Charter Members

C100’s Charter Members form a global, mission-driven community of influential and experienced Canadians in technology who are committed to supporting, inspiring, and connecting the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders. As leaders who have worked as operators, entrepreneurs and investors (or all three!), C100 Charter Members have been invited to uphold the C100 mission and are active contributors to our program and community.


San Francisco Bay Area

Co-Chairs of the C100 Board of Directors

Andre Charoo

VP of Strategic Development, Hired

  • Leads business development and partnerships at Hired, a marketplace for technical talent to find great opportunities at the world’s most innovative companies

  • One of the first 25 employees at both Uber and Hired, and helped achieve 10x and 50x growth respectively

  • Runs Maple VC, angel investing in Canadian founders

Expertise: Connecting outstanding products to users around the world

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.A. from University of Toronto

Shari Hatch Jones

Founder & Managing Partner, Sightline Coaching

  • Led consumer marketing at Levi Strauss & Co., Stitch Fix, and XOJET (luxury travel company backed by TPG)

  • Former Consultant at Bain & Company

Expertise: Marketing leader focused on building brand loyalty and commercial strategy

Canadian Connection: from Bolton (ON), B.A. from McGill University

Trevor Adey

VP, Trimac Digital

  • Working towards innovation in the trucking and automotive sector

  • Recognized as Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® (BNN Bloomberg/Caldwell Partners) in 2004

  • Previously, VP of Alliances at Ericsson and Member of the Verizon 4G Venture Forum

Expertise: Building technology companies through an expertise in commercial leadership and revenue generation

Canadian Connection: from St. John’s, B.Comm from Memorial University

Chris Albinson

Co-Founder, C100 & BreakawayGrowth

  • Facilitated the growth of four startups (most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for Digital Island, acquired by Cable & Wireless)

  • Founder of Founders Circle Capital (founder liquidity firm), and held partner and corporate development roles at J. P. Morgan Partners, Reflectivity, Greenfield Networks, Valere Power, Belair, and Newbridge Networks, Inc.'

    Expertise: Investing in mobile and internet technology ventures

Canadian Connection: from Kingston, B.A. and M.B.A. from Western University


Sanjay Beri

CEO & Founder, Netskope

  • Previously, VP & GM of secure access business unit at Juniper Networks

  • Co-Founder of one of the world’s first data center encryption companies, Ingrian Networks

Expertise: Innovating and building companies in the cloud, networking, and security industries

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.Sc. (Hons.) from University of Waterloo

Leonard Brody

President, Clarity Digital

  • Currently focused on building one of the largest online news conglomerates in the world

  • Has been involved in the building, financing, and/or sale of five companies

  • An early executive at Onvia Canada ($240M IPO on NASDAQ)

  • Co-author of the best-selling book, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park and two-time Emmy nominee

Expertise: Building, financing, and/or selling scalable startup companies from early-stage to IPO, and educating emerging entrepreneurs on the rapid pace of innovation and disruption

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, B.A. (Hons.) from Queen’s University, J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School

Valerie Buckingham

CMO, drop

  • Oversees marketing efforts for a community-driven commerce platform

  • Previously led marketing at Carbon, and held senior positions at Microsoft and Nokia, where she launched the first Microsoft-branded smartphones in the region

Expertise: Understanding the most effective ways in which brands can benefit from authentic social media

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design, MFA from University of British Columbia, MBA from University of Victoria

Michael Buhr

President & CEO, Filld

  • Runs a company that acts as a mobile fueling service that delivers gas to your car

  • Previously served as the CEO, Consumer & New Ventures at Travelport Limited, CEO & General Manager of StumbleUpon, Inc., and Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at eBay Inc.

  • Former EIR at Shasta Ventures and Advisor at Geodelic Systems, Inc. & GameLayers, Inc.

Expertise: Leading business product and marketing teams focused on consumer internet strategy development

Canadian Connection: from Ottawa, B.Sc.EE. from Queen’s University

Nanci Caldwell

Corporate Director

  • Currently Board member of Equinix, Inc., Donnelly Financial Solutions, Inc., Citrix, and CIBC

  • Previously, the EVP & CMO for PeopleSoft, and spent 19 years in senior executive positions at HP

Expertise: Operating and positioning companies in global technology and software industries

Canadian Connection: from Brockville (ON), B.A. from Queen’s University

Catherine Courage

VP, Ads & Commerce, Google

  • Previously held executive positions at DocuSign, Citrix, and Salesforce

  • Co-authored the book Understanding Your Users and is an active speaker, featured in the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and TEDx

  • Twice selected by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s “40 Under 40” young tech leaders, Silicon Valley’s 100 Most Influential Women, Forbes list of “Top 10 Rising Stars as the World’s Most Innovative Companies”

Expertise: Delivering world-class products and services that drive customer delight, adoption, and loyalty

Canadian Connection: from St. John’s, B.Sc. from Memorial University, M.A.Sc. from University of Toronto

Lara Cumberland

VP, M&A Integration and Program Management, Facebook

  • Previously led the Corporate Development Integration teams for eBay, PayPal (including Braintree acquisition integration)

  • Management consultant with PwC Consulting and IBM Global Business Services

Expertise: Leading projects in M&A integration and organizational change management

Canadian Connection: from Kelowna (BC), B.A. from Western University

Mike Dinsdale

CFO, Gusto

  • Startup CFO for Gusto, and previously for DocuSign and Doordash

  • In previous work, has secured over $500M in financing and generated $4B+ in value (at DoorDash and Docusign where he was one of first 100 employees)

Expertise: Building high-growth scalable companies in large markets that leverage automation, sophisticated modeling, and data to accelerate top line growth.

Canadian Connection: from Whitby (ON), B.E.Sc. from Western University, M.B.A. from McMaster University

Adrienne Down Coulson

Chief Operating Officer, Ebates Inc. A Rakuten Company

  • Oversees 6 business units (ShopStyle, Cartera Commerce, Ebates in Japan, Korea, Canada) and corporate services (HR, Legal, Compliance, IT, Facilities)

  • Previously ran Ebates Canada, where she launched and grew the Canadian business before being plucked to the COO role at HQ

Expertise: Driving international growth and operation scale.

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.A. from Queen’s University

Terry Doyle

COO, Synthiam

  • COO of robotics startup, SynathIAM, a platform to support DIY robotics development

  • Previously held business development and corporate development roles at Microsoft, Nokia, and British Telecom

Expertise: Leading telecommunications, robotics, software, and consumer electronics technology companies

Canadian Connection: from Toronto (ON), B.A. from Dalhousie University, L.L.B. from McGill University

Claude Dupuis

Former SVP, Products & Technology, Qumu

  • Previously served as VP of Engineering at Qumu Corporation and SVP of Engineering in Ericsson’s multimedia business unit

  • Experience in building integrated access products, CCS7 signaling nodes and network deployment, circuit and packet switching, telephony, and transmission

Expertise: Technical capabilities in multimedia and data technologies leading to product development

Canadian Connection: from Ottawa (ON), B.E.E. from University of Ottawa

Rahim Fazal

CEO & Co-Founder, SVAcademy

  • 4x SaaS founder now building a hyperloop between college and work

  • Founded Involver (enterprise social media platform acquired by Oracle), a cloud productivity apps platform (which became publicly listed), and a web hosting company while in high school

  • Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in America by Inc. Magazine, Top 40 Under 40 by the San Francisco Business Times, Empact 100 Award from Startup America and the Kauffman Foundation, and Top 25 Digital Thought-Leaders by iMedia

Expertise: Building B2B tech companies and empowering the next-generation of entrepreneurs

Canadian Connection: from Burnaby (BC), M.B.A. from Western University

J. Kim Fennell

Head of Technology Partnerships, Uber

  • Previously, CEO of deCarta from 2004 until its acquisition by Uber in March of 2015

  • Held executive roles including CEO of Pinnacle Systems Inc, CEO of StorageWay Inc. (VC-funded data storage service provider), Corporate VP of Avaya and Lucent Technologies (responsible for the $2B Communications Applications Group), and an early executive at Octel Communications

Expertise: Managing disruptive teams focused on growth in the technology sector

Canadian Connection: from Oakville, B.A. (Hons.) from Queen’s University

Howard Field

CEO, Greenfield Global

  • Co-founded Picaboo and (merged with Internet Pictures Corporation)

  • Experience managing business development activities in the real estate, online classified, and auction markets

Expertise: Negotiating and executing marketing and distribution agreements

Canadian Connection: from Toronto

Oliver Friedrichs

Founder & CEO, Phantom Cyber Corporation

  • Founded Phantom Cyber Corporation (acquired by Splunk for $350M) and Immunet (acquired by Sourcefire in 2010, key component to Cisco’s $2.7B acquisition of Sourcefire in 2013)

  • Co-founded SecurityFocus (Bugtraq) and previously led DeepSight (world’s first internet early warning system, acquired by Symantec in 2002), Secure Networks, and Ballista (CyberCop) (acquired by McAfee in 1998)

Expertise: Thought-leader in enterprise security focused on preventing system vulnerabilities

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, attended the University of Manitoba

Michelle Gonzalez

Director, Office of the CEO, Google

  • Previously a Consultant to Fortune 500 clients (including IBM) and has invested in six seed stage start-ups

  • Built relationships and networks with in VR & AR as well as AI

  • Co-Founder and CEO of the Influencer Series (an intimate, invite-only roundtable series) and has hosted over 70 roundtables with over 4,000 live participants

Expertise: Strategic and innovative leadership in tech companies to build new products and services

Canadian Connection: Texas-born to a mother from Saskatchewan

Robson Grieve

CMO, Pure Storage

  • Previously, CMO at New Relic & Citrix Systems and Sr. Vice President of Marketing for Concur (until acquisition by SAP America, Inc.)

  • Formerly spent six years as President of Creature, Inc. (creative agency)

Expertise: Leading marketing and alliance efforts to build creative companies

Canadian Connection: from Burlington, B.A. (Hons.) from Queen’s University

Sean Harrington

Vice President, City Solutions, Verizon

  • Joined Verizon with the acquisition of Sensity, where he was COO for five years and led operational and strategic development

  • Formerly ran Opower’s (SaaS customer engagement platform for utilities) sales and business development strategy in the U.S. and Canada

Expertise: Operational-oriented executive building the next-generation of smart city solutions and technologies

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, B.S. from University of Calgary

Ossama Hassanein

Chairman, Raising Tide Fund

  • Managed $1B+ of international technology funds, including as EVP of Berkeley International, Chairman of Technocom Ventures, President of Newbridge Networks Holding, and Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures

  • Led the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley based IT companies that today has a combined market value exceeding $200B

Expertise: Building technology companies as an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist

Canadian Connection: Ph.D., M.Sc., and M.B.A. from University of British Columbia

Ruth Hennigar

Board Member

  • Engineering and Product Management executive in Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Motorola/Google, and Sun/Java

  • Background in software engineering

  • Passion for helping young women find careers in STEM

Expertise: Delivering a broad range of customer solutions as a technology executive

Canadian Connection: from Plaster Rock (NB), B.Sc. from Acadia University

Jen Holmstrom

Head of Talent, GGV Capital

  • Previously led Executive Search at Facebook, hiring technical leaders across the company

  • Former Talent Partner at Highland Capital and Director at Riviera Partners (executive engineering search firm)

  • Serves on C100’s Board of Directors, Charter Membership Committee

Expertise: Talent, building successful executive and technical teams from seed through Series D, and understanding the Chinese market

