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The expertise of business visionaries.

CEO of Quora, Former CTO of Facebook
Co-Founder & Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors
President Portag3 Ventures, Founder & Former CEO Horizons ETFs
Managing General Partner & Founder Mithril Capital
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Managing Director, Russell Square Partners
Former Global Head Financial Institutions at Goldman Sachs, Board Director at RBC
Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Founder & Chairman at Globalive Holdings, Founder & Former CEO at WIND Mobile
Managing Director at Mithril360
CEO of FundsLibrary, Former Group CEO DST Global Solutions
Co-Founder & Former President/CEO Canadian Securities Registration Systems
CEO at Globalive Capital, Co-Founder & Former CFO of WIND Mobile
Former EVP & CMO at D+H
Co-Founder & CEO at PasswordBox
CEO at Vault Mortgage Corp, Former CEO of EcoHome Financial
Managing Partner - Ottawa, Dentons Canada LLP
Founder & CEO, Lightspeed
Co-Founder & CTO, Vidyard
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at White Star Capital
Associé principal, Novacap TMT et fondateur, Distech Controls
Partner & Board Member YUL Ventures, Former President Garda Background Screening Solutions
Co-Founder & CEO at Smooch.io, Co-Founder of TotalNet
Former CEO AXA Global
Senior Partner and Global Leader of McKinsey Digital Labs
Lawyer, Director of the Edmonton Eskimos, Recipient of Order of Canada
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at White Star Capital, Co-Founder of Ludia
Chairman & CEO, Hedgewood
Founder of Palantir, Addepar, and 8VC
President and CEO, Rogers
EVP & COO at Cirque du Soleil
Former President at TSX and Group Head of Equities at TMX Group
President, Sussex Capital
Vice Chairman & Head BMO Capital Markets - Quebec
Co-Founder & Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors
President & CEO of Exiger
Co-Founder & CEO at Vidyard
Managing Partner, Panache Ventures
Product Manager at Google X, Co-Founder of BufferBox
Founder & Former CEO at Cognos
Chairman Alignvest, Former President & CEO Rogers Communications
Partner, BC Partners
CEO, LANDR
Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Polar Asset Management Partners
Co-Founder & CEO at Residencia, Co-Founder of Qualité Étudiants
Chairman & CEO at nGuvu Technologies, Former Executive Chairman of Planora
Former President, CEO and Chairman of Great-West Lifeco
Founder & Former CEO at Achievers, Partner at Alignvest
President, Bousada Interiors
CEO & Co-Founder, 5th Wall, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
Former CEO of CIBC FirstCarribean & Head of CIBC Cash Equities
Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group
Former President & CEO, CIBC Mellon
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Managing Partner, La Tourelle Capital​
Co-Founder & President of AdGear, Former President of Proximi-T
CEO of Quora, Former CTO of Facebook
Co-Founder & Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors
President Portag3 Ventures, Founder & Former CEO Horizons ETFs
Managing General Partner & Founder Mithril Capital
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Managing Director, Russell Square Partners
Former Global Head Financial Institutions at Goldman Sachs, Board Director at RBC
Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Founder & Chairman at Globalive Holdings, Founder & Former CEO at WIND Mobile
Managing Director at Mithril360
CEO of FundsLibrary, Former Group CEO DST Global Solutions
Co-Founder & Former President/CEO Canadian Securities Registration Systems
CEO at Globalive Capital, Co-Founder & Former CFO of WIND Mobile
Former EVP & CMO at D+H
Co-Founder & CEO at PasswordBox
CEO at Vault Mortgage Corp, Former CEO of EcoHome Financial
Managing Partner - Ottawa, Dentons Canada LLP
Founder & CEO, Lightspeed
Co-Founder & CTO, Vidyard
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at White Star Capital
Associé principal, Novacap TMT et fondateur, Distech Controls
Partner & Board Member YUL Ventures, Former President Garda Background Screening Solutions
Co-Founder & CEO at Smooch.io, Co-Founder of TotalNet
Former CEO AXA Global
Senior Partner and Global Leader of McKinsey Digital Labs
Lawyer, Director of the Edmonton Eskimos, Recipient of Order of Canada
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at White Star Capital, Co-Founder of Ludia
Chairman & CEO, Hedgewood
Founder of Palantir, Addepar, and 8VC
President and CEO, Rogers
EVP & COO at Cirque du Soleil
Former President at TSX and Group Head of Equities at TMX Group
President, Sussex Capital
Vice Chairman & Head BMO Capital Markets - Quebec
Co-Founder & Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors
President & CEO of Exiger
Co-Founder & CEO at Vidyard
