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Andrew Abouchar

Chief Credit Officer

TIMIA Capital

Andrew has 20-plus years of experience in Canada’s venture capital and private equity industry. He is a cofounder and partner in Tech Capital Partners Inc, a Waterloo-based venture capital management company and founder of TCP Property Inc, a private real estate fund. Earlier in his career, Abouchar worked as an...show more

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Chitra Anand

Intrapreneurship Expert

The Greenhouse Approach

CHITRA ANAND is an award winning communications & marketing executive. With over 20 years in the technology industry, she has spent time as the head of Communications for Microsoft Canada, Director of Marketing at TELUS Corporation and Director of Operations at Open Text. 

Projects she guided at Microsoft and TELUS have...show more

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Megan Anderson

Head of The Trusted Signals Exchange

Integrate.ai

Megan is the Head of the Trusted Signals Exchange at integrate.ai. The Trusted Signals Exchange empowers companies to integrate cross-industry intelligence into their business in a privacy-first way. Megan was formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Company where she specialized in large scale digital transformations across Canada, the UK and...show more

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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...show more

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Daniel Arsenault

Deputy Director

Global Affairs Canada

Since September 2019, Daniel has assumed the management of Global Affairs Canada’s Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTA) program. Previously, he was a assigned to senior positions at Canadian diplomatic missions in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Honduras and Guatemala. In Ottawa, he has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency,...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1


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Rob Attwell

Co-Founder and COO

Careteam Technologies


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Azar Azad

CEO & Co-Founder

A.I. VALI INC.

Azar Azad received her medical laboratory doctorate and her PhD in clinical biochemistry. She worked as Assistant Professor and director of research laboratory in the Center of Cardiovascular Disease. She started her Post-doc training in at University of Toronto with major focus on angiogenesis and apoptosis in cardiovascular system, evaluating...show more

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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...show more

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Stewart Bain

CEO and Co-Founder

NorthStar Earth and Space

Stewart, an engineer and business development specialist, has been at the forefront of commercializing disruptive aeronautical and space applications technologies since 1996. Stewart was part of the original engineering design team for RadarSat 1 and 2, and created the optical systems centre of excellence at CAL Corporation (now Honeywell). He...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #1


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Alex Baker

Managing Partner

Relay Ventures

Alex is a Partner at Relay Ventures. Alex’s background in strategy and finance lend well to his roles overseeing Relay Ventures’ investments in a broad range of SaaS and connected device companies. Prior to joining Relay Ventures, Alex worked as a management consultant specializing in retail banking, consumer and commercial...show more

Speaking on: CIX TOP 20 Early Showcase #2


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Janet Bannister

Partner

Real Ventures

Since her first entrepreneurial venture as a teenager, Janet has used her boundless energy and focus to build and shape companies. Part of the Real Ventures team since 2014, she has led investments in a dozen companies, and works actively to help them accelerate growth and create meaningful impact. Janet’s...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #3


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Alex Barrotti

Founder and CEO

TouchBistro

Alex Barrotti, TouchBistro CEO & Founder, is a successful serial entrepreneur who has emerged as a visionary in the advanced technologies that help retail and hospitality businesses expand. Alex launched TouchBistro iPad POS solution (www.touchbistro.com) in 2011. As of today, TouchBistro has helped over 16,000 restaurants in more than 100...show more

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Martin Basiri

CEO and Co-Founder

ApplyBoard

Martin Basiri is the Co-Founder and CEO of ApplyBoard. He started the company with his brothers in 2015 with the mission to make education accessible to students around the world. ApplyBoard is a SaaS-enabled marketplace uniquely designed to empower international students to apply and come study at the best higher...show more

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Dominique Belanger

Managing Partner, Growth Venture Co-Investment Fund

BDC Capital


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Michelle Beyo

Founder

FinAvator

Michelle Beyo is a Founder at FinAvator a FinTech Consultancy Firm, Advisor at Uulala, SheEo activator, Women in Payment 2018 award winner and 2019 Money 20/20 Rise Up Academy Member. She is a payment, loyalty and blockchain executive with extensive industry experience driving strategy growth, digital marketing, new products and...show more

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Raghu Bharat

Principal

CIC Capital Ventures

Raghu cumulates more than 7 years of experience in Venture Capital, Telecom R&D, IT & Asset Management both in India (Bangalore) and Canada (Montreal). Raghu has already been involved in several transactions both in Canada and in the US. Backed by a strong scientific background, Raghu is able to tackle...show more

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Yvan Boisjoli

Co-founder and CEO

Bold Commerce

Yvan Boisjoli is the co-founder and CEO of Bold Commerce, a technology company that builds apps empowering merchants to grow their online business. With over 90,000 customers, Bold has become a leading app provider for one of the largest eCommerce platforms in the world, and now delivers functionality and flexibility...show more

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Steve Boms

Executive Director

Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America

Steve Boms, Executive Director of the Financial Data and Technology Association of North America, has more than 15 years of experience working inside government, public and private companies, trade organizations, and the technology industry, and assists member companies and clients in working with policymakers in Washington, in statehouses across the...show more

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Stephane Bousquet

Senior Manager, Digital Transformation

National Bank of Canada

Combining over 20 years of experience in digital transformation, strategy and product development, Stéphane has made a name for himself as a key player in the evolution of Canada’s digital landscape.  

Prior to working at National Bank, Stephane was active in the media industry where he led numerous digital transformation projects...show more

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Matthew Bressler

Principal

TDF Ventures

Matt is a Principal at TDF Ventures where he focuses on investments in machine learning, cybersecurity, and logistics/ecommerce. He is a Board Director or Observer at Idelic, NS8, Rundeck, and Whitebox. Prior to TDF, Matt worked with GE Ventures supporting investments and strategy in intelligent environments. Matt started his career...show more

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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...show more

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Lynda Brown-Ganzert

CEO

Curatio

Lynda Brown-Ganzert, BSc, MEd. is the CEO of Curatio – a privacy and regulatory compliant social platform used in over 85 countries that combines AI and matchmaking to deliver private peer networks to patients and their families. These networks provide social support, disease education and daily management tools that support...show more


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Laura Buhler

Executive Director

C100

Laura Buhler is the Executive Director of C100, a private, San-Francisco-based nonprofit association of Canadians in technology driven by a mission is to support Canadian entrepreneurs through mentorship, partnership, investment, and talent. C100 is the preeminent global community of Canadians in technology, with members across the major tech hubs of...show more

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Marianne Bulger

CEO & Co-founder

prospect.fyi

Marianne Bulger is the CEO and Co-founder of Prospect, Canada’s largest national tech startup career network. Marianne is a multi-disciplinary strategist and entrepreneur with diverse experience in network intelligence, creative direction, product management, and company culture. Prior to Prospect, Marianne supported the advancement of Canada’s fastest-growing companies through her work...show more

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Kevin Callahan

Head of Global Business Development Strategy & Operations

Twitter


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Ian Carnevale

VP Growth Ops

Highline BETA


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Lisa Cashmore

Vice President, Start and Scale

Communitech

As an influential and energetic community specialist known for inspiring successful national and international relationships, Lisa builds upon over a decade and a half of cross-sector experience helping organizations commercialize across global markets. Lisa is the Vice-President of Start & Scale at Communitech, an organization based in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario that...show more

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Jake Cassaday

Partner

Relay Ventures

Jake is a Partner at Relay Ventures. Jake’s background in product management and marketing provides a strong understanding of rapid product development and go-to market strategy. He supports deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio management at Relay. Prior to joining Relay, Jake was actively involved in the startup and venture...show more

