Startup Canada has been spearheaded from the grassroots by co-founders Victoria Lennox and Cyprian Szalankiewicz, supported by a core Team of entrepreneurial volunteers and a larger community of contributors and supporters from across Canada. Check out how you can Join The Team.
Victoria has a track record of stimulating public discourse and developing meaningful political and policy inroads to advance the entrepreneurship agenda. She is an expert in entrepreneurship policy, building enterprise networks (national, communities and campuses), catalyzing movements, and ecosystem governance.
Victoria is the co-founder of Startup Canada, Canada’s first-ever, entrepreneur-led, national movement. Victoria is the catalyst of a national grassroots network of local Startup Communities; PIVOTmagazine.ca, 1000startups.ca, and the Canadian Mentorship Challenge among other high-impact, national programs to advance Canadian entrepreneurship – recognised by PROFIT Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 30 entrepreneurs in 2012.
Victoria is the first Canadian and one of the youngest recipients of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion on the recommendation of the British Prime Minister. Victoria won the award for having pioneered a grassroots youth entrepreneurship movement in the UK. Since founding NACUE, today it is the centerpiece of the UK’s youth entrepreneurship ecosystem, supporting more than 55,000 higher and further education students and graduates across more than 100 institutions.
On the global stage, Victoria participates actively in entrepreneurship & innovation policy discussions – e.g. UNCTAD, G8, APEC. As the catalyst for Startup Generation and host of Startup Nations, Victoria supports and mentors the development of enterprise organisations in more than 20 countries; provides advisory support to international organisations in the areas of entrepreneurship networks, education and policy development; and supports colleges and universities in enhancing their entrepreneurial activities.
In 2009 Victoria was awarded the SFEDI ‘Enterprise Support Network Builder Award’, ‘Overall Enterprise Champion of the Year Award’ and was recognized as a ‘Champion of Entrepreneurial Britain’, ‘Top 30 Under 30’ by Real Business Magazine and ‘One to Watch’ by Spectator Business.
Cyprian Szalankiewicz is an entrepreneur, award-winning cinematographer and the owner, artistic and technical director of Genie Media Ltd., an Ottawa-based start-up that offers pre- and post-production services, specializing in camera motion control for the film and television industry.
Cyprian brings diverse experience in sales, multi-media, web development, design and systems development to Startup Canada - infusing the initiative with creative flair and inspiration. Cyprian was a member of the Founding Team of NACUE, a charity supporting young entrepreneurs in the UK, for which he continues to sit on its Trustee Board. Cyprian is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship in the creative and digital media industries and sees Startup Canada as a powerful platform to advance entrepreneurship in Canada.
Sowmyan is an E-Business and Online Marketing Consultant. He has diverse experience in Social Media Management and Digital Marketing. He has In-depth knowledge and understanding of Social Media platforms and their functionality limitations and how they can be leveraged for different scenarios against different strategies.
One of his prime objectives for his association with Startup Canada is his strong feeling that applying Engineering, Technology and Innovation would build a wall that would bridge the gap between social and economical barriers in the society. He likes meeting new people and taking initiatives for successful collaboration and partnerships.
Sowmyan is passionate about Entrepreneurship and Volunteering. His Team won the United Nations Online Volunteering Award 2012. He has also volunteered in London 2012 Olympics. He holds a degree in Information Technology from Vellore Institute of Technology, India and he is a Masters Candidate at the University of Ottawa’s E- Business Technologies Program. He was associated with many start-ups since his Undergraduate years and has successfully established himself as a Freelancer and Consultant. An active Internet enthusiast and he likes discussing world affairs, economics and business.
Elvis is a student in his 3rd year at the Queen's School of Business. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, community impact and data analytics. He enjoys empowering entrepreneurs and has also been involved in the Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition and Enactus Queen's.
In his spare time, Elvis likes to follow the Toronto Raptors, dance salsa and read.
John Henwood is a British born international Client Manager, with experience in managing account relationships with clients from 40 countries globally. John’s passion for Startups, sport and entrepreneurship motivated his recent move from England to Vancouver in an effort to join the rapidly growing Canadian Start-up community.
John’s experience as International Client Manager in Education and Training has taken him across the globe to nurture and grow relationships with small, large and Governmental clientele. He is most comfortable when networking and finding mutually beneficial client relationship opportunities.