Managing Partner, Panache Ventures
Product Manager at Google X, Co-Founder of BufferBox
Founder & Former CEO at Cognos
Chairman Alignvest, Former President & CEO Rogers Communications
Partner, BC Partners
CEO, LANDR
Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Polar Asset Management Partners
Co-Founder & CEO at Residencia, Co-Founder of Qualité Étudiants
Chairman & CEO at nGuvu Technologies, Former Executive Chairman of Planora
Former President, CEO and Chairman of Great-West Lifeco
Founder & Former CEO at Achievers, Partner at Alignvest
President, Bousada Interiors
CEO & Co-Founder, 5th Wall, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
Former CEO of CIBC FirstCarribean & Head of CIBC Cash Equities
Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group
Former President & CEO, CIBC Mellon
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Managing Partner, La Tourelle Capital​
Co-Founder & President of AdGear, Former President of Proximi-T
CEO of Quora, Former CTO of Facebook
Co-Founder & Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors
President Portag3 Ventures, Founder & Former CEO Horizons ETFs
Managing General Partner & Founder Mithril Capital
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Managing Director, Russell Square Partners
Former Global Head Financial Institutions at Goldman Sachs, Board Director at RBC
Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Founder & Chairman at Globalive Holdings, Founder & Former CEO at WIND Mobile
Managing Director at Mithril360
CEO of FundsLibrary, Former Group CEO DST Global Solutions
Co-Founder & Former President/CEO Canadian Securities Registration Systems
CEO at Globalive Capital, Co-Founder & Former CFO of WIND Mobile
Former EVP & CMO at D+H
Co-Founder & CEO at PasswordBox
CEO at Vault Mortgage Corp, Former CEO of EcoHome Financial
Managing Partner - Ottawa, Dentons Canada LLP
Founder & CEO, Lightspeed
Co-Founder & CTO, Vidyard
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at White Star Capital
Associé principal, Novacap TMT et fondateur, Distech Controls
Partner & Board Member YUL Ventures, Former President Garda Background Screening Solutions
Co-Founder & CEO at Smooch.io, Co-Founder of TotalNet
Former CEO AXA Global
Senior Partner and Global Leader of McKinsey Digital Labs
Lawyer, Director of the Edmonton Eskimos, Recipient of Order of Canada
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at White Star Capital, Co-Founder of Ludia
Chairman & CEO, Hedgewood
Founder of Palantir, Addepar, and 8VC
President and CEO, Rogers
EVP & COO at Cirque du Soleil
Former President at TSX and Group Head of Equities at TMX Group
President, Sussex Capital
Vice Chairman & Head BMO Capital Markets - Quebec
Co-Founder & Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors
President & CEO of Exiger
Co-Founder & CEO at Vidyard
Managing Partner, Panache Ventures
Product Manager at Google X, Co-Founder of BufferBox
Founder & Former CEO at Cognos
Chairman Alignvest, Former President & CEO Rogers Communications
Partner, BC Partners
CEO, LANDR
Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Polar Asset Management Partners
Co-Founder & CEO at Residencia, Co-Founder of Qualité Étudiants
Chairman & CEO at nGuvu Technologies, Former Executive Chairman of Planora
Former President, CEO and Chairman of Great-West Lifeco
Founder & Former CEO at Achievers, Partner at Alignvest
President, Bousada Interiors
CEO & Co-Founder, 5th Wall, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
Former CEO of CIBC FirstCarribean & Head of CIBC Cash Equities
Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group
Former President & CEO, CIBC Mellon
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Managing Partner, La Tourelle Capital​
Co-Founder & President of AdGear, Former President of Proximi-T
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Adam D'Angelo
CEO of Quora, Former CTO of Facebook
Adam is the CEO and co-founder of Quora. He was the first CTO at Facebook, and also served as its VP of engineering. Adam developed the Synapse Media Player (a music suggestion software) along with Mark Zuckerberg and others while at high school. Fortune magazine has included D'Angelo as runner-up in its 'Smartest people in tech' article.
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Adam Daifallah
Co-Founder & Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors
Adam is a public affairs consultant, lawyer, university lecturer, author and journalist. He is a co-founder and partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors, a public affairs consulting firm. A former member of the National Post editorial board, he is currently Chairman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a fellow of the Montreal Economic Institute and an instructor at McGill University.
