entrepreneurs