WHERE GROWTH
GETS REAL.

Mentorship is fundamental to the growth journey for any company in the trenches of acceleration. 1855 MASTERCLASS features best-in-class industry leaders with proven track records of success- to inspire, empower, and equip our thriving business community with tools to achieve and drive growth. This intimate and exclusive showcase of “mastery” in thought leadership is delivered in real-time from Whitby’s Innovation District.

Learn and Engage

Listen, learn, and ask. The speakers are there to share and empower YOUR growth. Each episode will also be archived online, post event.
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Networking

Connect with industry leaders and cohorts for elite après-event

networking in our virtual cocktail reception.

Prime Locale

Live streaming the mastery to YOU! Sessions will be hosted online until social distancing is no longer a concern and we can safely return to our live event venue, the Whitby Courthouse Theatre.

Watch Past Episodes

1855 MASTERCLASS:
Your Right to Access

On November 18, we closed the 2020 season of 1855 MASTERCLASS with Denise Williams, CEO, First Nations Technology Council, in an exclusive presentation of “Your Right to Access”. Facilitated by nationally recognized media personality, Tasha Kheiriddin, this gritty fireside discussion brought to light the long-standing systemic crisis that has been happening in our nation's Indigenous communities for decades. Guests were invited to explore Indigenous wisdom and ways of “being”, that are key to how we live today, as we innovate forward, and encouraged to step up and live in right relation, as Indigenous peoples have for thousands of years on the land we walk today.

We also  enjoyed an exclusive musical performance by JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk.

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1855 MASTERCLASS:
Leveling Up Your Personal & Business Life

The 1855 MASTERCLASS stage was graced with talent from rising Canadian country music artist, Melissa Megan, and the profound words of former MLB World Championship pitcher, Todd Stottlemyre. Melissa opened the show with a private concert from her London front porch, singing three songs, leaving us feeling like we were at a live concert on her front lawn. Then came a provocative conversation with Todd. He shared takeways including powerful goal-setting strategies, the impact our associations have on success, dugout stories starring legendary baseball legends, and the importance of being present wherever you are. Guests had the opportunity to ask Todd personal questions and his words of wisdom compounded and rung with transparency until the end.


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1855 MASTERCLASS:
BUILD, ACCELERATE, & HARVEST YOUR COMPANY VALUE

Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Advisor, John Warrillow, Founder of The Value Builder System™, has spent 20+ years helping SMB's level the playing field as they approach their exit. John has four successful exits and was ranked by Forbes Magazine as running one of the world’s best podcasts for business owners. As this pandemic storm subsides, it’s time to assess the damage and that requires asking some essential questions. John Warrillow shares strategies around how these circumstances provide an opportunity to rethink how you approach your company- re-evaluating everything you've done in the past to build a more durable, valuable company in the future. Also features a special musical performance by Peter Katz, Canadian singer-songwriter, JUNO nominee, and storyteller.  

   
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1855 MASTERCLASS:
You're Up. Ask a Disruptor.

Bruce Croxon kicked off the siberXchange Live Online Summit on May 28 with an exclusive presentation of 1855 MASTERCLASS presented by Durham Region Economic Development. Previously on CBC’s Dragon's Den, Bruce currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage Canadian tech companies. He also co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business. During this episode, Bruce discussed how the tech industry has experienced eras of significant impact in the past and overcame. Learning new ways to do things is the way of the future and COVID-19 has reinforced this. “We always assume the change is more radical than it turns out to be. Change does not happen as quickly as we talk about when we are in the midst of a panic.”   

   
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1855 MASTERCLASS:
LIFE OF AN INSTIGATOR

Coach to high performing SaaS Founders, Dan has three startup exits under his belt, is an award-winning angel investor and is THE TOP YouTuber for SaaS businesses. Listen to Dan share his powerful personal journey through a series of learned experiences and tough life lessons, that significantly impacted his success, and his mission to help companies scale companies to exponential growth.


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1855 MASTERCLASS:
THE ERA OF AI: COMPLEXITY. SIMPLICITY. OPPORTUNITY.

IBM CTO Sam Lightstone discusses the recent evolution of AI, sharing the latest examples of how far technologies have come. An expert in incubating disruptive technology, leading mass engineering teams, and driving go-to-market activities, Sam shares his experiences and demonstrate what tools, processes, and technologies are available to make AI more trustworthy and accessible for your growing company.

 

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1855 MASTERCLASS:
Play Bigger, Be Better.

And DOMINATE.

Peter Goldie has a track record of creating and launching market-dominating products and is now a player-turned-coach, helping companies with the emerging discipline of category design.

For the last decade, he’s supported companies as an investor and advisor on business strategy, products, and marketing.  Watch and learn how, you too, can dominate your category.

 

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1855 MASTERCLASS Series Premiere

1855 MASTERCLASS: Growing By Giving

Featuring Jason Atkins, CEO of 360insights, and Régine Chassagne and Win Butler, co-leaders of the iconic world-touring band, Arcade Fire. During an intimate conversation between these champions of success, they share how their growth achievements fuelled a deep connection to initiatives they are passionate about.

 

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