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Adam Felesky
President Portag3 Ventures, Founder & Former CEO Horizons ETFs
Adam is the President and Managing Partner of Portag3 Ventures, the venture arm for Power Financial Corporation. Adam is also the Founder and former CEO of Horizons Exchange, a leading ETF provider in Canada, which launched over 70 ETFs and accumulated $4.5bn in AUM during his tenure. Adam also worked with JPMorgan and CIBC World Markets. He is a member of YPO and sits on the board of the Immigration Access Fund.
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Ajay Royan
Managing General Partner & Founder Mithril Capital
Ajay cofounded Mithril in 2012 and leads the firm as its Managing General Partner. He was formerly Managing Director and Senior Investor at Clarium, where he led unlevered growth investments. He has been a recurring guest lecturer on macro investing at Yale, and serves as an external adviser to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. He earned a BA from Yale.
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Andrea Johnson
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Andrea’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on technology and emerging growth companies. Andrea has received numerous recognitions for her work, including being named amongst the Best Lawyers in Canada for Corporate, Securities and Technology Law. She was also one of the Top 25 People of Ottawa by Ottawa Life Magazine and a Canadian Corporate Lawyer to Watch. Andrea is a recipient of Lexpert's 2010 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyer Under 40.
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Andrew Burgess
Managing Director, Russell Square Partners
Andy was CEO and co-founder of Somerset Entertainment, a leading producer and distributor of specialty music. The company employed 200 people across six offices in Canada, the United States and the U.K. During his tenure as CEO, Andy and his team took the company public in 2005 and ultimately grew revenue to $100 MM. Currently, Andy is Vice-Chair of the Daily Bread Food Bank and a director of Camp Oochigeas, Slater Asset Management, Pluck Tea and Hamburg Honda. Andy attended Princeton University and INSEAD.
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Andrew Chisholm
Former Global Head Financial Institutions at Goldman Sachs, Board Director at RBC
Andy spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs & Co, which he joined in 1985 in New York. He served in a variety of progressively more senior leadership roles within the organization during his 30 year career including as Senior Strategy Officer of the firm globally from 2012 - 2014, as Head or co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in both London and New York from 2002 - 2012, and as co- Chair of the Firmwide Commitments Committee (primarily overseeing the firm's equity underwriting activities) from 2011 - 2015. Andy is now a member of the Board of Directors of Royal Bank of Canada, Chair of the Advisory Board at the Ivey Business School, Western University, and Board Member of Evergreen Brickworks. He holds a B. Comm from Queens University (1981) and graduated with an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University in 1985.
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Angela Strange
Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Angela is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a top-tier venture capital fund based in California. She is also co-chair of C100, a non-profit that bridges Canadian entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley’s most influential expat technology entrepreneurs, executives, and investors to help Canadian companies win on the global stage. She also serves on Canadian Finance Minister Morneau's Economic Growth Council. Angela came to A16Z from Google, where as a Product Manager she launched and grew Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS into one of Google's most successful mobile products.
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Anthony Lacavera
Founder & Chairman at Globalive Holdings, Founder & Former CEO at WIND Mobile
Anthony has a reputation as a disruptive entrepreneur that has changed Canada’s telecom landscape. He is the Chairman of Globalive Holdings and past CEO of WIND Mobile (sold to Shaw). He was named Canada’s CEO of the Year in 2010 by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2006 and one of the 50 Most Influential Torontonians by Toronto Life Magazine.
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Anuja Royan
Managing Director at Mithril360
Anuja is the Managing Director of Mithril360, the finance, analytics and operations affiliate of Mithril Capital. Anuja was most recently SVP of finance at Counsel Corp, a diversified public holding company. Before Counsel, Anuja headed finance and operations at Hilco Consumer Capital, a PE firm. Anuja is a CPA and a Certified Valuation Analyst who began her career at Ernst & Young.
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Arun Sarwal
CEO of FundsLibrary, Former Group CEO DST Global Solutions
Arun is the CEO of FundsLibrary, one of the leading fund data management and technology solutions companies supporting the funds industry. Previously, he was the CEO for DST Global Solutions and the COO for Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, the asset management arm of Lloyds TSB Bank. He has also held senior leadership roles in technology and operations at Societe Generale and ABN Amro. Arun sits on the advisory board for Satuit Technologies and is the author of the International Handbook of Financial Instruments & Transactions, regarded as a major reference work on the subject. He also holds a private pilot’s license.