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Noah Chaikof

Investor

First Ascent Ventures

Noah works at First Ascent Ventures, a Canadian Series A+ investor founded in 2015 that invests in emerging Canadian technology companies that are building the next generation of disruptive, enterprise B2B software that leverages the cloud, big data, analytics, mobility, AI and machine learning. The founding partners of the Fund...show more

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Marie Chevrier

Founder and CEO

Sampler

Marie Chevrier, is the Founder and CEO of Sampler, the leading platform helping brands like L'Oréal and Nestlé deliver samples online and gather the insight they need to build one-to-one relationships with their customers. Sampler has reached over 50 million consumers globally in 24 different countries and its most notable...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #4


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Anna Chif

Co-Founder, CS and PO

Dialogue Technologies

Anna Chif is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy & Product Officer (CS&PO) of Dialogue, Canada’s leading telehealth company. Launched in 2016 and having raised over $50M in venture funding, Dialogue offers its service to several hundreds of thousands of individuals, and provides care to more patients every day than the largest emergency...show more

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Kevin Climans

Software Investor

Klass Capital

Kevin joined Klass Capital in 2013. His key responsibilities include sourcing deals, performing in-depth industry research and monitoring portfolio companies. He currently sits on the board of Condo Control Central. Kevin earned his Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western...show more

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Tammy Connelly

Sr. Talent Acquisition Lead

Shopify

Tammy joined Shopify in November 2015 to grow and lead a team of recruiters, coordinators and researchers supporting Shopify’s fastest growing product, Shopify Plus. Today, she leads recruiting teams for multiple products and services across North America, Europe and APAC. A core theme of Tammy’s leadership has been partnering with...show more

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Patrick Conroy

Vice President

Revolution Growth

Patrick Conroy is a Principal at Revolution Growth. He is currently on the board of Talkspace and is a board observer with BigCommerce, CAVA, CLEAR, and Convene. He also supports the firm’s investments in Sportradar and DraftKings.

Prior to joining Revolution, Patrick was an Analyst at Morgan Stanley on the Technology...show more

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Laurence Cooke

CEO and Founder

Nanopay Corporation

Laurence is the founder and CEO of nanopay Corporation, a technology company that offers business-to-business payments and liquidity management solutions to businesses and financial institutions. Active in the payments community, Laurence is a member of the Payments Canada Stakeholder Advisory Committee, FinPay and the US Federal Reserve Faster Payments Task...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #4


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Stefanie Corbett

Associate & Director of Operations

Island Capital Partners

Stefanie is an Associate & Director of Operations with Island Capital Partners, a seed-stage Venture Fund located in Prince Edward Island. She is focused on working with entrepreneurs, advising on strategy and helping founders achieve key milestones. With a background in business banking, financial analysis, and leading high performing sales...show more

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Bruce Croxon

Managing Partner

Round13 Capital

Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four...show more

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Dax Dasilva

Founder & CEO

Lightspeed

Dax Dasilva is the creative mind behind Lightspeed, Never Apart, and Age of Union. Founded in 2005, Lightspeed develops a cloud commerce platform used by retail and restaurant customers in over a hundred countries. The company’s mission is to bring cities and communities to life by powering independent business. 

Lightspeed employs...show more

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Irfan Daya, Managing Director

Managing Director, Central & Western Canada, Technology and Innovation Banking

National Bank of Canada

Irfan Daya is the Managing Director of National Bank’s Technology and Innovation Banking practice for Ontario. Irfan has over 15 years of experience in Financial Services with leadership roles across Strategy, Finance, Corporate and Commercial Banking.

Since 2010, Irfan has been focused on the Technology and Innovation sector, working with some...show more

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Anthony de Fazekas

Partner, Head of Technology & Innovation, Canada

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Anthony de Fazekas is recognized as a go-to IP strategist, working with a broad range of IP-rich companies across a number of sectors, with a particular focus on FinTech and information technology including artificial intelligence (AI). He supports corporate innovation agendas of enterprises end-to-end; devising innovation protection processes, IP mining...show more

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Colin Deacon

Senator

Senate of Canada

The Honourable Colin Deacon’s entrepreneurial background provides a unique perspective in Canada’s Upper Chamber.

In 2009, he founded BlueLight Analytics, a company in the restorative dentistry field. The company has successfully commercialized new technologies into dozens of countries and works with most of the major dental multinationals. Until 2006, he served as CEO of SpellRead, which improved reading skills...show more

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Xavier Debane

Head of Innovation & Agile

Manulife

Xavier Debane leads the innovation program and drives the development of new solutions to accelerate innovation across all of Manulife’s businesses in Canada (insurance, investments, bank, group benefits & retirement).

He manages Manulife’s RED Lab, with teams installed at Communitech (Kitchener, Ontario) and Montréal (Quebec) for research and prototyping, and drives...show more

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Tanay Delima

Co-founder, VP Product & Operations

Clearbanc

Tanay Delima is Co-Founder and VP Product at Clearbanc, the fastest, most affordable way for founders to fund their business. While leading the product team at Clearbanc, he’s helped scale the company from 7 to 150+ employees. Prior to Clearbanc, Tanay built an analytics platform for the NHL, founded a...show more

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Dan DeMers

CEO and Co-Founder

Cinchy

Dan DeMers is the CEO and co-founder of Cinchy, the global leader in enterprise data collaboration. Dan spent over a decade as an IT executive with leading global financial institutions where he was responsible for delivering mission-critical projects, greenfield technologies, and multi-million dollar technology investments. In 2019, he joined the Canadian Council of Innovators,...show more

Speaking on: CIX TOP 20 Early Showcase #2


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Neil Desai

Senior Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Vice President

Magnet Forensics

As Vice-President at Magnet Forensics, Neil leads strategic engagement with leaders from policing, national security and government agencies to support their transformations in the realm of cyber-investigations and digital evidence. The Canadian scale-up technology company serves over 5000 agencies in 94 countries and has been honoured as one of Canada...show more

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Tara Deschamps

Freelancer

Tara Deschamps

Tara Deschamps is a freelance technology, personal finance and business reporter, who is most often seen in the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail. She writes a weekly millennial-focused personal finance column for The Canadian Press, where she previously worked as a business reporter focusing on technology, retail and real...show more

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Aly Dhalla

CEO and Co-Founder

Finaeo Inc.

Aly Dhalla is the CEO & Co-Founder of Finaeo. Aly spent his early career as a financial advisor. Intrigued by the way technology was shaping financial services, Aly decided to join an employee benefits startup as the first employee. Aly helped scale the company into acquisition by one of Canada’s...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #3; The Future Of Insurtech


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Kristine Di Bacco

Partner

Torys LLP

Kristine provides strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies primarily in the consumer and enterprise tech, fintech, digital health, social networking, software and cloud computing industries.

Kristine advises clients on all aspects of general corporate and securities law—from formation and corporate governance responsibilities to equity incentives and employment issues, to intellectual...show more

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Shayn Diamond

Partner

Whitecap Venture Partners

Shayn is a Partner at Whitecap Venture Partners. Shayn works closely with Qvella, Affinio, Classcraft Studios, and Bold Commerce.

Shayn is active in the community, including involvement with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Sick Kids Hospital.

Prior to joining Whitecap, Shayn was a lawyer at Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. At Wildeboer, Shayn practiced...show more

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Daniel Eberhard

CEO

Koho Financial

Daniel Eberhard has built his career as an entrepreneur by finding ways to create scalable  mission-driven companies.

In 2010, he co-founded Kineticor Renewables, a wind energy company which developed $50M dollars in wind projects. The company was acquired by Algonquin Power (AQN:TSX) in 2011.

