Historic CENE Events

CENE has been hosting programs in support of our mission since the founding of the organization in 2013.  Find out more about our past programs below.

Catalyst Forum: Life Sciences

November 17, 2020

The second edition of the Catalyst Forum: Life Sciences will once again bring together members of the CENE and its network of successful Boston-based Canadians for a day of discovery, collisions, networking and learning.

This virtual program will include insights into new developments in Canadian life sciences, input from the CENE's Life Sciences Leadership Council and feature a showcase of emerging growth Canadian life sciences companies.  The program will be hosted throughout at a base location in Boston and Canada.

We appreciate the support of McMaster Innovation Park in making this event possible

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October 20, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

October 20th, 2020

On October 20th, our CENE community gathered for belated virtual celebration of Thanksgiving.

September 16, 2020

Crossing Closed Borders: Biotech Collaboration between the US and Canada

September 16, 2020

This edition of the virtual CENE brought together leaders in Canada and the United States to discuss current market conditions, opportunities for collaboration and development, plus discussions on the impact on due diligence, collaboration, partner goals and what the opportunities look like moving forward.

August 19, 2020

At The Cottage

For those of us who couldn't make it to the cottage this year, CENE hosted our Members and friends for a special evening to share memories of the cottage, cocktail recipes, and more. Thanks to everyone who attended!

July 01, 2020

A Toast To Canada Day

This year, we brought Canada Day to your doorstep.  Our celebration included a very special wine tasting carefully curated by Kaskadia Wine Merchants, a raffle of gifts direct from the provinces and we’ll mix things up with a special cocktail shared from Crystal Head Vodka which is manufactured in Newfoundland and Labrador. All net proceeds went directly to the United Way of Canada and the United States.

June 03, 2020

The Virtual CENE - The Role of Canada and the United States in a Post Pandemic World

The Covid-19 Pandemic has cracked the foundation of economic activity.  What will the future bring for Canada and the United States?  Thought leaders in strategy, investment and the world economy joined our community to share their insights on where we go from here.

We were joined by Dave Donabedian, Chief Investment Officer of CIBC Private Wealth Management, Avery Shenfeld, Managing Director and Chief Economist of CIBC Capital Markets, and Karl Moore, Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill University.

April 08, 2020

The Virtual CENE - Insight from the Cutting Edge of Covid-19 Research in Canada

The Virtual CENE is a series of events to connect CENE members and our community in dynamic conversations online. Our inaugural event featured a discussion between Karen Mossman, PhD, and Heidi Legg.

March 03, 2020

CENE Gala 2020

CENE members met in March for this annual CENE Signature Event. MIT Media Lab Executive Director Deb Roy shared insights about the growth and impact of social media in a discussion moderated by Heidi LeggListen to the podcast. Find out more about becoming a member.

December 05, 2019


Mentoring the most innovative Canadian founders in life sciences and technology has been CENE’s mission since our founding in 2013. Bringing together over 100 sponsors, founders and investors, the Catalyst Forum focused on identifying and fostering the most promising life sciences companies emerging from Canada today.

June 27, 2019

Canada Day Celebration

We celebrated 152 years of Canada with the CENE, the Canadian Consulate in Boston and the NECBC. This festive gathering showcased a wide range of Canadian innovation, from a fireside chat with Canadian entrepreneurs to in-house demos from Canadian start-ups. Plus, we enjoyed some of our favourite Canadian snacks and beverages.

May 28, 2019

Toast Canadian Innovation: Meet the CTA Spring 19 Cohort

Held in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, we welcomed the companies from the  CTA@Boston cohort to Boston. We welcomed all to come and learn more about the exciting technologies coming from Canada.

May 10, 2019

Scaling the Invisible Wall: Roundtable Discussion with Immigration Attorney Vincent Lau

CENE Members gathered for lunch with fellow Canadians working in tech and life sciences to learn more about the current Canada-U.S. immigration landscape and its influence on business, hiring, and living in the U.S. Our conversation addressed how the current approach to enforcing immigration laws affects cross-border recruitment and considered the impact of potential future legal changes. Immigration attorney Vincent Lau, Managing Partner at Clark Lau LLC, led a presentation outlining challenges Canadians may face and discussed potential solutions.