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Bob Conconi
Co-Founder & Former President/CEO Canadian Securities Registration Systems
Bob Conconi is the founder of the Conconi Group, which is active in real estate and private equity. In 1989, Bob co-founded the Canadian Securities Registration Systems (CSRS), which was active in the outsourced registration and search industry. CSRS was renamed Resolve Corporation and went public in 2006. Bob started his career in the finance industry in 1969 in retail banking at the Bank of Montreal. Bob is also an active philanthropist, through the Robert L Conconi Foundation.
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Brice Scheschuk
CEO at Globalive Capital, Co-Founder & Former CFO of WIND Mobile
Entrepreneur, operator, investor, senior Canadian telecom finance leader. Brice has been involved in some of the most exciting start-ups in Canada over the past 20 years. He is the CEO of Globalive Capital, an investment company focused on private equity, real assets and venture; and was a co-founder and the CFO of WIND Mobile, a wireless start-up in Canada. Brice has raised over $2 billion in capital, participated in over 100 investments and M&A transactions and is a big supporter of entrepreneurship in Canada. He is a director of and/or advisor to numerous private and public companies as well as funds in Canada.
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Carrie Russell
Former EVP & CMO at D+H
Carrie is an advisor to banks and fintechs on innovation and partnering for growth, with 25 years experience in North American Financial Service and Financial Technology Organizations. Her executive experience includes roles at D+H Financial Technology, TD Bank Group, CFDS, and CIBC. She has sat on the boards of Canadian Payments Association, Acxsys, Interac, and the Operations Committee Chair of Canadian Bankers Association, as well as voluntary board member of Young People’s Theatre.
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Dan Robichaud
Co-Founder & CEO at PasswordBox
Dan is a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor. He sold his first company in 2006 to a Fortune 500 company. He then went on to start and exit five other technology companies. His latest venture is PasswordBox, which was acquired by Intel Security in 2014. Dan is also an active investor in many promising technology start-ups.
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Daniel Wittlin
CEO at Vault Mortgage Corp, Former CEO of EcoHome Financial
Daniel is a serial entrepreneur with a background in equipment leasing, commercial and consumer lending. As the CEO of Blue Chip Leasing Corporation and EcoHome Financial, Daniel sold these firms to Chesswood Group (CHW.TSX) in 2015. Daniel also co-founded Vault Mortgage Corporation in 2013, a non-bank private mortgage lender with a specialty in residential construction financing. Daniel serves on the Board of Governors for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre and is a member of the Business Development Committee at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a member of The Young Presidents Organization.
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David Little
Managing Partner - Ottawa, Dentons Canada LLP
David is the Managing Partner of the Ottawa office at Dentons, a global business law firm, and is also the Co-Chair of Dentons Canada's Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies Group. A corporate finance lawyer for over 23 years, David regularly acts as principal external counsel for many of the leading venture capital investors (both private and public) and tech companies in Canada and the United States in a broad range of financing transactions, including a number of the largest VC deals in Canada over the last several years. David currently serves as Corporate Secretary of Vintage Wings of Canada/Les Ailes D'Époque du Canada.
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Dax Dasilva
Founder & CEO, Lightspeed
Dax Dasilva is the creative mind behind Lightspeed's suite of retail, hospitality and eCommerce tools. Founded in 2005, Lightspeed develops a cloud-based commerce platform used by over 45,000 customers worldwide to run better businesses and process over $15 billion in transactions annually. In 2015, Dax also founded Never Apart, a cultural non-profit determined to bring about positive social change and unity through original programming with global reach and impact.
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Devon Galloway
Co-Founder & CTO, Vidyard
Devon Galloway is the co-founder/CTO of Vidyard – an online video platform designed to help businesses optimize their video-based marketing spend where he leads the product development and operations sides of the business. Devon completed the Y-Combinator program with Vidyard in 2011 and graduated from the University of Waterloo with an honors in Systems Design Engineering.
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Eric Martineau-Fortin
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at White Star Capital
Eric is the founder and co-managing partner of White Star Capital and has more than 20 years of investment banking and VC experience. He was previously a founding member and partner of a transatlantic boutique M&A advisory firm in the media and technology space. Eric also worked in mergers and acquisitions at Merrill Lynch in New York and London as well as at ABN AMRO in corporate finance and private equity in Paris, London and Amsterdam. Over his career, Eric has been involved in transactions valued in excess of $10 billion. He has been doing early-stage investments since 2007 and has led multiple investments including Ludia (acquired by Freemantle Media), Summly (acquired by Yahoo!), Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever), Betaworks, Science Media, Brand Project, The Guarantors, Digg.com, Drop Loyalty, Klaxoon and Bloglovin. Eric graduated from HEC in Canada and holds an M. Sc. in Finance from the ESSEC in France. He was born in Canada, is married to a French national and has two American daughters. Eric and his family divide their time between New York, Montreal and Western Europe.
