Chris Hodgson

VP, Partnerships and Data Analytics at RBC

Chris is an entrepreneur and executive with 20 years of experience building and growing companies in the Internet, retail and technology industries. He has been a founding member of two successful start-up ventures. Chris currently leads the Canadian Retail and Tech business at Google Canada – helping major Canadian brands use the Internet to engage with their customers.

Prior to joining Google, Chris co-founded KidStart – a VC-backed, UK based, consumer loyalty program - and held various roles at Computacenter, a FTSE 250 IT company. Amongst other things, Chris was responsible for turning around Computacenter’s business in France. Chris also spent four years at Accenture advising communication and high tech clients on their business strategy.

Chris began his career as a professional engineer for Esso. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from INSEAD in France. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.