Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations.

Board of Directors

Brenda Halloran

Board Chair

Jeff Cates

President and CEO, Achievers

Eli Fathi

CEO, MindBridge Ai

Kristen Jain CPA, CA, CPA


Preston Manning

Policy and Civic Leader

Melloney Campbell

Community Leader, Startup Peel


Victoria Lennox

President & Co-Founder

Tomasz Popiel

VP, Operations

Rachelle Desorcy

Digital & Programs Manager

Andrea Knapp

Communities & Human Resources Manager

Joline Lavoie

Production & IT Manager

Maria Aponte

Programs, Foundation & Research Manager

Sarah Daly

Programs Manager

Kayla Isabelle

Business & Administrative Manager

Rebecca Palmer

Programs Manager

Matthew Curtis

Digital Programs & Communications Coordinator

Extended Team

Cyprian Szalankiewicz

Co-Founder & Production Advisor

Kathryn Forest

Research and Communications Advisor

Maddie Stiles

Digital Advisor

Valérie Lalonde


Entrepreneur Volunteers

Lyndon Johnson

#Startupchats Host

Komal Minhas

Thrive Podcast Host

Sergio Escobar

Global Entrepreneurship Ambassador

Camille McInnis

Startup Canada Communities Lead

Rivers Corbett

Startup Canada Podcast Host

Nicole Verkindt

Women Entrepreneurs Ambassador

Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council

Paul Gaspar

UPS Canada

Karen Kastner


Kate Karn

Mastercard Canada

Melissa Nemec


Rodney MacDonald

Intuit Canada
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