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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 in Engineering, Product Management, Sales and Marketing in organizations such as Nortel, Alcatel and IBM. As an entrepreneur he has participated in starting and building value in early stage startups such as Jetstream Communications, Hygrex and Rapid Access Solutions. Rick is also a Mentor with the University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Hatchery program and advises with other Toronto based technology startups. Whether it is evolving a Startup, implementing a major project at a large Enterprise or even achieving personal goals, there are similarities in approaches to achieving all of these. Rick shares his experiences with Technology startups and Enterprises and provide some thoughts on how some similar approaches have helped him to achieve positive outcomes during his interaction with Hatchery teams. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Industrial Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer.