Canadian Entrepreneur and Business Leader to Lead Organization through the Next Stage of Growth

Ottawa, ON – June 3rd, 2019 | Startup Canada, Canada’s entrepreneurship organization, is pleased to announce, today, the appointment of Anastasia Valentine in the newly formed role of Chief Executive Director, assuming leadership of its programs and operations and building capacity of the organization to support every entrepreneur in Canada.

Valentine brings a wealth of executive leadership experience in Canadian and global startup and high growth companies. At Startup Canada, she will lead the organization into the next phase of growth, increasing the reach and impact of Startup Canada’s collaborative, integrated programs designed to scale-up the success of Canada’s entrepreneurs.

“I am passionate and dedicated to the growth, scaling, and success of Canadian businesses, and am excited to work with the exceptional team at Startup Canada to deliver the valuable resources required by startups and scaleups at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey,” said Anastasia Valentine. “Startup Canada is one of the most valuable assets for every entrepreneur across the country. My goal is to scale our efforts to extend our reach and deliver more valuable support directly and through collaboration to support startups and scaleups to succeed.”

Valentine joins Startup Canada at the most exciting time to be an entrepreneur in Canadian history. With more than 2.3 million entrepreneurs across Canada, Startup Canada is the only organization supporting the journey of entrepreneurs with resources, funding, collaboration, and communities across all industries and stages of growth.

“As with any organization preparing to scale, the team driving growth is paramount. With experience scaling organizations, Anastasia will ensure Startup Canada’s team, operations and programs will continue to rise to the demand and opportunity to deliver support to every entrepreneur in Canada,” said Victoria Lennox, President and Co-Founder, Startup Canada. “Anastasia’s depth of experience and unwavering support of the entrepreneurship community is in direct alignment with the core values of Startup Canada and will poise us to scale our impact.”

Throughout her professional career, Valentine has supported not-for-profit organizations in volunteer and leadership capacities ranging from humanitarian work abroad, championing women in STEM, and creating a scholarship fund for post-secondary studies for young parents.

“The board and I are delighted to have Anastasia join the Startup Canada team as our Chief Executive Director,” said Brenda Halloran, Startup Canada Board Chair. “With her unique combination of strong leadership skills, a solid track record as an entrepreneur, years working in the business sector and knowledge of the not-for-profit sector, Anastasia is ready to build the capacity necessary to increase Startup Canada’s impact.”

Startup Canada is currently on tour with the Canadian Export Challenge and the sixth annual Startup Canada Awards, engaging with and providing resources to globally-oriented startups to scale their businesses internationally through a 1-day accelerator program and pitch contest across the country.

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Rachelle DeSorcy
Media Relations, Startup Canada

About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Since launching, Startup Canada’s programming has directly supported more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots Startup Community organizations. Working with over 750 ecosystem partners, including accelerators, incubators, research parks, educational institutions, economic development agencies, associations, and government programs, Startup Canada serves entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and stages of development, with a network reflective of Canada’s diverse population. Learn more at



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