Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Michael Hyatt

BlueCat Networks

Michael Hyatt is and entrepreneur and investor. Michael is the Co-founder of BlueCat. He is a weekly business commentator on CBC News Network and one of the new “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den – Dragon’s Den. Michael is a Founding Partner at the Rotman School of Management Creative Destruction...more

Speaking on: Official Opening and Presentation of CIX 2017 Innovator of the Year,Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories - BlueCat Networks

Michelle Scarborough

Managing Partner, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund
BDC Capital

Michelle Scarborough is Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech. In this position, she leads the origination and execution of strategic initiatives to fill current and future financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is also responsible for BDC’s $70M investment to bring capital to high-growth tech companies with...more

Speaking on: Official Opening and Presentation of CIX 2017 Innovator of the Year

Advisory Board Members

John Albright

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Relay Ventures

John is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile connectivity. During his tenure in the venture capital business, John has gained extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans into successful long term growth programs which typically involved an...more

Chris Arsenault

Managing Partner
iNovia Capital

Chris Arsenault is a senior executive with over 20 years of general management experience in high technology industries, with extensive experience in business development, strategic planning, sales, marketing and communications. Chris is the cofounder, Managing Partner of iNovia Capital, a Venture Capital firm launched in 2007 with now over a...more

Scott Bonham

Granite Global Ventures

Scott Bonham is a founding partner of GGV Capital – a Venture Capital firm with more than $2 billion under management. Scott has been instrumental in helping the firm’s portfolio companies navigate technology and marketing hurdles in China and the U.S. for more than a decade. Prior to co-founding GGV,...more

Joe Catalfamo

Venture Advisor
Whitecap Venture Partners

• Joe rejoins Whitecap as a Partner and brings over 26 years of venture capital investing and a wealth of experience in the mobile, enterprise software and digital media verticals. Joe currently sits on the board of directors at Affinio and Class Craft (in addition to his Summerhill Venture Partners...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #3

Roger Chabra

General Partner

Roger Chabra is the Chief Innovation Officer of TribalScale. He has 20 years of venture capital, operating and entrepreneurial experience. TribalScale is a global provider of digital product solutions for mobile, emerging technology (Voice, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, AR, VR etc.) and web platforms with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Dubai,...more

Marcus Daniels

Founding Partner & CEO
Highline BETA

Marcus Daniels is a digital product entrepreneur, pre-seed venture capitalist and corporate accelerator expert that helps co-create new ventures with the Global 2000.

A Founding Partner of Highline BETA which is a Startup Co-Creation company launching new ventures with corporations in the areas of FinTech, InsurTech and Digital Health. Co-Founder of...more

Sara Diamond

President Emerita
OCAD University

Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and communications. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists. While...more

Chris Eben

Chief Executive Officer

Chris is a Managing Partner at TWG, a software consultancy with deep expertise in digital strategy, product design and engineering. He is a mentor, speaker and active investor with a portfolio of more than 25 startups throughout the US and Canada.
Chris joined TWG after a lengthy career running...more

Brenda Hogan

Chief Investment Officer
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation

Brenda M. Hogan is Senior Investment Manager with the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC). OCGC manages the interest of the Government of Ontario in the $205 million Ontario Venture Capital Fund and the Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, a $300 million fund of funds. OCGC manages and operates the Ontario Emerging...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchange

Bilal Khan

Managing Partner, Head of Deloitte Data

Bilal Khan is the Managing Director of OneEleven, a technology accelerator focused on building a community of high potential, data-driven entrepreneurs by providing them with the resources and support to scale their technologies. OneEleven is a unique partnership between industry, venture capital, government and academia with the objective of making...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #2

Michael Kousaie

Vice-President, Strategy and Product Innovation
Toronto Stock Exchange

Michael Kousaie is one of the heads of business development at Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV). In this capacity, he is responsible for working with private companies and their shareholders as they explore the option of raising equity capital in Canada. In addition, Mr. Kousaie has...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchange

Justin LaFayette

Lead Investor, Head of Firm
Georgian Partners

Justin is a Managing Partner at Georgian Partners, which he co-founded in 2008. He was also a co-founder of DWL, and under his leadership, DWL developed its Customer Data Integration (CDI) software, now called IBM Infosphere MDM Server, helping pioneer the MDM space.

Charles Lax

Managing General Partner
GrandBanks Capital

Charley Lax is the co-founder and Managing General Partner of GrandBanks Capital (GBC) of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Mr. Lax focuses on early-stage investment activities (Series A and B) in the areas of Internet infrastructure, software and software services, security and storage applications, media technologies and services, financial technologies and services, and...more

V. Paul Lee

Managing Partner
Vanedge Capital

Vanedge Capital is an early stage technology venture capital fund with an investment focus in cloud infrastructure software, cyber security, big data analytics, machine learning applications and software as a service in markets undergoing technology disruption.

