Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Online CANADA

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Online CANADA

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Canada, ON

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About Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition: 
This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. 

Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details

All ideas have been posted on the #announcements channel on Discord. Once you register for the event, you will receive a link to join Discord in the confirmation email. 

Here are some of the verticals your idea may fall under: 
1. Health: Can we find ways to scale health initiatives and identify new solutions to help healthcare systems cope with overwhelming demand? 
2. Vulnerable Populations: Some are affected more than others. How can we help the needy and support them to tide over this difficult time? 
3. Businesses: How can we help businesses today to stay afloat, collaborate effectively while working remotely?
4. Community: How can we come together in this crisis to combat social isolation and promote connections?
5. Entertainment: Are there alternatives to traditional forms of entertainment to keep everyone safe and healthy?
6. Education: Can we create alternative learning environments and tools, for teachers and students to have lessons effectively?
7. Other: The above themes are just suggestions. Feel empowered to get creative!

Note: All the times in the schedule are in EST

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Friday April 24th

6:30 pm
Attendee joins the event

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Agenda and Prizes
Agenda and Prizes explained

7:50 pm
Final Ideas, how to register the team
Where to register the team + what to do if you don't have team or idea

8:00 pm
Tools and Deliverables Overview
How Discord will be used and the first deliverable for the teams and where to find support resources.

8:10 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:20 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

11:55 pm
First Deliverable Deadline
Attendees submit their first deliverable : Description of problem+ solution + user

Saturday April 25th

9:00 am
Welcome Day 2
Agenda for the day

9:30 am
Validation Workshop
Build Your Lean Canvas

10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm
Work Time
Attendees have time to work on validation

3:30 pm
Teams submit validation insights

3:30 pm
Saturday Afternoon Checkin, status reports, call for help

4:00 pm
Understand Your Customers

4:30 pm
Business Model Workshop
Understand Category Design

5:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 pm
Saturday Evening Checkin, status reports, call for help

7:30 pm
Pitch Info
Go over the content and form for pitch presentation.

8:00 pm
Judge Criteria Explanation
Agenda for Sunday explained and criteria of Round 1 + Round 2 of Project evaluations.

8:15 pm
Finished for the day. You may work as late as you want!

Sunday April 26th

9:00 am
Welcome Day 3
Agenda of the day

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm
Working Time

1:40 pm
Deadline to submit the project (pitch in live format)

3:30 pm
Top 10 Teams Announced

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentations
Teams present on Video Calls

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Winning team announcement + closing message

Event Judges

Hannibal Buress
Comedian, Writer, Podcast Host and Actor

Hannibal Buress is a mildly popular comedian, writer, podcast host and actor who is a favorite of fans and critics on big and small screens alike. The New York Times called him one of the most “supremely gifted and respected” comics around and the FADER said subscribing to his podcast, Handsome Rambler, is a must. He is also a cast member on Comedy Central’s hit series Broad City, as well as the former co-host of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show. Buress is a favorite on the late night circuit, recently appearing with Dave Chappelle, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Nas and Ms Lauryn Hill, and has written for NBC’s Saturday Night Live as well as 30 Rock. With his successful podcast Handsome Rambler, Buress plays host to an eclectic mix of guests, from rappers Vic Mensa, to fellow comedians The Lucas Brothers. Since his role in the comedy feature Daddy’s Home alongside Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, Buress has appeared on various big screens for Sony and Marvel in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the Baywatch revival for Paramount studios. Hannibal also lent his voice to the animated films The Secret Life of Pets and Angry Birds. Buress recently wrapped filming on feature film, TAG, staring alongside Jan Hamm, Rashida Jones, and Isla Fisher. He has also joined the cast for Universal’s upcoming comedy Blockers directed by Kay Cannon. Both comedies are set for 2018 releases. His third hour standup special Comedy Camisado is currently streaming on Netflix.

Alexandra Greenhill
CE0 and Chief Medical Officer, Careteam Technologies

Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill is one of Canada's leading physicians in digital health innovation, and the CEO / Chief Medical Officer of Careteam Technologies, the next generation virtual care collaboration platform. After a 15+ year career in director and C-level leadership roles, she has spent the last few years leading and advising Canada's most innovative technology companies.

Sunil Sharma
Managing Director, Techstars Toronto

Sunil Sharma is Managing Director of Techstars Toronto. Techstars is the global platform for entrepreneurs. Sunil has lead more than 30 investments with Techstars and has made more than 100 direct investments in startups to date. Sunil is also the Director of the Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-accelerator organization where he is recruiting for his 16th cohort. Sunil is also the Co-Host of the Collision Conference which will hold an unprecedented Collision From Home global online conference on June 23-25, 2020.

Catherine Metrycki
Founder, Callia Flowers

Catherine Metrycki is the Founder of Callia Flowers, a Winnipeg-based tech start-up disrupting the floral industry with the best new experience sending flowers. Callia's lean business model, coupled with online ordering, a luxury blue box and a price point of just $49, has won a loyal following of customers who love creating Callia moments, now in 23 cities across Canada. Catherine’s background is in brand management, sales and marketing. She holds a B. Comm. from the University of British Columbia, sold razors as the Gillette brand manager at Procter & Gamble Canada, and has taught at the University of Manitoba and Red River College.

Christopher Leacock
Entrepreneur, Jillionaire LLC

Christopher Leacock a.k.a Jillionaire is a Trinidadian entrepreneur who uses music, food and technology to examine relationships between the Caribbean and the diaspora. Leacock has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Rolling Stone, and has appeared at Collision and Slush, discussing the intersection between technology and culture.

He recently partnered with Popgun, a Brisbane-based team of musicians, developers and engineers to debut Splash - a free music-making app that gives you the power to create amazing sounds and have fun making music.

Sergio Escobar
CEO & Partner, BCF Ventures

Sergio A. Escobar has been supporting early-stage startups for 15 years across a variety of stages from inception to growth. He currently works at BCF Ventures, a Montreal-based Corporate Venture Capital fund where he invests in B2B Enterprise Software startups at the Seed & Series A stages across US, Canada and Israel. He is also the Managing Director of Founder Institute Montreal, a pre-seed accelerator program, and he has been awarded several times as best Director worldwide. For 8 years, he has been an active member of the Techstars Global community acting as Startup Weekend Global Facilitator, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Curator at Startup Digest. Prior to that, he was a multiple times entrepreneur with startups in Aerospace, eCommerce, Manufacturing, AgTech and Financial Technologies. Lastly, he considers himself as a citizen of the world by having lived in Canada, Bolivia, Paraguay and France. Polyglot speaking 5 languages.

Paul Bertin
President, No Limit Technologies Inc.

