NOTE: We’re postponing this event until May. Hoping the snow will have stopped by then.

Many start-ups fail due to a lack of experience or support. A great mentor can provide the expertise, advice and inspiration you need. And mentors stand to garner a lot in return when matched with the right company and person.

But how do you find – and woo – a fantastic mentor for your start-up? What should mentors look for in a founder or CEO? How formal should you make the ties? What should you expect from each other? And what are the signs that the other party is just not that into you any longer?

Get the answers to these questions and more on Wednesday, March 26. You’ll hear perspectives from both sides of the mentorship coin.

Steven Arless, Managing Partner, Medius International – – Steve focuses his efforts on building early stage medical technology companies as an advisor, board member and angel investor. He has accumulated 35 years of extensive Canadian and international experience in the development, marketing and sales of medical devices, including 17 years at Smith & Nephew Inc., where he served as president for close to five years. Steve later served CryoCath Technologies Inc. as president and CEO from a start-up in April 1996 to July 2006. CryoCath gained global recognition as the leading developer of therapeutic catheter ablation solutions for atrial fibrillation. Supported by aggressive financing strategies, including a record IPO of $45 million in October 2000, sales grew to more than $40 million. In 2008, Medtronic Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, acquired CryoCath for $400 million.

Kevin Stover, Founder  & CEO, Sand Dollar Fuels Inc. – In addition to his role at the helm of Sand Dollar Fuels Inc., a Canadian fuel management and distribution company, Kevin co-founded Colorado-based VanDyne SuperTurbo Inc., where he was instrumental in raising millions of dollars from the global venture capital and angel community for the development of the company’s fuel-efficiency technology for the automotive industry. In 2009, Kevin founded Nova Scotia-based advisory and investment company Sand Dollar Ventures Inc., to attract globally disruptive technologies and broker deal flow. The company is pursuing a ground-breaking carbon capture technology and is preparing to complete a significant European real estate transaction. Kevin also recently facilitated the creation of a cyanide-elimination and gold-extraction company based in Nova Scotia, JVR Mining Services, where he serves as a director.

Ian Cavanagh, CEO, Ambir Solutions Inc. – Ian has a wealth of experience and a proven track record working with high growth software and services companies. His strengths lie in his expertise in global business and strategy, sales and marketing, and the leadership and development of people. Ian was previously Canadian president of a leading global outsourcing company, where he gained comprehensive insight into opportunities in the IT services sector. Previously, he founded Daruma Consulting Inc., focusing on providing strategic guidance to start-ups in Canada and the U.S. Prior to Daruma, Ian held senior roles in business development with Kana Communications in Redwood City, California, and Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories in Daly City, California, which was later acquired by Alcatel Communications. He is an active mentor and board member for many start-ups in the region and a frequent guest lecturer at universities.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am (light breakfast from 8:30 am – 9:00 am)
Innovacorp Enterprise Centre
1344 Summer Street, Halifax

RSVP to Charmaine at or 424.8674 x 1502 by Tuesday, March 25.