Michael Hainsworth Business News Network
Michael Hainsworth is BNN’s longest-serving on-air personality. A talented broadcaster and journalist, Hainsworth has been called on to anchor special coverage such as the Federal Budget and fast moving news stories like the Parliament Hill shooting. In addition to hosting some of BNN's...
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Andrew Duncan Boardwalktech
Andy has over 25 years of experience focused on building companies and taking products and services to market. Prior to Boardwalktech, Andy served as President and CEO of Advanced Data Exchange. ADX provides on-demand supply chain transaction processing network used today by over 200 of the Fortune...
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Anthony Di Iorio Decentral & Jaxx
Anthony Di Iorio is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, community organizer, and thought leader in the field of digital currencies, blockchain and decentralized technologies. Born and raised in Toronto, co-founded Ethereum, and is the founder and CEO of Decentral; Decentral Consulting;...
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Tom Emrich Super Ventures
Sometimes called the “man from the future” Tom Emrich is a leading voice in augmented reality, virtual reality and wearable tech. He is committed to driving adoption and innovation in technology which is augmenting the human experience. Tom is an active investor and founding partner at...
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Michele Romanow Clearbanc, SnapSaves (acq by Groupon), Dragons’ Den
Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons' Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms Buytopia.ca and Snap By Groupon,...
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Michael Wekerle Difference Capital Inc.
Wekerle is currently the Chairman and Co-founder of Difference Capital Inc. The Globe and Mail described Michael Wekerle as one of Bay Street’s legendary investment traders. Wekerle is currently the Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Difference Capital Inc. He was a Partner and Co-founder...
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Allen Lau Wattpad
Allen Lau is the CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company, where he leads the company’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories. A leader in Canada’s technology sector and startup ecosystem, Allen is a member of the Canadian Council...
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Frank Holmes US Global Investors & HIVE Blockchain Solutions
Frank Holmes is CEO and Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Global Investors, Inc., which manages a diversified family of mutual funds and hedge funds specializing in gold, natural resources and emerging markets. The company’s funds have earned many awards and honors during Mr. Holmes’...
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John Vandermay Lightspeed
With over 25 years of software engineering and global leadership experience, John Vandermay joins Lightspeed from Collective, an advertising technology company in NYC backed by Accel, Greycroft, and iNovia. While at Collective as CTO, Vandermay lead the transformation of the company from an...
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Alex Katzen Google
Alex Katzen is a Content Specialist on Google’s Daydream business development team. She works directly with third-party VR and AR developers to support the ecosystem and bring quality content to the Google platform. Find her on social @thezenkat
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Kevin Rooke Coinsquare
Kevin Rooke joined Coinsquare in August 2017, and has helped the company become the largest digital currency exchange in Canada and the fastest growing company across the nation in 2017. Kevin has also built Canada’s top digital currency and blockchain news website, Coinsquare Discover,...
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Drew Green INDOCHINO
Drew Green is a seasoned entrepreneur and an expert in managing fast-paced, high-growth companies. A visionary leader, Green has created one of the world's fastest growing apparel brands. Since 2015, he has established over $90M CDN in strategic capital commitments for INDOCHINO, with only 27%...
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Brian Kobus OMERS Ventures
In his role as Director at OMERS Ventures, Brian Kobus is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities for OMERS Ventures in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Brian brings 15+ years of experience in the areas of technology,...
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Peter Misek is a partner in the IT Venture Fund, based in Toronto. He comes with over 14 years of venture capital experience as an Advisor/ Venture Partner for DN Capital including direct involvement in 2 unicorns. He has almost 20 years of investment banking experience as Managing Director and...
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Lisa Cheng Vanbex Ventures
As an early member of the cryptocurrency community and after working on world's first ICO, Lisa Cheng founded the Vanbex group in 2013 to professionalize token offerings and blockchain solutions. Lisa's strong background in technology product design, marketing and leadership skills helped...
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Gary Baksi is responsible for the operational management of NexJ Health Inc., a provider of patient-facing population health management solutions delivering patient engagement for chronic disease management. A seasoned sales executive and leader with more than 20 years of experience driving...
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Kevin Krishnaratne Paradigm Capital
Kevin is an equity analyst covering the software sector at Paradigm capital. He has been working in the investment industry for almost 10 years. Prior to joining Paradigm, Kevin worked as an Associate Analyst at National Bank Financial within its Telecom, Cable & Media team. Kevin also covered...
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Alan Smithson MetaVRse
Alan Smithson is an entrepreneur and investor who has always been on the cutting edge of emerging technologies. After graduating from University of Guelph with a Molecular Biology degree, Alan realized technology and music were his passions. He pursued a career in the DJ industry which developed...
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Michael Gaffney Leonovus Inc.
Michael is serial entrepreneur, CEO and board member with over 30 years of experience in technology (software, semiconductors, telecommunications, eLearning, mobile) and services companies. His board experience is extensive in both the not for profit and business sectors. In the past seventeen...
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Dr. Nathan Mekuz AcuityAds Inc
Dr. Mekuz is the heart of Acuity’s industry-leading technology. Through his expert guidance, Acuity’s machine learning algorithm has developed into an industry leader, utilizing bidding technology to optimize campaign performance in real-time. Dr. Mekuz has been researching machine...
