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Talia Abramowitz

Managing Partner

Deloitte Ventures

Talia is the managing partner of Deloitte Ventures and is responsible for launching the Canadian initiative in 2022. Coming from an entrepreneurial household, Talia is passionate about helping founders succeed.

In the five years before taking on Deloitte Ventures, Talia served as the chief operating officer for Deloitte’s national Financial Advisory...show more

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Aditya Aggarwal

Partner, Industrial Innovation Venture Fund

BDC Capital

Aditya Aggarwal is Partner, Industrial Innovation Venture Fund at BDC Capital. He brings to this role extensive experience building large scale intelligent software solutions co-creating, building and integrating industrial IoT solutions for customers in the energy, electric vehicle, advanced manufacturing and smart city verticals. He also has a history of...show more

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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...show more

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Avinash Ambale Viswanath

Founder/CEO

Daara Nano BioSense


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Jennifer Armstrong

Trade Commissioner

Jennifer Armstrong – Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) Program at the Ontario Regional Office, Trade Commissioner Services (TCS), Global Affairs Canada   

Jennifer has worked with a wide variety of small businesses and non-profits in the private sector for the past twenty years and has recently joined the Trade...show 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...show more

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Ramtin Attar

CEO & Co-Founder

Promise Robotics

As the co-founder and CEO of Promise Robotics, Ramtin brings more than 16 years of leadership experience in helping the building industry to innovate and adopt new technologies for better productivity and sustainability. Ramtin is a mission-driven leader with a deep passion for positively impacting our communities and advancing the...show more

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Pelra Azondekon

Managing Director

AsterX

Pelra Azondekon is an active leader in the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in Canada. She brings 15 years of experience in private investments, corporate finance, M&A and accounting. Pelra launched and currently leads asterX, the corporate venture capital arm of Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B), a Canadian leader in...show more

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John Baker

President & CEO

D2L

John founded D2L in 1999, at the age of twenty-two, while attending the University of Waterloo. He strongly believes that learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests.

He is a member of the Business Council of Canada, board member of the Business Higher Education Roundtable, member of...show more

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Raif Barbaros

Seed-stage VC

Mistral Venture Partners

I'm a startup CTO turned VC at Mistral Venture Partners in Canada. Prior to Mistral, I was the founder or CTO at multiple VC-backed companies in the Bay Area and Toronto, two of which were acquired and two that reached millions of users.


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Alexander Barclay

Investor, Director of Data & Operations

Graphite Ventures

Alexander Barclay
Investor, Director of Data & Operations
Graphite Ventures

I’m an Investor and Director of Data & Operations with Graphite Ventures, a leading seed-stage fund investing in high-potential B2B SaaS, digital health, and FinTech startups. I've spent over a decade working with hardware & software across sectors; from enterprise cloud...show more

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Massi Basiri

Co-Founder & President

ApplyBoard

Massi Basiri is a self-proclaimed tech geek who is passionate about changing lives. In his spare time, he loves to build and create. Whether it’s woodworking, robotics, or automation, Massi takes pride in bringing new ideas to life. As Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ApplyBoard, he ensures that...show more

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Michael Bellows

CEO

GoMaterials

Michel Bellows is the co-founder and CEO at GoMaterials. Michael has a successful track record of building and nurturing high-performing teams for large organizations such as PepsiCo. As a leader and a community influencer, Michael is passionate about technology, company culture, sales, and mentoring. Outside of work, Michael enjoys maintaining...show more

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Lise Birikundavyi

Managing Partner

Lise Birikundavyi is the co-founder and managing partner for BKR Capital, the first institutionally-backed black-led VC fund in Canada. Lise is an innovative finance specialist who has worked with several international institutions, most notably the Jacobs Foundation for whom she managed an edtech impact investment strategy. Lise also mentors and...show more

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Sarah Blair

Outreach & Engagement Manager, IDEaS Program

Canada Department of National Defence


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Trevor Bouchard

CEO

QuickContractors.com Inc

Trevor started out as a College Pro franchise during his first years as a university Student at McMaster. He Founded QuickContractors.com Inc in 2004 as a 3rd year university student at McMaster in Hamilton.

Trevor has grown QuickContractors from inception to 42M in annual revenues in 2022.