After the sale, Daniel travelled throughout Europe and...show more

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John Eckert

Co-founder

Round13 Capital


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Sarah Efron

Editor, Writer, Producer

The Globe and Mail

Sarah Efron is an editor, reporter and radio producer based in Toronto. Previously she worked at MoneySense, Financial Post Magazine and CBC Radio.

Sarah’s work involves assigning, writing and editing news stories and features on entrepreneurship. She has an interest in business policy issues such as taxation, minimum wage, labour regulations...show more

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Len Ferrington

Managing Director

Summit Partners

Len joined Summit Partners in 2006. As a Managing Director, he leads investments across the technology sector. His key areas of emphasis include robotics and automation, application software, and solutions enhancing education, talent and overall workforce productivity.

Len's board and investment experience includes A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN), Access Information Management (acquired...show more

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Greg Fields

Managing Director

Myplanet Ventures

Greg is the Managing Director of Myplanet Ventures, investing in early stage founders to help them build new businesses focused on Machine Learning, Conversational Interfaces, and Immersive Reality (AR, MR, VR, XR) technologies. As the previous Chief Product Officer at Myplanet working with Fortune 100 customers, startup CEO at Brickalytix...show more

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Sophie Forest

Managing Partner

Brightspark Ventures

Prior to joining Brightspark Ventures, she was a partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of la Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. Sophie met her business partner Mark in 1997 when she became the lead investor in his start-up, Balisoft. They ended up collaborating on this exciting venture for...show more

Speaking on: CIX TOP 20 Early Showcase #2


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Diane Francis

Editor-at-Large

National Post

Diane Francis is a well-known journalist, author, broadcaster, and Editor-at Large at The National Post. She writes extensively for publications around the world and is a regular columnist with PostMedia, Atlantic Council in DC, Singularity University Hub, journal The American Interest in DC, and the Kyiv Post, among other publications....show more

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Kesem Frank

Co-Founder

Mavennet Systems Inc.

Kesem Frank, Mavennet President and Aion Co-Founder is a technology strategy expert specializing in blockchain powered enterprise architecture. Following a leadership position in Deloitte’s Blockchain practice, Kesem co-founded Nuco, one of the earliest enterprise blockchain platforms and a founding member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. In his capacity as COO,...show more

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Zachary Friedman

Investor - Structured Capital

Level Equity

Zach Friedman is an investor within the Structured Capital divisions at Level Equity, writing senior and subordinated debt-focused investments into growing software and technology companies. Prior to joining Level, Zach worked in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Jefferies, where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, and...show more

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Winston Fu

Partner

LDV Partners

Winston brings over two decades as a technology investor and entrepreneur to build winning teams.

Winston is a seasoned entrepreneur, athlete, coach scientist and technology investor. Entrepreneurs appreciate that Winston’s advice and support is based on his experience as a fellow entrepreneur and technologist.

Before founding LDV Partners, Winston served as a...show more

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Will Fung

Investment Manager

Samsung Catalyst Fund

Will Fung is a Senior Associate at Samsung Catalyst Fund, where he is part of a team that leads investment in multi-stage disruptive companies in a variety of sectors including Automotive, AI, Data Center Infrastructure, IoT, and Device-level technologies.

Prior to joining Samsung, Will was an early employee at Kovio (acquired...show more

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Darren Gallop

CEO

Securicy

Darren Gallop is a tech entrepreneur, information security expert, Techstars alumni, board member, and the CEO of Securicy. He co-founded Securicy and led the team to develop a SaaS product that guides businesses through creating, implementing, and managing their information security and privacy compliance program. Gallop previously co-founded Marcato and was the CEO for 10...show more

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Debbie Gamble

Chief Innovation Officer, Labs and New Ventures

Interac Corp.

Debbie brings 35 years of experience to the Interac team. She drives our innovation strategy and mines for new venture and partnership opportunities. Her firsthand experience with such innovations as mobile commerce, digital ID and cryptocurrency solutions make her one of the country’s most seasoned authorities on the digital economy. ...show more

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Jasmin Ganie-Hobbs

Major Accounts Manager

BDC Capital

Jasmin is Director Tech Finance at the Business Development Bank of Canada. Jasmin works extensively with emerging technology, innovation, knowledge based companies, and women entrepreneurs.

Jasmin provides both financial and consulting solutions to entrepreneurs. She serves as a Champion for both the technology industry and women entrepreneurs. As such, Jasmin is...show more

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Adam Gibson

Head of Product

Flinks

Adam is the Head of Product at Flinks,  where he’s  focused on enabling easy, fair, and secure access to financial data. He and his team work with customers and partners to create the tools they need to build the future of finance.

Prior to joining Flinks, he has  held...show more

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Karim Gillani

Co-founder and General Partner

Luge Capital

Karim has an extensive background in fintech, mobile tech, engineering, finance and strategy. He is currently the Co-Founder and General Partner at Luge Capital, a fintech-focused venture capital fund with $75M under management. Prior to Luge, Karim led Corporate Development and M&A activities for PayPal in Canada. Before that, Karim...show more

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Ron Glozman

CEO and Founder

Chisel AI

Ron Glozman is founder and CEO of Chisel AI. While studying for a double degree in computer science and business at the University of Waterloo and Laurier University, Ron taught a computer to turn his thousand-page textbooks into one-page chapter summaries. The natural language processing (NLP) app he created...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Early Showcase #1


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Ashira Gobrin

SVP, People and Culture

Wave

Ashira is SVP, People and Culture at Wave - An Alchemist of Organizations, Ashira works to turn potential into performance through Purpose, Values and Great Leadership. A transformational executive and a change advocate; she blends a get-it-done performance style with the ability to bring a vision to life and fuels...show more

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Balaji Gopalan

Co-Founder and CEO

MedStack

Balaji Gopalan leads business development and strategy as the Co-Founder and CEO at MedStack, a digital app platform for the healthcare industry. Prior to that, he launched the BlackBerry BBM service and led platform strategy at D2L, Nymi and EventMobi.

As an expert in product management and software platform ecosystem design,...show more

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Vanessa Grant

Partner

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

A former entrepreneur and retail lender, Vanessa is passionate about innovative technologies and how they transform business. Her clients are technology innovators and those groups that fund them. She is particularly interested in distributed ledger technology and its applications across industries.

From a legal perspective, Vanessa’s practice focuses on mergers and...show more

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Joshua Green

CEO and President

Mysa Smart Thermostats

Joshua Green is the CEO and cofounder of Mysa Smart Thermostats. Josh cofounded the company to build the world’s first smart thermostats for electric baseboard heating. Over the next 2 years, Joshua has assembled and led the company to develop and market the Mysa Smart Thermostat. The product has been...show more

Speaking on: CIX TOP 20 Early Showcase #2


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Katie Greenberg

VP, Digital Product Management

Scotiabank Digital Factory

As an advocate for the customer, Katie brings together her passion for developing leading digital experiences with her deep financial services experience to build unique offerings for Scotiabank’s customers. In Katie’s role as VP, Digital Product Management she is responsible for developing seamless digital product and customer experience strategies for...show more

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Alexandra Greenhill

Founder, CEO and Chief Medical Officer

Careteam Technologies

Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill is one of Canada's leading physicians in digital health innovation and the cofounder CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Careteam Technologies, the digital health platform solving the fragmentation of healthcare that was the 2018 recipient of the Canadian Medical Associations' Joule Innovation Award.

After having implemented health...show more

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Ryan Groom

Co-Founder and CTO

Kognitiv Spark

Ryan Groom is the Co-Founder and CTO of Kognitiv Spark, a tech company focused on the secure and reliable applications of mixed reality for industrial remote worker support. An accomplished software developer and author, Ryan achieved his first published software application in 1992. Two software books co-authored by Ryan were...show more

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Corey Gross

Founder and CEO

Sensibill Inc.

