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.

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

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.

Areas of Focus: Marketing leadership, New Product/Service Distribution, Channel Strategies, Strategic Partnerships

Chris Johnson
Mentor

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.

Areas of Focus: SAAS Marketing, Corporate Strategy & Management, Technology Evaluation

Jacques Renaud
Mentor

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.

Areas of Focus:  Product Development, IoT, Hardware, Enterprise software 

Heidi Hauver
Mentor

Heidi Hauver is the CHRO & Managing Partner of Keynote HR a division of Keynote Group. Keynote helps organizations with their talent management and HR business-critical needs. She works with innovative companies to provide executive leadership in human resources, mentorship and coaching to rapidly growing companies that lack HR expertise and capability in-house or who require augmentation of their current HR function.

Focused on transformational HR, since 2007, she founded an HR practice and built two HR departments for technology companies from the ground up—most recently for a global database services company where she served as Vice President of Human Resources. Her energetic leadership and innovation have earned her several awards, including a 2017 Top 25 HR Professional Nod.

Areas of focusTransformational HR, Executive Coaching, Recruiting

Susan Robbins Parsons
Mentor

Susan has a significant history as a senior executive with extensive practical experience. Working with major companies such as GAL Power Systems, International Datacasting Corp, Kinaxis, she has garnered a strong background in financial analysis, strategic planning, budgets, business valuations, acquisitions, private, non-profit and public company compliance. Susan has helped companies raise over $50M in venture capital and is a previous recipient of Ottawa’s Forty under 40 award.

Areas of focus:  Financing (public and private), Cash Management, International Business   

Rudy Richman
Mentor

Rudy’s success has been in the development, implementation and execution of sales team strategies. He is a habitual builder of revenue generating sales engines: profitable, scalable models with predictable results. His unique expertise guides 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 in excess of $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.