Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Michael Katchen

Co-founder and CEO

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Michael Katchen is the CEO and co-founder of Wealthsimple, a leading online investing service operating in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Wealthsimple launched in September 2014 and quickly established itself as a leader...more

Speaking on: Official Opening,Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Alison Nankivell

Senior Vice President, Fund Investments
BDC Capital

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Alison Nankivell currently serves as Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling for BDC Capital, the risk capital subsidiary of the BDC. Based in Toronto and Hong Kong, she leads BDC Capital’s fund investments...more

Speaking on: Official Opening,Insights from Asia: What are the Opportunities for Canadian Startups?,Fireside Chat with Tencent Investment

Advisory Board Members

Siri Agrell

Executive Director

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Siri is the Managing Director of OneEleven Toronto, the city's leading community of high-growth scaleups that supports technology companies through periods of substantial growth by giving founders and their teams unparalleled access to community, investment capital,...more

John Albright

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Relay Ventures

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John is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile connectivity. During his tenure in the venture capital business, John has gained extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs shape their...more

Chris Arsenault

Managing Partner
iNovia Capital

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Chris Arsenault is a senior executive with over 20 years of general management experience in high technology industries, with extensive experience in business development, strategic planning, sales, marketing and communications. Chris is the cofounder, Managing Partner...more

Tyson Baber

Lead Investor
Georgian Partners

Tyson Baber is a Partner on our Investment team and manages a range of activities including deal selection, due diligence and post-investment support. In addition to serving on the boards of several portfolio companies, Tyson provides expertise and guidance in the areas of business alliances, investment analysis and exit strategy.


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Roger Chabra

General Partner

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Roger Chabra is a General Partner at Rho Canada Ventures, a division of Rho Capital Partners focused on early-stage investing in Canada’s most innovative technology companies. With more than 15 years of venture capital, operating and...more

Marcus Daniels

Founding Partner & CEO
Highline BETA

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Marcus Daniels is a digital product entrepreneur, pre-seed venture capitalist and corporate accelerator expert that helps co-create new ventures with the Global 2000.

A Founding Partner of Highline BETA which is a Startup Co-Creation company launching new...more

Speaking on: Working Together: FinTechs and Bank Partnerships

Sara Diamond

President Emerita
OCAD University

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Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and communications. She is an...more

Chris Eben

Chief Executive Officer

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Chris brings TWG over 20 years’ experience in technology software & services, including more than 15 years in executive management positions. He has held leadership roles both in startups and with large organizations, and has helped...more

Speaking on: Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Brenda Hogan

Chief Investment Officer
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation

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Brenda M. Hogan is the Senior Investment Manager with the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC).  OCGC, the venture capital agency of the government of Ontario, was created to promote and develop the venture capital sector in Ontario, so...more

Michael Hyatt

BlueCat Networks Inc.

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Michael Hyatt is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of BlueCat. He is a weekly business commentator on CBC News Network and one of the new “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den – Dragon’s Den. Michael is...more

Michael Kousaie

Vice-President, Strategy and Product Innovation
TSX Inc.

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Michael Kousaie is Vice-President, Strategy and Product Innovation and a member of the senior leadership team at Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV). In this capacity, Mr. Kousaie leads the evaluation of opportunities...more

Justin LaFayette

Lead Investor, Head of Firm
Georgian Partners

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Justin is a Managing Partner at Georgian Partners, which he co-founded in 2008. He was also a co-founder of DWL, and under his leadership, DWL developed its Customer Data Integration (CDI) software, now called IBM Infosphere...more

Charles Lax

Managing General Partner
GrandBanks Capital

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Charley Lax is the co-founder and Managing General Partner of GrandBanks Capital (GBC) of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Mr. Lax focuses on early-stage investment activities (Series A and B) in the areas of Internet infrastructure, software and software...more

V. Paul Lee

Managing Partner
Vanedge Capital

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Vanedge Capital is an early stage technology venture capital fund with an investment focus in cloud infrastructure software, cyber security, big data analytics, machine learning applications and software as a service in markets undergoing technology disruption.


