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Barzin Assadi

Barzin Assadi

Risk Consultant and Broker at Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.

Barzin Assadi is a risk consultant and broker at Aon Reed Stenhouse, the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage. He oversees Continue reading

Bob Cherniak

Bob Cherniak

President at Cherniak Software

Bob Cherniak provides Cherniak Software clients the ‘something extra’, the creative spark. Bob has led the development of ERP systems that serve as the nerve Continue reading

Graham Honsa

Graham Honsa

Lawyer and Patent Agent and Trade-mark Agent at Wilson Lue LLP

Graham’s work encompasses all areas of intellectual property law. In addition, his background as in-house intellectual property counsel at a Toronto-area technology company gives him Continue reading

Vandhana Mohanraj

Vandhana Mohanraj

Financial Coach at FemmeFinance

Vandhana is a big Data technology enthusiast with a passion for driving innovation in financial services and startups . She have worked across all stages Continue reading

Adrienne Bieber McNeil

Adrienne Bieber McNeil

Intellectual property law, Patent drafting and prosecution

Adrienne Bieber McNeil is the founder and principal of ABM Intellectual Property. Adrienne is a registered Canadian Patent Agent and a Registered US Patent Agent. Continue reading

Kevin Shipley

Kevin Shipley

Partner at Gilbert's LLP, Chair and Advisory Board at Ontario Engineering Competition, RIC Centre Advisor at RIC Centre

Kevin Shipley is an engineer, patent agent, lawyer, trusted advisor and (self-professed) all around good guy. Enroute to Gilbert’s, Kevin obtained degrees in mechanical engineering, Continue reading

Brent Arlitt

Brent Arlitt

Consultant at Stirling Rothesay Consulting Inc., Engineering Volunteer at Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Brent Arlitt was most recently director and senior consultant in one of Canada’s leading, consulting companies. Responsible for planning and implementing strategies and projects in Continue reading

Alan McMillan

Alan McMillan

Advisory Board Member at MedCurrent Corporation, Managing Director at Omazo Inc., Director at East Asia Minerals Corp., Investor at AutoServe1

Mr. Alan McMillan is a dynamic international executive with a history of driving and managing growth for both early stage and mature companies. He has Continue reading

Avanindra Utukuri

Avanindra Utukuri

CEO at Nytric, CTO at Baanto

Avanindra is a serial entrepreneur, and has been involved in 5 start-ups to date. As a senior executive in most of these start-ups, he was Continue reading

Catherine Lacavera

Catherine Lacavera

Director of Ligitation at Google

Catherine Lacavera joined Google in 2005. As Vice President of Litigation, Employment, and Regulatory Investigations, she manages a team of 150 attorneys and technical advisors, Continue reading

Candice Luck

Candice Luck

Innovation Program Manager at LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services, Director of Strategy at buildABILITY

Candice is currently the Innovation Program Manager at LifeLabs. Candice has an extensive breadth of experience leading complex initiatives, implementing customer-centred design methodologies, and developing Continue reading

Erika Murray

Erika Murray

Chief Experience Officer at Clover Inc., IP Lawyer at PCK Intellectual Property, Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University

Erika is a dynamic, results oriented business leader, who exhibits excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and communication skills. As an engineer, IP lawyer, and tech founder, Erika Continue reading

Teo Dechev


CEO & President, Director at Mundoro Capital Inc.

Ms. Dechev is an executive and capital markets professional with diverse experience positioned to bring value to public companies. She is an experienced Corporate Director Continue reading

Bill Hollings


Principal at The Brenwill Workshop Ltd

A proven, results-oriented technology expert, architect, and leader, who enjoys solving hard technology problems. Many years experience successfully designing and building high-end graphics engines, and Continue reading

Horst Helbig

Retired, Board Member Mining and Metals

In 1973 Horst ‎obtained a B.A.Sc. degree at the University of Toronto in Geological Engineering, followed six years later by an MBA from the Harvard Business School. During a Continue reading

Ed Lycklama


President Mhz Communications

Mr. Ed Lycklama was the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sitraka Software. Mr. Lycklama served as lead architect in the design of Sitraka’s JProbe Continue reading

Shadi Hagag

Shadi Hagag

Founder & CEO at Trans-Plan Inc.

