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In this Dec.10 2013 file photo, a reporter uses his phone during a presentation for the new Google cultural institute in Paris, France. (AP/Jacques Brinon)

Many Canadians dream of being a successful entrepreneur, inventor, and even the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg.

On Friday, many of those innovative Canadians came together in Toronto for a one-day summit hosted by Google called Go North.

  • Scroll down or click here to read a recap and see some of the innovative products that were on display at the event

The summit brought together investors, startup companies and government leaders to discuss the future of the tech industry in Canada and also gave many companies the chance to show off their latest inventions.

Google’s vice president Sam Sebastian talked to CTV News and said many tech companies in Canada have phenomenal potential along with the motivation and talent to be extremely successful. That’s why, he said, Google is doing what it can to help foster those skills.

“We’re trying to feature that ambitious behaviour because that really breeds more ambition, which is what we probably need in the country right now.”

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains addressed the crowd at Go North. He told CTV News tech companies in Canada are striving.

“We are seeing technology prevailing in all sectors of our economy and all regions. And that’s the message I want to convey that this truly is an opportunity to embrace technology, invest in our people and invest in our companies.”

He added the government is committed to supporting these companies so they want to stay in Canada.

“We need to create the conditions to educate businesses, to provide incentives for businesses and people to take more risks. To make more investments, to focus on research and development, to really focus on embracing technology and finding new solutions.”

But Bains added the government needs help when it comes to support for innovators.

“Government can’t do it alone. That is why we work very closely with industry and academia and civil society and that’s why we’ve made significant investments.”

Meanwhile, CTVNews.ca was at the event and has all the latest on the innovations that were on display. Replay our live blog below to learn about some interesting gadgets from Canadian companies.

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