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, Intuit Canada

Eli Fathi

CEO, MindBridge Ai

Helene Joncas

Innovation, Eastern Canada, Intel Canada

Kristen Jain CPA, CA, CPA



Victoria Lennox

President & Co-Founder

Anastasia Valentine

Executive Director

Cyprian Szalankiewicz

Co-Founder & Production Director

Tomasz Popiel

Finance Director

Andrea Knapp

Programs Manager

Rachelle Desorcy

Operations Manager

Maddie Stiles

Communications & Digital Programs

Joline Lavoie

AV, Graphics & Production

Maria Aponte

Programs & Communities Coordinator

Camille McInnis

Startup Canada Communities Lead

Rivers Corbett

Startup Canada Podcast Host

Komal Minhas

Thrive Podcast Host

Lyndon Johnson

#Startupchats Host

Sergio Escobar

Global Entrepreneurship Ambassador

Nicole Verkindt

Women Entrepreneurs Ambassador

Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council

Paul Gaspar

UPS Canada

Tony O'Brien

TruShield Insurance

Karen Kastner


Kate Karn

Mastercard Canada

Melissa Nemec


Alison Bowen

Intuit Canada