"QC" QuickContractors now employees over...show 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...show more

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Joseph Buaron

Co-Founder and CTO

goPeer

Joseph Buaron is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology innovator, currently Co-founder and CTO of goPeer, a thriving fintech start-up and Canada’s first regulated consumer peer-to-peer lending platform. Joseph additionally serves as Chief Strategy Officer to Loti Wellness Inc., a Canadian self-care consumer brand and on the board of Neptune Wellness...show more

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Julie Anne Buckland

Chief Medical Officer

Lotus Medical

Dr Julie Anne Buckland is the Medical officer for Family Medicine at Lotus Medical. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal and her Doctorate in Medicine and specialty training in Family Medicine at the Université de Montréal. She has been...show more

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Norm Cappell

Co-CEO

SAVVYY

Norm is co-founder and Co-CEO of SAVVYY, Canada's leading digital mortgage platform.  Most recently, he was Head of Capital Markets at Borrowell, a Canadian direct-to-consumer fintech.  His prior experience includes leveraged finance roles at Citadel, RBC and Merrill Lynch.  Norm holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA...show more

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Anthony Caruso

Software Investor

CIC Capital Canada

Anthony was previous Director of M&A at Valsoft, one of Canada's fastest growing tech companies and winner of Deloitte's Fast 15 for 2021. He now acts as Vice President, ICT at Credit Mutuel Equity, spearheading the bank's tech venture capital arm in North America alongside Ludovic André, managing director.

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Marc-Antoine Caya

Co-Founder & CEO

goPeer

Marc is a passionate socially responsible investor and innovator, currently Co-founder and CEO of goPeer, a thriving fintech start-up and Canada’s first regulated consumer peer-to-peer lending platform. His prior experience includes working as an investment banker at one of Canada’s largest banks where he was involved in many securities offerings...show more

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Annick Charbonneau

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

A serial tech entrepreneur, Annick Charbonneau has founded and managed two tech companies over the past decade. A fervent promoter of the presence of women in entrepreneurship, in 2021 she launched Accelia Capital, a venture capital fund whose mission is to invest in innovative companies, owned or led by women....show more

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Nayla Chebli

Investment Director, VC & Technologies

Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec

Nayla is a VC investment director for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)’s venture capital fund. CDPQ is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public retirement and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2021, it held CA$420 billion in net assets. CDPQ’s venture capital fund...show more

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Christopher Chen

Head of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong (Canada)

Hong Kong Economic & Trade

Christopher is the Head of the InvestHK presence for Canada, operating from the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Toronto. As Hong Kong's trade consul and commercial representative for Canada, he is responsible for all activities driving new business development and direct foreign investment. He comes from a digital...show more

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Ethan Choi

Partner

Accel

Ethan Choi joined Accel in 2018 and invests in SaaS companies that are redefining collaboration and enterprise automation, as well as fintech and e-commerce infrastructure. He represents Accel on the boards of 1Password, Invoca, Klaviyo, Nuvemshop, Pismo, Pluang, and Shogun. He also works with Bird and commercetools. Prior to Accel, Ethan...show more

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Derrick Chow

Co-Founder & COO

Marble

Derrick brings a background in lean engineering, research and finance, and is most interested in applying his skills to business initiatives with a global impact. Prior to Marble, Derrick obtained his Masters in Aerospace Engineering, spent several years in sustainable aviation research, and led the first Canadian team to the...show more

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Patrick Conroy

Managing Director

H.I.G. Growth Partners

Patrick is a Managing Director at H.I.G. Growth Partners and is based in the New York office. Patrick focuses on minority growth equity investments across tech-enabled Consumer and Software verticals.

Patrick has over a decade of investing and advisory experience across a broad range of industries and business models including Consumer...show more

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Fabian de la Fuente

CEO

Solaires Entreprises

Serial entrepreneur. Self-made inventor, investor, and researcher. He has a 33-year history of successfully leading challenging technology endeavours. He has launched over a dozen leading technology products worldwide. He is the named inventor in over 100 patents. He has led research and manufacturing teams in 4 continents. Fabian has a BSc. in International Trade.

