Advisory Board

Selection Committee Co-Chairs

Matthew Leibowitz

Co-Founder & Managing General Partner
Plaza Ventures

Matthew is the Co-Founder of Plaza Ventures, a national venture capital firm, spending 15+ 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 with consistent top decile returns. Matthew has co-created multiple funds...more

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Advisory Board Members

Chris Albinson

Chief Executive Officer & President
Communitech

Chris Albinson is Chief Executive Officer & President of Communitech & Co-Founder & Managing Director of BreakawayGrowth Fund.  Albinson has been an early investor in companies that have created $45bn+ in value including Pinterest, Docusign, Newbridge Networks & Juniper Networks. We invested $1.06B & returned $4.25B, 3.8X over 26 years...more

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Layth Ashoo

Partner
Maverix Private Equity

Layth is a Partner at Maverix Private Equity. In this role, he is responsible for deal sourcing, execution and portfolio company oversight. He brings 15 years of industry experience spanning private equity, management consulting, investment banking and software development. Layth has been involved in the origination, evaluation, execution, and oversight...more

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Sue Britton

Co-Founder
Fathom4sight Inc.

Sue Britton is CEO and Founder of FinTech Growth Syndicate (FGS). FGS is a corporate innovation accelerator that works with traditional or incumbent organizations to help them research and develop new product innovations.

Sue started FGS after a successful 25 year innovation corporate career, and is a first time and successful...more

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Marcus Daniels

Founding Partner & CEO
Highline BETA

Marcus is CEO and Founding Partner of Highline BETA, a venture capital and a startup co-creation company. He leads visionary execution, strategic deals, accelerator 

platform growth, and new venture funding. He has 20+ years as a serial tech entrepreneur and was previously the Co-Founder and CEO of HIGHLINE.vc and Managing Director...more

Brenda Hogan

Chief Investment Officer
Venture Ontario

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/brenda-hogan-9608a230

Brenda M. Hogan is the Chief Investment Officer at Venture Ontario and has over 15 years’ of experience in strategy and execution in venture capital at the co-investment, fund of funds, and fund level investing.
Brenda has held senior roles in corporate development, finance, and strategic investing with Bell...more

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Matthew Leibowitz

Co-Founder & Managing General Partner
Plaza Ventures

Matthew is the Co-Founder of Plaza Ventures, a national venture capital firm, spending 15+ 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 with consistent top decile returns. Matthew has co-created multiple funds...more

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Laura Lenz

Partner
OMERS Ventures

Based in Toronto, Laura is a Partner leading OMERS Ventures’ investment activity in Canada. Laura has over 15 years of venture investing experience, including prior roles as a Partner with Generation Ventures, an Investment Director with MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, and a Principal with EdgeStone Capital Partners. Laura started her...more

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Dani Lipkin

Director, Global Business Development
TSX Inc.

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

Prior to this role, Dani...more

Matthew Lombardi

Managing Director
OneEleven

Michelle McBane

Managing Director
StandUp Ventures

Michelle (Twitter: @michellemcbane) is passionate about working with amazing technology entrepreneurs applying disruptive technologies to solve problems in enterprise, health and consumer markets. Michelle is a skilled business professional with many years of combined operational and venture capital experience. Her background includes 16 years of venture capital investing early- and...more

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Giselle Melo

Founder & General Partner
Matr Ventures

The VC system is methodically designed to result in a particular outcome. Understanding the industry as it exists today, I’m relentlessly committed to helping underestimated founders grasp the rules of the game while simultaneously creating structures to tip the scales in our favor.

Matr, will invest up to $1
...more

Alison Nankivell

Senior Vice President, Fund Investments
BDC Capital

Alison Nankivell is Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling. Based in Toronto, she leads BDC Capital’s team of indirect investments – Canada’s largest venture fund investor, with investments in more than 60 funds and close to $1 billion in assets under management.