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Etienne Veilleux
Associé principal, Novacap TMT et fondateur, Distech Controls
Etienne has spent his entire career in the Building Automation and Energy Management business and recently sold the company he founded (Distech Controls) for $318M to Acuity Brands in 2015. He led the company’s rapid growth and sale. Distech Controls, a building automation and energy management company was founded in 1995, which Etienne started and grew from two employees to over 200; with offices in Canada, the US and Europe. Named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2010 for his contribution to Green Technology, Etienne is an inspired leader who is passionate about innovation, moonshot thinking, and taking ideas to the next level through actionable strategies. He sat on the Board of Directors of QG-100, an invitation-only network of 100 world class business leaders, and is a member of the YPO and Quebec Financial Angels Network. Etienne also serves as a mentor for entrepreneurs participating in startup accelerator Eco Fuel, as well as for the smart city accelerator InnoCité MTL. Through the efforts of Etienne and his executive team, Distech Controls’ level of excellence and environmental stewardship have been honored on various occasions, including Canada’s Best Managed Companies, PROFIT500, Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers, National Bank SME award and The Grand Prix Québécois de la Qualité from the Quebec government. Etienne sits on board of directors at YUL Investment, KLF Media, American Lighting and on Advisory Board of Enertech Capital and Artika.
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Frédéric Latreille
Partner & Board Member YUL Ventures, Former President Garda Background Screening Solutions
Frédéric is a seasoned consultant, business manager and entrepreneur. Prior to his role as President of Garda Background Screening Solutions, he served as president of JLD-Lague Group, another Champlain Financial Corp. portfolio company. Frédéric gained several years of management consulting experience with McKinsey where he co-led its technology practice in Canada. Earlier in his career, Frédéric co-led the development of multiple technology companies with successful exits (e.g., weather forecasting company Sky Motion Research acquired by AccuWeather, enterprise software company Trigo Technologies acquired by IBM). He is a licensed professional engineer in Québec and an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
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Hammnet Hill
Co-Founder & CEO at Smooch.io, Co-Founder of TotalNet
Hamnett is a serial entrepreneur and investor with over 25 years of experience in the technology industry. After co-founding and building one of Canada’s first and largest ISP’s, TotalNet, he co-founded Zero-Knowledge Systems a leading privacy technology company, and then cofounded and led Radialpoint Inc. until it was sold to AppDirect in 2015. Hamnett is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Smooch.io, an active early stage investor, and also sits on the board of the Humanitarian University.
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Henri de Castries
Former CEO AXA Global
Henri is the former Chairman and CEO of AXA Global. He joined AXA in 1989 after starting his career with the French Finance Ministry and French Treasury Department. Henri also sits on the board of HSBC and Nestlé. He has also been Chairman of the Institut Montaigne. Henri sits on the Board of the Association pour l'aide aux jeunes infirmes, an organization dedicated to helping disabled youth, and is Chairman of AXA Hearts in Action, AXA's volunteer community outreach program.
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Hugo Sarrazin
Senior Partner and Global Leader of McKinsey Digital Labs
Hugo is the global leader of McKinsey Digital Labs, a professional service organization within McKinsey that uses agile software development methodologies to deliver cloud, big data, and mobile solutions to clients. Hugo is a frequent author and thought leader and regularly speaks at industry forums on a variety of technology disruptions and their impact on business strategies and operations. Hugo supports the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, International Institute of Telecom, and the US Water Polo Association.
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Jack Agrios
Lawyer, Director of the Edmonton Eskimos, Recipient of Order of Canada
Jack is a Canadian lawyer. He has been a director and executive member of the Edmonton Eskimos. Jack chaired the organizing committee of the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, the first time the event had visited North America and was awarded the IAAF Silver Order of Merit. He was also a past President of the Alberta Canadian Bar Association. In 2002, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for being a respected lawyer and consummate volunteer.
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Jean-Francois Marcoux
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at White Star Capital, Co-Founder of Ludia
Jean-Francois has several years of experience in managing and investing in startups. He was the co-founder of Ludia, a leading digital video game publisher, where he gained extensive operational experience as it grew from a startup to a highly profitable 300 employee company. Ludia was acquired in 2010 by FremantleMedia. Prior to Ludia, JF held senior positions in M&A, financing and VC in the media and tech sectors.
