We believe in the power of learning from entrepreneurs to help you succeed. “Lived It Lectures” offer unparalleled access to successful entrepreneurs to hear first-hand about the experience of building an innovative startup from founders who have seen it and done it.

Lived It Lectures are part of MaRS’ Entrepreneurship 101, Canada’s largest live and online entrepreneurship course. Topics include funding your business, marketing, recruiting, intellectual property and more—learn more here.

Upcoming Speakers

Please check back with us to learn about upcoming speakers.

Past Speakers

Janet Bannister, Founder, Kijiji; General Partner, Real Ventures

Janet Bannister discusses her experience that led to the launch of Kijiji. Hear three key themes that have guided Janet in her professional and personal life.

Read more: Lessons from Kijiji Founder Janet Bannister


Greg Kiessling, Founder, Bullfrog Power; Chair, Canadians for Clean Prosperity

Greg Kiessling shares his five secrets for building a successful startup. One secret? Good luck plays a key role in being an entrepreneur and discovering opportunities.

Read more: Greg Kiessling explains why soft skills are needed for hard-headed business


Isadore Sharp, Founder and Chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Isadore Sharp tells how he created an extraordinary customer experience by staying close to the basic principles of business and constantly innovating to stay current and ahead of the competition.

Read more: Isadore Sharp on building exceptional customer service


Bruce Croxon, Managing Partner, Round 13 Capital

In this talk, Bruce Croxon shares how he got started as a tech entrepreneur—and finds a link among successful startups: they are built through vision and core values.

Read more: 7 tips from Bruce Croxon on how to survive the ups and downs of entrepreneurship


Carol Leaman, CEO, Axonify

Carol Leaman discusses how to build a profitable company that moves in the right direction with the market and shares important personal lessons learned from her journey as an entrepreneur.

Read more: Your career is a winding road, key lessons from Carol Leaman


Harry Rosen, Founder and Executive Chairman, Harry Rosen

An inside look into 55 years of experience with one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs. Harry Rosen, the king of high-end menswear, has been recognized for his progressive approach to service, technology and marketing. Harry speaks on competitive advantage and “creating customers for life.”