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Justin Dharamdial

Partner, Emerging and High Growth Companies

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

As a partner in Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies group, Justin’s practice focuses on the representation of companies at all stages, as well as the venture capital firms, growth equity and private equity funds that finance them and the strategic acquirers who buy them. Justin has a wide range...show more

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Josh Domingues

Founder and CEO

Flashfood

Josh Domingues is the Founder & CEO of Flashfood, a mobile marketplace that strives to eliminate retail food waste by connecting communities with discounted food nearing its best-by date, while earning grocery operators greater profits.

Josh founded Flashfood in 2016 after reading about the environmental effects of food waste. Determined to...show more

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Mohannad El-Barachi is an Egyptian-born tech-entrepreneur, investor, executive, and business strategist. He holds university degrees in Computer Science and Political Science and has held various executive positions in the tech and telecom industries.

His experience spans multi industries and disciplines including the launch of multiple successful businesses and product lines in...show more

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Ash Esmaeili

Co-Founder and CEO

Aimsio

Ash obtained his BSc in Computer science in 2009 and joined the Artificial Intelligence lab at the University of Calgary where he obtained his MSc in Computer Science in 2012. 

Ash joined a world-class research lab at the University of Calgary and led a team of developers and managed the future...show more

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Jack Fraser

Partner, Growth Venture CI Fund

BDC Capital

Jack Fraser has over 30 years of experience as an operator and financier, primarily with digital commerce, FinTech, and P/SaaS companies. Jack is currently a Partner with BDC Capital’s late-stage Growth Venture CI Fund.  Jack joined BDC Capital in January 2020, and since then, he has led investments in companies...show more

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Joseph Fung

CEO

Uvaro

Joseph Fung is the CEO of Uvaro, a tech sales career accelerator. A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Computer Engineering program, Joseph’s a five-times technology Founder & CEO, and with multiple successful exits, and speaks frequently on the topics of sales leadership, diversity, and corporate social responsibility. 

He is the...show more

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Joe Gagliese

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Viral Nation

A born entrepreneur, Joe launched his first venture—selling recycled paintballs—when he was just 12. Later, his passion for technology and bringing ideas to life led him to partner with his high school friend, Mat Micheli. Together, they launched a series of ventures, including Viral Nation in 2014. 

As Viral Nation’s Co-CEO,...show more

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Francois Gand

Founder & CEO

NURO CORP.

With 28 years as a Founder and CEO of five award-winning tech firms and thousands of big data projects delivered for some of the largest brands on the planet, Francois is NURO's CEO while some call him a true computer whisperer ! His love for pushing technology to the next level...show more

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Karim Gillani

Co-founder and General Partner

Luge Capital

Karim is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Luge Capital, a fintech-focused venture capital firm. Prior to Luge, Karim led Venture and M&A for PayPal in Canada. Before that, Karim started the Corporate Development practice at Xoom, a leading cross-border payments company that was publicly-listed on the NASDAQ in 2013...show more

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Ajay Gopal

Partner

Framework Venture Partners

Ajay Gopal is a Partner at Framework Venture Partners. Based in Toronto, Ajay has more than 5 years of VC experience and nearly a decade of prior investing and capital markets experience. Ajay’s responsibilities with the firm include strategic board representation, deal sourcing and assisting portfolio companies with operational and...show more

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Suraj Gupta

Co-Founder, President & CEO

Rogue Insight Capital

Suraj K. Gupta (Columbia MBA ’17) is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Rogue Insight Capital, and is the CIO for the Gupta Group and the Easton's Group of Hotels. The Gupta Group is a conglomerate, owned by the Gupta family, that makes investments around the world. The Gupta Group's...show more


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Sarah Hartkorn

Associate

Whitecap Venture Partners

Sarah is an Associate at Whitecap and joined the firm in 2021. Prior to joining, Sarah co-founded Primped, a wellness and personal care marketplace start-up, and worked in investment banking at TD Securities. Sarah holds an MBA from McMaster University and a BA (Business) from Western University.