Matthew Leibowitz

Co-Founder & Managing General Partner
Plaza Ventures

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Matthew Leibowitz is a seasoned growth-stage technology investor and career VC, having originated, managed and completed dozens of transactions. During his tenure at B.E.S.T. Funds, Matthew oversaw dozens of growth-tech finance investments with consistent double-digit returns...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #1

Mark MacLeod

SurePath Capital Partners

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Mark MacLeod is the founder of SurePath Capital Partners, the premier strategic financial advisor to today’s emerging technology leaders. Since 1999, Mark has been helping fund, grow and exit venture capital-backed startups as either an advisor,...more

Speaking on: Debt Financing: What Canadian Founders Need to Know

Michelle McBane

Managing Director
MaRS IAF (Investment Accelerator Fund)

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Michelle is passionate about working with amazing entrepreneurs in Ontario.  As a Director at the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, she leads investments in early-stage companies health and technology companies. Michelle is a skilled business professional with...more

Speaking on: Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Rick Nathan

Managing Director
Kensingston Capital Partners

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Rick Nathan is Managing Director of Kensington Capital Partners Limited, a leading Canadian private equity investor. Kensington invests across the private markets in buyout, venture capital, growth and infrastructure assets through both direct investment and fund...more

Speaking on: Investment and Partnership Strategies of the Tech Giants

Amy Olah

Executive Director
CIBC Innovation Banking


Amy is Executive Director at CIBC Innovation Banking where she provides growth capital financings to a wide spectrum of founder-owned or sponsor-backed technology companies across Canada and the United States. She leverages the CIBC Innovation Banking platform to help start-ups grow to scale,...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #1,Debt Financing: What Canadian Founders Need to Know

Sid Paquette

Head, Technology & Innovation Banking
OMERS Ventures

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In his role as Managing Director at OMERS Ventures, Sid Paquette is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities for OMERS Ventures in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Prior to...more

Speaking on: Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Senia Rapisarda

Managing Director
HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Ltd.

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Senia Rapisarda joined HarbourVest in 2014 to focus on partnership and direct co-investments in Canada and to expand HarbourVest’s local presence in the market.

Senia joined the Firm from BDC Venture Capital, where she was responsible for...more

Sanjiv Samant

Managing Partner
National Bank Financial Inc.


Sanjiv Samant is Managing Director and Group Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (including growth industries Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Healthcare and Sustainability).

Sanjiv has over 20 years of investment banking experience providing financial and M&A advisory services to a wide range of growth companies....more

Matt Saunders

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups

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As President of Ryerson Futures and Zone Startups, Matt manages a seed stage investment fund and multiple acceleration programs for early-stage technology companies, as well as the Innovation for Hire consulting practice for corporate clients. He...more

Michelle Scarborough

Managing Partner, Thrive Venture Fund and Women in Technology Venture Fund
BDC Capital

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Michelle Scarborough is Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech. In this position, she leads the origination and execution of strategic initiatives to fill current and future financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is...more

Speaking on: Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories

Sunil Sharma

Managing Partner

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Sunil Sharma is Managing Director for Techstars Toronto. Techstars Toronto is a city program and Techstars' first accelerator in Canada. Techstars Toronto is a joint venture between Techstars and Real Ventures (Canada’s most active venture capital...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #1

Robert Simon

Senior Managing Partner, IT Venture Fund
BDC Capital

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Robert Simon joined BDC Capital in 2011 as Senior Managing Partner in the IT Venture Fund. He is responsible for overseeing the IT Venture Fund investments and maximizing value creation across the portfolio.

Robert brings over 25...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #1

Natalie Smith

Whitecap Venture Partners

John Stokes

Real Ventures

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John has more than 15 years of experience, both as a founder and an investor, in start-ups and growth companies. Prior to arriving in Montreal in 2007, John spent the previous 10 years in Asia Pacific...more

Craig Strong

Round13 Capital


Craig is a partner at Round13 Capital, a growth-stage venture capital firm based in Toronto. Craig works “hands-on” with R13’s portfolio companies to help them scale. He is a currently a director on the boards of Affinio, Kooltra, Limelight and Statflo.

Prior to joining...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #1

Salim Teja

Partner & General Manager
MaRS Discovery District

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Salim Teja is the EVP Ventures for MaRS, where he leads the overall strategic direction of MaRS’ three venture services areas: Health, ICT and Cleantech. He is an experienced entrepreneur and active early-stage technology investor, with...more

Boris Wertz

Founding Partner
Version One Ventures

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Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of version one ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 50 early-stage consumer internet and enterprise companies, including Clio, Edmodo, Flurry, Frank...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #4

David Wismer

Head, Global Technology Investment & Corporate Banking
BMO Capital Markets

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David has 18 years of investment banking experience including as Head of BMO Capital Markets’ Technology group. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets in 2008, David spent eight years covering the sector at another Canadian bank...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #1


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