April 09, 2019

Cannabis and Canada: A rapid growing field

At the newest CIC location in Kendall Square, CENE members and our esteemed guests talked about the rapidly growing field of cannabis and opportunities for entrepreneurship in both the US and Canada. Our panel featured:

Tito Jackson | Verdant Medical Inc.

James Winokur | Marimed, Cannakorp

Vinit Nijhawan | Academic, Entrepreneur, Investor

February 07, 2019

CENE Gala 2019

The 2019 CENE gala was an evening of great networking, conversation, fun and remarkable storytelling from two fellow Canadians whose goals are nothing less than creating clean energy forever to expanding the knowledge boundaries of our universe. Our special guests for the evening were exoplanet hunter Dr. Sara Seager and fusion energy pioneer Dr. Dennis Whyte.

January 14, 2019

Quarterly Meetup: Bruins vs. Habs

CENE members, including 8-season Bruins alum and CENE member Nevin Markwart, visited a Bruins vs. Habs game in a luxurious private club setting. Gathering at the Legacy Club, founded by former Bruins goalie Cleon Daskalakis, and located in an historic brick-and-beam building near TD Garden, we watched the greatest rivals in sports battle it out.

December 12, 2018

Quarterly Meetup: Toast Canadian Innovation

For our quarterly cinq à sept, held in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, CENE members were joined by the current CTA@Boston cohort to our community. We welcomed all to come learn more about the fantastic innovation coming from out of Canada. CENE members and friends of Canada grabbed a drink and met fellow Canadians (and friends of Canada) working in tech, life sciences, and the innovation sector.

October 26, 2018

BDC Boston Immersion Day

For a second year, CENE teamed up with BDC to explore new ways to scale Canadian innovation. As Canada’s only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs, BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) offers advice and capital to promising Canadian businesses. This October 26th immersion day brought CENE members' collective expertise, connections, and advice to the high-growth firms BDC supports along with a warm introduction to the hub's innovation ecosystem. Members were invited to participate in mini-mentoring sessions according to their expertise. All members were invited to a breakfast session to meet the companies.

CENE Happy Hour with Alberta MedTech

On Wednesday, May 30th the Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England were joined by some of Alberta’s top medical device, diagnostic and HealthIT technologies and companies. Members grabbed a drink and connected with Albertan entrepreneurs and Boston-area Canadian expats working in the life sciences at this intimate networking reception. Drinks and light hors-d'oeuvres were served. 

May 08, 2018

Meetup for Canadians in Tech and Life Sciences

Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England met for our quarterly cinq à sept at Meadhall in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Members were invited to grab a drink with fellow Canadians (and friends of Canada) working in tech, life sciences, and innovation sectors. Cash bar with light hors-d'oeuvres were provided.

February 01, 2018

Save the Date - CENE Gala 2018

The 2018 CENE Gala was an inspiring evening of sharing stories of our impact, deepening connections, and a celebration of our members and partners who make it all possible.

December 04, 2017

CENE teamed up with BDC to explore new ways to scale Canadian innovation. As Canada’s only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs, BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) offers advice and capital to promising Canadian businesses. Members and guests shared how to leverage their collective expertise in support of Canadian business, and brainstormed new solutions to common challenges together at this relaxed interactive session.

October 04, 2017

Cleantech Founders Evening

Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England (CENE) and the Québec Government Office in Boston hosted “Ideate for Impact: Cleantech Founders Evening” followed by a networking event where Québec’s cleantech companies collided with Boston’s green innovation community and CENE members. We were inspired by these business leaders who are dedicated to having a meaningful, long-term impact.

September 13, 2017

CENE Fall Kickoff

The CENE Fall Kickoff took place after work on Wednesday, September 13th, with CENE members, Canadian companies, and the Canadian Consulate team reconnecting after the summer to hear what’s new at the CENE. We were excited to share news about new ways to get involved in giving back to the Canadian tech/life science community and ideas for the coming year.

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