As a graduate from the University of Southampton in Sports Management and Leadership, he used his passion for sport and Startups by founding a Start-up, MySeatz for deals on Soccer tickets in the UK.
John is a service led individual, always striving to provide colleagues and clients first class service. Any spare time is often spent reading business and technology blogs, books and following the journey of his beloved Southampton Football club.
Passionate about playing a valuable role in the Startup ecosystem, John joins Startup Canada to support the growth of entrepreneurship in Canada.
Nancy Situ is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School where she focused her studies on intellectual property and technology law. She has researched and written extensively on these subjects, both academically and professionally.
Nancy developed her understanding and love of startup culture while at Stanford Law School, where she served as a Visiting Student Researcher. During her time in Silicon Valley, Nancy conducted research on technology transfer policy, developments in legal technology, and the effect of patent monetization on startups. She also worked for an intellectual property litigation analytics company and co-authored an article with a Stanford Law instructor.
In addition to her legal knowledge, Nancy is a policy expert. She is currently an analyst for the Canadian federal government on copyright and international trade issues.
Maximilian Paterson is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and a former honours graduate of the Media, Information & Technoculture program at Western University.
At Osgoode, Max focused his legal studies on intellectual property and technology law. His studies eventually led him to Stanford University in California to conduct research on startup technologies in the legal space, the future of the legal profession, and the intersection between intellectual property and new technologies. Since returning from Silicon Valley, Max has published some of his research and has co-founded a startup company in the educational space.
Currently Max is a policy analyst for the Canadian federal government. His work primarily revolves around international and domestic intellectual property policy issues.
After finishing his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Madrid, Carlos had the opportunity to work for Airgrup - a major fluid systems manufacturer in the aerospace industry - as manufacturing engineer. He strongly contributed to the growth of the company by implementing lean manufacturing and quality assurance techniques. Carlos also worked in the renewable energy field as project manager for biomass power stations set up. His belief in teamwork and devotion to precision has allowed him to fulfill his passion for continuous improving.
A sense of adventure has led him to immigrate to Canada and try his luck in the North American market. Carlos also has a passion for travel and is impatiently awaiting the opportunity to lay foot in Oceania, the only continent he hasn't visited yet. He also loves music and nature and hopes to make the best of Canadian outdoors.
Matthieu Di Mercurio is a project leader at TandemLaunch, a Montreal based incubator for early-stage University inventions specialized in Consumer Electronics technologies. With his background at the intersection of technology and innovation management, he works with University inventors to bring their research to the market. In 2012, he initiated the e-Stellar program, grouping the image and video processing technologies to serve the smartphone, TV, camera and post-production industries.
His number one motto: learn every day, everywhere and from everyone.
Matthieu holds an engineering degree from the UTC (Université de Technologie de Compiègne). Before settling in Montreal, he studied and worked in France, Canada and Spain.
He joined Startup Canada to help bringing the entrepreneurship culture into schools and Universities.
By personality and training, Laura Aslan is an outlier. She enjoys working with people and technology equally, and she is greatly inspired by innovation and change. She likes to explore roads less traveled and bring fun along the way. Laura holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from UBC and a Master’s in Psychology from University of Bucharest. Her work experience is as varied as her personality: she has held various positions from market research to cutting edge bioinformatics programming. Most recently, entrepreneurship has taken first seat in Laura’s life and she became the Co-Founder of a Vancouver based mobile development company. She is a strong believer in bringing people together and to that end likes to throw a good party.
Sheena’s interests and passion lie at the intersection of business, science and innovation. She has recently returned to Canada after spending a year in Australia working at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) as a foresight analyst. Her main project was to write a report on disruptive technologies that will change the way we live in the next two decades. She was also part of a consulting team which provided futures related solutions to industry clients. Prior to this, Sheena spent some time at Deloitte Canada Innovation developing a partner and ecosystem management strategy for the team. She is a graduate of the Masters of Management of Innovation program at the University of Toronto and holds a HBSc. in Core Biology from McMaster University.
Sheena suffers from a constant urge to travel and can often be found wandering the streets of a foreign city with a good map. In her free time she enjoys thinking about, making and consuming all things edible. Now being back in Canada, she would love nothing more as a proud Canadian to use the skills she has gained through her international and national experiences in innovation, business development and research commercialization to aid in Startup Canada’s mission to make this nation a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.