Paul Bertin is President and Founder of No Limit Technologies.
No Limit Technologies provides general business, coaching and mentoring, advisory and consulting services to corporations. Engagements have included private and public, for profit and non-profit organizations and companies in the services, software, distribution and logistics, manufacturing, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare and fund raising industries.
Paul's previous experience has included senior leadership positions that developed and implemented the company vision and strategy to facilitate rapid and profitable growth as President and CEO of Burntsand Inc., a leading North American business consulting and technology services firm, as President of Sprint Canada’s Business Services Group and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Integrated Network Services Inc. .

Valerie Fox
CEO/Founder, The Pivotal Point

The cofounding and building of the DMZ (named the number one University Business incubator in North America by the time she left 6 years later) sparked Val’s mission to enable thriving entrepreneurial communities of communities locally, nationally and internationally. Val has since continued that mission through the founding of The Pivotal Point in July 2015, which helps others to grow community-based social impact business incubators and accelerators worldwide. Val brings executive coaching, facilitation and strategic foresight thinking to the practice.

John McRitchie
AVP, Zone Learning & Strategic Initiatives, Ryerson University

John oversees the 10 innovation Zones at Ryerson University and strategic initiatives for the Office of the Provost. The community-connected Zones, including the DMZ, the globally No. 1 ranked university-linked incubator, incubate startups and build entrepreneurial skills across sectors including technology, science, health technology, creative industries and social innovation. John is also founding director of I-INC, the national network of university-based innovation hubs at 13 universities across Canada currently launching the Lab2Market program adapting international best practices to accelerate research-based IP from the lab to commercial application.

Thealzel Lee
Founder & President, E-Fund

Thealzel is a founder of two angel seed funds: Nelsa Investment (VCC) Inc. and VANTEC Entrepreneurs Fund (VCC) Inc., and is a founding director on the board of TIMIA Capital Corporation. She manages the monthly Vancouver Angel Technology Network (VANTEC) and the Vancouver chapter of the Keiretsu Forum (Northwest Region) for the local startup community of entrepreneurs and angel investors. She also serves on committees with the National Angel Capital Organization (Canada) and the Angel Capital Association (U.S.). Thealzel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Alberta, and an Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Suresh Madan
President & CEO, MyHealth Centre

Suresh Madan is a healthcare entrepreneur. As president and CEO of MyHealth Centre, he runs a chain of 36 multi-specialty healthcare facilities across Ontario offering diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gynecology, neurology and pain management.

Previously he was a financial analyst, portfolio manager and compliance manager for Excalibur Capital Management, an investment fund investing in North American companies. Before that he managed money for multi-billion dollars Reichmann family for nearly ten years.

His earlier work experience includes management consulting with Deloitte and business valuation practice in the Middle East. Suresh has over 30 years of international experience in wide ranging businesses and geographies as manager, investor and entrepreneur.

Suresh is active in various community organizations. He is currently serving on TiE Global Board of Trustees, a group comprising of 13,000+ entrepreneurs from 56 different cities across the globe. Previously he was President of TiE Toronto, an organization engaged in fostering entrepreneurship in Ontario; led a group of 400 entrepreneurs. He is member of American College of Healthcare Executives and was member, portfolio management committee of Toronto CFA Society.

Suresh is Chairman and Director of IIM Americas Inc, the pan-IIM organization representing 2,000+ North America based alumni of the Indian Institutes of Management. IIM Ahmedabad is where Suresh completed his MBA with a gold medal in 1983. He also holds Chartered Financial Analyst designation, Canadian Investment Manager Designation and graduation in Industrial Engineering. He has had a brilliant academic record winning four gold medals.

Vikram Khurana
Chairman, Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC)

Vikram (Vik) Khurana is Chair of Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC), a leading business incubator, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Canada Post Community Foundation. He also serves as a Board member of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Vikram is founder of a number of multinational businesses including Prudential Consulting Inc. and Leading System Consultants, and has advised multinational organizations in Information Technology (IT) and IT enabled services, and business process outsourcing. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked at TD Bank.

He served on the Board of Directors of Export Development Canada, FinDev Canada, the Dean’s Council of Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Advisory Board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Vikram is an active participant in a variety of fundraising activities for development-related causes and was an honorary member of the Board of Governors at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto.

Usha Srinivasan
Co-founder & COO, HausChef

A recognized leader in the Canadian innovation community, Usha Srinivasan has built some of the sector’s most unique service offerings for startups over the last 10 years. She led a team dedicated to both nurturing and developing the talents of Canadians through a range of diverse programs. Together, they provide advisory services and leadership training, connect entrepreneurs with program funding, help leverage market and industry intelligence and engage the tech talent community. They also worked to make online and experiential educational content accessible through Ontario’s Regional Innovation Centres. Prior to joining MaRS, Usha worked at Frost & Sullivan, a leading global market research and consulting company where she published key research papers, consulted for companies of varying sizes and managed a group of analysts. Usha is a recent graduate of Stanford’s LEAD Corporate Innovation program. She is also an environmental and water scientist with BSc (Hon) and PhD in these fields.

John Soloninka
President/Founder, Accelerant Health Innovations

John is a Professional Engineer, with a BSc in Engineering Physics from Queens and MBA for the University of London, UK. Former strategic health and life science consulting lead for Price Waterhouse and IBM, and serial entrepreneur in Oncology, Radiology, SaaS healthtech, medtech, digital content provision and telemedicine. John was CEO of an early stage venture debt company overseeing $86M syndicate investment into 36 health tech, medtech and diagnostic companies. John founded Accelerant to provide consulting services to early and mid stage healthcare technology companies to optimize their product/market fit, and prepare for and achieve financing, adoption, growth, licensing and/or acquisition.

Rena Tabata
CEO, Think Tank Innovations Ltd.

Rena is the CEO and Co-Founder of Think Tank Innovations Ltd. A celebrated leader in the health technology space, she's passionate about health service innovation, medical ethics and data privacy.

Christy Lane
Chair and Serial Entrepreneur, Mount Royal University

Dr. Christy Lane is a startup Founder and award-winning exercise scientist with expertise in big data, wearable devices, and lifestyle medicine. Currently, Dr. Lane is the Chair of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University, and founding member of the Stanford Wearable Health Lab. She is the Founder of Vivametrica, a health tech company that uses data from wearable devices to predict mortality and disease risks, as well as to engage individuals in wellness. She was recently recognized as Top 40 Under 40 in Calgary, 2018 Female Founders of Insuretech Winner and Top 20 Women in Tech 2018.