Simplicity is Ingenuity, I bring this lens to the traffic engineering field because I believe getting from one place to the next should be easy, Continue reading

David Kwiatkowski


National Leader - Automotive

David Kwiatkoswski has 20 years experience in senior management and consulting leadership roles with assignments in Canada, the United States, Germany, Japan, England, Mexico, Brazil, Continue reading

Michael Bumby


Chief Financial Officer at VIVO Cannabis Inc., Chief FInancial Officer at ABcann Global Corporation, Chief FInancial Officer at Merus Labs, Director at reBOOT Canada, Founder at Bluenose & Company

Michael Bumby has more than 10 years experience working as a CFO. He currently is the CFO of VIVO Cannabis Inc., and previously the CFO Continue reading

Alain Wilson


Managing Partner

Alain Wilson is a management consultant who works with companies to boost growth, improve profitability and develop and execute business plans. He has worked as Continue reading

Naresh Bangia


President and Founder at AJB Software Design Inc.

Naresh was the President and founder of AJB Software Design Inc (acquired by Verifone). An industry leader and visionary over the past fifteen years, Naresh Continue reading

Hana Zalzal

Hana Zalzal - CEO, CARGO Cosmetics

Founder and CEO

When Hana Zalzal started her cosmetics company, her goal was simple: to make make-up better, easier, smarter. Fifteen years later, CARGO Cosmetics has grown to Continue reading

Michael Lio


President at buildABILITY

Michael is a professional engineer who has been involved in sustainable housing for almost 30 years. He has consulted on projects and publications across North Continue reading

Andrew Binkley


CEO, Opalux Inc.

Andrew Binkley is the CEO of Opalux Inc., a small, Toronto-based materials science company. Opalux’s materials change colour in response to electrical charge, pressure and Continue reading

Avi Pollock

Avi Pollock

President at Avi Pollock Ventures

Avi Pollock is a seasoned executive who is truly passionate about helping technology driven companies big and small innovate, grow and transform their businesses. His Continue reading

Raymond Rupert

Raymond Rupert


Raymond Rupert MD. MBA is an expert in real time medical intervention. Since the early 1990’s, Dr Rupert has worked with clients throughout Canada who Continue reading

Wayne J. Maddever

Wayne Maddever

Advisor and Portfolio Manager at Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Pricipal at BBP Consulting Inc., Entrepreneur in Residence at Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, CEO at Greencore Composites Inc., Chair at Polar Sapphire

Wayne is currently the portfolio manager at Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. He is well versed in all business aspects such as operations, R&D, materials development, manufacturing, Continue reading

Peter Aulich

Peter Aulich

Chief Executive Officer of KB Racking Inc.

Peter Aulich is the Chief Executive Officer of KB Racking Inc. He oversees KB Racking’s operations including project management, supply chain and logistics as well Continue reading

Sebastian Koper

Sebastian Koper

Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Domio Sports

Sebastian is a creative thinker and action sports enthusiast with background in engineering and business. He recently co-founded and heading up a tech-based startup designing Continue reading

Greg Fitzgerald

Greg Fitzgerald

Area Vice President, Public Sector Infrastructure Sales, Canada at Oracle

A Senior Executive with extensive business-to-business sales, business leadership and investment experience in technology. Demonstrated ability to consistently deliver results, drive growth and create value. Continue reading

Christina Perdikoulias

Christina Perdikoulias

Chief Operating Officer at DigitalEd

Christina is a focused, high-impact executive, and excels at developing and executing on strategic initiatives, and building performant, cross-functional teams. She has exceptional understanding of Continue reading

Peter Smit

Peter Smit

VIsiting Professor at University of Toronto, Founder at Collabogence Inc., Co-founder at BlueScout

Peter is founder of Collabogence which measures collaborative performance with great passion for cross-cultural/cross-functional teams and collaborating across the firewall with customers, partners and suppliers.

Richard Blundell

Richard Blundell

Founder & CEO, TownSity Inc

Senior Executive with over 35 years of broad, diverse executive management and consulting experience in the global environmental services and technology sectors. Areas of experience Continue reading

Celine Williams

Celine Williams

Founder and Chief Strategist

Céline Williams is an international speaker,  business strategist, and expert in leadership development and communication for the 21st century workplace. She has over 15 years experience Continue reading

Deep Grewal

Pardeep Grewal

Uber Operations and Logistics Manager

Deep Grewal is an Operations Manager on the UberEverything Team in Toronto. UberEverything leverages Uber’s expansive network of drivers to deliver you anything in the Continue reading

Mehmet Kömürcü

Mehmet Kömürcü

Gowlings, Counsel

I serve as counsel in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and is a member of the firm’s Energy, Mining, Infrastructure and Technology groups. Having spent the Continue reading

Greg Stewart

Greg Stewart

Principal at GreenSky Capital Inc.