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James Goodwin Great North Data Inc.
James Goodwin, although everyone calls him Jamie, is a practicing lawyer, born and raised in Toronto, but lured to Newfoundland by his wife. Jamie has worked at large firms in both Toronto and New Brunswick, and has experienced a broad range of practice. Jamie's work had brought him to Labrador...
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Patrick Gray HashChain Technology Inc
Patrick Gray is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of HashChain and helps lead the overall strategic vision of the Company. Mr. Gray obtained a bachelor degree in computer science and a minor in business from Siena College in New York. The first start-up he was involved in was sold to Xerox...
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Prakash Hariharan AnalytixInsight Inc
Formerly one of Canada’s leading portfolio managers during his tenure at Front Street Capital, Prakash specialized in technology and growth-related investments. Prior to this he analyzed and rated structured investment products at Dominion Bond Rating Services. Since 2014 he has led Radient...
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Jeff Brunet Wysdom.AI
Jeff is a serial entrepreneur and investor with over 20 years of proven technology and general management experience. Jeff has , founded and grown software companies: AracNet, Mobile Diagnostix (HP), ClickFree, and Wysdom.AI. Jeff has served on the boards of SurfEasy (Opera Software), Locationary...
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Aydin Kilic Fortress Blockchain Corp
Aydin holds a BASc. Honors in Engineering Science with specialization in high-frequency electronics, mathematical modeling and physics. He is an expert analyst with a deep understanding of crypto-currency mining algorithms and is a partner in a commercial scale crypto-currency mine in Canada; avid...
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Peter Smyrniotis Victory Square Technologies Inc
Peter Smyrniotis is a director of Victory Square Technologies and CEO of Vancouver based Blockchain Assembly, a Victory Square Technologies portfolio company. Peter is an entrepreneur and investor, and has over 25 years experience in the technology industry, working with such companies as Magna,...
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Myles Mcgovern Immersive Media / Digital Domain Holdings Limited
Since Digital Domain acquired Immersive Ventures in 2015, Myles has served as an Immersive Evangelist and Honorary Vice Chairman at DD. In 2010 Myles founded Immersive Ventures, IV was focused on 360 videos and VR, they acquired Immersive Media in 2011 (previous employer). Between Immersive Media...
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Claude Théoret Nexalogy
Claude Théoret is the founder of CEO of Nexalogy, a social data discovery startup and a Canadian leader in Social Data Intelligence. A former Astrophysicist he worked at the inception of big data, having his first website in 1994 and working with big data before it had a name. He is one of...
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Darius Eghdami FansUnite
A Chartered Accountant by trade, Darius Eghdami is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and has successfully exited multiple companies. Darius has previously founded and led multiple businesses in digital, data analytics, and the consumer internet. Darius is a co-founder of FansUnite, the first social...
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Fraser Buchan Tradewind Markets
Mr. Buchan has a background in precious metals project development, investing and sales. Fraser has been involved in building several mining companies, including NewCastle Gold, a publicly traded development company. Fraser previously worked with GMP Securities, an independent Canadian investment...
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Alex Read Wellness Lifestyles Inc
As a seasoned entrepreneur, and recipient of the Business In Vancouver “40 Under 40” award, Alex owns several successful businesses across North America. These include a number of high-growth franchises with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me in the New Jersey area; and the boutique small...
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Eden Rahim Next Edge Capital Corp.
Eden’s approach represents a progression in Investment solutions, applying options to source Income and returns through strategies not easily accessible to investors, while protecting their capital with hedges designed over his career. Eden’s experience includes two decades of Portfolio...
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Karl Kenny Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.
Karl has over 30 years of technical and executive experience in developing and deploying innovative technologies. Karl founded Kraken in September 2012 to focus on developing Synthetic Aperture Sonar technology for high resolution imaging of the seafloor. Since then, Kraken has migrated from being...
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Graham Cunliffe Finger Food Studios
Graham Cunliffe is a versatile leader and professional engineer with experience in management, sales, marketing and product development. He is an expert in many leading-edge technologies and takes pride in finding elegant solutions to complex problems in both the business and technical realms....
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Jake Cassaday Associate Partner
Jake is an Associate Partner at Relay Ventures. Jake’s background in product management and marketing provides a strong understanding of rapid product development and go-to market strategy. He supports deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio management at Relay. Prior to joining Relay,...
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Armen Bakirtzian Intellijoint Surgical
Armen Bakirtzian is the CEO and Co-founder of Intellijoint Surgical, a Waterloo based medical technology company focused on improving patient outcomes in joint replacement surgery. Armen holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a...
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Sean Stanleigh The Globe and Mail
Sean Stanleigh is managing editor of Globe Content Studio, the content marketing arm of The Globe and Mail. His team works on editorial and sponsor content, blending audience data with journalistic intuition and experience to craft great storytelling on behalf of brands, positioning them as thought...