Sandra Odendahl
Vice-President Social Impact & Sustainability, Scotiabank

Sandra Odendahl is Vice-President of Social impact and Sustainability at Scotiabank, where she oversees the Global Donations, Academic Partnerships, and Sustainable Business teams. Her team develops and implements strategies, policies and programs to ensure the Bank is addressing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics that matter most to the bank's stakeholders. Sandra joined Scotiabank in November 2019 with over 20 years of experience in environmental science, sustainability, and responsible finance. She was previously the CEO of CMC Research Institutes, an environmental company that helps clients test and scale-up technologies that reduce carbon emissions from industrial sources. Before leading CMCRI, Sandra headed the Royal Bank of Canada’s Corporate Sustainability, Social Finance and Social Innovation teams. Sandra has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto, and she is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.

Jonathan Hack
Executive Director - Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services at Centennial College

Jonathan is an innovation leader in the advanced manufacturing sector in Canada, with over 30 years of experience in senior positions at General Motors and Bombardier Aerospace.
In his role at Centennial College he is responsible for the applied research and entrepreneurship portfolios at the College and leads a large team which is engaged in many innovation based initiatives. He also champions activities in Social Innovation Reserach, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Wendy Cukier
Professor, Entrepreneurship, TRSM, Academic Director, Ryerson's Diversity Institute

Dr. Wendy Cukier is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. She is the co-author of the bestseller, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic and former VP of Research and Innovation. The Diversity Institute has 50 research staff, 100 research associates from around the world, 200 industry partners and focuses on dimensions of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, future skills, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Harnessing the power of innovation, it promotes the advancement of underrepresented groups. The Diversity Institute is also a research lead for the $300 million Future Skills Centre and the $8.6 million Women Entrepreneurship Hub. Wendy has been recognized with the Harry Jerome Diversity Award, the Bob Marley Award, the Canada-Pakistan Business Council’s Female Professional of the Year, the Metropolis Research Award, the CATA Alliance, Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN. She has been named a YWCA Woman of Distinction, a Woman of Influence and one of the "100 Alumni who shaped the Century" by the University of Toronto. Wendy holds a PhD, an MBA, an MA, and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.

Bruno Morency
Managing Director, Techstars Montréal AI

Since graduation, tech startups have given me amazing ups and dreadful downs in a wide array of roles and industries. Among them was starting Context.IO, an API that makes it easy and fast for developers to integrate email data in their applications. It was acquired by Return Path in 2012 where the product lived on for many years. My background is engineering but I love bringing tech products to market and selling them as much as I love building them. I'm strongly attached to Montreal and believe it’s amongst the best ecosystems to build companies that will change the world.

Jeff Thompson
Founder, ProdAdvisory

With over 20 years of expertise in creating innovative enterprise software products and solutions, Jeff works with organizations worldwide developing products that maximize the customer experience while optimizing operational costs. Prior to founding ProdAdvisory, an advisory group focused on product strategy development, Jeff held a variety of senior management and executive-level positions in product management, engineering and corporate development with organizations recognized as leaders in their respective industries.

Dhirendra Shukla
Professor & Chair, University of New Brunswick

Dhirendra is Professor and the Dr J Herbert Smith ACOA Chair in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada. Dhirendra utilizes his expertise from the telecom sector and extensive academic background in the areas of entrepreneurial finance, masters of business administration, and engineering, to promote a bright future for New Brunswick. Passionate about entrepreneurship, design, engineering, innovation, and leadership, Dhirendra ignites this same passion in others through his teaching at UNB, local entrepreneurial community outreach, and the creation of programs such as the Masters of Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (MTME) program, Technology Commercialization Program, Summer Institute and Energia Ventures. Recognition of his tireless efforts and vision are demonstrated through UNB’s 2014 award from Startup Canada as “Most Entrepreneurial Post-Secondary Institution of the Year”, his nomination as a finalist for Industry Champion by KIRA, and his nomination as a finalist for Progress Media’s Innovation in Practice award. Dhirendra was nominated for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award and selected by a panel of judges as a Top 75 finalist. Most recently, he received the Entrepreneur Promotion Award by Startup Canada (2017), as well as the Outstanding Educator Award by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick in 2018.

Sam Poirier
CEO, Potential Motors Inc.

Sam is one of the co-founders and CEO of Potential Motors a company developing AI driven software for electric vehicle drivetrains. He has a background in Mechatronics Engineering and is a graduate of the MTME program at UNB. He has always been passionate about sustainability and is a visionary for an ecofriendly future.

Crystal Phillips
Thin Air Health Lead, Thin Air Labs

Crystal Phillips is a former National Level Speed Skater and Board Director at the Branch Out Neurological Foundation, a charity she co-founded in 2010 to accelerate innovative technologies and non pharmaceutical approaches for neurological disorders. The Branch Out Foundation has raised over 3 Million dollars and funded over 90 research projects and programs across Canada. It has become a catalyst for change in health care and non-pharmaceutical neuroscience. In Jan 2020, Crystal joined Thin Air Labs to build a health-focused fund and ecosystem in Calgary, which will provide new investment and support for health companies. Crystal was named one of 18 Canadian change makers by CBC Canada to celebrate Canada's 150th, she made the Top 30 Under 30 by Explore Magazine in 2012 and Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine in 2016. When not moving mountains in health, she's climbing them in the Canadian rockies with her dog named Bear.

Sarah Applebaum
Executive in Residence / Partner, entrepreneurship@UBC / RenewableTech Ventures

Sarah Applebaum is an EIR at entrepreneurship@UBC - helping UBC entpreneurials change the world. She is also partner at RenewableTech Ventures, a Cleantech VC that invests in early stage companies in Canada & the US. She previously was an investor with Pangaea Ventures, an advanced materials VC, where she developed and launched their seed-stage investment vehicle. Sarah is also a community activator - hosting quarterly meetups for Vancouver founders and start-up leaders.

Balaji Gopalan
Co-Founder and CEO, MedStack

Balaji Gopalan is the Co-Founder and CEO at MedStack, an-out-of-the-box privacy compliance solution for digital health startups. Prior to that, he launched the BlackBerry BBM service and led platform strategy at D2L, Nymi and EventMobi. Balaji is an expert in product management and software platform ecosystem design, and a well-respected startup educator, advisor and mentor. He is an advocate for the role of ecosystems in industry transformation and in tackling tough problems like improving healthcare.

Stacey Wallin
Chief Strategy Officer, Numinus

Stacey Wallin co-founded Numinus, a company at the forefront of the transformative change in treating the growing prevalence of mental health issues and desire for greater wellness. Her inspiration for founding Numinus came after a series of near-death experiences related to illness and misdiagnosis. These events, along with her family's ongoing struggle with mental illness, inspired her to begin studying and, soon after, advocating for expanded awareness about the importance of transformative wellness. She previously founded and was CEO of LifeBooster, a tech startup helping Fortune 100 clients detect and proactively respond to workplace injury risks. She most recently was the Director of Venture Programs at the BC Tech Association with a mandate of designing scale accelerators and solving ecosystem and policy-related challenges facing growth and scale stage technology companies. She also founded and continues to run the Canadian Accelerator Incubator Network.

Coaches and Mentors

Serene Yew
Director of Technology, Pixeltree Inc.

Serene is a veteran of the Calgary software development community. She has led teams of all sizes and worked in various industries including social media, finance, and eCommerce. As a lead organizer of YYC Ruby and Polyglot YYC, she is passionate about building sustainable mentorship ecosystems, connecting the community, and helping companies turning ideas into reality.

Blair Ryan
Chief Strategy Officer

Startup guy for over a decade. Won some, lost some (currently winning at Cribcut) 3x founder
1. EdTech - CEO @ Empathy Factory
2. Mobile Health - CEO @ The Rounds
3. PropTech - CSO @ Cribcut

Rachel Azagury
Founder, The Concept Agency

Rachel has worked with small businesses and startups for over 15 years. Creating opportunities, programming and education - she is passionate about helping companies achieve their goals.

David D'Angelo
Director of Strategy & Business Development

David D'Angelo is an experienced entrepreneur who is passionate about the Startup-Community and is the Director of Strategy & Business Development at Spark Niagara & The Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub. David was the founder of Welland, Ontario based green-tech company Trivium Industries: a manufacturing company of biodegradable plastic bottles for the beauty, beverage, and nutritional Industries.In this ultra-competitive, $60 billion industry, Trivium was a pioneer in creating new ecofriendly plastics such as: biodegradable bottles made from plants, recycled plastics, and more custom packaging solutions. A competitor acquired trivium in late 2016 after multiple acquisition offers. Following this exit, David invested in multiple other growing Canadian startup companies in various sectors including: FinTech, E-commerce, and Med-Tech. David has won multiple business awards competitions including: The Ontario Centres of Excellence & Canada Youth Business Foundation Entrepreneurship Award in January 2015, was named the Niagara Environmental Entrepreneur of The Year Award Finalist Feb 2015, and has been featured in the Globe & Mail as the one of Top 50 startups in Canada in 2016

Rita Baker
Principal Consultant

I help SME owners and leadership teams who need to become more agile in their management. I offer support through the process of becoming more agile through workshops and coaching. I am the lead organiser for the Montreal Lean Startup Circle and founder of Mentors Montreal who pairs up business mentors with new entrepreneurs

Mandy Woodland
Co-founder; Experience designer

Mandy is a reformed commercial lawyer and molecular biologist, and serial entrepreneur. Her current company (Jellyfish) works with progressive businesses to evolve and grow through innovation and design. She loves to talk about design thinking, customer/client/patient experience, health and medtech, innovation strategy, SaaS, and inbound marketing. Mandy was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Bounce Health Innovation, she is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Innovation Council, and also runs business retreats for entrepreneurs.

Alex Gould
Managing Director , Long Story Short

With 12+ years experience developing and delivering successful Pan-European and North American sales and marketing campaigns, Alex returns to Toronto after five years in New York & London to help Canadian-based tech companies "tell better stories". A communications and graphic/web design specialist by trade, Gould understands the complexities of technology and how to best deliver your message in a persuasive & memorable way. He’s collaborated with clients that include WeWork, Techstars, MaRS Discovery District, MasterCard, Unilever, TELUS, Nissan, Wrigley & AB InBev to launch iconic initiatives across Europe, Canada, and the United States throughout his career.

David Wagner
Executive in Residence

Experienced President & CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Start-up Ventures, Entrepreneurship, Sales Management, and Strategic Partnerships. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) major in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Acadia University.

Adam Adelman
VP and GM, Zola

Adam Adelman is currently a Vice President of Zola. Prior to that, he was the co-founder and CEO of Mighty Cast - the CES Innovation award winning modular wearable technology company. He also co-founded and was CEO of Juno Baby, a multiple Emmy Award winning line of children’s educational products which ranged from televised content, toys, publishing, apparel, and mobile applications. His opinions have been cited in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company, Venture Beat, among others. He is a frequent speaker on the merging of traditional media with new technologies as well as on new business models for content. Mr. Adelman has a CFA designation and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Originally from New York City, he spent almost nine years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he now calls Montreal home.

Bobbie Racette
Founder and CEO at Canadian Virtual Gurus

Bobbie Racette is the Founder and CEO of Virtual Gurus, a Talent as a Service Solution platform that matches its users with the perfect North American Remote Assistants and Freelancers by using matchmaking algorithms. Recently named both Canada’s Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year and Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Prairies Region by Startup Canada, Bobbie is an unstoppable force in the Canadian startup community. She is a Cree-Metis woman who prides herself on building an inclusivity-first company, championing for indigenous people and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a natural leader, sharing her passion by mentoring First Nations Youth who have demonstrated interest in Tech and Business. Forbes announced Virtual Gurus as being one of the top 19 Innovative Tech Startups to watch.

Mike McAra
Director, REACH Canada / SCV

I am the Director of the REACH Canada proptech scale program, backed by Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®. My day-to-day is to find promising real estate technology companies and help them scale their growth within our portfolio. My passion is helping founders craft problem-solution fit, run tests with true MVPs and focus on data to drive decisions. I am also a proptech founder with my last firm operating a leading real estate CRM, RealOffice360.

Todd Embley
Director, Founder Institute

I love working with early-stage entrepreneurs and startups, and believe the path to success is in the approach and having the right "entrephilosophy". I love to mentor early-stage founders and help drive startup communities, which is where you'll find me spending most of my time. My superpower is in people and relationships, and when I mentor I focus on building the people who are building companies rather than helping them build their company. It's not what you're building; it's why and how you build it that's a repeatable process that leads to eventual success.