FINANCE & IMPACT MEASUREMENT
Tomasz has a diverse background working in service, software development and business consulting with small and medium size organizations. Tomasz is actively involved in mentoring accounting students in Ottawa and online through his blog.
Michael is the co-founder of Ottawa-based website development company Simplificare. Built out of a desire to assist small businesses develop online presence Simplificare has tripled its client base since being founded in 2009.
After attending a recent Startup Weekend in Ottawa, he was bitten by the startup bug. As a highly motivated self starter, the startup community immediately attracted him with its fast pace and promise of new and interesting challenges.
Javaid A. Malik, CanadianProductions.com Founder & CEO, is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of television & film production experience, almost 15 years of start-up & show pilot experience.
Developing a reputation as a highly skilled director of photography and producer/director for many corporate, educational, medical, promotional commercials, indie films and documentary programs.
Graduated from San Francisco State University obtaining a Broadcast Communications Radio & TV Degree. Javaid was President for the College Students in Broadcasting Program for San Francisco State University. For 6 years Javaid also owned and operated a Café Supreme restaurant franchise in the capital. A café for the intelligent generation -serving fresh panini and salads - fresh cakes, muffins, pastry, cookies and desserts. Recruitment, Training & Development, Training Needs Analysis, Coaching hundreds of employees gave a taste of living the franchise dream. Currently Javaid is working towards CHRP Human Resource Management Certification & French Studies, active member of HRPA and working with numerous non-for-profit organizations.
Javaid Malik’s production company work includes serving on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy Awards Committee) for 4 years , ZDTV, TECHTV, CBS, Warner Bros, California Music Awards, JAM Productions (International Video/Film Company), Bollywood Productions, Forte Films & ABC News to name a few.
Mr. Malik has conducted interviews with CEO’s and Technology Experts working professionally with animators and media celebrities. Experience creating initial studio launches of many show pilots including a political show recently that focuses on the four main mountains of society: Religion and Culture, Politics and Government, Business and Commerce and Science and Technology.
Currently Javaid is offering HD video services at www.canadianproductions.com - Canada wide.
Jenny is a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo.
I'm a semi-recent graduate from the Interactive Multimedia and Design program at Carleton University and Algonquin College in Ottawa. I have more of a balanced approach to multimedia, in that I am really "multi" and do not fit into the typical classifications of "graphic designer", "web developer", "programmer" etc. I like that I can do many things, and I think that having more than one skill is definitely a benefit.
I have had many different types of jobs, and I always enjoy my work experience, always keeping a positive outlook no matter what I am doing.
Leo Valiquette is a freelance business writer, blogger and marketing communications consultant in Ottawa, Canada and former editor of The Ottawa Business Journal. In the not-to-distant future, he hopes to be able to refer to himself simply as a best-selling novelist. He can be reached at www.LeoValiquette.ca
Andrew brings a unique network from years of engaging stakeholders when spearheading applied research and knowledge mobilization of projects with international NGOs, venture capital, academia, and small nonprofits. He remembers supporting the business plan competitions of young people living in conflict zones, coaching entrepreneurs on marketing plans, demonstrating on the streets for equality, and even supporting MPs on Parliament Hill to lobby for a fair long-term investment at the municipal level.
Andrew completed a (MAES) Local Economic Development; his field-researched thesis in four countries explored the impact of businesses with seven or less employees on local economies, as well as how to offer business support to the entrepreneurs. Using the findings from his thesis and graduate course work, Andrew founded the research service Street Ecology (www.streetecology.com) to nurture small business sustainability in local economic spaces at the neighbourhood level. He is currently exploring social innovation initiatives in urban areas experiencing gentrification and high incident rates for mental health disorders.
Tracy lives in peaceful Prince Edward Island with her husband and 3 kids. She is passionate about planning, business development, and online based marketing. Tracy owns and operates Inspire Planning, a virtual assistant company specializing in online marketing and research. Tracy has a positive and creative attitude that keeps her motivated and encourages her to help others at the same time she grows her own business. Tracy operates a blog where she writes about social media, motivation and time management. Tracy enjoys working with small business owners and has a soft spot for green companies. Please feel free to connect with her on a social network as she loves to get to know new individuals and businesses.
Tracy can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and on her blog at http://inspiredblog.inspireplanning.ca/
Stephanie is ridiculously passionate about impacting people's lives, and has a social business driven-obsessive type personality.
