We’re excited to host our first-ever Canada Venture Fair focused on bridging the gap between funders and founders in Canada. The event aims to bring together leading investors, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and associations spearheading innovation and change in the region.
The event will begin with a panel discussion featuring prominent investors, innovators, and thought leaders from the Canadian startup ecosystem and followed by pitches from 5-7 early to growth-stage tech startups from the region.
I'm a believer of radical generosity and I've built a company around making meaningful connections to help people succeed.
Previously I was the Executive Director of C100 Association, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Canadian entrepreneurs connect into Silicon Valley, where I built an extensive network across Canada's startup ecosystem along with an influential network in the Valley.
I am passionate about supporting women in tech and I have formed the Canadian Women’s Network in the Valley to advise female founders and help women in technology roles gain deeper connections into Silicon Valley.
I grew up along the 59th parallel in Northern Alberta. My career has been everything but a straight line. I realized that the my ""normal"", living in the Bay Area since 1999, is not normal outside of the bubble I now call ""home"" ... but I love it! The pace, the ideas, the excitement, and the urgency that exists here is addictive. And we get shit done.
I have always enjoyed connecting people and becoming passionate about their purpose, so I'm excited to see where there are synergies.
Zachary Storms is the Founder and Chief Organizer of Startup TNT in Alberta, Canada. His firm Startup TNT actively works with local startups, angel groups, seed funds, and early-stage VC to stimulate angel investment. To this date, Zachary's venture has invested $4 million in 24 companies across Western Canada.
Zachary has also worked as a Strategic Advisor at GreyJay Energy after launching his own venture Startup TNT.
Mr. Kersting is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of business-building expertise with internationally operating companies.
He has consulted to or led as CEO/VP/GM and been a part of the decision-making for start-ups as well as private and publicly traded companies requiring any combination of turnaround, growth, and positioning for M&A. His responsibilities have spanned raising capital, business assessment, complete strategy formation and cross-functional execution.
Companies led by Mr. Kersting served highly regulated environments including Aerospace, Oil & Gas, SaaS, Power Generation, Nuclear, Mining, Renewable Energy, HVAC, plus others.
He has also served as a Board of Director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, (AMCHAM), as well as the Ontario Aerospace Council, (OAC).
Matt is an experienced professional in international business and investment attraction. Whether it is a fast-growing startup making its first international push or a Fortune 500 company that needs new market/talent access, Matt gets to tout the Toronto Region to the world.
Jason Ribeiro is a corporate leader, community advocate, public affairs commentator, and one of Canada’s most awarded social science graduate researchers. As Director of Strategy at Calgary Economic Development, Jason was responsible for setting and implementing corporate and community vision through the city's economic strategy, "Calgary in the New Economy." His current Ph.D. research, which is funded by the prestigious SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship at the University of Calgary, aims to assist organizational leaders in shaping, leading, and sustaining innovation efforts in cross-sector partnerships. He also holds a Master’s degree from Brock University and undergraduate degrees from both McMaster University and York University. A passionate leader, Jason currently sits on boards and standing committees within the Alberta Motor Association, Sport Calgary, EducationMatters, and SAIT.
Cory Ryan is the Founder of Local Shops, an e-marketplace based out of Canada, that allows people to shop from among 1000+ independent brands. Ryan also serves KiwiTech as an Entrepreneur in Residence for its Canada division. Previously, Cory has founded UNI Chillwear an apparel brand that sells comfort yet fashionable clothing online and in retail stores.
Cory founded Local Shops with an idea to support local businesses amid the crowd of e-commerce biggies. He launched the platform as a solution to bring consumer spending back to area businesses and create a competitive advantage against retail giants.