Tech

Alexandra Nestertchouk

Alexandra Nestertchouk is a serial entrepreneur with over ten years of experience in business management and technology. She has a Business Management Degree and background in Computer Science. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, she moved to Canada 11 years ago. Over the years leading to establishing HopKidz. Alexandra was in a sr. management position for a vibrant Boutique IT Consulting firm in Toronto. However she always knew she will not continue as “9-5 employee”. Alexandra has started and ran few little things as a side-hustle while she was searching for the Big idea. Alexandra is a mother to a now 2.5 year boy, Cosmos. Once her maternity leave came to an end, becoming the founder and CEO of a tech startup was a natural step. Fun fact: Alexandra comes from a family of strong women with entrepreneurship running in their blood – every woman in her family is now a business owner, including her 81yo grandmother.

Colin Szopa

Colin Szopa is CEO and co-founder of Plankk, a fitness and technology company in Calgary.

Jeremy Lundy

Jeremy Lundy has spent over a decade working in the government and telecom sectors doing implementation consulting and product development. He has participated in all phases of the software development lifecycle from design, development and testing to pre-sales support and client implementation. He has managed large teams through DevOps and Agile transformations and co-founded Techorrect Inc. Jeremy enjoys playing basketball and watching rugby.

Doug Lacombe

Doug Lacombe, MBA is president and founder of Communicatto Inc., a digital marketing agency. Drawing on almost 30 years of experience in media, web publishing and technology; Doug and his team work with businesses and associations to integrate traditional and digital communications, with a focus on content marketing, advertising, and social media.

Brit Garon

Brit Garon grew up in rural Ontario. He attended Western University in London Ontario, where he received a degree in Finance & Economics.

Immediately after University, Brit moved to the GTA and began work at CAA, where he helped launch the travel insurance company Orion Travel Insurance. He was lured away by the Danish insurance company software that CAA had helped develop, where he helped run operations on this side of the Atlantic. While working there, Brit and his roommate developed the idea for what would become ScholarTree.

ScholarTree began life 2 years ago and officially launched in 2017. ScholarTree helps match students with scholarships, so that they can afford to pursue the career of their dreams.

Dan Belostotsky

Dan Belostotsky is founder of HonestDoor which is an online tool for real estate information. He’s also founder of Otto Capital, his private investment company.

François Lanthier Nadeau

François Lanthier Nadeau est un bâtisseur et éternel étudiant basé à Québec.

Il mentore les startups du programme Apollo13 — une initiative de Spektrum Média aidant les startups à devenir profitables.

Il est aussi responsable du marketing chez Snipcart, une solution de e-commerce pour développeurs, depuis plus de 5 ans. Durant cette période, l’entreprise a lentement mais sûrement grandi sa base d’utilisateurs et ses revenus grâce au contenu marketing et SEO. Maintenant stable et profitable, l’équipe expérimente avec d’autres canaux, comme la publicité FB, le vidéo, et le UX du parcours utilisateur complet.

On peut le lire sur Indie Hackers, The Startup, freeCodeCamp, Baremetrics, Wishpond, GrowthHub, et d’autres publications.

François a donné des présentations sur les startups dans plus de 13 événements à travers le monde (Canada, USA, France, Irlande). Il a travaillé à distance dans une demi-douzaine de pays différents.

Taylan Pince

For the past decade, Taylan Pince has been leading the talented product team at Hipo Labs and helping brilliant startups go from “a small team with a good idea” to multi billion-dollar companies. He is both artist, engineer and innovator – a startling collection of talents. Hipo is a brilliant example of a company that has grown through its own self-sustaining investment and discipline.

Hipo, specializes in providing startups with two critical things: flexibility and quality. They build maintainable and scalable product solutions very quickly and efficiently, so founders can focus on growth and sales. Taylan has worked with startups like Robinhood, Moment, Keen and Fieldguide.

Rob Hunter

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.

Robin H. Smith

Robin Smith Co-Owner and Co-Founder of VL OMNI – which he has built over the past twenty-five years. He is also founder of genealogyman.com. VL OMNI provides a platform for agile and scalable iPaaS ecommerce integration. It is used by global multichannel to move data seamlessly through their infrastructure as they grow, expand, and accelerate their business. VL OMNI is headquartered in Oakville and has offices in the UK as well.