D.Darren MacDonald
Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurial Centre at CBU

Darren MacDonald has two decades of experience consulting to business, from startups to Fortune 500 corporations, on designing environments, processes and products from the perspective of the user. For the past number of years, he has been involved in coaching, mentoring and training startup founders and students in entrepreneurship methods. Specifically, in the areas of problem discovery, ideation, lean startup methods and analytics. He holds a BSc from Dalhousie University, a MSc from the University of Derby and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign specializing in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. When he is not thinking about design or business opportunities you can find him on the slopes teaching skiing as a CSIA Level 3 instructor and serving on the national board for the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance representing Atlantic Canada. Areas of Expertise or Research Interests: Design Thinking, Ergonomics, User Experience and Alpine Skiing

Norm Tasevski
Co-Founder and CEO, Neighbourhood Capital

Norm is co-founder and CEO of Neighbourhood Capital, an investment business that reduces the debt financing needed to buy homes in Canada. Norm was also recently the head of Impactful Real Estate with Parcel Developments, a property development firm dedicated to improving access to homeownership. Previously, Norm co-founded Purpose Capital, a leading impact investment advisory firm in Canada, and Venture Deli, a consulting firm dedicated to helping build business models and capital raise strategies for early stage, social purpose businesses. Norm was a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MaRS, and a management consultant with Aperio, a social-purpose dedicated consulting firm. Norm teaches social entrepreneurship and impact investing to MEng students at the University of Toronto, and previously taught MBA and BBA courses at the Schulich School of Business. Norm holds a B.A. in Political Science from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Given his expertise and experience, Norm will provide his advisory services in the realms of start-up development, real estate finance, and business model innovation.

Nilay Goyal
Executive Director, Hyper Accelerator

Nilay is a startup coach, innovation and business mentor, and a Professor for Entrepreneurship at Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada and at York University, Canada. He founded 2 startups in semiconductors & electronics industry and sold his first startup at the age of 23. He has been a co-founder of Creative Destruction Lab, University of Toronto, and the Innovation York Entrepreneurship Programs at York University. He has mentored 100s of startups which have collectively raised over $275M USD in funding generating over $1 Billion in equity value.

Andrew Maxwell
Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Equipped with an undergraduate engineering degree and an MBA, Andrew worked in two large multinational technology companies in Canada and the UK before co-founding four technology ventures> He found his passion in helping others commercialize novel technologies, and joined the University of Toronto’s technology transfer office where he started the Exceler@tor, the University’s first incubator. While there, he taught technology commercialization at Rotman, and technology entrepreneurship at UTM. Frustrated by systemic challenges in translating research into innovation, and supporting technology entrepreneurship he undertook a PhD in the Management of Technology at Waterloo (winning the Academy of Management’s Heizer Award) while teaching technology entrepreneurship to Waterloo undergraduate engineering students. As Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship at Lassonde School of Engineering, he teaches technology entrepreneurship, runs BESTLassonde, and delivers programs across Canada (and globally) to support the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.

Greg Bennett
President/ Founder , AIRIA Cloud / GDGYYC

Greg transforms complex enterprises and builds world-class developer communities. He founded AIRIA.CLOUD and GDGYYC and leads cloud migration, security and IoT projects in partnership with Google Cloud. He’s a sought after international speaker and facilitator.

Laurie Gloge
CEO, Friendly Road Projects

Hybrid project manager and code junkie going from management consultant to Ruby Developer. Learning to code at home. Lean canvas junkie, enjoy taking ideas and making them real. Currently learning react and Rails 6. I get my best ideas while walking my dog.

Marc Kuo
Founder & CEO – Routific

Founder & CEO of Routific (Techstars '15), winner of Startup Weekend Vancouver '12

Jenise Lee
Founder/CEO, PurPicks Inc

A serial entrepreneur, Jenise is the founder & CEO of PurPicks - a site like TripAdvisor for organic skincare - which has the largest directory of nontoxic beauty products and largest database of product reviews. She is also the Founder of CertClean, North America's leading certification for safer skincare. You can find thousands of beauty and personal care products globally with the CertClean certification. Jenise was honoured as one of Canada's top sustainability leader, named Canada's Top 100 health influencers alongside Wayne Gretzky and Sophie Trudeau, and nominated for the Governor General's Innovation Award. Jenise has a Chemical Engineering degree (University of Waterloo), and an MBA (Schulich School of Business).

Matt Templeton
CEO, PlayLabs

Matt Templeton has a Masters of Science where he specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Computing. He became a partner at Associated Research, where he spent almost 15 years perfecting his product development skills. He holds multiple patents on a range of products both in Canada and internationally. His first start-up was a Health and Safety company which he grew to nearly 30 employees and over 3 million in annual revenues.

Jason Trask
Entrepreneur in Residence, Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship

With 30 years of startup experience, Jason is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at the age of 15. His experience has spanned technology, finance, real estate and other industries. He has raised tens of millions in financing and has had a successful exit. He is a former student member of Junior Achievement's company program and Enactus, plus held other volunteer roles with various entrepreneurship organizations. As an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, Jason has mentored over 300 startups. Jason is committed to encouraging entrepreneurship as a viable and exciting career, and as the primary method his home province and country will build successful, high-growth economies.

Davender Gupta
Founder, The Scaleup Project

Davender offers more than 20 years of startup coaching experience, helping founders refine, validate and build their business ideas from concept to growth. He has led acceleration programs in Calgary, Quebec City and Montreal and is a veteran of several Startup Weekends. Davender is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). As the founder of The Scaleup Project, he helps innovative companies engage with the market to create their first $1M to $5M in revenues. He first started coding on Commodore PETs in 1979.

John Hamblin
Managing Director, JH IT Consulting Inc

From 2000 to 2013 John Hamblin was the CIO of Clarke Inc., and then the President and CEO of Clarke IT Solutions. Over the last few years, John has become a strong advocate for building the best possible startup environment in the Atlantic region. He has both invested in and advised several startups and continues to work as a mentor with the Dalhousie University Lean Startup program, the Innovacorp Mentor First program, Volta Labs and Propel ITC.

Darren Burke
CEO, Outcast Foods Inc

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Dr. Darren Burke is co-founder and CEO of Outcast Foods, a sustainable technology company that is reducing food waste and increasing access to healthy nutrients by upcycling surplus fruits and vegetables into dried whole plants. Previously he founded and grew a sports nutrition brand from idea to successful exit in five years. He is an expert in human clinical trials research and left a tenured university career to commercialize his innovative ideas.

Bonnie Chau
Portfolio Manager, BCF Ventures

Bonnie leads the investment due diligence process for B2B SaaS AI startups at BCF Ventures. Prior to becoming VC, she has working at one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Canada by providing her expertise in Finance/Accounting and later promoted to execute on internal projects and to handle more complex turnarounds. Outside of work, she has a passion for entrepreneurship, which brings her to be involved as an organizer and mentor at Techstars Startup Weekend in Montreal. She is always looking to give back to the community, especially at Startup Weekend events where she has met some of the best people in the world! She has expertise in helping founders with the ideation phase, development phase and the pitching phase and knows what it takes to pull through the weekend event.