She believes every single human being can become aware of his untapped potential and unleash his productivity capacity.
She believes the purpose of every business is to primarily resolve problems,not necessary make money.
Stephanie started her first business at age 10. Since then, she has been obsessed with business! She holds a Bachelor in Finances from the Business School of University of Quebec in Montreal. With some friends, she initiated KickLoans, the first Microlending platform in Canada,and the first platform in the world to focus on young innovators.
She joined StartUp Canada to help bring the community to the next level and awake the Entrepreneurial Spirit residing within all of us!
Helen is a marketing and communications professional with experience in social media, SEO, and web design. She moved from England to Fredericton, NB, almost five years ago and has ever since been inspired by a city of intelligent, passionate, generous, community-minded people. Helen has a great belief that startups are vital to thriving communities and a prosperous Canada, and she flourishes most when using her skills to help others.
Helen is excited by the power of social media to connect people with similar passions who otherwise would not have met. She can see a world of people who are keen to work together and build something special not only for their benefit, but also for the greater good. She is eager to contribute to creating a collaboratively-minded, vibrant nation.
A keen volunteer and community advocate, Helen recently founded the Pay It Forward Fredericton group, which aims to highlight and encourage acts of kindness. She is also enthusiastic about fitness and wellbeing, and teaches a group exercise class called BodyCombat (which is not as scary as it sounds). At any other time, you might find Helen wandering in a world of creative interests.
Mindy is the founder of The Write Web Design, specifically adhering to the designing needs of those in the writing industry. She is a passionate entrepreneur, writer, volunteer and worker. She is known to have plenty of energy and really loves the colour red.
PROGRAMS – CONNECT, COMMUNITIES, CAMPAIGN
Shauna Harper is digital marketing strategist, community builder, speaker, and trainer. As the co-owner and founder of Live Work PG, a digital marketing company, she helps organizations with the adoption of technology into their communication and marketing strategy. She is also the lead for StartupPG and Startup Canada’s PIVOT Magazine. Recently she was awarded Business Person of the Year for the city of Prince George.
A System Design Engineer by profession and an Entrepreneur by nature, I am a very creative, nonconformist who loves to use analytics to drive decision making. I combine sound business knowledge and management practice with vast forward thinking insight. My passion for analytics, drives me to use them for informed business, engineering and marketing decisions on web and user centered products.
Presently looking to expand my knowledge in entrepreneurship, web design, and business marketing.
I'm addicted to learning and will never stop.
James Rimmer is a writer, historian and entrepreneur. Graduate of the UWaterloo he studies the history of startups.
Alex is an independent business development and marketing consultant working across multiple industries. His clients range in size from local start-ups and small businesses, to global MNC's looking to grow their business domestically or internationally. Excelling in the engagement of senior decision makers at global MNC's, he predominantly works to find global licensing partners for the intellectual property of his clients.
Passionate about the plight of Generation Y in finding meaningful career opportunities , Alex joins the Startup Canada team with the vow to create a more entrepreneurial, empowered and connected Canadian youth. He is strongly committed to helping Startup Canada facilitate the entrepreneurial spirit amongst all young Canadians, and empowering this "forgotten generation" to collectively create a more meaningful and prosperous future for themselves.
Alex has traveled to and/or worked in over 20 countries, and strongly prefers a backpack, map and a good pair of shoes to a week away at an all-inclusive resort. Aside from his aspirations of seeing every corner of the world, he loves playing ball and ice hockey, strength and fitness training, and playing in local bands as a guitar player/singer/songwriter.
Rosie Digout is from the Salish tribe from the Lytton First Nation Band. Lytton, B.C., is the largest recognized community within the Nlaka’pamux territory. Lytton is located where the Fraser River meets the Thompson River. Currently, she resides in Summerside, PEI, with her two daughters and continuing her education in Business Administration.
She is a driven, start up entrepreneur and a strong advocate for entrepreneurship. Prior to founding and operating her digital consultant business, she has more than 7 years of leadership experience in economic/business development, program and project management, coach/trainer, budget planning, sales and marketing, and public speaker.
