Advisory Board

Jim Balsillie

Jim Balsillie (B.Com Toronto, FCA Toronto, MBA Harvard) co-founded Research In Motion, founded the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Canadian International Council; and is the private sector representative on UN High Panel for Sustainability.

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Michel Brûlé

Michel Brûlé has over 20 years experience in the development and management of R&D projects with high commercial potential. Recognized as an Angel Investor “before his time”, Michel was named Canadian Angel Investor of the Year 2010 by the National Angel Capital Organization. He currently sits on the Board of Investissement Quebec and several other private companies in the technology sector.

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Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess is an independent consultant and corporate director for a number of public and private companies. He served as CEO of Macromedia, Inc., a leading provider of Internet and multimedia software from November 1996 to January 2005.

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Jim Estill

Jim Estill is a technology entrepreneur. He started his technology distribution business from the trunk of his car while in his final year of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He grew that business to $350 million in sales prior to selling it to SYNNEX.

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Jim Fletcher

Jim Fletcher is a 30-year veteran of the Canadian venture capital industry. He has participated actively across all funding stages from founding management through personal angel investment, institutional venture capital, corporate venture investment and a variety of public and private exits.

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J. Ian Giffen

Ian Giffen has more than twenty five years of experience as an investor, board director, advisor and chief financial officer to technology companies and investment funds. He is currently a Director of RuggedCom Inc., Absolute Software Inc and Mosaid Inc. Ian also serves on the boards of several private companies.

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David J. Kassie

David Kassie is Group Chairman of Canaccord Financial and was the Chairman and CEO of Genuity Capital Markets from 2004 to 2010. He is also the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC World Markets.

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Paul Kedrosky

Paul Kedrosky is an entrepreneur, investor, and thought leader. He has founded multiple technology companies, as well as having invested in more than fifty others. He has sold companies to Cisco, Twitter, Demand Media, and others.

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Ken Nickerson

Known for his innovation and visionary thinking, Mr. Nickerson is an active investor specializing in research and development, software engineering and business strategy. He is the CEO of private investment and R&D firm iBinary LLC.

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Steven Woods

Steven Woods joined Google in 2008 as the engineering site director of Google Waterloo, where he is responsible for building and fostering a creative culture of innovation, engineering, and product delivery.

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