Phil Rivard

Phil Rivard

Phil Rivard

Director of Venture Managers, NextAI - Montréal

Bio

Phil started his entrepreneurial journey at 19 when he founded ZQuared Media (pronounced “squared media”), a small digital agency targeting local SMBs. He designed, coded and hosted hundreds of websites. He went corporate for a while, accepting an offer from Quebecor World Inc. as a SOX IT Audit & Compliance Consultant, but then came back to his founder roots with NUKERN, a SaaS platform that automates needlessly complex and time-consuming tasks for digital agencies. With 15+ years experience in IT, Phil graduated from Founder Institute and Techstars Startup Next in Montreal, FounderLab and FounderX in San Francisco, and finally, Techstars in Austin. He’s genuinely passionate about customer success, growth, and user experience.