Maeghan Smulders
Entrepreneur in Residence, Stealth mode startup

Maeghan is a full-stack product marketer and nomad of sorts. She was on the founding team of two tech startups, with one successful exit to a Fortune 500 company. Her expertise is in storytelling, growth, marketing, and strategy.

Jonathan Hera
Managing Partner, Marigold Capital

Jonathan Hera is the CEO and Managing Partner of Marigold Capital, an early stage private market investor that utilizes social equity and gender lens theses. He is also the founding Course Director of “Social Purpose Investing and Finance,” an MBA elective taught at the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Kerry Costello

Kerry Costello graduated from UBC in 2013 with a Masters of Business Administration. She is an enthusiastic leader, manager, coach, and student with an entrepreneurial drive and passion for excellence. Ignited by fast-paced environments, creative thinking, and new ideas, she has focused her energies on operational management, product development and marketing with Starbucks and BCAA including managing a $61M business unit before pursing an industry that balances her passion for people and communities with learning and execution. Co-Founder of HeadCheck Health, a tech health start-up, Kerry is building a better way of assessing concussions and return-to-play decisions for athletes with potential concussions.

Sophia Zhao
Venture Fellow, Blue Ivy Ventures

Sophia is a Yale School of Management alumni and have been working with startups and CXOs for the past 9 years in the capacity of Business Development, Strategy and Operations. She's actively involved in the VC, accelerator and startup community in Canada and US with an emphasize on the West Coast. Sophia is currently a Venture Fellow at Blue Ivy Ventures and a mentor at Yale Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking.

Andrew Leung
Co-Founder & CTO, Aquanow

Andy is a senior technology leader who is passionate in developing innovative solutions using blockchain technology. With over 15 years of experience in finance and FinTech, he is currently CTO and Co-Founder of Aquanow, a fast-growing FinTech startup which provides digital assets trading platform and infrastructure. Andy has strong leadership ability with experience building and growing teams. He loves learning new technologies and enjoys in giving back to the community.

Akhilesh Kumar
Senior Director - Product Management, 360insights

Product leader with immense passion for disruptive innovation and displacement of existing markets and value networks. Ex-Entrepreneur - launched and scaled two technology startups. Ardent follower of Agile & Lean Startup Philosophy. Highly focused on unit economics and profitability. Love to slice & dice data for effective decision making. Over 15 yrs of previous experience solving complex business problems for large corporations

Paul Lomonossov
VP Sales and BD, Cyberionix

Paul is a seasoned business development and sales executive with a 15-year experience in IT / Telecom industry. In various senior management roles he launched and directed new business units in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America for companies like Fluke, GE, Omnicomm, etc. Paul holds a diploma in M.Eng. (Electronics), eMBA from London Business School (U.K.) and multiple professional and IT certifications.

Khalid Abdul Razak
Senior Manager, Strategy & Operations, EY

Khalid is currently a Senior Manager in EY's Intelligent Automation EMEIA practice and has over 8 years of experience in global Strategy & Operations consulting. He was previously a venture lead at a startup accelerator, co-founded startup in FMCG, and a keen participant in hackathons having won First Place in Techstars’ Startup Weekend Vancouver (2017, and most recently led a winning team in MIT's Global COVID19 Challenge.

Jonathan Calof
Professor strategy and market insight, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Dr. Calof is recognized as one of the leaders in intelligence and foresight and in particular the application of these techniques to innovation. A full professor at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Calof combines research and consulting in competitive intelligence, technical foresight and business analytics to help organizations develop key insights on their competitive environment to help drive the kind of innovation that responds to the external environment of tomorrow. Jonathan has given over 1000 speeches, seminars and keynote addresses around the world on market insight including intelligence, foresight and analytics and has helped several companies and government agencies around the world enhance their capabilities on these areas

Bob Garrish
Director of Mechanical Engineering, Shiseido

Bob is an expert in product design, rapid validation, prototyping, and manufacturing with specific focus on medical devices. His business leadership includes being a founder of Spring Loaded Technology, winner of the Canadian Business Model Competition and Canadian Young Entrepreneur of the year. He's designed diverse products including custom cosmetics manufacturing lines, multiple class 2 and 3 medical devices, 3D scanning equipment, and a manufacturing process for making guitars really, really fast.

Oliver Baltzer
Director of Technology, Analyze Re

OIiver is a technology generalist with more than two decades of experience in software development and 15+ years of building scientific, distributed, and cloud-based applications. Oliver co-founded Analyze Re, which quickly secured venture capital and was ultimately acquired by Verisk. Aside of his technical expertise, Oliver has experience in bridging the gap between business and technology, leading teams of engineers, and selling highly specialized analytics applications in a B2B market. He regularly works with startups as a mentor. Oliver holds a PhD in Computer Science and master's degrees in Computer Engineering and High-Performance Computing.

Stephen Nicolle
Partner, Island Capital Partners

After many years of experience leading venture-backed technology companies as a CEO, Steve is now in pseudo-retirement and happily investing his time advising young entrepreneurs and the companies they lead. Steve’s international executive experience spans telecoms, video surveillance, wireless convergence, and healthcare IT. The companies he has led have delivered innovative customer value, returned over $300M to their investors, and provided employment to thousands of truly great people.

Sarah Tahor
CEO Can Innovations

Sarah Tahor is the Co-Founder and CEO of Can Innovations (CI), an accelerator for innovative cannabis technologies. Sarah is an entrepreneur with15+ years of leadership experience in international business strategy, M&A, business development and strategic partnerships primarily in technology companies. Before establishing CI she was the VP Business Development at Lift & Co. (TSXV: LIFT), the largest Canadian Cannabis Aggregator. Before that, she held Executive Business Development roles in various startups and established companies in Israel and the US. She also founded and raised funds for her own company, Photostalgia in 2016. Sarah holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a BA from the University of British Columbia. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring startups, travelling and spending time with her family, preferably outdoors.

David Morrison
Chair Board of Governors, Yukon University

Former: Chief of Staff Office of the Premier Government of Yukon, President/CEO of Yukon Energy Corp., VP Operations Tirecraft Auto Centres Ltd. Current Chair Board of Governors Yukon University and Mentor Launchspace Northlight Innovation.

Joshua Callahan
Principal & Co-Founder, OUTFRNT Inc.

Josh is a born entreprenuer who spent his childhood finding creative and unique ways to earn money. As an experience leader and people manager, Josh has lead teams through growth and change in multiple locations throughout the Province of British Columbia. Josh currently resides in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he co-founded his start-up, OUTFRNT, a business development and advisory firm that works primarly with small and medium enterprise businesses, governments, and institutions. A strong generalist, driven by big picture thinking & project development through a creative lense, Josh works to connect the dots and design impactful solutions for the problem at hand.