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Matan Hazanov

Managing Director

Verstra Ventures

Matan spent 8 years building startups as an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. In his role as a VC, Matan was a key player in many investments in the software, cleantech and agtech industries in North America and Israel. His unique approach in his role as an investor resulted in the...show more

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Youssef Helwa

Co-founder & CEO

NERv Technology

Youssef Helwa founded FluidAI back in 2014 as an extension of his research in the field of biosensors. Coming from a medical family, including a surgeon mother and a father who switched from medicine to industry (J&J) early in his career, he continuously had direct exposure to the medical needs...show more

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Aaron Hoffman

Senior Associate

Intact Ventures


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Isabelle Hudon

CEO

BDC

Recognized as a mobilizing leader, and gifted with a keen sense of strategy, Isabelle Hudon has systematically brought an ambitious and resolutely action-oriented vision to all of the organizations she has led. She was appointed President and CEO of BDC in August 2021, after serving as Ambassador of Canada to...show more

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Michael Hyatt

Chair

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...show more

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Khushboo Jha

Founder & CEO

BuyProperly

Khushboo Jha is an experienced leader who believes in the power of technology to solve problems. She is the Founder and CEO of BuyProperly Limited, an AI driven online investing platform for fractional investing in alternative assets such as Real Estate.  Prior to starting BuyProperly, she had over 14+ years...show more

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Emma Johnson

Software Investor

Klass Capital

Emma joined Klass Capital in 2021. Her key responsibilities include sourcing new investment opportunities, conducts due diligence, executes transactions, supports portfolio companies and helps develop the firm’s investment theses. Emma holds an Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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Tim Johnson

CEO & Co-Founder

Tim Johnson is the CEO & Co-founder of Couply. 

Prior to Couply, he was at Wattpad for 6.5 years. He was among the first hires on the business team at Wattpad, as Wattpad scaled to 100M users to be acquired by Naver. This is where he met his co-founder Denesh Raymond...show more

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Krista Jones

Founding Executive, Momentum and VP, Venture Services

MaRS Discovery District

Krista is the Senior Vice President of Ventures Services at MaRS Discovery District. She leverages her deep entrepreneurial and leadership experience to advise founders, inspire teams and create programs to help scale Canada’s most innovative companies.  Most recently she founded MaRS Momentum, an exclusive program that supports the executives of...show more

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Eric Kafka

Principal

Vertu Capital

Eric joined VERTU Capital in July 2018. Prior to joining VERTU, he worked at Facebook helping to scale its business integrity efforts, and as V.P. of Corporate Development at Sysomos, a Toronto-based data analytics company, where he was responsible for strategic and financial planning, operating infrastructure and processes, and corporate...show more

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Neil Kenley

Director, Investments

Vistara Growth

Neil has ten years of experience in strategy and corporate development, private equity and investment banking. Prior to joining Vistara Growth, Neil worked in Strategy and Corporate Development at Element AI, an Artificial Intelligence start-up building AI products for enterprise customers. While at Element, he helped develop product roadmaps, negotiate...show more

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Ashleigh Kennedy

CEO & Co-Founder

Neurovine Inc

Ashleigh Kennedy, Ph.D., is a seasoned entrepreneur with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Waterloo in brain activity (EEG). Ashleigh is a Stanford University alumni where she holds the 400m sprint record for indoor track and field. Before founding Neurovine, Ashleigh ran a successful...show more

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Yishel Khan

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Yishel is passionate about combining medicine with technology to create disruptive solutions to better the healthcare system and personalize medicine. A global entrepreneur with nearly 10 years of experience in founding companies from ideation to over millions of dollars in valuation.

 After graduating from McGill University as an electrical engineer, she...show more

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Rob Khazzam

Cofounder & CEO

Floatcard

Rob Khazzam is the Co-Founder and CEO of Float, Canada’s first smart corporate card and spend management platform. Prior to Float, Rob served as General Manager for Uber Canada after overseeing international expansion and operations for Uber in Central and Eastern Europe from 2014 to 2017. Rob has over 10...show more

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Inara Lalani

Co-Founder & COO

FemTherapeutics Inc.

