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Lassonde is a tech founder and CEO, having built and sold Virtual Greats, a luxury online IP rights broker, and Millions of Us, a digital agency. He has also taught high-growth technology entrepreneurship at The Next 36 to over 30 companies. Those companies have gone on to build successful products and raise millions of dollars in follow-on financing.
Christian spent a decade in San Francisco selling and building software for Second Life, LucasArts and Electronic Arts to customers Sony, Nike, Warner Brothers, General Motors, Coke, Intel and many more Fortune 500 companies. He holds an MBA from the USF, a BESc in computer engineering and a BSc in computer science from Western. Christian is currently Vice-Chair of SickKids Foundation, Chair of the TFS Foundation, serves on the Fintech Advisory Council for the Ontario Securities Commission, and a former Governor of the Board of Western University.
Maor Amar is a Global Capital Markets professional. Over the last 20 years he has held roles with increasing responsibilities within the institutional sales department of two highly regarded investment banks. Throughout the years Mr Amar has advised some of the world’s largest institutional investors based in Europe, Canada and the US and has had the opportunity to work with the managements of many of North America’s largest corporations.
Maor Amar holds a bachelor degree in mining engineering from McGill university (1994) and a Masters in Management degree from Ecole Superior de Commerce de Nice, Sophia Antipolis (1996). Mr Amar is 44 years old and lives in Montreal along with his wife and 2 kids.
Geoff Belsher has over 30 years experience as an investment banker and corporate lawyer. Most recently, Geoff was Co-Head of Wholesale Banking at CIBC where he was responsible for Corporate and Investment Banking. This involved managing approximately 500 professionals in Canada and key offices around the world. In addition to overseeing the corporate loan book, Geoff was responsible for the investment banking business of CIBC. Geoff joined CIBC in 2009.
Prior to joining CIBC, Geoff had over 12 years of investment banking experience with major Canadian and global investment banks. During that time, he advised on a number of significant domestic and cross-border transactions. Geoff has worked in both Canada and the U.S. during his investment banking career.
Geoff practiced law as a partner with a major Canadian law firm for 13 years before his career in investment banking. As a lawyer, Geoff specialized in corporate and securities law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Estey’s principal occupation is as a Corporate Director. Mr. Estey is the retired Chairman of UBS Securities Canada Inc., a financial services company, and has more than 40 years of experience in financial markets. Mr. Estey joined Alfred Bunting and Company as an institutional equity salesperson in 1980 after working at A.E. Ames & Co for seven years.
In 1994, Mr. Estey became the head of the Canadian Equities business, and in 2002 Mr. Estey was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of UBS Securities Canada Inc. In January 2008, Mr. Estey assumed the role of Chairman of UBS Securities Canada Inc. Mr. Estey is a director and Chairman of Gibson Energy Inc., a TSX-listed oil and gas company, and a lead director of New Gold Inc., a mining company listed on the TSX and the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Estey also serves on the Advisory Board of the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.
Steven Dengler is a Canadian entrepreneur, investor, and business mentor. He is a founder and director of XE. Starting as a bootstrapped business in 1993, XE grew to become the world’s trusted currency authority, used by over 250 million people per year from all around the globe. XE was acquired in 2015 by Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ: EEFT). He has provided millions of dollars of angel investment to Canadian tech startups such as Wifarer, Bet Smart, MegaCynics, Honk, Perfect, and others.
Steven is a pilot and is currently planning an around-the-world helicopter trip with his father in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. He is a dual Italian/Canadian citizen and a member of Mensa.
Claudia Hepburn has studied, designed, built and led innovative education programs, most recently The Next 36, which she co-founded and ran for its first four years. She is currently a Senior Resident in Entrepreneurship at Massey College, University of Toronto; a director of Kids and Company, Fraser Institute, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and The Reta Lila Howard Foundation.
In 2013 Ms. Hepburn ranked as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence for her achievements in the NGO sector. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and has been named in the press as one of Canada’s Ten Most Inspiring Women. Ms. Hepburn has a BA from Amherst College, and an MA and B.Ed from the University of Toronto.