Rosie has a great knowledge and expertise of working/collaborating with all levels of government, private sector, non-profit, and community. She is a pioneer of new learning and business technologies and understands the challenges that face business owners as they integrate and incorporate changes to their businesses. Creativity, lateral thinking, attention to detail along with focus and clarity are just some of the qualities she contributes to her clients. Rosie leads by example and many people find her enthusiasm and dedication both inspiring and motivating.
Rosie looks forward to supporting and promoting Aboriginal entrepreneurship and encouraging business development.
Patrick founded Kleurvision Inc. visual communications studio in 2004 for the reason of expanding his creative expression. An entrepreneur at heart, Patrick is used to wearing many hats. His background is in graphic design and creative direction, though more recently has become an expert in web development, as well as social and digital marketing in regards to business growth and strategy. Spending four years at the beginning of his career in motion and broadcast graphics on a national level, he quickly became adapt to deploying high impact visual communications that made a statement and engaged the audience.
Patrick is also the Chief Marketing Officer of The Software Colony - for profit incubation firm that extends services and business expertise to the startup community. The Software Colony was launched in the third quarter of 2012 and launched its first two businesses by Christmas of that year.
"Entrepreneurial opportunity shines everywhere but the traditional path to market has shifted to a predominantly digital battleground. Exploration and innovation in revenue models, marketing strategies, user interface, and more importantly, user experience is what is going to make one business stand out from another."
Kara is an entrepreneur and Principal Consultant and Owner of PlanIt! Outsourcing Solutions. She is a Certified Project Manager with over 11 years project management experience in progressively challenging roles leading corporate projects as well as an Administrative Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in Sr. Admin and Exec Admin roles in both the public and private sector.
Typically called upon due to her ability to ‘fix’ ineffective office systems, she prides herself on being a big picture thinker who takes a holistic approach to problem solving and looks not only at the outcome, but also the source. She enjoys working in partnership with business owners to implement and/or improve their office systems to help businesses work better, work smarter, more effectively and more efficiently.
In the past 20 years, Kara has volunteered for a wide variety of causes that support community engagement; advocate for women, children, youth and people of colour; ending poverty; implementing diversity strategies; creating policies and procedures; promoting education and awareness of various social and academic issues. She believes strongly in universal empowerment, collaboration and cultivating a shared vision.
Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and well as a certificate in Technical Writing. She joined Startup Canada to make it easier for women to become entrepreneurs, be the architects of their own destinies and enable them to be financially independent without sacrificing their families. Her goal is to help streamline the entrepreneurial process at all levels and remove some of the barriers to becoming entrepreneurs by developing tools and forging partnerships that will help to build strong businesses and foster the ability to access the right information when required.
Brian is a former tech geek who, through strange twists of fate and choice, became a coach and business consultant with a mission to empower young professionals and entrepreneurs to build extraordinary careers that are personally, socially and economically fulfilling.
Brian has one slow, painful startup failure under his belt - and since then, he became a devote student of startup methodologies as well as coaching and spiritual practices. This interdisciplinary training gave him a balanced perspective in entrepreneurial research that utilizes both reason and intuition.
Brian holds a BASc in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a huge fan of robotics and artificial intelligence. He is an event organizer at Vancouver Business Network (one of the largest business meetups in the world with 2,600+ members), as well as a frequent volunteer at local TEDx events and startup events. He resides in Richmond, BC.
Matthew is a relationship builder, creative thinker and passionate about innovative new ideas.
Matthew works with start-up and growth-stage organizations to build and optimize digital and brand strategy which guided him to this very unique opportunity volunteering with Startup Canada. This experience has granted him with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the responsibilities and challenges of smaller, more mobile organizational structures.
Matthew began his career working for the Government of Ontario where he served as a Special Assistant and Scheduler to the Minister of Transportation, Legislative Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Special Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Working for the Government of Ontario right out of school proved to be a very challenging and rewarding experience that helped to develop Matthew’s skills in strategic communications, stakeholder relations and community outreach. Most importantly it underscored the importance of community engagement and civic duty.
After 3 years with the Ontario Government, Matthew and his partner decided to embark on a trip of a lifetime to see new parts of the world, exploring Asia’s diverse culture and traditions – an opportunity to build perspective and enjoy the open road. 42,000 kilometers travelled by plane, boat, train but mostly by countless hours on a bus providing a firsthand observation of innovation and grass roots startups in emerging markets.
He completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business and a certificate in Human Resource Management at Saint Mary’s University. His studies inspired him to pursue more creative outlets in business and focus more on problem solving and organizational management.
