Experts

 

Early Stage Program

George Borovec
Business Advisor

George has over 15 years of consulting experience in Canada, Europe and the United States, within both the startup and corporate sectors, including with two Fortune 500 companies. Leveraging his passion for all things startups, founders, tech and entrepreneurship, George provides strategic advice from firsthand experience on the many ups and downs and needs founders will face throughout their journeys. A versatile serial entrepreneur, George holds many advisory and mentor roles at the Founder Institute, CSED’s R3 Accelerator, and several rapidly growing startups.

Antoine Carriere
Business Advisor

Antoine is an entrepreneur with experience stemming from a wide range of sectors including coaching, training, strengths development, facilitation, consulting, events, government, and real estate. A self-proclaimed generalist, Antoine is comfortable advising all types of businesses. Antoine is fully bilingual and works with entrepreneurs to help them define their focus and lay out next steps.

Stephen Davis
Business Advisor

Stephen brings with him over thirty years of experience in tech development within the Ottawa community. While his interests and experience span over many areas, Stephen specializes in early-stage startups, team building and system architecture, assisting in many technological areas, including mobile, web, embedded systems and hardware design. Additionally, his expertise in product marketing, promotion, lead generation and strategic marketing make him an incredible asset to the EIR roster.

Pablo Srugo
Business Advisor

As a young two-time startup founder, Pablo brings with him a wealth of experience, having founded both MyTutor, which was acquired in 2014, and GymTrack, where he continues to work today. Pablo has successfully raised over $3M from various sources, including VC funding and angel investors. Pablo’s extensive experience ranges from prototyping and finding product-market-fit, to conducting over 500 job interviews and managing teams of over 30 people.

 Acceleration Program

Stephen Beamish
Entrepreneur In Residence

Stephen is a skilled marketing executive, having spent over 25 years in the industry developing an impressive track record delivering hands-on quantifiable marketing results. Holding senior leadership positions at Mitel for the greater part of a decade, Stephen now provides virtual CMO services via his company, BlackTusk Business Solutions.

Stephen’s EIR specialties: marketing, hardware and software, partnership strategies

Dane Bedward
Entrepreneur in Residence

Dane possesses extensive global commercialization experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical device product sphere, having held executive leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson and Genzyme Corporation, among others. After a successful career in corporate management, Dane launched and continues to run the life sciences strategic advisory company, NBot Inc. Dane has also served on a number of for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Dane’s EIR specialties: medical devices, biopharmaceuticals

Chris Johnson
Entrepreneur In Residence

Chris was founder and CEO of dna13 (sold to PR Newswire in 2010).  As a seasoned executive, Chris has 25 years’ experience in finance, operations, and strategic management. Chris has mentored well over 100 start-ups – his passion is to help companies succeed. Enterprise experience includes working with some of the world’s largest organizations including: Starbucks, RBC, Scotiabank, AEGON, Bell, BHP Billiton, Alcan, EnCana, and Walmart.

Chris’ EIR specialties: SaaS and tech companies, corporate strategies/management, metrics

Sam Khan
Entrepreneur In Residence

Sam has 17+ years of executive management and founder/partner experience in both the start-up and corporate worlds. After almost a decade working for established companies in telecommunications, web, and gaming, Sam took on an executive VP/partnership role at iSTORM New Media. Soon thereafter, Sam co-founded Total Hire and launched his business consultancy firm, K Dynamic, all three of which he is currently with today.

Sam’s EIR specialties: marketing, sales, digital media, customer acquisition

Sandy MacPherson
Entrepreneur In Residence

Sandy brings 30+ years of corporate and SME leadership experience to Invest Ottawa acquired from companies like Labatt Breweries, Mead Johnson and HealtheTech. Presently, Sandy enjoys helping companies define their strategic focus to catalyze business growth as the President and Founder of Forest View Advisors.