Greg Stewart has deep experience in finance and early stage companies. He currently holds several positions in the start-up world, most prominently President of GreenSky Continue reading

Thanos Kaponeridis

Thanos K

CEO AeroSoft Systems Inc

Thanos Kaponeridis founded AeroSoft Systems Inc. in 1997. He has been an information systems professional since 1978. Mr. Kaponeridis also founded another Canadian systems consulting Continue reading

Angelo Perri


President & CEO at MHz Design Communications Inc.

Over a 25-year agency career, Angelo has success in building businesses, nurturing people and cultivating relationships as a strategic partner within multiple industries such as: Continue reading

Ron Hurtig

Ron Hurtig

Senior Consultant at ISE Interface Systems Engineering Ltd.

A senior R&D professional with entrepreneurial spirit and deep experience in new product development and commercialization. Strong career record of progressive and expanded management responsibilities. Continue reading

Mark Graham


Technology and Marketing Entrepreneur

Mark Graham is the Co-Founder and Chief Platform Officer of commonsku, a business management software application for SMBs. He is also the founder of RIGHTSLEEVE, Continue reading

Garry Chan

garry chan

Angel Investor and Startup Mentor

Garry is a tech entrepreneur, focused on advising and building early stage companies. He was VP Products at VersaPay, a Toronto-based financial technology startup, providing Continue reading

Anthony Dimech

Anthony Dimech

Product Manager - Wearables and IoT at Samsung Electronics

Anthony currently leads the Wearable/IoT practise at Samsung Electronics and previously at TELUS communications in a sales and marketing function within Small Business Solutions and Continue reading

Leslie Zulauf


President, ISX World LLC

My career in small enterprise started when I was 11, collecting tips in exchange for carrying peoples grocery bags to their cars.Since then, I’ve sold Continue reading

John Phyper


SVP Sales & Marketing at Security Compass

Mr. John Phyper serves as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Security Compass. Mr. Phyper is responsible for achieving aggressive revenue growth targets Continue reading

Paul Lupinacci

Paul Lupinacci


Paul is Vice President, Development & Operations for VIZIYA Corp, a software company focused on the enterprise asset management space. Paul is responsible for VIZIYA’s Continue reading

Iyiope Jibodu

David Iyiope Jibodu

Developer at Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, Operations and Program Manager at Breklinge Corp

Iyiope Jibodu now works a a developer at Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth to discover, evaluate and implement advanced tools (AI) and uncover Continue reading

Colin Webster


CEO at Hero Ventures Ltd

Colin Webster is the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Hero Ventures Ltd. He is responsible for the overall corporate and investment vision of Continue reading

Wasib Muhammad


Strategy and Biz Ops at Airbnb

Wasib Muhammad is a Senior Strategy and Business Operations Manager at Airbnb. In this role, he has been involved with launching new products and integrating Continue reading

Andrew Binkley


CEO, Opalux Inc.

Andrew Binkley is the CEO of Opalux Inc., a small, Toronto-based materials science company. Opalux’s materials change colour in response to electrical charge, pressure and Continue reading

Duncan Jones

Duncan Jones

Strategic Innovation Facilitator

Duncan manages, a consulting firm focused on the fuzzy front end of new product development primarily in life sciences & engineering-related fields: sourcing and in-licensing Continue reading

Toni Allen


Partner, R3VE

Toni is the CEO of R3VE Design Labs, a user experience and business innovation firm. Her role is to lead R3VE’s multi-disciplinary team in helping Continue reading

Michael Lynch


Co-founder at ClearCompilation

Mick Lynch is an engineer PhD who loves translating ideas into products that have a real impact on users. He has been working in health Continue reading

Victoria Alleyne

Victoria Alleyne

Founder and Executive Director

Victoria Alleyne is Founder and Executive Director of Career Skills Incubator, a non-profit which empowers the un(der)employed to develop skills for their dream careers through Continue reading

Gino Grano

Gino Grano

North America Sales Leader - Service Providers Canada at Red Hat

As North America Sales Leader – Service Providers Canada at Red Hat, Gino Grano is responsible for driving awareness, understanding and adoption of Red Hat’s Continue reading