Corey is an entrepreneur and thought leader in the world of payments, digital banking, and receipts. He is the founder and CEO of Sensibill, a receipt management and data services provider to financial institutions globally. As CEO, Corey oversees management, strategic direction, and investor relations for the company. To date,...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1


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Michael Hainsworth

Executive Producer, Host

Futurithmic

Michael Hainsworth is a veteran news reporter and lifelong geek. Hainsworth spent 18 years at BNN, and as Senior Anchor distilled the day’s most important financial and technology stories into understandable and engaging reports for 2.2 million viewers on the network and the CTV Evening News nation-wide. Hainsworth co-created the...show more

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Ben Harrison

Partner, Head of Partnerships & Policy

Portag3 Ventures

Ben Harrison is a Partner and the Head of Partnerships & Policy at Portag3 Ventures. Prior to joining in 2018, he spent over 15 years at Canada Life in several strategy, product development and marketing roles across the organization, most recently as the Head of Innovation for Canada. At Portag3...show more

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Darrell Heaps

Founder & CEO

Q4 Inc.

Darrell Heaps is a serial entrepreneur and has spent his career building software companies from small to large. As the CEO of Q4 Inc. Darrell has led the company’s vision and unique marketing and sales strategy to help Q4 become a recognized leader in the IR space. Darrell together with...show more

Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1


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Eran Henig

Co-founder & CEO

Platterz Inc

Eran Henig is a seasoned product development expert with over 15 years of experience launching and scaling teams, defining technological solutions, and driving innovation strategies.

Henig is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he holds a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science & Economics, and of the prestigious Next...show more

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Pamela Hilborn

SVP, Global Head of Design

Scotiabank Digital Factory

Pamela is currently SVP, Global Head of Design at Scotiabank. She is charged with implementing proven practices in design strategy and service design, product design, visual design and usability to create transformative digital financial experiences for Scotiabank customers. With over 20 years of experience in the design of consumer software...show more

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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...show more

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Dr. Monica Holboke

CEO and Co-Founder

CryptoNumerics

Dr. Monica Holboke is the CEO and Co-Founder of CryptoNumerics, which has developed enterprise software solutions to keep sensitive data protected while simultaneously accelerating its use for data science and innovation. Previously, she ran her own engineering consulting company with clients from major oil companies.  Over the course of her...show more

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Katherine Homuth

Founder and CEO

Sheertex

Katherine Homuth (Hague) is the Founder and CEO of Sheertex, the Y Combinator backed startup behind the world's first pair of indestructible pantyhose. She is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Katherine has founded and sold two businesses; ShopLocket, a pre-order platform, was acquired in 2014 by PCH and Female...show more

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Breanna Hughes

AVP Product

League Inc.

Breanna is the AVP of Product at League, responsible for  . Breanna’s passion for tech started when she was just 10 years old, when she created an online business selling Canadian chocolate to Americans. Since then, she has been a Salesforce.comConsultant, a Senior Product Manager at Xtreme Labs (acquired by...show more

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Michael Hyatt

Chair

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...show more

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Eric In

Director of Investments

CIC Capital Ventures

Eric is based in Toronto and Principal at CIC Capital Ventures, the North American venture investment division of Crédit Mutuel – CIC, the 3rd largest financial group in France.

Eric has close to 10 years of experience in venture and growth capital, and business development in France and Canada mainly in...show more

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Brenda Irwin

Managing Partner

Relentless Pursuit Partners Inc

Linked In: https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/brenda-irwin/3a/72a/18

Website: www.relentlesspursuitpartners.com

Twitter: @irwin_brenda

Brenda is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Relentless Venture Fund. Relentlessis a North American health venture capital fund that invests in technology solutions that optimize health, activity and longevity. The fund’s four primary themes for investment are diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention,...show more

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Rachel Jacobson

Vice President, People

Integrate.ai

Rachel is an entrepreneurial People & Culture Leader with over 20 years experience helping start-ups build their cultures through recruiting high performance teams; supporting many acquisitions (from both sides), and building and growing global People & Culture teams.

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Brooke Jutzi

VP, Finance

TIMIA Capital

Brooke is VP Finance at TIMIA Capital Corporation, a specialty finance company that provides growth capital to technology companies.  TIMIA's focus is the fast growing, global, business-to-business Software-as-a-Service segment. Prior to TIMIA, Brooke was a Director in the audit & assurance practice at PwC and worked with both early stage...show more

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Boyko Kabakchiev

CTO

GeneYouIn, Inc.

Boyko has evolved his career from a background in mathematics and biology. He holds a doctoral degree in human genetics and bioinformatics. For a number of years his work has focused on applying cutting edge technology and analytical algorithms to understand the genetic causes of complex disorders of the immune...show more

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Amber Kanwar

Anchor

BNN Business News Network

Amber Kanwar is an anchor and reporter appearing on The Open and The Disruptors. Kanwar is a relentless digger, always looking for ways to break news and bring exclusive information and insight to BNN Bloomberg’s audience.

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Isadore Katz

CEO

Suometry, Inc.

Isadore Katz is the CEO of Suometry, a Montreal-based image processing and computer vision start-up providing 3D capture solutions. Isadore is also a mentor and associate at the Creative Destruction Lab program in Montreal. He is an entrepreneur with over 34 years of experience in high technology and has extensive...show more

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Brian Kelcey

Vice President, Policy & Public Affairs

Toronto Region Board of Trade

Brian Kelcey is Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs for the Toronto Region Board of Trade. He previously served as a senior political advisor to two cabinet ministers at Queen’s Park, and then he served as budget advisor to the Mayor of Winnipeg. After working as Executive Director for a Life...show more

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Bilal Khan

Managing Partner, Head of Deloitte Data

Deloitte

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...show more

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David Kroetsch

CEO

Aeryon Labs

Dave Kroetsch co-founded Aeryon Labs in 2007, building drones for military and industrial customers.  As CEO, Dave helped grow the company from its humble beginnings in his garage, raising over $60M of investment, and ultimately a C$265M exit to FLIR Systems in 2019.  He oversaw all elements of the business,...show more

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Daniel Ku

Director of Marketing

PostBeyond Inc.

Daniel Ku is the Director of Marketing at PostBeyond and has spent the past several years bridging the gap between companies and customers through social media. Daniel is on a mission to help marketers get onboard with social selling, content marketing best practices, and employee advocacy. In his current role,...show more

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Ricky Lai

Senior Associate

Portag3 Ventures

Ricky is a Senior Associate at Portag3 Ventures. Prior to joining Portag3, Ricky worked at a Canadian startup focused on simplifying responsible consumer lending in the US. Ricky also spent time as an Associate at Mithril360, the analytics and portfolio management affiliate of Mithril Capital Management. Prior to that, Ricky...show more

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Seema Lakhani

Chief Product Officer and GM of Labs

Wattpad

In her role as Chief Product Officer, Seema leads Wattpad’s overall product strategy and product management team, building a practice of strong product thinking to focus on solving the right user and business problems. As General Manager of Wattpad Labs, Seema is also responsible for driving storytelling innovation through programs...show more

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Probal Lala

CEO

Fluent.ai

Probal is the CEO of Fluent.ai, an industry-leading venture-backed AI company providing speech recognition on the edge. He is also the Chair of Maple Leaf Angels Capital Corporation, the General Partner of the MLA48 Fund Portfolio. He is part of the MLA48 Fund Investment Committee and the MLA Investment Review...show more

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Albert Lang

Vice President of Marketing and Strategy

Payment Source

Albert Lang is Vice President of Marketing and Strategy of Payment Source. In this capacity he helped develop and launch Canada Post’s Visa GPR and Mastercard Multi-Currency prepaid card programs.  Albert is also responsible for strategic execution and new growth initiatives through the Canadian post office network.

