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, Vector Institute, NBER

AJUNG MOON
McGill University, Open Roboethics Institute, Government of Canada Advisory Council on AI

AVI GOLDFARB
Rotman School of Management

BETH PORTER
Riff Analytics, MIT Media Lab

CHRISTIAN CATALINI
Sloan School of Management, Libra, Calibra, Facebook

DAVID SHRIER

University of Oxford

FLORIAN SHKURTI
University of Toronto

GRAHAM NEUBIG
Language Technologies Institute of Carnegie Mellon University

GRAHAM TAYLOR
University of Guelph, Canada CIFAR AI Chair, Google Brain Montreal

HONG LUO
Harvard Business School

HOSSEIN RAHNAMA
Flybits, Ryerson University, MIT Media Lab

JOSHUA GANS
Rotman School of Management

KOSTA DERPANIS
Ryerson University, York University, Vector Institute, Vision: Science to Applications

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, Vector Institute, University of Toronto

REZA SATCHU
Alignvest Management Corp

SANJA FIDLER
University of Toronto, Canada CIFAR AI Chair, NVIDIA

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.

CHRISTOPHER PAL
École Polytechnique of Montreal, Canada CIFAR AI Chair

COREY PHELPS
McGill University

DENIS A. GRÉGOIRE
HEC Montréal

DEVINDER KUMAR
Stanford University

FRANÇOIS BELLAVANCE
HEC Montréal

GABRIEL PARENT
GPSE Consulting

GAËL VAROQUAUX
INRIA

GOLNOOSH FARNADI
University of Montreal

JACKIE CHEUNG
McGill University, Canada CIFAR AI Chair

JEAN-FRANÇOIS OUELLET
École Polytechnique of Montreal

JEAN-FRANÇOIS PLANTE
HEC Montréal

JOELLE PINEAU
McGill University, Canada CIFAR AI Chair

KEVIN REGAN
Google

LAURENT CHARLIN
HEC Montréal, Canada CIFAR AI Chair

LUCIANO BARIN-CRUZ
HEC Montréal

MARINE AGOGUÉ
HEC Montréal

NADINE VAILLANT
HEC Montréal

PIERRE-LUC BACON
University of Montreal

THOMAS HURTUT
University of Montreal

YOSHUA BENGIO
Université de Montréal, Mila, Canada CIFAR AI Chair, IVADO

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 (TO)
University of Guelph

DR. MOHAMED NAIEL (TO)
University of Waterloo

DEVINDER KUMAR (TO)
University of Waterloo

SILVIUS PITIS (TO)
University of Toronto

MICHAEL ZHANG (TO)
University of Toronto

ARIAN HOSSEINI (MTL)
Université de Montréal

DORA JAMBOR (MTL)
McGill University

CARLOS OLIVER (MTL)
McGill University

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.

ADAM AGENSKY

Advisor & EIR, ScaleUP Ventures

AIDAN TRACEY

Founder, Brandsell Group

ALEX NORMAN

Founder, TechTO; MD, AngelList

BRENDAN CALLAGHAN

VP Sales, Portag3 Ventures

COLIN BETTAM

Chief Marketing Officer, League

CRAIG FOLLET

CEO and Co-founder, universe.com; Limited Partner/Investor, Real Ventures

DAVID HOOD

President & CEO, VanillaSoft

DHARMESH GANDHI

Partner, EY

GRACE LEE

Advisory Partner, EY

IAN MCKINNON

Independent Director

JACQUELINE ALLEN

Investment Advisory Panel Member, Ontario Securities Commission; Independent Review Committee Member, BMO Global Asset Management

JAN SAMPSON

SVP, Client Experience at CI Financial

JEFFREY ROGERS

President, SALT XC

JOHN COADY

Chief Financial Officer, INFOR

LARA ZINK

Managing Director, Global Equity Sales, RBC Capital Markets

LAURA CURTIS FERRERA

SVP, Marketing, Global Wealth Management, Global Business Banking and Canadian Retail Banking, Scotiabank

MATTHEW MCKENZIE

Owner, Lemon water Wellness Clinic & General Store

MICHELLE MCBANE

Managing Director, StandUp Ventures; Senior Investment Director MaRS IAF

MORGAN WYATT

CEO and Founder, Greenlid Envirosciences

NICOLE LEBLANC
VC, Startups and Strategy

NOAH GODFREY

Vice Chair, Baycrest Foundation

PETER VUKOVICH

Director, Real Matters

PETER RICCIARDI
COO and SVP, Spectrum Healthcare

RICK BRACE

Retired President of Rogers Media at Rogers Communications

TED REESER

Director, LOFT Community Services; Chairman & Director, Rockmass Technologies

TERRY RYBOLT

Chief Revenue Officer, LiveXchange Corporation

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
User Experience Lead – Conversational UX, conversationHEALTH

