Kim Kaplan is the CEO of Snack, a video dating app that combines the matching algorithms of dating apps with the ability to share your life in real-time. Snack aims to disrupt the dating industry, being a video-first app that caters to Gen Z.
Maria Pacella is the Senior VP and Managing Partner at Pender Ventures, and has over 20 years of investing and operational experience in emerging growth companies, with a focus on technology businesses. She spent 11 years with one of Canada’s largest venture capital firms where she invested in multiple early-stage ventures and served on a variety of boards in the areas of enterprise software and health-tech.
Ian Crosby is the co-founder and CEO of Bench, North America’s largest bookkeeping service. Ian co-founded Bench Accounting, an all-in-one banking and accounting platform and service for small business owners. Bench has raised over $100M to date and has been ranked the fastest growing company in British Columbia, according to the Deloitte Fast 50 list in multiple years. Ian has received numerous awards for leadership including Forbes 30 under 30 and Canada's Top 40 under 40.
Michael Argast is the co-founder and CEO at Kobalt.io. Kobalt.io partners with various small and mid-sized organizations using industry standards and best practices shared service platforms, and an extensive team of specialists to help level up their cybersecurity programs in a timely and cost-effective fashion. Michael builds great teams and serves clients with a focus on excellence and execution.
Jason Flick is the former CEO/co-founder of You.i TV, a company that has built an interface engine to power the world’s most beautiful multi-screen video applications and is now acquired by Warner Media. Jason is also a successful serial entrepreneur and brings 25 years of technical and business leadership to the role.
Amer Abu-Khajil is passionate about building things. From designing buildings - in a past life in Structural Engineering - to ideating, incubating, and launching startups. Amer’s work has allowed him to be involved in developing strategic plans for an innovation ecosystem in Seattle, supporting multiple tech and healthcare startups during a stint with the Creative Destruction Lab, as well as incubating and launching two startups at TTT Studios.
Jeff Sinclair is the CEO and co-founder of Eventbase, the leading provider of mobile apps for premium events including Tier 1 events for global brands such as IBM, Microsoft and SAP, SXSW, CES, and three Olympic Games. The premium platform propels events into the mobile age, personalizing the experience through apps that incorporate sophisticated design, industry-leading scalability, and ground-breaking innovations.
Leah Coss is the Co-Founder and President of Build a Biz Kids, an organization that is challenging the education system and innovating how, why and what we teach our youth in order to better prepare them for a fast-changing world. Build a Biz Kids offers live courses for kids focused on hands-on, real-world projects, with a focus on entrepreneurship, to develop their essential Human skills. Leah is also on a mission to change the way we value & educate people in society.
Michael Cheng is the CEO and co-founder of Lumen5, an online video creation platform with over 750,000 users worldwide. Michael started Lumen5 with a vision to democratize video creation so that anyone can easily produce engaging video content without prior video editing experience.
Karm Sumal is the co-founder and CEO of Daily Hive, previously known as Vancity Buzz. What started out as a passion project in his basement in South Vancouver, has now evolved into the biggest online publication in Western Canada. Daily Hive is a Canadian-born online news source, established in 2008, that creates compelling, hyperlocal content. Daily Hive embraces the unique qualities that exist in a city, and reports it to produce genuine conversation among communities.