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Christian Lassonde

Founder & Managing Partner

Impression Ventures

Lassonde is a tech founder and CEO, having built and sold Virtual Greats, a luxury online IP rights broker, and Millions of Us, a digital agency. He has also taught high-growth technology entrepreneurship at The Next 36 to over 30 companies. Those companies have gone on to build successful products...show more

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Frederick Lavoie

Founder and COO

Flinks

enabling them to gain insight about their customers, and make better risk decisions. Prior to launching Flinks, Fred has cofounded and operated a direct-to-consumer online lending platform that competed against pay day lenders with lower interest rates, which he brought from 0 to 12M in annual revenues between June 2013...show more


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Carol Leaman

CEO

Axonify

Carol Leaman (BA, MAcc, FCPA) is an award-winning thought leader with an impressive track record of successfully leading tech companies. Not only is she a disruptor in the corporate learning space, but she’s also the brains behind the Axonify Microlearning Platform. Prior to Axonify, Carol was the CEO of PostRank...show more

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Marcel LeBrun

Venture Partner

Real Ventures

Marcel Lebrun recently joined the Real Ventures team as Venture Partner in 2018. Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, he loves working against the idea that you have to be in a certain place to build a globally successful tech company. His entrepreneurial background includes co-founding two startups, leading a NASDAQ/TSX...show more

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Matthew Leibowitz

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.

Today,...show more

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Dan Leibu

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

League Inc.

Dan is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of League. He brings nearly two decades of market-disrupting technology experience to his role, where he oversees product development, business performance and overall operations. Before joining League, Dan was the Chief Technology Officer at Kobo, where he developed a broad eReading platform...show more

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Steve Leightell

Partner

Georgian Partners

Steve Leightell is a Partner on our Investment team. In this role, he looks for great teams leading companies that are likely to be break-out leaders in our thesis areas. He loves working with our portfolio companies and helping them engage our Impact and Investment teams to find new revenue...show more

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Andrew Lindner

Managing Partner

Frontier Capital

Andrew Lindner, Managing Partner of Frontier Capital, co-founded the firm in 1999. His primary focus is on the firm’s Vertical SaaS and Healthcare IT investment activities.

Prior to co-founding Frontier, Andrew was with Atlanta-based Stephens, Inc. and also worked in the investment banking division of Bank of America. Andrew currently serves...show more

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Dani Lipkin

Director, Global Business Development

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...show more

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Kerry Liu

Executive Vice President, Product Management & Innovation

Rubikloud

Kerry Liu is the Co-Founder & CEO at Rubikloud where he has led the company to become one of the world’s largest AI platforms for large retailers. Founded in 2013, Rubikloud has grown to over 100 people, opened offices in four countries, and raised venture funding of $45m. In his...show more

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David Lloyd

CEO

PostBeyond Inc.

David’s 25+ years have been spent actively involved in multiple start-ups spanning technology consulting, cryptography/payments, enterprise SaaS reward platforms, emerging chatbots and with PostBeyond, social advocacy/influence.  His early part of his career was technically focused in development and senior roles as a CTO then transitioned into CEO roles.  He also...show more


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David Looi

Sr Director, Technology and Innovation Banking

National Bank of Canada

David Looi is a Senior Director with the Technology and Innovation Banking team at National Bank, where he specializes in providing non-dilutive capital solutions to technology companies. David works with companies and venture funds across Canada to scale and grow their businesses. National Bank’s Technology and Innovation Banking Team works...show more

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Paul Lypaczewski

Partner

Island Capital Partners


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Ian MacDonald

AVP, CXO Data and Analytics

SUN LIFE FINANCIAL

Ian MacDonald leads the Client Experience Data and Analytics team at Sun Life Financial.  In this role, he is responsible for the Company’s Marketing and Sales analytics in Canada, with a goal of enabling great Client experiences across channels and businesses. Since joining Sun Life in 2016, Ian has been...show more

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Alan MacIntosh

General Partner

Real Ventures


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Mark MacLeod

Founder

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...show more

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Gabrielle Masone

CEO

Coloursmith Labs Inc

Coloursmith Labs is a company that develops and manufactures light filtering dyes for use in optical devices, such as contact lenses, spectacle lenses and intraocular lenses.

The company was founded in 2018 by Gabrielle Masone, a Dalhousie University Department of Chemistry Graduate and long-time vision care advocate. At a young age,...show more

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Marina Massingham

CEO

Aifred Health

A seasoned business leader with more than 15 years senior management experience, Ms. Massingham has held senior roles at management consultancy Kaiser Associates, Cadbury and Novartis. More recently, she co-founded Canadian pharmaceutical startup TeOra Health, acquired by Aequus Pharmaceuticals in 2015 and subsequently served as VP Marketing at Aequus, prior...show more

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Dan Mathers

President and CEO

eleven-x

As President and CEO of eleven-x, Dan is leading one of North America’s leading full-service low power IoT solution providers and operator of Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast network optimized for the Internet of Things. eleven-x offers complete IoT solutions that facilitate faster, evidence-driven decisions through wireless connectivity and...show more

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Dr. Linda Maxwell

Surgeon, Founding and Executive Director

The Biomedical Zone

Dr. Linda Maxwell is the founding and executive director of the Biomedical Zone, a first-in-class, hospital-embedded business incubator. The Ryerson-affiliated group helps emerging health technology companies by matching them with industry leaders and its strategic partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital. Through her work Maxwell helps strengthen, grow and build Toronto’s...show more

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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...show more

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Alexander McIsaac

Principal, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund

BDC Capital

Alexander McIsaac is Principal, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund at BDC Capital. In this position, he is responsible for sourcing and leading new investments for the Fund and assisting in the management of the existing portfolio. Prior to joining BDC, Alexander worked as Director of Business Development...show more

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Laura McKay

COO & Co-Founder

PolicyMe

Laura is COO & Co-Founder of PolicyMe. Laura has eight years of experience in the insurance industry, working across actuarial science and management consulting. In 2017, she launched a successful initiative in collaboration with Oliver Wyman and the World Economic Forum focused on technological innovation in insurance, working...show more

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Lisa Melchior

Founder & Managing Partner

VERTU Capital

Lisa Melchior, founder of VERTU Capital, a technology private equity fund targeting high potential Canadian businesses, is a 20+ year private equity professional.

Over the course of her career, she has invested nearly $1.4B in over 20 companies across various sectors through multiple cycles. Her technology sector experience spans application software,...show more

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Aram Melkoumov

Co-Founder & CEO

Crowdlinker

Aram is the Co-Founder and CEO of Crowdlinker, a product design and software engineering consulting firm that works with scale-ups and large enterprises on product innovation development.

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Sean Merat

CEO

owl.co

Sean Merat is the CEO & Co-Founder of Owl.co. Prior to Owl, Sean founded Imperus Technologies Corp. which had its Initial Public Offering in 2013 and later went to acquire Vast Studios, Diwip Ltd. and Akamon Entertainment for over $100 million. Prior to Imperus, Sean founded multiple startups which were...show more

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Cory Michalyshyn

CFO / COO

Celtic House Venture Partners

Joined Celtic House in 2019 after 5 years as CFO & COO of Solink

Played a lead role in Solink’s pivot from an enterprise sales to SaaS go-to-market model, its expansion from 12 to 86 employees and in its 35-fold increase in MRR over 4 years.