Canadian Connection: from Ottawa

Arif Janmohamed

General Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

  • Previously, Corporate Business Development at Cisco Systems (focused on M&A, strategy, investments) and Novitas Capital (early-stage VC firm)

  • Worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV (acquired by MSFT), Andes Networks (acquired by SUNW), and Sun Microsystems

Expertise: Investing in cloud and datacenter technologies, enterprise mobile, and SaaS solutions

Canadian Connection: from Beaconsfield (QC), B.Sc. from University of Waterloo

Sutha Kamal

Field CTO, Pivotal Software

  • Founder and CEO of Massive Health (acquired), the first digital health startup backed by investors like Greylock Partners and Andreessen Horowitz

  • Previously, CTO of Technicolor, led its entrance into VR and AR, and brought recent AI technologies into the business

  • Previously, Product Manager at Nanigans and Transgaming Technologies (acquired NVIDIA) where he shipped one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2011

Expertise: Supporting the best early-stage teams in VR/AR, IoT, connected home, media, mobile, and AI

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.Sc. from University of Toronto

Deepak Kamra

General Partner, Canaan Partners

  • Led Canaan’s early investment in DoubleClick (DCLK), Acme Packet (APKT), Skybox Imaging (acquired by GOOG), and SuccessFactors (SFSF)

  • Currently sits on the Boards of World View, Zoosk, Turo, ON24, and Talena

Expertise: Managing exits (lived through 12 IPOs), and 25 years of investing in software and marketplaces

Canadian Connection: from Ottawa, B.Comm. from Carleton University

Alexander Kolicich

Partner, 8VC

  • Previously, Partner at Formation 8 and Principal at Mithril Capital Management (growth-stage venture fund), and led investments in AppDirector, C2FO, and Helion Energy

  • Before VC career, worked as an Engineer and Early-Product Advisor at Clarium, Palantir, Google Research (worked on Street View and Google Checkout), and Clarium Capital

Expertise: Investing in promising IT and Bio-IT companies

Canadian Connection: from Kitchener, B.S.E. from University of Waterloo

Gary Kovacs

CEO, AVG Technologies

  • Formerly CEO of Mozilla Corporation, and past Senior Executive at SAP, Adobe, and IBM

  • Delivered keynote addresses at TED, the World Economic Forum, Mobile World Congress, Clinton Global Initiative, Founder, All Things Digital and Code, Re/Cde, Fortune Brainstorm, among others

Expertise: Leader in delivering security software and services to a global audience

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, B.Comm and M.B.A. from University of Calgary

Denis Lacasse

Co-Founder, GCX Solutions

  • Enabling digital transformation and CX Design, from facilitation to full program leadership

  • Previously, EVP at Momentum Design Lab (MDL) delivering digital product innovation and transformation solutions

  • CX Design-focused executive working with start-ups and C500 companies

Expertise: Product management, CX-UX design, facilitator, speaker

Canadian Connection: from Montréal, Certificat & M.B.A. from HEC-Montréal

debbie Landa

Former COO, StyleSeat

  • Former COO at StyleSeat, built strategic initiatives focused on rapid growth, hired executive team and achieved profitability

  • Founder and CEO of Dealmaker Media, creators of the GROW Conference and Under the Radar

  • Enthusiastic early stage angel investor and co-founder of GrowLab Accelerator

Expertise: Entrepreneur, operator, and angel investor designing strategy, teams, and marketing initiatives for startups.

Canadian Connection: from Saskatoon, now with family in Vancouver

Lars Leckie

Managing Director, HWVP

  • Invests in early-stage companies at HWVP, where they supported MuleSoft as their first investor all the way through IPO and acquisition by Salesforce for $6.5B

  • Previously involved in founding and operating roles at start-up companies (including AutoFarm, now Novariant)

Expertise: Investing in SaaS, virtualization, cloud, and mobile technologies

Canadian Connection: from Ajax (ON), B.Sc. from Queen’s University


Anthony Lee

Managing Director, Altos Ventures

  • Invests primarily in software and digital media companies, including several from Canada (Allocadia, Bench)

  • Previously led marketing for three startups, including Evolve (acq. by Oracle)

  • Serves as Chairman of TechSoup (world’s largest non-profit distributor of software and hardware), is a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and is a Member of the Full Circle Fund (venture philanthropy group)

  • Co-Founder of C100, serves as a C100 Board Director, and Membership Committee Chair

Expertise: Investing in software and digital media companies

Canadian Connection: from Sudbury (ON), grew up in Vancouver

Yen Lee

Former Chief Growth Officer, Ebates (Rakuten)

  • Re-launched Yahoo Travel and grew the travel category to $300MM in annual revenue

  • Co-founded CitySearch SF (IAC) and Uptake (acquired by Groupon after becoming the third largest U.S. travel research site)

  • Serves on C100’s Governance Committee

Expertise: Establishes product-market fit and executes go-to-market plans to help scale growth-stage companies

Canadian Connection: from Vancouver, H.B.A. from Western University

Don Listwin

Board Director

  • A decade of experience at Cisco Systems and previous President & CEO of Openwave Systems Inc.

