The Creative Destruction Lab Super Session is a showcase of this year’s graduating early-stage tech companies.

June 6th & 7th 2018, at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


What is the CDL Super Session?

Companies that have successfully completed the CDL program at 5 of Canada’s top universities will all be in one place to:

Attendees will see new and exciting applications of diverse technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biological engineering, financial technology, energy technology, water technology and green engineering. The technologies on display will have wide-ranging implications for industries including energy, healthcare, construction, insurance, finance, computing, and agriculture.



Life Beyond Earth Fireside Chat

On June 6, CDL-Global will launch its talk series CDL Insights by hosting Life Beyond Earth, a fireside chat looking at the future of space exploration and human colonization of other planets. Transcending the natural limitations of living outside our blue planet, this conversation will explore the current trajectory of technological improvements in interplanetary transportation, space robotics, and mining, to develop a deep understanding of the state of science and technology in building human colonies beyond earth. We will be skillfully guided by a commander of the International Space Station, a space flight participant, leader of an in-progress spacecraft mission to a near-earth asteroid, and the person under whose leadership NASA successfully landed two rovers on the red planet.



Colonel Chris Hadfield
Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, and the first Canadian to walk in space.









Anousheh Ansari
First female private space traveller, sponsor of the ANSARI XPRIZE, and technology entrepreneur.









Firouz Naderi
Former associate director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, former director of the Solar Exploration Program, and former program manager for Mars exploration at NASA









Dante Lauretta
Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, leader of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return mission to the asteroid Bennu, one of the most Potentially Hazardous near-Earth Asteroids (PHAs).







   Q&A with Vinod Khosla



On June 7, Vinod Khosla will join the Super Session to answer questions on a variety of topics including entrepreneurial attitude, creating development focus, fundraising strategies, and his own experiences as a founder and as an investor. Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, where he served as its first CEO and Chairman in the early 1980s. In 1986, he became a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In 2004 Khosla formed his own firm, Khosla Ventures, which focuses on venture investments in various technology sectors, most notably clean technology.




Why a “Super Session?”

The CDL Super Session is structured to connect members of the CDL community from across Canada and beyond in a final session with all CDL 2017/18 graduate ventures.


CDL has rapidly grown from one cohort of 25 starting ventures in one location, to 11 cohorts in 5 locations. With approximately half of these graduating, this represents the largest gathering of deep science based, high potential startups in Canada.


The session will be curated to stimulate with world-leading expert speakers, and multiple parallel streams and break-outs to help connect the CDL’s Fellows, Associates, and venture founders with policy makers, venture capitalists, financiers, corporate partners, world-class scientists & technologists, and business talent. The first 4 CDL sessions at each site have helped to set trajectory and provide resources for the highest potential ventures. At the Super Session, we come together to provide the direction, connections and resources to turbo-charge these ventures to growth and impact.


Come and help us achieve and celebrate CDL’s mission – let’s build something massive, as CDL ventures help create jobs and positively impact the health and wellness of our people and planet, harnessing the remarkable inventiveness of our scientist founders.


It’s going to be an amazing two days. We look forward to your participation!


Location and Date

June 6th & 7th 2018, at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)


Who can attend?

This is an invitation only, ticketed event.

Tickets will be available to the following:
CDL Venture Founders
CDL Fellows & Associates
CDL Scientists & Economists
CDL Founding Partners
CDL Business Course Students & Alumni
CDL Alumni Founders
CDL Corporate Partners
CDL University Faculty
Industry Partners
Venture Financiers

If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please fill in this online form.



For media accreditation and related inquiries, please fill out the following form.


Travel and Accommodation Information

Out of town guests should aim to arrive in Toronto on the evening of June 5th and expect to finish by 4pm on June 7th.

Hotel recommendations and rates will be provided upon registration.



For inquiries, please contact