Introduced financial processes & controls and...show more

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Dr. Allan Miranda

Head of JLABS Canada

JLABS Canada

As Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS in Canada, Allan is responsible for external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L. He catalyzes and supports the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device,...show more

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Graeme Moffat

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Co-Founder

Neurotech

I work in the fields of neurotechnology, neuroscience, digital health, data science, and innovation policy, and I’m a co-founder and scientist with a neurotechnology startup. Prior to this, I was lucky to work with a fantastic team of scientists, engineers, and creators as Chief Scientist and VP of Regulatory Affairs...show more

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Amy Molyneux

Co-Founder

Meta

Amy is an entrepreneur, inventor, technologist, and co-founder of Meta, an AI company that is transforming how scientific knowledge is experienced and consumed. In 2017 Meta was acquired by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make its technologies and tools freely available for researchers around the world.

Meta was recognized as one...show more

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Keren Moynihan

Co-Founder

Boss Insights

Keren Moynihan is co-founder and CEO of Boss Insights, a company that uses big data and AI to accelerate lending from months to minutes.  With a Joint JD/MBA, Keren has a diverse background as a commercial banker, wealth manager and former founder of an impact startup.  Keren is a regular...show more

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Alison Nankivell

Senior Vice President, Funds and Global Scaling

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...show more

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Ray Newal

Managing Director

Techstars India

Ray Newal is a Canadian entrepreneur and early stage investor, currently serving as the Managing Director of Techstars India, located in Bangalore, India where he leads the Techstars Emerging Markets Accelerator. 

Before joining Techstars, Ray was a co-founder and CEO of Jigsee Inc., a leading mobile video platform in India which...show more

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Jérôme Nycz

Executive Vice President

BDC Capital

Jérôme Nycz was appointed Executive Vice President, BDC Capital in 2013.

In this role, he leads the activities of BDC Capital, the investment arm of BDC that offers venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital. He also oversees BDC’s deployment of the Venture Capital Action Plan.

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Bob Nye

General Partner

JMI Equity

Bob is a General Partner at JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. Bob has deep experience helping growth companies build value. He is currently a director of Adknowledge, AlertMedia, Benevity, Cosential, Higher Logic, Level Access, and Raptor Technologies. His investment experience also includes...show more

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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...show more

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Iliana Oris Valiente

Managing Director

Accenture

Iliana Oris Valiente, CPA, CA, CBP (Certified Bitcoin Professional) is a Managing Director at Accenture where she oversees both the Canada Innovation Hub and the Canadian blockchain practice, working with clients to support their strategic transformation journeys leveraging the latest emerging technologies. 

Iliana is widely credited for being a trailblazer in...show more

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Jim Orlando

Managing Partner

Wittington Ventures

Jim Orlando is the Managing Partner of Wittington Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in technology companies in the commerce, healthcare and food sectors. He was previously a Managing Partner of OMERS Ventures and led its investments in numerous successful startups including Shopify, DuckDuckGo, Digital Currency Group and Wattpad.  Prior...show more

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David Ossip

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Ceridian

David Ossip is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Ceridian (NYSE and TSX: CDAY), one of the fastest growing human capital management (HCM) technology companies.

In 2009, David founded Dayforce – a highly successful SaaS-based workforce management software company. Ceridian acquired Dayforce in 2012 and shortly after the...show more

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Shane Parkhill

General Manager, Canada

Revolut

Shane Parkhill is the Head of Canadian Operations for Revolut. Prior to joining the company, Shane spent 4 years building the first regulatory compliance capabilities at Uber Canada - solving a number of scaling challenges during the company’s hyper growth, while working extensively with regulators across the country to forge...show more

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Laila Paszti

Of Counsel

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Laila Paszti delivers strategic legal advice and brings a unique technology-focused perspective to achieve optimal outcomes for clients. For clients, a key strength is her ability to leverage her legal, technical and industry experience to quickly identify, assess, and mitigate IP and technology risks to maximize value and minimize issues.

Ms....show more

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Miro Pavletic

Co-Founder and CEO

Stack

Miro Pavletic is a Finance and Mobile Technology Innovation leader with over 20 years of strategic experience. Miro helped lead a team of entrepreneurs to launch Virgin Mobile Canada in 2006 with Richard Branson, scaling the business to over one million customers in five years, before being acquired by Bell....show more

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Erica Pearson

Co-Founder & CEO

Vacation Fund

After 4 years competing as a varsity athlete, and simultaneously earning her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Queen’s University, Erica spent several years on the RBC Capital Markets trading floor in Toronto. She held Analyst positions within Debt Capital Markets, Foreign Exchange Institutional Sales, Institutional Equities Trading, Money Market Sales,...show more

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Alexander Peh

Vice President, Merchant Solutions

RBC Royal Bank

Alexander is a passionate, technology-focused leader with international experience in the Payments, Digital Commerce, Software Development and Media industries. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, educated in Melbourne, Australia and with stints in Africa, South-East Asia, and Europe, Alexander currently serves as Vice President of Innovation & Enterprise Architecture...show more

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Jane Podbelskaya

Senior Associate

Georgian Partners

Jane Podbelskaya is a member of Georgian Partners’ Investment team. She executes due diligence process for new investments and provides board-level support for portfolio companies, with a special focus on Customer Success. Prior to joining Georgian Partners, Jane worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Jane started her...show more

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Mathieu Provost

Senior Director

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec


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Amy Rae

Principal

Vanedge Capital

Amy is focused on investing in SaaS businesses and Digital Media technologies. Prior to joining Vanedge, Amy was a Vice President with Ziplocal (USA) where she was responsible for the development of new product rollout. Prior to that, she held the position of Director of Business Development at Canpages Canada....show more

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Hossein Rahnama

Founder and CEO

Flybits

Hossein Rahnama is a computer scientist who lives in the paradox of academia and entrepreneurship. As a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and professor at Ryerson University, his research explores AI, mobile human-computer interaction and the effective design of data-driven services. He is also the founder and CEO...show more

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Prem Ramaswami

Head of Product

Sidewalk Labs

Prem Ramaswami is Head of Product at Sidewalk Labs where he focuses on using digital technology to radically improve the quality of urban life. He leads a team of Product Managers and Designers working at the intersection of urban policy and technology to build the city of the future.

Previously, Prem...show more

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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...show more

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Ray Reddy

Co-Founder & CEO

Ritual

Ray Reddy is currently the co-founder & CEO of Ritual - the mobile pickup app that taps networks of co-workers and colleagues for fast and easy pickup and pay at a wide variety of local restaurants and coffee shops.

With Ritual, users can mobile order and pay...show more

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Lally Rementilla

President

Quantius

Lally Rementilla is President of Quantius – a technology-enabled commercial lender that provides non-dilutive financing to knowledge-based growth companies rich in intellectual property and intangible assets.  Focus sectors for Quantius include clean tech, advanced materials and manufacturing, information and communications technology, health and medical technologies, aerospace and defence, telecommunication and...show more

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Tim Rice

CEO

The Rounds

Tim Rice has been working in the healthcare industry for over 18 years. Prior to joining The Rounds as VP of Sales he managed a career with multi-national pharma giant Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Starting from a sales representative Tim leveraged the growth opportunities within the organization to develop a deeper understanding...show more

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Robert Richards

Founder & CEO

Moon Express, Inc.