Mr. Lee is Founder and Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital Partners Ltd. Mr. Lee was...more

Mark MacLeod

SurePath Capital Partners

Mark MacLeod is the founder of SurePath Capital Partners, the premier strategic financial advisor to today’s emerging technology leaders. Since 1999, Mark has been helping fund, grow and exit venture capital-backed startups as either an advisor, CFO, or VC. He has been involved with many of Canada’s leading startups including...more

Michelle McBane

Managing Director
MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

Michelle is passionate about working with amazing entrepreneurs in Ontario.  As a Director at the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, she leads investments in early-stage companies health and technology companies. Michelle is a skilled business professional with over 22 years of combined operational and venture capital experience.  Her background includes 12...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchange

Alison Nankivell

Senior Vice President, Funds and Global Scaling
BDC Capital

Alison Nankivell was recently named Vice President, Global Scaling for BDC Capital, the risk capital subsidiary of the BDC. In her current role, she leads the bank’s efforts to support Canada’s most high potential venture backed companies to grow both their business and investment partners in the Asia region. Prior...more

Rick Nathan

Managing Director
Kensingston Capital Partners

Rick Nathan is Managing Director of Kensington Capital Partners Limited, a leading Canadian private equity investor. Kensington invests across the private markets in buyout, venture capital, growth and infrastructure assets through both direct investment and fund investment programs. Rick currently serves as a Director of Public Mobile Inc. and Mobile...more

Sid Paquette

Head, Technology & Innovation Banking
OMERS Ventures

In his role as Managing Director at OMERS Ventures, Sid Paquette is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities for OMERS Ventures in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Sid was a senior manager in the international tax practice of Deloitte,...more

Scott Pelton

Round13 Capital

Scott Pelton (aka @spelton) has been a Canadian-based venture capitalist since July 2000. Before six years with GrowthWorks Capital, Scott was a founding partner at Scotiabank’s e-commerce VC group, e-Scotia Acquisition, later renamed Scotiabank Private Equity Investments.  Scott has also worked with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), most recently...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchange,Meeting Exchange

Senia Rapisarda

Managing Director
HarbourVest Partners

Senia Rapisarda joined HarbourVest in 2014 to focus on partnership and direct co-investments in Canada and to expand HarbourVest’s local presence in the market.

Senia joined the Firm from BDC Venture Capital, where she was responsible for the establishment of a team focused on direct and indirect investments across Canada. Her...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #4

John Ruffolo

OMERS Ventures

Mr. Ruffolo is the Chief Executive Officer of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS. OMERS Ventures invests in companies in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sectors. In addition, he is also the Senior Managing Director, Knowledge Investing with OMERS Strategic Investments.

Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Mr. Ruffolo was a...more

Sanjiv Samant

Managing Partner
National Bank Financial Inc.

Sanjiv Samant is Managing Director and Group Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (including growth industries Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Healthcare and Sustainability).

Sanjiv has over 20 years of investment banking experience providing financial and M&A advisory services to a wide range of growth companies. During this time he has developed a...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #4

Matt Saunders

Ryerson Futures

As President of Ryerson Futures and Zone Startups, Matt manages a seed stage investment fund and multiple acceleration programs for early-stage technology companies, as well as the Innovation for Hire consulting practice for corporate clients. He has more than 18 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive with companies...more

Speaking on: Meeting Exchange

Sunil Sharma

Managing Partner, Toronto Accelerator

Sunil Sharma was co-founder of Extreme Startups, one of Canada’s leading technology accelerators. Backed by 5 of Canada’s best venture capital funds, Sunil has co-lead investments into more than 18 companies. Sunil is very active in the technology ecosystem across Canada and particularly in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, where he serves...more

Robert Simon

Senior Managing Partner, IT Venture Fund

Robert Simon joined BDC Capital in 2011 as Senior Managing Partner in the IT Venture Fund. He is responsible for overseeing the IT Venture Fund investments and maximizing value creation across the portfolio.

Robert brings over 25 years of experience as a successful serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in the field...more

John Stokes

Real Ventures

John has more than 15 years of experience, both as a founder and an investor, in start-ups and growth companies. Prior to arriving in Montreal in 2007, John spent the previous 10 years in Asia Pacific where he was an active angel investor and entrepreneur principally in the mobile, media,...more

Speaking on: Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories - SweetIQ Analytics

Razor Suleman

Elevate TO

Razor Suleman is a Partner at Alignvest Management Corporation. Mr. Suleman founded Achievers Corp. (formerly I Love Rewards, Inc.) in 1995 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Achiever. He started his first business of 15. Following his passions for business and sports, he began importing and selling...more

Salim Teja

Partner & General Manager
MaRS Ventures

Salim Teja is the EVP Ventures for MaRS, where he leads the overall strategic direction of MaRS’ three venture services areas: Health, ICT and Cleantech. He is an experienced entrepreneur and active early-stage technology investor, with deep industry expertise in software and digital media. Salim joined MaRS in May 2013,...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #4

Boris Wertz

Founding Partner
Version One Ventures

Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of version one ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 50 early-stage consumer internet and enterprise companies, including Clio, Edmodo, Flurry, Frank & Oak, Indiegogo, Julep, Top Hat, Unbounce, and Wattpad. Boris is also a board...more

David Wismer

Head, Global Technology & Business Services Investment Banking
BMO Capital Markets

David has over 18 years of investment banking experience including as Head of BMO Capital Markets’ Technology group. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets in 2008, David spent eight years working in the sector at another large Canadian dealer. David has experience with a broad range of transactions within the...more

Speaking on: CIX Top 20 Live Showcase #1


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