Christina Buiza is a trailblazing sociologist-turned marketer and writer. She helps entrepreneurs share their story with the world through branding, content, positioning and digital media. She has worked with clients from bootstrapped startups to million-dollar ventures.
Currently completing her final year of studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, she has worked on many projects which have sparked her passion in entrepreneurship, community involvement and helping others to reach their goals. Her involvement with AIESEC, the world's largest student-run non-profit organization, gave her unforgettable opportunities to attend, organize and facilitate in over 20 leadership and professional development conferences across Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2012, she led her local university chapter to become the 'Most Improved Chapter' out of a national entity of 28 universities.
Apart from AIESEC, Christina has also organized the inaugural OMG (Online Media Generation) Social Media Conference in Vancouver, which gathered together over 120 small business owners and experts with the purpose of simplifying social media for business owners. She also plays a role in organizing TEDxSFU 2013, which gathers together 400 students and professionals to hear about thought-provoking ideas. In the fall, Christina will be taking part in the Vancouver Board of Trade's year-long Leaders of Tomorrow program.
Apart from her community involvement, she spends most of her time reading, writing or planning her next adventure. Incredibly fascinated and curious about people and the world, she loves learning about new ideas and brainstorming all sorts of possibilities in the world.
Christina is a strong advocate for following the path less taken, one that puts values first. She writes a blog where she has created a community of empowered life-long learners, entrepreneurs and leaders who want to lead value-aligned lives and businesses. Her website may be found at www.buizachristina.com.
Edwin J. Frondozo is a CEO and Co-Founder of Slingshot, a Toronto based telecommunications technology company providing hosted business phone solutions for start-ups and small businesses. Their current target goal is to acquire at least 100,000 customers throughout US and Canada.
Edwin graduated with a Computer Systems Engineering degree from Carleton University in 2000. In 1998, he did a 16 month internship Nortel Networks as an Optical Networking Planner providing competitive analysis within the Marketing Organization. This was the high times of the Internet boom and upon graduation, Edwin accepted a role at Nortel within the post-sales, implementation and delivery team. In 2001, Nortel began its global layoffs and took this opportunity to pursue his first "startup" business providing consulting services for wireless solutions for multi-tenant unit (MTU) buildings.
Edwin joined IBM Canada, in his first real sales role selling into the US market where he was professionally trained and learned the ABC's of selling. After about a year and half, he moved to a smaller telecommunications consulting company where he built up the wholesale side of the business from the ground up. Realizing that he can build a business, he decided to leave and go out on his own. In 2005, Edwin started PTS Integrated Technologies which provided telecom solutions for small and medium sized businesses.
Having over 15 years of experience working and building businesses through strategic partnerships and insightful solutions, Edwin brings in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team and organization.
What excites me most about my life and career is that it is Creative, Energizing and Rewarding. I consider myself to be very fortunate as my job entails, doing what I love.
I call myself a hybrid of Business and Design, in terms of style, presence and my coach approach.
I have been an Entrepreneur for the past 20 plus years, intentionally navigating through diverse areas of interest, landing as a Business Mentor and Certified Executive Coach.
I specialize in Entrepreneurship and Career Mapping, assisting clients to maximize their true potential through one-to-one coaching and business building techniques. I coach to promote a conscious direction, to increase productivity, to energize opportunity and intentionally design reality!
Amanda is a cofounder of Hacker Studios, a startup hub and coworking facility in London, Ontario, where she's also active with a number of organizations that are working to build a stronger local economy by fostering entrepreneurial growth.
Community development is a genuine passion for Amanda, and she devotes most of her volunteer time to projects that build bridges between various organization and individuals in order to make her hometown a better place for everyone.
Amanda's focus at work is on using her background in communications to help early-stage startups with customer development and strategic marketing. Each day at Hacker Studios, the team reminds themselves that everything they do should help entrepreneurs succeed at what they do best. She believes strongly that a solid entrepreneurial ecosystem fuels great social and economic progress.
Amanda is excited to be able to combine her passions for community-building and helping entrepreneurs succeed at Startup Canada.
William is an aspiring full stack marketer and community manager. Will graduated with degrees in Psychology from University of Waterloo & Social Science from York. During his last year at Waterloo, Will caught the startup bug following Bufferbox and their success at Waterloo. Will then decided to move to Boston where he recently completed the marketing track at Startup Institute Boston (SIB). This professional accelerator allowed him to develop the essential marketing skills to work at a startup.