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Jesse Rasch
Chairman & CEO, Hedgewood
Jesse Rasch is the CEO at Hedgewood. He is also the co-founder, past CEO of InQuent Technologies and WebHosting.Com which was sold to AT&T. He is widely credited with establishing the wholesale web hosting market segment. Jesse is also the co-founder of VerticalScope, which was sold to TorStar. Jesse established the Rasch Foundation in 2000 and in addition to his involvement in a number of charitable roundtables, he is a strong proponent of venture philanthropy. In 2001, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
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Joe Lonsdale
Founder of Palantir, Addepar, and 8VC
Joe is a founder of 8VC and currently serves on the boards of Addepar, OpenGov, Oscar, Radius and Wish. Prior to 8VC, Joe founded Addepar, a leading wealth management technology platform. Prior to Addepar, Joe founded Palantir Technologies, a multi-billion dollar software company which develops information systems used by governments around the world. Joe also worked with the financial arm of PayPal while he was still a student at Stanford.
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Joe Natale
President and CEO, Rogers
Joe Natale joined Rogers as President and Chief Executive Officer on April 19, 2017. Prior to joining Rogers, Joe was President and CEO at TELUS Corporation. He first joined Telus in 2003, holding a number of senior positions including President of Enterprise Solutions, President of Consumer Solutions and Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to 2003, Joe held successive senior leadership roles within KPMG Consulting, which he joined after it acquired the company he co-founded, PNO Management Consultants Inc., in 1997.
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Jonathan Tetrault
EVP & COO at Cirque du Soleil
Jonathan is the EVP, COO and Chief Business Officer of Cirque du Soleil. He oversees all operations and leads corporate development activities for the group. Prior to this, he was the managing partner of McKinsey’s Montréal office. He was one of the firm’s leaders in institutional investing and financial services, and has served corporations, regulators, and governments in more than 25 countries. Jonathan sits on the Board of Directors of ONE DROP and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
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Kevan Cowan
Former President at TSX and Group Head of Equities at TMX Group
Kevan is the former President of TSX Markets and Group Head of Equities, TMX Group. Kevan joined the TSX’s Canadian Dealing Network in 1997 as General Counsel, prior to which he was a partner at Smith Lyons, a major Canadian law firm based in Toronto. Kevan was named as to the list of the Top 50 Most Influential Torontonians by Toronto Life Magazine in 2014.
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Kevin Forbes
President, Sussex Capital
For the past 7 years Kevin has been the President of Sussex Capital; the family office for Cognos founder Michael Potter. Prior to joining the Potter family, Kevin spent 20 years in the Ottawa high tech community starting in controller and treasury roles for Newbridge Networks. After Newbridge, Kevin spent 15 years as the CFO for various start-up companies where he raised over $100 million in venture financing and quarterbacked a $500 million corporate sale. Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University.
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Luc Bachand
Vice Chairman & Head BMO Capital Markets - Quebec
Luc is the Head of BMO Capital Markets for Quebec at Bank of Montreal. He serves as Vice-Chairman of Harris Nesbitt Corp and BMO Capital Markets. Luc’s career at BMO Financial Group has spanned more than 23 years, including the 18 years with BMO Nesbitt Burns where he led BMO's Investment and Corporate Banking Services in Montreal for over ten years. Luc has served as President of the Investment Dealers Association (Quebec Section) and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, the Mental Illness Foundation, the Institute of Corporate Directors - Québec Chapter, and the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation. He is also a Trustee of Cominar REIT since and has served as a Director of the Montreal Exchange Group, the Investment Dealers Association (Québec Section) and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.
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Marie-Claude Johnson
Co-Founder & Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors
Marie-Claude is a co-founder and partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors. After successfully launching an IT start-up, she worked as a key advisor to the Quebec Minister of Economic Development, and to President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance. Marie-Claude also worked as a strategic communications consultant in Washington DC in the aerospace industry.
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Michael Beber
President & CEO of Exiger
Michael is a seasoned business leader with decades of experience in the C-Suite of leading multinational corporations. He co-founded Exiger and is currently the firm’s President and CEO. Prior to co-founding Exiger, Michael served as president and CEO of Altegrity Risk International, a leading compliance due diligence firm. Michael was also chief strategic development officer for Marsh & McLennan Companies and served in a series of executive-level positions with Kroll.
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Michael Litt
Co-Founder & CEO at Vidyard
Michael Litt co-founded Vidyard, a SaaS startup whose platform allows businesses to host, measure and optimize video content in 2009. Vidyard is a Y Combinator backed company, and their clients include Honeywell and Lenovo, has raised over $60m in VC funding.
