Spirit Catcher by Ron Baird, 1986

who we are

Georgian Angel Network (GAN) has been established to connect angel investors in the Barrie, South Georgian Bay, Orangeville and and Muskoka/Huntsville regions with entrepreneurs needing equity capital to commercialize their innovations.

GAN’s role is to serve as a catalyst for economic development, facilitating deal flow between accredited investors and high-quality investee opportunities as well as providing investor and investee education services.



John Pickard | Accolade Weight Loss for Men

John honed his skills in marketing and sales with global marketers Bristol-Myers and Warner-Lambert.  Following that he became Vice President of Telemedia Publishing, then Canada’s largest consumer magazine publisher.  He entered the entrepreneurial ranks when he joined a start-up in the prepaid card market, which was ultimately sold to AT&T. This led to the acquisition of Orlando-based New Horizons, a cell phone company that John and his partners took public and eventually exited. John spent the next 6 years mentoring entrepreneurs with Mars Discovery District, Bioenterprise Corporation, and Innovation Guelph. John was the founding Executive Director of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College and served in that role from 2014 to 2019.  Having lost 110 pounds in the past year, John wanted to share his success with other men struggling with their weight. He is currently pursuing a new entrepreneurial venture, Accolade Weight Loss for Men. 


John has some experience with angel investing which he has pursued independently and describes his results as “spectacularly unsuccessful”.  He has been involved with Angel One and through his Henry Bernick tenure with GAN.  The Centre became a significant feeder of high potential startups to GAN and five of these companies have been funded by GAN members over the years. (Earth to Kids, LinkGreen, Freshspoke, Luisella and Frauxmagerie).  Under John’s direction the Henry Bernick Centre became a member and sponsor of GAN and the Bluewater Angel Investment Group and ultimately the Centre became a founding investor in the GAN Xcelerate Fund.


Xcelerate Summit
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm

Xcelerate Summit – Sparking Business Minds to Grow and Connect

This four day virtual conference brings together the areas most prominent business leaders, stellar keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and NETWORKING. Take some time to work on your business.

You will not want to miss this event!

Early Bird Tickets for $39+ tax includes:

  • Pre-Conference Workshop
  • Opening Keynote and Conference Access
  • Networking
  • Social Night
  • Amazing Food

Early bird pricing ends August 31st, after that date tickets are $50+tax.

While at Xcelerate Summit, you can expect:

  • To learn some quick fixes and tips to improve performance and efficiency
  • To walk away with actionable ideas
  • To get up to date on new technology 
  • To learn strategies to handle growth and retain staff
  • To learn some ways to increase profitability
  • To get insights into “what you don’t know”
  • To meet experts, you can call on

Stay local and learn local!  Send your team.


This year we are pleased to introduce a VIP ticket which will grant you access to exclusive XPERIENCES! For $99+ tax, this ticket will include:

  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Cooking Classes with Local Chefs
  • Beverage Tastings from Local Entrepreneurs
  • Food Tastings with Local Entrepreneurs

Every VIP attendee will be provided with an Xperience Box that will be filled with items to help enhance your Xperience Class from the comfort of your home! This box is valued at over $200+

  • Hoodie
  • Fleece Blanket
  • Yoga Mat
  • Sizzle Sauce
  • Socks
  • Samples from local Foodpreneurs
  • and more!

36 hours / 20+ Talks – Expert & Inspiring SpeakersConference Schedule 2020

Day 1

Georgian Angel Network Investment Meeting

Further, Faster Grand Pitch Competition, presented by the Henry Bernick Centre

Day 2

Key note | Xpert Class | Pop Up Talks | Virtual Experiences

Day 3

Keynote | Xpert Class | Pop Up Talks | Virtual Experiences

Day 4

Presidents’ Panel | Virtual Experiences | Social Night Virtually

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Jesse Brown, Digital Media Expert, Disruptive Journalist, Futurist

GAN Monthly Investor Meeting
Nov 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Two exciting opportunities to be presented! If you wish to attend as a guest, please email jenna@georgianangelnet.ca for more details!
GAN 3rd Annual Angel Investing Winter Summit
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – Jan 15 @ 10:00 am

Stay tuned for more details.
GAN Monthly Investor Meeting
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Two exciting opportunities to be presented! If you wish to attend as a guest, please email jenna@georgianangelnet.ca