  • Launched NetAid (an innovative nonprofit organization that partners with the United Nations to provide corporations, groups and individuals ways to fight extreme poverty) and Canary Foundation

  • Recipient of C100’s Icon of Canadian Entrepreneurship “ICE” Award, 2015

Expertise: Building platforms to create technological advancements in the health sector

Canadian Connection: from Saskatoon, B.S.E.E. from University of Saskatchewan

Sean Lynch

Co-Founder, Sutro Labs

  • Founded the EhList, a Slack support group where Canadian entrepreneurs support each other with advice and networking

  • Previously, Entrepreneur in Residence at Social Capital

  • Founded a tablet advertising company, TapEngage (acquired by Dropbox)

  • Held product management roles at Dropbox and Google, specifically: Teams, API, Partnerships, Growth, App engine, and APM

Expertise: Building and distributing excellent products

Canadian Connection: from Saskatoon, B.Sc. from University of Waterloo

Philippe Marinier

Former VP, Business Development, Cloudera

  • Previously managed partnership across Salesforce’s divisions for data management, analytics, platform, and IoT

  • Formerly ran Corporate Development for Juniper Networks, chaired the Global Industry Group at EMC (Documentum), and held various roles in VC and management consulting

Expertise: Big data, building platforms based on machine learning and advanced analytics

Canadian Connection: from Montréal, B.Sc. from Polytechnique Montréal

Russ McMeekin

CEO & Co-Founder, mCloud

  • Previously, Founding Partner of Energy Knowledge, Inc. (acquired by Yokogawa Electric Company)

  • Led acquisitions of Industrial Evolution and KBC Technologies

  • Former President of SCI Energy, Inc. PGI, and the Internet Business Units at Honeywell International (which included joint ventures with Microsoft, United Technologies, and i2 Technologies)

Expertise: Executive software and e-business leader bridging the gap between people and data to improve performance of energy assets through cloud and mobile technologies

Canadian Connection: from Kapuskasing (ON), B.Eng. from Sault College

Karan Mehandru

General Partner, Trinity Ventures

  • Leads SaaS and enterprise investments at Trinity, a boutique early stage venture firm

  • Leads investments in Act-On Software, Simply Measured, ScaleArc, Jama Software, RJMetrics, Boomerang Commerce, MileIQ, Cohesity, Outreach and Auth0

  • Previously worked at Scale Ventures, where he focused on growth investments

Expertise: SaaS, big data, cloud computing, and mobile companies

Canadian Connection: from Vancouver, went to Carleton University

Marilyn Mersereau

Chief Marketing Officer, Plantronics

  • Previously the CMO and SVP of C3 Energy LLC (provider of smart grid analytics SaaS solutions) and held positions at Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Served in various senior marketing roles at IBM, Coca-Cola, The Wendy’s Company, and Burger King International

Expertise: Expanding the product lines and customer base of technology companies

Canadian Connection: from Ottawa, B.A. from Western University

Pedram Mokrian

Adjunct Professor, Stanford University

  • Teaches innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford

  • Previously a VC at Mayfield Fund and on the commodities trading desk at Credit Suisse

  • Contributor to the Shultz-Stephen Task Force on Energy Policy and serves on the Board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy

Expertise: Venture capitalist and instructor focused on the energy-tech sector

Canadian Connection: from Windsor (ON), B.S. from University of Windsor

Ali Nazer

Global Head of Gaming Strategy, Facebook

  • Gaming entrepreneur who partners with product marketing and development to include Facebook’s product roadmaps

  • Former Co-Founder and CEO of Onside Sports (mobile app startup for sports betting) and Lionside (sports social gaming company later sold to DeNA)

Expertise: Developing longer-term marketing strategies to allow gaming verticals to best leverage platforms to grow and engage their audience

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.S. from Queen’s University

Peyman Nilforoush

Co-Founder & CEO, inPowered

  • Founded NetShelter, which became the world’s largest technology property on the web before being acquired by Ziff Davis in 2013

  • Named to the 2019 Who’s Who in Business Publishing by BtoB’s Media Business Magazine and recipient of Profit 100’s Young Entrepreneur Award for being the youngest CEO on the list of faster growing companies

Expertise: Media entrepreneur focused on content amplification for powerful brands

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.Sc. from University of Toronto

Chris O’Neill

CEO, Evernote

  • Turned around Evernote, a beloved brand and product

  • An enthusiastic team builder, athlete, angel investor, husband, and father

  • Previously, served as Managing Director of Google Canada and Board Director at Tim Hortons and the Gap

Expertise: Building and growing successful products, brands, and teams

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.A. from Western University

Aly Orady

CEO, Tonal

  • Founded Tonal, a digital weight machine with personal training built in

  • Work experience includes Hewlett-Packard’s Computer Systems Laboratory and leadership roles at a series of startups (include Kealia, Inc., now Sun/Oracle)

  • Founded Pano Logic where he served as the company’s CTO and oversaw core technology development, architecture, and patents

Expertise: Leads on product management, go-to-market planning, business development, and manufacturing operations

Canadian Connection: from Hamilton, B.Eng. from McMaster University

Mike Parker

Global President, iCrossing

  • Former President of San Francisco Bay Area Interactive Group and Tribal DDB, former Global Chief Digital Officer of McCann

Expertise: Driving digital transformation for brands and marketers, building effective digital marketing and performance programs, leading and growing marketing services companies

Canadian Connection: from Vancouver, B.Comm. from University of British Columbia

Domenic Perri

Partner, Vertex Ventures US

  • Former Senior Director of Business Development at Dropbox, Global Head of M&A Integration at Tesla, VP of Business Development at Flashpoint, Senior Director of Corporate Development at Juniper Networks

  • Earlier in this career, held senior BD roles at Caymas (acquired by Citrix), ISS (IPO then acquired by IBM), and BRAK (Toronto startup founded by Robert Herjavec of ABC’s Shark Tank, acquired by AT&T Canada)

Expertise: Investing in early-stage B2B startups and scaling companies through corp dev/M&A, BD/partnerships and building relationships.