Prior to SIB, Will worked as a Research Research Recruitment Associate at a clinical research company where he was responsible for developing advertising materials for all clinical trials and introducing inbound marketing methods to the company.
Will is passionate about community engagement and is eager to help foster vibrant communities that will yield valuable consumer insights. When not working with startups, Will can be found reading up on the latest articles on basketball and football analytics. He is also a podcast addict and an avid sports fan!
Following 12 years service as an Engineering Officer in the Canadian Forces, curiosity, social entrepreneurial success and a passion for relationships pulled Suzanne to a new career in entrepreneurship.
She founded and led a strategic communications agency, The Art of Business, in the Middle Eastern developing country of Qatar from 2000 - 2010. Within 5 years, their events brand, Happening Events, grew to become the leading event management agency in Qatar. The Happening brand included a monthly events guide, Qatar Happening, which became one of the most popular magazines in the country. Their award winning digital magazine/portal, QHonline was selected as Social Media Partner of choice for the Sony Ericsson WTA tour final round promotion with the World no 1 ranked women’s tennis champion, Serena Williams.
Happening Events positioned and launched multiple businesses and products in the country across a variety of disciplines. They include local and multinational organisations; Qatar’s inaugural Class One Powerboats World Championships, Accenture's country launch, Samsung’s media launch as sponsors of the Doha Asian Games, Inter-continental's nightclub Lava, and Qatar Science and Technology Park's first ever conference series. They also managed Carnegie Melon's first Qatar Campus graduation ceremonies attended by the Emir (King).
During her stay in Qatar, Suzanne also co-founded an award winning 5 star restaurant, Al Mourjan, which hosted multiple heads of state and dignitaries, as well as, hosting Robert Dinero’s inaugural star’s launch of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Suzanne has recently co-founded GoArabisc with her business partner Hussam Darwish. They are developing a cluster of media channels, learning tools and events to accelerate entrepreneurship growth in Arabia.
Suzanne’s advice to entrepreneurs: look beyond the boundaries of your city. Our market is the globe.
Miguel is a serial entrepreneur. He has experience in taking a company through the full business cycle. Firm believer in that entrepreneurship catalyzes long-term economic growth, especially if supported by trusted networks, mentorship, inspiration, and access to capital. Passionate about entrepreneurship, alternative investments, technology and innovation.
Actively advising entrepreneurs and startups as an Endeavor Mentor since 2008.
Providing strategic insights and vision for Startup Canada, initially in the Startup Insights and Startup Campaign teams… and currently as Global Affairs Researcher.
Advisory Board member (2010-2011) at CEDIM , a higher education institution in Mexico with curriculum offerings in design with special focus on innovation and business. More recently led entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem development initiatives in Mexico to increase regional innovation capabilities, entrepreneurship activity & education, and investment capacity as part of the Alta Ventures team (Alta Innovation Institute.)
Trilingual, with international work experience in Mexico, United States, Canada, Germany, and Japan.
Holds a BBA in International Business from ITESM (Tecnologico de Monterrey) Magna Cum Laude, and an MBA in Finance and Investments from Harvard Business School.
Loving husband and proud father of three beautiful children. Passionate about life. An optimist by nature... always on the lookout for opportunities to savor every day to the fullest. Enjoy reading, collecting quotes & phrases, playing golf, cooking, and leisure travel.
One of his favorite quotes: “Success is the point where your most authentic talents, passion, values, and experiences intersect with the chance to contribute to some greater good…” -- Bill Strickland
With a background in English, Anthropology and Journalism, Carissa has spent most of her professional career working with young people in helping and teaching capacities, both home and abroad. Experienced in both success and failure and comfortable in a board room or classroom, Carissa endeavours to improve the lives of those in her community through a variety of mediums.
As an avid traveler, Cosgrove knows that there is much to be learned by working in tandem with international communities, and is enthusiastic about developing opportunities for young people.
Amy currently works at Business Development Bank of Canada in the St. John’s Entrepreneurship Centre. She recently participated in a youth trade and development mission to Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia with Canadian non-profit Global Vision where she explored the Asian start up and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
She is excited to connect and collaborate with organizations around the world to advance the Canadian and global startup movement.