Experts

Early Stage Program

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.

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
Mentor, Marketing

Stephen brings proven industry marketing best practices to technology entrepreneurs across Canada and helps them develop result-driven marketing and partnership strategies. A seasoned marketing executive with more than 25 years experience in the industry, Stephen developed an impressive track record delivering hands-on quantifiable marketing results. As VP of Global Marketing and VP of Strategic Partnerships at Mitel for almost a decade, Stephen created a number of successful SaaS marketing initiatives, including developing a software channel partner ecosystem that ultimately drove more than 50% of Mitel’s revenues. Stephen now provides virtual CMO services via his company, BlackTusk Business Solutions.

Areas of Focus: Marketing leadership, new product distribution, channel strategies, strategic partnerships

Chris Johnson
Mentor, Marketing

Chris helps companies develop marketing plans that are metrics orientated and lead generation focused to build marketing funnels that enable accurate forecasting. With a passion of helping startups succeed, Chris has mentored more than 100 founders. Chris was the founder and CEO of dna13, a SaaS business which he grew and sold to PR Newswire in 2010. Chris brings more than 25 years of experience in finance, operations, and strategic management from some of the world’s most prominent brands including: Starbucks, RBC, Scotiabank, AEGON, Bell, HP Billiton, Alcan, EnCana, and Walmart. He provides virtual COO (operations) and CMO (marketing) consulting services via his company, Face Strategic.

Areas of Focus: SaaS marketing, corporate strategy & management, technology evaluation

Jacques Renaud
Mentor, Product Management

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 startups and established B2Bs achieve success, and to building Ottawa’s product development community.

Areas of Focus: Hardware, internet of things (IoT), enterprise software 

Heidi Hauver
Mentor, Human Resources, Leadership & Culture

Heidi is a transformational HR leader passionate about business & the field of human resources. She provides executive leadership in human resources, mentorship and coaching to rapidly growing innovative companies that either lack HR expertise and capability in-house or require augmentation of their current HR function. Heidi was named as one of Canada’s Top 25 Human Resources Professionals by the Canadian HR Reporter in 2017 and is a previous recipient of Ottawa’s forty under 40 award.

Areas of focusTransformational HR, executive coaching, recruiting

Susan Robbins Parsons
Mentor, Finance

A previous recipient of Ottawa’s forty under 40 award, Susan is a senior financial executive with extensive practical experience. Having held executive positions with GAL Power Systems, International Datacasting Corp and Kinaxis, she has garnered expertise in financial analysis, business valuations, acquisitions, budgets, as well as compliance for private, non-profit and public organizations. A seasoned mentor for technology startups, Susan has helped companies raise over $50M in venture capital fund.

Areas of focus:  Financing, cash management, international business   

Rudy Richman
Mentor, Sales

Rudy has a successful track record in the development and execution of sales team strategies. He is a habitual builder of revenue generating sales engines, profitable, scalable models with predictable results. This unique expertise has guided companies to efficiently scale and monetize their sales activity. Rudy was a member of, or advisor to, the executive management teams that engineered the successful acquisitions of Protus in 2010, Granite Networks in 2013, Privacy Analytics in 2016 and 360pi in 2017 – with total exit value of more than $300M

Areas of Focus: Building revenue engines, sales team strategies, acquisitions 

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.

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

Jeff Bennett
Growth Coach

Jeff is an accomplished Client Experience Executive with a 20-year track record for delivering repeatable and scalable methodologies to grow revenue, reduce churn and create memorable customer experiences that propels organizations into the next stage of growth. He is a strategic thinker, who has the energy, talent and passion needed to attain ambitious corporate objectives and solve highly strategic business challenges. Jeff is very passionate about contributing to the success of Canadian tech companies and works hard to ensure that they each become the best version of themselves.

Jeff’s coaching specialities: Client experience, business development, strategic planning, executive leadership, SaaS

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.

Tyler Nelson
Growth Coach

Tyler Nelson is a seasoned technology sector operator who’s 25-year career has centered on value identification, creation and transformation across early and growth stage businesses. He has achievements in mobile wireless software, hardware, high tech marketing, and strategic business development and management. Tyler currently works in an advisory capacity to venture and private equity firms as well directly with early stage and start-up executive leadership teams participating in the data analytics, mobile security solutions, enterprise data governance and IOT markets.

Tyler’s coaching specialities: Partnership development, channel selection and development, product market fit, “whole product” management, partnerships and alliances

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

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.

Paulina Yee
Growth Coach

Paulina Yee is a seasoned financial professional with a 30-year track record of providing strategic financial advice and guidance to CEOs. She is a clear thinker with the capability to de-construct complex problems and issues to find creative and innovative solutions. As a trusted member of executive management teams, she provides strategic financial advice and guidance to facilitate discussion and decision making. She works with early stage startups, as well as established small and medium enterprises.