Inara Lalani is the Co-Founder & COO at FemTherapeutics - a medical device company focused on personalizing medicine for women. She holds a BCom. from McGill University with a Major in Information Systems, Entrepreneurship and Surgical Innovation, and is a certified board governance leader. At 19, she founded FemTherapeutics to...show more

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Stephany Lapierre

Founder and CEO

TealBook

Stephany Lapierre is the Founder and CEO of TealBook. A lifelong entrepreneur, Stephany is one of SCMA's 100 Influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain and has won many awards for her innovative approach to supplier intelligence. Prior to TealBook, Stephany built a successful procurement consulting firm focused on helping Fortune...show more

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Alex Leduc

CEO

Perch

Alex is the founder of Perch, an award-winning mortgage platform simplifying homeownership for buyers and owners. Prior to Perch, Alex held various corporate finance and strategy roles at MCAN Mortgage and Equitable Bank. He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Lenders Association Mortgage Roundtable and a Technical Advisory Member of the...show more

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Zak Lefevre

CEO

ChargeLab

Zak is the founder & CEO of ChargeLab. ChargeLab builds software for managing electric vehicle chargers, providing full-stack solutions for the future of refueling. Zak is a graduate of McGill University, Creative Destruction Lab, and Singularity University. He has a background in computer science and finance.


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Matthew Leibowitz

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...show more

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Amélie Lemelin

Chief Financial Officer

Lotus Medical

As CFO, Amelie is in charge of Lotus' Venture Capital financing and making sure Lotus remains diligent with its capital. Amelie oversees the accounting function and ensures investors’ questions are thoroughly answered. Amelie is also in charge of legal and tax matters, ensuring the company’s compliance.

With solid experience in the...show 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...show more

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Tom Lowden

VP, Technology Banking

Silicon Valley Bank

As VP of Relationship Management in the Technology Banking division, Tom maintains a strong pulse on the technology ecosystem in Canada and helps founders make meaningful connections with the SVB professionals who provide the creative and bespoke financial solutions and specialized services they need to thrive in the innovation economy.

Tom’s...show more

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Jeffrey MacDonald

Technology Investor

Warburg Pincus LLC

Jeffrey MacDonald is based in New York, and joined Warburg Pincus in 2021 in the Technology Group. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. MacDonald was an Associate at Searchlight Capital Partners and an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan. He received a M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the...show more

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Humera Malik

Founder and CEO

Canvass Analytics


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Rudy Mancini

Chief Partnership Officer

Bloom Care Solutions

15+ years’ experience driving business transformation within the Healthcare Industry. Rudy has led successful growth strategies in newly developed segments, improved efficiencies and operational dynamic in core services, and has led the growth/scale operational execution of national accounts. Rudy has held senior positions with some of the largest health care...show more

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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...show more

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Laura McGee

Founder & CEO

Diversio

Laura McGee is the Founder and CEO of Diversio, a technology startup that uses data analytics to help companies and investors unlock diversity for improved performance. Diversio works with clients in 30 countries in across the world, and has been featured at global events like the G20 and Davos. Through...show more

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Marc Milewski

Co-founder

Zum Rails

Prior to Co-Founding Zūm Rails Marc had spent over 15 years in the payments space. Marc was one of the original employees of Versapay and helped build, manage and retain Versapay’s EFT product.  Marc partnered with thousands of clients and distribution channels where he had processed billions of dollars annually.

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Graeme Millen

Director, Technology Banking

Silicon Valley Bank

Director, Technology Banking, SVB Canada

Graeme Millen is a director of technology banking at Silicon Valley Bank in Toronto, with specialization in SVB’s Climate Tech & Sustainability practice across Canada.

Graeme is responsible for the development of new business relationships as well as the strategy and oversight of the current portfolio. SVB’s...show more

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Mike Montian

Senior Director, Technology and Innovation

National Bank of Canada

Mike has over a decade of corporate banking experience with majority of his career focusing exclusively on providing financing solutions for emerging and scaling technology companies. Having worked with entrepreneurs across various sub sectors of technology ecosystem including fintech, ag-tech, legal, HR, ad-tech and various IOTs, he has enjoyed the...show more

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Maxim Moreau

Cofounder & CTO

CapIntel

Max Moreau, brings more than 13 years of full-stack development experience to CapIntel, where he has built a strategy focused on customer feedback as the foundation of CapIntel’s product and engineering work. He has grown CapIntel’s DevOps team to more than 16 employees with an average of 9 years of...show more

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Ron Morrow

Executive Director – Retail Payments Supervision

Bank of Canada

Ron Morrow was appointed Executive Director – Retail Payments Supervision, effective August 9, 2021.