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Mike Cegelski
Managing Partner, Panache Ventures
Mike Cegelski is a Managing Partner at Panache Ventures. As an serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and mentor, Mike gets involved where it counts and where he can bring value. As an entrepreneur: Beltron from 1984 to 2000 and iBwave from 2003 to 2015. As an investor and mentor: over 30 companies in the past 10 years. Mike is visibly involved in the angel investing community through Anges Quebec and many other initiatives. He was named NACO’s 2015 Angel of the Year. Mike earned a B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Sherbrooke in 1982.
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Mike McCauley
Product Manager at Google X, Co-Founder of BufferBox
Mike was the co-founder of BufferBox, a Y Combinator backed company that was acquired by Google in 2012. BufferBox designed and produced automated parcel pickup kiosks allowing users to send packages and online purchases to any of their locations. Mike co-founded the company while studying at University of Waterloo. He is now a Product Manager at Google X working on early-stage projects.
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Mike Potter
Founder & Former CEO at Cognos
After working as a naval officer and with the federal government, Mike was involved in the establishment of Cognos. Under his leadership, Cognos embarked on a path of rapid international growth, became a publicly-traded firm, and emerged as the largest software company in Canada with annual revenues over $1bn before being sold to IBM for $4.9bn. Mike has also been named Philanthropist of the Year, an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was Ottawa Business Journal-Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
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Nadir Mohamed
Chairman Alignvest, Former President & CEO Rogers Communications
Nadir is a highly accomplished business executive who was most recently CEO of Rogers Communications. Under his leadership Rogers became the largest wireless carrier in Canada. Nadir serves on the board of TD bank and several other not-for-profits. He is an active member of Chief Executive Organization and continues to be a member of YPO Gold. He was named one of the world’s most successful immigrants by Bloomberg and has been honoured by the UN Association in Canada at their 2013 Global Citizens Dinner.
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Paolo Notarnicola
Partner, BC Partners
Paolo is a Partner with BC Partners. Paolo joined BC Partners in 2014 from KKR, where he was responsible for developing their investment activities in Canada. Before that, Paolo was a senior member at KKR Capstone, which works with KKR portfolio companies to improve operations. Prior to that, Paolo was an investment banker at Lazard Canada and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their Montreal, Boston and Milan offices.
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Pascal Pilon
CEO, LANDR
Pascal Pilon combines 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur in technology, during which he founded and led companies that grew rapidly to establish themselves as market leaders by introducing innovative products and bringing together dynamic and ambitious teams. Over the years, he raised over $60M in equity and debt, has established partnerships with the major players in B&B and consumer markets and completed M&As of companies. He is the recipient of several awards, including Deloitte Fast 50 (five times) and Entrepreneur of the Year Ernst & Young.
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Paul Sabourin
Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Polar Asset Management Partners
Paul co-founded Polar Asset Management Partners in 1991 and currently acts as Chief Investment where he sets investment strategy and oversees the investment management team. Paul started his investment career at Burns Fry Ltd. in 1982, ultimately managing the institutional equity trading group. Paul is a member of both the Advisory Board and Entrepreneurship Council of the Ivey Business School and a board member of the Trillium Health Partners Foundation.
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Pier-Luc Gaudet
Co-Founder & CEO at Residencia, Co-Founder of Qualité Étudiants
Pier-Luc has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 20. He co-founded Qualité Étudiants while studying law at the University of Sherbrooke. He subsequently co-founded 4 other home services brands that are now part of Residencia group, which together serve over 20,000 clients in Quebec and Ontario. In December 2014, he co-founded Speed of Trust Ventures, an angel investment firm, as a partner.
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Pierre Donaldson
Chairman & CEO at nGuvu Technologies, Former Executive Chairman of Planora
Pierre has more than 30 years of experience in the software industry both as an operator and as a venture capitalist. He is currently the Chairman at Aheeva Technologies and Chairman/CEO at nGuvu Technologies. Prior to nGuvu, Pierre was Executive Chairman of Planora (acquired by Red Prairie). He was also a partner at JLA Ventures and the BlackBerry Partners Fund (now Relay Ventures).
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Ray McFeetors
Former President, CEO and Chairman of Great-West Lifeco
Raymond served as CEO and President of Great-West Life and its subsidiaries until 2008, and Chairman of the Board until 2013. He joined the firm in 1968. Raymond was also Vice Chairman of Power Financial Corp from 2008 to 2014. Over the years he served on a number of boards in the educational, healthcare and charitable sectors. From 2002 to 2015 he served as Honorary Colonel of The Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He is a IFR rated pilot and flies his own airplane.
