OUR NETWORK

NEXT entrepreneurs are given access to internationally acclaimed faculty, entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, investors and domain experts who provide them with education, feedback and actionable insights that can be applied as they build their ventures.

NEXT Canada Faculty

NEXT Canada Faculty are a roster of internationally acclaimed faculty members from the world’s top universities, prominent business leaders, and technical experts who deliver tailored content for all NEXT Canada programs.

AJAY AGRAWAL
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and NBER

AVI GOLDFARB
Rotman School of Management

BETH PORTER
Riff Analytics, MIT Media Lab

CHRISTIAN CATALINI
Sloan School of Management

DAVID SHRIER

University of Oxford

FLORIAN SHKURTI
University of Toronto

GRAHAM NEUBIG
Language Technologies Institute of Carnegie Mellon University

GRAHAM TAYLOR
University of Guelph

HONG LUO
Harvard Business School

JOSHUA GANS
Rotman School of Management

MARA LEDERMAN
Rotman School of Management

MARC BUSCH
Georgetown University

MARCUS BRUBAKER
York University, University of Toronto

RAMANA NANDA
Harvard Business School

RAQUEL URTASUN
Uber ATG Toronto, University of Toronto

REZA SATCHU
Alignvest Management Corp

SANJA FIDLER
University of Toronto

WEIGUANG GUAN
McMaster University

Next AI - Montréal Faculty

Next AI – Montréal Faculty are collection of internationally acclaimed faculty members from the world’s top universities who deliver tailored content for Next AI – Montréal.

ALICIA DESANTOLA
Harvard University

ANDREW MAXWELL
York University

ANN-FRANCES CAMERON
HEC Montréal

CHRISTOPHER PAL
École Polytechnique of Montreal

COREY PHELPS
McGill University

DENIS A. GRÉGOIRE
HEC Montréal

DENIS SCHWEIZER
Concordia University

FRANÇOIS BELLAVANCE
HEC Montréal

JACKIE CHEUNG
McGill University

JEAN-FRANÇOIS OUELLET
HEC Montréal

JOELLE PINEAU
McGill University

LAURENT CHARLIN
HEC Montréal

LAURENT SIMON
HEC Montréal

LOUIS HÉBERT
McGill, HEC Montréal

MATHEW PHILP
HEC Montréal

RORY M. MCDONALD
Harvard University

YOSHUA BENGIO
Université de Montréal, Mila

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

EiRs are accomplished business leaders who provide our entrepreneurs with 1:1 advice on how to launch and scale.

CHRIS HODGSON
Founder, The Pivt

DEBORAH BEATTY
Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Flybits

TONY VALLE
Founder and CEO, ELM Performance Group

Scientists-in-Residence

SiRs are PhD candidates and professionals specializing in various areas of artificial intelligence. They provide dedicated 1:1 support and guidance to entrepreneurs in the Next AI program.

BORIS KNYAZEV
University of Guelph

DR. MOHAMED NAIEL
University of Waterloo

DEVINDER KUMAR
University of Waterloo

SILVIUS PITIS
University of Toronto

MICHAEL ZHANG
University of Toronto

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is a group of investors, venture capitalists, and NEXT Canada representatives who assess investment opportunities from NEXT Canada ventures.

PETER CARRESCIA
Chair, NEXT Canada Investment Committee; SVP Strategy and Corporate Development, Wave

KEVIN KIMSA
General Partner, ScaleUP Ventures

MATT SAUNDERS
President, Ryerson Futures

ALEXANDRA MCGREGOR
Director of Programs, NEXT Canada

JIM ORLANDO
Managing Partner, Wittington Ventures

Mentors

Mentors are seasoned entrepreneurs and accomplished industry professionals who provide dedicated ongoing assistance to select Next AI and Next 36 ventures.