In this role, reporting directly to the Governor, Mr. Morrow leads the design and implementation of the Retail Payments Supervision (RPS) Framework, including ongoing consultations on the Bank’s supervisory role as regulations are developed. He heads the...show more

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Taha Mubashir

Principal

Inovia Capital

Taha Mubashir joined Inovia in 2022 as a Principal on the Venture team. Taha has 10 years of finance experience and was recently a Director within PSP’s Direct Private Equity program. At PSP, Taha was responsible for sourcing and executing North American technology transactions. Taha’s key board seat and observer...show more

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Taku Murahwi

Investor

OMERS Ventures

Taku Murahwi
Investor

OMERS Ventures

Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Taku co-founded CapIntel, a FinTech start-up disrupting the wealth management space, where he lead sales and go-to-market strategy.


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Aman Nabi

Associate

Information Venture Partners

Aman joined the Information Venture Partners team in January 2022 as a member of the investment team. He is passionate about discovering innovative companies and trends in technology that are reshaping the world of financial services and commerce.

Aman is a two-time entrepreneur with a background in Aerospace Engineering. Prior to...show more

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Alexander Norman

General Partner

N49P

Alex currently is the managing partner of N49P, an early stage fund Canadian Venture Fund and the co-founder [TechTO.org](http://techto.org/), Canada’s largest tech community. Previously Alex established and led AngelList Ventures in Canada, co-founded HomeSav which was acquired by Rebellion Media and helped launch Simply Business which was acquired by The...show more

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Mark Organ

Founder, CEO and Head Coach

Categorynauts

I'm a serial entrepreneur, investor, consultant and coach. My entire career has revolved around B2B SaaS and marketing technology. In 1999, I co-founded marketing automation giant Eloqua, and in 2010, customer marketing pioneer Influitive. I grew both companies to $100M+ valuation and $15-20M+ in ARR while raising $60M+ from investors over...show more

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Neil Peet

Principal

GreenSky Capital

Neil Peet is a Principal with GreenSky Capital, a Venture Capital group focused on early-stage B2B Canadian Technology companies. Working with GreenSky since early 2015, Neil has been part of four funds, invest in 40+ deals so far, work through several exits (including Wave Accounting, one of the largest exits...show more

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Darren Perlman

Co-founder

Spotwork

An experienced entrepreneur and team leader, Darren has focused on growth through technology his entire career. He has been engaged in all aspects of HR and the operations of large organizations. In 2019 Darren co-founded Spotwork to solve a labour crisis he was witnessing firsthand as an employer of +450...show more

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Ian Pinnington

Partner

Arctern Ventures

Since joining ArcTern in 2017 as our first hire, Ian has invested in climate tech companies across a broad range of stages, sectors, and business types, from pre-revenue hardware to growth-stage SaaS. Prior to joining ArcTern, Ian was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney in New York. Before that, he...show more

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James Povitz

Principal

NAventures (National Bank)

James is a Principal on the investment team at NAventures, National Bank of Canada’s corporate venture capital arm. Based in Montreal, he sources fintech, insurtech and proptech investments and works closely with NAventures portfolio companies throughout their lifecycle. James is a foundational member of the NAventures team and has worked...show more

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Janet Qi

Co-Founder & CEO

PurMinds NeuroPharma Inc.

A serial entrepreneur with 15+ years of corporate & investment banking experience and 8+ years of strategic management background, Janet’s vision for PurMinds, stemming from her experience in strategic and business development, risk assessment and mitigation, commercialization of technological innovation, as well as expertise in branding, marketing, accounting, finance and business analysis, are verticals...show more

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Senia Rapisarda

Managing Director

HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Ltd.

Senia Rapisarda

Managing Director

HARBOURVEST PARTNERS

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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 team focused on direct and...show more

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Nik Rasskazovskiy

Director, Technology and Innovation Banking

National Bank of Canada

Nik Rasskazovskiy is a Director with National Bank Technology and Innovation Banking group focusing on providing creative non-dilutive capital solutions to fast growing innovative companies. This group helps entrepreneurs and businesses grow, scale and achieve their goals and aspirations. Over the past 10 years Nik built is expertise in Financial...show more

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Braden Ream

CEO

Voiceflow, Inc.

Braden Ream is the CEO and cofounder of Voiceflow, the collaborative platform to build chat and voice assistants. Voiceflow is used by 100,000 global teams including JP Morgan, Google, Amazon, US Bank, Instacart and more. To date Voiceflow has raised $27M USD from Craft Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Google, True Ventures,...show more

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Adam Rice

CEO

Asset Direct of Canada Inc.


