Welcome to


Friday, July 26, 2019
MaRS Discovery District
101 College St, Toronto, Canada


TIRGAN Festival 2019

July 25-28, 2019 Toronto

Speakers and Panelists

Please scroll down for the schedule.

Kamran Elahian
Founder and Chairman
Global Innovation Catalyst

Fereydoun Taslimi

Jonathan Dogterom
Senior Vice President
MaRS Discovery District

Mehrdad Ariannejad
Tirgan Festival

Asieh Namdar (MC)
News Anchor

Haleh Bridi
Former Director
The world Bank

Ramin Bagheri
Advisor/ Coach/ Senior Business Developer at SAP

Ali Dadpay
Professor of Economics
St. Edward’s University

Mehrdad Hariri
Founder/ President
Canadian Science Policy Center

Firouz Naderi
Scientist/ Former Director
Solar System Exploration at NASA/JPL

Pirooz Parvarandeh
Chief Operating Officer

Fay Arjomandi
mimik technologies inc.
Melody Adhamy
Havas Canada

Mahboob Bolandi
Founder / President
Karafarin Canada

Nadereh Chamlou
Former Senior Advisor
The World Bank Group

Sepideh Nasiri
Founder/ CEO
Persian Women in Tech

Negar RostamZadeh
Research Scientist
Element AI

Parisa Naraei
Manager, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

John Tory
Mayor of Toronto

Sepi Ghajar
Founder/ CEO
Martin Basiri
Co-Founder/ CEO
Hamid Akbari
Blanc Labs
Brienne Ghafourifar


Please note that the talks and panel discussions will be conducted in English.

Friday, July 26th


8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Coffee Networking


9:00 am – 9:30 am

Opening Session and Welcoming Remarks

Asieh Namdar (MC)
, News Anchor at CGTN AMERICA

Fereydoun Taslimi
, President of iBRIDGES
Mehrdad Ariannejad, President of Tirgan Festival
John Tory
, Mayor of Toronto
Jon Dogterom, Senior Vice President, Venture Services at MaRS DD


9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Contribution of Iranian Diaspora to Economic and Business Sectors in North America

Pirooz Parvarandeh, Chief Operating Officer at Aquantia 


10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

AI and Big Data – Global Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A Discussion of AI Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries

Hamid Akbari
CEO, Blanc Labs

Negar RostamZadeh Element AI Research Scientist 

Chair: Parisa Naraei Manager, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee/ Networking Break


11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Iranian Women in Tech – Emerging Movers and Shakers in Innovation

Melody AdhamyCEO of Havas Canada

Niki Bayat, Co-founder and CEO, Aescula Tech
Sepideh Nasiri, Founder and CEO, Persian Women in Tech

Chair: Nadereh Chamlou, Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM



1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Keynote: “Nothing is Impossible”

Firouz Naderi, Scientist/ Former Director, Solar System Exploration at NASA / JPL


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Amazing Entrepreneurship Stories

Fay Arjomandi, Founder and CPO, mimik technologies inc.
Martin Basiri
, Co-Founder and CEO, ApplyBoard
Brienne Ghafourifar
, Co-founder, Entefy
Sepi Ghajar, Founder and CEO, TAYGO
Chair: Mehrdad Hariri, Founder/ President, Canadian Science Policy Center



3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking Break


3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

iBRIDGES 2.0 – Next Steps

Haleh Bridi, Former Director, The world Bank
Kamran Elahian, Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst
Nadereh Chamlou, Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group
Fereydoun Taslimi, Founder, Sensorscall
Chair: Mahboob Bolandi, Founder and President of Karafarin Canada


4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks – Way forward

Kamran Elahian, Founder and Chairman at Global Innovation Catalyst




Students groups


Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Email us at info@ibridges.org for more info.

Friends & Supporters

  • Recognition on program booklet
  • Recognition on auditorium screen
  • 4 Conference tickets

Visionary Sponsors

  • Everything in Supporters Package
  • Prominent logo on all promotional material and event signages
  • Prominent logo on conference webpage on Tirgan
  • Prominent logo on iBRIDGES website
  • 1/2 page Ad on program booklet
  • 6 Conference tickets
  • One ticket to Tirgan’s Soiree

Panel Sponsors

  • Everything in Visionary Package
  • Full page Ad on program booklet
  • 2 Tirgan Festival VIP Pass
  • 10 Conference tickets
  • 2 Tickets to Tirgan’s Soiree
  • One exhibit table at the venue
  • Banner placement on stage during the sponsored panel
  • Brief Introduction of your organization during the sponsored panel
  • Verbal recognition during opening and closing sessions

Presenting Sponsors

  • Everything in Visionary Package
  • 2 Full pages Ad on program booklet
  • 4 Tirgan Festival VIP Pass
  • 20 Conference Tickets
  • 5 Tickets to Tirgan’s Soiree
  • 2 Exhibit tables at the venue
  • Verbal recognition during opening session, all panels, and closing session
  • Screening a 30 second video clip about your business/ company
  • Banner placement on stage during opening session, all panels, and closing session

What we do

iBRIDGES is an open, inclusive and collaborative initiative which aims to empower a worldwide high-tech entrepreneurial community, focused on those of Iranian descent, to exchange knowledge, best practices, and innovative thinking. The iBRIDGES community is committed to nurturing individuals who build and accelerate the growth of an “Innovation Economy” everywhere.



iBRIDGE brings all entrepreneurs of Iranian descent together to explore the role that a high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem can play in economic development and diversification.


Our mission is to create a community of high-tech entrepreneurs of Iranian descent, energized to exchange knowledge, best practices, and innovative thinking.


 We connect entrepreneurs and startup founders with experienced investors and successful entrepreneurs. iBRIDGES provides a dynamic platform for mentoring relationship.

iBRIDGES COmmunity





MaRS Discovery District


MaRS Discovery District, MaRS Centre, South Tower
101 College Street, Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1L7


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