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Razor Suleman
Founder & Former CEO at Achievers, Partner at Alignvest
Razor is a Partner at Alignvest Management Corporation. Prior to Alignvest, he founded Achievers which helps organizations reward and recognize brilliant employee performance. As CEO of Achievers, Razor raised over $40m from top-tier VCs including Sequoia Capital and JLA Ventures before the company was sold to Blackhawk Network in 2015. Razor was named BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 and was E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.
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Reed Bousada
President, Bousada Interiors
Reed is the President of Bousada Interiors, a company he took over in 1996 at the age of 19. During his initial decade running the company, Reed transformed the local family furniture business into a significant player in the national flooring business, with tens of millions in revenue. Reed has been an active member of EO for over 10 years and he is often a speaker and advisor with his experience of taking over the family business at 19 and growing it 100-fold. Reed is also a partner in Speed of Trust Ventures, an angel investment firm.
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Ricardo Poupada
CEO & Co-Founder, 5th Wall, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
Ricardo co-founded AskMen.com, the largest men’s lifestyle site in the world, where he was President/CEO before it was sold to IGN. In 2014, he co-founded Speed of Trust Ventures, extending his already active role in angel funding. In 2015, he co-founded 5th Wall Agency, focused on virtual and augmented reality. Ricardo is a winner of JCCM Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Click Magazine Top 40 Marketers of Canada.
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Rik Parkhill
Former CEO of CIBC FirstCarribean & Head of CIBC Cash Equities
Rik is an experienced business leader with a record of innovation and profitable growth. He currently serves as a director on several public and private company boards, and provides advisory services to corporations and institutional investors. Rik's previous positions include: CEO, CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank; Head of Equities, CIBC; and Co-Chief Executive Officer TMX Group.
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Robert Frances
Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group
Robert Frances is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of PEAK Financial Group headquartered in Montreal (QC). PEAK administers over $9.5 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial Advisors, professionals and employees.  PEAK is known in the industry as a staunch advocate of Independent Financial Advice.
 
His involvement extends beyond his firm’s activities as he dedicates much of his time to the finance community and industry.  He has served on several boards and steering committees (MFDA, IDA, CAFP) and was Chairman of the Board of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), as well as Concordia University's John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.  Robert is also an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a global network which represents over 23,000 business leaders in 132 countries.  He held the position of International Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012.  Ernst & Young recognized him as Entrepreneur of the Year for Quebec in the Business Services Category.  Recently, his passion for music led him to invest in LANDR, a digital mastering company, where he now serves as chairman of the board. This investment was made through PEAK Capital Partners, through which Robert holds many investments in start-ups and innovative businesses.
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Tom Monahan
Former President & CEO, CIBC Mellon
Tom is the Former President and CEO of CIBC Mellon. He has more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to his current role, he was Head of CIBC Wood Gundy and Chairman and CEO of CIBC Investor Services. Tom began his career at the Montreal Stock Exchange and Merrill Lynch Canada. Tom is a native of Montreal and studied at McGill University.
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Vincent Berube
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Vincent is a leader of McKinsey’s Institutional Investors and Private Equity Practice. He works with pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, and asset managers on issues involving investment strategy, risk management, thematic investing, and corporate finance. Vincent has an undergraduate degree from Université Laval and a PhD in Physics from MIT.
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Ying Soong
Managing Partner, La Tourelle Capital​
Ying is the managing partner at La Tourelle Capital and works on origination, due diligence, and portfolio management efforts in both the Healthcare and the Financial Services sectors. Prior to La Tourelle Capital, Ying worked at Teachers' Private Capital, the PE arm of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. She also worked previously at AIG Financial Products, where she was a member of the founding team of AIG Energy. Ying started her career with JPMorgan in investment banking team in New York. She holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Wellesley College.
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Yves Poiré
Co-Founder & President of AdGear, Former President of Proximi-T
A seasoned entrepreneur, Yves is a co-founder and President of AdGear, a company that was acquired by Samsung in June 2016. His vision, experience and his ability to assemble and lead great teams are among his biggest strengths. Prior to AdGear, Yves was EVP at Fjord Interactive Marketing + Technology, Cossette's digital marketing business unit in Canada. He also was the President of Proximi-T, an IT company specialized in e-business solutions which was acquired by Cossette. Yves's humanitarian interests took him to Rwanda, India and Ecuador for three years of his career, where he worked on various development projects.