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Beth Rogozinski

CEO

Oncoustics

Beth Rogozinski is a serial entrepreneur, technology professional, and business strategist who has spent the last several years focused on digital medicine.  Beth has worked in hardware, software and services at such top firms as Silicon Graphics, Macromedia, and the digital agency Circle and has also founded games and apps...show more

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Dr. Dan Rosen

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

d1g1t Inc.

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 financial institutions around the world, lectures extensively on risk...show more

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Miles Schwartz

Co-Founder

Zum Rails

Miles was the first employee of Flinks and was instrumental in growing Flinks from a concept to a leading FinTech in Canada (acquired by National Bank). Miles single-handedly drove Flinks' sales and built out and managed the entire sales team.

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Sheida Shahi

CEO, Co-Founder

Adaptis Technologies Inc.

Sheida is an Architect and holds a PhD in Construction Management from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Sheida is an expert in design optimization methodologies, decarbonization of existing buildings and improving circularity in the built environment. She has over nine years of professional...show more

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Asma Shahsamand

Canada Lead, Open Innovation

Accenture


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Mohamed Sheta

Co-Founder & CEO

AiZtech Labs


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Amardeep Sibia

Founder & CEO

Drishya AI Labs Inc.

Amardeep Sibia has over 26 years of professional experience. He is Founder & CEO of Drishya AI Labs an award-winning Deep Tech company in the business of AI for Digital Oil & Gas based in Calgary, Canada with a subsidiary in Bangalore. Drishya enables companies to meet their decarbonization goals...show more

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Dave Simons

Head of Technology

RBC

Despite being our Head of Technology, Dave is first and foremost a people person. He oversees our team of high-performing tech leads and engineers to help build and refine founders’ visions.

Dave has managed software teams and delivered innovative infrastructures, consumer-facing services, and licensed software for over 25 years in large...show more

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Jayiesh Singh

CEO / President

Able Innovations

Jayiesh(Jay) is an experienced entrepreneur who is passionate about leveraging technology to solve society's problems and has devoted his career to such pursuits. Jay along with his co-founder Philip have played key roles in the design and commercialization of close to a dozen robotic/hardware technologies. In 2018, he founded Able...show more

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Danielle Smith

Vice President, Technology Banking

Silicon Valley Bank

Danielle Smith is a vice president of relationship management at Silicon Valley Bank Canada. She’s responsible for building client and ecosystem relationships and working alongside startup C-suites as they leverage SVB’s platform to scale. Danielle collaborates with an array of SVB leaders to optimize the client experience and is particularly...show more

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Mark Smith

Partner, Industrial Innovation Venture Fund

BDC Capital

Mark Smith is a Partner with BDC Capital’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund. Mark brings to the team nearly two decades of operating and investing experience across enterprise and consumer products and technologies.

Before joining BDC Capital, Mark led business development for Amazon Web Services' (AWS) startup segment in Canada, where he...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 a proprietary evidence-based drug list, the Reformulary®, and award-winning DrugFinder™ tool that provides Canadians with valuable, comparative drug information and saves money for organization’s health benefit plans. The Company has a formidable data asset, providing...show more

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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...show more

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Dave Teare

Co-Founder

1password

When Dave Teare created 1Password, freedom from commuting and being able to spend more time with family was at the forefront of his mind. He’s incredibly proud of the environment he’s helped create that allows ideas to blossom and grow into successful products and processes.

This culture encourages the implementation of...show more

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Patricia Thaine

Cofounder & CEO

Private AI

Patricia Thaine is the Co-Founder & CEO of Private AI, a Microsoft-backed startup, is also a Computer Science PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto (on leave) and a Vector Institute alumna. Her R&D work is focused on privacy-preserving natural language processing, with a focus on applied cryptography and re-identification...show more

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Raquel Urtasun

Founder & CEO

Waabi

Raquel Urtasun is Founder and CEO of Waabi, an AI company building the next generation of self-driving technology. Waabi is the culmination of Raquel’s 20 year career in AI and 10 years of experience building self driving solutions. Raquel is also a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science...show more