ANDREW GRAHAM

CEO and Co-founder, Borrowell

BEN BALDWIN

Founder, ClearFit

BEN YOSKOVITZ

Founding Partner, Highline BETA

BRENNAN MCEACHRAN

CEO and Co-founder, Soapbox

CHRIS YE

Co-founder, Uken Games

BRUCE FAIRLEY

CEO and Founder, Narrative Group

CINDY FAGEN

COO, SAP Labs

CRAIG FOLLET

CEO and Co-founder, universe.com

HOSSEIN RAHNAMA

CEO and Founder, Flybits

IAN MCKINNON

Independent Director

IRENA BARBULOVIC-NAD

Co-founder, Kapplex

KARL MARTIN

VP Operations, integrate.ai

LAURA HANTHO

Corporate Director

LAUREN EPSTEIN

Associate, OMERS Ventures

MICHAEL MCCARTHY

President and CEO, Springer-Miller Systems

MORGAN WYATT

CEO and Founder, Greenlid Envirosciences

TED REESER

President, Celco Inc.

THIAGO CAIRES

CEO, MATR

VALERIE FOX

Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point

Next AI - Montréal Mentors

Mentors are seasoned entrepreneurs and accomplished industry professionals who provide dedicated ongoing assistance to select Next AI – Montréal ventures.

ALEX PALMER
Former Co-founder and CEO, FilmYeti

ALEX SHEE
Head of the Office of the CEO and Director, Corporate Development, Element AI

AMÉLIE DESROCHERS
Founder & Strategic advisor, Blumbox

ANASTASIA NOVAC
Team Lead : Regional Product Intelligence, Groupe Dynamite

DANICA VIRGINIA MEREDITH
Co-Founder, Co-lab

DAVID DUFRESNE
Partner, Panache Ventures

DAVID SCIACCA
COO, LIFT session

DEBORAH HAYEK
Head of R&D, Desjardins Lab

DYLAN GROVEN
Director of Business Development, MistyWest

ELEONORA VELLA
Program Director & Principal Scientist, Tandem Launch

ERIC DAHAN
Canadian Sales Manager, NVIDIA

ESTELLE GUILLOT-TANTAY
Senior Consultant, Communication and Marketing, ID EST Communication

GEORGE KARIDIS
Chief Operations Officer, Packet Host

IRENE PYLYPENKO
Data Science Consultant, Pylypenko & Associates

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
Managing Director, Rousseau Ventures

JOANNE WONG
Partner, REDDS Capital

JULIE HUBERT
CEO, Workland

KJELL KOLSTAD
Director of Partnerships, Corporate Development, Element AI

LOUIS-NICOLAS HAMER
VP, SolJit

MARIE-EVE BERNARD
Head of Talent, Diagram

MOHAMAD SALAMÉ
CIO, VTPayments Solutions

NOEMIE DUPUY
Co-Founder, Budge Studios

RAMY SEDRA
Partner, AI, Analytics, and Automation, PwC

SAMI AHMED
Head of Data, Analytics & AI Transformation, Bank of Montreal

TONY BLANK
Director, Community Development, SendGrid

VANESSA CHERENFANT
Managing Partner, Cogia

VYARA NDEJURU
Brand & Digital experience, Element AI

WENDY TAY
Formerly Microsoft Research Montréal

Advisors

Advisors are a volunteer network of seasoned entrepreneurs and accomplished industry professionals who provide à-la-carte assistance to ventures across all three programs.

ALEX BAKER
Partner, Relay Ventures

ALEX NORMAN
Managing Director, TechToronto and Advisor at AngelList

ALEXANDER BARCLAY
Investment Manager, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

ANGELA TRAN KINGYENS
Investor, Version One Ventures

COLIN WEBSTER
Founder and CEO, Hero Ventures

DAVID SHORE
Director of Investor Relations, Canada, OurCrowd

KATHERINE HAGUE
Founder, Female Funders

MATTHEW LEIBOWITZ
Partner, Plazacorp Ventures

MICHELLE MCBANE
Investment Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

NICOLE LEBLANC
Director, Investments & Partnerships at Sidewalk Labs

MIKE SHAVER
Partner, Real Ventures

TOM REEVES
President and CEO, Interface Biologics

BRENDAN CALLAGHAN
Senior Sales Principal, Portag3

CALEB RUBIN
Co-founder and CMO, Kahuso

COREY MILLER
Principal, Definitive Growth Strategies

JASON MCDERMOTT
Senior Enterprise Software Executive

JONATHAN AGES
Startup Executive

JONATHAN LISTER
Vice President, North America Sales, Sales Solutions, LinkedIn

KATHY NEWTON
Marketing & Brand Strategy Professional

MANINDER CHAUHAN
Manager, Customer Marketing, Telus

MARK EVANS
Principal, ME Consulting

ROKHAM FARD
Founder, TheRedPin.com and PsychologyCompass.com

RON BENEGBI
Former President, Engage People Inc.