Ed Leach
Partner, Innovar Training and Consulting

I am an experienced entrepreneur having owned and operated my own business with 11 locations and 100+ employees. While at Dalhousie I taught course in finance, entrepreneurship and general management. I received my Ph.D. in computing technology in education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a BComm. from Dalhousie University. In my role as director of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University I mentored lead entrepreneurs during the start-up phase of their technology businesses including two IPO’s. I was the director of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship, a past president of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE), past chapter chair for the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Atlantic Canada Chapter and most recently the director of education at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED).

Amy Ding
Founder & CEO, Requity Homes

Amy is the founder and CEO of Requity Homes, a modernized rent-to-own platform that helps transition renters to homeowners. She has 8+ years of experience in the real estate and financial services industry across a variety of functions including finance, product and strategy. Outside of work, she's an active member of the PropTech community in Toronto.

Nat Cartwright
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Finn AI

As Co-Founder and COO of Finn AI, Natalie works alongside some of the world's top financial institutions to improve financial wellness amongst consumers. These include: ATB Financial, Banpro Grupo Promerica, Fidor Bank, and TymeBank, as well as partnerships with Auth0, Fidor Solutions, Temenos, and Visa Canada. Prior to founding Finn AI, Natalie worked at the Global Fund in Geneva managing a USD $250 million health investment portfolio. Natalie received her MBA at IE Business School in Spain and actively serves on the Program Committee, Global Forum on AI for Humanity; she is a member of Canada’s AI Advisory Council; and is a Director with AInBC.

Paul Thornton
Principal Consultant, Thornton Chemistry

Paul D. Thornton is a PhD chemist and technical manager with deep experience in a broad range of chemistry disciplines. Formally trained in organic chemistry, Paul is passionate about bringing better, greener chemistry innovations to market, and solving challenges at the interface of business and technology. Paul formerly served as a Technology Development Manager and Senior Scientist at GreenCentre Canada. In this role he worked extensively with numerous start-ups and multinational corporations, leading projects that addressed the technical hurdles of new chemical innovations and positioning these innovations for market success. Paul has developed an extensive network of academic and business leaders and makes frequent contributions to the green chemistry community. Paul is the Founder and Principal of Thornton Chemistry, a consultancy focused on addressing the commercial and technical development needs of innovators in the chemical industry.

Stuart Kozlick
Strategic Advisor, Executive-In-Residence | CEO, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin | Puzzle Medical Devices

Stuart Kozlick is a strategic advisor, executive-in-residence, within the Intellectual Property group. An engineer specializing in medical technologies and devices and healthcare systems, Stuart is called upon to lead strategic initiatives to integrate and develop various complex medical device systems in the clinical field. He particularly specializes in strategic positioning and planning, operational excellence, process improvement, project management, and analysis and research. Over the course of his career, Stuart has led and launched several research, product development, system and clinical engineering programs. He is also a Professor of Practice at the Faculty of Medicine in McGill University’s Surgery Department, and Faculty Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering in McGill University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Stuart is CEO of Puzzle Medical Devices Inc., a company that specializes in research and development of cardiovascular medical devices.

Rashpal Uppal-Assi
Professor & Mentor/Business Coach, Seneca College & HELIX

Rashpal Uppal-Assi is a seasoned professional with expertise in supply chain management, international business, learning design and strategy, spanning over 10 years serving public, private and non-profit organizations. During this time, Rashpal founded her own strategic management consulting firm, working primarily with small and medium enterprise businesses and institutions. In addition, she works closely with entrepreneurs and startups as a Mentor and Business Coach with Seneca College’s on-campus incubator: HELIX (Health Entrepreneurship and Lifestyle Innovation Xchange). More recently, Rashpal has been mentoring and coaching startups to scale with Futurpreneur Canada. Her passion for developing the next generation of business leaders stems from devoting her time as a Professor with the School of International Business & Management at Seneca.

Bob Williamson
Founding Partner, Jameson Group

Back in 1984 he founded Jameson Consulting Group to provide business development and training consulting services to the energy industry, including the Sable Offshore Energy Project, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, Sempra, EnCana, Heritage Gas and Keltic Petrochemicals. In 2007 he started mentoring a handful of early stage companies which led him to founding Atlantic Canada’s first conference for early stage entrepreneurs, Invest Atlantic. It offers startups to mid-stage companies the opportunity to learn from and network with seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and mentors. He also founded the popular Pitch101, 201 and 301 programs to help entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to investors, potential partners and customers.

Charlotte Murray
Startup Coach, Propel

Charlotte Murray is a Startup Coach at Propel ICT, Atlantic Canada’s e-Accelerator for early-stage technology startups. After leaving her corporate career at Procter & Gamble in Switzerland and New York, she co-founded her startup, PACTA in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She's been through the ups and downs of bootstrapping a startup, pitching investors in Canada and Silicon Valley, raising money, selling to enterprise customers, growing a team, as well as closing down. She is advisor and early investor in several startups, and currently sits on the Board of Invest Nova Scotia. She has been involved as a mentor, judge and facilitator for Startup weekends, Hoist, Business Model Competitions, Pitch competitions, Volta Academy and Launch Dal (Dalhousie University). She is passionate about purpose-driven ventures who aim to have a social, economic and environmental impact.

Tom Ross
CEO, Andgo Systems

Tom Ross is co-founder and CEO of Andgo, the inventors of Smart Absence Management, an automated software platform that converts complex scheduling processes into automated and configurable workflows. Put another way, when a nurse calls in sick, Andgo automatically finds a replacement inline with collective and organizational requirements. Tom’s demonstrated success in innovation is grounded in his belief that every interaction must create value. Tom’s leadership has brought exponential growth to multiple companies through strategic and inspired product and business development. Andgo Systems has been serving Canadian Healthcare providers since 2014.

Wendy Vrooman
CEO, Arc Ignites Sales Inc

Wendy has been in sales and sales-leadership roles since 2001 in the biotech, nutraceutical, and professional services sectors. Consistently articulate, positive and professional in verbal and written communications and known for uncovering what is truly important to the business and customer to deliver a needs-based solution. She has trained, advised and mentored multiple startups throughout the Atlantic provinces over the past six years. She is passionate about growing companies, the region and most importantly, good people.

Daniel Bishun
Business Advisor, City of Brampton

Daniel is a Business Advisor in the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and responds to small business issues and consults with clients to determine their needs, progress and appropriate strategies for business success. He advises clients on all aspects of business, including feasibility and risk assessment, business model development, market research and financial planning. He conducts analysis and applies conclusions to diagnose issues that inhibit business growth in Brampton. Daniel is assisting with creating the innovation and entrepreneur ecosystem in Brampton, working with various stakeholders, partners and businesses to build the foundation of continuous learning within the community. Has been a mentor, presenter and assist with Organizing four Startup Weekend in the Peel Region, Ontario, Canada.

