Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Co-Chairs

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, she leads BDC Capital’s fund investments activity which constitutes over 60 GP relationships...more

Speaking on: Opening Remarks (8:45 AM - 9:00 AM),Investing and M&A Strategies of Tech Giants

Kirk Simpson

Co-Founder & CEO

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In 2010, Kirk co-founded Wave, and has since guided the company to 400,000 active small businesses registered, 250+ people on the Wave team, and over $100 million in funding raised from investors around the world. Under Kirk, Wave has won...more

Speaking on: Canadian Founders Post Acquisition: The Mission Continues With A Bigger Platform

Advisory Board Members

Siri Agrell

Executive Director

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Siri is the Executive 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, and on-demand access to...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 vision and capital plans...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 of iNovia Capital, a...more

Speaking on: CIX 2019 Innovator of the Year Keynote and Award Presentation

Tyson Baber

Lead Investor
Georgian Partners

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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...more

Speaking on: Conversation with... Georgian Partners

Sue Britton

CEO & Founder
Fintech Growth Syndicate

Sue is a customer-centric innovator who focuses on building products without barriers. She believes that the opportunity for innovation lies in listening to the core pain points communicated by the customer. She brings extensive experience in ideating and commercializing products that solve key customer pain points and markets; delivering measurable...more

Speaking on: How Prepaid is Driving the Next Generation of Disruptive Paytech Services

Joe Catalfamo

Venture Advisor

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Joe rejoins Whitecap as a Partner and brings over 23 years of venture capital investing and a wealth of experience in the mobile, enterprise software and digital media verticals.

His diverse and extensive experience allows him to play an integral role...more

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 entrepreneurial experience, he seeks...more

Marcus Daniels

Founding Partner & CEO
Highline BETA

Marcus is CEO and Founding Partner of Highline BETA, a venture capital and a startup co-creation company. He leads visionary execution, strategic deals, accelerator platform growth, and new venture funding. He has 20+ years as a serial tech entrepreneur and was previously the Co-Founder and CEO of and Managing Director of Extreme Startups. Marcus...more

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 appointee of the Order...more

Jonathan Dogterom

Senior Vice President Venture Services
MaRS Discovery District

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Jon Dogterom is the Senior Vice President of Venture Services at MaRS Discovery District where he leads programming and advisory support to help grow Canada’s leading innovative companies in Health, Cleantech, Fintech and Enterprise. Prior to leading the Venture Services...more

Chris Eben

Chief Executive Officer

Brenda Hogan

Chief Investment Officer
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation

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Brenda has over 15 years’ experience in venture capital at the co-investment, fund of funds, and fund level investing. She has represented OCGC’s interests in over 25 venture capital investments.

Brenda has held senior roles in corporate development, finance, and strategic...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #A with Growth Stage Investors

Michael Hyatt

BlueCat Networks Inc.

Michael Hyatt is the co-founder of BlueCat, which was sold to Madison Dearborn Partners, of Chicago, IL. He serves as a director of BlueCat, ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, and is a known as a technology visionary. Michael is also a weekly business commentator on CBC and was...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #2

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 in Canada, and in...more

Bilal Khan

Managing Partner, Head of Deloitte Data

In his role as Managing Partner and Head of Deloitte Data, Bilal is responsible for helping develop and execute Deloitte’s data and innovation agenda, as well as the development of data strategies and transformations for the firm’s clients. Bilal has been appointed by the government of Ontario to the first...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #1

Neha Khera

General Partner
500 Startups

Neha Khera is a Partner with 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that is one of the most active in the world. Based in Toronto, Neha leads the firm’s investments in early-stage startups across Canada. She has been immersed in the technology industry throughout her career, starting off...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 MDM Server, helping pioneer...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 services, security and storage...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.

Mr. Lee is Founder and...more

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 and co-created multiple funds.


Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #A with Growth Stage Investors,CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1

Dani Lipkin

Managing Director
The Toronto Stock Exchange Inc.

Dani Lipkin carries the role of Innovation Sector Head for Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV). In this capacity, he is responsible for working with private companies and their shareholders as they explore and consider the option of raising equity capital in Canada.

Prior to this role, Dani...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1,Meeting Exchanges #D with Early Stage Investors

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, CFO, or VC. He...more

Speaking on: RAISING GROWTH CAPITAL: Private Equity Investors Versus Later Stage Venture

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 over 22 years of...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #B with Early Stage Investors

Adam Nanjee

Head of Venture Capital

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As an ambassador for Canada's startup, technology and innovation communities, Adam built Canada's first FinTech startup and innovation national group at MaRS Discovery District, one of North America's largest innovation hubs based in Toronto, Canada.

Having worked...more

Rick Nathan

Managing Director
Kensington 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 investment programs. Rick currently...more

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, extend their runway and be nimble in...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #C with Growth Stage Investors

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 joining OMERS Ventures, Sid...more

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 the establishment of a...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1

Matt Saunders

Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #D with Early Stage Investors

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 also responsible for BDC’s...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #3

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 fund).

Prior to Techstars Sunil...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #4,Meeting Exchanges #D with Early Stage Investors

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 years of experience as...more

Damien Steel

Managing Partner and Global Head of Venture Capital
OMERS Ventures

In his role as Managing Partner & Head of Ventures, Damien is accountable for investments and fund operations, while providing strategic oversight to the business globally. Damien joined OMERS Ventures in 2011, having been with the team since its inception that year. Under his leadership, OMERS Ventures expanded to include...more

Speaking on: Conversation with...OMERS Ventures

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 where he was an...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #2

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 Round13, Craig...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchanges #A with Growth Stage Investors

Salim Teja

Partner & General Manager
Radical Ventures

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Salim Teja brings over 20 years of experience in the technology sector as an entrepreneur, venture investor, corporate innovator and innovation ecosystem builder.

Salim is currently a Partner at Radical Ventures, a USD $350 million venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1

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 & Oak, Indiegogo, Julep,...more

David Wismer

Head, Global Technology Investment & Corporate Banking
BMO Capital Markets, Corp

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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 owned dealer. David has...more

Speaking on: CIX 2019 Innovator of the Year Keynote and Award Presentation,CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #2


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