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Advisory Board Co-Chairs
Senior Vice President, Fund Investments
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: 30 Minutes with BDC Capital
Advisory Board Members
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
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 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
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
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
Joe brings over 28 years of venture capital investing and a wealth of experience in the Mobile, Enterprise Software and Digital Media verticals.
His diverse and extensive experience allowed him to play an integral role in the formation, strategic direction, overall growth and business development of emerging companies.
Joe, as a...more
Rho Canada Ventures
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
Founding Partner & CEO
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 HIGHLINE.vc and Managing...more
Senior Vice President Venture Services
MaRS Discovery District
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
Chief Executive Officer
Chris brings TWG over 20 years’ experience in technology software & services, including more than 15 years in executive management positions. He has held leadership roles both in startups and with large organizations, and has helped build teams in Silicon...more
Chief Investment Officer
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation
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
Hyatt Family Office
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
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
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
Lead Investor, Head of Firm
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
Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #2
Managing General Partner
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
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
Co-Founder & Managing General Partner
Matthew is the Co-Founder of Plaza Ventures, a national venture capital firm, spending 7+ years focused on deal flow, board management, ecosystem development, corporate partnerships and investor relations. Matthew is a career VC, having overseen dozens of growth-tech finance investments...more
Director, Global Business Development
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
SurePath Capital Partners
Since 1999, Mark MacLeod has been funding, growing and exiting venture-backed software companies as either a CFO, VC or investment banker.
As CFO, Mark worked with companies like Shopify, FreshBooks and others. Mark was a General Partner in Real Ventures, Canada’s...more
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
Head of Venture Capital
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 in the startup and...more
Kensington Capital Partners
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
HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Ltd.
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
Managing Partner, Thrive Venture Fund and Women in Technology Venture Fund
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
Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator
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
Senior Managing Partner, IT Venture Fund
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
Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ and the Chief Executive Officer of DMZ Ventures. He is responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of both organizations.
Under his leadership, the DMZ built a presence for Canadian startups to grow in NYC and was ranked as the number...more
Speaking on: Showcase - DMZ Black Innovation Fellowship
Managing Partner and Global Head of Venture Capital
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
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
Partner & General Manager
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
Version One Ventures
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
Speaking on: CIX Top 10 Growth Showcase #1
Head, Global Technology Investment & Corporate Banking
BMO Capital Markets, Corp
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