Advisory Board

Jim Balsillie

Jim Balsillie (B.Comm. Toronto, FCA Toronto, MBA Harvard) is a former co-CEO of Research In Motion. (BlackBerry). He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. He was appointed to this role by the Government of Canada in 2013.

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Jordan Banks

Jordan Banks is the Managing Director of Facebook Canada where he is responsible for leading and managing all of Facebook's commercial operations in Canada.

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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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Daniel Debow

Daniel Debow is a Canadian entrepreneur and angel investor. Daniel was the co-founder and CEO of Rypple, which was acquired by salesforce.com in 2011 and rebranded as Salesforce Work.com, a social performance management platform.

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Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson, owner and CEO of Venture Communications, a company she grew from a small, local firm to one of the largest independent agencies in Canada, is also the CEO of District Ventures and Youinc.com. Companies all aimed at helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies. She is a bestselling author, accomplished speaker and is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series' Dragons' Den.

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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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Harley Finkelstein

Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the Chief Platform Officer (CPO) at Shopify. He founded his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath. Harley is on the Board of the C100, is an Advisor to Felicis Ventures, and is one of the new "Dragons" on CBC's Next Gen Den.

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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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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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William Mougayar

William Mougayar is an entrepreneur, angel investor, mentor to startups, blogger, and founder of Startup Management. He has started and raised capital for 3 companies,- Engagio, Eqentia, and CYBERManagement. Two of them were sold. He is an expert and analyst on startup marketing, blockchain technologies, decentralization and peer-to-peer models.

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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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David Ossip

David is the Chairman and CEO of Ceridian a global Human Capital Management technology company serving over 25 million users in over 50 countries. David is the driving force behind innovation, vision and leadership of the company and in 2015 was recognized by Glassdoor as one of the top three CEOs in Canada.

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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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