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Steve Uster

CEO

FundThrough

Steven Uster is the Co-Founder & CEO of FundThrough, a tech enabled invoice funding platform that helps business owners eliminate "the wait" associated with payment terms by giving them the power and flexibility to get their invoices paid when they want, with one click, and in as little as 24...show more

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Maartje van der Sande

CEO & Co-Founder

Circular Rubber Technologies Inc

After more than a decade in the oil and gas industry, Maartje van der Sande (MSc) decided to switch gears and spend her time and energy on making the world more circular. She discovered that many of the end of life mining tires are not being reused to make new...show more

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Jean-Simon Venne

Cofounder & CTO

BrainBox AI

Jean-Simon Venne is a co-founder and CTO of BrainBox AI. As a technology expert specializing in the fast and efficient migration of technological innovations to commercial applications, Jean-Simon has over 25 years of experience developing and implementing new technology to solve long-standing commercial issues in the fields of telecommunications, biotechnology,...show more

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Tuyen Vo

Head – Technology & Innovation Banking

National Bank of Canada

Tuyen has been working with successful entrepreneurs for nearly 20 years. A seasoned executive in commercial banking, corporate finance and technology banking, Tuyen heads Technology and Innovation Banking for National Bank of Canada, one of the Big Six Canadian banks. Her team specializes in tailoring non-dilutive growth financing ($1-200M+), including...show more


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Bryan Watson

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Venbridge

Bryan Watson is a Partner at Flow Ventures, Managing Director of CleanTech North, Founding Director of the Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association, Advisor to Renewable Energy Technologies Fund LP, and 2021 Clean50 Awardee as well as member of multiple Boards as a Director.

For over 15 years, Bryan has been an...show more

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Colin Webster

General Partner

RISC Capital

25 years’ entrepreneurial and investing experience. Founded reBOOT Canada, Truition, First Coverage, Jatheon, Dos Cielos and Hero Ventures. Invested in 25 companies since 2004 with 32% IRR on all exits. First investor in Well.ca, Visualase, Medchart, Home Away, Antibe Thera, Hol Food, X-Matic. 2 patents on cycling glasses/swim goggles. Golden Jubilee...show more

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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...show more

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Jon Wolkin

Managing Director

Deloitte Ventures

Jon is a Managing Director at Deloitte Ventures where he is responsible for scaling the DV platform across direct and fund investments through deal sourcing, execution, and portfolio company monitoring. Jon brings over 12 years of investment banking, private equity and venture capital experience as an investor, advisor and board...show more

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Kathryn Wortsman

Managing Partner

Amplify Capital

Kathryn leads Amplify Capital, a leading impact fund in North America by way of its authentic impact venture investment platform.  She is known for her passion for social finance and 25 years of private equity experience.  As a social venture leader in Toronto, she founded and led Social Venture Partners...show more

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George Xereas

CEO

Stathera Inc.

George obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 2017, under a fellowship from Les Vadasz Foundation – Intel. The intellectual property developed in his PhD resulted in 14 publications, and 2 USPTO utility patent applications in MEMS timing. In 2015 he co-founded MY01 Inc., a medical device...show more

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Sam Yang

CEO

Xandar Kardian

Sam's entrepreneurial journey began during the dot-com era and he never looked back. Over the past 20+ years, he has built 8 companies, of which 2 were VC backed and 3 were exited. His passion for technology and healthcare led the creation of Xandar Kardian where Sam serves as the...show more

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Petar Zelic

Vice President

National Bank Financial

Petar is the head of technology investment banking at National Bank Financial and has served in an advisory role to Canadian tech boards and management teams over his +15 year career.

Prior to banking, his first career was in software engineering, as a graduate of Computer Science from the University of...show more

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Brandon Zhao

Partner

Two Small Fish Ventures

Brandon is a data visionary with experience leveraging leading edge research to create compelling and elegant ML driven products. Innovative and charismatic, he is known for his passion for pushing the boundaries of applying new and emerging technologies to solve real world problems at scale.


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Laura Zizzo

Co-founder & CEO

Manifest Climate

Laura is co-founder and CEO of Manifest Climate, a SaaS platform that empowers organizations to navigate the climate transformation. She is trained lawyer, communicator, and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience leading organizations towards a low-carbon and climate-adapted future. Laura is a respected advisor to leading North American financial...show more

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