Robert (Bob) Richards is Founder and CEO of Moon Express, a U.S. commercial space company under contract with NASA to provide robotic transportation systems to the Moon. Canadian-born and a veteran of the space industry, Bob is also a Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, Space Generation Foundation, and Students for the...show more


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Claudio Rojas

CEO

National Angel Capital Organization


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Nick Romano

CEO and Co-Founder

Deeplite

Nick Romano is an accomplished entrepreneur and senior enterprise technology executive experienced in growing and scaling technology companies. Nick founded and grew Messagepoint (f.k.a. Prinova) into a global PROFIT500 company. He was recently honoured by McMaster University’s Engineering Faculty as being one of their Top 150 Distinguished Alumni for the...show more

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Dr. Dan Rosen

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

d1g1t Inc

Dan Rosen is the co-founder and CEO of d1g1t. An Internationally recognized quant and fintech entrepreneur, Dan is also an Adjunct Professor of Mathematical Finance at the University of Toronto and was the first Director of the Center for Financial Institutions at the Fields Institute. He has worked with numerous...show more

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Rob Rosen

Managing Director

CIBC Innovation Banking

Rob is currently Managing Director for CIBC Innovation Banking Group where he is responsible for client and venture capital relationships and the delivery of tailored financial solutions to high growth companies.  Rob joined CIBC in 2018 following 17 years at Comerica Bank where he led senior lending initiatives across Canada.

As...show more

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Morgan Rosenberg

CEO

Resili

The Resili app improves mental health and resilience of family caregivers. We do this through a library of health literacy information, leading evidence-based resiliency skill lessons, and ongoing access to video e-counselling with registered professionals. We are alumni of the Next36 (awarded Valedictorian), the Ontario Brain Institute’s ONtrepreneur program and...show more

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Cynthia Rudge

Director, Open Banking

DGen

Cynthia Rudgehas 30 years of corporate, consulting and entrepreneurial experience.

After studying Economics at McGill University in Montreal, she embarked on a 15-year career in Financial Services. Business areas she has been involved in include government finance, private client and wealth management, and institutional equity. Cynthia has worked in executive positions...show more

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Colin Ryan

Co-Head & Managing Director Technology, Media, Telecom & Healthcare Investment Banking

National Bank

  • Colin joined National Bank in 2017
  • His work at National Bank focuses on TMT industries
  • Prior to his role at NBF, Colin was a director in the Canadian Investment banking group of Credit Suisse for six years
  • Early in his career Colin worked at CIBC World Markets where he spend 9 years as
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Hitesh Saijpal

Global Head of Portfolio Development

Cisco Investments

Hitesh Saijpal is the Global Head of the Portfolio Development team for Cisco Investments, focused on accelerating growth and driving long-term success for Cisco’s portfolio companies. His team serves as champions for their entrepreneurs, providing support in their go-to-market strategies, business development, marketing, and product strategy. They also harness insights...show more

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Russell Samuels

Partner

Whitecap Venture Partners

Russell Samuels is a Partner at Whitecap Venture Partners, a leading early stage venture capital fund based in Toronto. Whitecap is focused on companies across ICT, MedTech and Food/FoodTech. Russell works closely with Reunion Foods, Clearwater Clinical (acquired by Sivantos), and Irystec.

Prior to joining Whitecap, Russell was a Senior Manager...show more

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Matt Saunders

Co-Founder

Ryerson Futures Inc./Zone Startups


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Ankur Saxena

Investment Manager

Cisco Investments

Ankur is currently focused on investments opportunities in Canada as well as global opportunities in IoT and AI. Prior to Cisco, Ankur worked in a variety of roles in venture capital, growth equity and investment banking in Amazon’s Corporate Development team, The Carlyle Group, Helion Venture Partners and Avendus Capital...show more

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Michelle Scarborough

Managing Partner, Strategic Investments 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...show more

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Karl Schabas

Managing Director

Verstra Ventures

Before starting Verstra Ventures, Karl spent eight years as the Chief Strategy Officer at an operating group of Constellation Software. Karl would provide consulting and training to help companies grow and maximize their performance. He also assisted with new product initiatives at many companies in the portfolio. The experiences and...show more

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Adrian Schauer

Founder and CEO

AlayaCare

Adrian Schauer is the founder and CEO of AlayaCare, a health-tech start-up serving the home healthcare market and looking to deliver the next disruptive solution for the industry by combining remote patient monitoring, clinical documentation and back office software. Adrian is a serial technology entrepreneur having built two successful mobile...show more

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Zane Schwartz

Reporter

The Logic

Zane Schwartz is a senior reporter at The Logic who was previously on staff at the National Post and Maclean’s. Zane was the 2017 Michelle Lang Fellow in Journalism, where he built a searchable database of five million political donations, revealing the biggest donors in every province and territory for the first...show more

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Jesse Shapins

Director of Public Realm

Sidewalk Labs


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Sunil Sharma

Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator

Techstars

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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...show more

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Will Shaw

Partner

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Will is the co-leader of the Startup and Emerging Company Services group in Toronto. He advises early-stage companies, growth-stage companies and investors on a range of topics, including financings and M&A

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Blair Sherman

Strategic Investments and Women in Tech

BDC Capital

Prior to joining BDC, Blair worked at a venture backed healthcare startup, working directly with the senior leadership team on corporate development and fundraising, business development and strategy.

Blair holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree specialized in Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University. He also volunteers as a mentor with...show more

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Noah Shipman

Partner

Vistara Capital Partners

Noah has 10+ years of experience in technology corporate finance, M&A, and strategic planning, having worked as an advisor to as well as in-house for both public and private companies.

Prior to joining Vistara Capital Partners, Noah was Principal at Garibaldi Capital Advisors, a technology-exclusive boutique investment bank. While at Garibaldi,...show more

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Sean Silcoff

Technology reporter

The Globe and Mail

Sean Silcoff is an award-winning technology reporter writer with The Globe and Mail and co-author of Losing the Signal, the critically acclaimed, best-selling story about the rise and fall of BlackBerry. He previously worked at the National Post as well as Canadian Business Magazine. He lives near Ottawa with his...show more

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Kirk Simpson

Co-Founder & CEO

Wave

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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...show more

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Meagan Simpson

Associate Editor

BetaKit

Meagan is the Associate Editor for BetaKit. A tech writer that is super proud to showcase the Canadian tech scene. A graduate from Carleton University's Journalism program, she previously worked for IT World Canada and has freelanced as a political reporter on Parliament Hill, as a sports reporter in Ottawa,...show more

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Pamela Snively

VP, Chief Data & Trust Officer

TELUS

Pamela Snively is the Chief Data & Trust Officer at TELUS. She leads the team responsible for privacy governance and data ethics, along with data management and a number of compliance functions, including the Anti-bribery & Corruption and Competition Law programs.  Pam approaches overall data governance through the lens of...show more

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Siddharth Srivastava

Vice President

McRock Capital

Siddharth Srivastava is a Vice President of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He has extensive experience advising technology companies on M&A transactions and helping entrepreneurs raise financing from venture capital and private equity investors.

Prior to joining McRock, Siddharth worked in...show more

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John Stackhouse

Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO

RBC Royal Bank

As Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, John advises the executive leadership on emerging trends in Canada’s economy, providing insights grounded in his travels across the country and around the world. His work focuses on technological change and innovation, examining how to successfully navigate the new economy so more people...show more


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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...show more

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Helen Stevenson

Founder and CEO

Reformulary Group

Helen Stevenson is Founder and CEO of Reformulary Group Inc., a healthcare company that built its own proprietary formulary (drug list) that helps Canadians make smart drug choices through its DrugFinder™ app. The company recently launched Cannabis Standard™, a consumer platform that pre-screens and advises patients whether they are a...show more

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Rene Yang Stewart

Co-Head, Vista Endeavor Fund

Vista Equity Partners

Rene Yang Stewart is an experienced technology investor at Vista Equity Partners, with more than 13 years of experience working with B2B SaaS companies to accelerate their growth and nurture innovation. Having started her career advising tech companies in Silicon Valley at Lehman Brothers, Rene then moved into the corporate...show more

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John Stokes

Partner

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...show more

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Craig Strong

Partner

Round13 Capital

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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...show more

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Bram Sugarman

Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships

Shopify

Bram is the Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships at Shopify. With more than 800,000 merchants in 150 countries, Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses.  In his role Bram is responsible for Shopify's mergers and acquisitions, venture investment activities and strategic partnership...show more

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Peter Suma

Chairman & Co-CEO

Applied Brain Research Inc.

