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On November 9-11, Sprott DECA hosted its 4th Annual Invitational Conference


“Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.” Warren Bennis

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It can be easy to get caught-up in the hectic pace of a student routine. But, what if we were looking towards something larger than our day-to-day responsibilities? What if we kept our focus on the horizon?

Horizon, Sprott DECA’s fourth annual conference, is a 3-day event focused on building confident, young leaders through case competitions, workshops and networking events. In an age of innovation and globalization, there is more opportunity than ever-before for students to push the scope of their interests, knowledge and perspective. Through Horizon, students will be encouraged to develop key leadership abilities that push them to ignite change and keep their eyes on the horizon.

Case Categories


Team events are marked with an asterisk (*)

Entrepreneurship Competition

As a platform to help delegate develop a wide array of business skills, Sprott DECA has chosen to include an entrepreneurial pitch challenge to this year’s collection of case categories. The Sunrise Pitch Challenge intends to inspire and enable DECA entrepreneurs to bring forth their uniques ideas and receive valuable feedback.

Participants can sign up as individuals or as teams of up to 4. During the conference, delegates will pitch their ideas during a 5-10 minute presentation to a panel of judges who will then select the top pitch. All applicable materials must be submitted to judges after the presentation has been completed. There will also be a 5 minute Q&A period.

The Sunrise Pitch Challenge does not delineate based on industry or business strategy: anything and everything is welcome. This is a great opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to practice pitching and receive constructive comments to help lead to challenges and events such as Seed and Legacy.


Emerging Technologies - ICTC

The Information and Communications Technology Council is a center for expertise on the digital economy, aimed at helping people prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. They strive to define critical competencies and provide the opportunities and skills to enhance digital literacy and will be sharing some of their knowledge and skills as part of a workshop. For more information on ICTC, please visit their website here.

Keynote speaker

Aydin Mirzaee

Aydin Headshot.jpg

Aydin is co-founder and CEO of a new startup called Fellow. Fellow is a manager's co-pilot - a toolkit to help with 1:1s, meetings, feedback, goal setting and more.

Prior to Fellow, he co-founded Fluidware in 2008 which was the creator of two very successful SaaS businesses: http://FluidSurveys.com & http://FluidReview.com. Fluidware was bootstrapped and grew to a $10M+ run-rate and over 90 people in staff. After 6.5 years, Fluidware was acquired by SurveyMonkey (the world's leading online survey company). Aydin then served as General Manager of SurveyMonkey Canada.

Aydin is also the co-founder of http://FreshFounders.com, a non-profit organization with the vision to foster a community of top entrepreneurs in the nation's capital.



Tory Building

Tory Building

Canal Building

Canal Building

Carleton University

This year's conference will be hosted along the banks of the Rideau Canal between Carleton University's Canal Building and Tory Building. 


Radisson - Parliament Hill

We are excited to announce our continued partnership with the Radisson - Parliament Hill, which will serve as the official hotel for this year's conference. 

The hotel is only a few blocks away from Parliament Hill, restaurants, the Rideau Centre mall, and Ottawa's bustling nightlife in the Byward Market.

Delegates traveling from schools outside of Ottawa will call the Radisson - Parliament Hill home during the conference weekend.

If you are a local delegate and wish to stay in the Radisson, please purchase the ticket with the hotel included.

Friday Night


Craft Beer Market

This year’s opening ceremonies will be held at Craft Brewery in the heart of Lansdowne on historic Bank Street. This night will feature a selection of gourmet appetizers and a drink ticket, redeemable for over 100 local and international beers on-tap. Come out and get to know fellow competitors from across Ontario.


Night at the Museum (Saturday)


Museum of Nature

Horizon’s Closing Ceremonies will take place inside the historic and elegant Museum of Nature. This beautiful castle-like building is the birthplace of Canadian museums and a natural historic site. It doubles as a museum, research site, and breathtaking event venue. The evening will feature a unique and motivating keynote speech, awards ceremony, cash bar, and catered dinner. Delegates will leave feeling inspired and ready to be leaders of tomorrow.

Please note that the closing ceremonies will be hosted in the Fourth Floor Gallery.

Sunset Social - Whiskey Bar

This year’s Saturday night social event will be held at Whiskey Bar in the heart of Byward Market in downtown Ottawa.

*Your ticket includes dinner Friday night, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday. More information will be released with the delegate package.