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, Sheridan College graduate

Ron Piovesan

Business Development, Okta

  • Previously held BD and partnership roles at Hearsay Social and Firefox, and formed partnerships with LinkedIn, Salesforce, Facebook, EA, Twitter, Disney, YouTube, Wired, and Dropbox

  • Passionate skateboarder

Expertise: Leads integration and go-to-market programs to generate more attractive partnerships

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.J. from Carleton University

Dorrian Porter

Founder & CEO, Vestaboard

  • Has been a Co-Founder and/or CEO of three companies since 2000 (HigherMarketsdenn, SciQuest, and Mozes)

  • Began his career in Silicon Valley at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Expertise: Building new types of connected displays for the smart home and office

Canadian Connection: from Victoria, B.A. from University of Ottawa, J.D. & M.B.A. from University of Toronto

Charles (CJ) Prober

CEO, Tile

  • Previously served as COO at GoPro, SVP of Digital Publishing at Electronic Arts, and VP of Legal and Business Affairs at VG Holding Company (BioWare and Pandemic Studios)

  • Former consultant with McKinsey & Company and Corporate Attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Expertise: Building and scaling mobile-based consumer experiences at the intersection of hardware, software, and media.

Canadian Connection: from Winnipeg, B.Comm. from University of Manitoba, L.L.B. from McGill University

Shaan Pruden

Senior Director, Partnership Management, Apple

  • Working at Apple since 1989, originally as a Systems Engineer

  • Passionate about inspiring more young girls to pursue computer science and other STEM career paths

Expertise: Building impactful partnerships to help develop strategy and foster growth

Canadian Connection: from Ladysmith (BC), B.Sc. from University of Victoria

Robin Purohit

CEO & Co-Founder,

  • Former CEO of Griddable (acquired by Salesforce)

  • Closed Series A funding from August Capital, Artiman Ventures, and Carsten Thoma, founding CEO of Hybris (acquired by SAP)

  • Formerly Group President of Enterprise Solutions Organization for BMC Software, Inc., CEO & President of Clustrix, Inc., and VP & GM of HPU’s $3B portfolio

Expertise: Synchronizing data integration for the hybrid cloud

Canadian Connection: from Kingston, B.A.Sc. from University of Waterloo

Irv Remedios

CEO, Voxer

  • Building a real-time secure messaging app for smartphones

  • Over 15 years experience building SaaS and consumer products (Mr. Number, Mozes, Adobe)

  • Former Information Technology and Business Consultant with Arthur Anderson and Ernst & Young

Expertise: Making communication services more accessible

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.A.Sc. from University of Waterloo

Oleg Rogynskyy


  • Founder of, one of YCombinator’s “Top 100 Companies” of 2018, and backed by Silicon Valley investors a16z and Lightspeed VP

  • Previously helped start and scale three big data companies, with two acquisitions

Expertise: Measuring and optimizing human productivity through data science, machine learning, and text analytics

Canadian Connection: from Montréal

Kevin Rooney

Partner, Cooley LLP

  • Advises on transactions, including venture financings, M&A, strategic corporate relationships, and equity offerings for both companies and investors

  • Represents incubators and accelerators working with start-ups and VC funds in their formation, securities offerings, and investments

Expertise: Helping emerging companies grow intelligently through his counsel with founders on forming companies and corporate governance

Canadian Connection: from Dartmouth (NS), B.A.Sc. (Hons.) from University of Waterloo, L.L.B. from Dalhousie University

Oliver Roup

CEO, VigLink

  • Adtech entrepreneur, founded VigLink, which monetizes commercial products mentioned within content by linking them to destinations determined in real-time, advertiser-bid auctions

  • Previously worked at Microsoft where he was responsible for directing products for media properties like Xbox Live Marketplace, Zune Marketplace, and MSN Entertainment

  • Held roles at Echo Networks, Vulcan, Inc., the BBC’s iPlayer, and the Founders Fund

Expertise: Connecting web publishers and bloggers with affiliate advertising solutions

Canadian Connection: from Toronto

Jeff Ryan

Chief People Officer, Zynga

  • Previously served as SVP of People at GoPro, SVP of Human Resources at CBS Interactive, and Head of Human Resources at Electronics Arts Canada

  • Serves on C100’s Charter Membership Committee

Expertise: Overseeing global human resources, recruiting, and learning and development for tech companies

Canadian Connection: from Golden (BC)

Neil Sadaranganey

Managing Director, NTT Docomo Capital

  • Currently manages Docomo’s $100M corporate venture fund dedicated to mobile and consumer services

  • Previously built Bay Partners SaaS and digital media practices, and led the investment in Eloqua (acquired by Oracle) and in Cornerstone onDemand (CSOD)

Expertise: Senior executive with experience building and scaling early-stage SaaS and mobile companies

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.A.Sc. from University of Waterloo

Joel Scott

VP, Strategy & Operations, SVAcademy

  • Previously served as VP of Operations & Chief of Staff to HPU’s EVP of Software as well as COO at Americas of Autonomy Corporation

Expertise: Infusing Silicon Valley with talented professionals to provide new opportunities and increase diversity

Canadian Connection: from Montréal, B.A. from McGill University

Curt Sigfstead

Head of West Coast Technology Investment Banking, J. P. Morgan

  • Has worked on a number of capital raising assignments, including convertible debt, bank and bond financings, follow-ons, IPOs, and venture investing

  • Director of San Francisco Food Bank

Expertise: Strategic planning for clients including buy side, sell side, joint ventures, and private placements

Canadian Connection: from Edmonton, M.B.A. from Western University

Robert Simon

Managing Partner, IT Venture Fund, BDC

  • Has over 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and VC in the field of information technology

  • Former Partner with Sierra Ventures focused on internet e-commerce and enterprise software sectors

Expertise: Overseeing venture fund investments and maximizing value creation across the portfolio

Canadian Connection: from Calgary

Harry Singh

Strategic Transactions & Partnerships, Facebook

  • Previously at Intel Capital, where he led investments in Element AI, Rubikloud, Gigya, CareCloud, Venafi, TrapX, Schoology, Fuhu (acquired by Mattel), EazyTec, & GoodWay

Expertise: Artificial intelligence, deep learning, enterprise, SaaS, and security

Canadian Connection: from Saskatoon, M.S.E.E. in AI from University of Saskatchewan