SARAH TRIMBLE
Senior Director, Digital Marketing at Rogers Consumer Publishing and Digital Media Group

SOMEN MONDAL
Co-Founder and CEO, Ideal

ERIN BURY
CEO and Co-founder, Willful

JIM GRAY
Senior Communications Advisor

LIVY JACOBS
Founder, Liv Public Relations

KL WONG
Engineering Leader, Digital Banking for Canada at Scotiabank

MAXWELL TEITELBAUM
WhatRunsWhere, Co-founder and COO

NAEEM LAKHANI
Co-Founder, Gallop Labs

SUMIT GUPTA
VP, HPC & AI, IBM Cognitive Systems

TOM PREDOVIC
Senior Executive Leader, Tech and Software

VIVEK KALWANI
Director, Partnerships & Data Analytics, RBC

CHRIS STEFANYK
Strategy & Business Ops Lead, Wattpad

ELI GLADSTONE
Co-founder, Speaker Labs

ERIC SILVERBERG
Co-founder, Speaker Labs

GARY HUGGINS
Trusted Advisor, Siena Partners Inc

MANDEEP SAINI
Partner, BrightIron Consulting – CA, CPA

WILSON LEE
Partner, BrightIron Consulting – CA, CPA

BRENT LOWE
Consultant, Base Associates

DR. JOHN O’DWYER
Organizational, Team, & Individual Effectiveness Expert

TIM HEWAT
Partner, Amrop Knightsbridge

CHRIS HODGSON
Founder, The Pivt

DAMODAR ARPAKOTA
Chairman, Nuvis Ventures

MIKE DOELL
President, Ross + Doell Inc

COREY PECK
Co-founder and CEO, Media One Creative

DEREK RIDER
Digital Video and Advertising Executive & Founder, Media One Creative

JOSH MCINERNEY
Manager of Design and Creative, Ryerson University

DR. LEENO KARUMANCHERY
Chief Diversity Officer, Enkidu

KEVIN MAKO
Founder and President, MAKO Design

MEG BUTTON
CEO and Co-Founder, Nuscreen Inc

RENN SCOTT
Chief Designer, Refuel Design

ADRIAN DE VALOIS-FRANKLIN
CEO, Castle Ridge Asset Management

Next AI - Montréal Experts

AMADEA CAMOZZI
Director of Operations, Creative Destruction Lab – Montreal

AMANDA LEVIN
COO, Local Logic Inc.

ANNIE BERGEVIN
Founder, OnPoint Business Plans

BRUNO MORENCY
Managing Director, Techstars AI

CHARLOTTE J. MARTIN
Venture Manager, Creative Destruction Lab – Montreal

GRAHAM MANN
Growth Specialist, Unito

ISAAC SOUWEINE
Partner, Real Ventures

JEAN-PHILIPPE SALVAS
Senior Manager, Technologies Group, BDC

LAURA EASTON
Analyst, Real Ventures

LAUREN JANE HELLER
Director of Communications, Real Ventures

LAVIVA MAZHAR
Investment Analyst, Luge Capital

MAURO REPACCI
CEO, NestReady

MICHEL BROUILLETTE
Director Commercialization, PME MTL

MIKE LEE
Co-Founder and CEO, Fundica

NICOLAS FELLER
Cloud Customer Engineer, Google

PIERRE SABBAGH
CEO, roof.ai

RAGUT BHARAT
Investment Director, CIC Capital

SEBASTIEN ROY
Co-Founder, Lean Systems

SHIBL MOURAD
Google Montreal Site Director, Google