Sandy’s EIR specialties: consumer products, food and beverages, medical and consumer nutrition

Rob Lane
Entrepreneur In Residence

Rob is an entrepreneurial business professional with a strong track record in both start-up and Fortune 500 companies. Currently the CEO of RareLogic Inc., a predictive email marketing solution, Rob has founded two start-ups, and been the senior executive of two more. Over the last 15 years of start-ups, he has sold two companies – and has the scars to prove it!

Rob’s EIR specialties: fundraising, digital marketing, e-commerce, team-building

Jacques Renaud
Entrepreneur In Residence

Jacques is a technologist, entrepreneur, and maker. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in multiple industries, Jacques thrives at the intersection of business and technology. Twenty years after founding and leading Privasoft Corp. (sold to CSDC Systems), Jacques turned his focus to helping start-ups and established B2Bs achieve success, and to founding and organizing the IoT Ottawa Meetup.

Jacques’ EIR specialties: IoT, hardware, enterprise software, manufacturing

Donna Ronayne
Entrepreneur In Residence

Donna is a marketing executive with a 30-year track record of helping high-tech companies achieve market leadership and high growth. Donna recently retired as CMO from Halogen Software, where she fueled double-digit growth for over 12 years, taking this SaaS company from a start-up to a publicly-traded market leader. Before Halogen, Donna was VP of Business Development at BitFlash, and led the marketing team at QNX Software.

Donna’s EIR specialties: marketing (digital and ABM), talent management, scale-ups, business development, SaaS

Acceleration Program Specialists

Ron Gagnier
Business Specialist (UX/UI)

Ron is an expert in design thinking, customer experience, product design, and customer research. He has 20+ years of experience in a diverse range of industries including data analytics, telecommunications software, medical software, and HR systems. Ron is recognized for teaching teams to use design more effectively to achieve their business goals, to drive innovation, and to increase customer satisfaction.

Heidi Hauver
Business Specialist (Human Resources)

Heidi is a transformational leader, passionate about business and the field of human resources with a range of experience in the tech sector, most recently as VP, Human Resources for Pythian. As an accomplished specialist in her field, Heidi has received countless awards and accolades for HR leadership, including being named on the 2016 Hot List of Who’s Who in HR for HR Director Magazine. Heidi is currently Managing Director of Harrison O’Sullivan Consulting, an HR services company.

Brock Murray
Business Specialist (Digital Marketing)

Brock is a full-stack digital marketing specialist, who brings to the table 15 years of experience with web design, web development, graphic design, and online marketing. As Co-Founder and COO of seoplus+, a leading international digital marketing agency, Brock has helped businesses across Canada and the US establish and maintain a strong online presence.

Scale-up Program

Heidi Hauver
Growth Coach

Heidi is a transformational leader, passionate about business and the field of human resources with a range of experience in the tech sector, most recently as VP, Human Resources for Pythian. As an accomplished specialist in her field, Heidi has received countless awards and accolades for HR leadership, including being named on the 2016 Hot List of Who’s Who in HR for HR Director Magazine. Heidi is currently Managing Director of Harrison O’Sullivan Consulting, an HR services company.

Donna Ronayne
Growth Coach

Donna is a marketing executive with a 30-year track record of helping high-tech companies achieve market leadership and high growth. Donna recently retired as CMO from Halogen Software, where she fueled double-digit growth for over 12 years, taking this SaaS company from a start-up to a publicly-traded market leader. Before Halogen, Donna was VP of Business Development at BitFlash, and led the marketing team at QNX Software.

Rudy Richman
Growth Coach

Rudy is a Senior Sales Executive with a talent for building revenue generating sales engines and delivering profitable, scalable models with predictable results. Drawing on over 20 years of experience as VP Sales, and advising over 30 companies, Rudy has helped numerous high-tech companies transform their stale sales environments and scale their businesses. He’s also advised a significant number of companies prior to consequential equity and acquisition events, making him a sought after vCSO.

Rudy’s coaching specialities: Sales, strategic planning, revenue engine development, scale-ups, CSO coaching, acquisitions