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Kevin Hobbs Vanbex Ventures
Kevin is a technology founder, CEO and recognized leader in the blockchain ecosystem. As an early entrant into cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, Kevin is a veteran of the industry. His blockchain expertise, combined with over a decade of management experience as a professional and...
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Dawn Jutla Peer Ledger
Dawn is the energetic founder and CEO of Peer Ledger, a blockchain company specializing in track-and-trace applications for supplier sustainability, and extending identity to blockchain applications from existing user systems. She has the honor of leading a first-class team of talented engineers...
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Russell Stanley Echelon Wealth Partners
Vivek Burhanpurkar Cyberworks Robotics
Vivek founded Cyberworks Robotics in 1982 after writing one of the world’s first engineering Thesis papers at the University of Toronto on AI based autonomous self-driving systems for complex unmapped indoor environments. He published some of the earliest peer reviewed papers on self-driving...
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Whitney Rockley Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
Whitney Rockley is the Chair of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) and the Managing Partner of McRock Capital, a venture capital fund focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Whitney co-founded McRock Capital after investing in high growth...
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Nick Waddell Cantech Letter
Cantech Letter founder and editor Nick Waddell has lived in five Canadian provinces and is proud of his country's often overlooked contributions to the world of science and technology. Waddell takes a regular shift on the Canadian media circuit, making appearances on CTV, CBC and BNN, and...
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Christian Lassonde Impression Ventures.
Mr. Lassonde is the founder and managing partner of Impression Ventures. Impression is a venture capital firm focused on investing in Seed and Series A deals in technology companies disrupting the financial services sector. Through Impression he has invested in everything from Wealth Management via...
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Kirk Exner Dapplify Blockchain Solutions Inc
Kirk Exner, the founder of Dapplify Blockchain Solutions Inc. (www.dapplify.com) is an experience technology entrepreneur and venture capital professional. As the principal of Newcoast Capital Corp., Kirk has provided venture capital investment, corporate finance and advisory services to...
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Daniel Kim Paradigm Capital
Daniel has 22 years of experience in the investment industry, the past 15 of which have been at Paradigm Capital. Daniel was previously the lead technology Analyst at National Bank Financial. His research career began at Richardson Greenshields in 1994. Daniel has an MBA from Queen’s School...
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Adam Adamou The Ledger Group
With an extensive background in venture capital, investment banking and mergers & acquisitions, Adam is a storied participant in the Canadian technology universe. From his storied lead investment in BlackBerry Inc. in 1994 to his investment and financing of the key technology and internet...
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Sachin Aggarwal Think Research
Sachin Aggarwal is the Chief Executive Officer of Think Research. He joined the team in 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Think Research, Sachin served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, where he managed six...
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Kathryn Hume Integrate.Ai
Kathryn Hume is Vice President Product & Strategy for integrate.ai, a SaaS startup applying AI to drive growth and customer satisfaction for large enterprises, and a Venture Partner at ffVC, a seed- and early-stage technology venture capital firm, where she advises early-stage artificial...
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Peter is a customer obsessed entrepreneur with more than ten years of experience in bootstrapping enterprise SaaS from zero to scale. He is the Chief Product Officer and founder at Mobify, a SaaS platform that helps multinational retailers such as Debenhams, Eddie Bauer and Lancôme simplify...
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Michael Litt Vidyard
Michael Litt is the CEO and co-founder of Vidyard. Thought leader, surfer and serial entrepreneur in marketing and sales tech, he leads the development of one of the most innovative video marketing and video analytics technologies in the world. Michael is an authority on entrepreneurship, driving...
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Michael Kousaie Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange
Michael Kousaie is one of the heads of business development at Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV). In this capacity, he is responsible for working with private companies and their shareholders as they explore the option of raising equity capital in Canada. In addition, Mr....
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Soroush Karimzadeh, MBA, P.Eng., PMP CEO & Co-Founder Soroush is the CEO at Novarc Technologies. Previously, he was a Product Manager at Autopro Automation, managing industrial automation projects for oil and gas and mining companies. Prior to this, he was a project engineer at Kruger Products,...
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Sean Silcoff Globe and Mail
Sean Silcoff is a business writer with The Globe & Mail, Canada's National Newspaper and co-author of Losing the Signal, the internationally acclaimed best-selling book about the rise and fall of BlackBerry. During his 21-year career in journalism and communications, he has covered just...
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Pardeep S. Sangha, B.A.Sc., MBA Haywood Securities Inc.
Pardeep joined Haywood in September 2015. Pardeep has 20 years of experience in the technology indsutry indcluding eight years as a Technology Analyst at a boutique brokerage firm, seven years in Venture Capital investing and five years of operational and engineering experience. Pardeep is a...
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Steve Woods Nudge.Ai
Steve is the CTO and Co-founder of Nudge.ai, a relationship intelligence platform that helps businesses find and grow the right relationships to drive revenue. Steve founded and guided the building of Eloqua. He brought it to a market-leading position in marketing automation and demand generation,...
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Robert Fonn DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Robert Fonn’s practice is focused on corporate and securities law, with a focus on corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. He has particular experience dealing with domestic and cross-border transactions (including friendly and contested take-over bids and proxy contests). Robert...
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