Bringing over 20 years of experience in the...more

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Michelle Scarborough

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

Michelle Scarborough is Managing Partner, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund. 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 $200M investment to bring capital to high-growth tech...more

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Sunil Sharma

Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator
Techstars

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 was a Managing Partner with Extreme Venture Partners (EVP) and...more

Craig Strong

Partner
Round13 Capital

Craig’s main interest is helping entrepreneurs to build powerful sales & marketing machines. He was the co-founder and CEO of Fitzii, an online recruiting company that uses a predictive algorithm to match candidates to employers (sold to the Ian Martin Group).

Craig worked at Deloitte – initially as a Marketing Director...more

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Margo Wu

Lead Investor
Georgian

Margaret Wu is a Lead Investor at Georgian focused on business software companies exploiting Applied AI. Prior to Georgian, she was a Product Manager for mobile marketing at Amazon, co-founded a biotech company and served as COO at OneSpout, a local e-commerce startup.  Margaret began her career in consulting at...more

Advisory Board Emeritus

John Albright

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Relay Ventures

John is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures as well as Co-Founder and Board Member of Alate Partners and Playmaker Capital. John has over 20 years of experience helping entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans for long-term, sustainable growth. John’s tenure in finance spans both venture capital...more

Chris Arsenault

Managing Partner
Inovia Capital

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/chrisarsenault 

https://twitter.com/chrisarsenault

Chris Arsenault has more than 25 years of operating and investing experience, and through his vision, has been a key pillar of today's rich Canadian tech ecosystem. Through his decades of leadership, Chris has developed an outstanding track record of identifying high potential companies early on, supporting them...more

Tyson Baber

Lead Investor
Georgian

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyson-baber-82772a14/ 

https://twitter.com/tysonbaber 

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

Joe Catalfamo

Venture Advisor

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 co-founding...more

Roger Chabra

General Partner
Rho Canada Ventures

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/rchabra

https://twitter.com/rchabra

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 to partner with passionate, energetic and visionary entrepreneurs who solve...more

Michael Hyatt

Principal
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

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Justin LaFayette

Lead Investor, Head of Firm
Georgian

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/justin-lafayette-bb43972b

https://twitter.com/GeorgianPrtnrs

Justin LaFayette is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Georgian Partners. Justin leads Georgian Partner’s investments in Bluecore, DefenseStorm, IEX, Integrate.ai, Polar, PrecisionLender, Signpost, Tealium, Top Hat, True Fit and WorkFusion. Justin also previously led the firm's investments in 41st Parameter, Kinnser Software, Kony, Shopify, Silanis/eSignLive, Syncsort and Turnitin.

In addition,...more

Rick Nathan

Managing Director
Kensington Capital Partners

Rick Nathan

Managing Director

Kensington Capital Partners 

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/rick-nathan-a4443552

https://twitter.com/rick_nathan 

Rick Nathan leads Kensington’s venture capital investment program as a Managing Director and member of the firm’s Investment Committee.  His career spans many years across the private equity and venture market as an industry leader, investor and professional advisor.  Rick currently serves as an...more

Senia Rapisarda

Managing Director
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 team focused on direct and indirect investments across Canada. Her...more

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Robert Simon

Senior Managing Partner, IT Venture Fund
BDC Capital

ROBERT SIMON

Senior Managing Partner, IT Venture Fund

BDC Capital

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertsimon1 

https://twitter.com/rsimon 


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

John Stokes

Partner
Real Ventures

JOHN STOKES

Partner

Real Ventures

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/johnstokes 

https://twitter.com/iamjohnstokes 


John is an investor who daily resists the urge to get back to being an entrepreneur — but rather chooses to live vicariously through the founders in whom he invests. After having played leading roles in two successful startups in Asia Pacific, but being underwhelmed...more

Salim Teja

Partner & General Manager
Radical Ventures

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 applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to transform massive industries.

Prior...more

David Wismer

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

David has over 20 years of technology investment banking experience and has completed over $100 billion in capital raising and advisory transactions, including some of BMO's most significant transactions globally over the last several years. He is a trusted advisor to high-growth technology companies from early-stage to large-cap public companies.  As Global Head of the...more

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