ALEX SHEE
Head of Partnerships, Element AI

AMANDA LEVIN
COO, Local Logic

ANA MARINESCU
Fondatrice, URBANA

ANNIE BERGEVIN
President, OnPoint Business Plans

BAHAR SATELI
Senior Data Scientist, PwC Canda

BENJAMIN TUFF
Managing Partner, Benjamin David Group

DANICA MEREDITH
Senior B2B Growth Consultant and Founder, Constellations Consulting

DANIELLE GRAHAM
Principal, Dream Maker Ventures

DAVID DUFRESNE
Partner, Panache Ventures

DAVID SCIACCA
COO, LIFT Digital

DEBORAH HAYEK
Program Lead, Foundry, Desjardins Open Innovation

DOV AMIHOD
CTO/Co-founder, Stealth Startup

DYLAN GROVEN
Director, Corporate Innovation, Foresight Cleantech Acceleration

ELEONORA VELLA
Program Director, Tandem Launch

EMILIE FOURNELLE
VP Product, Sportlogiq

ERIC DAHAN
Canadian Sales Manager, Nvidia

ESTELLE GUILLOT-TANTAY
Founder, ID EST

FLORIAN MESNY
Founder & CEO, Moonrakers.co

GABRIEL DAMANT-SIROIS
CPO & Co-founder, Local Logic

GEORGE KARIDIS
COO, Packet/Equinix

GILLES LAJOIE
Directeur général, SOQUIJ

GONEN HOLLANDER
Senior Associate, Amplify Capital

JACOB LANYADOO
President, TechBonjour

JANE UNDERHILL
Ethical Business Consultant, Independent

JATIN MALHOTRA
Sr Data Scientist, NestReady

JEAN-FRANCOIS DENAULT
Consultant, Impacts.Ca

JEAN-FRANCOIS GAGNON
CEO & Founder, LVL

JEAN-SÉBASTIEN CHOUINARD
Director of New Products, Moment Factory

JENNIFER MCDONALD
COO, Mylo Financial Technologies

JOANNE WONG
Partner, REDDS Capital

KJELL KOLSTAD
VP Alliances and Business Development, Vehicle Mind Technology

LAUREN JANE HELLER
Director of Communications, Real Ventures

LLOYED LOBO
Co-founder, Boast.ai

LUDOVIC ANDRÉ
Managing Director, Crédit Mutuel Equity

MARIE-EVE BERNARD
Head of Talent, Diagram and Portag3 Ventures

MASHA KROL
Free Agent, mashakrol.com

MOHAMAD SALAMÉ
CTO, floGrow.io

NICOLAS LEBLANC
Fondateur, chef de la stratégie, Human Inc.

OLIVIER FISCHER
Consultant – Coach – Mentor, OF consultation

PHIL BRUNET
Product Manager – AI Core, Element AI

PHIL RIVARD
Developer Success, dfuse

PHILIPPE FRIZON
Consultant Stratégie & Transformation, P Frizon Conseil

RAMY SEDRA
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

RAPHAEL CHRISTIAN-ROY
National Managing Director of Front Row Ventures, Real Ventures

RAPHAEL STEINMAN
CEO, Maxa AI

RUSS ARMSTRONG
VP Sales, Boast.ai

SAMI AHMED
Chief Digital, Data & Analytics Officer, BMO Financial Group

SYBIL RAMOS SHEEN
Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, Polytainers Inc.

TOMASZ TRZCINSKI
Chief Scientist, Tooploox; Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology

VANESSA CHERENFANT
Director of Operations, Cogia

VICKY BOUDREAU
Co-founder and CEO, Bicom

VYARA NDEJURU
Brand Growth & Digital Experience Leader, Element AI

YASIR ASIF
Co-founder & Partner, Shuhari; Head of Strategy & Partnerships, LANCE

YVES BÉRUBÉ
Head of Technology, Mutuelle des municipalités du Québec

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
Investor, Version One Ventures

COLIN WEBSTER
Founder and CEO, Hero Ventures

DAVID SHORE
Director of Investor Relations, Canada, OurCrowd

KATHERINE HOMUTH
Founder, Female Funders

MATTHEW LEIBOWITZ
Partner, Plazacorp Ventures

MICHELLE MCBANE
Managing Director, StandUp Ventures; Senior Investment Director, MaRS IAF

NICOLE LEBLANC
VC, Startups and Strategy

MIKE SHAVER
CTO, integrate.ai

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

ADRIAN DE VALOIS-FRANKLIN
CEO, Castle Ridge Asset Management

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

SAEED ZEINALI
Co-Founder, EdgeCollab

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

BALAJI GOPALAN
Co-founder and CEO, MedStack

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

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