Alexandre Champoux is a business entrepreneur who formerly owned and managed Alliance Pavage from 2009 to 2018. This business specialized in asphalt paving and concrete work for commercial, institutional, civil and residential jobs. This leader grew the company by tackling over 800 contracts around the island of Montreal which includes their most notorious feat “The Bonaventure Project”. With over a decade of experience and observations, Alexandre lived the troublesome and outdated management techniques in the construction industry. Most notably the scaling margins of error that had to be factored into each of venture. His experience combined with his excellent orator and interpersonal skills and makes this CEO an indispensable individual of Civalgo.
Rob Hunter has been an entrepreneur ever since he was a kid. He had an eBay account by the time he was 12 years old, and sold Japanese professional wrestling VHS tapes and DVD’s (yep!) to pay his way through university at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
He did so well, he was able to establish a mini student real estate empire. After graduation, he sold my properties and got into the ice cream business, opening 7 Marble Slab ice cream stores by the time he was 25. Rob has had lots of tremendous high’s and low’s as a multi-unit franchisee, and learned a lot of lessons along the way.
In 2012, he got offered a great scholarship to do his MBA at the #1 school in the world for entrepreneurship, Babson College. In Boston he met a co-founder, a wife, and immersed himself in the technology startup culture of the city.
Right now he’s back in Toronto and focused on growing HigherMe – a way for retail and hourly employers to find, screen, and hire better employees faster.
Ken Vinge is the President and Co-founder of Equation Staffing Employment Solutions, a Calgary-based firm offering staffing and recruitment services and connecting candidates with temporary, contract, project and permanent employment opportunities. Ken has a 32+-year career in the Alberta staffing industry, having worked in both Edmonton and Calgary.
Izzie Egan is the founder of BLANKSLATE Partners. In 2015 Izzie started her company to allow SMBs and scaleups access to enterprise-level management HR services – supporting growing companies with a unique blend of HR, training, recruitment, and immigration expertise. She has extensive experience building fast-paced, high-yield management teams, paying particular attention to the strategic needs of the company. She’s committed to bringing purpose-fuelled employees into businesses that are aligned from both a values and a strategic, bottom-line perspective.
Ilya Brotzky is the CEO and founder of VanHack. After graduating from Cornell University with a Degree in Applied Economics and Management, Ilya spent 4 years working in the Brazilian startup scene where he joined the country’s most successful early stage accelerator. It was there he discovered a large community of talented software engineers who were interested in relocating to Canada, but didn’t always have the soft skills needed to work abroad. Upon moving back to Vancouver, he founded VanHack as a way of empowering people who wanted to have more out of life and live in Canada. VanHack now has over 170,000 members from 73 countries and has helped over 200 companies hire and relocate 446 developers across Canada and Europe. Ilya is fluent in Russian, Portuguese and English.