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

President, StubHub

  • Founder and Chairman of theBoardlist, an online talent marketplace that connects CEOs looking for qualified women board director candidates

  • Previously, Founder & CEO of JOYUS (sold to Stack Commerce in 2017), President of Asia Pacific and Latin America at Google, CEO of Polyvore, and Founder and SVP of Business Development of Yodlee

Expertise: Serial entrepreneur and tech executive passionate about e-commerce solutions and elevating female talent in tech 

Canadian connection: B.B.A. from Ivey Business School at Western University


Clarence So

EVP, Salesforce

  • Joined Salesforce in its founding year and has helped the company grow from a business plan to its current position leading the cloud computing space

  • Spent 10 years in a variety of engineering, sales, strategic planning, and CV roles at IBM, Motorola Semiconductor, Arbor Software (acquired by Oracle), and US Venture Partners

Expertise: Develops health care and social impact technology

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.Sc. from Queen’s University

Mark Sochan

Managing Director, CEO Quest

  • Author of “The Art of Strategic Planning”, a guide for startups to partner successfully with industry titans

  • Previously, CEO of Partnerpedia (acquired by BMC Software) and VP of Business Development at SAP

Expertise: Creating strategic partnerships that create pathways to exist, CEO coaching

Canadian Connection: from Sarnia (ON), B.A.Sc. from University of Waterloo

Angela Strange

General Partner, A16Z

  • Former Product Manager at Google where she launched and grew Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS into one of Google’s most successful mobile products

  • Developed a Stanford curriculum for a new course on Women in Entrepreneurship and served on the Board of StartUP (non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurs in East Palo Alto)

Expertise: Investing in fintech and enterprise software

Canadian Connection: from Ottawa, B.Sc. from Queen’s University

Jamie Sutherland

Co-Founder & CEO, Sonix.AI

  • Entrepreneur who founded AI-based audio transcription software,

  • Previously was President & GM of U.S. Products & Solutions at Xero, the New Zealand-based accounting software company

  • Ran a North American business unit of accounting software provider Sage

Expertise: Driving vision, strategy, and growth as a seasoned software executive and company builder

Canadian Connection: from Oakville (ON), B.Comm. from McGill University, M.B.A. from York University

Kevin Talbot

Managing Partner, Relay Ventures

  • Previously led the VC arm of Royal Bank of Canada where he was VP of VC and Managing Director of RBC Venture Partners

  • Co-Founded Relay Ventures in 2008 and presently sits on the Boards of multiple startup companies

Expertise: Investing in early-stage ventures exclusively focused on mobile computing

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.A. and M.B.A. from York University

Angela Tran

General Partner, Version One Ventures

  • Invests in outstanding founders who are building companies that leverage network effects created through connecting people and/or data

  • Prior to becoming a VC, Co-Founded Insight Data Science, an education startup that helps PhD graduates’ transition from academia to careers in data science at top tech companies

  • Member of the Nextgen Board of the Computer History Museum

Expertise: Investing in early-stage companies to leverage powerful network effects

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.A.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. from University of Toronto

Matt Trevithick

Senior Program Manager, Google

  • Co-Founder of Phononic, LiquidMarket (acquired by NBC Internet) and Flash Communications (IM technology, acquired by Microsoft)

  • Worked in project finance and currency trading in Tokyo, London, Singapore, and New York City

Expertise: Combination of entrepreneur, investor, and advisor focused on energy and finance technology

Canadian Connection: from Toronto

Manoj Verma

CRO & Co-Founder, TabaPay

  • Conceptualized and incubated the initial market fit and use cases that led to TabaPay’s funding while he was a Fin-Tech EIR at Crosslink Capital

  • Served as VP and Senior Business Leader at MasterCard, responsible for Business Development & Strategic Alliances for the U.S. market with a focus on internet and non-traditional partnerships

  • Spent substantial time as a Silicon Valley executive at Amazon, Yahoo, and IAC, and prior to that as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers

Expertise: Advising startups and building products in the consumer and fin-tech Internet spaces

Canadian Connection: from Vancouver

Brett Willms

VP Experience,

  • Previously, Marketing Director for Google Fiber, CMO of Gusto, and Director of Small Business Marketing at Google

  • Co-founded Bitty, Inc., a platform to build mobile websites for small businesses using information and assets available across the web

Expertise: Marketing and experience expert building the bridge between thought and thing.

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, B.B.A. from Western University

Art Wong

CEO, Global Cyber Security, Singtel

  • Previously, SVP and GM of HP Enterprise Security Services, CEO of IronKey, Inc., CEO of Right 90, Inc., and held several executive management roles at Symanetc Corp.

  • Has founded five technology companies that were successfully acquired

Expertise: Helping large companies manage their information security risk, protect their assets, and enable them to better perform in their industries.

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, B.Comm. from University of Calgary

Michael Worry

CEO, Nuvation Energy

  • Leads a company that provides battery management systems and custom energy storage systems engineering services for commercial and utility-scale applications

  • Performs joint project work on autonomous vehicle research with the University of Waterloo

  • Board Member of Communitech

Expertise: Driving business strategy of providing complex products and engineering services to leading technology companies worldwide

Canadian Connection: from Waterloo, B.Sc. from University of Waterloo

Marianne Wu

President, GE Ventures

  • Leads a team focused on IoT, energy, smart cities, smart buildings, automotive, and agriculture and interesting industrial applications of data

  • Recognized as SV Women of Influence, Top 10 Women in Cleantech, and CVC Rising Star

Expertise: Leads energy and IoT investing to develop new business models for digital and physical technologies and transform industry

Canadian Connection: from Vancouver, B.A.Sc. from University of British Columbia

William Yu

Managing Partner, Cansbridge Capital

  • Taken CFO and COO positions at investee companies, including UTStarcom, Intrinsyc Software, Spring Creek Acquisition Corp., and others

  • Previously worked at Optoplex (an optical component that grew fourfold during revenue growth phase)

Expertise: Leading operations and investments in both public and private companies

Canadian Connection: from Vancouver, B.Sc. and M.B.A. from Queen’s University

Michelle Zatlyn

Co-Founder & COO, Cloudflare

  • Building a company that provides content delivery network services, DDoS mitigation, Internet security and distributed domain name server services

  • Held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups

  • Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. magazine, a 40 Under 40 leader by San Francisco Business Times, and Women Who Rule Silicon Valley in ELLE Magazine

Expertise: Building companies focused on web performance and security

Canadian Connection: from Prince Albert (SK), B.S. from McGill University

Toronto & Waterloo Corridor


General Partner, Real Ventures

  • Previously launched and grew it to become one of Canada's most visited websites

  • Held roles at eBay in Silicon Valley, Proctor & Gamble, and McKinsey & Co.