Peter is Chairman and co-CEO of Applied Brain Research Inc. Prior to ABR, Peter led startups in robotics and financial services as well as managed two seed venture capital funds. Peter holds degrees in systems engineering, science, law and business. ABR builds, and makes tools for building, intelligent real-time AI...show more

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Harinder Takhar

CEO

Paytm Labs

Harinder Takhar is the CEO of Paytm Labs Inc., the Toronto-based research and development division of Paytm. In his previous role, Harinder led Paytm as its first CEO in India when Paytm launched in 2011. At Paytm Labs Inc., he is responsible for two key objectives: building Paytm’s machine learning...show more

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Cherry Rose Tan

Founder & CEO

For Founders by Founders

Cherry Rose Tan is known as the Founder Whisperer, who has a gift for drawing out the most intimate conversations from tech’s elite. With 12 years of expertise in psychology, she has guided thousands of leaders through the trenches of mental health. A mentor for the Inc. Founders Project, she...show more

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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...show more

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Jeff Tomlin

Chief Marketing Officer & Co-Founder

Vendasta

Vendasta co-founder Jeff Tomlin is a visionary in all things marketing, SEO, and digital. His passion and innovative nature drives the success of the business. While conducting market research and developing strategies, he is always measuring and analyzing the effectiveness of the marketing efforts. Tomlin is constantly developing and iterating...show more

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Crystal Trevors

CEO

Stepscan Technologies Inc.

Crystal has a diverse background in science and business accumulated in over 20 years working in both the private and public sectors. 

As the CEO and Founder of Stepscan Technologies Crystal has a bold vision of making Stepscan the “Leading innovator of movement tracking and analysis technology in the medical and...show more

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Ivan Tsarynny

CEO and Co-founder

Feroot

Ivan Tsarynny is the CEO and Co-Founder of Feroot, a cybersecurity company that helps organizations detect data theft and data harvesting on web applications and websites.

Ultimately, his goal is to shift the perception of regulatory security and privacy compliance to a competitive, business advantage and help security and privacy teams...show more

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Peggy Van De Plassche

Managing Partner

Roar Ventures

Peggy has spent close to 20 years in the IT and financial services industries as an entrepreneur, executive, investor, senior advisor and board member.

She led innovation for a large Canadian bank (CIBC), allocated several billions of capital for technology projects on behalf of large IT and finance institutions (CGI and...show more

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Richard van der Put

Founder and CEO

VineView

A biomedical engineer by trade, Richard has led the development of image analysis algorithms for several applications ranging from robotics to cancer treatments.  He has a strong background in imaging physics, signal processing, and algorithm development, and has been instrumental in acquiring over $4-million in investor funding.  Richard graduated from...show more

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Ben Van Zuylen

Senior Associate

Export Development Canada


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Kutral Veerabadran

Principal

Flow Capital Corp.

Kutral Veerabadran is a Principal at Flow Capital, where he invests in early and growth stage companies through non-dilutive structures. He  has over 15 years of cumulative experience across Corporate Finance, Technology & Investment domains and brings to table a unique blend of global exposure having worked in six countries...show more

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Tuyen Vo

Managing Director & Head–Technology & Innovation Banking

National Bank of Canada

A twenty year executive in commercial banking, corporate finance and technology banking, Tuyen leads the NBC Canadian Tech practice from offices in Montreal and Toronto, offering non-dilutive financing solutions to fast growing and mature companies alike.  National Bank of Canada was founded 160 years ago by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and has been supporting technology...show more

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Jeff Wandzura

Chief Growth Officer

Curatio


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Dr. Chenxi Wang

Founder & General Partner

Rain Capital

Dr. Chenxi Wang is the founder and General Partner of Rain Capital, a Cyber focused venture fund. A well-known investor, technologist, speaker, and thought leader in the Cybersecurity industry, Dr. Wang also serves on the board of MDU Resources (NYSE: MDU) and the OWASP foundation. Previously, Chenxi was Chief Strategy...show more

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Jack Warning

Investor

Pegasus Tech Ventures

Jack Warning serves as an Investor at Pegasus Tech Ventures, providing quantitative and qualitative analysis for companies around the globe. Jack started his career as a Valuation Analyst at Valuation Research Corporation doing M&A advisory and enterprise valuation projects

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Yishay Waxman

Co-founder & President

Platterz Inc

Yishay Waxman is an entrepreneur, investor and start-up advisor. He has been in the mobile & digital space for over 22 years, selling platforms and solutions to more than 350 operators worldwide, travelled to more than 85 countries.

Most recently, he was the co-founder of Jumptap, Inc. (a widely recognized advertising...show more

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Christian Weedbrook

Founder and CEO

Xanadu

Christian Weedbrook is the Founder and CEO of Xanadu, a photonic quantum computing and advanced artificial intelligence company based in Toronto. Christian has over a decade of industry, government and research experience in quantum computing. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Queensland and was a postdoc...show more

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Dr Tyler Wish

CEO

NACBio

Dr Tyler Wish is a Canadian biotechnology entrepreneur focused on data-driven medicine and computational drug discovery who received his PhD in medicine from Memorial University. He is the CEO of NACBio, a privately-held cannabis intelligence firm that is engineering a deeper data-driven understanding of the relationship between cannabis and human...show more

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David Wismer

Head, Global Technology & Business Services Investment 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...show more

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Kathryn Wortsman

Managing Partner

Amplify Capital

Kathryn Wortsman leads Amplify Capital, a seed stage firm investing in Canadian impact tech ventures based at the MaRS Discovery District.  Amplify Capital launched late 2019 and is the second fund after the success of the inaugural MaRS Catalyst Fund.  The MaRS Catalyst Fund was launched in 2016, and it...show more

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Ramin Wright

Investment Associate

Luge Capital

Ramin has a valuable background in entrepreneurship, engineering, law and investing. He advised Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec on their Shark Tank deals, founded two tech startups, and received and successfully licensed a scientific patent. Prior to joining Luge, Ramin worked at the New York office of Osler Hoskin &...show more

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Margo Wu

Lead Investor

Georgian Partners

Margaret Wu, who goes by “Margo,” is a VP on the Georgian Partners investment team and is involved in deal sourcing, due diligence and portfolio support for startups exploiting Applied AI. Prior to Georgian, she was a Product Manager for mobile marketing at Amazon, co-founded a biotech company and served as...show more

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Alan Wunsche

CEO and Co-Founder

TokenFunder

Alan Wunsche is CEO & Chief Token Officer of TokenFunder.com, Chair & Co-Founder of Blockchain Canada and Canadian Chair of ISO TC307 (Blockchain Standards) Committee. Alan is a finance and blockchain technology expert focused on the disruptive impacts of blockchain and cryptocurrencies on capital markets and global wealth distribution. He recently led TokenFunder's launch...show more

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Kimberly Yeung

Partner, Women in Technology Venture Fund

BDC Capital

Kimberly Yeung is a Principal, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund at BDC Capital.

Kim has over 10 years of experience in the financial sector and worked in private equity investing in New York and Toronto. She began her career in both the investment banking and merchant banking divisions...show more


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Sharon Zohar

Founder/CEO

The Big Push

Sharon Zohar is a serial entrepreneur and investor with more than twenty years experience founding, investing, advising, and operating technology, internet, and digital media companies.  She is driven by her passion to identify new innovative technologies and business models that have the potential to disrupt traditional markets and are designed...show more

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