Sarah-Eden Dadoun

Sarah-Eden Dadoun is the president of MTL+Ecommerce, the #1 community Ecommerce, startup & Tech in Montreal. With +10 years experience in Digital Marketing & Business Growth, she leads strategic initiatives for Brands, startups and Businesses and helps them skyrocket their growth curve.

Quentin Hibon

Serial entrepreneur, Quentin Hibon has +15 years experience in Innovation & Startup Growth. Currently Director Of Marketing of Keylime Digital & Vice-president of MTL+Ecommerce,Quentin is ignited by fast-paced environment, Innovation & Business Development .His passion for people and communities has led Quentin to be actively involved In Ecommerce & Startup Communities in Canada and France . Inspirational leader, Business mentor and Innovation strategist, Quentin holds a M.Sc in Business administration from Montpellier Business School(France)

Nabeel Kassam
Co-Founder, CEO, Simbyl

An explorer at heart with a proven track record of senior leadership and successfully managing diverse international teams on complex projects. Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and how those relate to the bigger picture of global impact. I am fascinated about exploring the frontier where technology meets industry and humanity.

Angela Fu
Deal Advisory Manager, KPMG

An experienced deal advisory manager and tech enthusiast looking to help entrepreneurs with areas such as business valuations, capital raising strategy, investment strategy, industry research, financial modeling, synergy and financial analysis.

Michel Besner
Managing Director, Catallaxy - a Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Company

Michel Besner has over 20 years of experience in the development and marketing of innovative solutions in various fields such as business intelligence, social media and news analytics, television, films and video games. His core competencies in strategic planning, product management and business development has allowed him to take leadership positions at some of the world’s biggest software companies and various successful start-ups.

Salima Virani
Business Lawyer, Blue Letter Law

Salima started her professional career as a Bay Street lawyer specializing in corporate/commercial law. However, after seven years on Bay Street, she chose to follow her passion and nurture the entrepreneur within. She acquired and transformed MyBindi from a website into a thriving media company; In 2009, she established the Toronto Chapter of the Network of Indian Professionals, In 2010, she launched Zentrepreneur Inc. to coach and train other entrepreneurs and guide them to achieve passion, purpose and profit in their own enterprise. In 2013, Salima was recognized by Women’s Post (a national publication dedicated to Women in Business) as one of Canada’s Top Women to Watch. Throughout this time, Salima continued her law practice.In May 2013, Salima launched Blue Letter Law with the vision to combine her knack for business strategy with her training as a lawyer to develop successful solutions for her clients.

Jeff Stockhausen
Industrial Technology Advisor, National Research Council

Jeff Stockhausen is an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and Senior Advisor to the IRAP Atlantic & Nunavut Region Director General. He has spent the past 25 years supporting the development of Canada’s Ocean Technology Sector, first in the private sector and then the last 12 year with IRAP, also supporting a broad range of companies, technologies and R&D in other sectors. Mr. Stockhausen’s private sector career focused on the development of satellite and aircraft based surveillance and imagery analysis systems; hydrographic data processing, analysis, visualization and archiving tools; and, spatial data management and decision support systems. At IRAP, he has been deeply involved in supporting the start-up ecosystem and has a hands-on approach to working with companies at all stages of development across all sectors. Currently, Mr. Stockhausen is helping to support and manage multiple COVID-19 response programs for the Federal Government.

David Upton
Co-founder of Common Good Solutions Inc.

I am a senior leader in the social purpose business sector, running the first hybrid company in Nova Scotia Common Good Solutions) and an on-line learning company ( teaches business skills around the world with partners like Cisco, Chivas, World Economic Forum and Global Changemakers as well as governments in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and Canada. We also do lots of policy work for the sector.

Joe Allen
Managing Director, Accelerator Programs, Dr J Herbert Smith Centre for Tecnology Managment and Entrepreneurship - UNB

Joe is an entrepreneurial expert and a financial guru. Prior to leading accelerator programs, Joe worked as the Director of Investments at the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) managing their venture capital portfolio and overseeing the development of new investment clients. He spent time in various management positions within the Government of New Brunswick economic development sector and worked as the Chief Financial Officer of HJ Crabbe & Sons Ltd. Joe received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of New Brunswick; where he served as student union vice-president of university affairs. He received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2004. Joe is also the co-founder and CEO of Devil's Keep Distillery, an award-winning distillery based in Fredericton, NB

Jonathan Dunnett
Program Manager, Venn Innovation

Coming from the education and business worlds, Jonathan is passionate about helping companies succeed using his experience in marketing, strategy and competitive intelligence. With his unique exposure to many industries, he is able to help a company understand where they stand and generate strategy on how to move forward. Jonathan thoroughly enjoys adding value to companies to help in the greater economic development of New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada.

Louisa Horne
Consultant, Best Practices Consulting

Small business consultant with a focus on strategic planning and leadership development. Former Director of the largest small business advisory practice in Canada. Owner of a tutorial/computer testing service. Degrees in Geology and Education. Certified Corporate Director. Also have earned CMC and Certified Coach.

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Danielle Torrie
Manager at Startup Calgary

As a member of the Startup Calgary team, I support technology-enabled entrepreneurs with highly scalable business models through events and programs like Startup Weekend. My background is in marketing and communications and I love leveraging these skills to help grow Calgary's startup community and shout our story from the rooftops. 

When I'm not geeking out in the startup community, you'll find me reading historical fiction or taking a trip with friends or maybe even solo. I'm also a big fan of blogging and listening to/recording podcasts. 

Mary Kilfoil
Executive Director, Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE)

Mary Kilfoil, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE) and President of Innovate Atlantic Inc. has over 80 major research reports and publications related to innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development to her credit. Her passion for entrepreneurship continued after joining Dalhousie University. Over the past six years, Dr. Kilfoil reshaped entrepreneurship teaching and programming at Dalhousie University where she designed and launched a campus-wide, award-winning Launch Dal program based on lean entrepreneurship methodologies. Mary led the team that brought the Starting Lean Course to Dalhousie University in the Fall of 2012 providing an experiential approach and accomplished mentors – listed in Academia’s Top 10 courses in Canada 2013. She has received numerous teaching awards and in 2014, Mary received the national Entrepreneurship Educator award from Startup Canada. Mary’s non-profit Innovate Atlantic Inc. focusses on assisting companies scale.

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