Expertise: Leading early-stage investments and actively working with founders to help them build industry-defining companies.

Canadian Connection: From Brampton (ON), H.B.A. from Western University

Daniel Debow

VP Corporate Development, Shopify

  • Previously Co-Founder/CEO of (acquired by Shopify), Rypple (acquired by Salesforce and re-branded as, SVP of Emerging Technology at Salesforce, and on the founding team of Workbrain

  • Techvibes’ Angel Investor of the Year in 2015 and Founding Partner of the Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School

Expertise: Entrepreneur and angel investor building innovative solutions from concept to mainstream adoption

Canadian Connection(s): from Toronto (ON), B.A. from Western University, J.D. & M.B.A. from University of Toronto


nilam ganenthiran

Chief business officer, instacart

  • Leads revenue for Instacart including partnerships with retailers and advertisers

  • Previously, a management consultant focused on the retail and CPG space

Expertise: Leading consumer retail companies through shopper marketing, omni-channel strategy and merchandising effectiveness

Canadian Connection: From Toronto, BBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business

Karim Gillani

General Partner, Luge Capital

  • Previously led growth initiatives for Xoom (cross-border P2P money transit) and PayPal

  • Spent several years in emerging markets, including Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad

Expertise: Fintech, payments, mobile commerce, and telecoms infrastructure tech companies

Canadian Connection(s): from Toronto (ON), B.A.Sc. from University of Waterloo, Master’s from University of Toronto

Doug Hamilton

Former President & CEO, MetaStat Inc.

  • Previously CFO for SEA Medical Systems and the Founder and Partner at New Biology Ventures (incubator accelerator and consulting firm)

  • Previously the CFO and COO for Javelin Pharmaceuticals, where he helped build a late-stage product pipeline, took the company public, and raised over $82M in financing

Expertise: Cultivating life-science tech innovation through a broad and multidisciplinary domain expertise

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.Sc. from University of Toronto, M.B.A. from Western University

Mike McCauley

General Partner, Garage Capital

  • Invests in local Waterloo startups, including Thalmic Labs, Sortable, Bonfire and Clearpath Robotics, and others

  • Co-founder of Bufferbox (acquired by Google in 2012), a network of automated package delivery lockers allowing consumers to ship parcels and online purchases directly to pick-up stations

  • Formerly a Project Manager at Google post-acquisition

Expertise: Helping early-stage tech companies to define the next era of innovation

Canadian Connection: from Kitchener-Waterloo, B.A.Sc. from University of Waterloo

Mike Serbinis

Founder & CEO, League, Inc.

  • Founder of League, a digital health and wellness program and led the organization to a $41.7M USD Series B Fund

  • Founder and CEO of Kobo (a digital reading company that burst onto the publishing scene in 2009, driving $110M in sales in its first year, sold for $315M in 2012)

  • Sold the company he founded, DocSpace (cloud storage pioneer) for $568M in 2000 to Critical Path (a global provider of messaging services, which, at the time, ran one-third of the world’s email)

Expertise: Building transformative technology platforms across a variety of industries

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.Sc. from Queen’s University, M.Sc. from University of Toronto

Jamie Shulman

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Hubdoc

  • Hubdoc was acquired by Xero for $70M USD in July of 2018

  • Previously co-founded Sparkroom (acquired by Nelnet in 2010), worked as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and actively advises and invests in startup companies

Expertise: Entrepreneur who builds and scales startup tech companies with a focus on customer and employee experience.

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, J.D. and M.B.A. from University of Toronto

Bram Sugarman

Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships, Shopify

  • Leads Shopify’s strategic initiatives and M&As to achieve over 400,000 merchants in 150 countries

  • Former VC with OMERS Ventures where he worked on 20+ transactions to grow from 1 to 24 investments (including Shopify (IPO), HootSuite, VidYard, PasswordBox (acquired by Intel), BusBud, Hopper, League, and AppHero (acquired by Fuse Powered)

Expertise: Leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for SMEs

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.Sc. from McGill University, M.B.A. from University of Toronto


Steven Abrams


  • Investing in great female entrepreneurs and C-Level Execs in Canada at the seed, post-seed, and Series A & B stages

  • Previously, a programmer, investment banker and tech CFO

  • Work with many BDC portfolio companies including Hopper, Coveo, Sonder, Crowdriff, Kiite, Keatext Lufa Farms, Unsplash, and Salesfloor

Expertise: Invested in over 30 companies and working with them to help build global Canadian champions.