Raif Barbaros

Raif Barbaros

CTO and CPO at Influitive

Raif is currently CPO/CTO at Influitive where he leads the product, design and engineering teams. Before Influitive, he led technology at Loblaw Digital – the Continue reading

Susan Mey

Susan Mey

President & CEO

Susan Mey is the President and CEO of The Green Cricket Inc., a business specializing in natural and organic environmental products. She has a B. Continue reading

Rick Laanvere

Rick Laanvere

Director of Sales at Viavi Solutions Canada

Rick Laanvere has over 25 years experience as a technology professional and entrepreneur both with established enterprises and startups. He has held senior management roles Continue reading

Edouard Ratiarson


Innovator and Experience Strategist

Edouard is a seasoned Innovator and Experience Strategist . He has studied Engineering Science from University of Toronto. In this program, he learnt the fundamentals of Continue reading

Mark Fox


Professor and Researcher

Dr. Fox is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science, and a Senior Fellow of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto where his Continue reading

Hadi Aladdin

Hadi Aladdin (1)

Co-founder and CEO at CoursePeer, Co-founder and CEO at LyfeUp, Co-founder and Managing Director at Angstron Technologies

Hadi Aladdin is a serial entrepreneur, engineer, and published author. Being a coder since the age of 11, he has founded and grew successful technology Continue reading

Guy Amini


Business lawyer

Guy’s practice encompasses a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate finance. His areas Continue reading

David Green


Management Consultant

David Green is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with diplomas in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics, gained in the UK.  David has coached Continue reading

Anil Bhole


IP Lawyer

Anil holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and worked in embedded software development prior to entering the legal profession. Continue reading

Rob Klein

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CEO at Imex Systems Inc.

Rob is the CEO of Imex Systems (TSX.V: IMEX) an e-Government solutions provider. In addition, Rob consults for companies in the cannabis, blockchain and AI Continue reading

Jonathan Rose


Professor - Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto

Jonathan Rose is a Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto . In October Continue reading

David Greer


IP Lawyer

David Greer leads the high tech practice group of Ridout & Maybee LLP, a law firm that practices exclusively in intellectual property. He provides guidance Continue reading

Benjamin Mak


Partner - Patent Attorney at Ridout & Maybee LLP, Chair - Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society at IEEE

Benjamin Mak is a patent attorney at Ridout & Maybee LLP. He works closely with tech companies to identify and protect their innovations, including inventions Continue reading

Isi Caulder

Isi Caulder

Patent Lawyer and Partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP

Isi (pr. “Izzy”) Caulder is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and member of the Electrical & Computer Technology practice group. Isi is the Continue reading

Vaughn Betz


Professor and Researcher

Dr. Betz is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, and holds the NSERC/Altera Industrial Research Chair in Programmable Continue reading

Ronan Levy

Ronan Levy

Chief Strategy Officer at Trait Biosciences Inc., SVP - Business and Corporate Affairs at Aurora Cannabis Inc., Co-founder and Director and General Counsel at CanvasRx Holdings Inc., Principal at TDF Debt Advisory Law PC

Ronan is an experienced entrepreneur with a particular interest in the cannabis and hemp industries. He currently services Chief Strategy Officer for Trait Biosciences Inc., Continue reading

Bob Cherniak


Software consultant

Bob Cherniak provides Cherniak Software clients the `something extra’, the creative spark.  Bob has led the development of ERP systems that serve as the nerve Continue reading

Steven Lamb


Serial Entrepreneur

Steven Lamb is a serial entrepreneur who possesses a broad range of skills that include strategic planning, technical management and executive-level leadership. His current passion Continue reading

Richard Reiner

Richard Reiner

Serial Entrepreneur, Executive, Investor

Richard is a serial entrepreneur and company builder, active as an executive, investor, mentor, and Board member with many high-growth companies at the intersection of Continue reading

Michael Augustinavicius

Michael Augustinavicius - President of BrightBuzz


Michael Augustinavicius is the President of BrightBuzz Inc., a consulting firm focused on commercializing technology startups, and re-structuring / transformation of mid-size and large businesses. Continue reading

Somen Mondal

Somen Mondal - CEO, N4

CEO and President

Somen is a Canadian entrepreneur and the Co-Founder & CEO of Ideal Candidate. Ideal Candidate matches talented salespeople with their perfect sales job, maximizing the Continue reading