Canadian Connection: from Montréal, B.Sc. from McGill University

Chris Arsenault

Managing Partner, iNovia Capital

  • Early-stage investor and entrepreneur over the past two decades

  • Serves as a Director or Observer on the Boards of the Canadian Venture Capital Association, Fixmo, Gameirzon, Localmind, Reflex Photonics, Ryma,, and Woozworld

Expertise: Invests in early-stage companies with experience in software, mobile, and consumer internet technology startup companies

Canadian Connection(s): from Bonaventure (QC), B.A. from Université Laval

Jean Sébastien (JS) Cournoyer

General Partner, Real Ventures

  • Co-Founder of Element AI

  • Serves on the Board of Element AI, Blockstream, Tenstorrent, and

Expertise: Helping entrepreneurs build companies in the AI, blockchain technologies, AR/VR, and synthetic biology spaces

Canadian Connections: from Sorel (QC), B.Sc. from Middlebury College

Dax Dasilva

CEO, Lightspeed POS

  • Founder of Lightspeed (TSE: LSPD), a suite of retail, hospitality, and e-commerce tools used by over 45,000 customers worldwide with $15B in annual transactions

  • Founder of Never Apart, a non-profit arts organization with a mission to promote community and diversity through arts and culture

Expertise: E-commerce, cloud-based POS, and the independent retailer and restaurant space.

Canadian Connection: from Montréal, B.Sc. from University of British Columbia


Dennis Pilarinos

Director, Developer technologies, Apple

  • Previously, Founder & CEO of buddybuild, acquired by Apple in Jan 2018

  • Held Executive roles at Amazon and Microsoft focused on defining, building, and shipping world class software platforms

Expertise: Taking an idea, validating a market, building a team, creating software that customers love.

Canadian Connection: from Vancouver, B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University

Danny Robinson

CPO, iQmetrix

  • Building a POS and retail management solution currently found in over 19,000 stores

  • Previously started four Internet companies, ran a government owned innovation organization, and created a startup accelerator which invested in eight startups

  • Passionate promoter of Vancouver’s technology scene and continually mentors promising entrepreneurs

Expertise: Improving quality of life by bringing new innovations in the consumer internet and marketing space to market.

Canadian Connection: from Mississauga (ON), B.A.Sc. from Capilano University

Boris Wertz

Founder & General Partner, Version One Ventures

  • Previously, COO of (acquired by Amazon in 2008)

  • Named the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005

Expertise: Early-stage investor in North America focused on crypto/blockchain marketplaces and SaaS ventures

Canadian Connection: lives in Vancouver


Patrick Lor

Managing Partner, Panache Ventures

  • Co-Founder of iStockphoto (sold to Getty Images in 2006) and Dissolve

  • Former Head of North American operations for Fotolia (acquired by Adobe in 2014)

Expertise: Seed-stage investor supporting the startup ecosystem as an investor, advisor, speaker, and community leader

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, B.A. and M.B.A. from University of Calgary

Kevin Swan

VP Corporate Development, Solium

  • Venture Partner at iNovia Capital

  • Academic training focused on control systems and mechatronics

Expertise: Building technology companies through leading acquisitions and strategic initiatives

Canadian Connection: from Clyde (AB), B.Sc. from University of Alberta


David Quail

Mobile Development Lead, YouSendIt

  • Former EIR at Stanford Research Institute (SRI), and Samsung Research of America

  • Co-founded multiple successful and acquired tech startups

  • Working on a PhD in Reinforcement Learning (subfield of AI), which augments industry experience in AI while working with SRI and Samsung Research (with various applications of AI)

Expertise: Founding innovative technology startups - most recently in AI through industry experience at SRI and Samsung Research as en EIR as well as in grad school while working with Rich Sutton in the field of reinforcement learning.

Canadian Connection: from Gull Lake (SK), B.A. from University of Regina



Senior Strategist, Entangled Group

  • Previously, CEO and Co-Founder of Koru, the leader in predictive hiring based on what really drives performance

  • Co-founded e-commerce pioneer Onvia and took it public in 2000, building the organization to 500 people and raising over $300M of investment capital

Expertise: Talent, recruiting, and education innovation

Canadian Connection: from Hudson (QC), B.B.A. from Western University

Mark Relph

Head of Global Development, IoT, Amazon Web Services

  • 16-year veteran of Microsoft at the Canadian and American offices where he led Ecosystem Partner Management team for Windows and eventually the Venture Capital and Startup team

  • Worked with Growlab (leading startup accelerator in Vancouver) to advise startups in Vancouver

Expertise: Leading business development for emerging sets of mobile services

Canadian Connection: from Toronto, B.A. from McMaster University

New York City

Geoff Lewis

Founder & Managing Partner, Bedrock Capital NYC

  • Early lead investor in Lyft, Wish, and Nubank

  • Previously at Founders Fund, recognized on Forbes’ 2016 Midas Brink List

  • Co-founded to leverage technology to help people recover from addictions

Expertise: Backing founders of one-of-a-kind companies across a wide range of emerging sectors

Canadian Connection: from Calgary, B.Comm. from Queen’s University

Austin, TX

Ajay Royan

Founder & Managing General Partner, Mithril

  • Actively joins many portfolio companies’ Boards to help them successfully navigate high-growth periods

  • Previously, Managing Director at Clarium Capital Management, where he led growth investments and grew it to a multi-billion dollar fund

Expertise: Runs a long-term investment fund for transformative and durable technology companies

Canadian Connection: from Toronto

Dallas, TX

Wael Mohamed

Chief Operating Officer, Trend Micro

  • Previously, CEO of Third Brigade, Inc. and VP of Global Distribution at Zix Coporation

  • Held multiple positions at Trend Micro, Inc. including EVP, VP, EVP of Corporate Strategy, and Global Field Operations

Expertise: Leading strategic direction and corporate investments

Canadian Connection: from Ottawa, B.Sc. from Dalhousie University, Executive Program certificate from Queen’s University

London, UK

Patrick Pichette

General Partner, iNovia Capital

  • Former CFO of Google and long-time telecommunications executive at Bell Canada and Call-Net Enterprises

  • Former Partner at McKinsey & Company in the North American Telecoms Practice

Expertise: Helping companies break through the complexities of hyper growth to execute large, transformative programs

Canadian Connection: from Montréal, B.Comm. from L’Université du Québec à Montréal